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We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.
     Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
     Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.
      "For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."   (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.) The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasir Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; Read This  (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw).
 
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"It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan."   (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)

The total for all the 22 Arab League countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has 8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are not included.
     World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel's Jewish population: 5.4 million.  (Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz, http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/0223.html)
"... during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refuges around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the "right of return" to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist."  (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)
Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel's size.  (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)
Re Israel's irrevocable ownership of Israel, Golan, Samaria, Judea and Gaza: "Nothing that Israel's legal system says can change the facts that: (1) the legal binding document is the Mandate of the League of Nations and (2) the obligations of the Mandate are valid in perpetuity."  (Professor Julius Stone)
"By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the Jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: '...it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine...' The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria — more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea."  (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz "Narrative Dissonance" The New Republic, July 1, 2009)
"More Americans need to become familiar with the concept of baseline budgeting. In simple terms, if an agency's budget is $100, and they are expecting an increase of $10.00 next year, but they only get $8.00, politicians characterize that as a $2.00 cut in spending. Concerning the entire $1.2 trillion in 'cuts' engendered by the sequester, it must be understood that they are not really cuts at all. They are really a lowering of the projected increase in federal spending going forward. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cuts through the fog. 'For the 2014-2023 period, deficits in CBO's baseline projections total $7.0 trillion. With such deficits, federal debt would remain above 73 percent of GDP —far higher than the 39 percent average seen over the past four decades,' it reports. Thus, over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed. As far as the administration, Democrats and their media enablers are concerned, any attempt to mitigate that 'paying-for problem' will turn America into a Third World nation of vegetable eaters. Yet the simple truth remains inarguable: absent the genuine entitlement reform critically necessary to get our spending under control, we are headed for national bankruptcy. At that point, even vegetables may be a luxury item. [..] over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed.' (Arnold Ahlert, February 19, 2013)
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March-April 2015

What we are talking about in the March–April 2015 Issue

  1. This Issue's Themes
  2. ISIS: The Latest Superstar, Terror-Wise (Naipaul, Reuter, Meir-Amit Center, Guitta)
  3. Iran - The Quiet Before The Bomb (Daoud, Segall, Lipkin, Glick, Amidror)
  4. General Observations About Terrorist Groups (Kern, Durie, Ahlert, Merkley, Byman)
  5. Israel In The Eye Of A Stormy Middle East  (Yadlin-Valensi, Schmitt-Merriam, Spyer, Kuperwasser, Hertz, Aviram-Schweitzer)
  6. To Aid And Abet The Enemy: Censor Thyself. Blame The Victim. (McQuillan, Greenfield, Wilders, Lebl, Bryen)
  7. Professional Bad-Mouthers of Israel (Stillwell, Rooks-Bedein, Devolin, Harrod, Ehrenfeld-Jensen, Steyn)
  8. History Section (Ben-David, May, bat Melech)
  9. Blog-Eds (March-April Blog-Eds)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


THIS ISSUE'S THEMES

This issue is about the terrorist groups that are reshaping the map of the Middle East.

THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS in this issue describe some major terrorist groups and their impact on the Middle East in general and on Israel in particular.

When Israel became a state, its neighbors attacked it, using conventional warfare. But new methods of warfare were needed once the Arab countries realized they weren't going to beat Israel militarily. They turned to waging effective propaganda campaigns, convincing those that wanted to be convinced that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Israel was occupying Arab land and was abusing the Arab Palestinians. This new attitude towards Israel justified the well-organized terror attacks that began targeting Israel and Jews systematically. In 1964, Yassar Arafat declared the local Arabs were a separate people, retroactively to be known as Palestinians. He then created the Fatah, a terrorist group devoted to killing Jews, both soldiers and civilians. Hamas was established in Gaza in 1987-88 by the Muslim Brotherhood, also with the specific purpose of destroying Israel.

But what has been most successful has been asymmetrical warfare, waged by 'lone wolves,' the younger the better. A Jewish family is stabbed in their sleep one night when an Arab neighbor sneaks into their house; a family driving on the road is shot by a sniper another day; Jews are struck by Arabs steering cars and trucks and bulldozers at them on still other days. Teenagers, two or three at a time, are kidnapped and slaughtered. This asymmetric warfare has been highly successful. Uniforms aren't necessary. Expensive weaponry isn't necessary. A few dollars worth of gasoline and explosive or missiles that are so poorly constructed they hit almost randomly inside and outside of Gaza force Israel to response with the Iron Dome system, high-tech and expensive, with each interception costing some $60,000 (see here).

The size of a terrorist group becomes less important. Israel won't send out a IDF unit to fight a couple of 12-year olds throwing heavy rocks. On the other hand, a terrorist group can grow in size and organization. If it has enough recruits and money and organizational ability, it can become big enough to act almost as a sovereign state. Limitations on weaponry and on the use of biological and chemical warfare that have evolved over the years are ignored.

Once confined almost exclusively to harassing Israel, the new terrorism threatens the entire area. These terrorists often act like sovereign states themselves, without giving up any of their intrinsic thuggish viciousness. It is, in fact, often difficult to tell the difference between a terrorist state and a terrorist gang. ISIS — The Islamic State — is a terrorist gang that has acquired land, oil fields and terrorist affiliates that it supports with funding, weapons and training; it rules harshly over a large civilian population. Iran — The Islamic Republic — is a sovereign state that has land and oil fields and terrorizes a huge civilian population; it has acquired terrorist gangs and sovereign states — what's left of Syria and possibly Yemen via the Houthis — as affiliates that it supports with funding, weapons and training.

In recent times, except for low-keyed inter-clan and inter-tribe skirmishes, attacks have involved defined states: attacks have been encouraged by a government against a specific group, for example, the Armenian massacre; a structured proxy group fights against the Government, such as Hezbollah in the civil war in Lebanon; or the war is between two sovereign powers as between Iran and Iraq. The kings in power when many of the Arab countries were mandated into existence in the 1920s were mostly deposed, replaced by secular or salafist governments, equally or more repressive. But the states always had two features: borders and rulers. In the new Middle East, that is no longer a reliable statement.

Henri J. Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, made the point this way April 21, 2015 in the Washington Post (see here):

The state as we know it is vanishing in the Middle East. Strife in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, foreign intrusion from states within the region and outside it, and dreadful rule by self-serving elites have all contributed to the destruction of societies, infrastructure and systems of governance. Nonstate actors of all kinds, most of them armed, are emerging to run their own shows. Generations of mistrust underlie it all. [emphasis added]

In the transitional Middle East, sovereign states, major terror groups and splinter gangs, ideologically, have much in common. These Muslim terrorists — thugs, gangs and sovereign states — are almost all salafists. They believe that Islam must dominate all other religions and they are all committed to pursue jihad until this comes true. They disagree mainly on which entity should run the show. The supposed 'authentic' Syrian rebels that have received much weaponry from the US are no exception. A large number of the group's fighters are seasoned al-Qaeda members.

These groups cooperate with each other and knife each other, often at the same time. Their common worship of Mohammad's ways and writings doesn't stop them from internecine fighting. From Mohammad's time, it never has. As EndTimes, a reader of the Daily Caller (see here) put it:

"Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire."

They do have different personalities, depending on which ones of their commonality of features are emphasized. Is the target domestic or global? Is the goal to infiltrate the host country's infrastructure and, like a cancer, itself become the infrastructure or openly to behead resisters and "traitors" to change the country's life style rapidly and force adherence to sharia law? Do they act quietly or with much publicity? Do they use "inoffensive" weapons — stones, knives, cars and home-made explosives — on a few victims at a time but again and again without end or do they plan nuclear extermination of whole populations at a single time?

At the moment, ISIS tops the hit parade. It is a study in contrasts. It can plan and organize with the best and behave with the worst. ISIS is well-organized and plans meticulously but imaginatively. The leadership understands the values of those whose land they have taken over and how fast they can impose sharia law. They know how to attract the malleable and persuade the reluctant. They are good businessmen and know how to keep money coming in. They are thugs and aren't scrupulous on how they keep the money flowing. They use modern methods of social networking to attract recruits, yet they advocate that women are for breeding and are chattel under their father's or husband's complete control. They use sexual barbarism and large-scale slaughter as weapons of terror. They are unashamedly bestial, beheading wholesale, raping women and children, showing no civilized response to human suffering. A reader, RufusFirefly, (see here) summed it up this way:

For a religion who says it's devoted to God they sure have a strange way of expressing that devotion. The sights of headless bodies, bodies strung up like the carcasses of animals, people burned to death in cages, people getting their hands cut off, women and pre-pubescent little girls sold as sex slaves. You know, if we didn't know better we would say this looks a lot like something Lucifer would highly approve of.

These groups may have an ideology that is medieval, but their ambitions are transnational. It is curious that they are often described or market themselves in terms more commonly associated with modern business and trade than religion: al-Qaeda franchises, Muslim Brotherhood offshoots, ISIS market shares, al-Qaeda associates. This is from a Pri September 2014 article, "With terrorism, as with business, it's all about market share," (see here):

Who ever heard of a terrorist group announcing the opening of its latest "branch?" Yet that's what happened a couple of weeks ago, when al-Qaeda announced in a video from its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, that it was opening al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. Al-Zawahiri said that it had taken more than two years "to gather the mujahedeen in the Indian subcontinent into a single entity." Sounds like an M&A strategy, no?

It did to Sandip Roy, a senior editor at the Indian news site Firstpost. "I looked at it and I thought, 'All he lacks is a PowerPoint presentation.'"

In fact, the website Medium has created just the sort of PowerPoint presentation an ISIS exec might use if he were pitching to investors. It's complete with cash flow, market share and competitive advantages. Roy says that, shortly before the al-Qaeda video was released, Burger King had announced its own expansion into India. He was struck by the parallels between the two.

He believes al-Qaeda is acting like the big traditional player, while ISIS, which actually spun off from al-Qaeda, is the newer and "much more hip" start-up. "It's kind of like the classic IBM versus Apple starting out in a garage," he says. [...] The bigger message, for Roy, is that al-Qaeda realizes it no longer possesses a monopoly on "Terror Inc."

The reader may notice that we say little about one of the most insidious of the salafist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood. While they remain active in the West, they seem to be lying low in the Middle East. They may have temporarily changed their venue or they may be waiting for things to settle down.

We do discuss how the changes in the organization and scope of terror groups has forced modifications in how countries respond. The previous model of one country's identifiable soldiers clashing with another country's troops in specific locations isn't often useful. Several articles are devoted to detailing some of the new thinking, which has stopped regarding terrorism as an occasional nuisance and has started recognizing that terror organizations are the new ethnic group/state/corporate organization; that asymmetric warfare is the new way of waging war; and that the new warfare is without legal or moral constraint except that it adheres to the precepts in the Koran.

One thing we can say with certainty: if we don't stop Islam's takeover of the West and Far East now, we will be forced to try later, under much less favorable conditions.

THE TWO MIDDLE SECTIONS ADDRESS THE REACTIONS OF ISRAEL AND THE WEST. It was an easy decision for Israel to stay out of the battles of her neighbors, they are none of them her friends. It is difficult but so far possible to maintain vigil at her borders, to stop shipments of weaponry to Hezbollah and quietly to provide medical care and surgery to injured wounded rebels and civilians. Like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, she is alarmed that America and Europe don't seem to understand the consequences of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

The second section in this set is entitled "To Aid and Abet the Enemy: Censor Thyself. Blame the Victim" and focuses on the reactions in the West. It is so convenient to pretend that we can maintain a civil society with just a few appeasements to the Muslim life-style. Sometimes that works, at least for a while. But in general, appeasement is perceived as weakness and Muslim activists push to open these weak spots wide. We go from having halal meat for the Muslims to not having pork for the Christians. We go from having puff-pieces written in textbooks describing Islam as the religion of peace to calling any criticism of Islam criminal. When western law that contradicts sharia is ignored in practice, little by little the individual loses his right to run his own life. The protection afforded him by the Constitution and the bill of Rights is corroded. Sharia law takes hold in non-Muslim countries when the media and the politicians trivialize Western ways of living or when they talk about the importance of allowing individual rights but invent loopholes that allow Sharia law to function. The actual victims — the native populations of Western countries — often contribute to their own victimization by self-censorship and by not resisting the voices that are willing to give up everyone's freedom to pacify the Muslim community.

THE LAST TWO SECTIONS ARE, AS USUAL, PUBLIC RELATIONS/PROPAGANDA AND HISTORY. The first one presents some of the bad-mouthers of Israel, whose propaganda rants overpower any facts they might have about the events they are supposed to report. Some exaggerate some minor details and ignore the significant ones. Some invent factoids wholesale. Some chastize anyone that has a bad word to say about Arabs. Some blame the victim. Others invert the truth, painting Israel as doing the bloody deeds of the Arabs and/or award the Palestinians with the crown of innocence, rightly the property of Israel.

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PA Mahmoud Abbas (left) described by Pope Francis (right) as an "angel of peace"

The final section is the History Section. This time of the year being dominated by preparation for Passover, actually celebrating it and then repacking everything for next year, we present a story of how hard it was for some Jewish soldiers serving in the Palestine Brigade in World War 1 to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem. The massacre of the Armenians, the first genocide of the 20th Century, is described and there's an article on the authentic Palestinian refugees around at the end of World War 2: the Jews from the Arab countries, who were forced out of places the Jews had lived in for thousands of years, far longer than had the Arab invaders.


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ISIS: THE LATEST SUPERSTAR, TERROR-WISE

As Dan Illouz wrote in the January-February 2015 issue, "The rise of the Islamic State has finally shocked some people into a belated awareness of what's been going on in Middle East." ISIS may be the newest and the nastiest, but ISIS has the same ideology as do all salafist groups: they will wage jihad until they conquer the world for Islam. When we assume ISIS is an anomaly in Islam, we make the mistake of limiting the reach and spread of Resurgent Islam to a relatively small number of terrorists. Even when we know there are hundred, if not thousands, of variously-sized terror groups, we ignore how many of them interact, concurrently friends and enemies. We are wrong when we think 'lone-wolf' terrorists function without a strong support structure. We are just as wrong to attribute independence of thought and technique to 'lone-wolf' terrorist groups.

To comprehend the enemy of current civilization, we have to understand that our enemy's motive power is its adherence to the terrorist preachings and teachings of Mohammad. "What would Mohammad do? What would Mohammad say" is the way millions of Muslims figure out how to interact with the world. Which terror organization ends up as the rulers of the Middle East depends on other factors: organizational ability, funding, the ability to maintain a large stock of high-tech weaponry, the ability to manipulate politicians, media and academics, the ability to attract troops and just sheer luck.

Right now the thugs of Iran and ISIS are the heavy favorites, but the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda are still in the running. The possibility that Iran will make a bunch of bombs before it is stopped OR that ISIS will overcome Iran and become the owner of the nuclear bombs Prez Obama is graciously helping Iran to develop OR that they cooperate is enough to give anyone nightmares.


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ISIS IS THE FOURTH REICH

by V.S. Naipaul

The Dail Mail UK, the original publishers of this article by V.S. Naipaul wrote, "A long-term critic of Islam as a global threat, he [Naipaul] also challenges those who say the extremists have nothing to do with the real religion of Islam..." Change ISIS to SALAFISTS and Naipaul's article might appear even 50 years from now as an excellent summary of our present day conflict.

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THE TERROR STRATEGIST: SECRET FILES REVEAL THE STRUCTURE OF ISLAMIC STATE

by Christoph Reuter

According to documents accessed by Der Spiegel, Haji Bakr was the Islamic State's strategist who planned the organizational structure and the operations ISIS would perform to take over parts of Syria and Iraq. Christoph Reuter writes about the notes and organizational charts drawn up by Baki and discovered after his death. They details ISIS mode of operation and they clarify how ISIS's phenomenally rapid rise was possible. It is also possible to reconstruct the events surrounding the birth of ISIS from the initial membership of ex-officers from Saddan Hussein's army and start-up funds from al-Qaeda. When they targeted a town, they first set about getting information about the religious and sexual activities of the members of the local power structure. This gave ISIS the material to blackmail some of the people, entice others to join them and list which people they would need to eliminate. Controlling the populace, training the troops and having the funds to carry out operations were prime objectives. And when the infrastructure was in place, they declared the caliphate was resurrected.

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PRAGMATIC COOPERATION BETWEEN ENEMIES

by Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Center

Life is simpler in the West. Adversaries are well-defined and separate. They wear different uniforms. You root for one team or for another. Things are different in the Middle East. As the Meir Amit Center demonstrates, arch enemies will trade and create economic alliances while carrying on brutal actions against each other. ISIS has conquered most of the Syrian oil fields in northern and eastern Syria but they don't have the skilled workers to maintain them. Syria supplies the workers. Syria needs oil and gas. ISIS needs the revenues from the sale of oil and gas. They worked out a deal. A side benefit is that ISIS is supplied with a reliable source of electricity. When I read this article I thought about how different things are in Israel. For some reason that I don't understand, Israel supplies the Palestinian Arabs with electricity for free. The Arabs show their gratitude by taking pot shots at the men who come to fix the grid.

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HOSTILE TAKEOVER: HOW ISIS ATE AL QAEDA

by Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta writes that terror groups around the world have joined the Islamic State as affiliates. The reward for affiliates is that they can share in ISIS's celebrity status. In return, they contribute their ability to wreak terror and destruction in their particular locales. Boko Haram had been a particularly important asset for al-Qaeda, obtained training and funding from al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), while helping AQIM expand into Nigeria. It has shifted its allegiance to the Islamic State, leaving al-Qaeda much weakened.

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IRAN - THE QUIET BEFORE THE BOMB

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From The Israel Project, Facebook

The nuclear framework agreement signed between Iran and world powers, namely the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, on April 2, was defined by U.S. President Barack Obama as an "historic understanding," while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defined the deal as "bad." — Israel Commentary (see here.)

"To my mind, a 'good deal' needs to bolt the door on the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon." — David Petraeus, March 19, 2015, (see here.)


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THE RISE OF THE IRANIAN EMPIRE

by David Daoud

With good reason, anyone who can see two checker moves ahead worries about the Iranian unswerving intention to build nuclear bombs. As this article by David Daoud makes clear, non-Arab Iran is also building up its holdings in neighboring Arab countries. As the introduction to Daoud's article puts it, "With the fall of Yemen to Iranian-backed rebels, the subordination of the Iraqi army to Iran-backed militias, and the continuing dominance of Iranian proxies in Syria and Lebanon, it seems that a new empire has emerged—right under the nose of the United States."

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A BAD AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WILL UNDERMINE MIDDLE EAST STABILITY

by Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall

Michael Segall sees the struggle in the Middle East as one between "between the proponents of change — such as Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran; and the proponents of stability — the moderate Arab states including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, and Tunisia, along with Israel." This is a particularly bad time for Iran to be given advantages. Segall puts into succinct and precise language how Iran is outmaneuvering the world. He confirms the trepidations most of us have felt as we learn that Iran is not only continuing its nuclear weaponry program but literally gaining ground — Arab country by Arab country — as well as regional political power. Iran's "growing entrenchment in the Syrian-Lebanese domain" and the increased coordination of Hizbullah, Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations, will enable it to encircle Israel. Institutions such as the European Union, the P5+1 and the American administration, which should be stopping Iran's progress, aid and abet her ascent, while reassuring us that all is well. Two of Segall's conclusions — "the West repeatedly capitulates in the negotiations" and "The Iranian regime will not change in nature." — add up to a frightening future for the world.

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THE PHANTOM FATWA

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin writes about a fatwa said to have been issued by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, against Iran's developing nuclear weapons. The fatwa simply doesn't fit with Iran's monomania to build nuclear facilities or with the bellicose statements of its leaders. Yet Western leaders, including President Obama, have eagerly used the fatwa as linch pin to reassure the world that Iran was building nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes. It is not known where and when the fatwa was issued, if it were actually issued. It doesn't have even a fake birth certificate.

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THE DIPLOMATIC TRACK TO WAR

by Caroline Glick

Prez Obama asserts the agreement with Iran will prevent war and has called anyone who disagrees a warmonger. On much firmer ground, Caroline Glick shows why Obama's policy of nuclear appeasement will actually lead to a devastating war. A concerted diplomatic effort might still work but only if it is linked to collateral activities that would include supporting the Middle East countries that are already in a de facto war with Iran; wrecking Iran's nuclear installations ballistic missile storage facilities; and striking Revolutionary Guards command and control bases. With Obama in command, that won't happen. By threats, promises, stubbornness, deceit, broken promises and unexpected moves, Iran has routed the diplomats and, with Obama's support, has paralyzed any effective way to stop her brazen progress toward nuclear capability other than by warfare. This forces other Middle Eastern countries to try to acquire nuclear capability, making the possibility of a nuclear devastation in the region all the more likely.

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STRATEGIC FOLLY IN THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaacov Amidror

Yaacov Amidror makes a gloomy but realistic assessment of what life in the Middle East will be like if the US and European powers permit Iran to acquire nuclear weaponry and become a nuclear power. In addition to creating a "new, violent Middle East," in what is already an unstable region where thousands of civilians have already been slaughtered, Iran would also become a global power, with a heightened ability to inflict its Salafist ideas on the rest of the world. It is mystifying that Prez Obama would facilitate Iran's dominance and its horrifying consequences, when even now it would only take a few days for the US to completely destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. And he continues to thwart Israel's ability to do so.

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SOME GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT TERRORIST GROUPS

Like the Greek legend of the serpent Hydra, as we weaken or destroy one band of terrorists, old ones have more freedom of action and new ones pop up and become popular. Some terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and Hizbullah are so well-established, they have cells, banking contacts, political networks, (not necessarily legal) businesses and front groups around the world. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood frequent the American White House. To illustrate the point, Hizbullah, which is dedicated to destroying Israel, is part of Lebanon's government and has, as this map indicates, an extensive global reach. It is more active in Europe than the map would suggest. The European Union (EU) resisted labeling it a terrorist organization for as long as it could. The EU finally banned Hezbollah's political wing but its 'humanitarian' wing has continued to procure weapons and raise funds for its terrorist operations, which Hezbollah usually performs elsewhere other than in Europe.

This section asked some general questions. What is the commonality among the Muslim terrorist groups? How do they interact among themselves? Deep down, below the cover story that the Arab states are passionately concerned about their Palestinian cousins, who after 65 years are still living segregated in camps in these same Arab states, who do the leaders of these states really see as the enemy? Are terror entities becoming institutionalized in the Middle East? Given that the present-day terrorists may destabilize the world more than the isms did in the last century, how is the rest of the world to protect itself? One of the essays suggests that our fundamental policy should be to destroy the core belief system that nourishes salafist terrorism: Islam itself.

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PM Netanyahu used this map in a recent address to AIPAC. It illustrates the extent of the Iran-funded Hezbollah terrorist network. (from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, The Jewish Press, 3mar2015. Ben-Gedalyah: "[Netanyahu] left out Argentine, the site of the Hezbollah bombing in 1994 of the AIMA center, but the map included Peru, the United States, India, Thailand, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, France, Germany and, of course, Israel.")


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INSIDE THE MIND OF A JIHADIST

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern writes of a terrorist from Morocco and his Spanish wife, who have recently had a child in the Islamic State, on land which was once part of Syria. By birth, the child is Spanish. His mother is one of more than 100 Spanish citizens who have joined ISIS. Think of it. This ISIS couple already has photos for their family album — look! look! there is Daddy waving the heads of men he decapitated. He did it for Allah and Islam. As a conscientious father concerned that his children be brought up properly, it is likely he will teach them how to bomb, decapitate, shoot, knife and otherwise rid the world of those who go against Islam. He is a pious man and does what the Koran tells him to. And as the jihadists of IS take wives and start families, they will have a renewable home-grown source for future terrorists in addition to the usual recruits, who come for the romance, the excitement and the reassurance that Islam gives them permission to act out their anger. As Kern points out, we will soon have "a generation of Western passport-holding jihadi parents who are — presumably — inculcating their "Western" children with fundamentally anti-Western values."

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ACTING ON ISLAM'S CORE BELIEF

by Mark Durie

Islam is an all-encompassing paean of hate. Many with advanced insight insist Resurgent Islam is making a political ideological statement. And it is. At the same time, its acts of terrorism are making a statement about its core beliefs as a religion. Mark Durie writes of Muslim slaughter of Christians because they are Christian and of the Sura in the Koran that supports such activity. Incidentally, the accompanying photo of Muslims beheading Christians is sufficiently stylized that the Metropolitan Opera could use it next time it presents a sympathetic songfest lauding Muslim terrorists.

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD-ISIS CONNECTION

by Arnold Ahlert

In some ways the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and ISIS are similar. Both are excellent in organizing and planning an operation in coordinated detail and in consolidating and expanding their gains. They differ in that the MB prefers stealth jihad, infiltrating a host country's infrastructure, creating a strong network connection with politicians and academics and influencing policy from within. ISIS prefers big, bold, fast and utterly demoralizing operations. A matter of style, not ideology. Albert Ahlert writes of the history of a group that has had many a name change and currently is called ISI (Islamic State of Iraq), ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), depending on what territory is referenced. It's getting so big and stable, it often goes by its short all-encompassing name: IS (Islamic State). MB, founded in the 1920s, was the first in recent history to focus on bringing back the Caliphate and Sharia. MB has directly spawned groups such as Hamas and, if Egyptian sources are accurate, ISIS. And it has influenced the formation of many other salafist groups, which share the obsession of revitalizing Islam, recreating the Caliphate and living under sharia law. ISIS is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood via al-Qaeda, which promoted its growth and with which it has had a fluctuating relationship. Currently, depending on the particular event, one can make a case that ISIS and MB work hand in glove (see here) or are on the outs. Or, in typical Arab fashion, denounce each other, while cooperating on other matters.

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"SOMETHING RADICALLY NEW" IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Paul Merkley

Much of Western foreign policy in the Middle East is based on the assumption that what drives the Arab states and unifies the people of the region is the need to destroy that element perceived as alien, the Jewish state. Without the irritant of Israel, the Arabs would be content, peace and harmony would prevail. Paul Merkley suggests that recent events such as the banding together of Sunni countries to destroy the Shiite Houthi rule of Yemen show this is manufactured nonsense. In actuality, the core animosity is the mutual hatred of Sunni and Shi'ite, each out to prove it is authentic Islam, the other a heretic imitation.

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Dry Bones. The True Moslems, May 29, 2015.

As Merkley puts it, "what is tearing the Middle East apart today is the fact that the Muslim powers hate each other more than they hate us. This is not necessarily a comfort. But it does make clear that we have a range of responses that otherwise would be beyond consideration." He points out that "the largest obstacle standing in the way of a recalculation of diplomatic possibilities in the Middle East may well prove to be the determination of the President of the United States and his Secretary of State to keep on the world's agenda the hopeless issue of resumption of the Peace talks between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas."

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COMPARING AL QAEDA AND ISIS: DIFFERENT GOALS, DIFFERENT TARGETS

by Daniel L. Byman

Daniel Byman compares the differences in modus operandi and method of recruitment of two major Sunni terror groups, Al Qaeda and ISIS. Both are salafist and both are ambitious to be top dog in Islam, which they believe should be the top dog religion in the world. Al-Qaeda regards the US as its major enemy, and "the root cause of the Middle East's problems," and commits acts of terror often, as on 9/11, in dramatic and spectacular ways. ISIS, which emerged in Iraq, saw as its first task the securing of its local environment and since then has extended its control over more and more of the region, doing so in shockingly brutal ways. Terror groups that sign on as affiliates tend to focus on the parent concerns, ISIS troops slaughtering the local Shi'ites, al-Qaeda recruits attacking Western outposts. Based on his analysis, Byman suggests counter tactics for the US. I'm not sure I agree that the local Arab population will reject ISIS's tactics, as they become more grotesque. The local Arabs in Israel's Territories chose Hamas as against Fatah, gravitating to the terror organization with the more open violence.

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ISRAEL IN THE EYE OF A STORMY MIDDLE EAST

The overthrow of dictatorial regimes that began with the Arab Spring has created much motion, much strife, displaced civilians and a busy shuffling of government officials in and out of office, but little increase in democracy or individual freedom. A most significant consequence has been that more states have been unable to maintain a normal or even a minimum administrative structure to provide the services — access to education, food and water, transportation, communication, public safety, etc. — expected to some degree of even an incompetent government. On top of these deprivations, civilians who are not actively engaged in battle and jihad, suffer from life-threatening attacks by rival jihadists and are caught in the crossfire as their own group retaliates.

Many African states and gangs have left primitive and inadequate and are now stumbling around in passive non-functional, except for salafists such as the Boko Haram. The UN is planning to do something about them, just as soon as it finishes denouncing Israel for an almost infinite list of wrong-doings. Lebanon is considered stable, if we ignore the large number of Hezbollah in Parliament and the government. Internal peace has been gained at the price of civilized living, but it might not last because both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra have announced their battle plans include fighting Hezbollah. Meantime, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya have shrunk in size as different salafist groups as well as the Kurds have gouged out large patches of land within the borders of the official states.

The new or at least transitional Middle East can roughly be compared to feudal Europe in the Middle Ages. In the Middle East, a recently restructured state is composed of fiefdoms controlled by jihadi bands, which have pledged allegiance to one of the bigger warlords, al-Qaeda or ISIS or Iran. Terrorist gangs and clans run Libya, where a brigade might be providing protection for the locals while fighting and raiding outsiders. ISIS now has enough land so it can train new troops in actual battle against the other major salafi groups; and the central government is reduced to some fancy words on a piece of paper. In Yemen as in ancient Gaul, the country is divided into three parts, each part controlled by a different salafist faction, which is at war with the other two. The new terrorist powers are mirror images in their allegiance to the word and deed of Mohammad and their hatred of the US and Israel. The old central government has abdicated, leaving a vacancy the Iran-supported Houthis will likely fill.

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People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport in Yemen, March 26, 2015. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

This section discusses the state of disarray of the Arab states in the Middle East and how Israel is coping with the situation. As luck would have it, Israel has already had years of practice balancing the safety of its populace with the fear of media and political outcry if it harms one strand of an Arab's beard. For well over a half century, a standard Arab ploy has been to hide weaponry among civilians. It's win-win. If the Israelis avoid targeting the area, their missiles are safe. If the IDF kills some human shields in destroying a civilian-guarded missile site, the Arabs gain inches of newspaper space and minutes of TV time, as Israel is chastised for causing the death of innocent civilians.

At present, in dealing with multiple civil wars, Israel doesn't support either side or, when more than two sides are at war, any side. It nips attempts to place a terrorist presence on its borders. And, quietly, it provides humanitarian and medical aid to injured civilians living near its borders. Its attempts to prevent future havoc by preventing Iran from making an atomic bomb have been thwarted by the American President, who has been running interference for Iran for some time now. As Louis Beres on April 22, 2015 put it:

"... it is effectively certain that Israel will have to face a fully nuclear Iran sometime in the next several years. It is also plausible that Israel's overall strategic position has been compromised by pertinent decisions of the Obama presidency, most recently, by the Pentagon's surprise publication of a 1987 document detailing once-secret elements of Israel's nuclear program [...] Israel will soon have to: (1) reassess the regional "correlation of forces;" and, correspondingly, (2) refashion its substantially complex "order of battle." [...] Israel's nuclear arsenal offers a potentially indispensable impediment to the actual regional use of nuclear weapons. Joined with a fully-coherent strategic doctrine, one that would include, inter alia, more explicit codifications of counter-city ("counter-value") targeting, and also certain enhanced efforts at ballistic missile defense, these weapons could come to represent the entire Middle East's principal line of defense against Iranian nuclear aggression, and regional nuclear war.[emphasis added]


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THE UPHEAVALS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL'S STRATEGIC BALANCE

by Amos Yadlin and Carmit Valensi

For years, Arab propaganda claimed the so-called Arab-Israeli conflict (or its lite version: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict) was the root cause of whatever bedeviled the Middle East. In 2010, the Arab Spring triggered a set of events that unhappily have resulted in bloody salafist attacks that have killed or injured hundreds of thousands of people and taken large chunks of land out of several of the Arab states. All of these new powers are sincere in their dedication to promoting the dominance of Islam and the authority of sharia. Amos Yadlin and Carmit Valensi suggest that what we are seeing is the acting out of religious differences, where each group is certain it is one that is correctly interpreting Mohammad's wishes. They point out that the Arabs are no longer preoccupied with Israel, now that they must deal with the viability and survival of their own countries. Unfortunately, these new circumstances continue to demand Israel's attention and will continue to do so. Asymmetric conflict, border flare-ups, the local Arabs acting on the belief that they are an ancient people and all of Israel was once a Palestinian state can flare up. ISIS can decide to test out its strength by provoking a fight. And there is Iran building a bomb, undeterred by the EU, the UN or the USA. And yet the new configuration creates opportunities. As Yadlin and Valensi note, a "wide congruence of interests has come into being for Israel and moderate Sunni Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Jordan. This represents an opportunity for regional cooperation..." Egypt is blocking smuggling tunnels, which makes it hard for Hamas to accumulate weapons of war. The Kurds are pioneering the concept of an ethnic group with autonomy that transcends state borders. Israel has much to contribute to regional cooperation should partnerships with moderate Arab states become possible. Israel needs to review its policy options.

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A LEGAL AND OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF ISRAEL'S TARGETING PRACTICES

by Michael Schmitt and John Merriam

Primarily using data from Israel's July 2014 excursion into Gaza, Michael Schmitt and John Merriam examined Israel's "targeting methods and even some of its specific positions on the law of armed conflict (LOAC)," within the "unique operational and strategic context in which the IDF operates." IDF is a conscript force, not a professional army, so the IDF must take into account that the public justifiably has a strong fear of capture or death of its soldier-children in combat. So it puts a high priority on operations such as discovering and destroying tunnels the Arabs build to sneak up on troops. The IDF must also contend with the Arabs putting "fighters and military objectives among civilian persons and objects." To avoid hitting civilians, it resorts to warning when and where it will strike, which eliminates the important element of surprise; and it treats only voluntary human shields as hostile participants. IDF operations are also monitored by an independent judiciary on an on-going basis. Schmitt and Merriam conclude that "we found that their approach to targeting is consistent with the law and, in many cases, worthy of emulation." The only problem is that Israel's being a boy scout when it needs to put a stop to its enemy's missile attacks may be praiseworthy but it is not effective in that it doesn't wipe out missile attacks.

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WHEN OUR ENEMY FIGHTS OUR ENEMY

by Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer points out "that Israel has no natural allies on either side of Syria's civil war—neither among the Iran-allied 'regime' forces, nor with the overwhelmingly Sunni Islamist 'rebels.'" Israel has avoided involvement as much as possible. It does not participate in the current war between Hezbollah and the Al Nusra Front. Its activities are limited to stopping specific shipments of weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syria and preventing the presence of a strong terrorist group on the Golan border. It also provides humanitarian and medical aid to wounded rebels and Syrian civilians living near the border. Israel's goal is to maintain a secure border and stem spillover of the Syrian civil war into Israel. Spyer details some of Israel's interaction with Al-Nusra, a very capable group of Sunni jihadists fighting the Assad regime, to prevent their encroachment on the border.

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ISRAELI SECURITY POLICY IN SYRIA

by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser

As in the previous article by Jonathan Spyer, this article by Yossi Kuperwasser discusses Israel's policy to avoid "open intervention or taking sides in the bloody Syrian conflict." Clearly, Israel does not support either of the two main sides in the civil war — the Iranian-led radical axis and the radical Sunni axis led separately by Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra." Of particular interest in Kuperwasser's article is how "Israel and the Iranian-led radical axis" set the rules of the game in Syrian territory without coming to sustained and open battle.

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A "CRAZY STATE" DOES NOT PLAY BY THE RULES

by Eli E. Hertz

Stripped of its phony history and the fake story of how badly it's been treated by Israel, the Palestinian pseudo-state can be seen for what it is: another failed Middle East attempt at government. This is true whether it's the Palestine Authority — whose illegal head of state pockets much of the millions of dollars the West bestows on the local Arabs in Israel and the Territories — or Hamas in Gaza, which has imposed its notions on its Arab subjects of how to live 7th Century in the 21st Century. Long before ISIS emerged, before al-Qaeda choreographed 9/11, the Palestinian Arabs were innovating new and devastating ways of disrupting civilization and ignoring civilized conventions. Eli Hertz discusses how well the Palestinian self-government already fits the characteristics of a Crazy State.

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LEGAL RULES AND ANTI-TERRORISM WARFARE: THE CASE OF MUSTAFA DIRANI, REVISITED

by Keren Aviram and Yoram Schweitzer

Large-scale terrorism, neither random nor sporadic, is leading to a reexamination of the use of stylized rule-driven conventional warfare, now that asymmetric warfare has become the rule. Applying civil court procedures on terrorist activities has also come in for a reexamination. In this important paper, Keren Aviram and Yoram Schweitzer discuss a new ruling, using the case of Mustafa Dirani as prototype, where the Israeli Supreme Court expanded the "common law rule precluding the examination of an enemy's claim during wartime and applied it to members of terrorist organizations operating out of foreign countries, even if not in a formal state of war with Israel."

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TO AID AND ABET THE ENEMY: CENSOR THYSELF. BLAME THE VICTIM. KEEP THE VICTIMIZER HAPPY.

We know a lot about the ways anti-Semitism in Europe and the USA is systematically promoted by Muslims, how the job of marketing Jew-hate is made easy because of the European susceptibility to thinking the worst of Jews, and how the plague of irrational hate spreads among the academic elite as quickly or even more rapidly than in more ignorant communities. We know many Jews have responded to explicit or to murmured Jew-hate by becoming themselves willing participants in BSD and other hate campaigns against Israel. They blame the victim and shelter the victimizer.

This section examines some examples of Protect the Victimizer, lest he turn on you. People who should know better — and this includes Jews — accept the Arab invention of a Palestinian people. Newsmen, politicians and academicians who are supposed to dig for the facts suppress the truth and often invent lies to favor the Arab cause. The information that Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are Jewish by international law, by history and by conquest is readily available, but people insist Israel is occupying Palestinian land. The humanitarians who are ready in the US to jail parents who spank their children or let their youngsters walk home from school by themselves excuse the Po' Palestinians, who strap explosive belts on Arab toddlers and teach them to shoot pretend guns at Jewish targets. Many a media person has argued that it is the Arab murderer — or, more often, the Arab community from whence he came — that is the true victim, because the host society hasn't made Muslims feel welcome. Too many of our opinion makers invert reality, downplay the importance of free speech, blame the victim and insist that the victimizer is the real victim.


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ARE AMERICAN JEWS TRAUMATIZED?

by Karin McQuillan

Given Judaism amazing record for family stability, high creativity, low social pathology, financial success and strong moral teaching, one would suppose American Jews would encourage their children, even their intermarried children, to raise Jewish families. But "Jewish parents don't act as if it is in their children's best interest for a happy, good, meaningful life, to be Jewish." American Jews act as if, deep down, they don't really believe they are as accepted in American culture as they proclaim. In this essay Karin McQuillan examines why it is that, despite their success, so many "American Jews display the faulty reactions typical of trauma victims." Many of them exhibit "existential insecurity", acting out the judgment of their abusers in their 2000 years in the diaspora, exhibiting the defensive and convoluted reactions typical of the abused victim: "the self-blame, the guilt, the false accusations of being worse than the abuser, the pretense you were the one who caused the problem." Many a liberal Jew confuses "self-betrayal with proof of moral goodness," Using Israel as his proxy and inverting reality, he condemns Israel for mistreating the Palestinian Arabs. The world media also deny the obvious fact that the Arabs are neo-Nazi and insist that murder-obsessed Arab society is the "real" victim. As McQuillan writes, "Any group that tries to publicize Arab hate is criticized and marginalized as right wing. News of Arab anti-Semitism is routinely and thoroughly censored by NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, because the reality of these facts is unwelcome."

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CARTOONISTS ARE CONTROVERSIAL AND MURDERERS ARE MODERATE

by Daniel Greenfield

Considering how protective TV media such as CNN and newspapers such as the Washington Post are of Muslim 'sensitivity', it should come as no surprise that when the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) held a Draw Muhammad cartoon contest which incensed a couple of Islamic terrorists so they came to shoot up the contest participants, the media blamed the AFDI for provoking the shooters. As Daniel Greenfield puts it:

"A contest in which Bosch Fawstin, an ex-Muslim, drew a cartoon of a genocidal warlord is 'controversial' and 'provocative', while the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which has invited Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who has inspired a number of terrorists, including apparently one of the Mohammed contest attackers, is a legitimate organization that is only criticized by controversial, intolerant and provocative Islamophobes."

Was the Cartoon Contest designed to provoke? Of course. Just as Martin Luther King marched in towns that overtly hated blacks, not down safe streets in quiet towns. That's just the point. Provocative, in-your-face, unwelcome speech must be allowed. Polite talk that raises no ire raises no issues. The cockamamie Mainstream Media reaction of blaming the victim while "understanding" the sensitive hurt feelings of the terrorist has become so commonplace that people no longer see how sick and dhimmi-ish this is. In the inverted moral sphere in which the media spin, what is important is to protect the Islamic Victimizer from punishment for his immoral and illegal behavior.

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ISLAMIZATION OF THE WEST

by Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders was present at Garland Texas at the Cartoon Contest that was attacked by Muslim gunmen because the contestants insulted Muhammad by drawing his image. Wilders is no stranger to having Western politicians and opinion makers blame him for rocking the boat, for giving Muslim terrorists an excuse for rioting. Even though he was (and is) a leader of one of the major political parties in Holland, he was put on trial by the Dutch for the crime of inciting racial hate. What had he done? He made a film "Fitna" in which he quoted from the Koran. No distortions. No commentary. He simply cited currently-enforced rules from the Koran. Even worse, he spoke out against losing his country and his values to foreign invaders. In this essay, he sounds the alarm that the West is under attack by those that would turn the West into another fiefdom under Islamic rule, with Sharia displacing Western law and the primitive thug-based values of the Salafists — treating women as chattel and wiping out the individual's freedom to run his own life — displacing Western values. In this speech that he made April 29, 2015 to American congressmen at a meeting of the Conservative Opportunity Society, he pointed out a major error in how Europe handles incoming Muslims: people from Muslim countries that illegally make it into Europe are not turned back. Nor do the Dutch authorities insist that these immigrants assimilate the Western values of the host countries. We have an analogous situation in the States in that those who make it over the border from Mexico win big: jobs, welfare, free education, free medicine, and defense lawyers when they are caught engaging in criminal activities. In both countries, the rewards of illegal entry has encouraged substantial smuggling in of Muslim jihadists, which makes the host countries less safe as more salafists become available to promote Islam and sharia law. The authorities do nothing for fear of riling the Muslims. It's easier to blame those that speak up.

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SHARIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

by Leslie Lebl

The disparity between the law and its enforcement doesn't just affect free speech. Politicians and judges may make strongly-worded statements against violence against women yet refuse to back up their strong words with strong action. Leslie Lebl writes of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) describing sharia as "incompatible with ... democracy" yet its reports on human rights don't identify sharia law as a major reason for Muslim mistreatment of and violence against women. Polygamy is so obviously against Western values that we'd expect laws against polygamy to be strictly enforced in the Muslim immigrant community. Instead, as Lebl notes, "Although polygamy is illegal in all EU member states, it probably exists in all of them, and in some has been de facto legitimized." European countries ignore polygamous unions, debate polygamy rather than enforce the law, allow it if it was legal where it occurred, or classify Muslim wives as single mothers so they receive welfare. Thanks to the many loopholes, "perhaps some 300,000 people in Britain are living in polygamous families, many if not most at state expense." Similarly, the Council is strongly against violence against women. It "does not, however, recognize the critical difference between domestic violence and the sharia-justified violence against women, especially honor killings." Little by little, sharia becomes the de facto law of the land — and not just for the Muslims.

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MAKING DAVID INTO GOLIATH: HOW THE WORLD TURNED AGAINST ISRAEL

by Joshua Muravchik. Reviewed by Shoshana Bryen

Joshua Muravchik wrote in "Making David into Goliath", "Israel's image is not undermined by what Israel actually does as much as by deliberate, popular, and well-funded sources pursuing warfare against Israel off the battlefield." As Shoshana Bryen observes in her review, "with the triumph of the Six-Day War. ... Israel ceased to be perceived as endangered and therefore ceased to command the world's sympathy... The Arab states, in one of the most impressive political turns of the modern age, switched the conversation from Arab rejection of Israel to Israel's occupation of the Palestinians." Muravchik writes of the large number of Leftists, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis, Europeans and Americans, academicians, media people and think-tankers who, for money or ideology or job security, have maligned Israel. They were and are willing to tell outright lies, distort or ignore what they actually see and know, and omit critical facts to further the Arab cause. Bryen writes that "Muravchik comes to the ugly—and current—truth of European politics: European countries were willing to barter with Palestinian organizations in order that they mostly leave Europeans alone." From appeasement to slavishly doing the Muslim bidding was not much of a step.

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PROFESSIONAL BAD-MOUTHERS OF ISRAEL

This set of articles presents professional bad-mouthers of Israel. Some are paid directly from Muslim sources and some are media people, working for organizations that are supposed to be our tellers of truth, exposers of evil. Content is likely to be distorted, but usually the style is fine. These professionals usually avoid sounding petty — they manage this by wrapping the nasty message in some high-minded expressions. A recent example of an exception to this rule was Prez Obama's petty uncovered swipes at the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama's petulance was a major embarrassment, even though the media tried hard to ignore his childish tantrums.


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REZA ASLAN HYPES 'ISLAMOPHOBIA'

by Cinnamon Stillwell

Cinnamon Stillwell writes about Reza Aslan, a lecturer at UC Riverside. He has a monochromatic description of what's wrong with Islam: there's nothing wrong with Islam. What's wrong is the bunch of Islamaphobic bigots, who have a big pot of money donated by big business bigots and spend it all to stir up Islamaphobia by criticizing Islam. He has no use for information that comes from independent sources. He sticks to material that comes mainly from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a far-left organization. Armed with a few statistics that are debatable and chiefly ad hominem arguments, he dismisses the possibility that Islam is dangerous. He praises diversity and the American tolerance for differences, ignoring that, when Islam gains control of a country, its tolerance disappears and only a rigid Koran-based life style is permitted. CAP and academic followers such as Aslan have invested much effort in making people fear being called a bigot. They make it simple to avoid being called islamophobic: just don't criticize anything in Islam, ignore Islam's attitude to women and polygamy, ignore its anti-Semitism and hatred towards Christianity, Hinduism and all other religions. Ignore its battling with everyone, even other Muslims, ignore Muslims teaching their children how to behead someone. And you won't have to fear that someone will call you an islamophob.

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ISRAEL'S BASKIN CASE

by Kane Rooks and David Bedein

Kane Rooks and David Bedein summarize some of Gershon Baskin's "questionable statements of supposed fact that Baskin weaves into his writings." Many of Baskin's statements are confident reassurances that the Palestinian Arabs do not want to destroy Israel. A pity that Abbas and Hamas don't talk the same talk. This article provides a summary of Baskin's most flagrantly wrong statements, questionable declarations and pompous profundities.

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FRIEDMAN'S FANTASY

by Michael Devolin

In this essay, Michael Devolin takes on Thomas Friedman, the Shimon Peres of journalism. Both Peres and Friedman can sustain a lofty tone and the pretense of having carefully examined all that needs considering, combined with an impressive ignorance of consequences and incompatibilities. In a recent column, Friedman reassured us that in his pondering on the forthcoming nuclear deal with Iran, he was considering small details like verification and larger matters like the "wider American strategic goals in the region." In Friedman's dream sequence, transforming Iran into a civilized country would take place after Iran and the Saudis played out their ancient feud, pummeling each other "until they get exhausted." Devolin points out a few defects in Friedman's analysis. First, if the Sunnis and the Shi'ites have been fighting from soon after Mohammad's time, why would Friedman expect them to patch up things before Iran acquires the bomb and misuses its new power? Iran's incurring a tragic number of deaths during the Iran-Iraq war didn't shorten the war. Why would it now? Second, it may be true that given a resurrection of the U.S. relationship to the Shah — the one Jimmy Carter ruined — the US might be able to use Iran to counterbalance the Sunni forces, but there is no such relationship now. And Iran's open hatred of America and Israel is hardly an indication that Iran wants to be our buddy. As Devolin observes, "untruths and fantasy are today common fare for the Western journalist."

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ISRAEL'S BAD PRESS

by Andrew E. Harrod

We seem to be in the beginning of a trend where journalists, previously forced by their editors or the Arabs to engage in the practice of exaggerating Israel's mistakes or inventing nasty stories about Israel out of whole cloth, while ignore the actual and bestial behavior of the Arabs, tell all. First, there was Mattie Friedman. Now, as Andrew Harrod writes, Mark Lavie has revealed how distorted journalism has become, with reporters accepting Arab fraudulent claims without investigation. Lavie also talks about frank intimidation. For many years, reporters have justifiably feared their families would be harmed if they told the truth about the Arabs or showed footage of Arabs whooping it up in delight that Israelis or Americans were dead.

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POLITICAL ISLAM'S DISINFORMATION

by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen

Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen ask how the Muslim Brotherhood and others who practice disinforming the West about the nature of Islam have been so successful for so long. They conclude that these jihadist groups spin lies and stretch truth within the context of simple and high-minded but false 'explanations' such as 'lack of economic development and social injustice.' Ehrenfeld and Jensen use as example the now-deposed Morsi government, which was voted in to protect human rights, but, instead, decreed shari'a law for Egypt. They might also have used the West's sympathy to the Palestinian Arabs as example. Palestinians are excused their knifing, sniping, stoning and lobbing missiles at Israeli civilians because they are too frail militarily to rid Palestine of Jewish occupation. Thanks to years of conditioning, the West, even supposed historians, ignores that there is no Palestinian people, there never was a Palestinian state, and it is the Arabs who invaded land set aside by international law for a Jewish state.

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THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

by Mark Steyn

Using a recent event that is destined for the history books, Mark Steyn writes on how to present a case and how not to present a case. He emphasizes the importance of the style and substance of Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress by comparing it to Prez Obama's "small and petty" belittlement of the Israeli Prime Minister. Netanyahu warned of the dangers of Iranian expansionism in territory and its ability to produce nuclear weaponry. Netanyahu also pointed out an important fact when dealing with Muslim countries: ISIS may be on the outs with Iran, but that doesn't mean ISIS is friendly to the West. Steyn also admonishes us that 'your enemy's enemy is not automatically friendly' also applies to us in the US.

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COULD JEWISH SOLDIERS IN THE BRITISH ARMY CELEBRATE PASSOVER IN JERUSALEM IN 1918?

by Lenny Ben-David

Using photographs and old letters, Lenny Ben-David asks whether Jewish soldiers in the Jewish Legion in the British army and the individual Jews serving in the armies of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand were allowed to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem in World War 1. The Jewish Legion was commanded by Col. John Henry Patterson, and letters written by the Colonel indicate that he was furious about the anti-Semitic policy which denied his soldiers permission to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem in 1918 and again in 1919, yet there are old photos showing Jewish soldiers doing just that. Although Jews were in the majority in Jerusalem, the British-run municipality allowed Arab violence against them, Hebrew was "officially disregarded and humiliated," and "Arab notables who betray pro-Jewish feeling" were penalized. Another photo suggests Jewish soldiers did have their seder in Jerusalem, but not those in the Jewish Legion "perhaps because of the army's desire to restrict a distinctly Jewish, nationalistic corps in its midst." The Jewish Legion made Pesach, but not in Jerusalem.

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THE LESSONS OF ARMENIA SHOULD NOT BE LOST

by Clifford D. May

The current spate of ugly ways to torture and murder people by both the Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam is not new. Clifford May makes the point that in recent history the "slaughter of Armenian Christians 100 years ago [was] preface and precedent to what's happening in the Middle East today." The fact that the world quickly forgot the Armenian victims reassured the Nazis that they too could slaughter people for the crime of a member of a particular ethnic or religious group without the world making much of a fuss. Nor do today's Muslim terrorist groups need to contend with a hostile aroused media as they exterminate Middle Eastern Christians. They cage prisoners, use 12-year old children to behead captives, rape women and sell children into slavery. They proudly act as practitioners of the Religion of Peace have always done.

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TWO STATES IS A FRAUD

by Drora bat Melech

Drora bat-Melech is an Israeli whose parents and grandparents were authentic refugees. Together with some 150 to 250 thousand other Jews, they were forced to flee from Iraq in the 1940s-early 1950s, even though the Jews had lived in Iraq for some 2500 years, more than a thousand years before the Arab invaders conquered the area. Not only were they kicked out, leaving most of their possessions and real estate behind, they had to pay the Arab government for the privilege of being allowed to leave alive. The scene was replayed in the other Arab states. The Jews received no help or compensation from the U.N., but the new state of Israel absorbed them and made them citizens. Bat-Melech was a refugee from Iraq but she was an 'aboriginal' in Israel because in 1922 their ancient land was restored to the Jews in recognition of their historic attachment to it; it was held in trust until they could develop the infrastructure and population to be a state. In 1948, when the neighboring Arab states invaded the new state of Israel, Arabs who fled — many of them left on orders of their leaders, and expected to return as soon as Israel was demolished — were placed into camps in their 'aboriginal' land, but they were treated as aliens and denied citizenship. Unlike any other group of refugees ever, they were given refugee status in perpetuum, they and their descendants, even those "refugees" who had come new to the area by June 1946.

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Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


FEATURED STORIES

January-February 2015

What we are talking about in the January–February 2015 Issue

  1. Arab Invasion of the Temple Mount (Eidelberg, Ronen, ben-Gedalyahu, Fendel, van der Hoeven, Brodie)
  2. Interfaith Dialogue and Muslim Intolerance (Dry Bones, Kessler, Cline, Murphy, West, Tepper)
  3. Expansionist Iran, Obama and the Bomb (Rafizadeh, Herf, Honig, Lipkin)
  4. ISIS Features Common to All Salafists (ITIC, Kedar, Ehrenfeld, Sherman, Devolin, Sennels, Illouz)
  5. Media and Political Propaganda (Friedman, MacEoin, Shragai, Greenfield)
  6. Aspects of World War 2 (Beck, Shapiro, Auschwitz Survivors, Nachshoni)

The ARAB INVASION OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT

As described by Peter Hammond in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam (see also Richard Butrick's article in the January 2013 Think-Israel issue here), when the Muslim population of a host country becomes more than 5-10%, they begin to start their bid to take over the country. In Israel, Muslims officially are some 17% of the population, not including the many that live there unreported and illegally. So it should come as no surprise that the Arabs are flexing their muscles. As in Malmo, Sweden and Paris, France inter alia they are securing territory for themselves, the supposedly non-existent no-go zones. Jerusalem suffers from other lacerations. The unimpeded Arab intimidation and violence has impacted attitudes across the country, both Jewish and Muslim. One young Jewish woman, army-trained and religious, living close to Gaza and thus willing to risk erratic attacks from Hamas, confided in me that she no longer traveled to Jerusalem, which would seem to be a much safer place to live than her own town. But in Jerusalem she was afraid of getting into a cab driven by an Arab. Her fear of being kidnapped is very real and not uncommon. How has the growing Arab boldness affected Arabs citizens of Israel? When I was looking for a hotel close to the Kotel last Sukkot, I called a hotel in the area and asked whether they would have a Sukkah. The thick voice responded arrogantly that I was calling a hotel in Palestine and they certainly would not.

More openly, the Arabs are targeting Jews at the Temple Mount. As Moshe Feiglin has highlighted publicly by speaking out and coming to the Temple Mount, the harassment of Jews by Arabs on the Temple Mount is shameful, a shanda, made more appalling in that official Israel aids the Arabs in preventing Jews from praying at their most Holy Site. Menachem Begin insisted that "the right of free Jewish worship in Jerusalem stood at the very core of the independence that Zionists sought...A people that does not defend its holy places—that does not even try to defend them—is not free." Unfortunately, just as the British in the Mandate Period caved in to Arab demands to keep the peace, Israeli politicians today are more concerned with preventing Arabs from rioting than respecting the right of Jews to pray freely in their own land.

One observation starkly highlights the absurdity of the prevailing policy: Jews can't pray on the Temple Mount— a Jew was arrested for the suspicious activity of closing his eyes— but Arabs can play soccer there. It puts the lie to any argument that excuses Arab violence by pleading Arab sensitivity to infringement of their religious practices or mosque environment. In point of fact, what Israel's timidity has gained her is increased Arab unruliness, intimidation and vulgar behavior.

Professor Paul Eidelberg has suggested some ways Jews can begin reclaiming their most Holy Place:

1. We need to publicize the idea that Jewish control of Israel's holiest site, the Temple Mount (the Har HaBayit) on which stood the Beit HaMikdash, is a precondition of uncontested Jewish control of an undivided Jerusalem and the vivid restoration of Jewish national honor as well as the sanctification of God's Name. Once Jews maintain unequivocal control of the Temple Mount, a serious movement can be initiated among Christian in the United States to move the American embassy to Jerusalem — which would produce a salutary shock wave across the world.

2. Conversely, so long as the Muslim Authority (the Wakf) controls and desecrates the Temple Mount, the nations will despise Israel and kowtow to the Arab-Islamic world. Muslim desecration of the Temple Mount not only exposes Jewish weakness, but increases Muslim arrogance and incites Islamic violence everywhere.

3. Jewish spiritual revival of the Temple Mount would not only be the pinnacle of a Jewish restoration of Jerusalem; it would also inflict a lethal blow on the ambitions of Muslims, who regard Jerusalem is the key to their global ambitions.

4. The Wakf has long been violating the Law of Antiquities and the Law of Planning. The Muslims are erasing all historical evidence of Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. The Netanyahu Government knows this and has cravenly said they have no intention of interfering.

5. Of course, exclusive Jewish control of the Temple Mount is inseparable to Israel's control of Judea and Samaria. (See below, point 14.)

6. To show that the Temple Mount is the key to the world-historical function of the Jewish people prescribed in the Tenach, I shall now quote various passages from Joshua Berman's book, The Temple.

7. The Temple, he writes, represents "the spiritual center of the country. Here, at the site where God's presence is most manifest, the representatives of the Jewish people execute commandments and rites that symbolize the service of the nation as a whole."

8. It should also be noted that any non-Jew, so long as he adheres to the Seven Noahide Laws of Universal Morality, can bring certain "sacrifices" to the Temple, which acknowledges God's sovereignty over mankind.

9. The Temple — "a house for God's Name" — symbolizes "a public declaration of God's sovereignty. The ambition of declaring God's sovereignty in the world, which was initiated by Abraham, is the calling of the Jewish people."

10. Berman goes on to say: "God's acclaim in the world is a direct function of how Israel is perceived [by the nations]." Israel must become a great country. "A great country should possess political stability at home and should be at peace with its neighbors. It should possess a strong economy and should be home to a culture that boasts strong [moral and intellectual] virtues." Israel did not become such a nation until the reign of King David, and it was left to his son Solomon to build the (first) Temple. All nations then flocked to Jerusalem, which was recognized not only as the City of Peace but the City of Truth.

11. "The function of the Temple as a symbol for God's acclaim in the world reaches its apex with the visit of the queen of Sheba to Solomon's court" — Solomon, the wisest of kings. Ponder, therefore, these verses of Isaiah 2:1-3: "And many nations will go and cry, 'Let us go up the to mountain of God's house, to the house of the Lord of Jacob, and we will learn from His ways and walk in His paths, for out of Zion goes forth the Torah and the word of God from Jerusalem.'"

12. Now let us consider Rabbi Chaim Richman's essay, "A Third Jewish Temple" (May 18, 2000), where he says: "People assume those who are interested in the Temple are radical elements opposed to peace." Alluding to the era of King Solomon, Rabbi Richman points out that the Temple Mount represents "the hallmark of the greatest era known to man.... This place has been sanctified by God from the beginning of time.... Here Jacob laid his head. Here Abraham tried to sacrifice Isaac.... Of the 613 commandments in the Torah, 113 of them depend on the existence of a Jewish Temple. We have not received a cancellation order for any of the commandments issued at Mount Sinai."

13. Public opinion must therefore be educated about the Temple, about its significance in Judaism. Obviously, the Netanyahu Government, steeped in timidity and intellectual stagnation, will not do this. This Government doesn't really represent the Jewish people. At least 25% of Israel's Jewish population is religious, and at least 50% is traditional. The Jewish people were not consulted when, Netanyahu, without Knesset or public discussion, endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, Israel's heartland. There is no reason to believe, therefore, that this orator with a golden tongue and clay feet will stand firm on the issue of Jerusalem and the Har HaBayit.

14. Hence, a Jerusalem Movement involving a network of cells across the nation should be initiated by Jewish youth and venerable rabbis. Their proclaimed purpose is to preserve the integrity of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount now being sullied by Muslims. Weekly demonstrations will be necessary. Eminent speakers should be called upon to denounce Netanyahu's policy of moral equivalence regarding Jewish and Muslim claims to the Holy Land — an insult to Jewish intelligence, as well as to countless Christians who are grateful for Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem, knowing that by this alone will they be welcomed in the Holy City.


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WAQF'S NEW WEAPON: SCREAMING GIRLS

by Gil Ronen

Gil Ronen reports on a new gambit used by the local Arabs, "citizens of Israel," to show disrespect to Judaism and to Jews on the Temple Mount. Arab men and women of all ages, including youngsters, especially young girls, are paid to harass Jews verbally and physically to ensure they can't worship there. They can't even enjoy a moment of contentment or contemplation on this most Holy of the Jewish Holy sites. And the police, paralyzed by politicians who fear bad publicity, either do nothing or arrest the Jewish "troublemakers". An Addendum lists some relevant videos.

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ARAB MK AHMED TIBI FLIES PLO FLAG ON TEMPLE MOUNT

by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

An Arab Member of the Knesset flies the PLO flag on the Jewish Temple Mount and the police do nothing. Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu asks, "If a Kahane flag is illegal, is the PLO flag on Temple Mount kosher?" Perhaps the question should be, "In WW2, would the USA allow a Nazi flag fly from the National Cathedral?" Have we forgotten that Resurgent Islam has declared war on the West and Israel; and the faux-people, the Palestinians, are foot soldiers in that war? As an aside, the Arabs don't just fly their terrorist flag, they burn flags of other countries on the Temple Mount. See them burning the French flag here.

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STATUS QUO? 'JEWS PRAYED ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT FOR CENTURIES'

by Hillel Fendel

Hillel Fendel "explores the origins of the hotly-contested 'status quo' at Judaism's holiest site." As he says, everyone "religiously" is determined to continue the "status quo"— even those who blather about freedom of worship. But, as Fendel asks, what is the status quo? At the moment, Jews are forbidden by their Government to pray on the Har HaBayit (The Temple Mount). The reason for preventing Jews from praying is said to be that Jews might inadvertently step on a forbidden area. If the intent is to prevent desecrating a sacred place, why are Arabs allowed to run wild and destroy ancient relics? Besides, historically, Jews prayed there for hundreds of years without hindrance. The real reason appears to be to not stir up Arab anger. But if so, it isn't working. It is only emboldening the Arabs employed by Hamas et al to behave despicably.

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HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD'S TEMPLE MOUNT

by Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Who would have believed in the 1930's, as Hitler was starting his genocidal war against the Jews, that some eighty years later the Jewish State would be a major safety zone for Christians in the Middle East, the victims of another genocidal war, this time one conducted by the Islamic States? And Christians are among the strong voices declaring how important the Temple Mount is for Jews. Jan Willem van der Hoeven writes what even secular Jews should know and understand.

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JERUSALEM ALSO HAS 'NO-GO' ZONES

by Tuvia Brodie

Tuvia Brodie reports on the presence of no-go zones in Jerusalem. In Europe, 'For Muslims Only' areas are land patches — usually in a large city that has a sufficient concentration of Muslims — that are completely controlled by Muslims and only obey sharia law. Non-Muslim are not allowed in, not even police or firemen [See, for example, documentation of no-go zones in France here.] Israeli no-go zones differ from those in European countries only in that the surrounding Arab villages are also, for the most part, no-go zones, so that Jerusalem is more and more ringed by hostile bands of Arabs, who are citizens of Israel but identify with the Muslim Jihad against Israel.

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WHY INTERFAITH DIALOGUE CAN'T RESULT IN MUSLIMS BECOMING TOLERANT

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In his essay below, Clive Kessler points out that for interfaith "dialogue ... to proceed, no one party can 'set the rules'". This isn't a policy that can honestly be followed by Muslims who are compelled by the tenets of their religion to regard non-Muslims as infidels who must convert to Islam or pay Islam for the privilege of being allowed to live. This hasn't stopped Muslims from participating in interfaith dialogues but it may account for why these dialogues seem to end with only the Muslims gaining any material benefits from the transactions. The last essay provides an instance where Jews and Christian Arabs have genuinely made common cause, in that both groups live in Israel and are loyal to their country. But in general, as one reader, Gary Fouse, commented on another one-way interfaith dialogue, this one held at Georgetown University (January 13, 2015), "Sounds like Springtime in Germany. Was Mel Brooks there? Having sat through many of these side shows, it never ceases to amaze me how the gullible pastors and rabbis soak up this garbage that flies in the face of the daily slaughters around the world. Many of these US Muslim leaders will decry terrorism and violence insisting it has nothing to do with Islam, yet consider Yusuf al Qaradawi to be one of the greatest Muslim scholars. Qaradawi affirms every fear we have about Islamic ideology when it comes to apostates, Jews and Christians. He wants them all dead."

Several videos that complement the articles on interfaith discourse:

(1). David Wood discusses the 3-step Strategy of Jihadists: Stage 1: Stealth Jihad (Live in Peace); Stage 2: Defensive Jihad (Claim Victim Status); Stage 3: Offensive Jihad (Kill off disbelievers). Religious Interfaith Dialogue is a type of Stealth Jihad, Stage 1. See it either here or here.

(2) Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna website writes on the Islamic service at the Washington National Cathedral that took place November 14, 2014, in an essay called, "What happened at National Cathedral last friday?" See clips and commentary of the service here and some excellent articles from the Counter Jihad Report here. The fourth article down is the transcript and additional commentary on the National Cathedral service.

(3) Bare Naked Islam has a video beautifully illustrating taqiyya (lying to prettify/protect Islam). The assertions by the speaker, Iman Musri, are followed by contradictory facts here. A viewer, cat, said of Iman Musri: "The man is a liar. Look at his body language of swinging legs as he lies. This is why the pen and pictures of the real and evil truth of the lies of islam, is mightier than the sword. We must keep on putting the truth up front for people to judge. Putting the truth, juxtaposition to the lies of the speakers works so very well. We must engage muslims with the truth and show their lies at every opportunity. Thanks to BNI, Geller, Spencer and so on, we have good knowledge to use to prove the lies of islam."

(4) Also from BareNakedIslam. (February 18, 2015) is this video featuring Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, who bluntly says, "We don't believe in interfaith dialogue." He points out that 'Prophet Mohamed engaged in war, not dialogue. When the Jews refused to come to Allah, he killed them. We will not dialogue with people who believe in a false religion, who live in a bogus culture.'" See here.


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ON "SUPERSESSIONISM": ABRAHAMIC FAITHS IN HISTORY

by Clive Kessler

Religious supersessionism is the belief that one's religion has replaced or fulfilled its predecessor religion(s). In this article, Clive Kessler concentrates on making explicit the supersessionist substrate of Islam. He examines the weakening of such an attitude toward Jews in current Christianity, thus suggesting that a religion can reverse a negative attitude without doing violence to itself. The essay also suggests that attempts at interfaith understanding are doomed to fail when some the participants are innately supersessionist. Christianity has come a long way towards reorienting itself to respect Judaism. Muslims, however, still suffer from the conviction that Islam is — or should be— the religion that dominates any and all others. In practice and because of their unbending attitude, they take advantage of members of other religions who are trying so hard to show acceptance that they end up doing the bidding of the Muslims.

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THE MUSLIM'S CONUNDRUM

by Edward Cline

Edward Cline examines sharia law— the thorn in the side of ecumenism— from the point of view of the burdens it places on Muslims. It is a distasteful but incontestable fact that sharia is a package deal, sanctioning primitive, violent sexual practices, enforcing a supercessionary attitude and encouraging jihad against everything and everyone that is not Islamic. As Cline says, "Muslims of whatever stripe are stuck between a rock and a hard place — between the totalitarian nature of Islam, and its absolute, non-negotiable imperatives of Islamic dogma." Western media and academia and political leaders have placed no restrictions on "the stealthy and incremental Islamic incursions into Western culture," accompanied with its offensive behavioral patterns. So, non-violent Muslims have the additional burden of solving the problem of how to behave in a civilized fashion, a problem that they, not us, need to solve.

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INTERFAITH MUSLIMS GIVE REASONS FOR JIHAD

by Paul Austin Murphy

When pushed to the wall, Muslims engaged in interfaith dialogue can always claim that violent jihad is only carried out for the just cause of autonomy for Muslims, as in Kashmir, Palestine and Chechnya— the Islamic version of 'you can't make omelets without breaking eggs'. This appears to be the virtuous excuse provided no matter what the size of the Muslim population relative to the size of non-Muslim groups in the country— which begs the question why are the Muslims the only ones entitled to be in charge of their own destiny. Probe further and it becomes clear that the request for autonomous space is actually the desire for a beachhead, from which Islam can eventually force and enforce sharia law on all of us.

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ISLAM COMES TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

by Diana West

In this essay, Diana West describes what was wrong with the Muslim service conducted by a prestigious group of salafists and associates of Islamic terrorists at the prestigious Washington National Cathedral. Like the majority of Muslims globally, these Muslims strongly uphold sharia law, which means, in practice, that they have no doubt that Islam has replaced the imperfect religions of the Christians and the Jews— an attitude not conducive to genuine tolerance. The Episcopals thought they were being ecumenical, but judging from the surus read, all that these benighted Christians got for their efforts was a lecture larded with some very nasty appraisals of Christianity and Judaism. In Arabic, of course.

Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna website wrote of a surprising and little-known fact about the event in an article entitled "The Washington National Masjid." "The administrative leaders of the Episcopal Church obviously have no idea what it means to allow their building to be used a place where formal Islamic prayers take place [emphasis added]. Or maybe they do, and they don't mind. In any case, once Muslims have said their prayers as an assembled group, the structure becomes a masjid, a mosque, and the property of the waqf board, the Islamic trust for the Ummah. The local Islamic community may decide to defer taking formal title to the building until their numbers in the Washington area are sufficient to make it prudent to do so, but after tomorrow, the National Cathedral will have become a mosque. And not just any old mosque, but one with full connectivity to the Muslim Brotherhood." As the Baron notes, the Muslim service was "a highly symbolic demonstration of Islamic supremacism" by a religious group that assumes other religions should accommodate them but would not themselves be foolish enough to reciprocate the Cathedral's hospitality.

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CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND: DON'T CALL US ARABS

by Aryeh Tepper

Aryeh Tepper writes the story of what is happening because an ethnic group of Israelis put Israel's claim to take diversity seriously to the test. Perhaps inspired by the revitalization of Jewish identity in the Jewish homeland and certainly unhappy at being lumped in the non-homogeneous cludge of ethnicities labeled Arab, the Israeli Aramean Christian community asked that they be legally identified as Aramean, a specific and unique Israeli minority, just as are the Druze and the Circassians. This hasn't pleased the Palestinian Authority, but while Israel has been reluctant to stir up the easily-inflamed Muslim Arabs, it has shown little tolerance to anti-Aramean incitement by these Muslims. Tepper makes the case that there is a regional movement in Arab countries and well as in Israel of minorities who are beginning to think of themselves in terms of their own history, rejecting both pan-Arabic philosophy and Muslim Arab political domination. There have been a sufficient number of groups emphasizing their identities before the Arab invasion that "the belief that the Middle East is somehow essentially Arab" has come into question. The fact that Arabs are Johnny-come-lately in contrast to the newly-assertive native populations is being recognized. Why is Tepper's article in this section? The interfaith interaction of the Jews and the Arameans is based on a genuine commonality: both groups are loyal citizens of the Jewish state and both have a strong interest in preserving it.

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EXPANSIONIST IRAN, OBAMA AND THE BOMB

In 1938, Europe was happy to believe that Neville Chamberlain had talked Adolf Hitler into giving up his warlike posture. The major effect of the "Peace in our Times" agreement was to prolong the war when it came and make it more deadly. We appear to be in an analogous situation now with Iran. These essays ask why the West doesn't recognize how much danger we are in.


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OBAMA'S FAILED NUCLEAR POLICY AND KHAMENEI'S DUPLICITY

by Majid Rafizadeh

Majid Rafizadeh points out the serious defects in Prez Obama's handling of the most consequential crisis of the current century. "The primary objective of the nuclear negotiations was to completely dismantle Iran's nuclear program in order to remove the threat of Islamists obtaining nuclear weapons... when Iranian leaders realized that President Obama is more desperate than Iran to get a nuclear deal at any cost, Tehran began dictating and setting the terms in the talks, shrewdly threatening Obama to walk away from the talks if they are not satisfied...In the next few months, Obama is likely to give more concessions." Given his amateurish, waffling-and-wavering inept management, it is not surprising that many people suspect, as did a reader, JayWye, who wrote in FrontPage Magazine that: "Comrade Obama WANTS Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. Comrade BHO is not working for America,he's working AGAINST the US."

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TRASH TALK DIPLOMACY, US-ISRAEL RELATIONS, AND IRAN

by Jeffrey Herf

It is perhaps an indication that Israel and the US once had strong relations that Prez Obama is as hostile to Israel as he has become to Britain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, once stout allies of the US. The issue, as Jeffrey Herf writes, is that Obama hates Israel because he perceives Israel as an obstacle to what has become obvious: Obama's policy towards Iran is one of appeasement. Even worse, it appears Obama will do nothing to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but will instead thwart and punish anyone who dares object. Acting more as a street thug than a diplomat or leader of a powerful nation, Obama has resorted to nasty language, direct insults as when he left Netanyahu in a room and trotted off to his dinner, and other shows of petulant and insulting behavior. He has also leaked information that prevented Israel from directly attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. As Herf reminds us. "Only if the President is willing to turn down a bad deal with Iran will there be a chance of success via diplomacy and sanctions short of war." But the president continues to be angry with anyone who points out he's heading recklessly in the wrong direction.

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VARIATION ON THE BIRD-JEW THEME

by Sarah Honig

Sarah Honig uses Sholem Alechem's story of the bird-Jew to anchor an egregious example of "the fear of giving offense to one's mortal enemies..." In this newer version, she takes to task those who argue that it is PM Netanyahu's "duty to obediently assume the role of the bird-Jew and self-destruct" to appease Prez Obama's anger at Netanyahu contradicting Obama's empty reassurances that Iran will not possess nuclear weapons. And doing it publicly. This view ignores that Congress is independent of the Executive Branch and that Obama's overt hostility didn't start or even blossom because of Netanyahu's addressing Congress and warning them against a deal that would allow Iran to build nuclear weapons, thus gaining the means to lord it over the other countries in the Middle East, threaten oil supply globally and be in a position to devastate Israel or any place in the Western world. Honig points out that if there be interference in a sovereign country's domestic policy, it is Obama who is the culprit, blatantly meddling in the Israeli election and encouraging the craven worship of Obama by Israel's bird-Jews, the Leftists.

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EXPANSIONIST IRAN, OBAMA AND THE BOMB

by Bernice Lipkin

It seems as if we've been negotiating with Iran for eons, initially to prevent her from acquiring nuclear weaponry, and now, it appears, to hope she uses her power wisely. Bernice Lipkin suggests reasons that might account for the West's lack of urgency and concern.

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THE FEATURES ISIS SHARES WITH ALL SALAFIST GROUPS

The list below shows that ISIS follows the teachings and practices of Islam. All Salafist groups share these features, because they all derive their sacred mission of jihad warfare from Islam, whether they are as violent as ISIS or more politic as is the Muslim Brotherhood. They all believe in the supremacy of Islam, whether they are members of a large organized group such as Al Qaeda or freelancers appearing to be unaffiliated with any terrorist group. They all model themselves on the words and deeds of Mohammad, the embodiment of perfection. They all follow the teachings and practices sanctioned by the Koran.

17 November, Abu Nidal, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, al-Nusrah, al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Anbat an-Ansar, Ansar al-Islam, Army of Islam, Boko Haram, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Hamas, Haqqani, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Hezbollah, Houthis, Iaish-e-Mohammed, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Iraq and the Levant; name changes reflect growing territorial acquisitions), Jamaat ul-Mujahideen, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Palestine Liberation Front, Talaban — to name only a few of the better known groups — are not aberrations. They are pious Muslims.


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ISIS: PORTRAIT OF A JIHADI TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC)

This article is the Overview Section of a monograph issued by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC). The monograph is a comprehensive examination of "the nature of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Islamic Salafist-jihadi terrorist organization founded a decade ago as a branch of Al-Qaeda in Iraq." It is an excellent and reliable reference on the roots of ISIS; its ideology; its military and financial capabilities and areas of control; its military campaign in Syria and Iraq (to mid-November 2014); how it has and will continue to increase regional instability; the American campaign against ISIS; and the danger it poses to Israel. The researchers took into account that they were dealing with a dynamic organization in situations subject to rapid change. To understand and prepare a comprehensive yet readable report on ISIS meant the researchers needed to assess, evaluate and integrate information from a multiplicity of primary sources dealing with the "history Islam, the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the Salafist-jihadi movement from which ISIS sprang; the changes in Al-Qaeda and the global jihad; the developments in the civil wars in Syria and Iraq and the various aspects of the Middle Eastern upheaval." One can only admire how well they have succeeded.

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WHAT MAKES ISLAMIC STATE SO ATTRACTIVE?

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar focuses on what makes ISIS outstanding if not unique. And why it is so popular with young Muslim volunteers, who come from all over the world to be part of ISIS. Kedar observes that it projects strength. ISIS members are encouraged to kill citizens of powerful countries and these countries do little or nothing in response. Isis has reestablished the caliphate, which was dissolved some ninety years ago, They announced the caliphate wasn't some dream in the future; it had come into existence and it came complete with a caliph, who just happened to be the head of ISIS. Moreover, ISIS has apparently established a reputation for being authentic Islam. Its unabashed use of decapitation, burning and torture certainly is modeled on how the founder of Islam treated apostates, captives and the disobedient. As Kedar says, "Islamic State — at this point — seems a young and vibrant one, whose actions are in true accordance with Islamic precepts and which does not give any consideration to the heretical, materialistic and permissive cultural mores with which Western culture tries to inculcate Muslims all over the world."

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ISLAMIC STATE

by Rachel Ehrenfeld

Rachel Ehrenberg cites Abu ZBakr Al-Baghdadi of ISIS, who argues that it is reasonable "to unite all the jihadi groups under one umbrella. After all, they all seek the same result: fight the jihad to establish a global Islamic rule." It is more common, however, for Muslim groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood that practice stealth jihad to ascribe terrorism to "Political Islam, so that they can call Islamic religion a religion of peace.

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IT'S ISLAM, STUPID!

by Martin Sherman

Martin Sherman makes the point that terrorism is very closely linked to Islam. Muslim apologists point out that the majority of Muslims are not violent. True, but if we go by population figures, some 17% of the world's population is Muslim, so we'd expect they'd commit roughly 17% to 20% of the acts of terrorism. Instead, Muslims are the majority of the terrorists. They kill infidels. They kill other Muslims. They kill. And polls indicate that in Muslim countries, either the majority of people or a significant minority are "in favor of harsh corporal punishments (whipping/amputation) for theft/robbery; death by stoning for adultery; and death for apostasy." Muslim terrorism is said to be done as a response to colonialism, globalism, and Western hostility. But India was colonized, and Hindus don't behave like Muslims. We are told Muslims turn to terrorism because of poverty or because they are on the fringe of society. But many terrorists come from homes that are seemingly integrated into the community and are well-educated. When the facts are promulgated, these arguments are also discredited. What does hold up, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali put it, "Islam is not a religion of peace. It's a political theory of conquest that seeks domination by any means it can. Every accommodation of Muslim demands leads to a sense of euphoria and a conviction that Allah is on their side. They see every act of appeasement as an invitation to make fresh demands."

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THE PERPETUITY OF JIHAD

by Michael Devolin

In this essay, Michael Devolin explains how aptly the term perpetuity describes the history of Islamic jihad from the time of Mohammad until now. Perpetual Jihad is an Islamic imperative. As Devolin says, "Islamic jihad is never satisfied with its own, but only with complete possession of the other. They want only the field next to theirs, and once in their possession, Islam and the Muslim world concede nothing. It is meaningless to the Arab Muslim that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been a holy site for Jews long before the Prophet Mohammed and even longer before his Muslim hordes invaded ancient Israel. The sensibilities of Christians are of no concern to the Muslim extremist whose religious intolerance has made Nazareth today almost uninhabitable for them." Their program is facilitated by their anti-democratic pro-Palestinian supporters in the West. Also posted are some comments by readers of the original publication. The last one, by Ronald B, is an excellent description of stealth jihad.

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WE HAVE ISLAMONAUSEA

by Nicolai Sennels

Nicolai Sennels suggests that the "aspects of [Muslim] behavior that make us sick" aren't symptoms of islamophobia. It just means we have justifiable islamonausea. Despite all the efforts invested into convincing us we are Islamophobic when we critize Muslim behavior, as Sennels points out, "There is nothing phobic or racist about feeling nauseous when hearing about the countless, bloody massacres committed by Muhammad and his many devout copycats throughout history and all over the world today."

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THE SHATTERING OF WESTERN MYTHS BY ISIS

by Dan Illouz

The rise of the Islamic State has finally shocked some people into a belated awareness of what's been going on in Middle East. The belief that peace negotiations are possible even though Muslims will never abandon their goal of conquest has been undercut. Dan Illouz writes of some of the lessons learned: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the central conflict in the Middle East; territorial withdrawals strengthen terrorism; Iran needs to be stopped; and, finally, Israel must stand up to pressure.

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THE MEDIA AND POLITICAL PROPAGANDA

The media are everywhere in Israel and the Territories, but the reporters and camera men see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear. They are susceptible to Arab hoaxes and indifferent to truth spoken by Jews. They are advocates for the Arabs, whose cause justifies all. And oddly enough, instead of feeling guilty about corrupting the advertised standards of their guilds, they are satisfied that they are doing the politically correct thing to do — vilifying the Jews.


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THE IDEOLOGICAL ROOTS OF MEDIA BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL

by Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman writes "about how the media dissect and magnify Israel's flaws while purposely erasing those of its enemies." While working for the Associated Press (AP), he became "aware of certain malfunctions in the coverage of the Israel story — recurring omissions, recurring inflations, decisions made according to considerations that were not journalistic but political, all in the context of a story staffed and reported more than any other international story on earth." He points out that this is not limited to AP; it is true of the international press with few exceptions. Friedman has since become a whistler blower who provides anecdotal and summation evidence, confirming what many of us have long assumed. As Friedman writes, by the rules of much of the international media, "Jewish hatred of Arabs is a story. Arab hatred of Jews is not... 100 houses in a West Bank settlement are a story. 100 rockets smuggled into Gaza are not. The Hamas military build-up amid and under the civilian population of Gaza is not a story. But Israeli military action responding to that threat — that is a story, ..." Friedman understands there is a larger and more sinister context. He points out, "The only group of people subject to a systematic boycott at present in the Western world are Jews, appearing now under the convenient euphemism 'Israelis.' The only country that has its own 'apartheid week' on campuses is the Jewish country." He clearly sees how the media have demonized the Jews — Jews/Israelis are occupiers, they are human rights violators, they are the vilest of the vile — and he understands how journalists and reporters and cameramen function as pro-Palestinian propagandists. He makes the important point that the alleged occupation of Jews of Arab land has become the central symbol of evil, which anchors and gives meaning to any story about victimization anywhere in the world. But he is apparently still certain that Israel really is occupying Arab land, when the reverse is the actual case. I hope as he progresses in understanding, he reads some factual history. The San Remo Conference of 1920 and the various Middle East Mandates that created both the single Jewish state and many of the current Arab states would be a good starting point. He might begin here, here, here, here, here and here.

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PBS: AMERICA'S "MOST TRUSTED INSTITUTION" AND ITS COVERAGE OF ISLAM

by Denis MacEoin

The Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) has convinced the public it is a superior, unbiased and trustworthy educational instrument. In point of fact, as Denis MacEoin demonstrates, they have acted as apologists for Islam. In a recent series on Islam, they "broadcast, through a film and on the internet, religious propaganda in place of balanced educational, instructional, and public information material, despite elaborate claims to the contrary." This is not a casual assertion, because, certified by the authority of PBS, this material has influenced the views of millions of Americans about Islam, yet it is littered with propagandistic bits, some of which are false, and many of them misleading and incomplete. Some sponsors "are linked to dubious organizations"; and some advisors have links to terror organizations, are salafist ideologues and have no scruples about lying and denying ugly facts about Islam. One, Azizah al-Hibri, asserted that Islam is compatible with women's rights and that the "concept of the separation of church and state came from Islam." A speaker, M. Cherif Bassiouni, is both a prominent lawyer and a defender of Hamas. He has argued "that Islamic law does not punish apostasy — a statement that might have come as a surprise to the many thousands of Muslim apostates and heretics who have been executed from the time of Muhammad to the present day." Perhaps the biggest howler was the unduly flattering portrait of Mohammad and the biggest error of judgment was presenting Karen Armstrong disingenuous distortions as historical facts. The material is suitable for a missionary video but in no way can it serve as a serious source of information about Islam.

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THE CONTROVERSY OF 'FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL'

by Nadav Shragai

Although the UN had an agency to handle the millions of refugees around the world, it set up a special agency, UNRWA exclusively for the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 when Israel became a state. Most of them fled because Israel's neighbors who invaded the fledgling state told the residents to clear out until they could kill off the Jews and/or for fear the Jews would do unto them as they would have done unto the Jews. The Jews survived that invasion and another two after that, but the collection of refugees were pure gold as propaganda in that Arab propagandists claimed they were the aboriginal people of the land, which the Jews stole from them. Joan Peters determined that the facts and the Arab story didn't match and published the results in 1984 in a book entitled From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine. For her efforts, she was denounced by a host of Palestinian Arab supporters. Joan Peters died this year in January. Nadav Shragai tells us about her accomplishment.

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WHY THE LEFT REFUSES TO TALK ABOUT MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM

by Daniel Greenfield

The mainstream press, which is mostly Leftist, spends much time on the sins of the European far right. A major sin of these Rightists is that they don't like what Muslims are doing to European countries and they say so. But the press becomes timid when the subject is Muslim anti-Semitism. Daniel Greenfield points out that Muslim anti-Semitism has been "the dominant form of violence against Jews in Europe. And it has been that way for some time now." "When Western leftists make common cause with Arab and Islamic nationalists, they aren't being post-colonial, they're advocating an earlier form of colonialism [under Arab rule] that led and is once again leading to ethnic cleansing, genocide, mass slavery and the destruction of indigenous cultures; including that of the Jews." In such an environment, Jews would again live as dhimmis under Arab control as they did for hundreds of years. Their investment in "[t]he post-colonial narrative obligates academics and journalists to favorably contrast the Muslim treatment of Jews, then or now, with the European treatment of Jews." Meantime, "Muslim Supremacist anti-Semitism remains interested in persecuting and killing Jews.

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HISTORY SECTION

Aspects of World War 2


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WILL AMERICAN JEWRY AGAIN FAIL TO CONFRONT HISTORIC THREAT?

by Atera Beck

With the declared threat by Iran to wipe out Israel when they get the bomb the lack of indignation by the general population, and the lack of strong response by the Jewish organizations, it is beginning to look much like it did in the 1930s, when Hitler was just getting started. Atara Beck asks whether American Jewish leaders are repeating the same tragic mistakes of the Nazi era? She writes that in the 30s, grassroots American Jews wanted to help their co-religionists in Europe, but the major Jewish organizations did little, and some actually fought the idea of helping the Jews in Europe. In the year 2015, while Iran broadcasts it can't wait to get nuclear weaponry to use on Israel, the American administration, particularly Secr.-State Kerry and National Security Advisor Rice attacked PM Netanyahu for voicing his concern that Iran's nuclear program hasn't yet been stopped. Rabbi Boteach placed an ad in the New York Times "castigating rice." At the that point, many American Jewish organizations "rushed to denounce Boteach for daring to insult Rice." Will they never learn!

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THE NAZI A-BOMB WAS FOILED

by Bernard Shapiro

If I tell you that Moe Berg spoke fifteen languages and went to Princeton, the Sorbonne and Columbia Law School, you might think this will be about yet another Jewish intellectual/academic. What if I add that he played baseball so-so but he won the Medal of Freedom and it is displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Bernard Shapiro tells of Moe's wartime exploits during World War 2, one of which won him the medal.

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AUSCHWITZ SURVIVORS RETURN SEVENTY YEARS LATER

by Auschwitz Survivors

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz was liberated. Seventy years later, three hundred survivors of Auschwitz returned to the Camp.

These videos are about their return to Auschwitz and Auschwitz itself:

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NAZI DIARY REVEALS BRUTAL TACTICS EMPLOYED AGAINST LODZ JEWS

by Kobi Nachshoni

Nazi officers kept a record of day-to-day life in the Lodz Ghetto. A diary containing their notes has been uncovered. It records punishments they inflicted and the brutal ways they had to obtain information. They hunted Jews that had managed to stay out of the ghetto. They were cruel and created a reign of terror. They recorded the details of what they did but in sanitized language. This is contrast to Muslim salafists who take pleasure in broadcasting videos showing them decapitating and shooting their victims.

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What we are talking about in the September–October 2014 Issue

    PART 1:
  1. A New Phase In The Jihad Invasion of the USA (Bender, Chesler, Shulman, Glick)
  2. Europe And Islam (Wilders, Bare Naked Islam, Lipkin, Thornton)
  3. Public Relations (Spencer, Korol, Goodman, FirstOneThrough, Sand, Haber)
  4. Britain And The Jewish People (Brand, Levin, Rose, Honig)
  5. History Section (Freund, Ben-David, Tapson)

  6. PART 2:
  7. Poorly Understood And Poorly Implemented Counterterrorism (Gorka, McCarthy, Poole, Brown, Greenfield, Ibrahim)
  8. Shifting Alliances In The Middle East (Haivry, JCPA, Ledeen, Ettinger, McCarthy)
  9. The Pious Arab And Salafism (Cline, Millière, Kedar, Eidelberg)
  10. Blog-Eds (September-October 2014 Blog-Eds)

This issue breaks naturally into two sections. Part I focuses on our usual concerns: the salafi jihad against Israel and the West. Part II is an high resolution look at Counter Terrorism and the state of the Middle East States.



PART 1

The Islamic Jihad continues tirelessly, comprehensively and successfully to pacify the West. Occasionally their efforts are overt and dramatic acts of terror. For the most part, they work quietly and effectively. They convince our churches to become instruments spewing hate. They infiltrate our entertainment, educational, political, judicial and defense institutions. They corrupt our media and destabilize our society. Our media people tell us how nice most Muslims are, so why fuss about the few percent that aren't. A TV show had a Christian killing his daughter because she is serious about a Muslim man — talk about reversing reality! The ACLU sniffs out any attempt to introduce Christianity in public schools, but I've not heard any complaint from them about school children being taken to mosques, dressed in burkas, and taught how to pray like Muslims do. If a terrorist act is so blatant it can't be ignored — beheading pedestrians on the street, say — we are immediately reassured that this is an aberration in Islam. We are not told the truth: in the Muslim religion, decapitation is an acceptable way to deal with those who won't submit to Islam and are therefore, by definition, enemies of Islam. We don't want to be labeled islamophobic, do we?

Except when expediency stayed their hand, much of Europe and the American State Department have been hostile to the modern state of Israel from its beginning. We include in this issue essays on Britain, a prime example. In the first World War, the Palestinian Jews fought for England while the English Administration in Palestine helped the Arabs, who for the most part cooperated with the Nazis. Its handling of the Palestine Mandate, which it had taken on with the understanding that it was to midwife a viable state of Israel is a sorry history of constricting Israel's growth. Currently, English culture is itself under siege from England's Muslim population. Britain's response is to cooperate with the Muslims, especially against Israel, which, because of its location, is on the forefront of the fight against a Muslim takeover of the West.

In American academia, in mainline churches, in much of the media, in the UN and in the US Administration, Israel is the enemy. No one thinks the campaign to delegitimize Israel, isolate it and destroy its economy is contextually bizarre. Israel is not praised for its pinpoint retaliation of Hamas's bombing. Other countries can kill hundreds and thousands of civilians without media or 'humanitarian' complaint, but Israel is accused of war crimes if it kills a single child used as a human shield. In contrast, despite all evidence to the contrary, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has spawned multiple terrorist organizations, is lauded as a reasonable and friendly organization that means the West no harm. In fact Huma Abedin, a member of a family prominent in the Brotherhood, was deputy chief of staff in Hillary Clinton's State Department. Clearly, if we are on a wartime footing, it is not with the perpetrators of 9/11.



A NEW PHASE IN THE JIHAD INVASION OF THE USA?
The ongoing and systematic jihad by Resurgent Islam appears to be climbing to new heights, and has the open support of traditional native anti-Semites while it has succeeded in cowing many defense groups into silence. Whether it is direct from Arabia or initiated by some of their local supporters, the Arab story of their victimization is now echoed by the Metropolitan Opera, which, with huge money problems, is nevertheless staging a lavish production of an anti-Jewish opera. On campus, academic unions ban Israeli colleagues while attacks on Jewish students that inhibit their ability to live normal lives have increased. Think-tank reports can no longer be taken for granted as accurate and complete. This section provides examples and, in addition, suggestions on ways to stop the onslaught of Islam on the West.
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HAMAS-BACKING QATAR ALSO FUNDING BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, HOME OF FORMER U.S. MIDEAST ENVOY INDYK

by Dave Bender

A comment that came to Think-Israel acutely summed up that the salafists had purchased another way to influence public opinion: "Qatar is buying Washington clout by funneling large amounts of cash into the Brookings Institution, a leading progressive DC think tank, through Martin Indyk, who evidently has been co-opted by their money... Brookings serves as a major source of policy for Democrats in Congress...It is also a classic example of the mainstream press ignoring a major conflict of interest story willfully." In this essay, Dave Bender emphasizes that Qatar also funds Hamas and, as do other Middle East Arab countries, it expects value for its money from grantees, terrorists and "non-combatants" alike. The discovery that Qatar was a major contributor to Brookings took on additional significance because it highlighted a major conflict of interest. Martin Indyk, a high echelon member of the Brookings Institute, while posing as neutral in his role as US negotiator, blasted Israel, claiming it, and it alone, was responsible for the latest collapse of the so-called "Peace Talks". Was he speaking from his experience as a negotiator or as a hireling of a foreign power?

It is important to recognize that the Brookings Institute isn't an isolated example. Unfortunately, many supposedly objective Washington research groups and think-tanks have been corrupted — in the sense that their awareness of their funding sources' interests leads them to self-censorship. They ignore or downplay or distort important information. It is also true that toeing the line is often openly a required condition of future funding.

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THE HIJACKING OF HISTORY BY OPERA: THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

by Phyllis Chesler. With examples of script falsification by Richard H. Shulman

Phyllis Chesler examines the artistic and not so artistic aspects of The Metropolitan Opera staging of "The Death of Klinghoffer," a reenactment of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro by a group of Arab terrorists, who shot a wheelchair-bound passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, in the head and then threw him overboard. Their reason? He was a Jew and they were homeless because of the Jews. Putting aside the fact that the Jews hadn't stolen the land from the Arabs because the Arabs didn't own the land, call me stupid, but I don't get how killing a defenseless Jew can be presented as an inevitable or effective or even expected way to assuage anger and loss. If, as is claimed, this is an attempt to understand humans acting out their agony, shouldn't the script have probed deeper? Are killing and torture routine responses to being deprived of a home? If so, why aren't Jews terrorists? After all, at the very least, some 800,000 Jews were forced to flee Arab countries roughly around the time the families of the stage Arabs agreed to leave their homes at the behest of the Arab countries invading the new state of Israel. So maybe there's something in the nature or nurture of the Arab 'victims' that drives them to bestiality. But the opera doesn't go there. It follows the trite formula of pitting the good guys against the bad guys, with the terrorists and the Jewish passengers acting as stand-ins for Arabs and Israelis. The terrorists sing good-guy lyrics, so we know they must be good guys. Richard Shulman points out the gross tampering with historic facts that was required to make the terrorists seem to be good guys and the libel needed to make villains of the Jews. What an inversion of history!

Actually, there is one aspect of the opera's conception that is worthy of exploration: the appealing vision of terrorists who have a human concern for lost homes and wrecked families was concocted by the composer/librettist. The real terrorists hijacked the boat to force Israel to release another terrorist, Samir Kuntar, in prison for invading an Israeli home, seizing a father and his four-year old daughter, and smashing the head of the child against a rock in front of her father. As Chesler writes, the librettist, bought up as a Jew and now an Anglican priest, appears enamored of the theme of murder-crucifixion of a Jew. The composer is an admirer of Edward Said, who falsified his own history and used his academic standing to strengthened the illusion that the Palestinian Arabs were an actual people. So there is the interesting question: was the substitute plot designed to enhance the opera's artistry or was it because even a librettist much more talented than the Klinghoffer librettist could not have squeezed out sympathy for the real terrorists, who like beasts of the field did what they did with pride and the admiration of their families, but without human conscience.

We are left to ask: why did the Met, which prefers to keep dramatic controversy tidily on the stage and not moving into the audience, put this on? Not surprisingly, many people automatically assume that the Arab Jihad, having secured a forum for its world view in academia, is now ready to tackle the arts. Even if the lavish presentation was not pre-soaked in oil money, it says something about the anti-Semitic climate the Arabs have been paying to create that the Met had no qualms putting on such a show.

The actions of some Jewish Met donors have also been called into question. As Mark Langfan of AFSI (see here) noted: not one rich black donor would support an opera that explained the 'perspective of a white lynch mob' lynching a black man... But, today, with this evil opera glorifying the terroristic Palestinian murder of an American Jew, there are still many, many rich American Jewish Metropolitan Opera donors who are still going to donate millions upon millions to the Metropolitan Opera. And, that ... is sickness." Even worse, the large Jewish organizations that have ignored the harassment of Jews at colleges and the hostility of the Obama administration towards Israel remain stuporous, even though this malodorous production at the Met looks like the start of yet another phase of Arabs spewing money to encourage holocaust-level Jew-hate while Jews pretend it isn't happening.

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IT'S TIME TO BEAT THE JEW HATERS

by Caroline Glick

Too many Jews respond to the growing overt antagonism to Jews by Jew-haters who lie deliberately or distort the truth by using the "everyone is entitled to speak" argument. Caroline Glick spells out how far we've come from small acts of violence against Jews to systematic bans, divestments and sanctions. Dock unions won't unload Israeli goods; academic unions won't affiliate with Israeli universities; Jewish students are subjected to harassment and violence, which the university administrations ignore. Increasingly, as Glick puts it, "another dam has been breached. Another safe zone has become a no-go zone." and there is no end in sight. Yet the Jews have been slow to respond and when they do, their quiet remonstrances have been ignored. There are better ways to deal with the wave of non-random attacks designed to demonize, terrorize and isolate Jews. For example, ZOA demanded that those major Jewish donors that continued to donate after the Met staged a propagandist anti-Jewish opera be called to "account for their decision not to revoke their multi-million dollar support for the opera house." Responding to anti-Jewish thug tactics should be by exposing the front group's backing and ties to terrorism. Intimidation can be met by restraining orders and filing criminal complaints. Lawsuits against academic administrators who allow Jewish students to be subjected to attacks ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults are more effective than writing polite letters suggesting the administrators do when they already know they should be doing and have no intention of doing. As Glick suggests, "an aggressive campaign of legal, political, social and financial opposition to those who seek to demonize Jews and deny Jews civil rights as Jews as well as those who enable them can go a long way toward making members of these hate groups and their supporters rue the day they decided to go after the Jews."

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EUROPE AND ISLAM

Experts have written off Europe. It has been conquered by the Muslims. Europe's welfare systems pay to produce Arab babies. Europe's ideology of multiculturalism is an invitation to inflict the Muslim singular way of life on the native populations. Europe's nervousness at meddling in religion is used by the Muslims to try to make Islam top dog, while demonizing Judaism and denigrating Christianity. And it doesn't help that Europe is highly susceptible to anti-Semitism. Perhaps I'm clutching at straws, but I think the arguments for Europe's slide into cultural oblivion may be premature. Though not organized, many people are more savvy than the dhimmi media and politicians that speak for them.


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STOP DENYING THE OBVIOUS: ISLAM IS A PROBLEM

by Geert Wilders

Over many years, Geert Wilders has fought the Islamic Jihad by political action and educational means. Although a member of the Dutch parliament, he was put on trial for the hate crimes of telling the truth about Islam in articles and making a documentary called Fitna, which had the audacity to quote passages directly from the Koran. In this article, he asserts we must do more than "bomb its strongholds in the Middle East." It is also necessary to confront Western-born Muslim jihadists at home in the West. As Wilders says, "war has also come to our streets" and every Westerner is a potential target. This, in many ways, is more difficult to do, because it runs counter to political correctness and insists that homeland security is more important than subscribing to the ideology of multiculturalism.

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GERMAN POLICE RAID MOSQUE, ISLAMIC CENTER, AND MUSLIM FLATS OVER SUSPECTED TIES TO THE ISLAMIC STATE

by Bare Naked Islam

This article records an unusual happening: the German police rounding up those with connections to ISIS. As in other European countries, the police don't want to be perceived as persecuting a minority religion, especially Islam. In an unusual move, German police arrested members of ISIS in several raids. This article appeared in Bare Naked Islam. Several comments suggested the Germans would act stronger if they weren't inhibited by their reputation for brutality, which they earned by slaughtering Jews in World War 2.

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HOW BRITISH NEWSPAPERS HANDLE MUSLIM CRIMES AND ACTS OF TERRORISM

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin describes the discrepancy between the shallow way Islamic terrorism and Islamic crimes are handled in the British Press — the major objective is to keep the peace — and the savvy understanding of what's actually going on by many of their readers, who recognize that too many of their Muslim neighbors have no intention of fitting into Britain's culture but wish to remold England's style of life to suit their own needs as Muslims. In this instance, the public was made aware that some Muslims, though born in Britain, have chosen to fight for ISIS in the Middle East and perhaps to destroy some of their fellow citizens when they return home. At the same time, the newspapers headlined that Muslim gangs have been grooming white lower-class British children as prostitutes. Yet the main concern of the press was not why the Muslims were so destructive to the English life style. Instead they worried that people might resent what was happening and make life hard for their Muslim neighbors.

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THE INCOHERENT EXCUSES FOR HATING ISRAEL

Bruce Thornton

Scenes of Islamic terrorists who wish to make European institutions Islam-compatible fighting police are dramatic, but it is some of the subtler types of Islamic influence that are the greater danger. Bruce Thornton writes of the illogical, sometimes absurd, arguments used to bolster hate of Israel, As Thornton writes, "there is no question that hatred of Israel reflects the continuing existence of anti-Semitism in Europe, intensified by millions of Muslim immigrants for whom hating Israel is theologically justified."

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

This is how Diana West answered Americans who are "still genuinely puzzled as to how it could be that our presidents and secretaries of state and generals and pundits keep hammering home the big lie that Islam has nothing to do with jihad, that the religion of conquest is a 'religion of peace'". It's done, she explained, because, as in the convincing case that communism, unlike Nazism, is not linked to the horrors it caused, disassociation works. [see here.] The converse is also true. Israelis are falsely accused of being child killers, even though they meticulously attempt to avoid hitting Arab children serving as human shields for terrorists. It is perhaps a task for future historians to determine how many incidents are necessary to create a linkage. Certainly the first article in the set would seem to be grotesque enough to sear an association. But few in the media have broadcast the story and so it can not spread enlightenment very far.


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MUSLIMS STONE WOMAN TO DEATH FOR ADULTERY

by Robert Spencer

In skill in persuasion, public relations by Salafists such as IS is even more amateurish than Israel's. The only difference is that the global media doesn't disseminate every Muslim mumble and fumble. Robert Spencer describes a gory event somewhere between an honor killing and group entertainment, where a woman accused of adultery was stoned. Her father had the honer of hurling the first stone. The participants were recorded by a devotee of sharia law using modern technology. Will it have any impact on the certainty by so many that Islam is a religion of peace? Unlikely.

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NEGATING THE PROPAGANDIST RUSE OF NPR

by Tabitha Korol

As demonstrated by Tabitha Korol, NPR is likely to do for an autodidatic education what Peace Now and Oxfam have done for human rights, namely, destroy its good name. NPR has proven itself untrustworthy as a vehicle of education in that it is notoriously agenda-driven, describing the terrorist cohorts of Islam as following a religion of peace, innocent victims of the very same Israelis that they slaughter. Conversely, NPR describes Israel's precision in targeting enemy missiles while avoiding civilians in terms that suggest that Israel deliberately targets civilians. A mite of logic would suggest that the Arabs wouldn't hide their weaponry in the midst of women and children if they didn't know the Jews care more about Arab civilians that the Arab governments do. They'd lose too many of their weapons.

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ARE AMERICAN JEWS PURPOSELY WEARING BLINDERS?

by Shari Goodman

There was a time when Israelis were trying to convince themselves that the thuggish, Jew-hating Arafat and his buddies could, for the right price, give them peace. Their official and unofficial spokesmen would go on such shows as Charlie Rose on TV and blather that their desire was to see a Palestinian state neighboring or inside Israel. That aberration seems, for the most part, to have worn itself out, but Israelis, when given the opportunity to tell it as it is to Jews in a position to spread the word, still yack on about the desirability of peace, not the impossibility of compromising with those who have a monomaniacal desire to kill Jews. They don't say straight out that war and jihad and terror and killing infidels and raping and beheading and looting are not aberrations in Islam; they are what Mohammad wanted his followers to do. Shari Goodman recounts an evening when Michael Oren, once Israeli ambassador to the U.S., spoke at a parlor event. He pooh-poohed Muslim infiltration in the White House and US defense agencies, knowledge of which is so widespread that some has even reached the mainstream media. Most egregiously, Oren saw Arabs hostility as a land claim and not as what it is: an all-out war where the only endpoint the Arabs will accept is an Islamic victory over all other groups with a different religion or ideology, with the Jews being an immediate target. From all indications, Israel will have to work hard just to get up to the starting point of educating the world, let alone doing an effective job.

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DOES ISRAEL HAVE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS? NEW YORK TIMES: "NONSENSE"

by First One Through

To get one's news mainly from the New York Times (NYT) is to believe that Israel restricts the press. It's true that Israel has been appraised as having a free press by Freedom House. It's the only country in the Middle East that does. Another authoritative group, the Foreign Press, has protested Hamas's censorship of reporters in Gaza. But why bother with statistics, when an NYT Bureau chief claims to have contradictory evidence from unnamed sources. The White Queen of the Times declared of Israel's record of freedom of the press, "Nonsense." And she, herself, has said it. Though it isn't to her credit. Nor does it help counter the decline of the NYT as a reputable source of information.

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HOW I STOPPED BEING A JEW

by Shlomo Sand. With Foreword by IAM Editor and Review by Gordon Haber

Half a dozen years or so ago, Shlomo Sand, who was something of a mediocrity, academic-wise, realized there was a easy route to fame and fortune. He could capitalize (I hope that Sand, a Marxist in good standing, won't find the term offensive) on two facts: he was born Jewish and he had an academic union card. All he needed to do was change his audience. Since then he has written an anti-Judaism trilogy that has succeeded in bringing comfort and confirmation of their every belief to Jew haters everywhere, particularly those in Europe. His first two books attempted to rip Judaism from its historical and theological roots. His latest book details how he stripped away his own Jewish identity. It provides no world shaking insights or original philosophy, but his saying "I stopped being a Jew" seems on the mark. I wonder though — now that he has denied himself the right to use Jewish credentials to certify how evil Judaism is — will his assertions be worth as much to the Jew-haters he has inspired?

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BRITAIN AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE

mandate land 1920
The Future State Of Israel, 1920, was to be on both sides of the Jordan (courtesy of Eli Hertz, www.MythsandFacts.org)


The map was used in justicenow4israel.com to point out that both sides of the Jordan were in trust for a Jewish Homeland. Article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine states that,

The wording, "postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions is by the nature of the wording a temporary action. That action was only valid until there was a change in the conditions leading to that decision. It did not authorize the British to permanently cut off portions of the land and turn it over to a foreign people.

This section recounts the history of Britain's treacherous behavior towards the Jews in the context of the Arab-Jewish conflict. One of the most egregious example was Britain's stealing 78% the land assigned by international law at San Remo in 1920 for a Jewish homeland. It became today's Kingdom of Jordan. The question remains: why, when the Arabs acquired through no effort of their own more than 99% of the enormous Middle Eastern territory of the Ottoman Empire, why did Britain have to steal from the tiny amount of land assigned to be the Jewish homeland?

Because much of the information in this Section on Israel's claim to Jewish land depends on legal concepts, we post here "The Palestine Mandate in a Nutshell", written by Wallace Brand. The "unshelled" version is at
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2385304. See also Brand's recent discusssion of the roots of Israel's sovereignty here and here.

The text of San Remo Agreement provided: "The High Contracting Parties agree to ENTRUST... the administration of Palestine . . .

Trust law for non-lawyers

After finding an intention to set up a trust, look for:

  1. The "settlor", the person or entity setting it up. He contributes the trust res.
  2. The cestui que trust or "beneficiary" of the trust.
  3. The trustee.
  4. The trust res or the thing place in trust.
  5. The purpose of the trust.
  6. The term of the trust.

These are the vital elements of a trust. Some are expressed; others may be inferred. For example if you place a delicate Ming dynasty bowl in trust for your daughter aged 5, others may infer that the purpose of the trust that is to vest when she is 30 is to preserve and protect it until she is capable of doing that herself.

The 1920 San Remo agreement of the Allied Principal War Powers contained the British Balfour Declaration of Policy word-for-word. The 1922 Palestine Mandate approved by 51 countries that were members of the League of Nations, and also by the United States, filled in the details needed to apply the Balfour Policy.

One. At San Remo, the settlor of the trust was the Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers in WWI. They defeated Germany who commenced the war and the Ottoman Empire who joined Germany in making war on the Allies. Under customary International Law, the victors in a defensive war may negotiate with the vanquished to establish new boundaries for it and keep all the territory outside the new boundary. In this way the Ottoman Empire was reduced to Turkey. The remaining Turkish territory in Europe was allocated by the Supreme Council at the 1919 Paris Peace Talks. Claims for territory in the Middle East — Syria, Mesopotamia and Palestine — were resolved at the reconvening of the group at San Remo, the following year. At the Paris Peace talks the Allies set up the League of Nations including Article 22 of its Covenant that provided for "mandates". These were combination trusts and guardianships for countries that had been colonies of Turkey for 400 years. The Mandatory was to provide stability and tutelage for their political development to become independent representative governments over time.

Two. The cestui que trust is the beneficiary. The beneficiary has no right to go to a "law court" to protect his rights. That is only the right of the trustee. He has legal dominion over the trust res. For a tangible piece of property, such as a Ming dynasty bowl, only the trustee has the right of possession. If it is stolen, only the trustee can go into a court of law to reclaim it. The beneficiary is limited to protecting his rights against abuse by the trustee. He is entitled to go into a court of equity. The beneficiary here was the Jewish People or World Jewry. It was the Jewish people and the Arab people who had submitted competing claims for collective political rights to Palestine at the Paris Peace talks. Woodrow Wilson's Commission of Inquiry in searching for those throughout the world having the right of self-determination had said of the Jews that Palestine was "the cradle and home of their vital race" and noted that the Jews were the only people that had no other land.

An express term of the trust made the World Zionist Association the formal advisor to the mandate government. Another term required the trustee to facilitate only Jewish immigration so the Jews could become a majority.

Three. The mandate was based on English law concepts of trusts and guardianships. Britain volunteered to be trustee or "mandatory" and was selected.

Four. The thing placed in trust, the trust res, was an intangible, the collective right of a group to establish a government and provide for its administration. This is referred to as "group political rights". An individual political right, sometimes referred to as included in "civil rights", is the right to one vote for each citizen.

Five. The purpose of the trust was, in the case of most of the mandates, providing a stable government until such time as the majority of the people in the territory of the state developed politically and could represent themselves - there having been no opportunity in the last 400 years for the inhabitants of the former Turkish colonies to do that. It was also, in the case of the Palestine Mandate, to avoid an antidemocratic Jewish government. At the time the Jews were in the minority in the entire territory of Palestine and if they had legal dominion over the political rights, an antidemocratic government would be in power. One purpose of the Palestine Mandate was to delay representative self-government until the Jews were in the majority within the area to be ruled.

Six. The term of the trust — it was to end when the Jewish population in the area to be ruled was in the majority and the Jews had the capability, just as any European Government to exercise sovereignty. That would avoid an antidemocratic government such as later was founded in Syria by the French, of a minority of Alawites that under Hafez Assad and Bashir Assad has caused so much misery and destruction.

Historical note

In 1948 the Jewish population within the Armistice Line in Palestine became the majority. The trust res partially vested. In 1967 it became completely vested. Coincidentally the UN Partition Resolution 181 was enacted on November 29,1947, not long before 1948 when Israel proclaimed its independence. That is why many people believe that Resolution 181 is the root of Israel's sovereignty. But the Arabs rejected this Resolution. By law it was only a recommendation that must be approved by all involved before becoming international law. It died at birth when rejected by the Arabs.

In 1964 the PLO charter was drafted in Moscow. It posited that there was a "Palestinian Arab People". In the '60s also the Soviet Diplomats at the UN promoted two International Conventions dignifying the right of any "people" to have the right of political self-determination not just under natural law, but also under international law. These became effective in 1976. But the drafters at the UN made sure that these rights under international law were subordinate to the right of a preexisting state to territorial integrity because since the new world order was established after the Peace of Westphalia, national boundaries of sovereign states have been inviolable.


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PERFIDIOUS ALBION

by Kenneth Levin

Joan Swirsky, who sent this article by Kenneth Levin to Think-Israel, wrote: "This essay traces British animus (strongly virulent) against the Jews. Thwarting Jewish safety, toadying to Arab prejudice, preventing Jewish defense, encouraging Arab violence by offering false charges as 'cover' for Arab attacks." British sympathy to the Arab cause remains as true as it was a hundred years ago. As Levin notes, "But even beyond the context of violence, anti-Israel distortions of realities in the territories are pervasive in Britain." As example, when Israel gained control of Gaza, she improved the lives of the Arabs still living in refugee camps by building them permanent homes with electricity and running water and finding them employment in Israel. This radically changed when Hamas gained control. But to read the British media, the exact opposite is true: Hamas is painted as a fair-minded governor, while, inconsistently, the Gazans suffer under (phantom) Israeli occupation.

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WAS BRITAIN'S SEVERING TRANSJORDAN FROM THE JEWISH HOMELAND AN ACT OF PREJUDICE, MISJUDGMENT OR BETRAYAL OF THE JEWS?

by Alex Rose

Thomas Jefferson once said it was not honorable to take legal advantage when it was contrary to justice. Alex Rose provides us with a comprehensive analysis of what seems a bizarre act by Britain when it held the Mandate for developing the ancient land of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people. The entire area set aside was a minuscule piece of the Ottoman Empire while the Arabs were given over 99% of the area. Yet when England wanted to reward the Hashemite Abdullah a consolation prize because the Saudis, a rival clan, got Mecca and Medina and a huge land surround, Britain chopped three-quarters of the one percent destined to become Israel, using as pretext that these Arabs would merely administrate the land, not own it.

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OLD ANTIPATHIES DIE HARD

by Sarah Honig

Sarah Honig summarizes succinctly what the other articles in this section flesh out in detail and brings the story up to the present day. She also puts the lie to the notion that the foreign policy of a supposedly rational country is primarily determined by calculated national interest. As she makes clear by describing Britain's behavior, ideology and historic prejudice may counteract self-interest.

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HISTORY SECTION


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A TIME FOR SPIRITUAL HEROISM

by Michael Freund

This is the season that we celebrate the start of the new year of 5775. It is a time that we are encouraged to reflect and think about bringing a sense of service to HaShem into our everyday lives. If we choose to do so, circumstances are seldom much of a hindrance. Michael Freund writes of a Rosh Hashanah in Auschwitz, when Naftali Stern, a cantor, took upon himself the task of conducting a full Rosh Hashanah service in the camp, where just surviving was almost impossible. To do so, he swapped his bread rations for pencil and sacks on which he wrote out the prayers for Rosh Hashanah from memory. And on Rosh Hashanah, he held a service for the assembled Jews.

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THE U.S. NAVY SAVED JEWS OF ERETZ YISRAEL 100 YEARS AGO

by Lenny Ben-David

It was 1914. World War 1 was starting, and the Ottomans, then the rulers of the Middle East including the land that would become the modern State of Israel, were massing troops, preparing to move against the British. Their preparations including looting food and supplies and conscripting the locals, including the local Jews, who were already living close to the edge of disaster, suffering from poor crop yield, plundering by government officials and the enforced enlistment of their breadwinners. They needed money to tide them over. The money was forthcoming from some American millionaires. The problem was how to get the money to the needy by avoiding the sticky fingers of Turkish officials. The U.S. navy came to the rescue. American ships monitoring the eastern Mediterranean between Beirut and Cairo carried money and supplies to sustain the beleaguered Jewish community.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLE OF TOURS

by Mark Tapson

In 732, the hitherto unstopped conquest of the Middle East and Europe by the Muslims was brought to a halt at Tours, some 175 miles from Paris. The victorious army was led by a Frankish duke who earned his sobriquet Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) at the battle. It wasn't a one-shot victory, but it marked the beginning of Europe's ability to fight off the Muslim invaders. Mark Tapson tells the story, with emphasis on the contrast between Charles the Hammer and the present-day dhimmi, Prince Charles, who inter alia has encouraged the demographic invasion of England by Muslim immigrants. The Islamic means are different; the goal the same.

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PART 2


We have no systematic or coherent plan to fight the war Resurgent Islam has declared against us. If anything, we spend more effort fighting and denigrating those in our society that see the danger in Islam. Homeland Security has no problems with Muslims from known terrorist organizations such as CAIR strolling through their offices but warned that American soldiers returning from Afganistan might be a danger. After 9/11, our leaders insisted Islam was a 'religion of peace' and spoke of fighting terrorism, as if terrorism were an independent entity and not a tool, like a knife or a gun. Nowadays, thirteen years later, we talk about fighting terrorists, but in terms of fighting a specific terrorist group — the 'bad terrorists' awardee of the month — that is more or less independent of other terror groups. We may even highlight some of the atrocities committed. But we ignore that these groups all have the same mission.

It is a major defect in our response to Islamic Jihad that we ignore that it is the supremicist ideology of the Koran that fuels and sustains Muslims engaged in terrorism. Instead, we act as if terrorism were caused by environmental conditions such as poverty. We accept the masks of friendliness that Middle East rulers wear for some occasions as genuine, and fantasize that they have permanently changed attitude and are finally willing to accepting Western values. We give priority to not offending Muslim sensitivities over and above preserving our democratic institutions and our way of life. We believe we can make model citizens from "moderate" terrorists such as PA's Mahmoud Abbas. We don't see the Islamic Jihad as a global war. Instead, we pick a group to fight, "dictators" one day, Al-Qaeda another. Currently, we are focusing on ISIS. Were we to examine the situation intelligently, we might notice that the only urgent problem — in the sense of the world-changing political, economic and environmental damage that it can do in the near future — is Iran's acquisition of nuclear weaponry. Our cognitive distortions help prevent us from operating at full power against the salafists, with a view to extirpating their belief in Islamic ideology, the force behind their actions. At some point we will have to return to the methodology of World War II, where first we devoted our energies to conquering the Axis countries and then we reeducated the Germans and Japanese sufficiently so that their ideological underpinnings were no longer strong enough to threaten us.



POORLY UNDERSTOOD AND POORLY IMPLEMENTED COUNTERTERRORISM

This section discusses the differences between fighting terrorism versus fighting terrorists versus fighting terrorists and their ideology. To fight terrorism per se is as contributory to effective action as accusing the producer of the Life of George/Mohammad of inciting Libyans to attack the American compound in Benghazi.

Our views on what makes someone become a terrorist and whether we believe barbaric acts of terrorism are condoned or condemned by Islam determine how we go about countering terrorists and whether we believe in the existence of the unaffiliated lone wolf and the moderate Muslim. This set of essays deals with four mistaken ideas:

  1. We are fighting violence and extremism. NO. We must recognize we are fighting terrorists who are more or less violent. But even this is insufficient. We must also focus on the Koranic sources that make violent behavior a religious duty.
  2. Lone wolves are independent and are unaffiliated with terror groups. They commit random acts of terror, and we can't know ahead of time. NO. They are inculcated with a sense of mission, and usually they act under supervision and tutelage of the local mosque and/or an experienced terrorist group. Discovering who they are is not done by infiltrating a "cell" but by watching those in whom jihad recruiters show particular interest and those in the Muslim community who have recently rejected their previous 'Western' life style, basing their new behavior on the Koran, growing a beard, giving up ordinary entertainment, urging others to follow their example, etc.
  3. The Muslim community can be divided into two groups: a small group of terrorists and their supporters and everyone else: 'moderate Muslims', who are peaceful. NO. There are pious Muslims at one end of the scale and secularized Muslims at the other, with degrees of piety in between. As a rule of thumb, the more pious the Muslim, the more likely it is that he will condone terror and be willing to participate in acts of terror. Islam is not a peace-generating moderate religion. Its religious practices are modeled not only on what Mohammad said but on what Mohammad did, making it almost impossible to restructure or reinterpret barbaric Islamic practices. Acts of terror are intrinsic to Islam.
  4. We can work with salafists that don't (often) display violence and thus avoid dealing with violent terrorists. NO. Interfaith groups and politicians may think members of non-violent Muslim Brother spinoffs such as CAIR are interested in being good citizens and adopting a 'live and let live' attitude towards their neighbors. But there are no moderate terrorists. They have the same mission as any other salafist in the West: making sharia the law of the land in the West as it is in the Middle East.

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THE FLAWED SCIENCE BEHIND AMERICA'S COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY

by Katharine C. Gorka

The Obama administration and its academic expert advisers hold that Islamic terrorism is the response to legitimate grievances. Consequently, countering Violent Extremism (CVE) must be done by addressing environmental causes — we must attack poverty, alienation, low political and social status, and other such traumatizing experiences. Others in the Counter-Terrorism community, with greater real-world experience and knowledge of the Muslim psyche, struggle to make the public understand that Islamic jihad is not another expression of societal unrest and discontent. As Katharine Gorka makes clear in this plainly written study, terrorism is a weapon traditionally used by pious Muslims, salafists, who, no matter what their socio-economic status, believe that Muslims have a religious obligation to make Islam prevail over the adherents of all other religions and belief systems. No matter how much the government restructures the terrain and softens the experiences of Muslim immigrants and chants mantras about the virtues of multiculturalism, it won't change the fact that Islam is intrinsically incompatible with the Western belief that the individual matters and is capable of running his own life to actualize his own goals. She makes clear that until we correct the diagnosis, we will not rid ourselves of the disease.

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THE LONE-WOLF CANARD

by Andrew C. McCarthy

In an essay on the Boston Massacre (see here.) I pointed out that the so-called lone wolf was a cost-effective way for a terrorist group to create a terror incident. "Supplies are cheap and terror enthusiasts are plentiful." I suggested that "specific training in particular weaponry could be reduced if preparation ... created a fervently strong emotional commitment to Islam. [...] Complete top-down hierarchical control wasn't necessary. This didn't imply the terrorist was a free agent, unaffiliated with an organized group of terrorists." Just the opposite. In this article, Andrew McCarthy informs us that the term 'lone wolf' "is actually a surveillance-law concept", designed to allow investigators to track individuals doing things like buying explosives or casing a bridge. Even if they did not yet know what terrorist group was running him, "the involvement of a foreign terrorist organization" was presumed. Thanks to denial politics and political correctness, 'lone wolf' has come to mean just the opposite, i.e., it now signifies an unaffiliated individual who has somehow radicalized himself without access to jihadist literature and/or to those who preach dedication to Islam. It is now an article of political faith that his actions have nothing to do with Islam, "no matter how many 'Allahu Akbars!' are shouted as bullets fly, bombs blast, or heads roll." Deciding ahead of time that the lone wolf is unaffiliated makes it unnecessary to pursue possible associations. So investigators don't have to go against the Obama administration's decree that jihad and Islam must not to be linked. And only the public suffers.

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'LONE WOLF,' OR 'KNOWN WOLF'? THE ONGOING COUNTER-TERRORISM FAILURE

by Patrick Poole

Patrick Poole writes about other consequences of the fallacious belief that we need to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) rather than fight devout Muslims willing to be extremely violent in the service of Islam, sustained by the certainty that Mohammad would approve of what they do. Poole makes the case that far from being untraceable nonentities, "terrorist actors are almost always part of a network who were involved in recruiting and tasking terrorist activity." As evidence, he writes of cases we've all heard of. As one example, Russian Intelligence had alerted the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers who blasted people watching the Boston Marathon, was a radical Islamist. He was also readily tied to the near decapitation of three Jews, one of whom was said to be Tsarnaev's best friend, in what may have been a terrorist 'rite of passage'. But there was no follow-up. Major Hasan at Fort Hood is another example. I don't know what else Hasan could have done to alert people that he was fanatical about protecting his people, other Muslims. Yet the army authorities ignored all indications because he was a Muslim. Which raises another question: why would the Obama administration lay the blame for terrorist acts on everything but what the Koran decrees is acceptable behavior in the service of Islam?

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THE MYSTERIOUS MODERATE MUSLIM

by Carol Brown

Carol Brown points out that one can't claim the Koran preaches peace because the 'peaceful' verses in the Koran are abrogated by the later verses that advocate mass murder and mayhem in the service of Islam. And these teachings are followed today as 'religiously' as they were a thousand years ago when Mohammad's followers sliced through a crowd as if they were scything grass. As Brown says, "there are those Muslims who are not outwardly violent (yet), but who support those who are and/or who participate in creeping Sharia. Throw taqiyya into the mix and it becomes extremely difficult to know or trust who is the ever-elusive moderate Muslim."

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MODERATE ISLAM IS OUR NEW RELIGION

by Daniel Greenfield

In an article entitled "When Will Uncle Sam Pursue American, Not Islamic, Interests?" (here), Diana West wisely pointed out that in the Middle East it is a waste of time and money to support whichever group is judged at the time to be 'moderate' "as a means of defusing the 'extremism' of Islam." Currently, "President Obama plans to fight against ISIS in Iraq and to support ISIS-allied forces in Syria." She suggested it's time we "acknowledge publicly that 'moderates' in the Islamic world are as common and/or as reliable as unicorns, and 'extremism' is the basis of Islam, and formulate new policy." Muslim leaders and clerics never tire of telling us, there is only Islam; there is no moderate Islam. But we and our policy makers don't listen. As Daniel Greenfield puts it, "You won't find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won't even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won't find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam. [...] 'Moderate Islam' isn't what most Muslims believe. It's what most liberals believe that Muslims believe." When we assert there is a form of Islam that is moderate and that people who follow this version are Moderate Muslims, we are actually talking about secular Muslims who follow Islam only minimally, if at all. It is the more or less secular Muslim, mislabeled as Moderate, that liberals in the west believe in, religiously. Their faith remains unshaken, no matter what the facts. They will hear no evil spoken against moderate Islam because it makes possible their belief in multiculturalism and the brotherhood of man. Why they hold such beliefs is another question.

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ISLAM'S 'GOOD COP/BAD COP' ROUTINE

by Raymond Ibrahim

There is a mistaken belief among many academics and "experts" that we can work with non-violent salafists. They forget that methods and deadlines may differ, but all salafists work towards the same goal: "the resurrection of a Sharia-enforcing caliphate." Raymond Ibrahim discusses a tactic where the efforts of a 'moderate' terrorist group are combined with an openly terrorist group. He phrases it in terms of the good cop-bad cop routine that severely rattles a detainee and then gives him a way out of his difficulty by suggesting he cooperate with the good cop. When the players are salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is cast as the good cop, the persuasive argument is that the West should deal with the supposedly non-violent MB, thus avoiding violence from any one of a number of overt terrorist groups (that the MB has spawned).

Israelis are familiar with the version practiced by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Territories and Hamas in Gaza. Both hate Jews and want to destroy Israel. To the extent that the PA acts in an almost civilized fashion when compared to Hamas, it has been foisted on Israel as a partner for peace by a world that refuses to look too closely at the real situation. The PA plays the role of rehabilitated thug and only occasional terrorist. One might describe the PA collectively as moderate terrorists, if this description weren't nonsensical, given the history of Fatah. The members of Hamas are openly terrorist, reminding Israelis that if they say out loud that the PA is no different than Hamas, they will have to admit that both these groups of Palestinian Arabs are the enemy that they actually are.

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SHIFTING ALLIANCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: THE PLAYING FIELD, THE RULES OF THE GAME AND THE TEAMS, THEY ARE A'CHANGIN'

These graphs below are from the summer of 2013 and appeared on the Democratic Underground website. Since then, ISIS has topped the A-List of terrorists, and, except for some allied terrorist groups, everyone professes to hate ISIS, especially Syria, which, nevertheless, has bought oil from it ever since ISIS captured a major Syrian oil field. Qatar has also emerged as an important player. Once in accord with the Saudis and the US, it now hedges its bets by supporting the US in bombing ISIS but supports the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda through private channels and via Kuwait. Qatar also supports Hamas, which is on the US terrorist list (and believe me, it's hard to get on the list these days if you're really a terrorist, Major Hasan at Fort Hood, for example). Operationally, Prez Obama more visibly does what the Muslim Brotherhood does, unless forced by circumstances to do otherwise. He certainly says he doesn't like al-Qaeda, which, according to him, is withering away. But as part of the Syrian rebel groups, they get their share of American largess and what came out of Libyan storehouses when Gadaffi was murdered. He and the European Union and the U.N. openly support Hamas with money and political clout, while Hamas has stated its hatred of the West, and the US in particular. Contrariwise, Prez Obama professes to care about Israel, while doing all he can to prevent Israel from stopping Iran from making nuclear bombs. When Iran has the bomb, structured alliances will collapse — the regional states will be too busy blaming each other for letting it happen, while sucking up to Iran, who won the game.

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SHIFTING ALLIANCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Ofir Haivry

Ofir Haivry subdivides the current major "teams" in the Middle East into five geographically-fuzzy coalitions, which he describes as "loosely ideological confederations." These are (1) the Autocratic Sunni Coalition led by Saudi Arabia; (2) the Sunni-Populist Coalition led by Turkey and propelled by the Muslim Brotherhood; (3) the Shia-Radical Coalition led by Iran, which keeps the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria from collapse; (4) the Sunni-Jihadist Coalition led by ISIS, whose boldness and unequivocal savagery have captured the loyalty of Sunni Arabs, especially young recruits from around the world; and (5) the Coalition of the Nation States, which until recently consisted of one member — Israel — which alone carried the banner of democracy and national self-determination, goals now starting to be sought by some of the region's oppressed groups such as the Kurds and the Druze of Lebanon and Syria. Haivry makes the important point that the goals of the first four groups "are shaped by some shade of Islamism ... where political opposition is crushed, women are subjugated, and Salafist Islam rules..." The good news is that the Middle East countries haven't, except for Qatar, wasted much time supporting Hamas. The bad news, not discussed by Haivry, is that the US, the UN and the EU have taken on the role of major supporters of Hamas and its anemic sister, the PA. Haivry's sensible advice is that the US should not by worrying about which of the first four groups to support. It should be "strengthening the critical alliance with Israel, supporting the Kurds, and exploiting the weaknesses of the four other coalitions."

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QATAR'S SUPPORT OF HAMAS AND JIHADIST FORCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by JCPA

As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) notes, in the fluid restructuring of alliances in the Middle East, Sunni Qatar stands out because — while appearing friendly to the West and its Sunni neighbors — it is using its enormous oil wealth lavishly to support jihadist groups such as "Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Jabhat al Nusrah, al-Qaeda affiliates, Libyan Islamists, and even ISIS" and to undermine other Sunni countries: "Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain." It is also one of the few states in the Middle East devoting much effort currently on trying to destroy Israel by supporting Hamas. The constant in all this support to salafist movements in the Middle East and in various African states appears to be Qatar's need for muscle in its hassles with Saudi Arabia over land and power.

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LATEST BIG LIE: 'WE HAVE NO STRATEGY'

by Michael Ledeen

The major way the public is instructed an event is significant is by way of the newspaper and TV media broadcasting it, explaining it, cogitating on it and doing so again and again. But the mechanism of media is largely broken. And so the public is often ignorant of major changes in policy, though these are independently recognized by think-tankers and experts in counter terrorism. Although Iran is moving steadily towards acquiring nuclear weaponry, it has become clear that the Obama Administration has shifted its allegiance from Sunni Saudi Arabia to Shiite Iran. We can expect therefore he will help by convening conferences and blathering about sanctions, but will do nothing to stop Iran. Indeed, we can expect the US to continue to run interference and not let any other country stop Iran or its proxy, Syria. And any harm we do to ISIS will enhance Iran's position.

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THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY ENEMY

by Yoram Ettinger

Yoram Ettinger notes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend (EEMF) credo that has guided Western and Israeli policy over decades is decidedly wrong in the Middle East. "The misguided characterization of Iran" as a potential ally because it is fighting ISIS "could produce a nuclear conflict, a mega-trillion dollar cost to the U.S. taxpayer, an unprecedented level of fatalities, a tidal wave of global anti-U.S Islamic terrorism, and tectonic eruptions of insanity throughout the globe." Similarly, "[t]he victory of wishful thinking over reality was also the basis for Israel's 1993 policy toward the PLO — the enemy of Hamas — which was gullibly expected to align itself with Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism, in return for the unprecedented Israeli territorial concessions of the Oslo process. Instead, since 1993, Israel has been a victim of an unprecedented wave of PLO/Hamas anti-Israel terrorism..." A policy based on EEMF can't work because it flies in the face of the mission of salafist Muslims, whether Sunni or Shi'ite, to make Islam the supreme religion in the world, with all other religious and ethnic groups subservient to it.

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TERROR GROUP KHOROSAN SAID TO POSE MORE OF A THREAT TO U.S. THAN ISIS. GROUP TURNS OUT TO BE OBAMA HOAX

by Andrew C. McCarthy

As if we didn't have enough problems trying to determine who's on what team and how to keep tabs on the more than one thousand terrorist groups in Syria, the Obama administration has introduced unnecessary noise in the system. In June of this year, the news media began writing about an extremist group called the Khorasan Group. It was said to be more dangerous than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). By September, the media informed us the US had initiated some airstrikes against both ISIS and the Khorosan in Syria. This information carried with it the not so subtle message that Obama wasn't ineffective, at least not in war. He had put together a working coalition of Arab countries — Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The air strikes against ISIS, some sloppily hitting largely civilian areas, did indeed occur. There is only one problem The Khorosan Group was a hoax, a fictitious name the Obama administration invented with malice a forethought. Andrew McCarthy tells us about it.

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THE PIOUS ARAB AND HOW SALAFISM CAME TO BE

This section deals with the foundation and history of the development of what we might call the generic pious Arab. And why, as Professor Eidelberg explains, you can't make peace with the "Religion of Peace." You can only submit or fight.


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PORTRAIT OF A PSYCHOPATH

by Edward Cline

This essay by Edward Cline is based on a recent book by F.W. Burleigh entitled It's All About Muhammad: A Biography of the World's Most Notorious Prophet. Islam is as it is because Muhammad was as he was. Islam is not based just on what Muhammad said. It is equally true that whatever Muhammad did is approved behavior for everyone for all time. What makes today's Islam and jihadists tick? As Cline says, "Basically, it's Muhammadan insanity armed with a razor-sharp sword looking for a convenient neck to strike, or an empty, weak, malleable mind to fill. And whether they're called al-Qaeda, or the Taliban, or ISIS, or Hamas, or Hezbollah, or the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its sundry and cousinly franchises, they are all nihilistic psychotics."

An Addendum from The Muslim Issue website entitled "Islam — The Crimes of Prophet Mohammed" is a list of specific acts we in the West regard as criminal or at least immoral. They are acceptable and even admired in Islam; they serve as a model for how to behave properly. Thus, child marriage is acceptable because Mohammad married a 6-year old.

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RADICAL ISLAM, ISRAEL AND AGITPROP

by Guy Millière

Guy Millière writes a brief but excellent contextual history of the modern development of Resurgent Islam, which began when it became obvious to Muslim clerics and leaders that Islam was far behind the West. Some leaders looked to the West for solutions. Others, despising what they saw in the West, proposed, as reformation, a return to the "original principles" of Islam. A corollary ambition was the re-creation of a single sovereign government for the Arabic-speaking people of the Middle East. This dream suffered when the League of Nations in the early 1920s split the conquered Middle East empire of the Ottomans into many Arab states and one Jewish state by separate mandates for Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Transjordan and Mesopotamia, creating states that ranged from fundamentalist (Saudi Arabia) to secular (Turkey). While the concomitant growth of modern Zionism, a national liberation movement, was compatible with regimes that held different world views, the theology of both Islamic fundamentalism and Arab nationalism was not, because it was based on the intolerant supremicist principles of early Islam. Radical Islam crystallized with the formation of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It promoted a meticulous return to living by Muhammad's words and deeds; but it was also "influenced by Western totalitarian dogmas: Marxism, Leninism, fascism, National-Socialism." It is capable of blatant lying about its history, tenets and goals to gain adherents and disarm opponents; clever in creating a faux people, the Palestinians, to make spurious claims to Jewish land; and brilliant in building networks and bribing, blackmailing and bullying its way into Western infrastructure. Yet basically it simply divides the world into the House of Islam and the yet to be conquered House of War. As Millière points out, while Israel has brought fruitful inventions to the world's store of technology, science, art and medicine, Radical Islam has become "the most destructive force of the twenty first century. It brings only chaos and sterility; it is dangerous and has no future."

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THE MIDDLE EAST MASQUERADE PARTY

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar writes about the false images Middle East leaders project and the false claims they make. An egregious example is the supposed "Pan-Arab Nation" — the commonality of history and mission that is said to bind all Arabs together. In actuality, as Kedar points out, "The idea of the Pan-Arab Nation never succeeded in replacing the loyalties of many Arabs to traditional, secondary frameworks such as the tribe, religion (Muslim, Christian, Yazidi, etc.) or sect (Sunni, Shiite, etc.)." As do other Arab leaders that Kedar describes, Qatar's rulers flip between incompatible persona: they consistently fund terrorist organizations that target Westerners, while proclaiming themselves friends of the West. They even, when necessary, join the coalition of countries that plan to wage war against IS, the Islamic State. Kedar emphasizes that it is important for Israel to understand it can not "build its future relying on the temporary masks hiding the faces of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Emirates and Egypt."

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THE FUTILITY OF 'LAND FOR PEACE'

by Prof. Paul Eidelberg

This is an essay in two parts, both written by Professor Paul Eidelberg but published separately. Part 1 argues that peace and land can not be compared so their degrees of value can not be compared. They can, however, be examined in relation to the motivational and cognitive environment of the particular culture. The Israelis have gone to extreme, almost suicidal, lengths to obtain peace, starting with returning the entire Sinai Peninsula, when President Sadat of Europe hoped for a return of a small amount, and they have honored the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which gave administrative control of land legally owned by Israel to the PLO. The Arabs have not provided the peace they promised. In fact, they met none of the terms they'd agreed to. Part 2 discusses the differing cognitive environments of the two cultures and how Israeli efforts for peace are futile, given how Arab culture influences Arab behavior.

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September-October, 2014 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

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July-August 2014

What we are talking about in the July–August 2014 Issue

  1. GAZA  (Lipkin, Shulman, Engelhard, Sharpe)
  2. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE GAZA CAMPAIGN? (Editor)
  3. GAZA WAS ABANDONED BY ISRAEL (Dunetz, Lipkin, Saperstein)
  4. A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE? (Berman, Kramer, Nandy and Mishra)
  5. JIHADISTS HARD AT WORK GLOBALLY (Atbashian, Jolly, Kaplan, Kassam, Kerstein, Murray)
  6. REGIONAL WARFARE (Karsh, Glick, Freedman and Gordon, Segall)
  7. PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA (MidEastTruth, Beck, Poller, Amler, Levinson)
  8. HISTORY SECTION (Bostom, Bohr, Meyer and Wiegrefe, Schwimmer)
  9. BLOG-EDS (July-August Blog-Eds)

GAZA

This issue of Think-Israel examines the continuing attacks by Hamas of Gaza on the Israeli civilian population, Israel's response and some of the fallout. It also looks at some Jihadist operations in the West, internecine fighting among the Muslim States of the Middle East and the consequent restructuring of alliances. These are all different aspects of the unrelenting determination of the Salafists to make Islam the dominant power in the world.

Operation Protective Edge became the latest round of a chronic war. It is a war that Resurgent Islam, flush with money and salafist dedication, resurrected against the capitalist West and against Communist Russia and China. It is a war aided and abetted, consciously or not, by anti-Israel Western liberals, particularly some in the media and academia. It is as if whoever engineered Islam's fiendishly clever ways of winning said: These are our objectives. First, we will control the framing and distribution of information by the media, by textbooks and by the professorial class. We will be the ones who say who the good guys are and who should be shunned — facts are irrelevant. Two, using the noble concept of multiculturalism, we will marginalize the natives in countries where we settle, while sopping up available welfare funds. Third, Israel is foremost in thwarting our designs. Let us demolish her before Westerners wake up and take action against us.

If Israel continues to be indecisive and if the West only gathers strength to resist Muslim domination episodically, this war might go on as long as the Christian-Muslim encounters of the Middle Ages. Or Iran could trigger a round of fighting using nuclear weapons. Neither is a pleasant prospect.

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WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ISRAEL'S CAMPAIGN IN GAZA? ANSWER THESE AND YOU'LL KNOW:

  • Does wearing civilian clothes transform a terrorist and his family into civilians that must not be strafed?
  • Does using a building as a school nullify its use as a weapons depository?
  • Do prayers at a mosque five times a day trump the 24 hours per day when the mosque is serving as a military command and control center?
  • Should a hospital that shelters Hamas leaders be treated as a medical center?
  • Does providing food and education for refugees-in-perpetuum in a U.N. building override its use as a warehouse for wartime explosives that could be set off in situ?
  • Jewish children, often terrified, spend much of their time rushing to safety as missiles rain down from Gaza. Arab children in Gaza have only to be somewhere, anywhere, to increase the probability that the location is safe from Israeli counterattack. Because Arabs believe they are superior, do the Israelis have to agree with them by giving Arab children such respect?
  • Should Israel abort a mission to destroy mortars guarded by Arab children, allowing these mortars eventually to terrorize and even destroy Jewish children?

Israeli politicos seem to think the answer is "YES" to all of these.

In practice, no other country does.


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GAZA 2014

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard Shulman presents facts about Gaza that many in the news media avoid or de-emphasize, in their attempt to whitewash Hamas. As example, the UN acts as if it were neutral and impartial. In point of fact, most of staff of the UN agency, UNRWA, which provides Arab "refugees" with cradle-to-grave welfare, are themselves Palestinian Arabs. And the UN peacekeepers have a record of conspiring with terrorists. He also dissects the war the media, in particular the New York Times, wages against Israel, while purporting to present a balanced view. It's time people asked why the media are horrified by the 2000 deaths in Gaza and ignore the 200,000 deaths in Syria, let alone the deaths in the civil wars in many other Arab countries. Shulman explains why a diplomatic solution won't work with a jihadist enemy, and why Israel's way of waging war is also defective: Israel loses the element of a surprise attack by messaging civilians that they are going to bomb an installation containing weaponry in a few minutes. (BTW: Israel's reward for such civility is that organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) think that's insufficient notification; HRW ignores that many Israelis have only 15 seconds warning that a rocket is about to strike near them.) He also points out that Fatah, though presenting a slicker veneer, is no better than Hamas.

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GAZA: A JUST WAR FOUGHT CHELM-STYLE

by Jack Engelhard

When the war began, Jack Englehard brushed aside the mean, the vicious, the trite and the silly reasons for ignoring Hamas's constant barrage of missiles extending further and further into Israel. He focused on the main issue: Hamas needed to be taken down. It was a long-due just war. The troops were dedicated and trained, Israelis were almost unanimous in wanting Hamas destroyed, the military had the technology to end the operation in hours, take Gaza over in two day, conquer it completely in seven days and would be in a favorable position to destroy terrorist infrastructure, which will take another two years. (Freund, JPost, 18Aug2014) — and this against a very nasty group of people. But Israel has a major weakness — pusillanimous politicians, so afraid of "the world's opinion" they don't protect their own citizens. And so it was that the IDF fought, as Englehard writes, as if the battle plans were designed by the sages of Chelm.

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THE CONTINUING BLUNDER OF RETREAT

by Victor Sharpe

Victor Sharpe writes critically of the 2005 "'disengagement plan,' a euphemism for unilateral retreat from Gaza,' where Israel evacuated every Jew living in Gaza. That made it possible for Hamas to take over Gaza and have an easy time manufacturing explosives and lobbing missiles into Israel and the Territories. In this latest foray by Israel into Gaza, Israel meticulously pinpointed targets and warned civilians to evacuate targeted areas, a strategy that can be billed as highly moral but which has little impact on turning the Gazan Arabs against bombing Israel. There is concern that instead of being effective by wiping out Hamas, the politicians will return to the familiar game of offering real land — this time parts of Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank) — for an ephemeral "peace." There's one problem with this approach — Hamas was designed for one purpose only: to destroy the Jewish state, not live peaceably next to it. It's in their charter and they abide by it.

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GAZA IS WHAT IT IS TODAY BECAUSE ISRAEL ABANDONED IT IN AUGUST 2005

It was August 2005 right after Tisha B'Av that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been elected on the strength of his promise to deal more firmly with the Arab terrorists living in Gaza, arbitrarily and capriciously expelled all the Jews, some 10,000 people, from their homes and orchards and synagogues in Gaza, leaving it to become a terrorist haven, uncontrolled, unmonitored, with complete freedom for the new owners to lob missiles into Israel, which they did, by the thousands-ful. We wouldn't keep reminding you what a disaster the expulsion of the Jews from Gaza was — except that there is a strong possibility that many a politico in Europe, the USA and even in Israel can't wait to stop the current Gaza War (which would never have happened if the Jews hadn't left Gaza), so they can get back to their variant of trying to square the circle: planning out a two-state solution that would make much of Samaria and Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem into the next internationally-certified terrorist state.


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THE LAST TIME LAND FOR PEACE DIDN'T WORK

by Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz reminds us of the great expectations Ariel Sharon voiced when he expelled a patriotic and productive group of Jews from Gaza in August 2005. To others, unfortunately a minority, it was a daft idea grounded in a nebulous hope, not experience. And so it has proven to be. Besides contributing to the economy and to new technology, the Jews were also a sort of early warning system, able to monitor incipient terror plots and military training and weapons manufacture, activities that continues to absorb the energy of many of the Arabs of Gaza. The expulsion didn't make for peace. Quite the contrary.

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GAZA 2005

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin recalls the story of the idealistic and technically skilled Jews who lived in Gaza and grew wonderful vegetables, while keeping an eye on their Arab neighbors, who were prone to initiating new and clever ways to kill Israelis. All the Jew was expelled from Gaza in 2005, leaving it to the terrorists groups to squabble over. Synagogues were replaced by terrorist training camps. Public buildings became bomb factories. Thriving businesses were replaced by mosques preaching Jew-hate. Gaza was soon taken over and governed by Hamas. Thanks in large part to the funds sent it by the UN, EU and the West including the US, Gaza's larders were filled with missiles and its murderous inclinations became more ambitious. In 2014, we are still paying the price for acting on the idiotic idea that giving land to terrorists who want to decapitate you will make them peaceful and neighborly.

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PROPORTIONATE RESPONSE; DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM; TWICE BETRAYED; and other essays

by Moshe Saperstein

These essays by Moshe Saperstein help us understand what it is like to live in a trailer exposed to the missiles constantly being launched from Gaza, while trying to live a normal life. He and his wife Rachel were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place.

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A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE?

It has become blatantly obvious that the Arabs of Gaza will continue to kill Israeli civilians and soldiers until their stock of weaponry is used up — they're saving the new stuff for later. It's become obvious that nothing Israel does will change the determination of the Salafists, including Hamas, to destroy Israel. It's so obvious that it has forced a departure from the previously unquestioned belief that Israel is the culprit who treats the noble savages of Gaza real bad and for no particular reason. Whether this will hold is yet to be seen.


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FACTS OVER FEELINGS

by Amanda Berman

Amanda Berman discovered people she had once respected actually harbored ugly notions about Israel, while showering sympathy on the Arabs of Gaza. They suppressed or trivialized the fact that Hamas murders, stones, booby-traps and kidnaps Israelis and hangs those of its own people who won't conform. They were even capable of ignoring the fact that Hamas uses its women and children to shield the terrorists and their weaponry. The essay contains an excellent precis of facts that should be common knowledge. They serve as anchor references when confronted by Jew-hate disguised as humanistic concern for Arab "civilians".

If I have any quarrel with the article, it is that I disagree with Berman's opinion that "occupation" is a legitimate topic of debate. From context I assume she doesn't mean Arab illegal encroachment on Jewish land, which is a fact, but is referencing the fable that Jews are occupying Muslim Arab Palestinian Land. Oh, if only the Israeli Government were bold enough to throw away its investment in promoting a non-viable two-state solution and would broadcast that Samaria and Judea as well as Gaza and Golan and Israel itself are Jewish property, made so at San Remo in 1920 by the same international consensus that created most of the current Arab states.

How much more neurons must flash, how many more dendrites must integrate data before the airheads of the world figure out what's going on? How long before those that claim wide-ranging spiritual lives with a deep appreciation (pronounced ah pree see A shun) of the finer things of life, how long before these aesthetes in jeans acquire sufficient imagination to even describe the current reality accurately, let alone understand it in a multi-layered fashion.

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FIGHT, DON'T TALK

by Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer describes the prevailing attitude of Israelis toward the attacks on them by the Arabs in Gaza, who have broken every one of the recent ceasefires the diplomats have forced on Israel. He uses as example the partial change in attitude by the well-known, well-to-the-left Israeli author, Amos Oz, who send an autographed copy of of his books together with a love letter to Marwan Barghouti, terrorist and mass murderer of Jews (See Meotti, INN, 13May2014). As recently as two months ago Oz had no difficulty ignoring life-threatening rock throwing by young Arabs while denouncing young Jewish activists as neo-Nazis supported by "numerous nationalist or even racist legislators, as well as rabbis". At the end of July, in an interview in Deutsche Welle predictably he said that Israel's ground offensive in Gaza was excessive. What was different was that he made clear Israel's dilemna in how to handle Hamas's use of civilians and their houses to store weaponry and launch rockets. In a pretzel-like conclusion, he declared, that "at least in some points the military action is excessive - justified, but excessive." Huh? Ah well, it's a start toward reality.

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EVIDENCE OF A SHIFT TOWARDS ISRAEL IN INDIA?

articles by Chandan Nandy and by Mrutyuanjai Mishra

Despite harassment and terror attacks by Muslims, for many years, India was solidly against Israel and voted with those condemning Israel for anything and everything in the U.N. The articles and comments below indicate there has been a shift. How much is yet to be seen. Some writers were far ahead of the politicians, but starting in around 2011, political attitudes began to show change publically. The article by Chandan Nandy focuses on a recent pro-Israel rally in Kolkata that attracted some 20,000 participants. Mrutyuanjai Mishra discusses the expansion of the jihadist war against the world. The comments to his article would suggest many of the readers of the Times of India are more knowledgeable about what's going on in Gaza than the readers of the New York Times.

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JIHADISTS ARE HARD AT WORK IN THE USA AND EUROPE — ACTUALLY, EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

A major reason for the change in attitude towards Israel is due to the actions of the Muslims themselves. In Gaza, no matter how often the New York Times intimated that Hamas was blameless or at least not very effective at killing Jews so what did it matter, it became common knowledge that Hamas leaders were using the locals as human shields. It's true most of the Arab population was delighted when an Israeli was murdered or kidnapped. But they weren't happy when their own houses were at risk, because they were shielding launch pads or tunnels or were wired with explosives. To make it worse, Hamas wouldn't let them leave, even when the Israelis made it clear they would be bombing some of these houses. It also became harder to blame Israel for occasionally unintentionally injuring an Arab child, when Hamas warriors surrounded themselves with these children while they launched missiles. Then too, the world was shocked to learn Muslims weren't just angry at Israel and the Jews. Islamists have beheaded Westerners in London as well as on their own territory. They've taken over areas in Paris and won't permit non-Muslims to enter. They've raped so many Swedish women that some natives dye their hair black to protect themselves. So, little by little, despite the best efforts of much of the media to downplay the damage done by resurgent Islam, people are becoming aware that the most pious of the Muslims have declared war on all of us. It is becoming understood that the Salafist Muslims who activated and continue to maintain a well-organized and well-funded jihad globally are determined that Sharia law will rule the world. This set of essays identifies some of the ways jihad warfare has infiltrated the USA and other countries, often indirectly in ways that appear non-threatening. In the West, Islamists take advantage of our belief in individual freedom to infiltrate our educational, judicial and political structures. In other parts of the world, their ways are more brutal and overt. They spare no country. No part of the world is safe.


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HOW ISLAM BUILT THE VERY FABRIC OF AMERICA

Oleg Atbashian

With his jaunty air and extraordinary ability to fabricate, Prez Obama asserted that Muslim Americans have contributed much to "the very fabric of our nation." Some people responded that until 9/11 the major Muslim contribution to USA history was the Barbary Pirates preying on American ships. Oleg Atbashian at The People's Cube Blog takes a different tack: he show us what governmental fabric woven by Muslims would look like. Unlike Obama's version, Atbashian's depiction of a Muslim-influenced America isn't made out of whole cloth.

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ISIS MUSLIM RADICALS INFILTRATING US VIA MEXICAN BORDER

by Dave Jolly

As if we didn't have enough problems because of illegal immigrants, now we need to think seriously about Islamic terrorists coming into the States through our porous border with Mexico. It's been known for years that Korans and prayer mats have been found at the border, but the major media have ignored the implication that members of sleeper cells are likely being put in place. Now Dave Jolly tells us that reliable analysts believe "Muslim radical members of ISIS may be infiltrating the United States." At this point, we can demand confirmatory evidence — positive evidence such as another 9/11 — or we can agree with the Mexican newspaper editor who wrote this headline, "The Arab terrorists were here!" Putting it another way, we can wait for Prez Obama to think about deciding it might be an idea to deal with it in the future indefinite, or we might lend the border states political reinforcement so they will deal with it.

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BACKGROUNDER: STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE (SJP)

by Lee Kaplan

The organization called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is misnamed. It is not led by students. And it isn't interested in Justice in Palestine. As Lee Kaplan makes clear, SJP is yet another organization supported by Arab oil money and devoted to destroying Israel. Led by devotees of sharia law, it is well-organized and runs effective training sessions, disruptive demonstrations and dramatic street theatre. It works hand in hand with other pro-Palestinian groups such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which sends young Westerners such as Rachel Corrie to act as human shields for Arab terrorist groups. Kaplan recounts the history of the SJP, "a conglomeration of ISM activist types, former or secular Jews, mostly Muslim Arabs, but some Christians and radically socialist communists." The glue holding these disparate groups together is unabashed anti-Semitism. Before the Arab countries found themselves fighting for their own lives, the major ambition of these pious Muslims, Sunni and Shi'ite, was to see Islam taking its rightful place as the most important religion in the world. For hundreds of years, Muslims have fought for supremacy. They conquered the Middle East and encroached on Europe and the East, the American continents not being "discovered" as yet. Nowadays, two major blocks hinder this ambition, the big Satan, the USA, and the little Satan, Israel. Were Israel to be extinguished, they could devote their monetary and political clout to bringing sharia to the West without hindrance.

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LABOUR MP: BRITISH MUSLIMS ARE DOING 'HUMANITARIAN WORK' IN IRAQ/SYRIA, JOINING ISIS NO DIFFERENT TO JOINING ISRAELI ARMY

by Raheem Kassam

Yasmin Qureshi is the epitome of the moderate Muslim. She was born in Jhelum, Pakistan and moved to the UK when she was nine. She is married, lives in Bolton South East, and practices law as a Barrister in Manchester. She has been actively involved in community work for over twenty years with the Citizen Advice Bureau and local law centres. She has been the governor for a college and three schools. She was the Head of the Criminal Legal Section of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and later the Director of the Department of Judicial Administration in Kosovo. She is a past President of the Pakistan Club (UK). She is the former Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group of the Association of Muslim Lawyers. And, as Raheem Kassam writes, she defends Muslim terrorists, asserting that the British Muslims fighting for ISIS are humanitarians.

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THE GLOBAL POGROM

by Benjamin Kerstein

Benjamin Kerstein writes about the global pogrom that has been underway for well over a decade. "[It] has taken lives. It has destroyed property. It has injured, brutalized, and terrified Jews and Jewish communities in many nations." He writes mainly about the atrocities that have occurred in France; in fact, in 2013 40% of all hate crimes in France targeted Jews. Because of its large Jewish and large Muslim populations, the systematic harassment of the Jewish community by Muslims is very clear in France, but the same trend is to be seen all over Europe. A chilling fact is that the Muslims may be the instigators, but the participants in the sieges, street violence, looting, store burnings, fire bombs, vandalism and hate-filled rallies are both Muslims and Europeans, and usually the police look the other way. The Pogrom mentality has spread to the USA, Canada and even Australia. In the Muslim countries, which expelled Jews when Israel was created, there is the phenomenon of anti-Semitism without Jews, where medieval anti-Jewish confabulations are taken as facts. The one country which has had Jews in any numbers since the 1950s is Turkey. Egged on by the current Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the pogrom is in progress there, too. Everywhere, "for all practical purposes, [there is] no distinction between hatred of Israel, hatred of Zionism, and hatred of the Jews." Kerstein expects this anti-Jew fury to spread where ever there are Jews. He might also have noted that this hate will not be satiated with Jewish blood. It is likely that, as is the usual sequence, the Jew may be the first to be attacked, but he is never the last.

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STOP BLAMING ISRAEL AND WAKE UP: THE BLACK FLAG OF JIHAD IS THE REAL THREAT TO THE WORLD

by Douglas Murray

Those who blame Israel for the ills of the Middle East, if not those of the entire world, are right about one thing: there is a single cause riling up the world's lemmings and making trouble for other cultures. But it's not Judaism. It is, as Douglas Murray writes, resurgent Islam, split into separate groups but united in this single cause and waving the same black flag of terror. He makes the important point that the current spate of anti-Semitism is causing problems for Jews today, but tomorrow people in other countries and other ethnic group will suffer from the same Muslim hatred and violence. As Murray puts it, "Israel is not the cause of the world's problems. It is simply on the front line of them."

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REGIONAL WARFARE

It is clear that pious Muslims, Salafists — Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar e Taiba, IS (previously ISIS), Al-Shabaab, Al-Nusraa, Boko Haram and the many less well-known small gangs, (There's around one thousand bands operating in Syria. That's groups, not people. See here.) — all want the end or the weakening of all cultures except Islam, so that Muslims and Sharia law will rule the world. In the Middle East, they have begun fighting among themselves about which groups will run the world before finishing the war against the West and the Far East.

Warfare in the Middle East is so different from what we expect. The war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites is definitely on but the players and colleagues and subsidiaries on both sides don't have stable affiliations. They shift allegiance and split, then reunite partially but often with major changes in their allies. They don't have an identifiable team shirt or mascot or team song. It's chaotic at best and, to outsiders, totally illogical. Why should Sunni ISIS kill Sunni al-Qaeda leaders and sell oil to Shi'ite-allied Syria? Why should Shi'ite Iran support Sunni Hamas which is on the outs with Syria, which is strongly supported by Iran? Why should Sunni Qatar support the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS, while Sunni Saudi Arabia want to destroy them? At the same time, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, which should be natural allies, are saber-rattling — or should that be sword-slicing — at each other.

The only players more illogical are the Westerners looking for an opening. Why should the American administration want to work with Iran to eliminate ISIS, when Iran has vowed to destroy the USA and Israel. If we succeed in destroying ISIS, it will only strengthen al-Qaeda, which has vowed to destroy us. Middle East alliances are so unstable that the West is hard put to know which terrorist group to support, but, shucks, you gotta support some team, dontcha?


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THE MYTH OF PALESTINIAN CENTRALITY

by Efraim Karsh

Despite Obama's shallow view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as central to the instability of the ME, the facts are otherwise. While the Arab states are vocally for the right of the 1948 Arab refugees to return to Israel — they fled in 1948 when the neighboring Arab countries invaded the newly-declared modern State of Israel — and for statehood for the local Arabs calling themselves Palestinians, operationally speaking the locals are only useful for creating sympathy for the Arab mission of destroying the Jewish State. Their major objective is the creation of a single Arab state, which, ironically, is what was initially envisioned after the Western Allies defeated the Ottomans in World War 1. The major subsidiary issue is: which Arab group is going to control the single Arab state or caliphate that is envisioned by pious Sunnis. Giving the Palestinian Arabs a state carved out of Israel is not a cure for the Arab craving for a pan-Arab state that will control the world. This essay provides an excellent historical analysis for understanding the non-connection of the lip-service for a Palestinian state and the Salafist obsession for a renewed Caliphate.

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UNDERSTANDING THE ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN-SAUDI ALLIANCE

by Caroline Glick

There is an unofficial alliance to repel Iran's ambition to dominate the Middle East and influence global politics. As Caroline Glick points out, this is a direct consequence of the American president's policy of punishing friends such as Israel and Egypt and cozying up to declared enemies such as Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. She might have also pointed out that when confronted by a situation as in Syria where the Assad regime is protected by Iran but is fighting Al-Qaeda, one of Obama's not-so-secret friends, he dithers. When I asked a friend raised in the Middle East how a Muslim can hug you with one arm and knife you with the other, he said, "That's the nature of the Middle East." It's not behavior Westerners can understand intuitively, if at all.

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THE GROWING SHADOW OF ISIS

by Ilana Freedman and Jerry Gordon

Resurgent Islam continues to try to dominate the world. In the West, except for some isolated incidents, quickly forgotten, Muslim Salafist groups have not drawn much attention to their activities. And like lobsters in water that is slowly heated, Westerners have adapted. We haven't noticed how much our educational and political systems and media have been infiltrated. In the Middle East different groups of pious jihadists are in control of some or all of many Arab countries and openly wage war against secularists, non-Muslims and even other Salafists. They have bombed, lobbed rockets, sniped, stoned, gouged, waterboarded and fought but, over time, even these acts have become familiar, dreaded but expected. Occasionally, an murderous act have gained attention by being particularly shocking — a woman who wouldn't repudiate Christianity had a large cross shoved down her throat, an al-Qaeda terrorist ate the liver of someone he just shot, three Israeli teens and 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped, a honor killing was coupled with a beheading, Christian women and children were beheaded. In this essay, Illana Freedman and Jerry Gordon write about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), one of the known groups, which recently morphed into something rather new. Outlandishly brutal but with military discipline and competence, it has great confidence and — thanks to a talent for robbing banks and looting weaponry — a couple of billion dollars, part of which it spends not only on equipment but on artful propaganda, which has attracted many foreign-born Muslims to come to be trained as terrorists. What really set them apart is that they didn't just yearn for the reestablishment of the Caliphate, they announced they had brought it about and their leader was Caliph for all Muslims. The immediate impact was to delight some and enrage others, with few undecided. They might be scary enough to wake up the world to the dangers of Resurgent Islam.

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ACROSS TIME AND DEATH: IRAN AND THE ISIS CHALLENGE

by Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall

Michael Segall assesses the ISIS phenomenon mainly from the point of view of its confrontations with Iran, and the likely regional and global consequences. ISIS has been able to ride roughshod over the Iraqi army and is fighting Hizbullah on its homeground in Lebanon, so it has become "a real threat to Iran's strategic assets in Syria and Lebanon and especially to its aspiration to restore Shiite supremacy." Segall is almost unique in emphasizing that Iran will "leverage its influence and deep involvement in Iraq, along with its common interests with the West (and even with some of its regional adversaries) when it comes to containing ISIS's expansion southward in Iraq and westward to Jordan. The aim of this leverage will be to extract concessions on the nuclear issue."

I believe, the worst thing that can happen in the region is for Iran to acquire nuclear weaponry. If that happens, it won't be a quantitative difference. It would take the current chaos and the battling and the shocking deaths and the rearrangement of borders and the shifts in the power structure to a totally different place, good for no one except perhaps the Iranian government. So why does the USA want to help Iran destroy ISIS when it is in our best interest to let ISIS damage and distract Iran? It is awful what ISIS is doing to civilian Yazidis, but the Obama Administration is able to ignore that Syrian children are being slaughtered in the thousands. Actually, we could rescue the relatively few Yazidis quietly by airlift, just as the Israelis patch up wounded Syrian civilians in field hospitals near the Syrian border. We can let ISIS and Iran duke it out in the Middle East, while we focus on curtailing ISIS's (and al-Qaeda's) ability to attract and train Westerners and Muslims born in the West, because these trained terrorists would be a direct threat to America, Europe and Israel when they return home.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA

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A LOVE LETTER FROM HAMAS TO ISIS (WITH 10 TIPS)

by Noah Beck

Noah Beck packs a lot of information about Hamas's and ISIS's tactics in what purports to be advice on how to be a evil perpetrator yet be accepted by most of the media as innocent victim. A reader, Daniel, adds this tip: use the language of "freedom" — West loves it. For example: "Free Iraq from colonial powers", "Free Syria from oppression", etc. West has hard time opposing such slogans, for example "Free Gaza" or "Free Palestine" are very popular, and nobody is bothering to check the facts...

Hamas and Isis have the same religious and political ideology and the same sense of mission, and they both enjoy behaving barbarically. As Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas." There is, however, a difference in how they are perceived and treated. Prez Obama rushed to save the Yazidis who have been under siege by ISIS but when Israel finally responded to daily bombardment from Hamas, he stopped shipping missiles to Israel until it agreed to stop bombing Hamas, even though it had not completed the job of dismembering Hamas.

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THE TRUTH IS HANGING ON BY A THREAD

by Nidra Poller

A reporter, Matti Friedman, in an article called "An Insider's Guide To The Most Important Story On Earth", observed that "there was a malfunction in the practice of journalism" in that when it comes to reporting on events involving Israel, reporters come into the Middle East being anti-Israel. As example, he pointed out that "[m]ost reporters in Gaza believe their job is to document violence directed by Israel at Palestinian civilians." In this essay, Nidra Poller describes how unshakable their built-in prejudice is. Many in the mainstream press are scrambling to keep themselves from examining their cheerleader attitude on behalf of the Salafists. At the moment, reality has them under strong assault but they are resisting with all their might the meaning of ISIS's latest contribution to global entertainment: the beheading of James Foley, a journalist who like them was fanatically anti-Semitic and a strong supporter of Sharia and the Arab jihad.

Assassinations were easier to ignore when Jews or half-Jews that lived in Arab villages like the actor Julian Mer-Khamis, who lived in Jenin and marched to a Salafist drummer, were exterminated by their hosts. Obviously, Mer-Khamis should not have invaded the village; he wasn't welcome. It was easy for them to understand the Muslim Brotherhood stoning, flaying, beheading, burning and pushing large crosses down the throats of Egyptian Coptic Christians. After all, did Christians behave all that differently when they ruled the region? When Daniel Pearl was beheaded, they could argue that Daniel Pearl was a Jew, so in some collective sense he deserved beheading. But James Foley was one of them. As Daniel Green writes (see here) "James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn't travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda... Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He was a vehement advocate and while he didn't necessarily side with any single group, he echoed the one sided narrative rather than telling the truth about the Islamists." It was their ox that was gored. James Foley was unblemished ideologically and his death was deliberate.

Poller writes that the truth hangs in the thread joining ISIS and Hamas, both believers in Sharia law, both beheaders of their own people, but it's unlikely the media will make the connection. They will continue to believe that if they blame the Jews, they are ensuring their own safety. Foley's execution might be an intimation of what's in store for other Western reporters, no matter how committed to the jihad. Nevertheless, all things considered, it is predictable the journalists will overcome this shock to their ideological system. Unfortunately for them, troublesome facts are emerging. Back home, their own Muslim immigrants refuse to behave in a civilized fashion. And thousands of their citizens who went off fight for jihad will return with terror skills and a hatred of their native land. What then?

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I DON'T LIKE JEWS BECAUSE...

by Justin Amler

Justin Amler rakes up for our edification notions about Jews much of the world believes are true: Jews are stubborn, Jews don't listen to their friends like the UN and the Arab League, Jews are aggressive and attacked the Gazan Arabs for no reason at all, etc., etc. With tongue-in-cheek, he suggests these depictions of the Jews must be true because reliable sources from the Main Stream Media and international political groups like the UN right down to Yasser Arafat and Bishop Tutu have said so, again and again. It's not the world's fault the Jews are to blame for all the problems of the world, is it?

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MAKE RACHEL CORRIE INTO ISRAEL'S ACTIVIST

by William A. Levinson

William Levinson argues that in fighting the battle of words, the best defense is an offense. Tools used by the enemy can be taken and used against them. He uses as example the story of Rachel Corrie, who was manipulated by ISM to act as shield for the Arabs against the IDF. When she died, struck by debris while playing "chicken" with an Israeli bulldozer, she was billed by ISM as a idealistic activist, martyred in the cause of peace. In fact, the first eye witness reports claimed the driver backed up and ran her over again. That accusation ceased when it was realized that would have left her as flat as a pancake; (it did lead to her being called St. Rachel of IHOP.) ISM acknowledged Corrie was more useful to them dead than alive, so Levinson suggests Israel should have agreed she was an idealist but should have emphasized that she was duped by ISM, which knowingly and recklessly endangered her life. Essentially, he is suggesting jiu-jitsuing the arguments of the anti-Israel organizations against them. As he says, "PsyWar is an offensive weapon" and speed in structuring the way an event is described is essential. Unfortunately, Israel continues to lose this important war.

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HISTORY SECTION


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ISIL'S OTTOMAN "CALIPHATE" FORBEARS BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED 250,000 ASSYRIAN-CHALDEAN, AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS A CENTURY AGO

by Andrew G. Bostom

Andrew G. Bostom describes a massacre by the Ottomans that took place during World War 1, between 1914 and 1919 in what is now northern Iraq and eastern Anatolia. Of the 250,000 people killed, most was slaughtered between June and September 1915. All the victims were Christians; the murderers were mostly local Muslims armed with knives and rocks, who were incited by State officials and politicians. Thousands of ordinary villagers participated in the orgy of slaughter. The victims were unarmed and were tied up. They were shot, stabbed, stoned, drowned and decapitated; their throats were crushed and they were thrown off roofs — just as infidels are treated in the Middle East nowadays when Arabs riot or when terrorists murder Israelis. As is the case currently when Muslims go on the rampage in the Middle East and Africa against their Christian neighbors, the "massacre was accompanied by serial mass rape of the women. Young girls were abducted as sex slaves and children as household servants." Other Christians were forced to flee. Many of them were massacred primarily by the Muslim Ottoman army or were attacked by local Arab gangs. How modern it all sounds. I wonder what excuses were used to justify routine Muslim barbarism.

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INTERVIEW WITH AN AUSCHWITZ GUARD: 'I DO NOT FEEL LIKE A CRIMINAL'

interview by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe

Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe interviewed a 91-year old man named Jakob who had been a guard in Auschwitz. He denies he ever hit a prisoner but he no longer denies, as he did in earlier years, that he knew about the wholesale killing of Jews at Auschwitz. Now he says strongly, "When the crematorium is constantly burning, then everyone knows tha something is going on." After the war, most everyone involved and those living in the neighborhood of the camp denied knowing. Jakob has come forth to bear witness that they knew.

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THE WEDDING GOWN THAT MADE HISTORY

by Helen Zegerman Schwimmer

Helen Schwimmer writes of a wedding that took place more than a half century ago. What makes this wedding different is that Lilly and Ludvig, the bride and groom, had survived the Holocaust and were now incarcerated in a Displaced Person's (DP) camp in Bergen Belsen. Lilly dream of being married in a white gown was fulfilled because a German ex-pilot swapped his useless parachute for coffee beans. A seamstress cut the parachute into the wedding gown that the bride wore when she was married in the synagogue the DPs had renovated. Lilly's sister wore it soon after, and then a cousin, and then one bride after another in the camp. Some 50 years later the gown, stitched, restitched, redesigned, and redecorated very many times was donated to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where it is on display. As Schwimmer writes of Lilly and her sisters, "As young brides, they had stood underneath the chuppah and recited the blessings that their ancestors had been saying for thousands of years. In doing so, they chose to honor the legacy of those who had perished by choosing life."

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July-August, 2014 BLOG-EDS

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May-June 2014

What we are talking about in the May–June 2014 Issue

  1. IN MEMORIAM (lipkin, plaut, solway)
  2. ISLAM IN THE WEST (Leibler, Kern, Steyn, Ibrahim, Robbins, Dardick, Fjordman)
  3. MUSLIM PRACTICES, IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY (Chesler, Baker, Perlmutter, Ibrahim, Rhode, Landes)
  4. EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Merkley, Nisman, Spyer, Taheri, Soffer, Kedar, Konrad)
  5. PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA SECTION (Levy, Catz, Alexander, Dann)
  6. HISTORY SECTION (Medoff, Ghert-Zand, Bingham, Schwartzwald)
  7. Blog-Eds(May-June 2014)

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IN MEMORIAM


TIME TO RETHINK

by Bernice Lipkin

As Israelis absorb the horror of the murders of the Hebron Yeshiva boys, they have drawn close together. Recognition of their kinship as a single family has blossomed. The response to learning the boys are not alive has not been rioting or violence. The mood of the country is outwardly quiet. It has become a time of reflection on what unites Jews as a people. Young and old, proudly secular and unswervingly religious, simple people and those who consider themselves sophisticated, villagers and members of the world community — they have come together in Tel-Aviv, at the Kotel, in large groups and small around the country, to pray for the safety of the boys, to mourn their deaths.

For individuals, it's been an acknowledgment and an affirmation of a common identity. A bonding. Its effect on governmental policy, in contrast, is ambiguous at best. Cynics can be forgiven for suggesting that the government's hustle and bustle, its huffing and puffing, is cosmetic. Israeli Arabs are increasingly more assertive, more demanding, more arrogant. But the inertia of the Government is profound. It continues to mouth obsolete notions that peace is attainable - we just have to try a little harder to find the right approach. And when they are honest, the politicians admit to being more afraid of Arabs rioting than Jews crying.

Yet this could be an interval to reassess the effectiveness of the Jewish state's response to Arab violence these past years. That resurgent Islam has grown in confidence and has attempted more and more acts of unbelievable evil is too in-the-face to ignore. Now is a good time to ask whether Israel's policies need reformulating to handle the spreading chaos.

What is an appropriate response to the ever more harrowing attacks on Jews?

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REALLY REALLY HARD

by Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut said of this essay, posted a day after the bodies of the three teenagers were discovered on June 30, 2014 and three days after the IDF entered Gaza: "Three days of intensive military action in Gaza with virtually no terrorists killed? More 'signaling that Israel is deadly serious'? Yes, we are back to the RRH doctrine." This essay on the Really Really Hard Doctrine (RRH) was published in 2005. It is still right on the mark. That in itself speaks volumes about what is wrong with the IDF's genteel designed-to-fail approach to stopping local terrorism.

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THE TIME FOR MEANINGFUL ACTION HAS COME

by David Solway

In response to the kidnapping-murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, the people of Israel have come together in uncommon nationalistic unity. But, as David Solway writes, the extreme Left-wingers and Jewish Jew-hating NGOs such as the New Israel Fund and J Street continue to advocate measures the serve the Arabs. The local Arabs demonstrate their attitude towards peace with the Jews by three-finger hand waving, jubilation and handing out candy. The government, too, has acted as if it were business as usual. It has issued meaningless threats; it temporizes; it continues to threaten IDF soldiers with punishment should they even start to think their lives are worth more than the life of an Arab child proudly serving as shield to his terrorist Daddy or Mommy. It is time to change strategies. Solway suggests, among other necessary measures, that "[t]here is, really, no other effective way of dealing with a musteline pack of jihadist predators and barbarians than to credibly threaten it with extinction." And if nothing changes, something will change: the local Arabs will become bolder and bloodier.

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Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a Salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a political supersessionist who believes his religion must dominate and a social barbarian. Thanks to the high quality of white wash supplied by Islamic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


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ISLAM IN THE WEST

In this section, we examine some areas where Islam has impacted Western host countries negatively, yet the West continues to ignore the danger. A major cause for concern is the increase in radicalization of Westernized Muslims. Yet little has been done to counter Salafist proselytizing at local mosques and mullahs preaching fundamentalism on the internet. European administrators are reluctant to make any effort, let alone a strong one, to confront Muslim hostility and bullying behavior. They do, in fact, invent excuses for Muslim behavior that Muslims find annoying. A case in point is the Western invention of the 'Moderate Muslim' to describe a pious Muslim who believes in tolerance of all religions — though this is a contradiction in terms. Expanding on this, they claim the majority of Muslims are moderate. Western administrations are also often energetic in reinforcing the Muslim's hatred of Jews — to the point that more and more Jews are leaving Western Europe. But given the general hatred of Salafists for Western culture, siding with Islam against Judaism won't protect Europe's Christians from their Muslim neighbors.


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AS EUROPE SLIDES INTO A DARK AGE, JEWS MUST REVIEW THEIR FUTURE

Isi Leibler

In plain language, Isi Leibler explains why Jewish life in Europe has become problematic. As he writes, "... although 70 percent of the French population fear Islamic domination, that has not stemmed the tide of traditional anti-Semitism... What is more depressing is that, as a rule, the public is even more anti-Semitic than the government and perceives Israel as the principal source of global evil — no different to the Middle Ages when the Jews were regarded as the source of all natural disasters such as plagues and famine."

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A MONTH OF ISLAM IN EUROPE: APRIL 2014

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern provides us with a snapshot of some of the incidents that happened in the month of April of this year in the European countries. They have in common that all involved Muslims. In addition to the usual rapes and vandalism, Muslims distributed anti-Jewish books and attacked Jews, collected charity money for Hezbollah, and attacked churches. The police were able (or were not able) to stop Muslims leaving the country to participate in jihad in the Middle East and Africa. Muslim groups lobbied for expanding the teaching of Islam in schools, while in Lutheran Finland, administrators worried that singing a Christian song during school ceremonies might offend the Muslims. A new law allows Swedes to be put on trial for the heinous crime of criticizing Islam. Muslim immigration in general is high, while in Sweden emigration by natives has increased considerably.

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HASHTAG DIPLOMACY

by Mark Steyn

When empty gestures and polished phrases via the social media outlets substitute for effective action, we call it Hashtag diplomacy. Mark Steyn comments on a recent example: the First Lady showed she cares about the kidnapping of young girls by Boko Haram by posing with a hashtag on a poster. This is useless as a rescue effort. Steyn calls it "moral preening." The hashtag as non-action action serves as graphic imagery for the general lethargy that characterizes the way administrators in the West are handling Muslim demands and anti-social behavior. European school administrators respond to the harassing and even the stabbing of Jewish school children by Muslims by suggesting the Jewish children keep a low profile. Schools have stopped teaching the Holocaust and the Crusades, because these subjects offend the Muslim community. It's just too much trouble to fight Muslim anger and dissatisfaction. And this, while the percent of Muslims in the population is still relatively low.

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THE 'RADICALIZATION' OF WESTERN MUSLIMS

by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim and many others write about the fallacy of assuming there exists a group of Muslims who are deeply religious but practice a moderate form of Islam. As he put it in a recent article, "'moderate Islam' is an oxymoron." Nevertheless, with pious certainty but no factual underpinnings, Western media and academia continue to claim, "'True' Islam ... is intrinsically free of anything 'bad.' It's the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame." While the public is diverted to focus on the hunt for the moderate Muslim, it has ignored a real danger to Western society: the radicalization of Muslims born in the West. The native-born children of immigrant Muslims are much more apt to harass non-Muslims, commit robberies and become jihadists than their parents. This goes against the politically correct piety that given economic opportunities and freedom, jihad will wither away. It won't. In fact, given greater resources and less fear of consequences, it will expand.

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WHEN TERRORISTS BECOME PHARMACISTS

James S. Robbins

It is fairly well-known That Muslim groups that front for Muslim terrorists are involved in smuggling and selling illegal drugs. What is novel is that terrorist groups are now manufacturing and/or repackaging legal drugs. James Robbins describes how Hezbollah is using the skills and resources it developed to smuggle cigarettes, diamonds, cars and drugs to distributing legal medications. And it has started manufacturing some of them — without supervision or regulation.

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THE MYTH OF THE MODERATE MUSLIM MAJORITY

by Fred Dardick

Westerners invented the sub-genre, the Moderate Muslim — defined as a Muslim who believes and conforms strictly to Mohammad's words and deeds yet is tolerant of neighbors with different ideas. They ignore that pious Muslims deny that a pious Muslim can accept that Jews and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus are equal to a Muslim. Westerners not only believe in the Moderate Muslim but they claim that very few Muslims are radicalized, i.e., believe strictly in what the Holy Books of Islam preach. Fred Dardick demonstrates that Westerners haven't got this right, either.

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OPTIMISM OR CARELESSNESS?

by Fjordman

The centuries-old goal of Islamic theology "for Islam to be triumphant across the entire world, including Europe and the Western world" is often dismissed as anti-Islam conspiracy theory. The mainstream media often omits mentioning that the WHO doing the robbery, murder or arson is a Muslim. In the USA, when members of terrorist fronts hob-nob with administration officials, even in the White House itself, it is treated as another social event. In this essay, Fjordman takes the pulse of various European countries and concludes that Europe has become very sick from massive Muslim legal and illegal immigration. Western administrators, opinion makers, gate-keepers, the media — the white corpuscles of defense — don't do their job. They leave the public feeling that the major changes in demographics and culture caused by Islamic infiltration aren't a serious concern. By not presenting the facts sharply, by pooh-poohing incidents and by omitting crucial information, they give the impression that things will eventually stabilize and the Muslim immigrants will be absorbed. Actually, the rate of Islamic thuggery, rioting, murdering, vandalizing, looting, raping, blocking non-Muslims from entering Muslim-dominated parts of a city, remodeling institutions to make them Islam-friendly and modifying and/or discarding native cultural icons — i.e., colonizing Europe and marginalizing the natives — is increasing very rapidly and many Europeans are persuaded that this is a good thing. In line with this, the number of radicalized Muslims is increasing. So what does it take to make a Salafist out of a Muslim? As Fjordman writes, study the Koran [or an authentic translation] and take it seriously.

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CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MUSLIM PRACTICES, IDENTITY AND ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY

This section focuses on how Muslim identity and Salafist ideology continue to influence life styles and religious practices. It includes essays on what affiliations define identity. And how the honor-and-shame-based Arab culture views peace negotiations with Israel. That the Jews avoided extermination is seen as an affront. Generous terms by Israel do not wipe out the insult. In fact, the more the appeasement, the greater the insult. Only destruction of Israel by Arab efforts will soothe Arab shame.

The West may see honor killings, beheadings and shameless lies as barbaric aberrations, but Muslims proudly see them as religious practices sanctioned by Mohammad, the founder of their religion. Thus, flying in the face of known facts and ignoring Western insistence on logic and coherence, Arabs are willing to manufacture preposterous historic and geographic claims. A recent one asserts that the Palestinian Arabs predate the entry of the Biblical Jews into their land.


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BOKO HARAM AND THE HISTORY OF CHILD RAPE IN JIHAD

by Phyllis Chesler

Nonie Darwish has said (see here), "It is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia's evil deeds. Similar stories of Christian girls being kidnapped, forcibly married and converted to Islam by their Muslim captors, have been a reality for decades. But unfortunately, and tragically, they have been ignored by our mainstream media." In this article, Phyllis Chesler provides us with a concise but clear history and context of this horrifying practice. [As an update, some 60 girls have escaped but the others were sold into sexual slavery or forced into marriage with Muslims. The going rate is said to be $12 USD per girl.]

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CHANGING THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE: SAEB EREKAT'S NEW SPIN

Amb. Alan Baker

Alan Baker provides us with excellent information on the Arab invasion and immigration into the Land of Israel over the centuries. This is in context of an examination into the recent assertions of Palestinian Arab leaders that their ancestors were the ancient Canaanites, hence, they predate the Jews in the Land of Israel. While this makes a tidy case for historic ownership of the land (although inconsistently they arbitrarily dismiss Jewish ancestral claims), if true, it would also prove the so-called Palestinians are not Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula, not descendants of the original followers of Islam and not kin to the Arabs who conquered the land, thus, from a Muslim point of view, making it Arab Islamic territory forever. I should think one could argue further that if it weren't for Israel's strong protection of their human and civil rights, these "Canaanites" would be in the position of the original Egyptians, the Egyptian Copts, who live as third-class citizens in a state ruled by non-Egyptian Arabs. In other words, their historicity by itself would give them little political advantage, whereas the claim by the Jews to their homeland is not only backed by the Bible and history, but by international law and conquest.

Currently, a strong claim of ancient historical rights might be useful, considering that it is beginning to be recognized that the majority of Palestinian Arabs didn't come into Mandated Palestine until after the Jews came in large numbers to redeem their homeland. It does have the problem that the Jews killed off the ancient Canaanites. But who ever claimed that logic and consistency were necessary when making a pro-Palestinian point?

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JIHADIST TROPHIES OF WAR

by Dawn Perlmutter

Jihadists see such acts as beheading and eating the enemy's liver as trophies of war, where trophies may be physical parts of the body or captured women, who are used as sex slaves. Dawn Perlmutter writes that photography has become a more recent way to prove victory. Videotaping atrocities has become popular, with many hostages slaughtered and beheaded to provide a cast for future films. Perlmutter points out that Western analysts are wrong to treat the taking of trophies as deviant behavior. It is, as Perlmutter points out, authentic Islam. As another example of Western misapprehension, putting atrocities onto tape isn't "intended as a justification for his actions it is a recruitment video, a brilliant piece of propaganda that will appeal to sexually frustrated men who will join the fight just so they can engage in morally sanctioned sex.[...] Al Qaeda understands that sex, violence, heroism and other rewards of battle sells. The history of Islam is a history of trophies of war."

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ISLAM'S 'PROTESTANT REFORMATION'

by Raymond Ibrahim

In a sense, Islam has already had a reformation — salafism is a point-by-point attempt to mimic the ways of the originator of the religion. Its practitioners wish to improve religious practice by being more like the early practitioners. But reformation has produced different behavior patterns in Muslims than in Christians, because, as Raymond Ibrahim points out, the fundamentals of the religions are different. Christianity preaches love — even if it doesn't always practice it. Islam began by preaching submission to the commands of Allah as demonstrated by Mohammad. Any softening of behavior is a weakness when measured by the original Islamic standards. Civility and tolerance are considered "compromises and half measures." They will always be "vulnerable to challenge by purists," the real reformers. So it is that the true reformers, the Salafists, instead of shedding barbaric behavior and becoming more tolerant, have come ever closer to the brutal behavior and intolerant attitudes of the founder of Islam.

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IDENTITY AND LOYALTY IN ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST

by Harold Rhode

For Muslims in the Middle East, as Harold Rhode writes, "religion and political identity almost always trump everything else—including citizenship." Allegiance to a particular state has never replaced identity by religious sect: Sunni versus Shiite "is probably the most important over-arching identity throughout the Muslim world". Other associations also define identity. When parents are from different ethnic groups, family identity is via the father. As Rhode writes, "Identity is not a matter of choice. A man is what his father is and a woman is what her husband is." Conversion to Islam is easy; conversion from Islam "is punishable by death." Another major factor contributing to the Muslim's sense of identity is his extended family: his tribe, his clan, his family. Altogether, identity in the Middle East is complicated and very different from Western ways of placing oneself in time and place.

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WHY THE ARAB WORLD IS LOST IN AN EMOTIONAL NAKBA, AND HOW WE KEEP IT THERE

by Richard Landes

Western culture is guilt-based, where morality — doing what is right and what is wrong — is determined by a set of coherent and interlocking behavioral precepts and commandments set by God. They are to be followed, whether the action becomes known to others or not. Arab culture, in contrast, is shame- and honor-driven, meaning that the individual responds with shame when he knows his actions are, or would be, judged negatively by his group. Situations are more context-dependent. Consistency between activities isn't important. Essentially, good behavior is modeled on what Mohammad, God's prophet, did and said. Richard Landes notes that the defeat of seven Arab armies in 1948 by Jews, who had been dhimmis to Islam for centuries, was an affront to Arab honor, that Arabs still feel the need to avenge. In guilt societies, the individual tends to blame himself; in the shame societies, he blames others. As we have seen, the Arabs blame the Jews for their defeat. That the Arabs were the ones to start the war by invading Israel is irrelevant. The same urgency to punish Israel for not allowing itself to be destroyed is at work in the large — to assuage Muslim anger and shame, Islam must dominate the entire world. Offerings of appeasement and compromise by other countries and cultures are not insufficient, they are dangerous steps going in the wrong direction.

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THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In modern times, ever since the oil-rich countries in the Middle East acquired a never-ending supply of money and the human engineering resources their money can buy, they have promoted different styles of salafist Islam around the world by infiltrating foreign governmental infra-structure, donating to foreign educational institutions, investing in the arts, networking with politicians, religious leaders and financiers and creating huge media propaganda mills, which include clerics to convert less religious Muslims. These 'peaceful' methods are supplemented by sending out colonizing immigrants especially to Europe in overwhelming numbers. The massive propaganda campaign involving churches and academia to demonize Israel is intended to crush a major block to Islamic ambitions. Small and large acts of overt terrorism are increasing globally. Muslim terrorists are being 'trained' in the Middle East wars and return to practice their trade in their native countries, including Israel.

Activities to re-establish a global Caliphate have resurfaced among the Sunnis, this time anchored in plentiful resources. Salafist terror groups are bringing the fight back into their home countries. They view the breakdown of governments in the Middle East, hostilities between Shiites and Sunnis and the waffling weakness of the West as their opportunity to take over territory for the Caliphate. And they have the necessary support of the majority of Muslims. As Andrew Bostom put it, "2/3s of Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia want a Caliphate. Post U.S. liberation of their countries, 91% of Iraqis and 99% of Afghans want sharia." Among Muslims, there is "the overwhelming desire for application of the Sharia—Islam's liberty-crushing, religio-political totalitarian system that encompasses the smallest details of religious practice, to the largest issues of politics." (See www.andrewbostom.org, June 21, 2014.)

It may seem surprising that Muslims support the idea of a Caliphate, which would bring back the good old days of unquestioned male dominance, illiteracy for women, strict theocratic regulation of every facet of life, and harsh punishments. How will that differ from what many Muslim-majority countries now have? In the Caliphate, Muslims will dominate not only the minority ethnic groups in their own countries but everyone in all countries.


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THE SHIA AND SUNNI FEUD

by Paul Merkley

Paul Merkley has an excellent section of the origins of the Shia-Sunni quarrel, essentially a difference of opinions on who was most worthy to carry on after Mohammad, a quarrel that hasn't been resolved in some 1400 years. The recent meeting in Geneva of Iran and the Western countries on curtailing Iran's nuclear program made it obvious that, barring the unexpected, the US has given Iran the green light to develop nuclear weaponry. For the Jews, Geneva confirmed that "the moment has come to compensate for the reduction of America's commitment to its security by 'seeking new allies.'" The Saudis voiced their understanding that the change in the American Administration's attitude meant that Persia was the enemy to focus on, not Israel. It isn't that they like Israel any better. But as the hatred between the Sunnis and the Shiites continues to intensify, they fixate on each other. To utter a soul-satisfying insult, one side has to accuse the other of conniving with Israel, of being a tool of the Zionists.

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EGYPT'S THREE-PART TERRORISM THREAT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP IT

by Daniel Nisman

Daniel Nisman points out that although Egypt's al-Sisi has contained, or perhaps even crippled, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jihadi threat has expanded and is coming from the Sinai Peninsula, Cairo and neighboring Syria. "For now, Sisi and the transitional government have only to thank the staunchly anti-Brotherhood Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait for keeping Egypt's economy on life support, allowing it to continue its one-foot-after-the-other counter-terrorism campaign." But to counter terrorism long term will require new tactics, such as amnesty and jihadist rehabilitation, as well as engaging the cooperation of the local community.

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IS SAUDI ARABIA SHIFTING COURSE TOWARDS IRAN?

by Jonathan Spyer

The Sunni Saudis and the Shiite Iranians have been the lead players in Sunni-Shiite confrontations in the Middle East. But the Saudis are dependent on the USA to protect them from invasions and take-overs. With Prez Obama cuddling up to Iran, it would appear according to those who read political entrails that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may be reversing his adamant rejection of Iran's nuclear ambitions and most any other grand regional plans Iran has in the works. Jonathan Spyer's take is that Abdullah will be accommodating — minimally. This suggests Abdullah is treading water, waiting for a more astute US leadership to take over — hopefully, before Iran acquires nuclear weaponry and dominates the Middle East.

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THE MAD DREAM OF A DEAD EMPIRE THAT UNITES ISLAMIC REBELS

by Amir Taheri

The salafist JundAllah is a world-wide Sunni organization that is fighting to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate. One of its branches [Da'esh or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)] has been increasing its holdings rapidly in both countries to the point that the media have started taking notice. Amir Taheri believes they share with al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Iranian mullahs inter alia political ambitions, where "God plays a cameo role at best." What is certain is they split the world up into three segments: the 57 Muslim-majority countries; countries that Muslims have ever ruled, even briefly; and the outliers such as America and Japan, that were never part of the caliphate. The main point of contention is who will be Caliph?

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WHO ARE THE SYRIAN REBELS? ARE THEY A THREAT TO ISRAEL?

by Ari Soffer

As part of the assertion that Islam is a religion of peace, George W Bush reduced the size of our terrorist enemies to a small cadre — a resolute headman Osama bin Laden by name and his throat-slitting band of al-Qaeda men. Later, Obama reduced the number of enemy terrorists to one - Osama himself. Obama was finally forced to concur with the military that it was the right time and place to take out Osama. Once the raid succeeded, he took full credit. The root was dead. The few remaining terrorists would soon abandon the fight. To those that believed him, it may come as a surprise that, instead of withering away, the number of Salafists and the number of Salafist groups has grown tremendously — there is said to be around 100,000 fighters, members of 1000 terrorist groups of varying size and different affiliations, in Syria alone (Jane's, September 2013).. Ari Soffer describes the major squabbling gangs that, lumped together, are the Syrian rebels. Ideological clones, they often disagree on who to kill first and the degree of barbarity to unleash. For Israel, the major issue is: which ones among them are most likely to have Israel on their priority kill list. Most appear too busy fighting the Syrian government and the Shiites to waste time on Israel. But ISIS and al-Qaeda have links with jihadi groups in Gaza and the Sinai and several of the groups have made forays into Lebanon to attack Hezbollah, which sides with Iran.

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WHY THE SAUDIS AND MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HATE EACH OTHER

by Mordechai Kedar

This article is indicative of what may be viewed as a counter trend to cooperation among the terrorists, and among their State supporters. As terrorist groups multiply, they maintain their goals, but squabbles among them can grow to deadly confrontations. Similarly, terrorist supporters often have a falling out. The Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were and are strong supporters of universal sharia law by whatever means are at hand, including terrorism. As Mordechai Kedar notes, "Saudi Arabia was once a safe haven for Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled persecution in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Now the Saudis are pouring money into Sisi's regime in order to destroy them." It is true the Saudis and the MB vie for supremacy; they have different attitudes about the role of religion; and they view the West differently. Until recently, these differences haven't seemed strong enough to disrupt their similar goals and religious ideology: both are Sunni and both actively propagandize for a strict adherence to the Koran. Nevertheless, they no longer cooperate in projects and their hostility is more open and unrestrained. Kedar discusses why that is.

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LET THEM KILL EACH OTHER

Mike Konrad

How should the West solve the Shiite Sunni feud? Mike Konrad has a simple solution: Do nothing. Let them kill each other. It may not work. It probably won't. But what has?

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA SECTION

The pro-Palestinian gang-up on Israel comes from many sources. In this issue, we look at a few of them: pseudo-tourist groups, academics, magazines. Jews are often in the leadership of those attacking Israel. And even the Red Cross has lent a hand.


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AN ANTI-ISRAEL TOURISM SUBTERFUGE

by Janet Levy

Snookering Rachel Corrie into believing she was in "Palestine" to protect the locals was small potatoes compared to the current Tourist Flimflam. Combine the respectability of Harvard; the illusion that the tourist is taking the trek that Abraham or maybe it was Jesus or somebody like that there took; eye-rolling pious wishes to promote peace between Abraham's children (as if Mohammad were an uncircumcised Jew); and an efficient tourist agency that organizes comfortable trips with congenial fellow-travelers directly to authentic Arabs on the West Bank and even, titter, titter, Gaza — how can an ordinary middle-class tourist on the yokel-level information-wise not believe that what he sees and what he hears must be the straight story. And that's the cleverness that beats all. A marvelous illusion, where some truth and a big helping of lies are put together to encourage the visitor to become a supporter of the Arab narrative: the "Palestinians" own the West Bank (and the rest of Israel), which the Jews are currently occupying — real history and geography be damned. Janel Levy provides us with the details of a current scam, worked by the seemingly respectable and having all the cleverness of an excellent con. The returnees will become live witnesses to a great injustice, never realizing they've been had.

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NEW YORKER BLOG DRIPS WITH HATRED OF ISRAEL

by Sarit Catz

Sarit Catz reports on a New Yorker article by Bernard Avishai about Israel's Independence Day. In Israel, Yom Haatzmaut is a joyous occasion with bitter-sweet memories, particularly as it is positioned just after the Day of Remembrance when Israelis mourn the victims of terror and their soldiers who died defending them. Since The New Yorker, once blithe and amusing, became self-consciously didactic, it is probably not surprising that it did not deviate by a nuance from the ugly view of Israel promulgated by the Left, where The New Yorker places itself politically. But the tone of the article is monotonically nasty, the condemnation shrill and context-free and the error rate extremely high. Considering that part of The New Yorker's sales pitch is its supposed sophistication, why do they publish Avishai, who has been making the same not only false but boring and discredited arguments for some four decades? As Catz suggests, "it is time for The New Yorker to find someone else to write about Israel."

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JEWS AGAINST THEMSELVES: THE BDS MOVEMENT AND MODERN APOSTASY

by Edward Alexander

Using Vassar as example, Edward Alexander describes the anti-Israel atmosphere that predominates there as on many a campus. It is almost not to be believed that Vassar, which once preened itself on its intellectual standards, now not only tolerates but admires crude anti-Israel promoters, who win by intimidation and thuggery, not by clear thinking or factual foundations. Unfortunately, this type of discourse isn't confined to a small group of ignorant students but appears to represent the one-sided way many of the staff present academic material on Israel. Jewish professors — including the head of the Jewish Studies Program — are to be found among those that have decided Israel is singularly evil and act on this belief. If there are those that disagree, they are most mousy quiet.

Alexander makes the point that hatred of Judaism by Jews has taken various forms over the centuries. Today, vilifying Israel appears to be the most satisfying way to handle incompatibility between their natural identity and the attitudes they need to adopt to be considered liberal. It is not surprising that "the leaders of [the BSD] movement are 'disproportionately,' if not preponderantly, Jewish apostates ..." One wonders what they are trying to destroy by trying to destroy Israel.

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THE ICRC AND 'THE LAW'

by Moshe Dann

Moshe Dann writes that the International Red Cross (ICRC), in the person of Anton Camen, decided "unilaterally and arbitrarily" and incorrectly that Israel was violating international law and, in taking possession of Samaria and Judea, was occupying land belonging to the Palestinian Arabs. The poorly constructed arguments are easily demolished. Nevertheless, even though legal savvy isn't ICRC's strong point, "because the ICRC has official 'observer' status at the UN and is affiliated with most other international organizations, its decisions are considered authoritative — and are therefore unquestioned." Note that material on Israel's strong legal claims can be found in the Levy Report (see for example, here). A more general understanding of the international law that granted Samaria and Judea to the Jewish People can be found in Think-Israel articles by Howard Grief and by Wallace Brand on the San Remo conference.

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HISTORY SECTION

For additional historical insights into pre-World War 2 Jewry, we recommend you take a look at the collection of photographs taken by Nazi soldiers of small Jewish towns in Poland. (The photos are from the Knesset Photo Exhibit and are online at
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/180008.)
Also look at:
http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~dhershkowitz/pic43b.jpg, a collection of photos of the Holy Land during the 1800s and early 1900s, with photos listed by geographic area by David Hershkowitz. What is striking in the older pictures is the poverty of the people, the emptiness of the land and the paucity of buildings and people. It was an archeological treasure and a living hellhole.
Read "The True Identity of the so-called Palestinians" at http://palestineisraelconflict.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-true-identity-of-the-so-called-palestinians/
and
Louis René Beres, "Israel's Survival Imperatives: The Oslo Agreements in International Law and National Strategy," ACPR Policy Paper No. 25 (1998), http://www.acpr.org.il/pp/pp025-beresE.pdf


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D-DAY AND THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ

by Rafael Medoff

The non-bombing of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War 2 is another of the bleak "if only...." events of that time. The strike could have been made from Italy and the Allies had already started a scheduled bombing of a cluster of synthetic oil factories that the Germans set up in that area, close to where the death camp prisoners were housed. We now know more about the lack of support in the West for saving Jews. The Camp should have been bombed. But it wasn't. Rafael Medoff tells us why.

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HOLOCAUST WHISTLEBLOWER JAN KARSKI HONORED BY GEORGETOWN

by Renee Ghert-Zand

Renee Ghert-Zand writes that the commemoration of Jan Karski's 100th birthday at Georgetown University. Karski witnessed the wholesale murder of Jews and on July 28, 1943, he told the USA President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what he'd seen. To no avail. After the war Karski taught at Georgetown U, committed to perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust victims.

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THE JEWISH CONTRIBUTION TO D-DAY: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT

by Walter Bingham

During World War 2, on June 6, 1944, the Allies landed massive forces on the Normandy coast, opening a second front in their fight against Nazi Germany. It was the beginning of the end of the war. Walter Bingham was one of the troops. In this essay, he writes of how much the Jews who were lucky enough to escape the Nazis and reach England contributed to the war effort. Those with German or Austrian passports were treated as enemy aliens early in the war; they weren't trusted with weaponry and were given low-skills jobs. But eventually, they, and Jewish refugees from other European countries, were able to put their skills and training to use. They were interpreters and teachers. And many became soldiers, where they were in double jeopardy. Aside from the usual hazards of war, "if they were captured, they would be executed as spies and traitors. Not to mention what would have happened to them had they been discovered to be Jews."

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UNRAVELING THE HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI NAVY

by Jack L. Schwartzwald

Jack Schwartzwald writes of the Israeli Navy, using anecdotes to highlight its history. He writes of men who shaped the force, including Paul Shulman, an American who intended a career in the US Navy but who in the 1940s helped smuggle Jews from Europe who were interned by the British in post-war camps in Cyprus. From fumbles and mis-starts, by the end of the Six Day War, Israel's navy had both conventional boats and a daring commando group of frogmen. Innovative refinements and novel usage of their equipment were the hallmarks of the Navy's successful performance during the Yom Kippur War, when the emphasis was on protecting the large percent of the population concentrated along the coastal plain. In the 1970s and '80s, they were successful in shoring up coastal defense to contend with PLO terrorists raids, usually striking from Lebanon. From the 1990's on, the Navy's improved and modernized arsenal has seen much action. Intercepting terrorist arms shipments is routine and blockading entrance to Gaza necessary. As part of their vigilance, in 2010, they fought Turkish terrorists by boarding one of a flotilla of boats engaged in high-visibility propaganda, bringing out-of-date medical supplies and banned equipment to Gaza. And, as Schwatzwald points out, "The recent discovery of offshore gas fields has placed novel defense responsibilities on the Israeli Navy..."

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May-June 2014 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for May and June 2014 are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED STORIES

January-February 2014

What we are talking about in the January–February 2014 Issue

  1. IT'S 2014. (Hammond, Carter, Cooper )
  2. PALESTINIAN ARABS TRYING TO STEAL JEWISH LAND AND JEWISH HISTORY (Galili, Cherson and Molschky, Bukay, Cohen, Fawstin, Sharpe, Bukay)
  3. CHURCHES AND ISRAEL (MacEoin, Appelbaum, Levy, Nicholson, Merkley)
  4. CHAOTIC ENEMIES. FAIR-WEATHER FRIENDS. TIME FOR ISRAEL TO GROW UP? (Devolin, Goldman, Juarez, Brand, Gvitzman, Green, Inbar)
  5. ISRAEL'S PEACEFUL NEIGHBORS (Burr, Durie, Greenfield, al-Qaeda map, Ibrahim, Vadum, Glick, Monroe-Hamilton, Ehrenfeld, Lewis, Spyer, Bardos)
  6. PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION (Fawstin, Halevi and Yashar, Lademain, Solomon, Hazony)
  7. HISTORY SECTION (Lebor, Rennell, Honig, Rosenberg)
  8. BLOG-EDS (January-February Blog-Eds)


Every so often, at the beginning of a new year, we reprint a report connecting the increase in size of the Muslim population in a host country and the increase in Muslim aggressiveness. Last year, "Overview Of Islamic Takeover" by Professor Butrick made the point by estimating when the size of the Muslim population encourages Muslims to become more and more assertive in the USA. (Read Overview Of Islamic Takeover here.)  Starting with the September-October, 2013 issue, we serialized R.K. Ohri's book The Long March of Islam, which, chapter by chapter, meticulously examined the impact of a growing Muslim population on Hindu India. This year we repeat what was part of a blog-ed by Steven Shamrak in January 2010:

Progression of Islamic Expansionism
Extracted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States- Muslim 0.6%
Australia ------- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -------- Muslim 1.9%
China ----------- Muslim 1.8%
Italy ------------- Muslim 1.5%
Norway ---------Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark --------- Muslim 2%
Germany --------- Muslim 3.7%
Spain -------------- Muslim 4%
Thailand ---------- Muslim 4.6%
United Kingdom--- Muslim 2.7%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France -------------- Muslim 8%
Sweden ------------ Muslim 5%
The Netherlands --- Muslim 5.5%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammad cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India ------ Muslim 13.4%
Israel ----- Muslim 16%
Kenya ---- Muslim 10%
Russia --- Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia --- Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia ---- Muslim 40%
Chad ------ Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of nonbelievers of all other religions (including nonconforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania --- Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar ----- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan ---- Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is ongoing in:

Egypt -------- Muslim 90%
Indonesia --- Muslim 86.1%
Iran ---------- Muslim 98%
Iraq ---------- Muslim 97%
Jordan ------ Muslim 92%
Pakistan ---- Muslim 97%
Syria -------- Muslim 90%

100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia ------- Muslim 100%
Yemen -------- Muslim 100%

This year we add two other topics of consequence. The first is the story with the most misshapen mislabeling in years: the Fort Hood massacre. To describe it as workplace violence is wrong on so many levels. Take it as a glaring sign that our leaders haven't a clue to what is going on or they think that we don't. Or both. The label acts as a benchmark showing the high degree of contempt our politicos have for us ordinary citizens. They longer seem to need to hide their cynicism; they believe we are willing to believe anything. It highlights that our military has been cowed into ignoring obvious signs of radicalization and isn't yet allowed to switch to sensible action and rational thought. It certainly shows a lack of respect by the administration for our military, and a lack of self-respect in some of the army's higher echelon — both are bad relationships, especially now. Most of all, it is simply insane-asylum moronic. The second story is our candidate for the topic most guaranteed to give you nightmares as our Secretary-of-State and our Prez pirouette around the globe, ignoring what's important, ignoring that Iran will soon have nuclear weaponry and can't wait to use them.


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HOW OBAMA AND THE ARMY BETRAYED THE VICTIMS OF FORT HOOD

by Sara Carter

Many events ignored by the media have refused to fade into oblivion. As an outstanding example, Benghazi is still with us, bits and pieces dribbling out through the Administrations stonewall. But the story that wins the award of The Most Misnamed, The Most Orwellian, the most blatantly bizarre is the Fort Hood Massacre. That Major Nidal Hasan murdered a baker's dozen of people and wounded thirty-two others — awful as that was — doesn't make it outstanding. What makes it notoriously emblematic of how the Administration and the Army handle what they regard as politically sensitive is the pusillanimous way they handled Hasan. First they ignored all the signs of his instability and growing dedication to Islam. Then, after the deed was done, they dug their way further into Orwellian ThinkMode by labeling the whole thing Workplace Violence. In this article, Sara Carter tells the story properly — from the point of view of Hasan's victims and their families.

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OPEN LETTER ON THE THREAT FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO

by Ambassador Henry F. Cooper

For those Americans who graciously are willing to sacrifice Israel to Iran's nuclear weapons, in the unrealistic belief that we will thus gain peace in the Middle East, consider this sobering article by Ambassador Henry F. Cooper. He writes, "If you live near the Gulf of Mexico, you are the front line to an emerging existential threat to all Americans. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the U.S. could kill 60-90 percent of all Americans. Though efforts in 2013 made progress in gaining awareness of this key problem, much remains to be done to get the powers that be to address this well-known threat that could be launched by Iran or Terrorists from a ship in the Gulf." It does put a different perspective on the Iranian threat, doesn't it?

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THE PALESTINIAN ARABS ARE TRYING TO STEAL JEWISH LAND AND JEWISH HISTORY

Eli E. Hertz (www.MythsandFacts.org) put it well and pithily: PALESTINE IS JEWISH. It is a fact that "51 member countries — the entire League of Nations [Today's UN] — unanimously declared on July 24, 1922: "Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

"The 51 member countries of the League of Nations as of July 24, 1922: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, British India, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Persia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of China, Romania, Siam, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Union of South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

"Palestine is Not a State, it is the Name of a Geographical Area.

"Palestine is a name coined by the Romans around 135 CE from the name of a seagoing Aegean people who settled on the coast of Canaan in antiquity — the Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish Revolts against Rome. "In the course of time, the Latin name Philistia was further bastardized into Palistina or Palestine. Palestine was never a sovereign independent Arab state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people distinct from other Arabs appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule. Historically, before the Arabs fabricated the concept of Palestinian peoplehood as an exclusively Arab phenomenon, no such group existed. This is substantiated in countless official British Mandate-vintage documents that speak of the Jews and the Arabs of Palestine — not Jews and Palestinians."

This section deals with setting the record straight. And it asks: what is there about the Arab character that drives their attempt to steal Jewish identity?


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THE BIG MAP OF THE EMPTY LAND

by Zeev Galili

In 1878, less than a hundred and fifty years ago, what is now Israel, Gaza, Samaria, Judea, Golan and Jordan was a "desolate arid wilderness, almost empty." It was barely able to sustain the estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Arabs, Circassians, Jews, Christians and other scattered groups who lived there. Zeev Galili writes of a map done at the time, showing all the settlements and their sizes. It is a guide to a realistic estimate of the population at that time.

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PALESTINIANS: THE INVENTED PEOPLE

by Y.K.Cherson and Rachel Molschky

Y.K Cherson and Rachel Molschky recount the non-history of the Palestinian Arabs. They seem to have been known to no one in earlier civilizations. The Assyrians knew the Jews. They didn't know the Palestinians. The Babylonians didn't write about them. In Roman writing and sculptures and friezes, there's no mention of Palestinians. Isn't that odd, considering that the Romans and the Jews mixed it up in exactly the same spot for years? And then one day, Yasser Arafat said, "Let there be Palestinians." And the world immediately believed in this miraculous birth. There is an addendum by Dr Rivka Shpak Lissak that deals with the question: when did the Arabs come into "Palestine." Note, we said Arabs, not Palestinians.

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PALESTINIAN MYTHS: THE RIGHT OF RETURN OF THEIR REFUGEES

by David Bukay

David Bukay writes of a myth the Arabs have fostered: that the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and who were relabeled as Palestinians are entitled to return to their homes, they and their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren. Retroactively and much later than the events of 1948, their supposed loss of what is now the State of Israel came to be labeled nakbah, a disaster. They had no problem ignoring that the local Arabs never were in control of the land. They simply covered the facts with a fantasy that their identity, hitherto proudly Syrian, was always Palestinian. Their fantasy and their status as refugees would ordinarily have disappeared in a few years, except for the fact that they were put on life support by the UN and given an agency, UNRWA, that tends exclusively to their needs, sustaining them physically, educating them, medicating them and keeping their fantasy fresh.

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THE BIG LIE AND MORALITY

by David Cohen

David Cohen writes of the disparity between the real history of the Jews in Palestine, which the media ignore, and the invented history of the "Palestinians", which the media accept without asking for documentation. The Arabs have mastered the Big Lie and the elite accept it. This is immoral. If the newer generations of Arabs apparently believe their own lies and act with hostility, then, as a reader, Mark, points out, "You cannot negotiate with any entity that disrespects, hates , deceives, lies, denies, murders, falsifies and dishonours you to the extent that those within the PA leadership, terrorist groups and I warrant the majority of 'Palestinian Arabs' do. Good try, but not good enough.

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MUSLIM ROULETTE

Bosch Fawstin

Another popular myth — this one held by Westerners as well as being promulgated by Arabs "to make Islam appear harmless" — is that there is such a thing as a moderate Muslim. As one reader summed up this article by Bosch Fawstin, "Just as there are no such aberrations as vegetarian T-Rex, lions and leopards, so is it with moderate muslims." Fawstin own comment on the article is good advise: "We have to start with reality and go from there, not from wishful thinking."

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A CRIME AGAINST HISTORY AND RELIGION

by Victor Sharpe

A significant part of the Palestinian Arab campaign to separate Israelis from their homeland is to destroy Jewish holy places and historic artifacts, thus obliterating the connection between Jews and their history. Together with destroying the physical evidence of a long relationship between Jews and the land of Israel, the Arabs insist that Jews have no long-term connection with the land. Victor Sharpe tells the story of one of their lies: that there was no Temple on the Temple Mount. What is more incredible than the disrespect the Arabs show to other religions, is that the Israeli Government allows it to happen.

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ISLAM AND THE OTHER: THE AL-WALA' WAL-BARA' DOCTRINE

by David Bukay

What powers the Muslim's shameless attempts to destroy non-Muslims physically and culturally rather than live peaceably with them is the al-Wala' wal-Bara' doctrine. Muslims see themselves as peaceful and non-Muslims as aggressors. So Muslims must defend themselves. David Bukay describes it this way: "...Muslims can viciously attack at almost every possible opportunity while crying out they are victims of oppression and aggression. They can perpetuate obscene inhuman acts of violence, terrorize and intimidate, while they accuse the other of colonialism, apartheid, racism, and Islamophobia." In this binary world, "... it is the right against wrong; and it is the pious against the evil-doers; it is Paradise or Hell. There are no legitimacy, consensual recognition and acceptance of the other, unless he becomes Muslim or he is subdued to Islamic rule."

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CHURCHES AND ISRAEL

While some churches have become more obnoxious in the way they treat Israel, others have become more devoted and sincerely see Judaism as the root of their belief system. This section contrasts the two views.


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A LETTER TO ST. JAMES CHURCH

by Denis MacEoin

Perhaps borrowing from Arab street drama shtick, St. James Church in London erected "a mendacious wall on its premises in order to make an ignominious political point." Denis MacEoin wrote a letter to the administrators at St. James, which elegantly exposes their inane view that Israel is evil in protecting itself from Arab violence, while Arabs have the right to be violent. He points out that the reality is that in the Middle East, Israel is the only country where Christians are thriving and their numbers are growing. He understands that the Church administrators "have bought the narrative that portrays Palestinians as suffering victims and Israelis as people without conscience, aggressors, bloated by pride and prejudice." But his analysis doesn't stop there. The letter is remarkable because it sees as context for the St. James wall not some shallow view of Middle East politics but a reenactment of supercessionary thinking, a much firmer basis to consider the St. James action anti-Semitic.

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THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, USA

by Diana Appelbaum

The Presbyterians' Israel Palestinian Mission Network (IPMN) has made an unscrupulous attack on Judaism, their weapon a "study guide" about the Arab-Israeli conflict: a pamphlet and a DVD called "Zionism Unsettled." In accepting it, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) leadership has sunk into the sinkhole of unthinking pro-Palestinian advocacy. As Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine says so clearly, "Any PCUSA that chooses to distribute [this screed] ... is endorsing hate speech and seeking to spread a doctrine that seeks Israel's destruction ... the PCUSA has crossed a line that divides people of good will from those who promote racism or anti-Semitism." The essay by Diana Appelbaum focuses on the Sabeel Center. Its supercessionary theology has been a major factor in producing a state of mind in which "Zionism Unsettled" could be judged as acceptable by an organization that considers itself an arbiter of morality.

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THE VATICAN AGAINST ISRAEL: A REVIEW OF MEOTTI'S NEW BOOK

by Janet Levy

Janet Levy reviews Giolio Meotti's latest book entitled, "The Vatican Against Israel: J'Accuse." Meotti is not sanguine that the new pope will "finally extinguish centuries-old, Catholic anti-Semitism and its concerted efforts to sabotage the Jewish State. In the book, he "explores the theological foundation for 1,700 years of Catholic enmity toward Jews that led to manifold persecutory actions and atrocities through the centuries and how it continues to play out in Church policy toward the Jewish State today." While the Church's attitude toward the Jews is well-known, it is eye-opening to learn that the Church's position on Jews has "led to today's shocking alliance with Islam .... [and] has prevented the Church from aiding persecuted Christians throughout the Muslim world." The Church seems unable to repudiate its supercessionary belief that it has replaced Judaism, while it ignores the fate its false friends, the Muslims, have in store for all Christians.

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EVANGELICALS AND ISRAEL

by Robert W. Nicholson

Robert Nicholson has written an important essay on Christian Evangelicals. He understands that Jews have cause to be wary of Christians, given the many centuries of pogroms and persecutions. But, he argues, they should understand how Evangelicals view Jews. By and large, "they see Israel as a nation chosen by God to play a unique role in history." It is true that "a minority emphasiz[e] apocalyptic themes." And some evangelicals trivialize or reject HaShem's covenant with the Jews. But basically, "evangelicals love Israel because God loves Israel." In today's world, Jews should be concerned that there is a strong and growing group of anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian evangelicals — which is all the more reason Jews should make common cause with the evangelicals. Nicholson recommends Jewish outreach where Jews get to know and interact with evangelicals. It is a sensible suggestion that Jews get to feel as comfortable with evangelicals as liberal Jews feel with social activists from the mainline churches. After all, we share a common interest: the welfare of the Jewish state.

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DAVID ALONE: LESSONS FOR CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS FROM THE PSALMS OF DAVID

by Paul Merkley

Paul Merkley has written a unique essay, whose theme is that the crises King David experienced and his emotional reactions serve as a relevant guide for today. The author focuses on the message of the psalms to Christian Zionists, but they clearly have a much larger relevance.

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THE TORAH IN OUR CHURCH

by Yosef Juarez

This is a companion article to the one above by David Goldman. It isn't just Israelis who more and more see Judaism as an integral part of their identity. Small Jewish communities wilting in largely hostile environments are coming back home to Israel. And there have be many anecdotes of people taking up genealogy, discovering their Jewish roots and acting upon that knowledge. As a particular example, Hispanics and Latinos in the US southwest have been discovering their Jewish roots, many dating back to the Spanish Inquisition, when their choice was to convert to Catholicism, leave the country or fry. Yosef Juarez writes about members of a Church group that, slowly and with many dropouts, realized they wanted to join the Jewish people.

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CHAOTIC ENEMIES AND FAIR-WEATHER FRIENDS. TIME FOR ISRAEL TO GROW UP?

Israel's enemies make real threats against Israel's existence and Israel's friends not only ignore them but cravenly cater to Israel's enemies. Israel may be forced at long last to follow its own destiny as well as take responsibility for the Territories, land put in trust for the Jewish people by the international community. The Israeli government and judiciary may even learn to treat its own citizens as well as it treats its enemies. Israel certainly has some tough decisions to make.


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ISRAEL IS HERE TO STAY

by Michael Devolin

Michael Devolin starts that with the premise that whatever Israel tries and whatever it does to placate world opinion, anti-Semitism is ingrained and will never die. That being the case, Israel needs to stop asking forgiveness for defending itself and its interests. In particular, Jews need to "cease placating the world, especially the Arab Muslim world". It's time to cast off learned responses from Judaism's stay in the diaspora and for Jews to stop asking pardon for living. As Devolin puts it, it's "[t]ime for Jews to stop apologizing for their Zionism." Israel has regained much of its internationally-approved territory. It is a sovereign nation, creative and innovative. It should start acting like one.

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ISRAEL AT A POINT OF NO RETURN — IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

by David P. Goldman

David Goldman, who blogs as Spengler notes that "American Jews, who have been running away from Judaism for the past three generations, are upset that Israel has embraced the normative Judaism they worked so hard to suppress." And so they have, leaving a still shrinking group of Leftists, who cling with religious fervor to their vision of a universalist Marxist utopia. Goldman suggests that the Israeli Left "perceives that the clock is running out, and has worked itself up into a froth of hysteria against Israel." Whatever the reason, the majority of Israeli Jews acknowledge their Jewish identity and with it has come what was once considered to be a contradiction in terms: high tech innovative developments by a religious people.

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CLAIMS OF THE JEWISH AND ARAB PEOPLES UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW TO THE RIGHT OF POLITICAL SELF-DETERMINATION IN PALESTINE

by Wallace Brand

In the May-June 2013 issue of Think-Israel, we presented Wallace Brand's essay called "Roots Of Israel's Sovereignty And Boundaries In International Law: In Defense Of The Levy Report." It is actually Part I of a paper that, as Wallace Brand writes, "... shows why, under International Law, the Jewish People have sovereignty over Palestine west of the Jordan River and the Arab people residing in Palestine calling themselves "The Palestinian Arab People" do not." Part II "shows that International Law does not support unilateral claims of secession from a sovereign state such as that of the alleged Palestinian Arab People because when there is a tension between the right of a "people" to self-determination and the territorial integrity of a sovereign state, the latter is paramount." This issue features Part II plus an new Introduction to the complete paper.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PALESTINIAN WATER LIBELS

by Professor Haim Gvirtzman

One of the large number of elephants squatting in the "peace process" room is the water issue.

This problem is mainly ignored. Instead, the Arab complaint that they aren't getting a fair share of the water dominates the news. The water libel is big again, now that it's becoming difficult to sustain the lie that Israel is an apartheid state. Too many tourists have been to a public park or amusement center in Israel and seen Arabs strutting around like they own the place. The imagery usually contrasts a sad Arab women svitzing in her burqa with a happy Israeli child swimming in a pool. We are never shown pictures such as these that comes from Gaza.

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(See others at http://www.israellycool.com/2012/06/29/more-photos-from-concentration-camp-gaza/.)

It's never mentioned that the Arabs mucked up the Gaza aquifer when it came under their control or that individual Arabs drill illegally. Responsible people they are not. In this article, Professor Haim Gvirtzman presents the real facts about water distribution. We hope it also makes you think what will happen should Israel be dumb enough to hand over control of its aquifer to the Arabs by creating an Arab state in Samaria and/or Judea. Does Israel really want Arabs sitting on top of their water supply?

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SELF-DEFENSE MORE IMPORTANT THAN "PEACE PROCESS

by Elliott A. Green

Elliott Green writes of the upsurge of anti-Semitism in Europe due, in part, to the enduring Muslim hatred of Jews, but also because state-funded institutions, such as France2, the French state TV, incited the Muslims by repeatedly showing a hoax purporting to show a young boy shot by Israeli troops. The pattern has been repeated in other European countries and by EU-funded "NGOs that incite hatred of Jews while speaking in the name of human rights, civil rights and peace." Under these conditions, paper peace agreements and promises of cooperation aren't worth much — no one will enforce them. In fact, "a diminished Israeli strategic deterrence ensuing from a treaty or accord, is likely to encourage Arabs sooner or later to conventional war or rocket attacks." Under these conditions, no matter what the pressures and/or promises, it behooves Israel to worry about its security needs first and foremost. It needs also to acknowledge that the Western countries have fostered a strong propaganda campaign against Israel, and Israel must meet the propaganda challenge by educating the world by exposing the lies and explaining the facts.

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THE JORDAN VALLEY: ISRAEL'S SECURITY BELT

by Professor Efraim Inbar

You can tell how important the Jordan Valley is to Israel's security by the number of pundits claiming "Israel no longer needs the Jordan Valley as a shield against aggression from the east. They argue that the demise of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, the weakening of civil war-torn Syria, and the impressive stability of Jordan in light of the turmoil of the Arab world renders the threat from the east and its proximity to Israel's center a thing of the past." Professor Efraim Inbar points out that they ignore that the instability in the Arab countries may eventually spread to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Giving it to Palestinian Arabs is another poor idea. He points out that Israel must occupy Area E-1, if it to have an undivided Jerusalem. The Jordan Valley is militarily indispensable.

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ISRAEL'S PEACEFUL NEIGHBORS

Despite the huge effort to make people believe that peace between Israel and some subset of the Arabs is the linchpin of peace in the Middle East, it is not the case. As Matthew Hausman put it, "... the Arab-Israeli conflict is unrelated to any other conflicts plaguing the region; and it persists solely because of the refusal to recognize Jewish national integrity." So the question arises, what is the cause of the chronic turbulence and frequent outbreaks of unrestrained violence in the Middle East? Certainly, the Sunni-Shiite divide has never stopped being an irritant and these days has blossomed into ugly regional violence. Or perhaps it's the hate storms stirred up by the many variants of Islamic fundamentalism, all of which promised a return to Islam's former glory. Given the current splinterings and shatterings in the regions, a revival of Islam's dominance looks less and less likely to happen.

Several papers in this section discuss possible outcomes of the current turbulence depending on, as Mark Durie writes, how Muslims "make theological sense of the trashing of their religion's utopian vision." Is a political restructuring complete with individual human rights even possible, let alone probable? Or will Muslims enmeshed in primitive Islam continue to vent their anger and frustrations on everyone else?

Other essays point out that other problems have reached critical mass: the network expansion of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups for one and Iran's nuclear resources for dominating the Middle East and terrorizing the West as another. The regional perturbations have created de facto border changes in the area of fighting and have attracted a pool of volunteers from abroad, including Bosnia. Yet the Western nations seem to be indicating by their inactivity and their willingness to do business with Iran that they don't believe that eventually the whirlwind from the Middle East will suck them into another global war.

In order of appearance, the papers deal with the Sunni-Shiite divide, views of the future, al-Qaeda, Iran, Saudis and other hot spots.


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THE SUNNI-SHIITE DIVIDE WIDEN

by J. Millard Burr

As J. Millard Burr describes it, small but intense battles are breaking out all over the Middle East between Sunnis and Shiites; mini civil wars, street riots, sniping, car bombing — all the skills terrorists have been practicing on non-Muslims are being used against each other. As Burr puts it, "there now exists a widespread war between Sunni and Shiite, the likes of which in its expanse has never been seen before in the Middle East and South Asia." Shiite Iran has been hit with "pesky attacks by the Sunni Baluch that populate a large part of southeastern Iran and western Pakistan." In Egypt and Pakistan, small Shiite communities are under vicious attack. Alliances and conflicts change as in a kaleidoscope. At the moment, "it seems that an Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Israel alliance against Iran is emerging." But events shift rapidly and patterns are hard to discern.

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ISLAM'S SECOND CRISIS: THE TROUBLES TO COME

by Mark Durie

Islam theology is built on it being the dominant religion, its followers dominating infidel dhimmis. Islam was remarkably successful at conquest and domination for well over a half a millennium and then declined as the West successfully fought back, from the Portuguese conquest of Goa in 1510 to the establishment of the State of Israel, "which was considered by many Muslims to be the crowning humiliation in ... [a] long line of defeats." According to Mark Durie, their loss of power sent Islam into a profound crisis, which led to "revivalist" movements — such as the Wahhabi, the Jamaat e-Islami, the Muslim Brotherhood and offshoots such as Al Qaida — that asserted that a complete behavioral and belief adherence to the words and actions of Mohammad would restore Islam's former glory. Yet, "wherever revivalist movements have gained the ascendancy, human misery has only increased" and many Muslims are losing confidence in "Islam's ability to solve the problems of living well in this world." What next? Will Muslims decide that Islam itself is the problem and modify the religion or leave it? Will a retrogressive Islam use nuclear weapons to shore up a failed theology? Whatever the reaction(s), as Durie puts it, "the world will be in for quite a ride in the years to come."

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GROUNDHOG DAY FOR ISLAM

by Daniel Greenfield

In contrast to Mark Durie's assessment of the situation (see above), Daniel Greenfield sees no possibility of change in Islam. "Islam has been stuck in ... repeating the same few decades over and over again, moving from religious ecstasy to holy war, seeking redemption through religious tyranny and Jihad, and finding that there was no escaping the internal decay and instability in the veins of the religion." Aside from the occasional "exercise of power," it has no alternative "spiritual form." Thus the political flipping from a theocracy to the overthrow of those in power to the establishment of yet another theocratic rule. For Muslim leaders, the game, according to Greenfield, has little to do with spirituality or theology and much to do with money and power. Unlike Durie's suggesting Muslims might want a better life, Greenfield writes that "[n]ot only is the Islamic imagination incapable of envisioning a better way, it is also obsessed with the destruction of anyone or anything that can. ...The reflexive Islamic hostility toward the modern and the humane is fear transformed into hate." "Islamic fanaticism is most pronounced among those who have the most to lose," the upper classes. Greenfield sees no avenues for change. As he puts it, "Islam has no capacity for debate. Its blasphemy laws wall off dissent and prevent anyone from questioning the moral absolute of its power. It has, as the Ayatollah Khomeini said, no sense of humor. ...There is no room for doubt in Islam ... Accordingly there is no thaw, only the eternal winter." He concludes that "spring will never come for Islam," only repeats of "the same bloody rituals of Jihad, the killing of infidels and the civil wars, the slaves building civilizations, the masters molesting young girls and then beating them to death out of fear that the children might not be theirs."

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alqaeda on the march

This is taken from the January 19, 2014 Financial Times (FT)
(http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/09b2c416-8144-11e3-95aa-00144feab7de.html#slide1). The map and the associated material on FT are an excellent study guide to learning about Al-Qaeda, its affiliates, franchises and tag-alongs. Despite the rosy hope by the American Administration that Al-Qaeda is moribund, I fear this map will have a long and useful shelf-life.

EXPOSED: THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD/AL-QAEDA CONNECTION

by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim writes of the growing evidence of an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Al-Qaeda, both Salafist, both dedicated to promoting the supremacy of Islam, but with very different styles and time frames, al-Qaeda more dramatic and appearing to be opportunistic and impulsive while the MB is committed to a gradual and under-the-radar takeover. In July 2013, former President Muhammad Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown by the Egyptian military and is now on trial, accused of working with al-Qaeda and other foreign terror groups. Evidence includes purported "recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri's brother." In this essay, Ibrahim comments on events "that now, in light of these phone conversations, make perfect sense and independently help confirm the authenticity of the recordings." An alliance, temporary or for a longer time period, would not be surprising, given that Egypt, thanks to Saudia Arabia's financial support, has shown surprising strength in holding its own against the MB, al-Qaeda and the American administration.

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AL QAEDA IN JERUSALEM

by Matthew Vadum

The long arm of al-Qaeda has reached into Jerusalem. Matthew Vadum writes that "Israeli security forces have shut down a massive al-Qaeda plot coordinated by terrorist mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri that involved attacking the Jerusalem Convention Center and the American embassy in the diplomatic center of Tel Aviv." The plot was elaborate and included "bring[ing] a group of foreign terrorists to Israel using fake Russian passports, who would have entered the country by posing as tourists." The plot is significant not only because of its well-planned range of terror operations but because it targeted both Israelis and Americans. It would appear that al-Qaeda has responded to Obama's perceived weakness in reacting against Muslim terror and not to his friendliness in sending armaments to the Syrian "rebels", among whom the al-Qaeda contingent is prominent.

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IRAN'S BOMB IN THE BASEMENT

by Caroline B. Glick

Iran has continued her nuclear program, aided and abetted by Prez Obama. Even with it unfinished, she has become a power in the region and she is a serious threat to Israel. Caroline B. Glick provides us with a gloomy but, unfortunately, accurate assessment. "Our leaders continue to hope that a proper mix of concessions to the PLO will convince Obama to stand by his empty pledge to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Obama will do no such thing. Concessions to the Palestinians will weaken us militarily and politically. And they will give us no advantage over Iran. While it is important to deal with the administration's hostile insistence on unreciprocated Israeli concessions to the PLO, we cannot ignore Iran." Future historian can debate how and why the situation reached crisis level. Glick makes it clear action is needed. NOW. READ MORE
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AMERICA CODDLES NUCLEAR IRAN — IRAN PLOTS DEATH FOR GREAT SATAN

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton writes as plainly as I have yet read of the asymmetric relationship between Iran and the Obama Administration: Obama protects Iran while she develops the weaponry to destroy America. He also prevent Israel from attacking Iran and fires generals who would be willing to take on Iran, while Iran has already — while her weapons are still incomplete — started to exert control over the Middle East states. What's going on seems obvious. Why no one is stopping it is a mystery.

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THEIR OIL IS THICKER THAN OUR BLOOD

by Rachel Ehrenfeld

Ken Jensen, editor at ACD, wrote as preface to this article written by Rachel Ehrenfeld,

"Despite continued public statements of support for U.S. and Western counterterrorism efforts, sporadic enforcement of new laws in the Kingdom regarding such things as money laundering, money transfers to dubious foreign recipients, and the occasional rousting of terrorist cells (al Qaeda- and Iran-affiliated), Saudi Arabia remains one of the most important sources of terrorist funding worldwide — if not THE most important source.

"The U.S., while knowing this full well, has for many years doled out nothing but praise for the Saudis when it comes to fighting Islamist terrorism. This is as true now as it was after September 11. In this, the U.S. government has seemingly accepted the principal underpinning of the Saudi regime: buying off its would-be Islamist adversaries at home. The leading principle has been all along - not in our backyard. Thus the Kingdom's support of Osama bin-Laden and al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

"But Saudi funding to globally spread their Sunni radical version of Islam-Wahhabism--began in earnest in 1962 with the establishment of the Muslim World League (MWL), which expanded into at least to one hundred branches in more than thirty countries, and served as the main body for other international Saudi charities. Since then, the Kingdom's charities have been estimated to spend between $1.5 and $2 trillion to build many thousand of mosques, madrassas and Islamic centers equipped with Saudi books and Imams, preaching the Wahhabi doctrine."

As Ehrenfeld points out, "Saudi and other radical-Islam promoting regimes' direct and indirect involvement in and support of terrorism must be fully exposed and addressed if we are to maintain our security protect our liberty."

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HOW SAUDI HATE PROPAGANDA EMPOWERED IRAN

by James Lewis

The title is a bit of a misnomer, but the analysis is first-rate. James Lewis makes an important observation about the hate media messages emanating from Europe, the Middle East and students and academics in the USA, so reminiscent of the 1930s: "[g]enocidal hate propaganda is back in the world, though it's never reported in the American and European media. To report the constant stream of hate agitation against the West and Israel would undermine the socialist-Islamist alliance that apparently has run the world since Arab oil embargo of 1973. The major financiers have been the Sunni Saudis and Muslim Brotherhood and the Shiite Iranians. Now, with Iran, aided by the Obama administration, racing to a nuclear weapon triumph, as Lewis puts it, "This is the highest-stakes nuclear poker game since the death of Josef Stalin," jeopardizing the welfare of the entire Middle East as well as giving Iran the power to terrorize the West. "The biggest risk of Obama's community organizing shenanigans is ... a regional war between Sunni imperialism (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Libya) and Shi'ite imperialism (Iran, Syria, and Lebanon). As soon as Iran goes nuclear, the Saudis and Egyptians have arranged to import nuclear weapons from Pakistan. A regional Sunni-Shi'ite war might therefore escalate very quickly."

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DO 'SYRIA,' 'IRAQ' AND 'LEBANON' STILL EXIST?

by Jonathan Spyer

As Jonathan Spyer points out, the Middle East currently is not defined by "by rivalry between nation-states, but by sectarian divisions," particularly the Sunni-Shiite divide. In this essay, Spyer asks why the conflict is particularly intense in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. He suggests first that they "are all home to a host of different sectarian and ethnic communities." In Syria and Iraq, there's never was a live-and-let-live separatist plan between the sharply-differentiated ideologies. Instead, whoever was strongest suppressed the others. Lebanon did have a power-sharing arrangement between Christians and Muslims, but it "collapsed into civil war in 1975." In these states, the tensions existing because of ethnic, religious and political differences have been exacerbated by "unresolved questions of national identity." In the past decade, as suppression was weakened, the various factions have reasserted themselves in Syria and Iraq, and the fighting spilled into Lebanon. The separate conflicts have consolidated into what appears to be a regional war between the Sunnis and the Shiites, in which the once separate states of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon appear to have been amalgamated. The Iranian-led Shiite side, which includes Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah, "has emerged as a tightly organized alliance," while the Saudi-supported Sunnis and al-Qaeda and the other terror groups that fight as Sunnis are far less unified. In addition, the Kurds have taken advantage of the current state of disarray to carve out an independent area for themselves. The West seems not to have caught up with the facts on the ground, despite the importance of the Middle East to Western economy.

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"OUR GOAL IS JERUSALEM" — MILITANT ISLAMISTS IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

by Gordon N. Bardos

Gordon Bardos writes of the Balkans, particularly Bosnia, which has produced Islamists who have committed acts of terror in Germany, Bulgaria and Cyprus. "Indeed, almost every major terrorist action against the US and other western countries and interests over the past two decades has had Balkan ties or connections—including the 9/11 attacks, the August 1998 US African embassy bombings, the December 1999 Millennium Bomb Plot targeting Los Angeles' LAX Airport, the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, the November 2003 Istanbul bombings, the March 2004 Madrid Train bombings, the 7/7 London Underground bombing, the May 2007 Fort Dix bomb plot, the July 2009 Raleigh Group conspiracy, and the January 2010 conspiracy to attack the New York subway system." "According to one estimate, Bosnia has provided more Syrian jihad volunteers than any other country in Europe per capita." This isn't accidental. Balkans terror organizations have had a "sophisticated infrastructure for some two decades." These terrorists have developed useful local alliances, secured safe havens, found ways to transfer funding safely and have media people to 'whitewash' them, Their numbers may not be large, but their organizational skills make them a menace to the West.

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TEN TRUTHS MAINSTREAM COMIC BOOKS EVADE TO PROMOTE 'MUSLIM SUPERHEROES'

by Bosch Fawstin

Bosch Fawstin is an ex-Muslim independent cartoonist. In this article he combines text and graphics to delineate the politically correct cowardice of Marvel and DC Comics, who ignore elemental truths about Islam and concoct Muslim superheroes as they'd wish Muslim superheroes to be, not as they are. "[A] good Muslim by our standards is a bad Muslim by Islamic standards. Therefore, a true Muslim superhero would be a Muslim supervillain." The publishers ignore that Resurgent Islam has declared war on us; that Islam means submission, not peace; that our problem is Islamophilia, Not "Islamophobia"; that appeasement doesn't work; that Islam doesn't sell; that Islam is contrary to liberal values; that the American superheroes — Superman, Batman, and Captain America — were created by Jews; that good Jihadists are Islam's heroes; that you can't insert 9/11 into a Superhero World without avenging it.

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ABBAS VERSUS FACTS: JEWS 'WEREN'T ATTACKED' IN KUSRA

by Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar

In what was an ignominious order, Israeli police, for no sensible reason and illegally but under orders of Defense Secretary Moshe Ya'alon, destroyed Jewish vineyards in the Binyamin region of Samaria. As Dalit Halevi and Ari Yashar write, this "sparked a confrontation Tuesday, in which an Arab mob [from Kusra] abducted and violently beat 30 Jewish residents, leaving several of them injured." Having always found stonewalling a useful tool, Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) used it once again, denying that the residents of Kusra had try to lynch the Jews. "They (the Arabs) didn't hit them," claimed the PA head, "for we have rights and culture, and aren't like them attacking trees and mosques." This is so obvious a lie, why was it necessary for the Jewish victims to show pictures and otherwise document that the Jews were indeed threatened with loss of life? Well, Israelis have learned from experience that foreign journalists are swift to believe any balderdash by an Arab and hard to convince of the actual events.

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ON THE USES OF LANGUAGE IN CONFLICTS AND WARS

by Paul Lademain

Paul Lademain has some sensible advise for those who do public relations for Israel. They may seem obvious but Israelis don't seem to understand how they reinforce Arab propaganda, when for example, they call Judea and Samaria "disputed territory." Jews shouldn't be disputing that the "West Bank" is Jewish (which, by the way, should always be called by its proper name: Samaria and Judea). They should know it is Jewish and say so. In this essay, Lademain suggests Jews stop using Arab terms that have the wrong denotation: occupiers, illegal settlements, extremist when terrorist will do nicely. Settler has become a pejorative term>? Don't use it. Simple, isn't it? He also suggests learning actual history. For instance, Yasser Arafat "confessed that he had no intention of complying with the terms of the Oslo Accords when he signed them. That being the case, his signature means nothing because he rejected the agreement while pretending to agree to its terms and this pretense renders the agreement void." Simple, isn't it? And oh yes, when someone expects you to collapse in defeat by yelling international law, make them define whhich one they are talking about. And make them try to link their argument to it. That's not so simple.

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ACT LIKE A GHETTO JEW AND BE TREATED AS A GHETTO JEW

by Gil Solomon

Gil Solomon writes of an attitude of helplessness that was real when Jews were barely tolerated in a host country. That has unnecessarily stayed with some Jews, even though they live in the sovereign state of Israel and have dominion over their own lives. It's time these Jews rid themselves of that attitude. It is no longer appropriate. On a larger scale, Solomon writes of the so-called peace process, where the IDF "has lost the confidence or will to even deal with a rag tag bunch of rock throwers on the West Bank. The IDF is taunted daily but refuses to respond in the only way that these people will understand." Most importantly, Solomon writes that "Unfortunately for Israel, to this day it has no concept of Hasbara, let alone realizing that Hasbara is a war that Abbas and Co. have mastered to an extent beyond their wildest imagination." When the Arabs started calling themselves a people that had a history in a country called Palestine, "no other country or people on the face of the earth would have even indulged their ludicrous and incessant claims nor given them the time of day. Jordan certainly did not." But the Jews did. It's time Israel spoke the truth and laid that lie to rest.

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THE WOMAN WHO MAKES THE JIHADIS SQUIRM

by David Hazony

David Hazony writes of a woman who has found an unusual and effective way to fight terrorism. We usually think of fighting terrorism by bombing bunkers and training grounds, by outshooting terrorists so they run out of bullets. But terrorists need a much larger range of support. They need "money, legitimacy, and freedom to operate." They need quite ordinary help from ordinary commercial systems. And that is what governments and private lawyers have started targeting. Lawyers such as Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, an Israeli lawyer and Director of Shurat HaDin, are suing in civil courts to seize terrorists' assets on behalf of the victims of terrorism. Banks can be sued. "Major corporations have discovered that they cannot operate with impunity." States such as Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea, states that support terrorism, can be sued. The Palestinian Authority can be sued. Even the social media are vulnerable to law suits for abetting international terror.

Darshan-Leitner has pointed out that a major defect in the deal reached between the members of the UN Security Council and Iran is that the emphasis was on Iran's nuclear program — which is indeed a major concern — but Iran's role as a major financier of terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah was ignored. And that isn't good. If it continues and banks and companies "fail to understand that they are aiding and abetting terrorism, legally speaking, then as soon as the terrorism starts again, there will be a whole new wave of lawsuits." A woman's work is never done.

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HISTORY


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THE SCOTSMAN WHO HUNTED HITLER'S AGENTS IN THE USA

by Adam Lebor

Adam Lebor writes an amazing story that started the summer of 1940. England was already at war, but Nazi sympathizers such as the aviator-hero Charles Lindbergh were still speaking up boldly in the USA, in tune with many in finance and reputable establishments, declaring "that the Nazis were the best bulwark against the advance of Communism." The British sent a Scotsman, Donald MacLaren, to New York to hunt "Hitler's agents and his big-money backers." His mission wasn't to kill; it was to destroy Nazi business connections and weaken support for Germany. He established a network of "150 agents across the Americas in the early years of the War on behalf of British Security Coordination (BSC)... his mission was to report on Nazi-American business links." A primary target was I.G. Farben, named GAF in the USA, which "extended its tentacles into the heart of the business, legal and political establishment, sending diplomatic and industrial secrets — plus huge profits — back to Berlin." MacLaren started a quarrel between two factions of GAF so each reported the other as Nazis. He pushed a publicity blitz against IG Farben, exposing them and forcing the US to shut them down.

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NAZI WOMEN — EVERY BIT AS EVIL AS THE MEN

by Tony Rennell

Using material from a recent book by Wendy Lower, Tony Rennett writes of the wholehearted participation of German women in Hitler's plans to exterminate Jews. They weren't just the concentration camp guards and nurses. They were ordinary housewives, secretaries, midwives, party girls and distributors of the clothing and belongings of murdered Jews. They killed Jews from conviction and for sport, babies as well as adults. they smashed in the heads of children and otherwise murdered them in ways later to be repeated by Arab terrorists. After Germany was defeated, they "played the helpless woman card" and only a few out of the millions of women complicit in the crimes of the Nazis were actually punished for their sadistic acts of cruelty.

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A PAGE FROM BARKER'S PLAYBOOK

by Sara Honig

General Evelyn Hugh Barker, General Officer Commanding of the British forces in 1946, two years before the State of Israel came into being. A loathsome critter, he hated Jews and his goal was make the Jews "suffer punishment and be made aware of the contempt and loathing with which we regard their conduct." He was certain in his bones that a Jew would do anything for money. Sarah Honig deftly compares Sec-State Kerry to Barker, and makes psychological sense of Kerry's out-of-the-blue proposal to compensate those Israelis who fled Arab countries. Sephardic Jews are stereotyped as hard-nosed hawks (maybe because their families lived among Arabs and know how Arabs behave towards dhimmis when they have the upper hand). And so like Barker, Kerry targets their pocketbooks, assuming that they will be swayed to agree to whatever disasters the American Administration is prepared to inflict on Israel to force a very strange kind of "peace." Actually, these Jews who were forced to flee the Arab countries in the 1940s and '50s, leaving behind valuable personal property and much real estate, are entitled to compensation. But without strings. And it should be a promise that is meaningful, not one that Kerry knows will never be kept. Kerry needs it to be tendered just long enough to "magically transform Sephardi hawks into Ashkenazi doves," which he assumes will happen just as soon as he pushes the money button. Methinks Kerry is as poor a psychologist as he is a statesman.

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WHEN AN ISRAELI AMBASSADOR DEBATED A BRITISH HISTORIAN ON ISRAEL'S LEGITIMACY—AND WON

by Yair Rosenberg

Yair Rosenberg recounts the 1961 debate between the historian Arnold Toynbee and the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Yaacov Herzog. Toynbee was an early bird, one of the first to give voice to assertions now in common use: the Jews have no right to a state; the Jews treat Arabs badly; the Jews are today's Nazis. Rather than argue that Toynbee didn't have his facts straight — which he didn't — Herzog argued, successfully, that Toynbee himself had written that all people commit atrocities. If all nations act more or less as did the Nazis, no nation should be singled out. Rosenberg makes the point that Herzog's argument had the virtue of asserting that "Israel is a normal state with normal problems." It isn't all black. It isn't all white. Toynbee also asserted Judaism was a "fossil" — an anthropological analog of supersessionism. It was contrary-to-fact, and Toynbee conceded that "Israel can defossilize, just as you can defrost a car." (A bizarre argument, no more possible than unboiling an egg.) The debate would probably not be formulated in the same way today but it would be nice if more Jews spoke up instead of letting the pro-Palestinian propagandist have stage center.

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January-February, 2014 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

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November-December 2013

IN MEMORIAM

Those readers who receive our bimonthly email to access feature articles directly already know that the co-founder of Think-Israel, Lewis Edward Lipkin, M.D., died September 24, 2013. He would have been 88 November 2, 2013.

We — me, his children and his grandchildren — have the consolation that he had the pleasure of playing with his first great grandchild and knew another was on the way. He had a good sense of humor (I know this because he always laughed at my puns), an encyclopedic memory, and was very insightful. He was both a technician and a theoretician. He brought together linguists, engineers, computer scientists and biologists to tackle problems in the brand-new field of computer-aided diagnosis. He was a first-rate diagnostician and biologist, a teacher that made his students want to understand, not memorize, and the guy you went to when you were stuck on a technical problem. He was brought up secular, but once he started studying, he evolved into a frummie. He passed on his love of history and photography to some of his descendants and his love of reading to all of them. He was very special.

Bernice Lipkin
Editor, Think-Israel

There was no September-October 2013 issue of Think-Israel.

What we are talking about in the November–December 2013 Issue

  1. Jihad Operations In The United States (Russo, Farmer, Puder, Fish, Mauro, DiscoverTheNetwork, Rotberg)
  2. Will An Israeli-Abbas Peace Magically Solve the Problems of the Middle East? (Winston, Romirowsky and Brackman, Auerbach, Gerstman, Greenfield, Miller)
  3. The Jewish Settlements (Shragai, Bechor, Dann, Sapersteins, Sherman)
  4. What Israel Needs To Do To Survive (Greenfield, Sofer, Bachner, Beres, Reed)
  5. Brittle Borders and Sifting Alliances (Scheinmann, Salim, Kedar, Spyer, Kouri)
  6. Propagandists Tirelessly Working to Discredit Israel (Yemini, Levitt, Murphy, Bukay, FresnoZionism)
  7. History Section (Rubin, History.com, Medoff, Thomas, Sharpe, Hausman)
  8. Blog-Eds (November-December Blog-Eds)


JIHAD OPERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

In contrast to dramatic and overt terrorist attacks, stealth jihadists in the USA works under the radar, quietly invading our educational system, our law courts and our media in their effort to supplant the U.S. Constitution with Sharia law. Salafists such as the Muslim Brotherhood make use of obvious non-terrorist means to destroy America. They persuade malleable politicians to declare Islam a peaceful religion and that any contrary assertion is criminal. They attack the legitimacy of Israel, a front-line state thwarting Islamic ambitions. They accustom Americans to eating halal food and accepting the notion that making life convenient for Muslims is more important than practicing our way of life. Despite their low numbers, Muslims exercise inordinate influence because of their money and unswerving, non-negotiable dedication to their cause. They influence gate-keepers and individual politicians, including those in the White House. They terrorize Western institutions into self-censorship. They weaken the US army. This section focuses on some of their recent activities.


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HALAL: SECRETLY SHOVING SHARIA ISLAMIC LAW DOWN YOUR THROAT

by Audrey Russo

Halal meat is meat butchered and prepared according to Muslim law. It is somewhat akin to rudimentary kosher, but with less attention paid to the animal's state of health. In Britain, schools and hospitals surreptitiously use halal meat to feed school children and hospital patients. Supermarkets sell unlabeled halal meat. In this article, Audry Russo makes us aware that unlabeled Halal meat is now in US supermarkets and restaurants. This should not be a matter of indifference, because buying Halal meat includes paying a sum of money for charity that often goes directly to terrorist groups.

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THE GREAT PURGE

by Peter Farmer

Peter Farmer describes the pre-World War 2 purges by Joseph Stalin, when "...members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of the military and anyone else suspected of being an enemy of the state were swept up in the wave of suspicion and mutual distrust." As one consequence, "Stalin's purges left the Soviet Union utterly ill-equipped to fight the Second World War... More often than not, ... able commanders and leaders were replaced by ideologically-reliable but militarily-incompetent Communist Party hacks." Today in the USA, we are witnessing "the coerced retirements, resignations, and firings of senior flag/general officers presently occurring throughout the upper reaches of the U.S. military." Moreover, "U.S. military personnel [are] being indoctrinated to hold favorable but historically-inaccurate views of Islam, they are being taught that traditional American and Judeo-Christian values have no place in the military... Military chaplains report that they are being pressured - in some cases, against their religious vows - to perform homosexual marriages; ...certain administration officials want proselytizing by Christians outlawed within the ranks, but no such prohibition has been put forth for Islamic initiatives of the same kind." The US armed forces is not the place to encourage "political expediency" and anti-American ideology.

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THE HATE AND HYPOCRISY OF THE BDS MOVEMENT

by Joseph Puder

American and British universities have become factories churning out Jew haters, all done under the guise of social justice, fair play and helping the underdog. Joseph Puder examines a particularly virulent locale — Ireland, a country that seemingly would have much in common with Israel, both having been treated shabbily by England, both struggling to lift themselves up with little capitalization or oil, gas or mineral wealth. But no, the support the Irish once gave the new state of Israel in 1948 has been replaced by a virulent and surprising anger at Israel (code for Jews).

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM AGAINST ITSELF: BOYCOTTING ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES

by Stanley Fish

This essay by Stanley Fish makes the point that boycotting academics and universities in countries viewed as oppressive is not within the definition of academic freedom, which is "freedom to engage in teaching and research free from the influences or pressures of politics." The university is not a political forum. Academic freedom doesn't give educators the right to promulgate their political ideology in the classroom. This doesn't mean a professor must ignore his strong political and humanitarian beliefs and opinions. It does mean the academy is not the appropriate place for displaying his concerns. In this essay, Fish has the disciple to ignore the blatantly inaccurate justifications for urging a boycott of Israeli academics. He doesn't make the obvious point that it is only Israel that is under the gun. He doesn't argue that the boycotters are anti-Semitic (though I believe the instigators and all the "activists" except the low-information malleable student-disciples are Jew haters). He sticks to the point under discussion: academic freedom is "the freedom to pursue scholarly inquiry, not the freedom to advance justice and equality on university time." It is a simple and narrow argument in the same way that the First Amendment is a simple statement for expansive freedom of speech.

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POWERFUL U.S. ISLAMIST GROUP SHOWS TRUE COLORS

by Ryan Mauro

Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party and known as the "Butcher of Mirpu", was finally brought to trial in February 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting hundreds in the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence, including beheading a poet and raping a girl. He and the Jamaat party cooperated with the Bangladeshi army, which slaughtered civilians in the millions. In Bangladesh they wanted him dead and after a large and sustained protest, the Bangladesh Supreme Court convicted Mollah of war crimes and sentenced him to death. In the USA, as Ryan Mauro writes, The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is lobbying the US Government to pressure Bangladesh to stop prosecuting the 1971 war crimes. They might succeed. Prez Obama trusts ICNA's advice and often consults with them; and they are outreach partners of the FBI and Homeland Security.

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ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA (ICNA)

by Discover The Network

Discover The Network provides evidence that the Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) insists that everyone should live under Sharia. ICNA's goal is to destroy America and turn it into a Muslim state. It has ties with Hamas. It is one of the groups that helps the Muslim Brotherhood teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." Thanks to urging by ICNA, inter alia, this administration ordered the FBI to purge everything in their databases that Islamic supremacists deemed offensive. As Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, wrote, "I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated." Against such touching concern for Muslim sensitivity, we can only ask: if information about the Tsarnaev family hadn't been purged from the FBI databases, would the Boston Marathon massacre have happened?

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WHAT IF ISLAMISTS TOOK CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE?

by Howard Rotberg

Howard Rotberg doesn't speculate whether the President and his closest advisers are dedicated Muslims or Muslim sympathizers. Instead, he asks: if Radical Islamists were running the government, what would a Salafist president do? He describes likely operations such an Administration would initiate...  Gulp!

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SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS OF 2013-14

With the turbulence in the Middle East and all the slaughter among Muslim groups, and Iran close to having the nuclear muscle to bully the entire region, isn't it odd that the European Union and the Obama Administration focus on the peace process between Israel and the Arab states, the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Authority, Abbas, elected head of the PLO, Abbas, the out-of-office president of the PLO? Does it seem the Administration is thinking about currently important issues?

It reminds me of a cartoon — by Vargas, I think — eons ago: two women are seated in a subway car. The car is empty except for a naked woman seated opposite them. One of the women whispers to the other, "Look at her chapped hands." Is the peace process anything but a side show in the tumult of the region?

Isn't it curious that when uncivil war broke out across the Middle East, mighty America was so fearful of Arab violence, it shut down 22 of its embassies. Yet it forced Israel to release Arabs who brutally massacred Jews, knowing they will again prey on Jews. Do the clowns who were elected to run our country really have their minds on the essentials? Does the Obama Administration have Israel's back? It acts as if it had a knife aimed at Israel's back. Or a nuclear bomb.

Another image comes to mind. It a photo taken in the late 1930s. England and France thought they had avoided war with Germany by appeasing Hitler's demands. England and France forced the Czechs to cede Sudetenland, the area of Czechoslovakia where the majority of the inhabitants were German speakers, to Germany. In doing so, they disregarded that Hitler had in earlier negotiations demanded autonomy for Germans in Poland and Hungary as well as in Sudetenland. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938, with Hitler agreeing to make no further demands. However, by March, 1939, Germany had incorporated Sudetenland and Hitler's soldiers moved into what was left of Czechoslovakia. England and France had to fight Germany anyway, a stronger and more confident Germany.

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Chamberlain holds up Munich Agreement, signed by both Hitler and himself, in 1938. (Wikimedia Commons)

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kerry as chamberlain

Another association comes to mind. While Rome burned, the Emperor Nero sang as he played the lyre. Nowhere have I read that Nero thought that were he to produce the right music, he could solve the problems of the Roman Empire. In contrast, Prez Obama is fixated on the notion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the linchpin of Middle East instability. And he thinks his tinkering will solve everything.

Avi Bell's essay on "The Facts Of Life In The Middle East" (http://www.israpundit.com/archives/56671) has the ring of truth to it. He writes:

If Israel refuses to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it refuses to negotiate.

If the Palestinians refuse to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see negotiations with Israel are pointless.

If Israel makes preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it is trying to avoid negotiations.

If the Palestinians make preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians have to force Israel to be serious in the negotiations.

If Israel makes no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace.

If the Palestinians make no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see that making offers of peace with Israel are pointless.

If Israel makes an offer of peace and the Palestinians reject it, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because Israel is not willing to make the kind of offer the Palestinians would accept.

There are variations on this, e.g.,:

If Arabs make war, but offer to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because the Arabs offered peace. (Thomas Friedman/Arab "peace" initiative)

If Israel makes war, but offers to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel made war. (Defensive Pillar, Lebanon II, etc.)

If Arabs attack, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel provoked the Arabs to attack.

If Israel attacks, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel attacked.

If Palestinians carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians feel they have no choice but to carry out acts of terrorism.

If Palestinians try to carry out acts of terrorism, but Israel foils them, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because Israel is carrying out anti-terror actions against the Palestinians even while there is no terrorism.

If Palestinians don't try to carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians are good and innocent and Israel uses terrorism as an excuse to mistreat Palestinians.

The peace process is to be carried out by two groups, one of which has sworn to kill off the other. The Arabs have never swerved from their desire to rid the Middle East of Israel. So what's to negotiate? Whether the Arabs will be allowed to kill 50,000 Jews or only 5,000 Jews? Will the sides haggle on whether the land the Arabs take over will be turned into training camps for terrorists and factories for making explosive belts or just manufactories?

Does anyone see it as peculiar that Sec-State Kerry, the American "honest broker", praised the recalcitrant Arabs and was well — how shall I put this? — extremely undiplomatic with the Israelis? Even though the Israelis had been so cooperative they released Arab terrorists just to persuade Abbas to come to the table. I wonder what getting them to sit in the chairs will cost Israel?

This brings up another point: are the Arabs so sure of their standing with the American Administration that they don't need even to pretend to wish for peace? Instead, Abbas demanded the return of his heroes, killers of Jews, and Kerry, the toothy fairy, made his wish come true. To me. the ugliest consequence of each plunge by Israel into peace-seeking is that she slowly has become accustomed to sacrificing her children, her pride and her sense of integrity, as Daniel Greenfield says in an essay below, on the "alter of peace." Why can't Israel just say no to Obama? Other countries on the planet, large and small, powerful or with no real resources, have no trouble doing so. Being cooperative on the Peace Process isn't going to make Obama stop Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons. If the Israelis have been caving on concessions to the Palestinian Arabs in the hope that Obama will finally handle Iran effectively, they should by now recognize that it ain't going to happen. Obama will just keep stringing them along.

All in all, the focus on the Peace Process of 2013-14 makes little sense. I suspect it will make even less sense to future historians. Unless Israel makes the mistake of leaving Samaria and Judea to her enemies. Then it will be known as the beginning of the demise of Israel.


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WHY PRETEND? READ THE HUDAIBIYA TREATY

by Emmanuel Winston

Emanuel Winston wrote about an important point that Peace Process proponents ignore: signing a permanent treaty with infidels is against the Koran. Muslims are forbidden to keep to a treaty's terms for more than ten years. In the Islamic prototype of how to make and break an agreement, Mohammed "made that treaty while he was militarily weak so he could worship at Mecca. But, in two years he returned with a strong army, broke the 10 year treaty, brutally murdered and decapitated all the men, captured and enslaved the women and children of the Banu Quraizah Tribe." The treaty of Hudaibiya is still in force. Yassir Arafat told his Arab audience in Arabic he would break the Oslo Accord when he was stronger. He said this the same day he signed the Accord. Whenever a new regime takes over an Arab country, it is expected that all prior treaties will be broken. Egypt signed a cold peace with Israel after the 1973 Yom Kippur War when its invasion of Israel failed. When the Muslim Brotherhood finally took over after the Arab Spring, they voiced their determination to abrogate the treaty with Israel, which had netted them the whole of the Sinai. Even when treaties are not dramatically broken, the Arabs don't stick to the terms. They have gained many Israeli concessions over the years, but they remain committed to their holy war for Islam. Abbas still brags of his intent to destroy Israel, not making a real peace with it.

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REVISITING RESOLUTION 338

by Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman

Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman make the point that the Middle East has changed considerably since 1973, after the Egyptians lost the Yom Kippur War. The countries of the region are embroiled in their own problems and life-and-death conflicts. The splinter wars and the fallout from the Syrian civil war affect many countries in the region. Egypt is busy suppressing the takeover threat from the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians and other groups engaged in fending off hostile groups or trying to overthrow some current government don't have the time even to pretend concern for their Palestinian cousins. As one Hezbollah fighter said, "Let the Palestinians liberate their country themselves." Actually, the IDF has been the major prop for maintaining both the Palestinian Authority and the throne of the Jordanian King, but it would be unreasonable to expect the IDF to fight for the "Palestinian" cause. The reality is that in the global media, the Palestinian liberation narrative is still important but in the Middle East, it is a known scam, having nothing to do with real life. The White House and its enthusiastic Secretary-of-State Kerry seem to be the last to know this. Maybe someone should tell them.

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THE KERRY FIASCO

by Jerold S. Auerbach

John Kerry has achieved something no other American secretary-of-state has. As Jerold Auerbach writes, Kerry's one-sided abominable behavior towards the Israelis and his multiple fiascos have made the Jew-hating Jim Baker, Secretary-of-State in the 1990s, look like a nice guy in comparison. Kerry ranted against the Jewish settlements and told the U.S. Senate to ignore what the Israelis were telling them. If he knows anything about the San Remo conference that gave Palestine Mandated land to the Jews, just as other Mandates created many of the Arab states, it wasn't reflected in his treatment of the Israeli delegation. His bellicose behavior set the right tone for a peace process that is not a peace process. "Most ominously", as Auerbach writes, "he now seems willing to sell Israel for a mess of Iranian diplomatic pottage."

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HARD CHOICES FOR ISRAEL; SOFT TREATMENT FOR THE PA

by David Gerstman

David Gerstman discusses how the media and Western politicians distorted the motivation and behavior of the principle parties involved in the Peace Process. They retroactively redefined what Israel's borders should be. They blithely accepted that the Palestinian state would be Jew-free. They painted an inaccurate — in fact, contrary-to-fact — picture of Netanyahu as hardliner and discounted Israeli concessions. But they accepted Abbas' actual recalcitrance as indication that he was protecting the Palestinian right of return. Why have another Arab state if the Arab refugees will not be citizens of the new state! They have ignored Israel's authentic claims and demonized the Jewish settlers in the Territories, whose presence there made it harder to give away the land to the Arabs. It was left to Israeli journalists to point out that idolizing murderers of Jews is not a sign of intent to forgo terrorism. In fact, the core problem — that the Arabs do not accept the Jewish state and are intent on destroying it — is softpedaled. In short, the press and politicians, including Sec-of-State Kerry, act as devoted fans of a particular ball team, cheering the Arabs on to victory.

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SACRIFICES OF PEACE

by Daniel Greenfield

As we learn from the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son,"G-d did not want human sacrifices. The peace process does." In this essay, Daniel Greenfield discusses the similarity between Israeli politicians who see the butchery of Jews as Israel's sacrifice for peace and the pagan worshipers of Moloch. Except, in the modern State, anyone might become a sacrifice at random" "Everyone," meaning Jews specifically, should accept "our measure of sacrifice and struggle," Prez Obama told Israeli students. To help the process along, he backed the Palestinian insistence that the jailed murderers of Jews be freed. It's all in the cause of peace. The Jewish leaders who collaborated with the Nazis also viewed sending Jews to die because the sacrifice of some was necessary to save others. As the Jews did then, Jewish politicians now do the work for their enemies. As in the concentration camps, each round of deaths weakens the community. Each peace process round makes the next round of sacrifices "save" a more diminished State, a more fractured country. Yet the politicians continue to delude themselves, acting as if they were the ones making the sacrifice. Their excuse: if we don't do something, they will. The notion of holding firm, of refusing to be the sacrificial lamb, seems never to occur to them.

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HOW THE U.S. SOLVED THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT

by John R. Miller

To quote from this article: "With the help of prognosticator John R. Miller — former U.S. ambassador-at-large on modern slavery, visiting scholar at the Institute for Government Studies at UC-Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute — we present this memo from the year 2016, which explains what misfortunes might have befallen the Middle East by then." I hope this is irony, not precog history.

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THE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS

From Oslo on, Israeli governments have not responded to Arab accusations that Israel is violating international law by building settlements in Samaria and Judea. They fear introducing reality into that long-playing fantasy: the Peace Process. More precisely, they fear being the ones to put a spoke in the mum-mum policy Western politicians cherish: making global peace by putting another Arab state inside Israel.

Recently, the Israeli government was handed a well-phrased current reiteration of some of what became international law at the San Remo Conference almost a hundred years ago: The Jewish people own Judea and Samaria (aka "the West Bank"). The Levy Report has affirmed that the decades-long presence of Israel in Judea and Samaria is not "belligerent occupation." Israel's situation is unique (sui generis) and Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. (See, for example, Restoring Israel's rights: the Levy Report.)

To emphasize that having and protecting Israeli communities in Samaria and Judea was far preferable to cleansing the area of Jews, Minister of Economics Naftali Bennett (A-7. 20nov13) reminded his audience at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of the Israeli's government's expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005 and the dreadful consequences. He said, "Leaving Gaza cost 1,000 times more than staying." He might have added that many of the 10,000 Jews forced out of Gaza are not yet permanently resettled and most aren't contributing to the economy as they once did. And this doesn't begin to describe the human misery and the psychological and physical assaults on the families that were made refugees in their own country. Yet the politicians are again playing their shuffle-and-swap games that include moving Jews out of Samaria and Judea or — an even more grotesque idea — leaving them undefended in a newly created Arab state. This policy could eventually make some 700,000 to 800,000 Jews homeless and an impossible drain on the economy.

A campaign has started to teach the truth to the Knesset and to the public (see Regavim.) It comes at a time, when the American administration is ignoring the crumbling of the fragile political structures in the Middle East and is, instead, using its power to eat away at land that legitimately belongs to Israel. This misguided mission is more than irrational when you consider it speaks quaintly of two people, Israelis and Palestinians, who need to share the same land, ignoring that new forces, more vicious and more recalcitrant than Fatah or Hamas, are acting as directed by the Koran to use any and all means to put the entire Middle East under Sharia law.


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FIGHTING BACK — THE LEGAL CASE FOR JUDEA AND SAMARIA

by Nadav Shragai

Dror Eydar has suggested that the "[t]he fight against our possession of those parts of Israel that are the most important to our identity as an ancient nation is a fight against the return to Zion (see here). Reducing the number of legal Jewish settlements while ignoring rogue Arab settlements will make an eventual Arab take-over of the land easier. In this essay, Nadav Shragai writes that, finally, some jurors are now counterattacking with the easily substantiated truth: Israel has historical and legal rights to the land. He quotes some of their arguments. Note that Think-Israel, among other blogs, has presented many articles on the Palestine Mandate and the San Remo Conference, which created an irrevocable internationally-guaranteed trust for the Jewish people's ownership of the Land of Israel.

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THE AL-QAEDA TAKEOVER

by Guy Bechor

Guy Bechor writes about America's ideas of what constitute security requirements for Israel — so that Israel can keep its peace partner from destroying it. These solutions were inadequate decades ago. By now, with more powerful weaponry, a more radicalized Arab population and the splintering of control of the Arab population among competing terrorist groups — some of whom make Hamas look moderate — America's security planning is ludicrous. Some of the new players are war-hardened and experienced al-Qaeda fighters, some are rising stars. All are imbued with strict Koranic Salafist ideology and immune to compromise. These are the groups that will take over Judea and Samaria a minute after the IDF relinquishes control and restructure the behavior and attitudes of the local population to conform to its Salafist mentality. Christian Arabs will not survive and the new Arab peace state, no matter what it promised, will become a secure place — to launch killer missiles into Israel.

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ARE SETTLEMENTS WORTH IT?

by Moshe Dann

The politicians might be forgiven for ignoring Israel's historic and legal claims to Samaria and Judea if these areas were a 'white elephant' that was expensive and contributed little to Israel's security or economy. But as Moshe Dann points out, the residents are productive; they serve as early-warning alerts and first responders when the Arab Salafists start another attack; and they protect Israel's water supply. The settlers say what the politicians are too timid to say: this is our land and we will live on it.

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THE DAY AFTER; BUILDING OUR HOUSE; NINTH GENERATION; OUT!; GLOBAL WARMING AND THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION ... and more

by Rachel and Moshe Saperstein

In these essays, Rachel and Moshe Saperstein write more of their transitional life that began when the Jewish community was forced out of Gaza in 2005 by its own government. They are finally seeing the start of a real house they are building. Sad to say, the introduction to their last set of essays is still applicable: "Rachel and Moshe Saperstein were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place." What is more incredible is that some politicians are eager to repeat the expulsion on a grander scale, this time using the hundreds of thousands of Jewish pioneers living in Judea and Samaria and in the east part of Jerusalem.

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LEIBLER ON SETTLEMENTS - RIGHT DIAGNOSIS, WRONG PRESCRIPTION

by Martin Sherman

Isi Leibler recently wrote (Jerusalem Post, December 21, 2013) that PM Netanyahu needed to create a policy about the settlements that said clearly Israel would build in those areas of Samaria and Judea that it will keep and it will not build in those areas that it is expected to give away. But, as Martin Sherman points out, agreeing that Israel will be giving away any of its land gives legitimacy to the Palestinian false claims. Moreover, consenting to giving up land only leads to fruitless and pointless concessions to "coax the Palestinians into a negotiated resolution of the conflict." These measures stiffen "Palestinian intransigence and hence, prolong the conflict, and promote pressures for even more Israeli concessions." Most importantly, tacit consent to a give-away policy is poor tactics that could lead to disastrous consequences: the loss of security for over 80% of the Israeli population, the creation of longer and less defensible borders, and the putting of Israel's main airport at an unacceptable risk of attack. As Sherman puts it, Israel has a simple choice: "between the river and the sea there can only — and eventually will — prevail either total Jewish sovereignty or total Muslim sovereignty."

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WHAT ISRAEL NEEDS TO DO TO SURVIVE

If we were to grade Israel: it does brilliantly in science and technology and in innovative ways to help humanity confronted by a natural disaster. It does less well in standing up for its national identification and its Jewish roots. It flunks in handling external political pressures and showing national integrity and pride. It has been hypnotized by the word "peace" to give up land and act as if it cared for the safety and comfort of terrorist Arabs more than it does for its own citizens. It appears traumatized by the fear of being "isolated" and unloved.

It is encouraging that Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken up clearly of the dangers of a nuclear-empowered Iran. Speaking of the interim agreement reached November 24, 2013, (http://imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62454, November 25, 2013) he said this:

"What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake. Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.

For the first time, the world's leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring the UN Security Council decisions that they themselves led. Sanctions that required many years to put in place contain the best chance for a peaceful solution. These sanctions have been given up in exchange for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be canceled in weeks.

This agreement and what it means endanger many countries including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As Prime Minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability."

It is unfortunate that Netanyahu continues peace talks with the PLO. They make Israel look weak and foolish. They waste time that would be better spent deciding how to deal with Iran decisively. Often, he still acts as if what he fears most is "European economic strangulation of Israel" [see Section 4, July-August 2013 issue of Think-Israel.org.] Unfortunately, Israel doesn't have the luxury of wasting time on stupidity and yet surviving Muslim-initiated political, military and social assaults, which have become bolder and nastier as time goes on. This section is about changing some of its institutionalized behavior and rethinking some of its policies.


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JEWISH CULTURE, REVELATION AND CONTINUITY

by Daniel Greenfield

Western Europeans and American Jewry are dying out, the Europeans because they don't breed near as much as their Muslim immigrant population and the Jews because they marry out and too many don't experience anything but a superficial and often boring version of Judaism. Daniel Greenfield writes on the traumatic fact that so many Jews are at best Jews in name only or who equate the current trends in practicing social justice as authentic Judaism. They have never experienced an unselfconscious living Judaism that permeates and gives meaning to their lives. As one reader commented, "Thank you for this excellent article. I grew up believing and still believe that without faith in Divine revelation and the convenant between G-d and Abraham, one could not be a Jew. Far too many supposed Jews are nothing more than Esaus who have cheated their progeny out of this priceless birthright."

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ISRAEL MUST STOP FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL

by Ari Sofer

Ari Sofer writes that it is time the State of Israel shed the habits of the galut, where surviving in a hostile environment was the primary necessity. Certainly, Israel needs to "decisively stamp out terror." But Israelis should start focusing on the liberating goal of redeeming their homeland. The Israeli population needs a change of mindset. As things are now, "those living in front-line communities are made fully aware that if they are ever stupid enough to defend themselves against Arab violence they will face the wrath of the legal system." To be given the means to fight back, they have to be heard by the government, and that means speaking up strongly in the hundreds of thousands. Israelis need to object strongly to the Israeli government speaking of security when they should "clearly and unashamedly insist on [Israel's] claims to this land." It is no wonder that the Arabs who unequivocally state it is their land are believed. A reader of the original posting, Austin, writes: "...This is the very best, the clearest, the most direct, both in the physical sense and the metaphorical sense, of any letter i have previously read in my whole life. What he writes is the very essence of what Israel should be,-but isn't..."

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ORGANIZED TREACHERY VERSUS ORGANIZED HYPOCRISY: A 35-YEAR STUDY OF ISRAEL'S DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT

An Interview With Paul Eidelberg By Wolff Bachner

Israel has no constitution but muddles along using a patchwork of laws from various eras and countries, a sense of peoplehood and ad hoc responses from crisis to crisis. In this interview conducted by Wollf Bachner, Professor Paul Eidelberg points out that "after witnessing the chaos and confusion that emanates from Israel's current political establishment, [he] authored detailed proposals for political reform and drafted the first Constitution for the State of Israel." It was generally well-received but was ignored by Israel's political elite, which prefers Israel's current system of fragmented proportional representation from among multiple parties. This allows the winning party to choose its coalition parties at will (in the last two elections there were 33 parties that gained some votes) rather than having to stick to policy enunciated ahead of the election. Ariel Sharon's "Likud Party won more than 70 percent of the votes in February 2003, when it campaigned against the Labor Party's policy of unilateral withdrawal from Gaza," yet in August 2005, it itself expelled all the Jews from Gaza. Arab terrorists took over the territory and launched more efficient terror attacks against Israel. Eidelberg points out that it would increase accountability were local representatives elected by local voters in district elections rather than by their place on their party's list. But making Israel truly democratic and politicians accountable is not a local issue. A constitution that ensures democracy is also one that ensures Israel's security and survival. As such, it is important to the West because, "Should Israel fall, there would be nothing to stop the establishment of a new Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean to Asia and the forces of tyranny would be poised to overrun Europe."

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ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR DOCTRINE NEEDS REEXAMINATION

by Prof. Louis René Beres

Israel has been ambiguous about its nuclear capability, neither bragging nor denying. Louis Beres asks whether "nuclear secrecy [is] necessarily in the best survival interests of the Jewish State?" This doesn't mean tell-all or say-nothing. He points out that the value of the bomb is mainly in deterrence, not revenge, and as such, "too much secrecy can sometimes be counter-productive." What is needed is a thorough assessment in Israel not only of how best to utilize its nuclear power but also how it will make its enemies aware of its policy. In today's environment, this means Iran must be clear that Israel doesn't just have first-strike capability but can deliver an adequate response that is invulnerable to an Iranian first-strike by its enemies. Or, Iran may be deterred by plausible threats of "regime targeting." Israel must also convince its enemies that it has the resolve to carry out its military decisions. What is needed is a reassessment of "the substantial security benefits to Israel of 'breaking' nuclear ambiguity."

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ISRAEL'S NEWEST TRADING PARTNERS

by John Reed

Europe has been Israel's major trading partner. As time goes on, however, the European Union has become sufficiently brazen to use its economic power to try to force Israel to denounce some of its own people and to declare that Jewish communities in Samaria and Judea are illegal. (See for example, Section 4, July-August, 2013, Think-Israel.) Such interference in a sovereign country's activities is not only outrageous, it can be easily countered, as the many suggestions in our previous issue indicate. However, PM Netanyahu seems to consider European trade highly essential. But, as John Reed writes, it is now looking for new trading partners in emerging economies, those who are interested in developing their economics rather than using blackmail to back up their political views. Thanks to Pres Obama using the EU to squeeze Israel — aside from his procrastinating on how to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions — Israel is beginning to question how much it can rely on the American administration.

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BRITTLE BORDERS AND SHIFTING ALLIANCES

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THE MAP THAT RUINED THE MIDDLE EAST

by Gabriel Scheinmann

The shallow Western intelligentia and their gung-ho students and Sabeel-ized main churches focus on the unfairness of the Jews being granted a tiny piece of the Middle East, part of the area that has been the keystone of their history and their identity for four thousand years. The same authority, the League of Nations, converted the rest of the 99.99% of the Middle East that had belonged to the Ottoman Empire into Arab states. In doing so they did not take into account clan and tribal affinities or history, as they had when allocating land to the Jews in the Palestine Mandate. We've read many articles suggesting how to split up Israel to make space for that non-people, the Palestinian Arabs. Few articles, to date, have considered redrawing the boundaries of the Arab states, created by other mandates at the same time the Jews were given Mandated Palestine as an irrevocable trust. In this essay, Gabriel Scheinmann suggests that the borders of the Arab states be allowed to be redrawn by current events — even if it means Balkanization of the area for a while. He does not examine what would happen at the U.N., already thoroughly corrupted by the block of 22 Arab countries voting as one.

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STRAIGHTENING THE DOG'S TAIL

by Ali Salim

While the West laments for the professional refugees, the Palestinians, "the funding and media support for the Palestinian cause has dried up in the Middle East." Ali Salim notes that "Arab and Muslim incitement to massacre — and the provision of arms and ideological support for most of the Islamist and Palestinian terrorist organizations — have almost completely disappeared while the Arabs are now busy destroying themselves." Millions of authentic refugees are homeless. Hundreds of thousands are dead. We may be making our biggest mistake ever by not stopping Iran's nuclear program while we still can. We could at lest get out of Israel's way so that she could do the necessary. Instead, the Obama Administration's only significant contribution has not been to world peace but to global warming. Sec-State Kerry flies back and forth to the Middle East to rekindle the burnt out Peace Process, a pointless enterprise that can have no significant effect on our current crises, except, probably, to make things worse.

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THE UNITED STATES IS LOSING THE MIDDLE EAST COALITION

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar writes that since the 1970s, the split between the countries that support the West — Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel and Turkey — and those that support the Soviets — Syria, Libya, Iraq and South Yemen — was stable. Now, "the pro-Western coalition has begun to crumble, and two key countries — Saudi Arabia and Egypt — are searching for a new political crutch." This is in part due to their perception that the Obama White House, by wooing Iran and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, is not concerned with their security. Israelis are also beginning to question the wisdom of pressuring Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, leaving the area open to a terrorist takeover. Moreover, although Kedar doesn't allude to this, the USA, by leaking information about Israel's plans, has continuously thwarted Israel setting up an assault against Iran's nuclear weaponry development. All in all, it is not clear that the United States and the West any longer have a coalition in the Middle East.

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QUIETLY, ISRAEL AND THE GULF STATES DRAW CLOSER TOGETHER

by Jonathan Spyer

This is a sister article to the previous article by Mordechai Kedar that spoke of both Saudi Arabia's and Israel's disenchantment with Prez Obama's ineptness — if not actual refusal — in stopping the Iranian nuclear bomb program. In this article Jonathan Spyer makes the point that Obama's diplomatic activities, which effectively give the Iranians additional time in which to complete their program, have brought the two countries together in an unspoken alliance. To a Westerner, it is strange to see arch-enemies cooperate. But it is not unusual in the Middle East to be fighting with and against another group at the same time. The Saudis have worked with the Muslim Brotherhood on common educational and proselytizing projects; the Saudis have tried to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood because of political differences. Hamas, the child of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, has been off and on friendly with Syria, which is allied with Shi'ite Iran. As Spyer puts it, "On the face of it, any alliance between Jewish Israel and Salafi Saudi Arabia might appear an absurdity. Israel is a liberal democracy and a Jewish state. Saudi Arabia is a repressive absolute monarchy, based on a particular Salafi Muslim outlook which is deeply anti-Jewish and anti-Christian in nature...Saudi Arabia supports Salafi Islamist forces in both Syria and Egypt. Saudi money finds its way to Salafi elements among the Palestinians. But the areas of commonality are on issues of cardinal importance to both countries."

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SYRIAN SURPRISE: AL-QAEDA BRANCH KILLS REBEL LEADERS; INVADES OIL FIELDS

by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri writes about some happpenings that took place in Syria. The plot was simple enough: the heads of a gang were killed by a rival gang. Some of the first gang took over a Syrian oil field. What made this story so interesting is the set of players and their fractured loyalties. The killers were members of an al-Qaeda group that has taken over parts of Iraq — you know, the country we made safe for democracy. They used to call their territory the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) but now they are expanding into Syria so they call their turf the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two men who were killed were commanders in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a multi-group organization that Prez Obama sees as good-guy rebels, so he sends them supplies to help them fight the Syrian regime. Some of the best soldiers fighting in the FSA are The Al-Nusra in Syria. They are part of a very large gang that calls itself Jabhat Al-Nusra. Al-Nusra is also al-Qaeda and very pious, very Salafist. This December, the FSA and its Al-Nusra contingent took over the Al-Omar oil field which is very large and very productive. This was a big win. They didn't blow it up. They started operating it "after entering into tacit agreements with the Syrian regime [supplying oil and gas to the regime that they are fighting against in return for a fee]." After all, they need the money to fight the regime.

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PROPAGANDISTS TIRELESSLY WORKING TO DISCREDIT ISRAEL

This section deals with some people and organizations that work tirelessly so that ultimately Israel will not exist. Shamefully, some are Jewish.


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THE BLOOD LIBEL FILM

by Dror Yemini

In this article Ben Dror Yemini examines the joining of Jihadists and Marxists to accuse Israel of racism towards the Bedouins. Steven Plaut described the context of this article this way: "The axis of evil, the alliance of jihadi Islamofascism with anti-Semitic Leftism, has a new cause and it is bashing Israel over its supposed mistreatment of the Bedouins in the Negev. Israel, you see, holds the racist opinion that Bedouins have to obey the law and cannot simply seize any parcel of land they want to own and keep it without paying for it. As you know, Israeli leftists believe Arabs should be exempt from obeying the law because they are gosh oh so oppressed. Enforcing any laws for Arabs is racist and discriminatory. Israeli Arabs held violent 'protests' yesterday, demanding that the entire Negev be turned over to the Bedouins, and they were joined by Jewish communists and Israeli Leftists for a Second Holocaust." Lyn Julius has commented that this is an "excellent article, pointing out the exploitation of 'human rights' in order to demonise Israel. The losers are the Bedouin themselves, who are denied an opportunity to move into planned developments. They are being sacrificed to propaganda." How true. In a broader perspective, it is another locale where resurgent Islam is trying to destroy Israel, which is a major block to its plans to dominate all other religions and ideologies.

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EDWIN BLACK'S NEW BOOK CONNECTS NIF TO FORD FOUNDATION ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISM

by Joshua Levitt

NGOs are a powerful force in manufacturing and choreographing grass-roots riots and in releasing supposedly accurate assessments of how poorly Israel handles human rights issues and how badly it treats the Palestinians. As para-UN organizations, they receive automatic respect and are assumed to be reliable. Joshua Levitt writes about Edward Black's new book, Fanning The Flames, which makes clear that many NGOs may talk human rights but their mission is to weaken if not to destroy Israel. In this article, he writes about Black's investigation of the New Israel Fund (NIF), and its damaging attacks on Israel and the IDF. The NIF is largely supported by foreign donations, particularly from the USA.

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A CRITIQUE OF IRSHAD MANJI'S 'THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM TODAY'

by Paul Austin Murphy

Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner College. She describes herself as a "reformist Muslim", but some of what she writes is a defense of Islam and a prescription to reform the non-Muslim world. Paul Murphy examines several statements from her book, The Trouble with Islam today. He notes that because a Muslim invented the guitar or cough syrup or algebra doesn't mean Islam per se was a factor. Moreover, algebra was developed long before Islam existed. As another example, her definition of itjihad has nothing to do with its actual meaning and even less to do with the Koran. In a related example, Murphy point out that Manji makes much of the fact that the Quran doesn't say whether Allah created Adam first, or Eve first. Murphy points out that this isn't a 'proto-feminist' narrative. Mohammad was illiterate and got most of his information about the Jewish and Christian bibles second hand. What is particularlly telling is a statement where Manji writes that "Suppressing Islam for the sake of 'progress' resembles tyranny." As Murphy writes, "That's precisely and the only the kind of 'democracy' that very many Muslims want - from hard-core Militants to Islamists and reactionaries."

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PALESTINIAN MYTHS: JERUSALEM IS OURS

by David Bukay

David Bukay writes of the recent propaganda by the Arabs that the Jews have no historic links to Jerusalem. He emphasizes two facts: (1) [except for the two ancient Jewish kingdoms and the State of Israel] "the Land of Israel has never become a politically independent entity with a distinct identity as a nation; and, ... [(2)] Jerusalem was never the capital city of any empire or any independent regime or nation, and was not even ever an important city to any of the empires that controlled it besides the Jews." As context for this article, Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote, "In his preposterous Christmas greeting, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed: 'Jesus was a Palestinian messenger.' He also used the opportunity to deny the right of the Jews and their State of Israel, to their 3,000 year-old capital city Jerusalem. Carried away by his efforts to delegitimize the Jews and Israel, Abbas went on to say, 'Our prayers are with the...mosques and churches (added emphasis) ... of Jerusalem which remind the world of the Arab identity of our occupied capital." Ehrenfeld added a note to readers: "we wish you a very happy celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the only Jewish settler whose right to call Bethlehem, home, has been never protested throughout the world (until now)."

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US POLICY: PRETEND TO SUPPORT ISRAEL, WORK AGAINST HER

by FresnoZionism

The blogger known as FresnoZionism suggests that the American administration "seems to see a nuclear-armed Iran as a fait accompli, and has decided to make the best of it by aligning itself with the Iranian regime rather than opposing it. ...the decision has been made to appease." Hence all the diplo and media activities — chiseling away at more of Israel's land and planning to create chaos in Israel proper by flooding it with Jewish refugees from Samaria and Judea — to weaken Israel and give Iran time to manipulate its nuclear weapons. Keep this context in mind next time the media try to embroil you in a pity-session for the deprived Palestinians. I disagree with FresnoZionism on one point. He believes Iran will not use its nuclear capability to attack Israel directly but will blackmail and terrorize it (and the other countries in the neighborhood). I don't think that the Iranian mullahs who send at least 100,000 Iranian children out to die as they exploded hidden field mines will worry about retaliation against Iran. They would reason that millions of Iranians should be happy to die to see Israel destroyed. The mullahs themselves of course will be protected in the bunkers.

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THE TSAR'S SCAPEGOATS: BEILIS, THE CHASSIDIM AND THE JEWS

by Eli Rubin

In 1913, Menachem Beilis was accused in Tsarist Russia of the ritual murder of a Christian child. Eli Rubin recounts the fascinating story of corruption where doctors, lawyers, academics, government officials, priests and police were easily persuaded to lie in court and to attest to the guilt of someone they knew was innocent in order to demonize the Jewish people. Despite a "false show of science and scholarship" and a stacked jury, Beilis was eventually found not guilty, but the accusation that Jews committed ritual murder was not condemned. As Rubin points out, "One hundred years later, the blood libel continues to fuel anti-semitic agitation in the former Russian empire, the Middle East and beyond. Now as then, our only weapons against prejudice, lies and hate are unity, truth and justice."

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KRISTALLNACHT NOVEMBER 9, 1938

from History.com

When Hitler came to power in 1938, he instituted non-violent repressive measures against the German Jews. KristallNacht, the night of the broken glass, refers to what is considered the start of violent assaults by the Nazis. Synagogues were burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and some 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. FDR issued a statement condemning the violence, but "the U.S. refused to ease the immigration restrictions it then had in place, constraints that prevented masses of German Jews from seeking safety in America." From Kristallnacht on, conditions worsened. "During World War II, Hitler and the Nazis implemented their 'Final Solution' to the 'Jewish problem,' and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews (along with, by some estimates, 4 million to 6 million non-Jews) in what came to be known as the Holocaust."

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FDR USED THE IRS AGAINST JEWISH ACTIVISTS

by Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff recounts how FDR used the FBI and the IRS against Jewish activists. In the wake of the recent revelations that the IRS has targeted Jewish organizations such as Z Street (not to be confused with J street, a team member in Obama's war against Israel), we present a historic reminder that it takes more moral strength than most politicians have to resist using the powers of the Government for their own political goals. During World War 2, the Bergson Group developed an active campaign "to press the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration for the rescue of Jews from the Nazis." The FBI "eavesdropped on the Bergsonites' telephone conversations, opened their mail, went through their trash, and planted informants in the group to steal documents from Bergson's office." They found nothing criminal. "At the same time, the IRS launched a full-scale inquiry into the Bergson Group's finances, seeking to revoke its tax-exempt status." Medoff writes that "[i]n the end, the IRS investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing. In fact, as the IRS team became familiar with the group's work, they came to sympathize with it, and 'when they finished, [they] made a contribution between them—every one of them gave a few dollars.'" That wasn't repeated during the Obama administration.

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JONATHAN POLLARD: THE 'SPY' WHO IS STILL OUT IN THE COLD

by Cal Thomas

Some people become angry when others insist that Jonathan Pollard has already spent an inordinate amount of time in jail for spying. Their degree of anger is greater than their knowledge of salient facts. Jonathan Pollard was not actually tried for his crime and the government broke its plea agreement with him. He has been kept in jail far longer than anyone who has committed a similar or worse offense, mainly because of secret evidence that has not been properly assessed. The information he stole was about the military and nuclear capabilities of Israel's unfriendly Arab neighbors and not about American facilities. Nor did his spying lead to any American's death, as did spying by others. Pollard has served ten years in prison for spying and eighteen more because of political pressure. Cal Thomas reminds us once again it is time to release Pollard from prison.

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THE COUNTERFEIT ARABS

by Victor Sharpe

Victor Sharpe provides us with an excellent and concise history of "the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians." Far from being a unique people, they are no different from the Arabs in the states that neighbor Israel. And, in fact, almost all of their ancestors came into present-day Israel and the Territories after 1900 from these countries, after the Jews began returning to their homeland in large numbers. "[T]here is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been any independent, sovereign Palestinian state in all of recorded history — let alone an Arab independent state of Palestine." What is remarkable is that, without a shred of evidence, they have convinced so many that they are the original inhabitant of the land and that the Jews, who are the indigenous natives, are occupying Palestinian land. Lest you discount this history because the author is Jewish, Sharpe provides statements by Arabs and other non-Jews that the Palestinians are not a people and descriptions of how desolate and underpopulated the land was before the Jews came to redeem their homeland.

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TWISTING JEWISH VALUES TO PROMOTE FALSE PEACE

by Matthew Hausman

Matthew Hausman describes the dismal history of the Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority hasn't renounced terrorism or stopped antisemitic incitement. In fact, it voices its determination to wipe Israel off the map. "The PA has consistently failed to honor its obligations under Oslo, minimal though they have been compared to the demands placed on Israel. In contrast, Israel has honored her commitments, even when doing so has threatened her security and national integrity." Hausman suggests it is time for "Israel to reject outside pressure in favor of alternatives that make better historical and strategic sense." One alternative that can be rejected is the notion of a two-state solution, which incorrectly "presumes that the conflict is about geography and can be resolved by the creation of yet another independent Arab-Muslim state." Hausman recommends following a course consistent with authentic Jewish values and notes that "any solution that sacrifices Israel's Jewish character is by definition inconsistent with Jewish values." Jewish values have often been twisted and mis-stated to pressure Israel to accept a 2-state solution where Israel loses land and the Arabs do not reform either their behavior or their perception of Israel as the enemy. He cautions that such "attempt[s] to force an unjust solution on Israel based on a false narrative will provide neither truth nor genuine, lasting peace." Israel must reject these fraudulent solutions. "She must not lose sight of the historical justification for her existence or the values that make her both a Jewish state and a vital democracy."

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November-December, 2013 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

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FEATURED STORIES

July-August 2013

What we are talking about in the July–August 2013 Issue

  1. STEALTH JIHAD USA (Fletcher, Ahlert, IBDaily, Gaubatz, Shulman, Wooldridge)
  2. WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT? LOOK AT EUROPE (Solway, Esman, Kern,Sabaditsch-Wolff, Bawer)
  3. ISLAMIC OUTREACH — THEIR TENTACLES ARE EVERYWHERE  (Warner, Deng, Solovieva, Guita)
  4. EUROPEAN UNION ATTACKS ON ISRAEL (Baker, Phillips, Murray, Jager, Lowe)
  5. ISRAEL AGAINST ITSELF (bat Adam and AFSI, Honig, Helprin, Beres, Pollard, Pruzansky, November)
  6. FAUX PEACE TREATIES, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE TERRITORIES (Rose, Lipsman, Honig, Mandell, Benari, Plaut, Fuah, Manison, Valdary)
  7. ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY (Lipkin, Merkley, Lopez, deJong, Salim)
  8. SOME GENERALITIES ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST (Greenfield, Al-Muhlim, Wagner and Cafiero, Rhode, Greenfield)
  9. SYRIA AND EGYPT (Palin, Luttwak, Gambill, Spyer, Lipkin, Rubin, Ajami)
  10. PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gimpel, Berzon, Hornik, Ben-Ari, Medoff, Lipkin, Illouz)
  11. HISTORY SECTION (Jacobovici, Mikanowskim, Ibrahim, Karsh, Julius, Mandel, Saranga)
  12. Blog-Eds. July-August Blog-Eds

STEALTH JIHAD USA

We seriously fought Salafist Islam from September 11, 2001 until a few days later when Pres. George Bush asserted Islam is a Peaceful Religion. Under Pres Obama, we've retrogressed even more. We are no longer not fighting Islam, we are aiding and abetting its mission to take over our country. Muslims with terrorist affinities are welcomed into the White House and our security agencies. Even though Muslims are responsible for most domestic terrorism, our security agencies are forbidden to spy on mosques, where most terrorist plots are initiated and developed. Muslims are allowed to pay elite universities to whitewash Islam and spread anti-semitism. K12 text-books portray Islam as peaceful. American courtrooms use Sharia law to try civil cases among Muslims; this guarantees that the mother in a divorce case will lose out. To write only incontrovertible facts about Islam's brutality doesn't shelter the author from criticism and harassment. Any criticism of Islam, factual or not, is considered islamophobic. Islamophilics have spent millions to make sure it as traumatizing as is being called a racist. And wot, I ask you, can be worse than that? Answer: being too squeamish to stop the Salafists from working to substitute Sharia law for the Constitution.


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THE AMERICAN CALIPHATE

by Jim Fletcher

Jim Fletcher reviews a new book by Michael Coffman and Kate Mathieson called Radical Islam At the Door In the House. It describes "how deeply radical Islam has penetrated not only the White House, but educational institutions, interfaith religious bodies, and with the introduction of Al-Jazeera, even media." It points out how the Islamic goal of turning America into an country ruled by Sharia has succeeded on many levels, from co-opting interfaith partners to do their bidding to making it alright for a cabdriver to refuse to take a seeing-eye dog in his cab because he considers dogs unclean. In many ways it underscores what factual blogs and books have warned for years: resurgent Islam is a well-funded, well-integrated, well-organized, dedicated movement to make Islam globally supreme. Perhaps this book will dissipate the benign haze through which the mainstream media and our own government have taught us to view Islamic infiltration.

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ERASING THE 'FACES OF GLOBAL TERRORISM'

by Arnold Ahlert

Respect for Muslim sensitivities triumphs over American security once again. Despite the long and unquestioned association of post offices and posters of criminals wanted by the FBI, Muslim terrorists require special handling. As Arnold Ahlert writes, "the FBI announced it will be pulling ads featuring wanted terrorists off Seattle-area buses. Muslims have complained the posters imply 'Muslims are the face of global terrorism.'" Taking down pictures of Muslim terrorists will not banish the fact that they are the face of global terrorism. "Sunni Muslims were responsible for 'about 70 percent' of the 12,533 terrorist murders committed in 2011." But the media much prefers focusing on White Supremacist terror — which accounted for 77 terrorist murders. As Ahlert points out, "Telling the truth about global jihad is becoming a riskier and riskier business." Speaking the truth about Muslim terrorists is no longer a God-given right. It is unacceptable when done by ordinary citizens. Radical Islamic ideology can not be criticized in polite society. And this non-speak is increasingly being reinforced by Government officials. What it doesn't stop is Islamic terrorism.

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OBAMA'S SNOOPING EXCLUDES MOSQUES, MISSED BOSTON BOMBERS

by Investors Business Daily

The Council on American Islamic Relations is an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holyland Foundation that supported Hamas. CAIR itself is a creation of the Muslim Brother (MB), for whom it acts as a front. It and other MB fronts are so well thought of by the Obama Administration that they were able to pressure the Government to purge its terrorist data bases so that Muslim and jihad are no longer linkable (see here and here). They also persuaded the Obama Administration to stop spying and carrying out sting operations at mosques. As this article reports, since October 2011, the Government has cut the FBI off from spying where most terrorist transactions take place: Islamic mosques. The NSA now controls an expensively guzzied up modern equivalent of J. Edgar Hoover's blackmail files on everyone. Rightwingers such as Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Prager don't like it but believe government invasion can save us from a terror attacks. Yet consider this: the majority of terror attacks are by Muslims. The radicalization of most Muslims takes place in or is initiated by people at mosques. And as this article tells us, mosques are where FBI agents are forbidden to snoop. So what good is the huge collection of NSA files, which can only tell you the complete history of everyone a particular person interacted with at particular times in particular places, what he bought, where he ate, what porno sites he visited, his thoughts, how he spends his leisure time, who his children hang out with, and so on and so on? Blackmail? Surely not. Our government officials would never stoop so low, would they?

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HATE FILLED, RACIST MANUAL FOUND IN AMERICAN MOSQUES

by Dave Gaubatz

Dave Gaubatz writes of a manual that is available in many Western mosques. It gives the lie to the notion that terror attacks in the West are perpetrated by individuals unaffiliated to major terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Rather, we should think of these individuals as they think of themselves — as Soldiers of Allah, acting "in full compliance with the Islamist movement in America." The manual provides budding terrorists with information on what to do and how to do it, should the FBI contact them or come after them.

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CAMPUS ANTI-ZIONISM IS WAR

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard Shulman writes of the inconsistency in American universities, where the school's administration allows hate-speech by anti-Zionist students — primarily Muslims and Marxists — by calling it free speech but allows anti-Zionists to harass Jewish students and prevent them from speaking freely or holding meetings. Anti-Zionism is a flimsy, easily-removed mask for demonizing Jews. Unfortunately there is no effective organized opposition. The BDS and other anti-Israel groups often set campus attitudes. "...most faculty members are not activists, except for those in the social studies departments, who are anti-Zionist. Anti-Zionist Jews speak out against Israel, while most of the rest are cowed or uninterested." Jewish Studies Programs are "scholarly and specialized;" they are not equipped to debate against groups that have been trained for years in disruptive tactics. Northeastern University (NU) is an egregious example of how pervasive Jew hate can be on campus. Shulman writes of some resistance that has developed to counter NU's campus anti-Semitism. NU's administration has been notified by ZOA that "schools receiving federal funding are required by the Civil Rights Act to ensure that hostility toward students of a particular religion must be remedied." But while Muslim activism has been full-blown at least since 2002, effective rebuttal is still in its early stages, politely pleading its case rather than making the colleges fear the consequences of not acting properly.

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THE TRAGEDY OF DETROIT: HOW IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURALISM DESTROYED IT

by Frosty Wooldridge

The great city of Detroit, the locus of America's auto industry, has gone bankrupt. John Hayward (see here) blames it on Detroit's "ruling class of politicians and union bosses [which] spent it into oblivion. Absurdly unsustainable pension plans created a towering mountain of unsustainable liability. The city treasury was looted for the benefit of officials and their very special friends, leaving municipal services at a Third World level. Taxes were raised, driving employers away. The auto industry collapsed under the weight of Big Labor's demands." In the current article Frosty Wooldridge adds an important reasons for Detroit's demise: the legal and illegal immigrants who swarmed into the city. They came for the generous freebies Detroit handed out but they had no intention of assimilating. Among them were a large number of illiterate immigrants from the Middle East, who took over neighborhoods where they imposed sharia law, while milking the welfare system. As Wooldridge writes, "Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life." Some say that bankrupt Detroit is a early version of what will happen to the debt-incurring Federal Government. There is of course a major difference — Detroit couldn't print funny money, which the Federal Government is happily doing.

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WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT? LOOK AT EUROPE

Daniel Greenfield has pointed out (see here) that Muslims are no longer an insignificant minority in Europe. Unlike the natives that don't have sufficient new births to sustain their numbers, Muslims have large number of babies and practice their religion to the hilt. Greenfield notes that "[i]n the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England" and a Egypt-style church burning have been reported from Sweden. Mohammed was the most popular baby name last year, ahead of Jack and Harry. In France, in this generation, more mosques have been built than Catholic churches and in southern France there are already more mosques than churches. Mohammed-Amine is the most popular double name, ahead of Jean-Baptiste, Pierre-Louis, Leo-Paul and Mohammed-Ali...In Belgium, 50 percent of newborns are Muslim and empty Belgian churches are being turned into mosques. The most popular baby name is Mohammed and of the top 7 baby names, 6 were Muslim. A quarter of Amsterdam, Marseilles and Rotterdam and a fifth of Stockholm is already Muslim. The most popular baby name in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague is... Mohammed."

Their domination in other fields has been equally spectacular. They commit crimes out of proportion to their numbers, including rapes and brutal murders. In 2013, Muslims committed all the rapes in Norway. A thousand rapes were reported in Stockholm, Sweden, in the 7 first months of 2013 alone. Some 30% of the victims were girls under 15. 85% of the rapists were not native. In England, Muslims have finally been convicted of running child prostitution rings. They soak up welfare benefits. In Denmark, they are 5% of the population, and receive 40% of the welfare benefits. In German, 80% of the Turkish immigrants are on the dole. In Britain, half the working age Muslim population isn't working; they also had the highest disability rates of any group. They aren't grateful; they feel it is their due that dhimmis support them. Muslims demand halal meat and they demand that schools serve no pork. Many schools and hospitals now serve only halal meat. They have reset school curricula; the holocaust is no longer taught.

As their numbers grow, Muslims have increasingly demanded Europeans conform to their life style and to Sharia law. Most European political and intellectual leaders have responded by caving in to Muslim demands and joining them in vocal anti-Semitism. Simple common sense suggests they should be uniting with Jews and Sikhs every one else who has been subjected to Muslim arrogance to fight the Islamic takeover of Europe. Instead, invoking the nobility of multiculturalism, they are passive as Islam takes control. When Muslims becomes sufficiently strong, multiculturalism will go out of style and uni-cultural Islam culture will dominate.


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LIVING IN A BACKWARDS WORLD

by David Solway

David Solway has observed that many conservative writers and thinkers have started describing the world we live in as "a world turned upside down" As a variant of Garrison Keillor's 'If you da-de-da, you might be a de-da-de', our world might be described as upside down where "anti-jihadist freedom fighters Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are forbidden entry to the U.K. as disturbers of public order and social peace while avowed terrorists are welcomed into the country and allowed to live handsomely on the public dole." Englishmen, once proud of their individualism and freedom, enforce "the borders of these shariah-controlled zones, applying the rules laid down by the Islamic inhabitants." It's a world where the al-Dura hoax is protected by French courts and Philippe Karsenty is found guilty of presenting evidence of the hoax. Descending to truly black humor, "Iran chairs the UN Conference on Disarmament and Syria was recently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee." But then the U.N. has been an indecent joke for many years. Meantime, the Religion of Peace is slowly killing off individual freedoms, civility and multicultural tolerance for other religions. It's even having a go at homousian-heteroousian warfare among its own Salafist sects.

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DUTCH ISLAMIC SCHOOL'S LIES AND THREATS OFFER BROADER LESSONS

by Abigail R. Esman

Abigail Esman writes of the Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school in Holland, where lying, cheating and stealing appear to be the norm for the administration, the students and their parents. Its directors used "subsidies earmarked for books and local educational school outings to take 200 students and their families ... to Mecca." After-school study groups were used to indoctrinate the children in radicalism and to reject assimilation. A group of its students stole "copies of the national final exam ... and were selling it over the Internet." Parents pressured teachers to pass failing students instead of flunking them. Esman suggests that self-inflicted illiteracy and refusal to assimilate have contributed to the high unemployment rate among Muslims in Holland. The take-home lesson from Ibn Ghaldoun is that "[t]he West must at last demand that its Muslim children be part of our cultural and moral fabric — starting in the classroom."

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BRITAIN: MUSLIM PRISON POPULATION UP 200%

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern points out that "[t]he rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts." Aside from underscoring that the Muslim population is not living up to the claim that they are productive citizens, there is the very serious problem "that British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization." There is an Islamic gang culture that controls the prison drug trade; there is forced conversion of prisoners who fear for their lives; there are al-Qaeda members who serve as role models for the younger inmates; there is the terrorizing of non-Muslim prisoners who don't conform because they eat pork or listen to Western music. As in the USA where radical imams are prison chaplains, little is being done in Britain to stop these practices.

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SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Like Geert Wilders who was tried in Holland for the crime of producing a documentary that used quotations from the Koran, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted in Austria for calling Mohammad a pedophile. In this essay she discusses European laws that "criminalize public incitement to 'hatred' against 'a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin'". Slander used to mean speaking or writing a malicious lie with intent to do someone harm. Now, European courts are free to redefine slander as Islam has always defined it in sharia law: slander is whatever is resented by a Muslim, whatever he feels harms him. Whether it is true or false is irrelevant. It can be a criminal offense in countries such as Austria, Sweden, Germany and Britain that don't have Constitutional protection for free speech. She makes the important observation that the Muslim Brotherhood "has been working assiduously since the 1970s to place members of its affiliated organizations in state, federal, and local government here in the United States, and within important transnational bodies and NGOs in the European Union." Under the guise of tolerance, anti-racism and diversity, they are redefining what can be written and spoken about Islamic practices and beliefs. In America, jihad and Islam were removed from the lexicon of FBI training manuals. In Europe, one can go to jail for criticizing Islam. She suggests some ways of fighting this insidious and dangerous trend.

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CELEBRATING FRENCH DHIMMITUDE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES

by Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer writes of a municipality in France, Roubaix, where the French administration actively contributes to the ascendancy of "Ilamo-leftism." It helps a "Palestinian charity that collected for Arab orphans; the money goes to children of suicide bombers. The town mosque is run by Salafists; there is a Muslim enclave, which is 'no-go' to non-Muslims. In sum, Roubaix is "a model of rank, shameless official dhimmitude. Roubaix has attained social harmony — if you want to call it that — by selling out completely to the proponents of sharia." What makes Roubaix a shining example of a world turned upside down is that the New York Times recently wrote about Roubaix and its disregard of French law and culture as if it were "some kind of triumph of multicultural concord." The Times reporter, Alissa Rubin, misinterpreted the many signs of Muslim control as indications that Roubaix "has made a point of embracing its Muslim population." Rubin praised Roubaix as "a role model for other French towns and cities" on how to live in harmony. Judging from how Roubaix succeeded, all it takes is to succumb completely to Islam's demands.

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ISLAMIC OUTREACH — THEIR TENTACLES ARE EVERYWHERE

Peaceful Islam. Let me count the ways:
Burning Christians in their churches in Egypt.
Shooting rockets at children walking to school in the morning in Israel.
Rebels eating the organs of someone they have just slaughtered in Syria.
Gang raping women in England and Sweden.
Setting explosives that amputate the feet of a young dancer in Boston.
Killing hostages in Russia and in China.
Detonating a bus full of tourists in Bulgaria.
There's no end to their peace-loving activities.
They fill the globe.


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JIHADISTS BOMBING THE BUDDHISTS

by Bill Warner

Apologists for Muslim savagery suggest "its victims as somehow deserving of the jihadist attacks... any Jews killed are payback for the purported Israeli persecution of the so-called Palestinians." This doesn't work when the victims are Buddhists, who are mostly pacifists. Apologists can't claim Buddhists have mistreated Muslims. Moreover, "Buddhism is the pet religion of the media, Leftists, Progressives and Liberals, and even those who are right of center find it hard to dislike Buddhism." Bill Warner speculates that the attacks on Buddhists might have negative consequences, making it more difficult to justify Islam's attacks on other religions. Some people might even rethink their defense of Islam's aggression.

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I WAS ONCE A SUDANESE SLAVE

by Simon Deng

Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, spoke at the U.N.'s Durban III Conference, which was held in NY in Sept. 2011. Although the Conference was called The Perils Of Global Intolerance, it was a continuation of the virulent anti-Israel lies and ugly distortions heard at the previous Durban conferences. In a remarkable action, Simon Deng spoke out against the real agenda of the Conference. He said:

"The people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis, but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel; we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred."

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EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS FACE UNPRECEDENTED REPRISALS FROM THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

by Daria Solovieva

Daria Solovieva describes some of the more recent attacks in Egypt on the Coptic Christians: looting, burning churches, harassing nuns, killing people. The "reason" this time was Morsi's ouster from the Presidency of Egypt. No one is suggesting the Copts were responsible for booting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood out of the government, but the Morsi supporters needed some way to show their anger, didn't they?

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JIHAD ELSENWHERE

by Olivier Guitta

The news about the internecine fights between different colorations of Jihad has concentrated on Egypt and Syria. But the action is much more wide spread. Olivier Guitta writes about what's happening elsenwhere, including Europe, where Hezbollah has encountered little resistance in raising funds from sympathizers and by selling drugs

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EUROPEAN UNION ATTACKS ON ISRAEL

The European Union (EU) has decided that henceforth its member states are to boycott the three-quarters of a million Israeli Jews living in Samaria, Judea, the Golan and the eastern part of Jerusalem. Yori Yanover wrote in The Jewish Press (July 16th, 2013, here.) that Ha'aretz reported that "the European Union has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria and in East Jerusalem. In addition, the directive requires that any future deal to be signed with Israel must include an item that determines that the settlements are not part of sovereign Israel and therefore are not part of the deal."

This is not a sudden change in policy. It is a blatant statement of EU practices that have developed over time. These demands are consistent with EU prejudices. As Guy Milliere (see here) points out, "For more than four decades, several European countries, and the European Union itself, have established close and compromising relationships with various regimes in the Arab world. They have become prisoners of what is called Europe's 'Arab Policy' — with full support for the 'Palestinian cause' and 'anti-Israeli' activities and movements, regardless of how thoroughly detrimental these might be to their own survival — as so presented by Bat Ye'or in her prophetic book, Eurabia, published in 2005."

The sanctions themselves may end up as more limited than feared. Or the EU might cherrypick what "illegalities" to ignore and which to be virtuous about. But it is important to realize the intent is to humiliate Israel. Every time Israel signs an agreement with a EU country, it will be agreeing that Jewish settlements are illegal, a statement that is contrary-to-fact, as several papers in this Section discuss. The more general problem is that EU has flat out rejected that Biblical Israel belongs to Israel. The EU has capriciously decided that Israel has no title to land that is Jewish legally, historical, Biblically and by right of conquest.

Many have noted the irony of how the EU ignores Arab terrorism while slamming Israel for imaginary or minor faults. Peter Martino (see here) writes: "The Muslim Brotherhood is embraced as a friend and partner of Europe, but Jewish sportsmen, artists and scientists are considered a dangerous threat to peace in the Middle East. The EU's policies towards Israel and the Jews has become so vicious, dishonest and unfair, that it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the EU is an anti-Semitic organization. The sooner the 'political wing' of this organization is dismantled, and the EU returns to its origin as a free trade organization, the better." Emmanuel Navon (see here) put it this way: "For the European Union (EU), labeling Hezbollah as a terrorist organization amounts to a tough philosophical question. But labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria as non-Israeli entails no such travails. While there is no question that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, defining Judea and Samaria as 'occupied territory' is debatable at best."

Moran Azulay (see here) wrote that PM Netanyahu announced that "Israel will not sign additional agreements with EU such as a scientific cooperation agreement, due to the expected EU limitations on the settlements." But this hasn't been followed up by specifics. Nevertheless there is no reason to put up with this treatment, even if the politicians aren't to be trusted. Pleas and polite letters are useless. But there are effective ways to respond.

Caroline Glick (see here) writes that the EU "hopes to coerce Israel into abandoning its legitimate historic claims as the indigenous people of the Land of Israel to the lands allocated to the Jewish people under international law by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. It hopes to coerce Israel into surrendering its right to defensible borders and voluntarily transform itself into an indefensible strategic basket case wholly dependent on the goodwill of outside powers for its survival." She makes three major suggestions:

  1. the Knesset pass a "law requiring all Israeli entities that agree to operate under the EU's funding guidelines to register as foreign agents and report all EU contributions." "Those contributions," she added, "should be taxed at the highest corporate tax rate."
  2. As 'Area C' is the area of Judea and Samaria where Israel exercises most civil and military authorities. Israel should suspend all EU projects in Area C. Future EU projects should be subject to intense scrutiny by the civil administration. Israel's default position should be to reject, rather than approve such requests, given their hostile intent."
  3. "EU peacekeeping forces from Gaza to Lebanon to Syria have repeatedly proven not only their cowardice, but their willingness to act in ways that endanger Israel in order to protect themselves. Israel should bar European forces from further participation in armed forces in Israel. To this end, Israel should allow the mandate of the European-dominated Temporary International Presence in Hebron to expire when it next comes up for review."

David Lev (See here) expands on (2) and suggests boycotting some major European Union projects that features Israel as a central partner and funder — slated to provide some 600 million euros. "Among them is an 80 billion euro project to clean up the Mediterranean by 2020. Horizon 2020 'aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution,' the EU said when the project was announced in 2011. Israeli green technology is a centerpiece of the project, with Israeli researchers providing numerous systems to remove pollution from the shores of Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, and northern African countries. At least some of the technologies Israel is contributing to the project were developed by companies and academic institutions located in Judea and Samaria and in areas of Jerusalem liberated in the Six Day War. Considering the financial crisis in many Mediterranean countries, Israel's funding for the project may be a major issue for the continuity of the project. According to the new EU rules, Israel will have to pledge not to supply any of that technology to the project — removing a good chunk of the technology contributions Israel was slated to make."

There has been a rash of suggestions on the internet on the proper response to the EU dictum.

Political Acts:

Media Material:

What individuals and companies can do on their own:

NOTE: See also the video "The Spring of Judea and Samaria, produced by Ezra Ridgley" here.


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THE EUROPEAN UNION — HYPOCRISY, HOSTILITY AND BLATANT PREJUDICE

by Amb. Alan Baker

In this article, Alan Baker lays out in succinct fashion why the EU's recent directive boycotting Jews living in Samaria and Judea is legally and politically flawed. The EU has ignored the legal documents encouraging these Jewish settlements by the international community and has based its condemnation of the settlements on inappropriate documents such as the Geneva Convention, which are not applicable. Baker points out that "[t]he repeated use by the EU of the term 'occupied Arab,' or 'Palestinian territories' to refer to the area of Judea and Samaria has no basis in law or fact." These conclusions were also part of a petition he drafted for the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, which was sent to the EU. The petition was signed by 1100 jurists, rabbis and diplomats around the world urging the EU to shelve its "legally flawed and incorrect assumptions regarding both the legality of Israel's settlements and the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel's border." (see here). As Nachi Eyal, director of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, has said: "The world needs to understand that there is a deliberate deception is being perpetrated [by the EU] and that Judea and Samaria belong to the Jewish people by their historic right as well as by law."

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THE BASELESS HATRED OF THE EU TOWARDS ISRAEL

by Melanie Phillips

This article is, in part, a companion article to Ambassador Baker's more general refutation of the European Union's "case" against the Jewish settlements. Melanie Phillips focuses on the San Remo Treaty, which reaffirmed that the land was historically the homeland of the Jewish people, and the Geneva Convention, which the EU misapplied. Phillips calls this "an act of malevolence" "But," she adds, "the fault in large measure surely lies with Israel. For although some may find this incomprehensible, Israel does not make to the world the one case that matters — why Israelis are fully entitled under international law to build their homes in these territories; and exactly how Britain, the EU and the UN have grossly misstated and misapplied that international law." After all, as a reader, Mladen Andrijasevic, asks, "Is it really so difficult to read the San Remo Treaty of 1920, Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate, the UN Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80 and Article 49 of the Geneva Convention and see that Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are legal under international law?" Phillips suggests reasons why Israel has been remiss. Her assessment needs to be taken seriously. And the situation corrected.

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"OCCUPIED TERRITORIES": WHAT ABOUT CYPRUS, KASHMIR, TIBET?

by Douglas Murray

As Douglas Murray writes, "The European Union (EU) has again decided that it should dictate Israeli border and security policy." In this essay, he focuses on a particular aspect of this decree: the EU's double standard in that the EU has not taken such a stand on other disputed borders in the world. He writes in particular of Cyprus, a member of the EU, where Turkey illegally annexed the northern area over forty years ago. Even if one doesn't accept Israel's ownership of the Territories, unlike Turkey, it clearly has security and political justification for maintaining control. Yet, while the EU plans economic and academic shunning of Israel, "the EU does not consider it imperative that Turkey should disengage from the illegal occupation of an EU member state." Curious.

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NY FEDERATION HAS ITS OWN BOYCOTT OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA

by Ron Jager

There's a split in the American Jewish community, in that while some 55% oppose a Palestinian Arab state, other Jews, including organizations such as the American Jewish Congress, which should understand the Palestinian Arabs have no intention of being a peaceful neighbor, continue to promote the Arab cause. Left-leaning Jews have been inventive and creative in doing PR — against Israel. They are major suppliers and vindicators of the BSD (Ban, Sanction, Divest) campaign against Israel. The European Union is reprehensible in ignoring all evil in the Middle East and picking on the one democratic state in all of that vast area: Israel. But, as Ron Jager asks: why do American Jewish groups refuse to help Jewish citizens of Israel who live in Samaria and Judea? As he writes, "If New York Federation-funded agencies can so blatantly boycott children who have lost their parents and siblings to terror, why should we be so surprised when the Europeans adopt a similar policy of boycotting Jews?" There is an addendum on an article by Bill Narvey called "Is The Boston JCRCB Jewish Leadership Really From Boston Or From Chelm?" that wonders how interfaith Jews can join forces with Muslim groups that hate Jews and want to kill them.

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ISRAEL AS A GULF STATE

by Malcolm Lowe

It seems particularly stupid for the EU to antagonize Israel just as Israel is about to develop its newly-discovered offshore deposits of natural gas. Nevertheless, in split-brain fashion, while the EU is crowing about its plans to humiliate Israel by forcing it to pretend settlements are illegal, another group of EU officials, ignoring EU's righteous convictions, is talking to Israel about linking "Israel's natural gas fields to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline." It is not surprising, as Malcolm Lowe writes, that "the EU took vehement exception to Special Rapporteur Richard Falk's most recent report, aka baseless diatribe against Israel." European politicos are suddenly denouncing boycotts. European officials are reassuring Israel the EU guide lines don't mean what they say, and even if they sound nasty, they are very limited in what they can achieve, and even if they are legal, some European countries (more aware or less ideological) have denounced them. Thanks to the Trade Unions, the Protestant Churches, an anti-Israel press and Arab money, 40% of the Europeans believe Israel "is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians," but the working stiffs in the European governments see it in their national interest to work with Israel. Who will win out: the EU or the EU? Perhaps Israel needs to ask the real EU to stand up and take responsibility for its actions. As an aside, I don't think Malcolm Lowe need worry that with its new riches Israel will behave like a primitive Gulf State. The behavior of Jews, even not very religious Jews, is anchored in the Torah, and not on the mouthing of a 7th century primitive.

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ISRAEL AGAINST ITSELF


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GIVING AWAY THE NEGEV

Compiled from articles by Smadar Bat Adam and by AFSI

The treatment by Israel of the Negev Bedouins is a prime example that no good deed shall go unpunished. Israeli has given them the medical support to keep their newborns alive. Bedouin infant medical problems are still high due to long-term cousins marriages but this program has been so successful, it is estimated the Bedouin population will double in 15 years. For at least a half century, Israel has been coaxing the impoverished Bedouins — native to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Jordan — to live in permanent housing so that the young can receive an education and join the modern world. This has been partially successful. Mandatory education has reduced illiteracy from 95% to 25% in a generation, but higher education is still not a priority goal in the community. The Bedouin have responded to freebies without responsibility by illegally building on state and private land in a sprawling destructive fashion, including taking over public land set aside for parks. Some 40% continued to live in illegal villages, not entitled to electricity, water or trash pick-up. The government will now try the Begin-Prawer 5-year economic development plan for the Negev Bedouins to clear up the issue of land ownership, improve the condition of Bedouin women and ease the Bedouins into Israeli society. It allocates most of its Negev budget to the Bedouins, rather than helping Jews settle the Negev.

Currently, a major problem is that many Bedouins have been radicalized and where once they saw themselves as separate from the Palestinian Arabs, now they identify with them, so their taking over the Negev means they will want to assign it to areas controlled by the PLO. In July many of them rioted because they would have to move off the land they held illegally in the Negev and Galilee. Are they being treated unfairly? Yes. Jewish settlers have their legal homes demolished with no compensation and there are no plans to build new Jewish towns in the Negev, but billions of shekels are earmarked for the Bedouins. They are given thousands of dunam of free land but also resist giving up their illegal buildings. As one reader said, "Israel is a topsy-turvy world, where incredibly Arabs who seek to destroy the state have more rights than the Jews...Amazing!" Another reader, Stop the Insanity!!!!!!!!!, writes, "Only in Israel are the enemy housed and legalized.The PA has a policy of no Jews in their hoped for state.Why O Why does Israel not respond in kind - No Arabs in the Jewish State.Jewish morality can be our worst enemy at times like this.To rid Israel of this 5th column the Arab population must be 'Encouraged' to join their brethren in the Arab countries. Any foolish agreement Israel concludes with the 'non nation' the palestinians must include their transfer to their own lands."

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Bedouin Riot with PLO flags (Beersheva, July 15, 2013. Flash 90)

MK Moshe Feiglin recently spelled out what the Israeli Government is doing: "You gave up on the Temple Mount, you gave up on construction in Jerusalem, you have abandoned the Jews in the eastern section of the city, you have frozen construction in Judea and Samaria, and now you've given away the Negev."

The current article discusses both what an Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) group saw as they traveled through the Negev and the implications of the Israeli Government caving to the Bedouin land-grab of the Negev.

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WHERE CRAZIES THRIVE

by Sarah Honig

Israel has been invaded by a slew of Africans, posing as refugees but actually looking for an easier life than in their native countries. Most are not qualified to work. They have taken over a part of Tel-Aviv, where, as Sarah Honig writes, "[n]umerous murders, robberies and violent rapes are routinely reported in the city's dark seamy underside. Doubtless, way more go unreported." The influx into Israel has mostly been stopped, but, mainly due to the flak from a Marxist press, little has done little to expel a clear and obvious danger to Israeli citizens. As Honig writes, the irony is that the same Left that that wants to kick Israeli citizens out of Biblical Israel, "eagerly espouses whatever weakens Israel — be it yielding territory to ever-implacable enemies, importing hostile Arabs, opposing legislation to reduce the danger of being overrun by would-be annihilators or even undermining efforts to deport illegal (often Muslim) Africans."

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ISRAEL IS LETTING ITS GUARD DOWN

by Mark Helprin

Amir Rapaport (see here) has written of the IDF's new priorities: "the attainment of intelligence superiority, development of knockout fire delivery capability, active defense systems, cyber warfare, and border protection systems, while the ground forces are to be downgraded in importance and priority." Typically, historians complain that Generals seem always to be fighting the last war. But in this case, paradoxically, some experts are concerned that Israel's embrace of innovative new techniques, many of which are robotic, are not suitable if the enemy continues to fight the last war. In this essay, Mark Helprin reports that Israel is preparing for asymmetrical wars such as those Hezbollah and Hamas fight, because its military leaders believe that ground wars with regular armies encountering each other in specific places are a thing of the past. Helprin points out that "[t]he fallacy of this course is ...[that] the Arab confrontation states have coalesced at unlikely times and in unlikely circumstances." Reinforcing this viewpoint, Professor Avi Kober (see here) has written of "the troop-density paradox," in which "low-intensity challenges actually require more troops than high-intensity ones." This would mean that whether the enemy is a seasoned guerrilla force or a regular army fighting openly, men and material are necessary. It seems the wrong time to give up tanks and trained ground troops.

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PLEASE NOT AGAIN: RELEASING TERRORISTS FOR 'PEACE'

by Prof. Louis René Beres

Much of the response to Israel's releasing barbaric murderers from jail just to get some illegal and recalcitrant Arabs to come sit and talk yet again, has rightfully been emotional: indignation and anger and demoralization. Demoralized is a very textured word. People become fearful, despondent, uncaring, distraught, terrified, logy, inert, paralyzed, jumpy. A demoralized populace is the very opposite of a citizenry invigorated and full of determination to act: ready for battle, squashing problems as they arise, working around current blocks. And, in this sense, the Netanyahu Gov't, which I respect for helping Israel out of its solipsist socialist inertia into a phenomenally creativity under capitalism, is demoralizing Israelis. In this essay Louis Beres writes of another aspect of the prisoner release. He points out that not only is releasing terrorists "indecent, it is also unlawful." Moreover, in promoting this, the U.S., in the person of Barack Obama, "will be in violation not only of international law, but also the law of the United States. This is because international law is already part of US law (the 'supreme law of the land') by virtue of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, and also by virtue of a number of landmark Supreme Court decisions." And the worst of it is that Israel, aside from losing its self-respect, will gain nothing but more wide-spread terrorism from this "good-will" gesture.

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RESTORING ISRAEL TO GREATNESS

by Jonathan Pollard

Many have commented on the bitter fact that the Obama Administration successfully pressured Israel to release terrorists who murdered defenseless civilians but has itself refused to release Jonathan Pollard, whose espionage jeopardized no lives yet has been treated worse than spies such as Aldrich Ames, who was directly responsible for the death of Americans. In this article, Jonathan Pollard doesn't speak of the cruel and unusual punishment he has suffered. He argues, instead, that Israel "has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world so befuddled by moral ambiguity that it is willing to dishonor its dead, betray its bereaved, and disgrace its citizens for the sake of political expediency." And the facts are with him.

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BATTERED COUNTRY SYNDROME

by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

In this essay, Rabbi Pruzansky compares Israel's irrational entering "into negotiations with an enemy sworn to its destruction, when any outcome of those negotiations will redound to its detriment" to the battered wife who can no longer make rational assessments. "Just like the battered-wife blames herself for the violence, thinks she can improve the situation by making unilateral changes, lacks self-esteem, and therefore endures the violence, injury, emotional and verbal abuse and degradation that is her fate — so too Israel. ... Only a country that lacks self-esteem willingly surrenders its land to its enemies..." A reader, Phil, commented, "No argument with any of your statements, but if Israel had leaders who would answer the diplomats pressuring Israel by declaring firmly that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish Nation, and not one inch of it is negotiable, I think the pressure would eventually fade, as its futility became apparent. Peace negotiations? Sure. Land negotiations? Never. Not one inch. In this regard, Israel's leaders are indeed to blame, for suggesting that Israel will give up anything for even the chance to talk about peace."

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THE ENEMY AGENDA AND ISRAEL'S RULING INTELLIGENSIA

by Zvi November

Zvi November writes that Israel's leaders do not appear to have the smarts "to explain her legitimate rights, the justice of her cause and rebut the outright lies Arabs have succeeded in spreading worldwide." When they should assert sovereignty over the Territories, they waffle and use loser terms such as "disputed territories." They ignore simple truths that would allow them to set the terms of the discussion; e.g., assert that it is time for transfer the local Arabs to Jordon, which sits on land originally set aside for the Jews and has a Palestinian Arab majority.

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FAUX PEACE TREATIES, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE TERRITORIES

Some of the articles in this section capture the irrational loathing the world has been conditioned to feel towards the Jews who live in Samaria and Judea, which is Biblical Israel. (It's called the West Bank by those that pretend that there is no connection between the Jews and their ancient homeland.) The Jews living in towns in Samaria and Judea aren't demonized just by outsiders. They have become the Jews of the Jews and the designated victims of the police and judiciary, who don't put a foot wrong when it comes to actual criminals who are Arab.

They do this, despite the fact there are now many articles available that present factual evidence on how the League of Nations divided the Middle Eastern territory of the Ottoman Empire after it was defeated in World War 1. The Balfour Declaration, the San Remo treaties, and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine reaffirmed that the ownership of Mandated Palestine belongs ONLY to the Jews, just as other Mandates written at the same time created many of the present-day Arab states. (Read an excellent summary here. and google the many articles in Think-Israel on Israel's legal ownership of Samaria, Judea, Gaza and the Golan. See also the Section on the Levy Report in the September 2012 issue here and the video "The Identify Of The Land" here.) Despite the clear evidence, sequential Israeli Governments have not claimed the land to which they have clear and unique title. It is unconscionable that Israel does not assert its legal, historic, Biblical and conquest rights, but passively allows the false assertions that the "Palestinians" own the land to persist. By their actions, Israeli leaders are following in the footsteps of the Europeans, particularly the Brits, who took up themselves the trust to help the Jews develop the means to reinstate their homeland, and instead, did all in their power to prevent the creation of a Jewish state.

Dror Eydar ( August 4, 2013, here) calls for a positive and persistent action. As he put it:

"Every diplomatic statement, press conference and political speech needs to emphasize, first and foremost, the historical, religious and moral rights of the Jews to their land. Mr. President of the United States of America, do you believe in the Bible? Do you believe in the promise of this land to the Jewish people? Almost 2,000 years before Islam came to this world, when the forefathers of MKs Zahalka and Tibi were worshipping idols in the Hijaz desert, our own forefathers were walking here and beginning to practice monotheism.

"One thousand six hundred years before Islam, we had a kingdom and Temple in Jerusalem. Twice we were destroyed and exiled, and twice we came back home. Four hundred years before the advent of Islam, the Romans changed the name of Judea to Palestine, after the coastal nation known as the Philistines, who had disappeared hundreds of years previously. The Romans sought to erase the connection between the Jews and their land. Now Arabs of the region call themselves Palestinians and say, 'We were here before you.' This lie must be exposed at every opportunity. Telling this truth is also our chance at achieving true peace."

What is as appalling is that Jews are not allowed to pray freely on their most sacred place, the Temple Mount. It is a morbid example of black irony. Anywhere else in the world (except in Judenfrei Arab countries, there would be an outcry, but here in the country of the Jews, Jews aren't allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, but Arabs may pray, play soccer and come and go freely. The Government is paralyzed for fear the Arabs will riot, and the global media will as usual condemn Israel. Clearly it is necessary to take the guardianship of Jewish holy places away from the Waqf and return it to the Jews. Israel might as well do it right. The world will scream just as loud at half measures or cosmetic changes. More generally, a proper solution, well stated by Alexis Worlock, ("My Answer To Jews Who Oppose Deportation Of The Enemies Of Israel" Facebook, July 12, 2013) is this:

"I'm offended by the sick double standard under which some Jews allow atrocities and outrages to be perpetrated against fellow Jews; and are willing to go so far as to say it's fine for Israel to uproot entire Jewish communities, some after 3 generations, including destroying not only homes and livelihoods but close, lifelong community relationships; destroy farms and greenhouses and synagogues; disinter remains from cemeteries...forcefully enter homes and carry out screaming children...[In August, 2005 — bsl] And all this, in response to these people having done NOTHING WRONG. On the contrary--the Jews of Gaza, who had built with their own hands beautiful, productive, close-knit communities, were evicted ONLY due to the genocidal hatred, acted out in violence, of THEIR NEIGHBORS--the ones who were allowed to remain in Gaza and are given immense financial assistance from Israel and the rest of the world! And once the Jews were forcibly removed from Gaza, it immediately became a launching pad for kidnapping, constant rocket attacks on civilians in Israel proper, and unspeakable acts of terror against any Jews that came within reach, and when they could no longer find Jews, against other Arab Gazans.

"So, when it comes to allowing outrages against fellow Jews...even when it comes to forcibly uprooting innocent and productive Jewish families...the voices of 'Jewish conscience' are oddly silent. But when one suggest that, rather than the innocent Jewish victims of genocidal hate, but the PERPETRATORS be uprooted — suddenly there are all kinds of cries of conscience. Jewish laws of 'kindness and compassion' are suddenly invoked. I'll quote you a Jewish law of kindness and compassion, from the Talmud: 'He who is compassionate to the cruel, winds up being cruel to the compassionate.' [...] The Nazis of today are suddenly presented as the "victims"! Because--while they are trying to massacre every last Jew from the face of the earth, for no crime except the fact of being Jewish... My relatives who were victims of the Holocaust would have loved, would have fallen on their knees in gratitude, to have had the possibility of being merely deported, instead of the unspeakable horrors that were actually done to them."]

To claim Israel's own property as Israeli is apparently a fearful act for the politicians, who don't seem to understand how it would free them from the periodic wastes of time spent negotiating peace with Arabs, who want to see the Jewish state destroyed; they don't want to create a state of their own.

Without Israel's strong assertion that she will not consider a give-away of Biblical Israel, John Kerry, the USA Secretary of State has been free to perform his own version of the Kerry Dance, where he plays the pipes while Abbas calls the tune. A serious question is whether the Peace Process is just stupid or malicious? Are we being danced around because the entire Obama administration has a limited repertoire of ideas and methods or is this just the latest resurrection of a decayed idea that haters of Israel have relied on to destroy the Jewish State? It is possible that the Obama administration is blackmailing Netanyahu — their Chicago-based method of operation is to blackmail or bribe or demonize. Integrity means nothing. Their objective is to further their aims. It may be that Netanyahu believes Israel needs a political settlement to survive. As Evelyn Gordon wisely said, "Once a prime minister convinces himself that the country's very survival depends on an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, the inexorable consequence is that almost no concession is too high to pay for a deal, or even for the faintest chance of one" (see here). It may be that Netanyahu is acting absurdly stupid because his overriding concern is defeating Iran before she drops — or threatens to drop — a bomb, and the USA administration has threatened to block him UNLESS he agrees to whatever nastiness the USA encouraged by Abbas can dream up, he's likely wasting precious time. Given Obama's previous history, he'll string the Israelis along and eventually default on his promises. If he's out to help kill off Israel, he's not going to do anything to help Israel bomb Iran, not matter what he promises and no matter how many terrorists Israel releases.

See also this prescription for an Isaiah State rather than a Pariah State. It is called "An Isaiah State Light To Nations" and features an interview with HaRav David Bar-Hayim entitled "Terrorists for Peace (Talks)."


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A HISTORY OF BETRAYAL OF THE JEWISH STATE BY THE BRITISH, FRENCH AND THE US

by Alex Rose

When the Allies won the first World War, the vast Middle East portion of the Ottoman Empire was divided by a set of Mandates into what would be a single Jewish state and many of the current Arab states. The Mandate for the establishment of the Jewish State was an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. It was unique in that it was considered a reattachment of the Jews to their homeland. In this way, it differed from the the Arab states, where boundaries were drawn for geographic convenience rather than historic connection. As Alex Rose writes, the British betrayed their trust, and indeed, overtly helped the Arabs by allowing them open immigration, supplying them with arms and adding 80% of the Mandate land to the already enormous area gifted to the Arabs, while they closed Palestine to the Jews who in the 1930's and 1940's were fleeing from the Nazis. Just as in Israel currently, when the Arabs were displeased, they threatened mayhem and the authorities would exclude Jews from their property. The attitude and activities of the French and the US administrations over the years have been more sympathetic to the Arab demands than to the Jewish State, which, despite all, has succeeded in providing a good life and freedom for its citizens, an amazing accomplishment in a region suffering from the twin afflictions of rigidity and chaos.

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IT'S TIME TO JUNK OSLO

by Ron Lipsman

The new "peace" negotiations might be useful, were they to raise the return of Pollard as the price of releasing arab monster. Raising the issue of the return of Jewish property in the Arab countries or suitable compensation would be useful. After all the Arab invaders of the newly-created State of Israel created two sets of refugees. One, Jewish, was absorbed as fully empowered citizens of Israel, the other, Arab, was useful as the face of Arab "suffering" and seemed to have hit the jackpot in that our tax dollars have helped pay for their free food, education, medical care and housing. They didn't use their leisure time to create the infrastructure of a state but moldered in welfare status, with little incentive to work for a living and act independently. Ronald Lipsman reviews the sorry history of the Oslo Accords and the damage the agreement has done to Israel. He concludes that it is "time for Israeli leaders— indeed, for the whole nation — to recognize the futility of Oslo, declare it a dead letter, and pursue a completely different path. It is time for Israelis to recognize reality, stop acting like they lost all the wars that they have won, and initiate a new strategy." The fault for the Oslo failure and the initiative for success lies not with Israel but with the Arabs, who continue to dream of destroying Israel.

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SO THE WORLD IS AGAINST US

by Sarah Honig

To hear even many of the people who are friendly towards Israel, the Jewish settlements in Samaria and Judea are a singular shiny large-caret jewel radiating Israeli malevolence and needing no context and no factual explanation to arouse international anger. 'Jewish settlements are evil' is a mantra Jew-haters have succeeded in having added to the world's unquestioned set of incorrect beliefs. Ask people why these settlements are evil. It is so obvious to them, they are surprised you ask. Nevertheless, factually, by international law Jewish settlements in the Territories are to be encouraged and helped to develop. (Google San Remo Treaties and UN charter and view 'Gauthier On Jerusalem' here. Google "Think-Israel.org" for additional articles.)

Yet they are automatically rejected as a sign of Jewish unwarranted expansionism, but "Palestinian" Arab settlements that are indeed illegal invasion, constructed by a phony people claiming a country that never was, are acceptable. If the no-longer legal President of the PA. Mahmoud Abbas, can bluff his way into acquiring most of Samaria and Judea and Eastern Jerusalem, this would mean kicking out three-quarters of a million Jews from their homes because Abbas is not willing to have a single Jew on Arab turf. That is considered reasonable but let the Jews talk of exporting the Arabs to a place of their own in the vast lands bestowed on the Arab States, and the world screams in horror. In this essay, Sarah Honig suggests a non-trivial reason why this is so: it is the ancient refusal to accept a viable Jewish state where Jews can live as Jews.

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I AM THE REASON THERE IS NO WORLD PEACE

by Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell is the mother of Kobi Mandell, who skipped school to take a hike with his friend. They were beaten to death by Palestinian Arabs who then smeared their blood over the walls of the cave where they were found. In this essay, she makes clear the discrepancy between the fantasy that the Jews living in the Territories are the reason that there is no peace in the Middle East and the actuality, i.e., that their religious beliefs do not allow the Arabs to come to terms with a Jewish State, no matter what its size.

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'THEY SHOCKED HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN'

by Elad Benari

Elad Benari tells the story of Boaz Albert, a wine maker living in Samaria, who understands that Israel must reclaim its land, not give it away. This is not the operational agenda of successive Israeli administrations, who continue to act as if peace will blossom if only they give away another piece of tiny Israel. He has been harassed and even subjected to a taser attack by the authorities, who would never subject an Arab terrorist to such arbitrary treatment. In an Addendum, Boaz Albert explains why he must defy the authorities.

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GIVING UP THE TEMPLE MOUNT?

by Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut writes about the significance of the Temple Mount for Jews and for Christians. When the Jews reclaimed the Temple Mount in 1967, they stupidly allowed the Arabs to retain control of it. The Arab have taken advantage of the government's fear that Arabs will riot. More and more, with the Government compliance, they block Jewish access to the Temple Mount. Jews are frequently and capriciously banned from the Mount and they are never allowed to pray there. Jews who violate the odious restrictions on their rights to their Holiest Site in their Holiest City of Jerusalem are subject to arrest. Meantime, the Arabs destroy artifacts from previous Temple times to eradicate the ancient and continuous connection of Jews and the Temple Mount. As Plaut says, "the entire legal status quo for the Temple Mount, under which Israel relinquishes control to the Muslim religious authorities, serves as yet another reminder that Jewish self-abasement and cowardice do not win Israel any tolerance or goodwill. The time has come for Israel to make it clear that it will no longer seek peace via gestures of debasement of Jewish dignity nor by auto-suppression of the legitimate religious rights of Jews."

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SPECIAL REPORT: VIOLATION OF JEWISH RIGHTS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT

by Michael Fuah

This is a concise and precise report prepared by Michael Fuah on the shoddy treatment of Jews who are not allowed by the Israeli Government to access their most holy site. As unbelievable as it sounds, it is a fact that "Jews are barred from entry for weeks on end when demanded by Muslim clerics; that Jews are not permitted to pray, in any manner or form, even in a murmur; that Jews are not permitted to carry prayer books or any books of a religious nature; Jews are not permitted to bow or prostrate themselves; Jews are not permitted access throughout the day; Jews are not permitted to study text; Jews are not permitted to linger," while Arabs have full access to the Jewish Temple Mount. Arabs can pray there, have picnics and play soccer without restriction.

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IMPOSSIBILITY OF A TWO STATE SOLUTION

by Warren Manison

Every American administration in recent years that ran into political problems confirmed by low approval rates had an out. They promoted a major distraction that looked like a legacy-sized mission: let's make peace between the Arabs and the Jews. As Haim Shine (see here) points out, "In practice, that meant Israel conceded material benefits to the Arabs while losing self-respect and self-confidence. And making itself more an easy target for the growing Arab violence." Even if the brokers were honorable, even if Israel were to make itself into a basket case for peace — which she has seemed on occasion to be willing to do — and even if the Arabs, including its current spokesman Mahmoud Abbas, the quasi head of the Palestinian Authority, had not declared that the Arabs intend, sooner or later, to eradicate Israel, Warren Manison in this article tells us why the fantasy of two states, one Arab, one Jewish, living side by side in peace (or one inside the other, or one on both sides of the other) is an impossibility.

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THE PERNICIOUS PRICE OF CAPITULATION

by Chloe Valdary

Chloe Valdary writes that America upholds its good name and foundation principles. "[It] realizes that when it comes to its own self-interests, negotiating for peace with those who seek, indeed, live, to see their destruction, is a futile mission." Yet she pressures her most reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel — who also lives by high moral standards — to denigrate her sovereignty by making suicidal concessions to those who work to destroy her. As Valdary says, "It is not Israel's responsibility to convince the leaders of Western civilization to uphold its own standards of justice and truth, nor is it Israel's responsibility to be made to endure a trial and error process of being the 'better, naive' person, which as precedent has shown has only brought death and destruction." "[T]he idea which Israel must aspire to, indeed the idea upon which it was founded, is the national sovereignty of its own people and their right to live in their ancient homeland." Amen to that.

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ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY

This set of essays asks whether Islam, whose ideology advocates aggressive means to dominate over all other religions, rejects any criticism of Islam and treats women and minority groups as chattel or, at best, as dhimmis, is potentially compatible with democratic practices, which encourage inter-group tolerance and freedom for individuals to make their own decisions.


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ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY

by Bernice Lipkin

Despite all evidence to the contrary, "[t]here is an unshakable belief in many a Western heart that all humanity hungers after democracy." These optimists see the budding of democracy in the Middle East in the flimsiest of evidence. And yet, as Bernice Lipkin suggests, it may be that "the question whether Islam and democracy are compatible has already been answered. "Consider that the State of Israel has for over sixty years been conducting an unplanned field experiment in social relations. There is a large group of Arabs now living in Israel. Unlike so many of the Arabs in the rest of the Middle East who are illiterate, diseased and live in abject poverty, they receive higher education and health care as do all other Israeli citizens. They are given welfare for their large families ...They live in a country where living among others with different life styles without rioting is the norm. They walk without fear in public parks and gardens yet — except for shop keepers — they object when Jews tread on their turf, or what they claim as theirs, often resorting to violent attacks and murder to make their attitude clear." How much more evidence is necessary?

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HAS THE "PALESTINIAN CAUSE" BEEN DEMOTED IN THE HIGHER COUNSELS OF THE ARAB WORLD?

by Paul Merkley

The leaders of the Arab world have never encouraged the practice of democracy in their own land or in ours. They have emphasized submission to Allah and striven to eliminate Israel, which they perceive as a major block to their ambitions. In this essay, Paul Merkley points out that the global animosity to Zionism has been in large part the product of an expensive and long-term campaign the wealthier Arab leaders have waged militarily and through various educational and media conduits. It has no basis in history, but there is wide-spread and unquestioned belief that the Palestinian Arabs are an independent people, indigenous to Israel and the Territories; and the Jews stole their land. Now the Arab leaders are themselves in jeopardy and have a more important concern — their own survival amidst the chaos of civil wars and the overt theological war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. I find it of interest that, although there is some talk about expanding participatory government, the major response to the chaos has been to bind the populace even more strictly to Islamic fundamentalism or to secular dictatorship, not to democracy. The good news is that "the issue of Palestine has, at least for the time being, lost its priority among the Arab governing classes. Paradoxically, 'the 'Palestine cause' is growing in potency ... among opinion elites and progressive activists in our part of the world." Why, with all the many critical and interactive problems in the Middle East that are time-sensitive and have a direct impact on America economically and politically, has the American administration chosen to devote its energies to the "peace process", which has been sitting on the sidelines for some time now?

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THE MOSQUE: CENTER OF RELIGION, POLITICS AND DOMINANCE

Clare M. Lopez

The Sunni and the Shia branches of Islam have been arguing theologically and often by open warfare since Mohammad's death about which one should head Islam. Inevitably, one or the other attacks a mosque important to the other side. As Clare Lopez points out, both groups are committed to a rigid authoritarianism, and because there is no possibility of either side backing down, there can only be an endless cycle of coup and retaliation. This is not about winning an abstract point of theology. Each side is aware that whichever side wins will, as Lopez puts it, "unleash holy genocide on every other group not aligned with it...There is no such thing as a 'win-win' concept in Islam." Even in Egypt, "[t]he foundational building blocks of civil society—individual liberty, freedom of belief and speech, genuine universal equality before the law, citizens' participation in their own governance that goes beyond a mere ballot box exercise—are simply not there and cannot develop there as long as so many in Egypt remain in thrall to Islamic law (shariah), to which such concepts are anathema." The mosque in the future will continue as it has since the first mosque in Medina as a political center. Mosques serve as "the central structure in an Islamic society: it is a gathering place, place of worship, and a place for teaching Islamic doctrine—but also a base of operations, military operations, the command and control hub for the commanders of the Islamic armies to plan their next offensives in the incessant wars of conquest." So like obituaries, journalists could compose articles now on mosques destroyed in the future, leaving space to inject the name and history of the specific mosque. The article will not go to waste.

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CAN ISLAM BE REFORMED? A RESPONSE ESSAY TO DANIEL PIPES

by Nikolaas de Jong

Nikolaas de Jong points out "democracy and rule of law have hardly taken root in the rest of the non-western countries," so it is surprising that scholars such as Daniel Pipes assume incorrectly that the current Middle East revolutions are similar to or will have the same outcomes as those that took place in the West. There are essential differences in Islamic and Western cultures that shouldn't be papered over. de Jong quotes Professor David Bukay, who has described Islam as a "tribal collective." As such, it "concentrates on the distinction between Muslims and 'the others', which is characteristic of all tribal peoples." "There are no human rights, no human dignity outside the tribe, and the only goal its members know is the expansion and prolongation of the tribe...In Islam, there are no concept of universal ethics." Only fellow Muslims are treated with respect. "Islam is a unique phenomenon in world history: it is a tribe of civilizational proportions, and its viciousness is to be explained by the tribal mentality that still utterly dominates its adherents." Islamism is not an aberration in Islam; secularism was and is; "a really secular and democratic strain of thought of course never actually developed within Islamic intellectual circles." The prognosis for Islam ever acquiring modern civilized mores is poor.

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BEGIN ON SATURDAY, FINISH ON SUNDAY

by Ali Salim

Ali Salim writes that things have soured since the heady days of the Arab Spring and the Middle East is again lagging behind the rest of the world "in social, economic and technological progress." Naturally, it can't be their fault, so they are asking who is responsible. The Saturday people, the Jews, are an obvious choice to blame just as they have been from Mohammed's time on. The Sunday people, Christians, are hated because they were the Crusaders, and "became the hated European imperialists and the hated colonialists," who made the Muslims feel inferior. The imams in the mosques complete the circle, "claiming that Islam's real enemies are the Christians, manipulated by the Jews who control them." They have also been successful in convincing many Western Christians that if they solve the Palestinian problem, "the entire Middle East will metamorphose into paradise and blossom, and everyone will live in harmony forever." "The radical leaders of political Islam ... do not trumpet their plan to take over the world and rule it as Allah's chosen people; instead, they recruit eager agents among the Christians to make life miserable for the Jews." They also recruit Muslims at home and in the West, who, "[d]ispatched by their imams, go on rampages of slaughter and bloodshed in the name of Allah." Salim warns that "the West's ... refusal to listen to and believe what the political Islamist leadership openly says — and its refusal to defend itself — will lead to catastrophe." "The Jews do not fear to show their determination and willingness to fight a life-and-death battle for their continued existence; it is that determination which has made the Islamists avoid confronting them for the present and target the Christians instead." He calls on America to "give up its dreams of a democratic happy ending for the Middle East and start looking reality in the face."

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SOME GENERALITIES ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

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THE SHAWARMA REPUBLICS ARE BURNING

by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield points out that since Mohammed's time, the Muslims haven't just conquered other civilizations, they have destroyed the histories and religions and ways of life of these non-Muslims. But this hasn't led to cohesion. Instead Muslim armies "quickly turned on each other. Edward Cline said of this essay, "It goes far in defining the reason why the Middle East, or at least the Muslim part of it, will always be in bloody turmoil." Greenfield responded that Lawrence Auster at View from the Right has an interesting take on this essay: "Islam cannot develop stable, reasonably humane societies because Islam consists of crushing everything but itself. From the beginning, the victory of Islam has meant the suppression of the culture, ethnicity, religion, and all other traditions of the Islamized country. The whole Islamic world thus consists of suppressed cultures/peoples struggling to live within the stranglehold of Islam. The only way this will-to-life can express itself is through eternal civil war against other cultures/peoples. Whichever group emerges victorious becomes the oppressor, using the fist of Islam to keep down all other groups."

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ARAB SPRING: MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

by Abdulateef Al-Muhlim

In an earlier article (see here), Abdulateef Al-Muhlim wrote, "The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people." In this essay, Al-Mulhim examines why the Arab Spring didn't lead to the betterment of people's lives but to increased hatred between groups in the Arab world and to Arab governments killing their own people.

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THE SIMMERING RIVALRY BETWEEN QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA

by Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero

Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero write about Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two countries in the Middle East that have much in common: they are both vastly wealthy; they both believe that Islam should rule the world and everyone should follow Sharia practices; they both give huge amounts of money to promote their ideology. They should be the best of friends, but they aren't. The Saudis had a bitter separation from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who had previously often supplied the people skills to implement many a Saudi propaganda project. Qatar then began sponsoring MB, which angered the Saudis. They both support the Syrian 'rebels', but associate with different terrorist groups within the confederacy. In several countries in the Middle East, they spar for power and dominance, while working for common goals.

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THE SUNNI DIVIDE

by Harold Rhode

Harold Rhode writes of the issues that divide the Sunnis fighting against the Assad government and why Russia and China have chosen to help him. Rhode notes that the various groups of "Arabic-speaking Sunnis may loathe Syria's Assad, but they also hate and kill each other. Qatar and Saudi Arabia [both Wahhabi fundamentalists and both supporting the "rebels"] passionately hate each other and support different groups within the Islamic opposition groups in Syria. The Qataris, along with the now only nominally secular Turkish Republic, support the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis support Salafi fundamentalists." Though they may disagree on the nature of the future Caliphate, the vast majority of non-fundamentalists still believe that Sunni Islam must rule and all others must know their place inferior to the Sunnis. Rhode suggests that because there is more of them, "Sunni fundamentalism, in the end, is much more dangerous than Shi'ite fundamentalism, because about 85% of the world's approximately 1.4 billion Muslims are Sunni." Maybe we in the West should just get tickets for a different ballgame.

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THE BROTHERHOOD'S CURRENCY OF BLOOD

Daniel Greenfield

President Obama, with consistently poor intuition and bad taste, has backed the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt's civil war, despite the fact that when the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate, Morsi, became president, his goal was to enforce Sharia law by any means rather than worrying that much of Egypt's population lives on the edge of starvation. Morsi's notion of statesmanship was to rid himself of all who had opposed the MB. Fundamentally, the Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, pursuing its objectives through any and all means. "In or out of power, the Brotherhood is murderous, intolerant and ruthlessly bent on absolute power." In this article, Daniel Greenfield uses the activities and attitudes of the MB to expand our understanding of what Muslim terrorist outfits are all about.

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SYRIA AND EGYPT

THIS SECTION FOCUSES ON SYRIA AND EGYPT, THE CURRENT ATTENTION GRABBERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

ARE WE GOING INTO SYRIA?

We seem confronted with the strong possibility that we're about to enter the deep and turbulent waters of another war. We might be going into Syria, after having been fed reasons so clumsy as to make conspiracy theorists of us all.

The object of our opprobrium is the Syrian government, which is in the stocks, accused of using nerve gas on its own citizens. I'm not sure if the gravamen is that it used nerve gas or that it used it on its own people. From all reports, we don't actually plan to get rid of the tons of poison gas, which can only be accessed by troops on the ground. And we have no plans to send in ground forces.

The Government and its media have us boxed in an information vacuum, where we get more reassurances than information, where we are told that the Syrian Government's gassing a couple of hundred civilians with neurotoxic gas is evil — and it is — but we are to ignore that the other side, the Syrian Al-Qaeda rebels, held up a bus and decapitated every one of the passengers, including a four week old infant. Admittedly, endangering American soldiers to help Al-Qaeda take over Syria makes me want to barf.

So why are we going into Syria? Because everyone else has tickets for the show? Not good enough. To send them a message? I firmly believe that if you want to send a message, use Western Union. Or a social network. If we are going into Syria to save Prez Obama's credibility, it's way too late for that. If we are going in to show the Alewites the proper way to murder children, we've already done that demo in Waco. All we have to do is send them some of the Waco Texas videos.

Maybe we just want to even out the playing field. In the last few weeks, the mostly Al-Qaeda splinter groups and other Salafists that make up the rebel forces have splintered and are squabbling among themselves, while still doing their thing — decapitation, mutilation and gorging on human organs. So it behooves us to weaken Bashar al-Assad's gang to level things out a bit. If Prez Obama could keep from pulling yet another Snowden and keep his big mouth shut about Israel's tactical plans, maybe Israel could use its pinpoint weapons to take out some of the weaponry the international community condemns.

If we actually want to stop Syria, should we not be in Iran, destroying the much more dangerous nuclear devices Iran is working on? Syria, without Iranian support, wouldn't last long. Otherwise, it does appear we are going into Syria for reasons of honor and celebrity spotlighting, with no effective plan except to kill some Syrians. No exit plan. Not even a Plan A and a half. If other countries, Russia for example, with their own game plans see this as an opportunity to make us waste our young soldiers and expensive high-tech weaponry, it might end up making the Vietnam debacle look like a wise, well-thought out military excursion.

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IS EGYPT ON A SEESAW, FLIPPING BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?

The nasty Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is fighting the nasty Egyptian military. Who are the bad guys? Thanks to the NY Times we know: it's — are you ready for this? — the Jooz. The headline in the NYT reads Ny Times Blames Israel And AIPAC For Prolonging Egypt's Agony (see here). So what did the Jooz do to create the turbulence in Egypt? They lobbied the American Congress. And it's also what they didn't do. It seems that the Israeli "military had close ties to General Sisi from his former post as head of military intelligence, were supporting the (military) takeover as well. Western diplomats say that General Sisi and his circle appeared to be in heavy communication with Israeli colleagues, and the diplomats believed the Israelis were also undercutting the Western message by reassuring the Egyptians not to worry about American threats to cut off aid." The Jooz, who haven't shown enough gumption to just say NO to Obama wanting them to give Biblical Israel to Abbas, an Arab who has no official position and is "acting" as PM four years after his term of office ended, control the American Congress. Wow. Who knew! And when it's Morsi vs the Military, according to the NYT, Morsi and MB are the good guys. I'll bet you thought the news media was corrupt only when writing about Israel.

In this set we present different opinions on the army takeover. It was probably the right thing to do to get rid of Morsi who was turning Egypt into a state completely dominated by sharia law. BUT it is unlikely to be a turning point to democracy. Fundamentally, the military wants what the MB wants, in perhaps an attenuated manner. But the reality is a totally overwhelmed populace, with an inadequate supply of grain and an unemployment rate that's even worse than ours. So the likelihood is that, sooner or later, unless Egypt regains some stability, the people will turn against this government. My guess is that we may see seesaw cycles, the surge toward believing in MB toggling with believing in military-style efficiency, until some complete crash.


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LET ALLAH SORT IT OUT

by Sarah Palin

This article is taken from Sarah Palin's Facebook comments on Syria and was posted by Dr. Eowyn, who wrote, "Palin's essay is the best, most intelligent, and most sensible I've seen on the alleged Syrian chemical attack, which Obama — who has done nothing but lie, and lie, and lie to the American people — claims to have been launched by the Syrian government."

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IN SYRIA, AMERICA LOSES IF EITHER SIDE WINS

by Edward N. Luttwak

To put it bluntly, as Edward Luttwak does, "At this point, a prolonged stalemate is the only outcome that would not be damaging to American interests." "Iranian money, weapons and operatives and Hezbollah troops have become key factors in the fighting," So an al-Assad regime victory would increase Iranian and Hezbollah prestige, "posing a direct threat both to the Sunni Arab states and to Israel." "But a rebel victory would also be extremely dangerous for the United States and for many of its allies in Europe and the Middle East." Now would seem the time to waffle and be indecisive. For a change, the American administration seems up to the task.

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ARMS FOR PEACE IN SYRIA?

by Gary C. Gambill

Gary Gambill argues against the notion that arming the 'good guy' Syrian rebels to win will "bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict." More likely, it will be, as in most civil wars, a war to the death, until one side or the other suffers defeat. Gambill lays out a utility model of war and peace for how the various players in the Syria war might react. But, he notes Syria will need a neutral arbiter when "all of the major players are willing to forgo many of their wartime objectives in favor of a compromise that salvages what is left of Syria's state institutions and economic infrastructure." Being neutral is certainly not the way American Administration acts in Israel, where it pushes on Israel to be the one to make concessions.

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THE RESURGENCE OF THE REGIMES IN THE ARAB WORLD

by Jonathan Spyer

Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won the election by a small margin and immediately began changing the country to conform to a harsh Salafist ideology, as it has been doing in other countries it now controls. The Egyptian army seemed to have stopped the spread of Muslim Brotherhood takeovers of military-style regimes just when it looked unstoppable. But instead of accepting its loss of control of Egypt, the Brotherhood fought back, by inciting the people to rebel, which would turn a power transfer into a chaotic civil war. The Army acted immediately, brutally and effectively. Jonathan Spyer points out the fight is about which particular Sunni group is in control. It is not over basic ideology — they are both strong on Sharia. Spyer doesn't believe it's even about the style in which the country is run, secular or overtly theocratic [I disagree with him -BSL]. As for the future, practically speaking, to hold onto power, the army needs Saudi Arabia to pay the bill for imported grain. Otherwise, the country will collapse and the people are likely to flip back to vote in the MB.

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THE BROTHERS BEDIER OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

by Bernice Lipkin

This article examines the activities of Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood and his brother, Amir Bedier. It examines a video interview Ahmed gave recently that is representative of how news can be presented in a subtly slanted fashion — in this case to evoke sympathy for the victims of the Egyptian army crackdown on "demonstrators". Prez Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood, so his media friends like them, too. The CBS video was hostile to the Egyptian Army and sympathetic to the Bedier brothers, who were not identified as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. We caught Ahmed Bedier out in a big lie, but it isn't known whether the interview was ordered by CBS or whether Ahmed just saw an opportunity and took it.

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REVOLUTIONARY SALAFI ISLAMISTS IN EGYPT: AN ANALYSIS AND GUIDE

by Barry Rubin

In this essay that was written before the Army takeover, Barry Rubin suggested that the future of Islamist rule in Egypt depended on "whether the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the more heterogeneous various Salafist groups can cooperate.The Salafists pull the Brotherhood to take stronger action more immediately and may have faith in the larger organization or consider it to have betrayed the revolution. The Salafists operate with a wide deal of autonomy, being able to take extra-parliamentary action ranging from terrorist armed struggle to violent attacks on Christians and other opponents of the regime. The fact that there are now four competing Salafi parties shows the different streams of ideology and strategy." Although the Army currently holds sway, this article shows the complexity of the interactions among the many Salafist groups in the country. And there is no guarantee that they will not again seize power as they have done before.

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EGYPT'S ISLAMISTS ARE OUT BUT NOT DOWN

by Fuad Ajami

Nonie Darwish has pointed out that "[t]his is the central problem in most Muslim countries: the difficult choice between a man-made, civilian, military, 'infidel' government, and a totalitarian Islamic theocracy." In this essay, Fuad Ajami argues that Gen. El-Sissi "can't solve the age-old troubles of Egypt that nourish political Islam. He can't heal the crushing poverty or herd into some modern utopia a country driven by a Darwinism that leaves the vulnerable without support." Alternatively, the Muslim Brotherhood's brand of all-encompassing Islamic practices is not trusted, although it has made deep inroads, partially by persuasion, partially by terrorist acts. Ajami doesn't believe the downfall of Morsi was due to "young, disaffected elements" but to the support of an "economic titan." Whatever the case, the country is now split in support between the two modes of governing. Egypt has a way to go before it can be pronounced as stable, let alone as economically viable.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS
Admittedly, Arab Hasbara is excellent. The world is convinced that Israel acts like the Nazis to the local Arabs. When all the evidence is raked up and sifted, all they can complain about is that Arabs are stopped at checkpoints. Jews are also stopped at checkpoints, and their pocketbooks are searched in movie theaters. But that is ignored. The Jews have been ineffective in making the case that the Land of Israel belongs to them. We can agree that the need for security is essential but it isn't debate-winning. Instead of letting the false claims of the Arabs go unchallenged, Dror Eydar (See above and see here.) writes that Israel should be emphasizing its political and legal claims, as well as its historic associations. A writer on Dr Steven Carol's website has suggested using the contrast between Israeli and Muslim practices." These items are based largely on his suggestions.

I would add that to be informative, they should also write about the personal bonding of ordinary people and their land. Several of the essays below do just that.


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ISRAEL ADVOCACY OR ZIONIST EDUCATION?

by Jeremy Gimpel

Elliott, a reader of the original article, said, "Great article! This really gets to the heart of the PR issue. We have a great product, we just need to sell it as well as we do Intel chips and Israeli tech know-how..." If we were to continue to describe what Jeremy Gimpel says in marketing terms, it would be that what is needed is not just being pro-Israel but being a passionate Zionist and making that clear to everyone. Israeli politicians talk about security when they should telling the world about their enthusiastic commitment to redeem their ancient homeland. Some promoters have even gone totally ahistoric and promote bikinis, beaches and surfing, as if those were Israel's reason for being. It is the passion that Israelis have for their Land that people need to hear. Then they will understand why Israelis are, despite the religion-based hatred of their neighbors and the mindless propaganda to demonize Israel, a people happy to be living in the Jewish state.

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PEACE? NOT A CHANCE

by Corinne Berzon

This is a very personal essay by an Israeli. Using her own history, Corinne Berzon provides us with a sketch of the complex world of the Israelis and how they have survived world-wide animosity and local bombings by their unfriendly neighbors. As Berzon writes, "The dichotomy between living in fear and living to the fullest is a very Israeli invention.This fatalism is our version of joie de vivre." Applied to the peace process, she writes, "These new peace talks will fail, just like all the others have. But we will keep smiling and living because the alternative is despair, and as Golda Meir once said: 'Pessimism is a luxury that no Jew can afford.'"

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CHOOSING LIFE IN ISRAEL

by P. David Hornik

David Hornik tackles the question why Israelis — attacked by hostile neighbors in periodic wars, attacked randomly by terrorists and live missiles, and attacked constantly by much of the world's media — are a happy folk. They say so in polls. They live with gusto. But it's not a hedonistic — live every day as your last — sort of happiness. Hornik suggests "the answer is likely to lie in the general Israeli Jewish culture...It is a truism that the Jewish religion and ethos are highly affirmative of earthly life and invest it with great significance." It is also the case that even many of the secular Jews have a Friday night family meal and they enjoy the holidays which aren't just fun but "embody meanings on a national level." As Hornik puts it, "It's not that Israelis feel themselves to be under the shadow of death; it's that they're carried along by the richness of life."

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INTERNATIONAL NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: "GLOBAL CONSCIENCE" OR POWERFUL POLITICAL ACTORS?

by Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari

Becoming an international non-government organization (INGO) gives a group instant and often unwarranted standing and respectability. Their reports are taken seriously by the media and tribunals, simply because they are a INGO. Rephael Ben-Ari points out there is no accreditation system and no regulations; nor are they accountable to the public. Too many INGO's "prioritize campaigning and advocacy instead of relief and charity" and don't even try to hide their extreme political biases. Some use their position to whitewash and act as a shield for terrorists, particularly Muslim salafists, while lambasting, even demonizing, democracies such as the USA and Israel. Because they can act without scrutiny they can make unsavory deals with local power brokers and terrorists that further their own mission but also prolong and/or expand local problems. All in all, too many of them are giving once noble terms such as peace and humanitarianism and civil rights and human rights and ethics a bad name.

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THE MAN WHO TOLD FDR ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

by Rafael Medoff

This is an account of what happened when, in July, 1943, FDR was told of the Holocaust by an eye witness, Jan Karski. Roosevelt already knew of what was happening to the Jews in the Warsaw ghettos and in the concentration camps, but he was no more swayed to rescue them than were the British Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill. It is ironic that Karski was recently posthumously honored at the White House by President Obama, who refuses to react effectively to Iran's openly-stated plans to destroy the Jewish state.

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A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY TURNS HIMSELF INTO AN OBJECT OF STUDY

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin writes of a case where a psychologist, Micah Leshem, has made himself into an object worthy of psychological study. He produced and published a cartoon where Jewish are hacking the body of a presumed Arab. Why the inversion? Arabs hack and mutilate. Arabs decapitate hostages. Arabs remove hands for trivial crimes. Why create a cartoon attributing such brutal practices to Jews? To make the situation still more bizarre, Leshem is himself a Jew. And he lives in Israel, which suffers from Arab barbarism. Whatever motivated him?

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WHY ISRAEL'S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY IS A FAILURE

by Dan Illouz

As Israel's image in the world keeps deteriorating, Dan Illouz suggests her supporters need to start using innovative methods to promote the nation's positive image. "Israel's current strategies in public diplomacy can be summarized into two different schools of thought: the defensive school and the positive school, ... which links it to the state's many great achievements." Illouz argues that "the rebranding that Israel needs is not as the creator of instant text messaging, but as a symbol of freedom in this world, as the consequence of historical justice being done." The Jews are in a position to redeem their ancient homeland. This bond is based on solid facts, not fantasy. He advices that "we start talking about the miracle of the restoration and the great universal values which Israel represents." A novel and sensible idea, indeed. I believe we should also point out that while the Mandate for Israel was seen as restoration, other mandates by the same international authorities created many of the current Arab states by drawing borders on a map, often without regard to tribal and clan loyalties. The Arab states created included Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.

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HISTORY SECTION


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PALESTINE: HISTORY OF A NAME

by Simcha Jacobovici

Simcha Jacobovici discusses how Judea acquired the improbable name Palestine. "The area of Judea erupted in a massive Jewish revolt against Rome in 66CE," and in the year 70 CE, the Romans succeeded in destroying Jerusalem and the Second Temple. The revolt was followed by other uprisings, until finally, "in 135 CE, the Romans exiled the majority of the Jewish people and renamed Judea 'Palestina' after the Plishtim, the "Sea People", who had come from the Aegean in the 13th Century BCE and settled along the Mediterranean coast. By the time Judea was called Palestine, the connection to the Plishtim was non-existent. There were no Plishtim. They had died out or been assimilated into the local culture some six hundred years before. Both the history and the misnaming of the region has current relevancy because of the publication of a recent book that has Jesus living in Palestine, a misrepresentation of the geographic and historic facts. As Jacobovici writes, "the people living in Judea at the time of Jesus — including Jesus and all his disciples — would never have referred to their country as 'Palestine'." Syria Palestine officially became a Roman province about a century after Jesus' death.

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YEMEN, THE CRUCIBLE OF AL-QAIDA, WAS ONCE A POWERFUL ARABIAN KINGDOM RUN BY JEWS

by Jacob Mikanowski

The Middle East before Islam was full of "complicated conflicts among Jews, Christians, and pagans." There was even a Jewish kingdom called Himyar in present day Yemen. Little was known about it for centuries; and scholars argued whether Himyar's monotheism was authentic Judaism. Thanks to new text and archeological findings, we now know that it begun at the end of the 3rd century CE with the conversion of some of Himyar's rulers and lasted some 150 years, ruled by a dynasty of Jewish kings. G.W. Bowersock, a historian and a classicist, has recently published The Throne of Adulis, in which he "shows the ways in which its[Himyar's] rulers attempted to navigate a course through the great-power conflicts of late antiquity and how their efforts ultimately ended in catastrophe. Along the way, he tells a story rife with intrigue, treachery, and ambition, underpinned by scholarly detective work of the most patient and demanding kind." "As in the Cold War in the 20th century, the rivalry between these superpowers was ideological as well as political, and it created allegiances and enmities with far-flung states." As they say, "the more things change ...."

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THE SIEGE OF BYZANTIUM

by Raymond Ibrahim

Since the start of Islam, Muslims have attacked shrines and religious sites of other religions, for religious, political and propaganda reasons. In a relatively short time, they overcame the Persian Empire and conquered Arabia and North Africa. By 717 CE, their only political rival was Christian Byzantium. Suleliman, the new Caliph of Islam, ordered a major offensive, a holy war, against Constantinople, the capitol city of Byzantium. What was then an enormous force, 120,000 infantry and cavalry and a naval force of 80,000, was assembled. The ground troops arrive at Constantinople, having terrorized the natives on route, killing the men and enslaving the woman and children. The walls of the city were impenetrable so the major effort was left to the navy. Ibrahim writes that "two important factors saved the empire: Arab inexperience at sea warfare and Greek ingenuity [using Greek fire]." The troops were also subjected to famine, freezing weather and harassment from local tribes. New reinforcements were sent out, including, Christian Copts, who promptly deserted, fleeing to Constantinople. Constantinople was saved and did not fall to the Muslims until 1453, "giving an inchoate Europe the needed time to mature, strengthen, and unify."

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SEVEN PILLARS OF FICTION

by Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh provides us with an unflattering but accurate portrait of Thomas Edward Lawrence, the man best known as Lawrence of Arabia. Much of what is accepted about the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire was, as Karsh puts it, an "extraordinary feat of historical deception" that Lawrence "single-handedly produced." (In point of fact, it was a complete fiasco.) Even a biographer such as Scott Anderson who was willing to take Lawrence at his word, acknowledged that "earlier than most, Lawrence seemed to embrace the modern concept that history was malleable, that truth was what people were willing to believe." Karsh assesses Lawrence as "an exceptionally gifted charlatan with a keen eye to networking and self-promotion, who successfully cast his spell on far more senior and accomplished contemporaries, such as Allenby and Winston Churchill..."

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HOW THE EU'S SETTLEMENT POLICY LEGITIMISES MASS DISPOSSESSION

by Lyn Julius

Lyn Julius writes of little known facts. For example, "at least 13 villas and public buildings around [Cairo's Tahrir] Square (including the present Swiss, German, Canadian, Russian, US, Korean, Bahraini and Algerian embassies) were once the residences of wealthy Jews - properties seized by the Egyptian state." "The World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries estimates that Jews living in Arab countries owned some 100,000 sq km of deeded property, equivalent to four or five times the size of Israel itself." The Jews were expelled in the 1940s and 1950s and never received compensation. In the so-called Arab East Jerusalem, "hundreds of thousands of Arab squatters live [rent-free] on land still owned by the Jewish National Fund" and private Jewish owners. The larger issue is that the European Union and pro-Arab propagandists have made the ethnic cleansing of Jews — and the stealing of Jewish land and real estate — acceptable in what they regard as Arab land, while ignoring the genuine claims of Jews to land illegally in the possession of Arabs in Israel and the Territories and in the hands of the Arab governments in Arab countries. Julius asks: who disposed whom? And why is Israel expected to make all the concessions?

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HOW IAN FLEMING MASTERMINDED THE INVASION OF SICILY

by Daniel Mandel

In WW2, the Allies fooled the Germans into believing their invasion of Southern Europe, scheduled to take place in 1943 in Sicily, was to take place elsewhere. The story reads like one of Ian Fleming's James Bond thrillers. It is in fact a true story and Ian Fleming, the author and an intelligence agent, was part of a group that created the illusion of a courier on a crashed plane who drowned, carrying papers that spelled out details of a landing in Greece and Sardinia. They created documentation authenticating the invented life and used an available corpse for the courier. Daniel Mandel tells the tale.

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60 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH: THE ISRAELI NAVY LAY THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A LONG TRADITION OF HUMANITARIAN AID

by David Saranga

Israel is among the first to offer effective medical and humanitarian aid when a country suffers a disaster such as an earthquake or when a nuclear facility leaks. It is an interesting fact that Israel began the practice soon after it became a state. David Saranga talks of the first such rescue mission; it was done off-the-cuff and without pre-planning or official policy. Greece had been hit hard by a series of earthquakes. By chance, the Israeli Navy, such as it was, was returning home from a training session in the Aegean Sea. The commander of the flotilla requested and received permission to turn back to Greece and do what they could to help. Starting another tradition, they were the first rescue group to arrive. They were able to provide on-the-scene medical assistance — performing surgery on fractures and delivering premature babies — as well as transportation to the mainland for the seriously wounded. Saranga has a special interest in the rescue operation: his late father, Eliyahu Saranga, was a junior commander on the INS Misgav.

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July-August, 2013 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days. There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

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Featured Articles

May-June 2013

What we are talking about in the May–June 2013 Issue

  1. The Legal Foundation of Jewish Sovereignty of the Land of Israel (Grief, Grief, Mehlman, Brand)
  2. Why Is The Israeli Government Ignoring Its Sovereign Powers? Why Do Jew-Haters Deny The Land Of Israel Belongs To The Jews? (Sherman, Bringer, Hausman)
  3. The Significance Of The Al-Dura Affair (Eytan, Rosner)
  4. Should Terrorists Be Tried By Military Or Criminal Courts  (Mukasey, Shefi)
  5. Americans, Your Government Is Listening To You — Just Like They Promised (Bamford, Rubin, Poole)
  6. Flubbing It In Syria And China (Ehrenfeld-Sanders, Berko, Freeman, Picali-Varulkar)
  7. History Section (Mikics, Miller)
  8. Blog-Eds May June Blog-Eds

grief in memoriam

We dedicate this issue to the memory of Howard Grief (1930-2013)


The Legal Foundation of Jewish Sovereignty of the Land of Israel

Howard Grief's book, "Legal Foundations and Boundaries of Israel under International Law" was one of the first and one of the most complete explanations of Israel's indisputable sovereign rights under international law to Israel, Samaria, Judea, Golan and Gaza. In his memory, we present two of Howard Grief's papers that appeared in Think-Israel. The first is entitled "Legal Rights And Title Of Sovereignty Of The Jewish People To The Land Of Israel And Palestine Under International Law" from the July-August 2005 issue. The original introduction read:

In this essay, Howard Grief brilliantly fulfills his objective "to set down in a brief, yet clear and precise manner the legal rights and title of sovereignty of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Palestine under international law." This paper should be part of your armamentarium for the next time you are told that Resolution XXX of the U.N. guarantees the rights of the Palestinian Arabs to YYY.
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The second article is entitled "The Rights Of The Jewish People Over The Land Of Israel Under International Law" from the January-February 2012 issue. The introduction to the article read:

Howard Grief sets forth the firm legal foundation of Israel being the exclusive owner of the land designated as Jewish by the League of Nations. The Land of Israel — current Israel, Samaria and Judea (aka West Bank), the Golan and Gaza — was given to the Jewish people as a perpetual trust and handed in that condition to the successor to the League of the Nations, the United Nations. This is a clear presentation of the documents that preceded the document of ownership and some of the history of the time. Any whittling away of this trust is illegal, whether it is attempted by a foreign country, the Israeli government or the U.N. itself. The question that remains is why have successive Israeli governments not asserted their claim. For that matter, why woud a Jewish government allow control of the Temple Mount, its most holy site, by the Arabs?
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A LANDMARK WORK

by William Mehlman

This article was original posted in Think-Israel in the September-October 2009 issue. This was the original introduction:
William Mehlman begins his review of Howard Grief's recent book, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law: A Treatise on Jewish Sovereignty over the Land of Israel this way:

"With The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (Mazo Publishers, Jerusalem) Canadian-born Israeli constitutional scholar and lawyer Howard Grief has given us a book that shatters every myth, lie, misrepresentation and distortion employed over the 61 years of Israel's existence to negate the sovereign rights of the Jewish People to their national home." This is exactly right. It should be required reading for every self-styled maven, journalist, politician, ethicist and humanist — including the Jewish leaders of Israel — who thinks he knows Middle Eastern political history, when his information is, more often than not, anectodal and received from dubious sources.

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ROOTS OF ISRAEL'S SOVEREIGNTY AND BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: IN DEFENSE OF THE LEVY REPORT

Wallace Brand

Some years ago, Wallace Brand became interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict and particularly in the facts used to justify the contention that Israel has illegally occupied Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. To his surprise, he found "that instead of justifying the adjective occupied, close examination of the facts and relevant law resulted in a more accurate designation as liberated. In the current essay, he examines the legal basis of the Levy report, which concluded that Jewish settlements are legal. In fact, the legality of Israel's presence in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem was res judicata as of April 25, 1920, when [at the San Remo Conference] World Jewry received a beneficial interest in the political rights to Palestine that was intended to mature into a legal interest." The policy for the Arab States that were also established at around the same time by other Mandates was to deal with the current Arab inhabitants but the beneficiary for Mandated Palestine was World Jewry. The Mandate thus confirmed a living connection between the Jews and their homeland, extending over some 3700 years. Modern Israel was legally projected to be molded in two stages, where [1] "Palestine was legally recognized as the Jewish National Home as a prelude to [2] a reconstituted Jewish State," which would come into being when the Jews were in the majority. Great Britain was designated as the trustee. "This required Britain to give priority to the beneficiary's interest over its own economic and political interests," by developing the conditions for creating a Jewish state. Brand also provides us with the sorry history of Britain's actual performance: it did all in its power to prevent the Jewish state from ever coming into being. Its most contemptible act was to block Jews fleeing from Nazi-conquered Europe from coming into Palestine. None the less, Mandated Palestine is Jewish by international law. I find the current anti-Israel attitude of the U.N. curiously similar to Britain's, in that it ignores that it is trustee of an irrevocable trust with the Jewish people as beneficiary. (See Shifftan's article here.) For the legal ownership of Jerusalem, start with this interview with Jacques Gauthier here. (Google Think-Israel for additional articles.)

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WHY IS THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IGNORING ITS SOVEREIGN POWERS? WHY DO JEW-HATERS DENY THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS?


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MY PREDICTION: PLEASE HELP PROVE IT WRONG

by Martin Sherman

In recent months, Martin Sherman has taken up various aspects of a recurrent theme: what possesses a presumable intelligent people who have devised many common-sense solutions to economic, health, energy and technology problems to suicidal action for a chimera called "peace", where they give up land that bolsters their security for a peace that is impossible in the current Middle East. Why ever would they allow a terrorist group to control territory that legally belongs to Israel, especially land neighboring Israel's population centers?

Martin Sherman asked in a May 23, 2013 article, "Can the people trust the government?" He concluded that "almost four decades of successive Israeli governments [have frittered] away the fruits — both physical assets and international stature — of Israel's stunning military victory of June 1967." It started with PM Begin evacuating all of Sinai, which is now becoming "a jihadi emirate ... and is slowly evolving into a security nightmare." In 1993, PM Rabin accepted the Oslo Accords, whereby Israel allowed Yasir Arafat and his thugs to control much of the Territories and Arafat returned the favor by raising the slaughter of Israeli civilians to new heights. The next governments didn't bother with the pretext of gaining peace. PM Barak unilaterally left south Lebanon a vacuum that Hezbollah immediately filled, becoming so powerful that the European Union is afraid to declare it a terrorist organization; and in 2005, PM Sharon, in a totally goofy move, pulled all the Jews out of Gaza, leaving it under Hamas control and the terrorists even closer to Israeli population centers. Now, the current Israeli Government is showing symptoms of planning further give-aways of the Land of Israel, knowing full-well it will become yet another terrorist stronghold. As Sherman wrote,

"Given the mounting dangers to national security that the injudicious adoption of a policy based on political appeasement-cum-territorial concessions has precipitated in the South and North, it seems almost inconceivable that it is again being contemplated in the East — where its inevitable failure would have far graver ramifications than elsewhere. Could it be that a government headed by a premier, and composed of a bevy of ministers, senior officials and advisers, who built their political careers on warning of the perils of relinquishing the highlands of Judea and Samaria and control of the Jordan Valley, be the government that does precisely that? The people of Israel are confronting a crisis of credibility. Can they trust the people elected to lead them...?

In "The two-state psychosis: The Oslo Syndrome revisited," Sherman pointed out that "[f]orced to concede that virtually all the assumptions upon which the land-for-peace approach, and its derivative two-state paradigm, were founded, have been demonstrated to be totally without foundation, two-staters refuse to acknowledge error." Instead they developed new unproven, and contrary-to-fact slogans, such as "constructive unilateralism," as if the Gaza fiasco wasn't sufficient to making an IQ 80 understand that withdrawal from land was a bad idea. Nature abhors a vacuous mind.

Sherman wrote that "constructive unilateralism" is better described as "'preemptive surrender', where Israel acquiesces a priori to virtually all Palestinian demands for statehood, in return for absolutely nothing, but [would] shoulder the burden of financing much of their implementation." It will dismantle Israeli settlements, saddling the government with the necessity to relocate 50 times the number of Jews it kicked out of Gaza in 2005. It has not yet provided many of the only 10,000 Gaza Jews with permanent housing, nor are most of these Jews productive and contributing to the economy as they were when they were growing fabulous marketable vegetables and flowers. If in eight years the Government hasn't yet been able to reinstate 10,000 Jews into the economy, how are they going to handle 500,000?

Then came Alan Dershowitz's "Feckless Formula" of a tri-partite dissolution of Biblical Israel. (See also: "Rebut or retract: A public challenge to Dershowitz", May 9,2013,
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Rebut-or-retract-A-public-challenge-to-Dershowitz-312710) In the scheme of things, Alan Dershowitz is seen as pro-Israeli. Relative to such questionable Jews as Peter Beinert and Jews that don't even pretend concern for Israel but are 110% pro-Palestinian, he may well be. Sherman shows us why Dershowitz's arguments for a two-state solution are "puerile, prejudicial and paradoxical."

A common theme of self-proclaimed "friends of the Jewish state" is to show concern for the Jewish character of the State of Israel. They worry Jewishness would be lost if Israel holds on to land inhabited by Arabs. They don't worry that in giving up the land incrementally, sooner or later, there will be no Jews left to embody this Jewishness. None of them suggest that Israel should and could keep the Land that belongs to her and give up the Arabs, transferring them to someplace in the vast Arab land holdings, where they would feel right at home because it is home. Like time which runs only in one direction, they see only one course of action: keeping the rapidly growing number of Arabs in Israel and giving up the Territories. Yet, now and in the future, as Sherman writes, "Israel ... does not have the capacity to end the Arab siege, to force peace upon the Arabs. ... The Arab/Muslim hostility ... can only be placated by the Jewish state ceasing to be Jewish."

I find it ironic that in the Palestinian Arab community, which obviously doesn't have independence of life style or freedom, it is the man-in-the-street that is applying the pressure to demolish Israel and not make peace with it, whereas in Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, it is a small number of people — the Administration, and some academics — who espouse an unpopular give-away program that are running the show, even though they ran for office against such a program and know it is against the wishes of the majority.

In Deciphering delegitimization , Sherman asks why Israel "is far more reviled today than during the rigid 'rejectionism' of Yitzhak Shamir? This is not a question that should be flippantly dismissed as irrelevant. For experience has shown that continual concessions have proved disastrously counterproductive, while escalating Palestinian intransigence has paid handsome dividends." He points out that "if the legitimacy of a Palestinian state is accepted, then any measures incompatible with its viability are illegitimate... [while] any policy that is designed to secure Israel's minimal security requirements, will preclude the establishment of a viable Palestinian state." He concludes that legitimizing an Arab state on Israeli land can have only one consequence: delegitimizing Israel.

The current essay continues Sherman's exploration. He asks, if the Government planned to empty Samaria and Judea of Jews, how would they go about it? He creates a frightening, feasible way of shrinking Israel, demoralizing the people and making Israel's enemies even more confident of victory. Does the Netanyahu government plan anything like this? Their current actions in destroying Jewish villages and outposts in the Territories without due process are not reassuring.

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STEALING A STATE

by Gil Bringer

According to the Oslo Accords, some of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) was to be governed by the Palestinian Authority and some, Area C, by Israel. There is, however, an ongoing surreptitious effort by the Arabs to take possession of area C, where the Jews live. They have been establishing illegal "Bedouin settlements, while providing financial and legal support to the residents, who are increasingly identifying with the idea of a Palestinian state." The Israeli government, which ignored the Levy report that Jewish settlements were legal by international law, had done nothing to protect the Jewish residents and has turned a blind eye to the Arab encroachment. This is a fascinating article by Gil Bringer detailing his investigations into who is behind the Bedouin activity. Unsurprisingly, it is the Palestinian Authority, which, from the beginning has never given Israel the peace it promised, while taking advantage of Israel's generously fulfilling its contractual obligations. It is troubling that the Israeli government is not troubled that it is de facto losing control of some of its sovereign land, land that is both Biblical and historically Jewish, land it will need for defense when the Arabs feel ready to attack openly.

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NO EXCUSES, PROGRESSIVE ANTI-ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM

by Matthew Hausman

Matthew Hausman makes an unusual connection, which, once it is articulated makes good sense. He connects Judaism and Jewish nationalism, or rather, he examines the link between Anti-Judaism and the undermining of Jewish nationalist claims. Jew-haters (and this includes many who are Jews by birth) have to deny "that Jews are entitled to sovereignty in their homeland." They need to hack at the awesome stature Jews have as an ancient people that never totally lost contact with their homeland; over thousands of years, they retained their religion and national identity. Jew haters are in a sense forced to claim that Jews are illegal aliens in Israel, with no affinity to the land. This in turn "requires the suppression of Jewish history and acceptance of an incompatible national myth that has no factual foundation." To counter the wealth of archeological, textual and ethnographic evidence that Jews have lived in Israel since ancient times, Jew-haters have resorted to smashing Jewish artifacts, historical revisionism, blood libel and the ignorant assertion that it's all just Zionist propaganda. "The audacity of such claims is truly Orwellian." Hausman suggest that "[a]pologists who stubbornly cling to the fiction that anti-Zionism is not a form of bigotry need to examine the motivations of social and political activists who reject Israel's legitimacy. Those who deny Jewish history, promote a revisionist Palestinian narrative, or falsely accuse Israel of crimes that actually occur in Arab-Muslim society are not acting with purity of impulse."

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AL-DURA AFFAIR

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never harm you. Really? How about a picture, a faked picture, which becomes a spiked club used to beat you? The picture of the frightened 12-year old supposedly shot at by Israeli soldiers for three-quarters of an hour before he was killed became the Palestinian Atlas holding together every anti-Jew calumny and vilification every imaginative Jew-hater could dream up. The boy's fright and his supposed death was used to justify slitting the throat of a Jewish baby in her crib and decapitating a Jewish journalist working on an assignment. It made it believable that Jews habitually seek out Arab children to kill. Ironically, swap Jews and Arab in the last sentence and you do have an actual fact. After the initial shock, many people soon found more holes in the story than bullet holes in the wall behind the young Al-Dura, but for the most part, seasoned journalists acted as naively as the proverbial country hick and swallowed the hoax whole. After 13 years, it has finally dawned on Israel that the dead child and his wounded father were a big part of the Palestinian victimization story and maybe it would be a good idea to get the truth out. It has done so in a Report that will certainly confirm the suspicions of those who early on wondered how come the bullet holes were circular as they would be if they came from a spot straight in front of the wall, not from the IDF position, or why there was no blood on the ground when the child was supposedly shot in the stomach, at least not until the next day, or why the camera man couldn't take better pictures when he was standing a few feet from the al-Duras? My suspicions didn't need the physical data on bullet track angle. I just knew that if it were my child, I'd be shielding him with my body and he'd be too busy complaining that I was suffocating him to be frightened.

The AlDurah Project is a storehouse of information. It has the raw footage on which the fairytale is based. See it for yourself. Watch the supposedly dead boy's arm come up as he peeks at the camera. Click here.

This next is an excellent video laying out some of the evidence that determined that the al-dura story was a fake.


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THE AL-DURA AFFAIR AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR MORALITY AND ETHICS IN FRANCE

by Ambassador Freddy Eytan

Freddy Eytan writes about the recent Israeli governmental inquiry into the al-Dura affair, an investigation made some 13 years after the incident happened. Eytan writes, "The report also glaringly reveals one among many examples of the sort of media coverage that is typical in an arena that is undoubtedly one of the most complicated, volatile, and sensitive in the world. The authors of the report have successfully demonstrated how a Palestinian photographer violated the basic tenets of journalistic work, and how a foreign reporter accepted his version of events and his photos wholesale without questioning their reliability for a moment. Clearly, this does not reflect on those reporters who do their work honestly in Israel. Such phenomena, however, exist and must be denounced and uprooted." Considering the current stonewalling and misleading accounts by many mainstream papers, it's going to take another thirteen years for them to come to terms with the truth.

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MY MUHAMMAD AL-DURA CASE JOURNEY

by Shmuel Rosner

When the Muhammad al-Dura story aired on TV some 13 years ago, Shmuel Rosner was working for Ha'aretz, an Israeli newspaper produced by Jews who don't much like Israel and are sympathetic to the Arab cause. Rosner believed the story unconditionally. He suspected the motives of those who didn't accept the story. It took time before the discrepancies started to sway him. He paid attention to the doctor who testified that the scars on the father weren't from IDF bullets but from an operation the doctor performed some eight years before. It says much about the power of the original image, that despite the footage that shows the boy moving his arm after he was "dead", Rosner is only at the point where he suspects he will probably end "with accepting the possibility that Israel might be in the right, after all."

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SHOULD TERRORISTS BE TRIED BY MILITARY OR CRIMINAL COURTS

The capture of the second Boston Marathon bomber again brings up the question whether to try terrorists in civil court or military court. Which way will maintain due process but get us results effectively and efficiently? If the choice is a civil court, another consideration is making sure interrogators are given sufficient time to use sophisticated, legal but possibly slow ways of gaining information about future plans from the terrorist before he is allowed to lawyer up. Closure for the suffering families of the victims also needs to be considered. The articles below discuss all these aspects.


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DEFINING 'RIGHTS' IN A TERROR CASE

by Michael B. Mukasey

When a terrorist is captured, usually much of the discussion centers on whether he should be tried in a civil court or a military court. In discussing the legal status of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, Michael Mukasey raises another important issue: why was Tsarnaev's interrogation handled as a criminal matter? There was a FBI-led High Value Interrogation Group (HIG) at his bedside to gather intelligence. Ideally, they would be given sufficient time to substantiate his information and ask follow-up questions. Instead, Eric Holder's "Justice Department order[ed] U.S. Marshals to bring a magistrate judge to [the] hospital to advise him of a right he did not have if he was being questioned for intelligence purposes, and to introduce him to a lawyer with no authority to advise him in connection with such questioning." As Mukasey points out, if "no admission of his or lead from information he disclosed was to be used in his criminal case, then he was no more entitled to a lawyer in connection with such questioning unrelated to his criminal case than he was entitled to a lawyer to close a real-estate transaction." Why was Mr. Holder in such a hurry?

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SHOULD TERRORISTS BE TRIED IN MILITARY OR CIVIL COURTS: A DILEMMA FOR DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES

by Brig. General (Ret.) Dov Shefi

Continuing previous practices, the state of Israel tried terrorists in a military court up to 1999; after then it tried people held for acts of terror in civil court. So it has familiarity with both practices. Dov Shefi, who served as an IDF JAG, notes that in a democracy, "one may expect Justice even in a military court," but there are procedural advantages in trying a terrorist in a civil court. But he believes the USA botched the interrogation of Zacharias Moussaoui, arrested in August 2011 and knowledgeable about the forthcoming 9/11 attack. "Once the investigators knew that Moussaoui attended a course of 'limited' flying (waiving lessons for take-off and landing), there could have been and should have been a much more sophisticated investigation without using force." He also believes the trials of the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorists have gone on far too long. The families of the victims deserve closure. This isn't hypothetical for Shefti. He lost his son in the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center.

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AMERICANS, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING TO YOU — JUST LIKE THEY PROMISED

There doesn't seem to be much likelihood that increasing the machinery to read a vastly increased number of emails will deal adequately with the problem of Islamic terrorism. First, the Government has purged its terror databases of links between Islam and terms such as terror or jihad. So it isn't easy — or maybe not even possible — to obtaining names of people whose emails might provide leads to future terror attacks. Second, the Government has ordered that there is to be no snooping on mosques, which eliminates many excellent leads to aiders, abettors, instigators and trainers of potential terrorists. So what is omnibase giganticus useful for? If you have a particular name or a couple of names, you will learn much about how often he/they communicate, where he/they send attached documents, who do he/they write to most frequently, where he/they write from, etc. — very useful information in learning about your neighbors, your enemies, and particular groups you don't like. And of course, it can be used positively. Suppose a member of CAIR — or of any other Muslim Brotherhood front group that, thanks to the White House, has access to the FBI, Homeland Security or the White House — learns from "casual" conversation that a particular group in the CIA is assigned to look at a particular MB affiliate. All it would then take is a single casually-vetted consultant who could search on the members of the CIA group and pass pertinent information on to the MB. Frankly, if we were to learn al-Qaeda networks have been apprised of moves that were to be directed against them, would we really be surprised?


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THE BLACK BOX: INSIDE AMERICA'S MASSIVE NEW SURVEILLANCE CENTRE

by James Bamford

This essay was published more than a year ago by James Bamford, who was one of a small group of writers who tried to alert us that "...for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it's all being done in secret." The information about NSA collecting private messages came from a former NSA employee, who went public because of the program's warrantless spying on private individuals. No one seemed to care. Maybe no one thought it applied to his private messages. Now, after an NSA contractor released some secret NSA documents to illustrate that anyone with access to the government servers can wiretap anyone, the public has finally reacted.

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WHY EXPANDED GOVERNMENT SPYING DOESN'T MEAN BETTER SECURITY AGAINST TERRORISM

by Barry Rubin

Barry Rubin asks whether bigger is better, security-wise. Specifically, does collecting everybody's emails, phone calls and social network tweets help uncover terrorists? Rubin reminds us it's not the quantity of data bits than counts. We need to understand the enemy and be willing to act on information about potential threats. What does need changing is our mind set. We need to adopt an attitude that is not politically correct toward those that would destroy us. As Rubin puts it, "Isn't it absurd that the United States can't finish a simple border fence to keep out potential terrorists, can't stop a would-be terrorist in the U.S. army who gives a power point presentation on why he is about to shoot people (Major Nadal Hassan), can't follow up on Russian intelligence warnings about Chechen terrorist contacts (the Boston bombing), or a dozen similar incidents must now collect every telephone call in the country?" It's not just absurd. It's useless.

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BLIND TO TERROR: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S DISASTROUS MUSLIM OUTREACH EFFORTS AND THE IMPACT ON U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

by Patrick S. Poole

In the context of stealth jihad, the March-April 2013 issue of Think-Israel includes material on Salafists who have been allowed into our security agencies and have even been invited to the White House. These Muslims have been successful in having counter terrorist experts dismissed from their jobs. Because of their complaints, American databases on terrorists are now purged so that Islam can not be associated with such terms as terror, jihad and other useful descriptors. Increasingly, their demands "include purges, blacklists, book bans, star chambers, speech codes, mandatory reeducation and official retaliation against federal employees, with the White House setting up a task force authorized to enforce these measures across the federal government." By analogy, it is as if the criminals get to decide which laws apply to them and who will be allowed to prosecute them, knowing that the judges will always back them up. In this essay, Patrick Poole expands on the theme of jihadist infiltration into our security agencies during the Clinton and Bush administration, and more extensively, in the Obama Administration. Perhaps infiltration is the wrong word, because they have been welcomed with open arms by the incumbent President, and our defense agencies have been forced to do the same. Poole's study "poses serious questions as to the efficacy and even security concerns about U.S. government outreach to Islamic groups, which often turn out to be Islamist militants, enemies of Islamic moderation, and even supporters of terrorism."

Since this study appeared, we have learned that NSA databases that collect communications from private citizens are not tightly controlled. Contractors, who may or may not have had extensive vetting, had access to databases which collect information on American citizens, which I assume includes emails from individuals who work in security agencies in the government to their friends and families. Add this to the information available to CAIR, ISNA and MPAC, etc. at our security agencies, we can speculate that the Muslim Brotherhood and perhaps even al-Qaeda have been kept up-to-date on information that might affect them.

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FLUBBING IT IN SYRIA AND CHINA

Re America and China, maybe we can have a new Olympics — who can hack the most emails in the least amount of time. In Syria, — trimming away the meaningless drool of humanitarian concerns, helping innocent civilians, felling dictators, making democracy work — the choice can be stated simply: we can choose to support President Assad, who has used nerve gas to kill his own people (but not us) or we can support the rebels, where many, if not most, of their top fighters are al-Qaeda, with a mission to kill off those that won't submit to Salafist Islam. They also will use whatever is available to kill off Syrian civilians. They'll even eat their organs. Prez Obama seems enamored of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists in Suits, but they have the same Islamist goal as al-Qaeda: to restore the Caliphate where Islam rules over all. Before we jump in, maybe Obama might reflect on how we senselessly destroyed the Gaddafi regime only to see it replaced by various al-Qaeda fiefdoms and country-wide lawlessness, while Gaddafi's store of weaponry was stolen by the terrorists and is being used to support Salafist takeovers. If we want to do something that's useful, why don't we actually stop Iran before she perfects some nuclear weapon and tests it by bombing our oil supply and/or using a suitcase bomb on an American city.

This is a video about Ahmed,an eight-year-old boy fighting along side the rebels on the front line of Syria's civil war.


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THE OBAMA-XI SUMMIT: HOT AIR AND MIRAGE

by by Rachel Ehrenfeld; by Sol W. Sanders

There have been so many problems between China and USA that the recent summit of the heads of the two administrations might have been of some significance. But it wasn't expected to be. And it lived up — or down — to its low expectations. As Rachel Ehrenfeld notes, "The U.S. had given up the fight against China's cyber espionage even before Obama had the opportunity, as many hoped, to confront the Chinese president." Sol Sanders concludes that whether this was because of their capabilities or because of the circumstances under which they govern, "Neither party was in a position to tackle the growing list plaguing the relationship between the superpower and the superpower-wannabe." Perhaps if the Summit had come after the NSA scandal became known, the two leaders could have had a bonding experience, life not being happiness-making for either of them at home at the moment.

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THE CALIPHATE ON THE HORIZON

by Dr. Reuven Berko

Reuven Berko brings us up to date on the Syrian civil war from an Israeli and a global viewpoint. To put it simply, "Assad is bad and the Islamist revolutionaries are no better, and it doesn't truly make a difference who survives." It is strange that the USA sides with the Syrian rebels, whose goal is a Caliphate, whose center would be Greater Syria and whose announced mission is to destroy Israel before taking on the rest of the world. It is even stranger when it is known that the rebel ranks are filled with volunteers whose allegiance is to al-Qaeda, which is dedicated to putting the USA under Sharia law — something Assad has never threatened.

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AL-QAEDA CALLS ON SYRIAN REBELS TO BUILD ANTI-WESTERN STATE

by Colin Freeman

Remember Zayman al-Zawahiri, co-founder of al-Qaeda, the guy who helped bring about 9/11, the guy who advocates attacking "the far enemy" — America. Well, the al-Nusra terrorists, fighting in Syria on the rebel side, are totally devoted to Al-Qaeda and its ideology; they are dedicated to spreading Sharia everywhere. Colin Freeman writes that al-Zawahiri has formally called on them (that's a polite way of saying he ordered them) to start instituting the Caliphate in Syria. Why do we care? President Obama is planning to send weaponry to the Syrian rebels. Of course they will have to sign a pledge that says: 'These weapons will not be given to al-Qaeda. Promise.'

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LEBANON OPENLY ENTERS FIGHTING IN SYRIA

by E. B. Picali and H. Varulkar

If the Syrian situation wasn't confused enough, Lebanon has now openly introduced itself into the conflict, ready to fight with the Sunni rebels against Assad and Hezbollah, which controls southern Lebanon. This is in response to the Hezbollah's spokesman, Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, admitting that Hezbollah has been fighting for the Assad regime to defend both Syria and Lebanon from the Sunni threat. What is clear is that the confrontation is becoming more binary — Sunni against Shiite (Shiite now includes Alewites, with differences in doctrine ignored). The additional factor of the Lebanese Hezbollah fighting against the Lebanese government on Syrian territory looks very much like a second civil war, this one displaced to Syria, which is already fighting its own civil war. E.B. Picali and H. Varulkar discuss the newest restructuring. It is of interest that when Hezbollah asserted that "if Syria falls to the rebels, this will be the end of the Palestinian cause," former Lebanese prime minister Sa'd Al-Hariri told him harshly that "the age of [using] the Palestinian cause, the resistance and [our] national unity as something to be bartered with is over." Moreover, there's a shift in some Palestinian Arabs groups, in that they are joining the rebel side, despite the fact that Hezbollah was a big financial and political supporter.
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HISTORY SECTION


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HOLLYWOOD'S CREEPY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ADOLF HITLER, IN EXPLOSIVE NEW DETAIL

by David Mikics

David Mikics writes of a little-known de facto partnership between Adolf Hitler and Hollywood producers, almost all of whom were Jews, in the years after Hitler came to power and before World War 2. Ben Urwand, wrote about it in forthcoming book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler. Hollywood wanted audiences. "Hitler wanted ... the ability to shape the content of Hollywood movies—and he got it. ... What is shocking and new about Urwand's account is its blow-by-blow description of Hollywood executives tailoring their product to meet the demands of the Nazi regime." Movies depicting the need for a strong leader did well in Nazi Germany. "A film that showed the advantages of democracy over fascism could never be made in Hollywood in the 1930s because of political pressure stemming from Hitler's Germany..." As for Hitler, "[t]he movies he found most inspiring, most magical in the spell they cast on an audience, were made in America." Hitler saw to it that "there would be no reference to the ever-more desperate plight of the Jews under the Nazi rule in any Hollywood film of the '30s." Movies became anti-Nazi of course when the war started but Hollywood's repression of the facts about Jewish persecution continued even during the war years. ... Despite the courageous efforts of screenwriter Ben Hecht to raise public awareness of the Holocaust while it was happening, there was only one reference to what was being done to the Jews in any Hollywood movie made during the war: a 5-minute sequence of a minor courtroom drama called None Shall Escape (1944), in which Nazis shoot a group of Jewish prisoners who fight back while they are being loaded onto a train. ..."

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NAZIS ON THE RUN

by Yvette Alt Miller

Yvette Alt Miller tells the unsavory story of how so many Nazis escaped from Germany and from punishment for their ghastly crimes after the war. The Odessa File might be fictional but Nazi war criminals were helped to start new lives with new identities by such respected institutions as the Vatican and the Red Cross. Professor Gerald Steinacher, an Austrian now living in the USA and author of Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice, writes how they supplied the Nazis with safe houses and forged documents. Some Catholic churchmen saw this as a return to religion (without probing into how genuine the Nazi new-found religiosity was); some saw the Nazis as victims; some cared for nothing except additional bodies to fight atheistic Communism. Whatever their excuse, they aided Nazis to flee Europe. The Red Cross moronically did no checking, they just issued travel documents; Steinacher suggests these were in the tens of thousands. As Steinacher wrote, "this isn't an oversight — this wasn't a bureaucratic error." We can judge from current practices of the International Committee of the Red Cross that welcomes the Muslim Red Crescent but won't allow the Jewish Magen David to exhibit a Jewish Star on ambulances in the Territories that the Red Cross attitude isn't new. The International Red Cross has been a bitter enemy of Israel and the Jews for a very long time.

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May-June, 2013 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

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What We Are Talking About


March-April 2013

What we are talking about in the March–April 2013 Issue

  1. Muslim Jihad and A Complicit American Administration Make A Terrorist (Lipkin, Citizen Warrior, The Investigative Project, Alexander Maistrovoy, English, Ibrahim, Paul, Thornton, Vadum, Lopez, Marcus, Carmon and Migron)
  2. Middle East and Africa (Murphy, Ramelah, Ehrenfeld and Jensen, Brodsky and Johnson, Devoss, Ha'ivri, Neriah)
  3. Islam's Attitude Towards Christianity (Merkley, Ibrahim)
  4. Examining Islam  (Murphy, Neuman)
  5. When 'Love Conquers All' Doesn't (Shemer, Fjordman)
  6. Zionism=Judaism; Anti-Zionism=anti-Judaism (Devolin, Shulman, Cravatts)
  7. History Section (Belman, Lichtblau, Heller, Sharpe)
  8. March April 2013 Blog-Eds   Readers' Postings, Comments and Videos


THE MARATHON TERRORISTS IN CONTEXT OF MUSLIM JIHAD AND A COMPLICIT AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION

On March 15, 2013, we were again subjected to a sizable terrorist attack. We were again shocked into the realization that we have a serious problem with Islamic Jihad working to destroy Western culture by acts large and small, from overt terror to quiet infiltration into our infra-structure. It is not that we haven't been kind enough to the Muslim community or that we haven't made enough of an effort to support 'moderate' Muslims. It isn't even, as President Obama seems to believe, that America is too uppity and needs to settle for a more modest position in the world community. The core issue is that Salafist Muslims have declared war on the West and Israel and we are largely ignoring it. They are determined to reshape our culture so that it fits inside their system of theocratic governance and sharia-based life style. Their efforts are aided by academics, politicians and media people who genuinely believe in globalism. They would like to see rule by the small group at the U.N. that represents coalitions of the countries of the world, though not the people of those countries. The machinations of our own Government have been a significant part of the problem.

We present a group of papers concerned with different facets of the problem of Muslim Jihad, Muslim terrorism and Muslim practices as manifested in the Muslim world and in ours. Areas examined in this set are: Islam: our perception versus their practices; the USA government's endorsing and protecting Jihadists; and changing styles of Islamic recruitment and terrorism.

We need information when we ask the hard questions: How do we minimize Islamic terrorism? What solutions are available? Do we need new laws or is it sufficient to start using the ones we have? If the media can no longer be relied on to alert us to the danger of Islamic Jihad, what resources can we substitute? If the schools are anti-American, how do we educate our children? If the Government is, operationally speaking, in cahoots with Salafists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, what do we do? The Jihadists are determined to wipe out our way of life and substitute their sharia-based religion. It's about time we reacted.


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TO MAKE A WESTERNIZED TERRORIST: COMBINE RESURGENT ISLAM AND AMERICAN SOFTHEADEDNESS

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin examines the determined efforts of jihadists, aided and abetted by an Administration that is an adherent of the ideology of "progressivism." An unforeseen consequence has been the emergence of the Westernized Muslim terrorist, who is native to the West or who has lived here much of his life. The Lone Wolf and small group terrorists, provided they are imbued with passionate commitment, have advantages over the imported jihadist. They have local knowledge and already "fit" into the environment. The most compelling reason for large terror organizations to utilize them is that it is cost-effective. As Lipkin points out, "Supplies are cheap and terror enthusiasts are plentiful. With reduced need for a large cast, synchronous operations and complicated equipment, the 'script writer' can more easily mock up a plot to use at an oncoming event that will guarantee attention." "There is likely to be more opportunity for roughly scripted rather than rigidly choreographed direction. The field workers may be given the plot and left to work out the details. Or some tasks may be carefully timed and others left for improvisation depending on the circumstances." Until America changes its ways, Islam's activities on behalf of Islamic supersessionism will continue.

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IF THE MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS ARE PEACELOVING PEOPLE, DO WE REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT?

by Citizen Warrior

Citizen Warrior carefully dissects the Muslims we lump together as peaceloving into its components, including those who are peaceloving except when they are rioting; those who look forward to being at peace when the world has readjusted itself to the requirements of Sharia law; those who are peaceloving but are always pushing the envelop, demanding concession at work and at school that suit their lifestyle; those who aren't violent but never speak against rioting and mayhem, and so forth. And there's the more passive Muslims who work by not working and overloading the welfare system, who populate the Muslim enclaves, pay zakat and accept stoning, beheading and mutilation because such punishments are part of their religion. And their religion is immutable. Citizen Warrior notes that even if the peaceloving are in the majority, "it doesn't take a majority to cause serious trouble..." Put another way, if only 10% of the world's Muslim population is violent, that amounts to more than half the entire population of the United States of America.

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BOSTON BOMBER EXPOSES ISLAMIST SECRET

by The Investigative Project

If it weren't so deadly, it would be comical. The perpetrator of the Marathon bombing says very seriously, this is why I did it, and Obama administration officials and CAIR snap back, no. that can't be the reason. no.no.no. The Investigative Project (IPT) tells us that "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is telling investigators he and his brother were motivated by religion to plot their carnage," and high level Government official aren't about to agree that Islam's teachings had anything to do with it. They wouldn't question his explanation if he said he was made to feel different or he was too poor to buy shoes everyone else was wearing. So it is disturbing that the Government and Islamic advocacy groups reject even the possibility that immersing oneself in the teachings of authentic Islam might lead someone to commit an act of terror. Such misplaced certainty makes it unlikely they will look into the "role radical Islam played in past terror plots," no matter how many terrorists proudly try to tell them the truth.

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THE GREEN BANNER OF BATU KHAN

by Alexander Maistrovoy

Alexander Maistrovoy wrote this article to examine the large increase in the practice of Salafist Islam in Russia. It has spread everywhere from its confines in the Caucasus Mountains to major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg. Where ever it goes, it deliberately incites rage against the Russians. Serendipitously, the article puts into context the growth of Wahhabism in Chechnyia and Dagestan, the homeland of the Tsarnaev brothers, who exploded two bombs during this year's Boston Marathon.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF CHECHNYA AND CHECHEN TERRORISM

by Ben H. English

This a companion piece to Alexander Maistrovoy's article above on the growing commitment to Islamic jihad by Muslims all over Russia. This article focuses on the violence in and around Chechnya, itself. As Ben English writes, "the Northern Caucasus Mountains serve as a fertile breeding ground for violent Islamic extremist groups." He recounts some of the atrocities committed by the Muslims of Chechnya. Like the Palestinian Arabs, their culture fosters the development of the mass murderer and the assassin. It isn't true that everybody wants to enjoy their life and take care of their families, just like you and I do. Some cultures are dedicated to a higher calling: the imposition of Sharia law on everybody, using as much violence and barbarity as possible.

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NEW SAUDI FATWA DEFENDS PEDOPHILIA AS 'MARRIAGE'

by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim writes of a recent fatwa issued by Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, a member of Saudi Arabia's highest religious council: "There is no minimum age for marriage, and that girls can be married 'even if they are in the cradle.'" As Dr. Fawzan says, nowhere is there an minimum age for girls to marry in Sharia. ... Muhammad, Islam's role model, married Aisha when she was 6-years-old, 'consummating' the marriage — or, in modern parlance, raping her — when she was 9." Fawzan does allow for the practical consideration that the child should be capable of handling the weight of the man. But her age and/or an extreme difference in age between husband and wife have no bearing on the matter (no pun intended). As Ibrahim points out, "Sharia law is nothing less than a legal system built atop the words and deeds of a 7th century Arab, whose behavior — from pedophilia and sex-slavery to war mongering and plundering — was very much that of a 7th century Arab." As non-Muslims, we might perhaps regard these savage practices as a monstrously sick joke if so many Muslims weren't intent on inflicting Islam's enlightened views on the rest of us.

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I SAW SOMETHING, SO I'M SAYING SOMETHING

by Stella Paul

Stella Paul speaks for many when she writes, "The authorities expect us to report suspicious backpacks, but stay silent as the tomb about the nature of the men who put them there." It is another indicator of what has happened to this country because the Chief Executive has been concerned with protecting the Muslim community from unproven hatred but ignores that the Salafists are actively undermining our way of life as they push their mission of bringing Sharia to America. If they can persuade us to criminalize anti-Islam statements, eventually, we would have no freedom of speech. As it is, the Administration's whitewashing terrorists and sneering at our military and border police is a prescription for demoralizing our troops and making the jihadists confident. Pretending that Islam is a peaceful religion doesn't make it so. It only makes us as stupid as the Jihadists think we are.

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IS LEFTIST SCHOOL INDOCTRINATION UNSTOPPABLE?

by Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton makes clear that the Marxist interpretation of American history and attitudes is no longer an esoteric 'narrative' held by a few obscure intellectuals. It is by now being mouthed by ordinary lower-grade (in the sense of teaching K12) teachers of ordinary American youngsters. Education at this level initiates the implanting of attitudes and opinions that are stored at a level often resistant to later examination. Because Thornton has experienced the impact on his own family, this is not a unanchored theoretic article, though it targets concepts and techniques that need examination. As he points out, "the ideas may be garbled, half-baked, incoherent, and a collection of clichés and slogans. But they are still toxic and effective at transmitting a world-view to impressionable minds." Basically, Thornton alerts us that this is yet another area where the termites munching at our basic freedoms are busily at work. This is an important article that makes clear what's wrong with our current educational system.

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TERRORIST? DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

by Matthew Vadum

Matthew Vadum's article is going to be a surprise for many if not most people, no matter how knowledgeable they are about the dirty laws and regulations the government has put in place the last few years. According to the recently-issued Touchstone document on training FBI agents, if a terror suspect is associated with the "humanitarian" wing of a terror group, that doesn't mean the FBI should think he's acting "in furtherance of the organization's illicit objective(s)." Heaven forfend! Of course, this allows a member of a Salafist organization to appear in public wearing its peace and humanitarian burqa, while promoting Islamic terrorism under the hood. But we wouldn't want to hurt his feelings — why he might have to abandon his noble efforts to make us all live under Sharia.

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THE UBIQUITOUS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

MB and descendants From: Steven Merley, "The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States," Series No 2, Paper No 3, April, 2009, Hudson Institute.
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HISTORY OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PENETRATION OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

by Clare Lopez

Clare Lopez has written a comprehensive examination of how the United States has bolstered and protected the forces of al-Qa'eda and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). In the Middle East, they are establishing Salafist governments, not democratic ones. In the USA, the Brotherhood has been allowed to tamper with America's security. Their ambitious but detailed and well-organized plan is to bring back the Caliphate, where Islam is dominant and believers in all other religions — or no religion — are subservient. Over the years it has spread its ideology by establishing seemingly benign schools, mosques, social and student clubs as well as by exploiting interfaith groups and developing political networks at high levels. Sometimes openly, most often undercover and via a third-party, it has used tactics ranging from quiet infiltration into the host country's infra-structure to using the growing Muslim community to intimidate, riot and terrorize the natives. Its greatest accomplishment may be in fostering a politically correct environment that blames Islamic terrorism on a small group of hijackers and discourages "inquiry about the very Islamic doctrine that al-Qa'eda and hijackers themselves declared to be their motivation." Lopez makes clear why "it is urgent that we recognize this clear and present danger that threatens not only our Republic but the values of Western civilization."

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'ACTIVISTS' HOPING TO HELP BREACH GAZA BLOCKADE, RAPED IN BENGHAZI

by Lori Lowenthal Marcus

The Gaza flotilla of 2010 gained publicity; the flotilla of 2011 didn't get far out of the gate. This year they tried a truck convoy. As Lori Lowenthal Marcus writes, this too was a bust, and a terrible experience for several of the women who were raped. This story has wider implication. First, with respect to the terrorism of the future (see here), it reinforces the likelihood that terror will be small affairs carried out by local Lone Wolves. Second, it reveals what is an open secret, that the naive Western human shields shipped in by organizations such as ISM to Gaza and elsewhere have been raped by the Arabs they have come to help. Khaled Abu Toameh wrote in a related article on a fatwa issued by Jordanian Salafi Sheikh Yasser Ajlouni allowing jihadists to rape women captured during war. "As of now, families of 'pro-Palestinian' activists around the world will have to think ten times before sending their daughters on humanitarian aid convoys." ("Raping Women in the Name of Islam," April 7, 2013)

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NEW TREND IN AL-QAEDA'S RECRUITMENT EFFORTS: AMERICAN MUSLIMS SHOULD CARRY THE BURDEN OF JIHAD IN U.S.

by Y. Carmon and H. Migron

As Y. Carmon and H. Migron write, "Al-Qaeda's effort to recruit Americans for action in the U.S. takes place on two levels." On the ideological level, they try to counteract the "the efforts of moderate Islamic scholars to challenge jihadist and extremist notions." On the practical level, "Al-Qaeda is striving to place the responsibility for jihad in America upon the Muslim community in the U.S. This is instead of having mujahideen come from other parts of the world to attack the U.S., and instead of recruiting American Muslims to fight on other jihadi fronts worldwide." Seems an obvious refinement. We may have seen the fruit of this approach in Boston at the Marathon.

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MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Instead of a garden of flowering democracy and respect for human rights, the Middle East is fast becoming a yard full of every variety of Salafist, all of whom preach authentic Islam and Sharia uber alles. The Saudis, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and their cohorts are exerting increasing control. The West, apparently unaware of the danger this is to them, is helping them win. How soon will the people of the Middle East and the West look back with regret for the dictators who were vanquished by the Arab Spring?


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THE PERPETUAL SUNNI-SHIA WAR

by Paul Aston Murphy

The major schism in Islamic theology that produced the Shia versus Sunni differences in religious ideology and practices is also reflected in differences in politics and ideas about government. These differences in turn quite often translate into bloody strife between the two factions, as we see in the current Syrian civil war. But the overwhelming concern for both groups is spreading Sharia globally. The Quran itself is from Allah and thus immutable. The rule of thumb seems to be that Shia and Sunni will fight each other within a Middle Eastern country or even across the region but will cooperate against a perceived enemy such as Western culture or against any non-Muslim religion. (Contrariwise, the West has sided with the Sunni in Syria against the Shiite.) And when engaged in trying to demolish Israel, they become one big happy umma.

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MEDIA LABELS ARAB SPRING PRO-DEMOCRACY AS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD (MB) FULFILLS JIHADIST VISION

by Ashraf Ramelah

An act of desperation in Tunisia triggered uprisings in the Arab World that were labeled the Arab Spring, suggesting the advent of democratic freedom for the Muslims of the Arab world. In retrospect, a more accurate label would be the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover of the Arab world. Better still, recalling the movie The Producers that refurbished Hitler, a close ideological relative, Springtime For MB, might be the most suitable. As Ashraf Ramelah writes, "...in Egypt the controlling Muslim Brotherhood is fully exposed as an enemy of the people ...and their pursuit of democracy." Moreover, "they are at the helm of countries militarily surrounding Israel and strategically critical to 'liberate the land of Palestine.' Assuming Assad falls, Lebanon, now dealing with Iran's Hezbollah, and Jordan could be next."

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THE ESCALATING COST OF LEADING FROM BEHIND

by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen

Until way too late in the day, USA ignored Assad's growing arsenal of chemical weapons. The other side of the Syrian civil war has also expanded. As Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen write, "the salafist terror group, Jabhat al-Nusra, an extension of al Qaeda in Iraq," have been part of the rebel group for well over a year and has attracted Sunni jihadists from around the world. In point of fact, "it has grown in strength to become the leading rebel force in Syria." In other words, while the Obama Administration reassured us not too long ago that al-Qaeda was just about dead, not only is it alive but the USA is helping supply its team mates with armament and train its brothers-in-arms, the Jordanians and Syrian rebels. Anyone want to bet that al-Qaeda is excluded from our supplies? And when al-Nusra gets hold of Assad's store of goodies, does anyone believe they will destroy them unused? Meantime, back on the golf course ...

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SYRIA'S AL-NUSRA FRONT PLEDGES ALLEGIANCE TO AL-QAEDA

by Matthew RJ Brodsky and Michael Johnson

Matthew Brodsky and Michael Johnson provide additional material on the Jabhat al-Nusra Salafist jihadist group, which is fighting the Syrian regime on the side of the rebels, while pledging their allegiance to the al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The U.S. and E.U. are "right to worry about arming any rebel groups in Syria, in part because they fear that weapons could fall into the hands of more Islamist elements and turned against Western allies in the region." Brodsky and Johnson are concerned that the West find a rebel group to support lest "Syria's future will be determined either by al-Qaeda franchises or Bashar al-Asad, his sponsors in Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah." The question is: are there any — let alone a sufficient number of — democratic rebels in the entire region that can hold their own against the Salafist rebels: al-Qaeda, the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood?

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KURDISTAN — THE OTHER IRAQ

by David Devoss

As noted above, in Syria the U.S. is supporting the side of the anti-regime rebels that is loaded with al-Qaeda and other Salafists, none of whom espouse democracy or like the West. In this essay, David Devoss writes about Iraqi Kurdistan, an American success story. For over twenty years, the U.S. has helped build up three Kurdish provinces in Iraq, and the Kurds are sincerely pro-American. "Iraqi Kurdistan now serves as both a homeland for the Kurdish diaspora and a refuge for persecuted Christians." But now "it appears the Obama administration may be willing to sacrifice Kurdish autonomy in return for illusory strategic leverage [with the Iraqi government.]" As Israel Commentary put it, "Kurds — Another key ally Obama is about to throw under the bus?"

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JEFFREY AND ABDULLAH II IN WONDERLAND

by David Ha'ivri

King Abdullah of Jordan was recently interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, who painted a pleasing picture of him "as a dynamic, young and intelligent leader working to bring Jordan into the 21st century." Goldberg observed him at kingly work, lunching with Bedouin leaders then flying his plane home. David Haivri adds some needed information. The regime is totalitarian and the king is even losing the support of the Bedouins, his core community. The Palestinian Arabs, who have been stripped of their rights, are 70% of the population and would vote him out. Although he has tried to stay on the right side of the Brotherhood, he is rightly concerned the Muslim Brotherhood will depose him, once they have finished off Assad.

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IRANIAN SHIITE TERROR CELL IN NIGERIA FOLLOWED A FAMILIAR PATTERN

by Dr. Jacques Neriah

Jacques Neriah describes the operations of an Iranian terrorist group that was established in Nigeria by Iranian handlers using local Shiite talent, who carry dual passports. "In the first phases they concentrate on the collection of intelligence, and train in the use of weapons and explosives in Iran. In a later phase they will seek to carry out their terrorist attacks through proxies." They focus on pro-Israeli and pro-American targets. Neriah writes that "Shiite communities around the world represent the infrastructure upon which Iran builds its subversive policies worldwide. This has been the case in most terrorist actions carried out by Iranian agents or proxies such as Hizbullah operatives, and Nigeria is no exception." "All these events provide a rare view of the covert war conducted by Israel, the U.S., and its allies against Iran and Hizbullah." It seems a certainty that in Nigeria a single terrorist isn't dismissed as an unaffiliated Lone Wolf.

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ISLAM'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHRISTIANITY

iran-jesus slave of allah.


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EFFECTS OF THE ARAB SPRING SO FAR ON CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Paul Merkley

Paul Merkley writes of the treatment of Christians and Jews by Muslims in Middle East countries. When Israel became a state in 1948, the neighboring Arabs vented their rage at such impudence, by forcing the Jews — who had lived in these Arab countries far longer than the Arabs — to flee. Currently, as the Middle East comes under the rule of Salafists, Christians are in jeopardy. In Afghanistan, "Christians are put to death under blasphemy and apostasy laws enforced by a government installed, maintained and subsidized by the West." Elsewhere, as in the Egyptian Coptic community, churches and businesses are burned, Christians are forced to convert to Islam and whole communities flee brutal persecution. Yet the secular Western press and politicos all the way up to the Obama White House ignore the plight of the Copts and pretend the Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood are moderate and tolerant.

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DEATH TO CHURCHES UNDER ISLAM: A STUDY OF THE COPTIC CHURCH

by Raymond Ibrahim

In article after article, Raymond Ibrahim has been tracking the devastating and unrelenting assault of Islam on Christians by its leaders and its ordinary people. In this essay, he describes the history of the interactions of Islam and the Egyptian Coptic Church — the early history is discussed in Part 1 and the current history is addressed in Part 2. As Wolff Bachner says in his Introduction, "The documentation for Mr. Ibrahim's article does not come from Western historians. It comes directly from the writings of Islamic scholars and historians dating back to the actual events. The faithful recorders of Islamic history never tried to deny or hide the truth. They kept accurate records of the events of the times, unvarnished by any fear of outside criticism or political correctness. To the great Muslim writers, Islam was the only correct religion and they felt no need to apologize for wishing to make it the one faith for all of mankind."

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EXAMINING ISLAM

Some common-sense ways of looking at Islamic practices

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DERIVING MUSLIM MOTIVES FROM MUSLIM DEMANDS

by Paul Austin Murphy

Muslims start by making small and reasonable-sounding demands. When these are fulfilled, their demands blossom like weeds and grow large, larger and finally grotesque and unyielding. It takes colossal egotism to believe that it is proper for a Muslim to spew hatred at and denigrate all other religions but is within his rights to lash out at anyone criticizing Islam in any way. The same arrogance that is incapable of tolerance to other world views is reflected in the Arab's insistence that Allah speaks exclusively in Arabic, therefore the Koran must be read only in Arabic and not translated. Paul Murphy connects the Arabocentric view with Islam's "long-lasting and ubiquitous" racist behavior. Similarly, spoken through the voice of Interfaith Muslims, what they consider a just and proper jihad is a bizarre kind of sharing. Their ultimate goals are: to replace all laws with sharia; to replace all religions with Islam; and to replace all governments with the Muslim Caliphate.

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HOW CAN ANY RATIONAL, NORMAL PERSON BELIEVE IN ISLAM?

by Jake Neuman

Jake Neuman presents some of Islam's teachings, those currently reaffirmed by their theologians and leaders: to slay for Allah, to do jihad against the infidel, to subjugate women, to hate Jews, to practice pedophilia, to punish minor infractions with mutilation and stoning, to steal from non-Muslims, to murder apostates, inter alia. These are not unavoidable consequences but direct commands. He asks: How can any normal, rational person believe in Islam, how can anyone believe that Islam is a religion? A follow-up question might be: why do our democratic media, academics and political leaders pay Islam respect and work hard to satisfy its intolerant demands on us kaffirs? It is puzzling, isn't it?

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WHEN 'LOVE CONQUERS ALL' DOESN'T


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THEY WILL LOVE US ONE DAY

by Zeev Shemer

Zeev Shemer writes of what the civilized world would describe as another senseless killing: "a Jew,[Eviatar Borowski] a father of five was stabbed to death on a street corner by an Arab who he had never met before, wielding a knife, looking for a Jew to kill." My sympathies to the pro-Palestinian media that will have a minor problem in making this appear justified, but there is a larger issue: for the last 40 years, Israel has tried to appease the Arabs. "This pathological approach to Islamists has driven this country to a very dark place." Shemer questions the lunacy of not treating a terror attack as a terror attack. They capture the terrorist, skillfully repair his leg wounds and house him comfortably until the Arabs can swap him for another captured Israeli soldier or free him on humanitarian grounds. Why provide the cult of death Arabs with yet another hero? Oh. Did we mention this murderer, Salam Zaghal, was released from prison a few months ago? He'd been convicted of trying to kill Jews by throwing rocks.

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IMPORTING ISLAMIC NIGHTMARES — WHILE DENYING THEM

by Fjordman

Fjordman writes of a proposal legally to ban anti-Feminism "hatred" as akin to racism. Norway's "Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion," run by an anti-racist from Iran, likes the idea. It would join the critical examination of Islam as hate talk. Actually, exploring Muslim attitudes towards women is already verboten socially and in the media. Practically speaking, that means only white men can be directly identified as criminal. Predictably, even though rape has increased hugely — Muslim immigrants consider Nordic women immodest, hence fair game — it would be racist to attribute this to the Muslim attitude towards women. So little or nothing is done. I have one quibble with Fjordman. Astute media readers and listeners in the USA have already figured out that if an alleged terrorist or rapist or family killer is not specifically described as a white man or as having blue eyes and blond hair, it is more than likely it's yet again a Muslim. If we aren't shown his picture, it's almost certain it's a Muslim.

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Zionism=Judaism
Anti-Zionism=Anti-Judaism


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ANTI-ZIONISTS: A MAJORITY FOR EVIL

by Michael Devolin

Michael Devolin explains the animus against Zionism as well as ever I've seen it done. As he writes,

"Western journalists have portrayed religious observance, especially Jewish observance, as something shameful and an embarrassment for their envisioned type of intellectual. ... Zionism has become their Exempli gratia in the war they have made against all things Jewish. Therefore Zionism is never mentioned as a practical and ancient commandment of the Torah, a commandment as conspicuous and practical as the prohibitions against stealing and murder; instead it is transmogrified as a Jewish evil simply because the political and expansionist objectives of Islam and Christianity have always been given more precedent in the press than the right of the Jew to live safely and securely in the land of Israel."
In other words, Zionism is nothing more or less than our ancient connection to our land. We are obligated to redeem it, should it — as it did during centuries of foreign and Ottoman rule — fall on hard times. It's a matter of family affiliation and affection. It isn't a symbol. It is symbiosis. To thrive, Jews need their Land. The Land of Israel needs them.

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DECONSTRUCTING OBAMA'S JERUSALEM SPEECH

by Richard H. Shulman

President Obama came to Israel and made a nice speech that was well-received. He gets A for delivery, reassurance and stirring the (selected) audience. Richard H. Shulman writes about other factors, many of which were played down by what is often called Obama's poodle media. Shulman weighs and measures Obama's words against what we know from Obama's previous behavior in similar situations. Obama flunks. As Shulman summarizes the essence of the speech, "Close and sober examination of it, however, confirms his anti-Zionism and his demagoguery."

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AT BOSTON U: PROPAGANDA DRESSED AS SCHOLARSHIP

by Richard L Cravatts, PhD

Arab pocket money buys a lot of academics. Last year, the Kennedy School at Harvard had a conference on the One-State Solution, an effective way for the Palestinian Arabs to overwhelm the Jews in Israel by sheer numbers. This year Boston University will be doing a variant of the same scheme: a Right of Return Conference, where supposed grown-ups will discuss allowing into Israel some 5-7 million Arabs who claim previous connection to Israel. Richard Cravatts points out that "every one of the participants of the BU conference are part of a retinue of the hate-Israel crowd, a traveling road-show of politicized scholars, propagandists, and pseudo- and non-academic activists with only a thinly-veiled animus towards Israel, Zionism, and Jews in general." Cravatts provides us with excellent portraits of some of the participants, political ideologues, who have long used the Arab refugee as a shield behind which they can safely attack Israel. Oh, that our universities should have come to this!

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HAPPY 65th, ISRAEL!

by Ted Belman

On Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution for the establishment of Israel as an independent Jewish state. On the 5th day of Iyar (May 14, 1948, Gregorian) David Ben-Gurion flanked by the members of the Provisional Council of State read the Declaration of Independence to the assembled guests. Israel commemorates this singular event yearly on Yom Ha'atzmaut ("Independence Day") by ceremonies and festivities that include honoring the Israeli Defense Force and holding the International Bible Contest. This year Yom Ha'atzmaut fell on April 16, 2013. Ted Belman has posted an English translation of the Declaration.

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THE HOLOCAUST JUST GOT MORE SHOCKING

by Eric Lichtblau

Eric Lichtblau cites the statistics for the number of ghettos and concentration camps during the Nazi era. They are much higher than most people, even scholars, assumed. He also points out that the claims of ignorance by many Germans is specious. A personal anecdote: my husband attended a meeting of pathologists in Germany many years ago. He asked about a concentration camp that had been nearby during World War 2. The local pathologists earnestly claimed they didn't know about murder at the camp. Imagine. Pathologists. And they didn't recognize the smell of burning flesh.

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WARSAW GHETTO SURVIVOR IN ISRAEL RECALLS UPRISING

by Aron Heller

Aliza Vitis-Shomron was 14 and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto, where Jews rose up and fought their Nazis captors bitterly and heroically until there were no more Jews left. The rebellion "became a symbol of struggle against impossible conditions, illustrated a refusal to succumb to Nazi atrocities and inspired other acts of uprising and underground resistance by Jews and non-Jews alike." The rebels told her she was too young to fight but she should tell the world "'how we died fighting the Nazis. That is your job now.' She's been doing that ever since, publishing a memoir about life in the ghetto and lecturing about the revolt and its legendary leader, Mordechai Anielewicz."

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PASSOVER'S GIFT: THE PROMISED AND UNDIVIDED LAND

by Victor Sharpe

We end this issue with an essay by Victor Sharpe on the Passover. Again in 2013, as for the past 3,300 years, we will eat a ceremonial meal and tell our children the story of how HaShem delivered the Jewish people from their enslavement in Egypt. And He gave them as theirs the Land of Israel in an everlasting Covenant from (using modern names) the Red Sea to the Mediterranean to the Euphrates. This year, as in so many years in the past, there are those who would deny us our patrimony. Again and again they try to persuade us or threaten us to give up our land. "Nevertheless, to give away one inch of the land is a profound rejection of the Covenant made between His people and Almighty God. It is also a strategy of national suicide... And it would not go amiss to remind the increasingly Godless European Union [among others] of Passover's gift to the Jewish people: The promised and undivided land."

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March-April, 2013 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for March and April are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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January–February 2013

What we are talking about in the January–February 2013 Issue

  1. Overview Of Islamic Takeover (Butrick)
  2. Takeover In The West: Europe And America (Glick, Bawer, Stillwell and Greene, Kern, Rubin, Eidelberg, Glazov, Cline, Lipkin)
  3. Takeover In Israel (Lipkin, Alster, Rubin, Ettinger, Leibler, Shulman, Meotti, Sherman, Greenfield)
  4. Takeover In the Arab Middle East (Detroit Jewish News, Ibrahim, Miller, Bryen, Phares, Gelb, Ghitis, Joffe, Hanson)
  5.  (Poller, Seid, Eidelberg)
  6. Some Recent History (Honig, Halevi)
  7. Jan-February 2013 Blog-Eds  Readers' Postings, Comments and Videos

OVERVIEW OF ISLAMIC TAKEOVER

Over the years several studies have correlated the growth of the number of Muslims resident in a foreign country and "the transition from conciliatory Islam to fascist Islam." It is a major theme of R.K. Ohri's book "The Long March of Islam" that we serialized from September-October 2009 to March-April 2011. To set the stage, this is called The Stages of Global Muslim Takeover. The last time we reprinted it was in the January-February 2010 issue of Think-Israel.

Stages of Global Muslim Takeover

  1. Infiltrate quietly, settling in small numbers near or among the locals' towns and villages.

  2. Establish friendly relations, and convince others of the virtues of Islam.

  3. Participate in community activities and provide charity for the poor and generosity to all, while encouraging the immigration of other Muslims.

  4. Get converts and supporters from the rank and file of the local population, particularly from the poor and disenfranchised of the host society, via the multiple mosques and madrasas and charitable and human rights groups. (Today, in the case of the US and EU, converts come in great numbers from the ranks of criminals, especially imprisoned African-Americans.)

  5. Agitate for greater and broader rights and considerations for Muslims, and for protection against real or imagined "Islamophobia".

  6. Organize a political party to push for changes in law to permit Muslim-only enclaves and for laws that formalize the host society's accommodation of Muslim religious needs.

  7. Institute the divide-and-conquer strategy of making pacts with some anti-establishment or minority government groups, legal (as has been done in the USA with Green Party, National Lawyers Guild) or illegal (KKK, Aryan Nation) so they will help in the following stages.

  8. Once you have the power base (some 10-15 percent of the population), then use violence, strikes, street riots, assassination, intimidation and bribery of government officials to destabilize the government.

  9. If the host country's government response to the violence is not effective, then there is a de facto green light to start full-blown terrorism which will topple the government and allow Muslim leaders to move up the power ladder with the help of the anti-establishment groups. Once in power, Muslim leaders can use their influence over the agitating Muslim population to quell the violence, thus pretending that they are helping restore order even as they themselves orchestrate the violence.

  10. Abandon the erstwhile anti-establishment allies and reign supreme; establish Shari'a, and declare the state to be a new Muslim nation where Shari'a is law and non-Moslems are dhimmi.

In the January-February 2010 issue, we looked at Islamist infiltration in Israel and in the West. What were we doing, if anything, to counter an Islamic takeover? And what outcome could we expect from our actions? A fundamental concern was voiced in an article in that issue by D.L. Adams, "What is our purpose in supporting the creation and growth of societies and governments that are fundamentally opposed to our existence."

In the current issue, we look at Israel, the West and the Arab Middle East and ask: How far has Resurgent Islam infiltrated into our infra structure and perturbed our way of life. And what can we do about it?

THE FIVE STAGES OF ISLAM

by Richard Butrick

  We are reprinting this essay by Richard Butrick from the July-August 2011 issue of Think-Israel. It describes the changes in the behavior of Muslims as their numbers increase relative to the rest of the population in a non-Muslim country. While varying in some details, the general picture is the same: the Muslims don't want to 'fit in' or assimilate or just live quietly in their own way. They want to run the show and won't stop until they do.

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TAKEOVER IN THE WEST: EUROPE AND AMERICA

Europe is becoming more and more antisemitic as the Muslim population grows and is overtly anti-Jewish, killing Jews and demonizing them. But their animosity isn't confined to Jews; more and more the Muslims are now bullying the natives. The takeover of Europe proceeds with no sign of an adequate counter response. People flee to the outskirts as Muslim enclaves in the cities grow. Or they move to another country. But there is no fight in them. In the USA there is overt infiltration into agencies such as Homeland Security, the FBI, the CIA and the State Department by Muslims with questionable loyalty to America. Add to this that creating new military weaponry is on hold; appeasement and "containment" are considered good policy. Infiltration is still primarily under the radar —educational textbooks and other sources of information whitewash Islam. It has become clear that Academia's traditional liberalism is too often funneled into hateful acts against "enemy" groups as defined by Marxist professors and into curtailing the rights of free speech by those it calls illiberal. The Muslims are the new blacks, the underdog group that needs protection —and Resurgent Islam have spent a boodle making this happen.

A major problem in the West is not direct or even undercover infiltration. It is a shift in moral ideology —moral relativism is in. Our values are all relative. Our ideologies are all equal, although some ideologies such as Marxism and Sharia may be a tad more equal than others. It's not alright for a Christian child to pray in school; it is alright for teachers to take Christian children to visit mosques, where they put on burqas and pray as do Moslems. Clearly, the acceptance of the equality of all ideologies is undermining our traditional values. But that's only the beginning of its effect on the West. It is also contributing to the non-reaction by the West to the clear and present dangers of Resurgent Islam. The West is unarmed, as Barry Rubin notes, "in ideas, analysis, and understanding." What were once firm convictions anchored in a Judeo-Christian morality have become spongy and soupy. Eventually this results in a society that actually believes that "if you're nice to the terrorists, they'll be nice to you." But a Islamic takeover would not bring reciprocal tolerance. Quite the opposite. It would insist that everyone be governed by the tenets of sharia law.


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BYE-BYE LONDON

by Caroline Glick

  This is a very personal reaction by Caroline Glick to an encounter with British Intelligentsia, and noteworthy for that reason. The occasion was a debate entitled: "Israel is destroying itself with its settlement policy. If settlement expansion continues Israel will have no future." Caroline's side lost. She expected the debate would argue facts and logic. Instead, the winning side appealed to people's passions. And the English are not noted for innate kind feeling to Jews. What appalled her was that the audience behaved as a mob, when presented by any fact in Israel's favor —not what one would expect "of upper crust, wealthy British people." Methinks, though she knows about British anti-Semitism intellectually, she was shocked by the experience —Brits, known for civil debates, acting like a bunch of rabble rousers from Ramallah.

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EUROPE: A CONTINENT IN FLIGHT

by Bruce Bawer

 Bruce Bawer has an eye for the details that anchor his sorrowful conclusion that Europeans are fleeing some of their major cities because these are now places the Muslim immigrants have taken over. In recounting a story of a boy who was kicked off a bus because some Muslims objected to his dog, Bawer writes, "The story of that boy and his dog, simply put, is the story of today's Europe in miniature — the story of a continent whose natives are increasingly being tormented by Koran-wielding tyrants, and increasingly in flight."

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INDOCTRINATING CHILDREN: 'PALESTINE SOLIDARITY' IN THE CLASSROOM

by Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene

  Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene write about another of that well-known sub-species of Jew-Hater: the Western and/or Israeli Jews who identify so closely with the Palestinian Arabs, they hate and loath Israel. They have so completely incorporated the ideology of the Arab that they cheer when an Arab terrorist kills a Jew. One of this group, Marcy Jane Knopf-Newman, who has taught English at Arab universities in the Middle East, shows considerable talent in generating novel and fun ways to delegitimize "Israel in the malleable minds of her students." She has now produced a book on how to teach Palestine [sic] to American children that shows her creativity both in presenting ideas and in distorting facts and inventing inappropriate analogies. Her eye is always on the purpose of the book, facts be damned. There is an addendum by Todd Starnes of a recently-described incident where a public school teacher had her students don burqas.

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BAN REMAINS ON MUSLIM PRAYER IN SPANISH CATHEDRAL

by Soeren Kern

  Europeans tend to feel guilty over their history of global colonization. (There have been attempts to point out colonization wasn't a one-way street. See e.g., Fjordman's "Europeans As Victims Of Islamic Colonialism" here.). Muslims do not feel guilt over ruling and/or enslaving other people. Their attitude is: if it was once ruled by Islam, it is ours to eternity. Soren Kern writes about a recent example. Once upon a time a long time ago, most of Spain was under Islamic rule and the mosque in Cordoba was its majestic symbol. When the Christians reconquered Spain some five hundred years later, the mosque was converted to a church and a ban was placed on Muslim prayer there. Soeren Kern writes that in the last few years, many Muslims have become radicalized and believe that because they once ruled Spain, it belongs to them forever. As a first step, they demand the right to pray in the church. Church officials point out the obvious —that in a similar but reversed situation —the Damascus mosque was previously a church —the Muslims wouldn't think of giving up the mosque, nor would anyone expect them to do so. But as Kern points out, "as the Muslim population in Spain continues to grow in size (it is expected to nearly double by 2030) and in political influence, history may be reversed earlier than most Spaniards might imagine."

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ISLAMISTS TO WEST: PUT UP YOUR HANDS AND HAND OVER YOUR PROPERTY!

by Barry Rubin

  The West has the equipment, the weaponry, scientific acumen, modern ideas. Why isn't it making mincemeat of Islamic terrorists? Why is creeping sharia continuing to take over? Using an actual happening as paradigm, Barry Rubin analyzes why the West is so easily intimidated, paying blood money rather than ridding us of bullies that want to reconstruct our entire society to suit themselves. It's our "ideas, analysis, and understanding" that need updating.

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DEMOCRATIZING ISLAM

by Paul Eidelberg

  Paul Eidelberg writes that modern-day 'Islamic fundamentalism' is indeed authentic Islam." It is "Islamism revived" and modeled on the religious-political-lifestyle system developed by Mohammed himself. Jihad —waging offensive war against infidels —is a basic principle of all four schools of Islamic law. Eidelberg notes that "Islam has already invaded Europe. Its goal is nothing less than conquest. And Europe, rotting in nihilism, hedonism, and anti-Semitism, is allied with its gravediggers." He is concerned that in America, "Moral relativism infects the democratic mind and saps the will to overcome the absolutism of the Islamic mind." He believes "the Jewish conception of man's creation in the image of God ... can provide democracy with [the] ethical and rational foundation" it needs to fight an Islamic takeover.

The Arab countries have ethnic, religious and governmental diversity, so one size democracy won't fit all. Even so, it is "only if certain Islamic regimes are conquered and occupied, only if an entire generation of Muslim children is re-educated, only if political power is decentralized and political accountability replaces Muhammadan top-down leadership, can one speak sensibly of democratizing Islam. Merely to eliminate Muslim despots and institute democratic elections will accomplish nothing enduring." His words are as applicable today as when he wrote this essay in 2004.

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CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, AND ATHEISM: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE WEST

Interview with William Kilpatrick by Jamie Glazov

  William Kilpatrick has previously written about moral relativism and how it impairs the ability to tell right from wrong. More recently he has focused on another consequence: that it impairs the ability to understand that Islamic ideology is dangerous for the West. As he says, "One of the main reasons Western citizens can't see the obvious about Islam is that they have been subjected to an educational system that insists on the moral equivalency of all cultures and religions, just as it had previously insisted on the equivalency of all value systems... Or, to paraphrase Mark Steyn, the people who brought you Heather Has Two Mommies are about to bring you "Heather has four mommies and a great big bearded daddy." He hopes Christians will start standing up for their cultural heritage instead of allowing the moral relativism that makes our civilization passive while Islam pushes aggressively to replace Western civilization with Islamic Sharia.

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THE CLUELESS LEFT AND ISLAM

by Edward Cline

  In this article Edward Cline expands on an article by Daniel Greenfield on the strange affinity of the political Left and Islam. Greenfield observed that "The left views the Islamists as just another front group to be used. The Islamists see the left the same way and in Iran, Egypt and Tunisia, the Islamists have a better track record of getting the better of the left." Cline believes that the Left isn't really clueless about the nature of Islam but there's a dark side that motivates the Left to act "as the janissaries of Islam, as ideologues and Sturmabteilung of another totalitarian system, for the moment tolerated and drafted into Islam's cause to swell the numbers of Islam's brigades and to handle the rough stuff in protests and demonstrations and clashes with the targets of the day." There's certainly good reason to suspect many on the Left cater to the Muslims precisely because they believe the Muslims are capable of exterminating freedom of individual action. But there is still the puzzle that when watching Resurgent Islam in action, how can the Left avoid noticing the glaring inconsistencies between its professed belief system and Muslim ideology. As the editor of the Fahrenheit211 website put it (20Feb13): "Whichever way you look at it here you have a Left political current that says it is for the rights of minorities to be treated equally but supports those Islamic groups that would quite happily kill said minorities. For the democratic Left to work with Islam is about as far away from the promotion of diversity and tolerance than you can possibly get, because Islam doesn't 'do' diversity, Islam only does oppression. In Islam there is no diversity of religion, of politics or of thought."

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CREATING UTOPIA

by Bernice Lipkin

  I was watching an oldie called "The Girl from Petrovka" starring Goldy Hahn as a Russian ballerina, who has learned how to survive in Communist Russia. It started me thinking about the Russian Revolution — of which, admittedly, my actual knowledge is limited. Anyone with real knowledge will probably shudder at the following simplistic summary, but as a rough outline I think it works. First they killed off the Imperials. Then they made sure the 'middle class' didn't interfere with their grand plans: some they killed; some manufacturers, industrialists and land owners joined the Party; some left. When they had leeched out of their system most of those who were creative, efficient and had the ability to organize, they had to contend with everybody else. I wrote down what might be an analogous process here in the States. Of course, it can't happen here.

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TAKEOVER IN ISRAEL
Israel has been doing things wrong for a long time. After the Oslo Accords were signed, it was soon obvious that the Palestinian Arabs had no intention of fulfilling their promises, yet Israeli politicians continue to voice their desire for a Palestinian State in Israel's heartland, knowing full well that such an entity would only be an expanded version of terrorist-controlled Gaza. The Arabs have worked full time at murdering Jews with whatever is at hand —explosives, missiles, rocks, guns and knives —and Israel has responded only occasionally and weakly: they would drop leaflets announcing they were coming, so they were met by empty houses; and they avoided hitting Arab youngsters used by their own parents as human shields. Most Israelis have become more realistic, understanding that conciliatory gestures won't work, but Israeli politicians and much of its media and academics continue to appease the Arabs and the European Union and the "world" media at the expense of their own citizens. They continue to allow the Arabs to define the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They join in demonizing the "settlers", who are, of all Israel's citizens, most like the earlier settlers of the late 1800's in dedication to country but with a love of Torah, not Marxism. Even though Judea and Samaria are Jewish by the same international law that gave the rest of the Ottoman Middle East to the Arabs, some Jews (less all the time) talk of giving up pieces of their tiny country, even Biblical Israel. Dr. Gabi Avital described it this way: "For nearly 45 years, Israel has dug itself into a booby-trapped pit. We have been trained to think that if we exit the occupied territories, the remedy will appear and cure the ills of the country. If you just sit and talk, the terror will disappear for good and a vision of a dove with an olive branch will shine over the Jews from the Green Line" (Israel Hayom, 11Feb2013). Many Jews see that the solution is to reclaim the Territories yet the politicians dither on, continuing tactics long shown to be useless. This irresolution may seem comical but it has become dangerous as the Arabs —now around 20% of the Israeli population —become bolder in their demands.

This set of essays progress from the situation as it is now to ways of changing it to Israel's benefit.


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JUST BEING THEMSELVES

by Bernice Lipkin

  This is a compilation by Bernice Lipkin of recent news items and articles that serve to illustrate how far the Arabs has come in terrorizing their Jewish neighbors, intimidating the government and judiciary, stealing Jewish land and taking over Jewish Holy Sites. They have become bold, knowing they won't be challenged.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT HAMAS' SMUGGLING TUNNELS

by Paul Alster

  It's eerie how Hamas population control strategy is so like Alinsky Socialist strategy. In this essay Paul Alster outlines how Hamas can have its cake —the Gazans are "under siege, deprived of everyday goods, whose only means of receiving sufficient supplies is through the network of tunnels ... from Egypt" —while eating the supplies it receives directly from Israel. Hamas deliberately limits the cross points to bolster its painting of a people under siege while collecting its share from tunnel delivery. Incidentally, Hamas has some of the weaponry left unsecured when we knocked off Gaddafi of Libya. Isn't it nice to know they aren't all in the hands of al-Qaeda?

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MURDERED DIPLOMACY: HOW THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT HAS BEEN TOTALLY TRANSFORMED

by Barry Rubin

  Mahmoud Abbas the sort-of head of the Palestinian Authority (elections have been delayed three years) requested and received the status of a non-member state. Meaningless, yet useful, in that Abbas will now try to peddle the "notion that the 'international community' was recognizing its claim to every inch of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and east Jerusalem." We can look forward to Palestinian Authority comic SLAPP suits against Israel at the UN. But its unintended consequence is important: it has destroyed the diplomatic "peace process." Since Abbas now has his virtual State, it is pointless for Israel to negotiate borders of a real State. As Barry Rubin writes, "If the Israel-Palestinian situation were to be considered to be like a hand grenade, the 'international community' has just pulled the pin and thrown it away.'" Given the chaos in the Middle East and the internecine and inter-state conflicts, Abbas is likely to get short shrift from other Arab countries that he invites to share his fantasy.

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THE ISRAEL CONSTITUENT — REALISM OVER WISHFUL THINKING

by Yoram Ettinger

  Yoram Ettinger writes that "the Israeli constituent demonstrates more realism than Israeli politicians." Most Israelis have learned from experience and "have concluded that security-driven peace supersedes peace-driven security." "A ratio of 65%:33% opposes the repartitioning of Jerusalem in the context of a peace accord; 65%: 31% reject a withdrawal from the Jordan Valley; 68%:28% refuse evacuation of Ariel and western Samaria; 72%:22% insist on retaining control over the blocs of Jewish settlements; 73%:18% disapprove relinquishing control over the Judea and Samaria mountains which dominate Ben Gurion Airport; 67%:22% insist that Israel retains control of the Judea and Samaria Highway 443 connecting Jerusalem to the coastal plain." It's time for the politicians to change their ways.

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IGNORANCE, HYPOCRISY, DOUBLE STANDARDS

by Isi Leibler

  There has never been diplomatic or political question that the city of Ma'ale Adumim, near Jerusalem, would always be Jewish and "attached" to Jerusalem by Area E1. Yet, "for over 10 years, Israel deferred to international requests to delay construction in the area in order to appease the Palestinians." When finally they began the long-delayed construction, the Palestinians falsely accused Israel of denying contiguity between two major areas in a future Arab state. Why would people believe these claims, when Arab leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas have no credibility, having even denied any historical connection between Jews and Jerusalem? Isi Leibler attributes this to the double standards whereby actual wrongdoing by the Palestinian Arabs is ignored but any assertion that Israel is a fault is taken at face value. He also points out that many believe the Arabs out of ignorance and here Israel has been negligent in not making a forceful case for itself.

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IS THE PROBLEM PALESTINIAN ARAB REJECTION OR "OCCUPATION?"

by Richard H. Shulman

  This essay by Richard Shulman is built around two papers representative of those written by academics, diplomats and government administrators who claim to have Israel's interest at heart and want to instruct it for its own good. A Professor Krebs sheds crocodile tears over the Israeli "occupation on the grounds (no pun intended) that it creates a bunker mentality in Israelis. Yosef Kuperwasser and Shalom Lipner, both in the Israeli government, point out insightfully that a fundamental problem is the Arab rejection of a Jewish state in territory the Arabs once held. However, having spelled out that nothing can be resolved until the Arabs accept the notion of a non-Muslim state, they revert to the usual discussion of how Israel can appease the enemy, while hoping that someday they'll change. Richard Shulman rebuts these arguments with commonsense, by carrying the opposition arguments to their logical conclusions and by facts, features somewhat lacking in the referent papers.

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THE "HILLTOP YOUTH": ISRAEL'S HEROES

by Giulio Meotti

  Giulio Meotti recognizes their merit of the hilltop Youth, the youngster who guard the hilltops of Samaria and Judea, keeping terrorist Arabs from taking over more of Jewish land. As Meotti writes, "They are Israel's most outstanding individuals, instilled with ideals that their government ministers can only envy. They are Israel's last heroes." Why guard the hilltops? When the Arabs attack in force, the ones who control the hilltops will control the area. And how are these young heroes rewarded, these strong-minded patriots who have the temerity to put their own people's welfare first? They are the most reviled of that most reviled group of Israeli Jews —the patriotic Jewish settlers of Samaria and Judea. Yet it is they who understand that it is both craven and pointless to try to appease an enemy whose goal is to kill Jews, no matter how conciliatory the Jews try to be.

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INTELLECTUAL WARRIORS, NOT SLICKER DIPLOMATS

by Martin Sherman

  Dr. Martin Sherman bluntly describes the major failing of Israel's security measures: "Israel's greatest strategic challenge, its gravest strategic failure and its grimmest strategic danger is the conduct — or rather misconduct — of its public diplomacy." To call Israel's public diplomacy (PD) inadequate is to overrate it. Israel's PD infrastructure needs a complete overhaul, not a quick fix. It will take money, encouragement of pro-Israeli groups, change of staff — and most importantly —a change in attitude. PD should not be treated as an add-on but as "an operational arm of national strategy." Professional diplomats aren't up to the job. Israel needs voices who are dedicated to Israel and who "can identify and articulate the raw truth as to the true origins of the delegitimization of Israel" —"intellectual warriors."

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THE WESTERN FRONT: A MOMENT OF TRUTH IN ISRAEL

by Daniel Greenfield

  Israeli politicians seem to have forgotten the consequences of the disastrous removal of the Jews from Gaza and are making noises again about splitting off more Jewish land in the "interests of peace." In this essay Daniel Greenfield analyzes why giving up Jewish land to terrorists doesn't lead to peace with the Arabs. It's not even an inadequate solution — not even in the short term. It has no relevance to the root cause: Arab religion-based hostility to Jews and Arab ambition to rule the world. There's also another reason for not uprooting the Jews of Samaria and Judea that Greenfield's masterful analysis does not cover. The thriving Gazan Jewish communities were destroyed in 2005 and many if not most are still not settled and certainly are not as productive. If the Government couldn't competently handle less than 10,000 people at huge financial cost let alone the cost in human suffering, how are they going to manage half a million Jewish refugees from Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem?

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TAKEOVER IN THE ARAB MIDDLE EAST

We started this issue with the proposition that the behavior of immigrant Muslims in a non-Muslim host country is governed by the size of the Muslim population. As their population increases, the Muslims become less accommodating. They begin to make increasingly outrageous demands and sculpture the environment to suit themselves, marginalizing the natives. So how does that work when we are dealing with Muslims in a Muslim country?

Some years ago, the Sunni-Shiite philosophic split became low-level warfare, as in the proxy war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the Sunni moneyman, has been battling it out with Iran, the lead country of the Shi'ites. Thanks to the Arab Spring in 2010 which created (more) instability in a number of countries, the pace picked up and became open and obvious warfare between components of the Sunnis and the Shi'ites.

After months-long demonstrations and strikes, the actual body blows to the Tunisian and Egyptian governments were fairly rapid, especially with the USA butting in in Egypt against the Mubarak Government. Tunisia is still without a government. Unemployment grows, turbulence increases. There is tension between the secular and the fundamentalists, who continue to grow stronger. And, oh yes, a secular opposition leader has been assassinated. The Muslim Brotherhood now runs Egypt.

In Libya, for some reason, Washington saw fit to interfere and help hunt down Moammar Gaddafi, who of all the Arab dictators was the least threat to the West. The rebels included al-Qaeda affiliates, one group of which was later responsible for the Benghazi massacre. Libya no longer has a dictator. Nor does it have much of a functioning government. It is now the locus of small independent fiefdoms, terrorist bands who protect some and terrorize others. No one seems to have thought ahead to secure Gaddafi's vast weaponry stores. Some were destroyed by Hamas in Gaza very simply: they shot them at Tel-Aviv. Gahdafi's weaponry has been showing up in newer Arab Springlets. The USA has been implicated in delivering some of them via Turkey to Syria, to the rebels.

The internecine clashes within many countries, certainly in Libya and Syria, are inaccurately described as a rebel (how romantic!) revolt against government dictatorship. Actually, they are strict fundamentalists fighting against secularists, against nominal Muslims or against not-quite-so fundamentalists. Or they are Sunni against Shiite. Increasingly, both sides are reinforced by weaponry and man power from other countries.

Daniel Greenfield summarizes the recent activity in Arab countries, which has been helped along by the USA, the EU and the UN, this way: (16Jan13, "One Hundred Wars," Jewish Press
http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/ daniel-greenfield/one-hundred-wars/2013/01/16/0/?print) "The French are in Mali now, being shot at by Islamists armed with the very same weapons that France airdropped into Libya. Either those or the weapons that France sold to Gaddafi in the preceding period when European countries were competing to be his arms dealers." [..]."Saif Gaddafi went from the toast of European academics to a mass murderer, Gaddafi's opposition went from Al Qaeda terrorists to brave rebels, then the brave rebels, many of whom were actually Iraqis, Tunisians and Jordanians, shot up an American diplomatic mission, hooked up with some of Gaddafi's Tuaregs to take over Northern Mali, shot them up and began carving out their own Islamist Emirate. [..] In two years, the evil ruthless dictators who kill and torture their own people have been replaced by ruthless democratically elected dictators who kill and torture their own people."

When 9/11 happened, we were given the kindergarden level reassurance that what we were fighting was terrorism and that we could visualize this terrorism as being embodied in al-Qaeda and in particular in one man, Osama bin Ladin, leader of al-Qaeda. We were told that when we cut off its leadership, al-Qaeda would soon shrivel away. That notion is no longer tenable. But it is not yet widely understood that in the current major hot spot, the civil war in Syria —as was the case in Libya —many if not most of the experienced fighters in the revolutionary rebel forces are dedicated Salafists. Al-Qaeda is Salafist. The Muslim Brotherhood is Salafist. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are Salafist. They may squabble over nuances, but they all are followers of authentic Islam as practiced by Mohammad. They all work towards a global Islamic Caliphate. And if they win, Syria will become yet another Salafist state.

So yes, we can talk about a Muslim takeover by a subset of Muslims within a Muslim country. It seems to depend less on number of people than on who has the most advanced weaponry, the most experienced man power, renewable resources and dedication. So far the Muslim Brotherhood and like-minded Salafists have been doing well.


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THE REAL MEANING OF THE TERM 'ISLAMIST'

by Detroit Jewish News

  It's been over twelve years since Radical Islam violently let us know that it was at war with the West, yet we still am not sure what to call this enemy. Things seem to have settled down to calling them Islamists. It is claimed that Islamists interpret the Koran in an extremist political fashion as against the moderate Muslims who are simply pious people practicing their religion. That makes things tidy. Unfortunately, it is a distinction without a difference. To practice the religion according to the Koran is indeed to be political and try to make all others subservient. Just ask the vocal Muslim clerics in the Middle East and in the mosques around the world.

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"WHOEVER FIGHTS US, FIGHTS ISLAM"

by Raymond Ibrahim

 Unconsciously, most of us view others as more imperfect or perhaps as superior replicas of ourselves —with a similar live-and-let-live attitude. This essay by Raymond Ibrahim takes a specific case where such an assumption leads to erroneous conclusions. As he says of the current concern that the Islamists are taking over Egypt: "Islamists are currently evoking the one argument that has always, from the very beginnings of Islam, empowered Islamists over moderates in the Muslim world." The Islamists-Salafists back up their claim to be keepers of the true faith of Islam because they stringently follow Sharia. So any secular Muslim who doesn't want Sharia but calls himself a Muslim automatically loses the debate. What Ibrahim details in the small is mainly true in any Muslim country where the Islamists are in —or close to —control.

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TRIBES WITH FLAGS: HOW THE ARAB SPRING HAS EXPOSED THE MYTH OF ARAB STATEHOOD

by Aaron David Miller

  An Arab leader or cleric may speak about his vision of the future as if his particular notion were the only possible outcome, but in fact, different leaders envision differing governing structures: many long to reinstall a theologically-based Caliphate while, on the other extreme, some envision shackling states together to create a political pan-Arab superstate similar to what Egypt did in the last century. It is easy to map these disparate futures onto the Islamic belief that Islam must be top dog globally, ruling over subservient non-Muslims. It may also be that what these contradictory visions express is an Arab desire for unity among themselves. Unfortunately, as Aaron David Miller writes, Arabs may talk about nation and state but they appear to identify parochially —"it's loyalty to the tribe, family, sect, and religious group that provides the primary source of identity and organization." By stripping away the top level of rigid government control, the Arab Spring brought the tensions among these conflicting identities out into the open, together with the age-old Arab way of dealing with conflicting ideas: murder, rioting and vandalism. Even Miller, who is more optimistic than I am, doesn't expect positive results for a long while. As he points out, unity requires the opposite approach: it needs leaders who think nationally, viable and legitimate institutions and a way of accommodating dissension peaceably.

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A HARD RECKONING

by Shoshana Bryen

  Shoshana Bryen makes the point that Iran has made a sizable investment in supporting Syria's Bashar Assad, but her aspirations are at least regional and her reach is expanding. Bryen points out that "the United States, which has focused rhetorical attention on the Iranian nuclear program, ... has utterly failed to see Iranian activities spread openly across the globe." As she writes, "Whatever the fate of Bashar Assad, Iran is unlikely to abandon its investment in Hezbollah or in other Syrian groups, but Iran's interests go well beyond the Syria/Hezbollah axis. Iranian influence in predominantly Shiite Iraq continues to grow and there are reports of Iran building Iraqi Hezbollah militias as the security situation continues to deteriorate since the American departure in 2011."

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U.S. AID TO SYRIA'S REVOLUTION NOT TO THE JIHADISTS

by Walid Phares

  In the Benghazi festering scandal, while we know the major players, we don't know the actual relationship between them. We know that the result of a CIA hush-hush operation was this: the USA Government was gun running Libyan weaponry to the Syrian rebels as it had to the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi. Quantities of the weaponry ended up with the al-Qaeda fighters who are a strong asset on the rebel side. We know Ambassador Stevens was involved. We know the Syrian rebels were —and are —made to look good compared to the Syrian regime's atrocities. We know the rebellion's strong connections to al-Qaeda were kept quiet. Now, cleverly, the Obama Administration has come out openly for the rebels and, of course, is still officially against al-Qaeda. In a binary world, if al-Qaeda is bad then the other rebels, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and al-Nusrah, an al-Qaeda affiliate, must be good. As Dr Walid Phares points out, they are not. They are as much Salafist as al-Qaeda. Should they control the revolt, the result will be another Islamist regime, which will not hesitate turning these weapons on Americans and other Westerners. He argues for supporting the secularist democratic rebels, of which I'm sure there are some.

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HOW TO SAVE SYRIA FROM AL QAEDA

by Leslie H. Gelb

  The previous article by Walid Phares was concerned with the problem of aiding the Syrian opposition without having the money go to the various Jihadist groups who are prominent among those fighting the Syrian regime. This article by Leslie Gelb is specifically interested in avoiding payment to al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Because the two authors raise somewhat different issues, propose somewhat different solutions and because the problem is acute, both articles are presented.

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EUROPE, NAME HEZBOLLAH IN TERROR

by Frida Ghitis

  Frida Ghitis writes about a terrorist attack that casts light on several moral issues, including the European Union's (EU) selective discrimination in the Middle East. On July 18, 2012, a bus carrying Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort of Burgas in Bulgaria was attacked by terrorists. It was likely the work of Hezbollah and hard evidence eventually identified Hezbollah as the culprit. But within days of the attack, it was brought home to those who had assumed Hezbollah was on the EU terror list that it was not. Moreover, the EU ruled out putting Hezbullah on the Terror List. The EU insisted there was no tangible evidence to link Hezabollah to terrorism —which was as accurate as asserting there's no evidence to link goldfish to water. For months, there was speculation whether Bulgaria would release its evidence and would it state openly that Hezbollah was to blame. That would put pressure on the EU. On February 5, 2013, Bulgaria did state that Hezbollah was responsible for the terrorist attack on the bus. The EU did not follow suit.

Considering how rapidly the UN and the EU condemn any action by Israel —even when they aren't sure what the circumstances were or even if it actually happened and wasn't another Arab hoax —this does say something about the fear the EU has about riling up the friendly Muslims living in Europe and how unafraid they are of accusing Israel of anything and everything. The EU is making it easier for Hezbollah to terrorize the Lebanese, fight for Iran, harass Israel and raise funds in Europe.

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LEARNING THE WRONG LESSONS FROM IKE

by Alexander H. Joffe

  Recently, the new Secretary of Defense described the take-home message from President Eisenhower in 1956 forcing Israel to withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula as taking a hard line with Israel. In this essay, Alex Joffe points out that "[t]he brief and ill-conceived campaign of Israel, Britain and France to capture Sinai and the Suez Canal grew in part out of American policy failures. [...] At every turn, the United States waddled into Arab and Muslim politics it did not understand and failed to take Israeli concerns seriously." as Joffe writes, "... forcing allies into concessions is less impressive than successfully exerting pressure on adversaries" should be the lesson learned from the 1956 fiasco.

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THE NEW WORLD DISORDER

by Victor Davis Hanson

  This is a very depressing article. It would be nice if it weren't true, but we know from the first paragraph it is a clear indictment of the pitiful state America has been reduced to in just a few years. In almost Dickensonian fashion, Victor Davis Hanson shows us why this is The Worst of Times for America., "a country on its way to a $20 trillion national debt and a "'lead from behind' foreign policy of managed decline." To compound the problem, Prez Obama has chosen for his cabinet three men on his own level of mediocrity, making it almost a certainty there is little chance of correcting the downward plunge. The silver lining? As Hanson writes: "the worse the U.S. performs, and the lower the American profile abroad, the more the world likes Barack Obama — almost as if to say, 'At last, they're just like us.'" Considering that disorder is enveloping so much of the world, maybe it should be wishing that America was what it was a few years ago, capable of lending it strength, energy and optimism to move the world to exciting new heights, rather than being content to be one among equals, all equally unstable, chaotic and miserable.

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PR SECTION

More on Mohammad al-Durah, the poster boy of the 2nd intifada; an essay on misinformation disguised as fact; and a new perspective on hasbera.

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AND MOHAMED AL DURAH BEGAT MOHAMED MERAH...

by Nidra Poller

  Mohamed al Durah death just at the start of the 2000 intifada still serves as the iconic image of how Israel was recklessly injuring innocent Palestinian Arabs. Those who read beyond the headlines later learned it was a hoax, a brilliantly-staged piece of street drama, produced by Arab terrorists and certified by a French commentator who wasn't there and France 2. By geometry and geography, al Durah could not have been killed by the Israel soldiers who were blamed. He was however cowering a few feet away and in directly line to some Arab snipers. What Nidra Poller makes us understand is that al Durah wasn't just justification for the intifada, it has become more global and has served as "reason" for Arabs to kill Jews elsewhere. Moreover, using a staged provocation as justification for ensuring riots and murders became popular and is still in use —witness the recent rioting at American embassies.

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SANDY TOLAN'S THE LEMON TREE—BIAS AND MISINFORMATION CLOAKED AS FACT

by Roberta P. Seid

  Roberta P. Seid reviews a book by Sandy Tolan that is used in "some secondary schools... to educate students about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Factually, it is full of errors. Worse, it presumes that "Palestinians lost their homeland or nation in the 1948," disregarding that the local Arabs never owned the land. In fact, they were not morphed into a Palestinian people until the 1960s, when Yasir Arafat declared them so. The appropriate comparison would be between a Arab refugee from the 1948 war who fled to give the invading Arab armies room to kill the Jews and a Jewish refugee from the Arab countries that was forced to flee for his life, leaving his goods and property behind.

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HEBREW-SPEAKING GENTILES

by Professor Paul Eidelberg

  Paul Eidelberg addresses the "marketing" aspect of Israeli Public relations. It can't be fixed by polishing or small fixes. It is basically flawed. As Eidelberg suggests, when Israel talks up how much they are like other countries, "The more Israel's government seeks to win the approval of the nations, the more it will be despised by the nations." "Such self-abasement betrays their lack of pride in the Jewish heritage, and this is exactly why Israel is so often humiliated." He suggests the more Israel comport itself as a Jewish nation, the more respect it will receive.

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SOME RECENT HISTORY

Thoughts on Israeli Movies and Answering: Who did start the second Intifada?

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MOVIE MUSINGS

by Sarah Honig

  Sarah Honig explores why virtually all Israeli-made films are self-hating and malign Israel. Israelis are pictured as if the films were produced by the Nazi Propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, himself. The Arabs, in contrast, are shown as dedicated, noble and proud. Honig notes that "[i]n their own twisted way it's as if today's Israeli filmmakers had paid heed to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr." threatening Jewish movie executive in 1940 for making anti-Nazi films. This generation of Jewish film makers go beyond the "faint-heartedness of yesteryear's moguls. They .... cynically espouse and hype that enemy's cause."

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THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND INTIFADA: ITS OWN DAMNING TESTIMONY

by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi

  The second intifada broke out in September 2000 —soon after the July Camp David talks failed when Arafat rejected the more than generous Israeli offer —and declined after Arafat died in 2005. Much ink has been spilled reassuring the world that it wasn't the fault of the Arabs that spontaneous suicide-bombing, rioting and vandalism erupted mdash; it was all the fault of the Jews. The proximal pretext was that the then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to the Jewish holy site, the Temple Mount. (Horrors! A Jew on the Jewish Temple Mount in a Jewish country!) Jonathan Halevi has done a meticulous investigation of who is responsible for triggering the intifada. Using Palestinian Arab sources, simple logic, and knowledge of Arafat's modus operandi, he concludes that the intifada was directly instigated and managed by Arafat. This article can be read as a fascinating whodunit, where all the clues lead to a single conclusion. But is it likely to end the myth that it was a sand-roots spontaneous uprising?

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January–February, 2013 BLOG-EDS

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 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for January and February are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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FEATURED STORIES

November December 2012

What we are talking about in the November–December 2012 Issue

  1. STEPS TO CARRY OUT THE MANDATE FOR PALESTINE (Hertz, Lipkin, Baker, Karsh, Plaut, Ettinger, Greenfield, Glick, Lipkin)
  2. ABOUT THOSE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS (Benzimra, Greenfield, Marinov, Saperstein, Meotti)
  3. THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOT A PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOOD. MAJOR CHANGES ARE LOOMING (Lipkin, Jochnowitz, Rubin, Spyer, Ordman, Mckillop, Lipsman)
  4. SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSES OF THE ARAB/MUSLIM CHARACTER (Barron, Yee, Sultan, Suseelan)
  5. UPDATE ON CAIR, AN AGENT OF RESURGENT ISLAM (Emerson and Rossomando, Lopez, Collins)
  6. MUSLIM INTERFAITHERS EXPLOIT CHRISTIANS AND JEWS (Zaremba, Tazpit News, Murphy, Bawer, Merkley, Bryen)
  7. LEADERS IN ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGNS (Ceren, Dann, Hausman, Marquardt-Bigman, Murphy)
  8. MOSSAD'S FOWL AGENTS (Dunetz, Dunn, Silverman)
  9. History Section (Ben-David, Bloom, Balint)
  10. Blog-Eds November December Blog-eds


STEPS TO CARRY OUT THE MANDATE FOR PALESTINE

Allowing the Arabs and their European friends to set the agenda, Israel has pursued a useless peace policy, bending over backwards to persuade the Arabs to become genuine peace partners. It has brought them nothing but grief, ever more dead Israelis and more acts of terror against more of their citizens. The world hasn't appreciated that Israel has jeopardized the safety of its own citizens to reduce harm to the Arabs. Instead, the world demands Israel do more "for peace" while asking nothing of the Arabs. How does Israel get back on the right track of making the safety of its own citizens its priority?

This set of papers lay out the first steps of a policy based on reality. At the very least, it protects the character of the Jewish state.


This is Additional Material on San Remo and Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine:

"The San Remo Mandate" here.

Interview with Howard Grief in Norway March 21, 2011 on "The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under international Law."
Part 1 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zkjC7tNOrI
Part 2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF4_hM8kbfc

Another set of videos interviewing Howard Grief are at:
1. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=2
2. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=3
3. watch?v=ROumSVr7MFc&list=PLE3AB68BC6C75748F&index=4

Yoram Shifftan has written a series of articles on Israel's ownership of Mandated Palestine by an irrevocable trust to the Jewish people. See e.g., here, here, and here. See also inter alia: Wallace Edward Brand, "Israeli Sovereignty over Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria," here; "A Landmark Work" by William Mehlman here; Michael C. Duke, "Jerusalem: Our Redeemable Right" here; Ted Belman, "Summary Of Israel's Legal Rights To Judea And Samaria," here.

In the box above, google san remo, league of nations, irrevocable trust, mandated palestine, Israel's legal right for a more complete selection of relevant articles on Think-Israel.


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MANDATE FOR PALESTINE

by Eli E. Hertz

  This is a superb presentation by Eli E. Hertz of the Legal Aspects of Jewish Rights to the Land of Israel. It begins by asking What is Palestine? It explains the importance of the term Mandate and presents the chronology of the events leading to signing of the document that placed Mandated Palestine in an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people, to develop into a Jewish state. Three facts are of particular importance. (1) The representatives of the League of Nations viewed the Mandate as reinforcing an already existing historic connection between the Jews and their ancient homeland. The Land was theirs by right. The Jews would be redeeming, reconstituting and recreating their national Home in situ. (2) The rest of the Middle East part of the Ottoman Empire (some 99.99% of the land) was cut up into states that were given to the Arabs. In some cases there was a long-established connection to the land. In others, boundaries were arbitrary and were a poor fit to the clans and sects of the various local Arabs living in that particular region. (3) The Assets, Rights and Obligations of the League of Nations were transferred to the United Nations where it came into being. The Palestine Mandate is valid.

The version on Think-Israel was compiled to be viewed as a html file. (If you download it, you also need to download the png files to transfer the photos. Do this with a get hertz.palestinemandate* command.) The original powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here. A presentation that emphasizes the text material is available on the Myths and Facts website: here.

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TO CARRY OUT THE MANDATE FOR PALESTINE

by Bernice Lipkin

  Bernice Lipkin summarizes some of Israel's recent history of trying to make peace when the Palestinian Arabs don't want peace and have made no effort to cooperate. It is time to stop these attempts to obtain the currently unobtainable. She suggests that it's time to stop appeasing terrorists and go back to nation-building as the San Remo Resolution anticipated. Suggestions for additional reading materials are provided.

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THE PALESTINIAN UN UPGRADE: SETTING THINGS STRAIGHT

by Alan Baker

  This is a straight-forward summary of what Mahmoud Abbas' request to the UN General Assembly to upgrade the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority to a state did and did not do. Alan Baker points out that it "neither created a Palestinian state, nor did it grant any kind of statehood to the Palestinians." It has no effect on the situation on the ground between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, no matter how much significance the media gives the political charade. Unfortunately — and this wasn't within the scope of the article — media distortions are likely to be believed by a public trained to sympathize with Palestinian victimhood.

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WHAT OCCUPATION?

by Efraim Karsh

  This essay by Efraim Karsh is exquisitely detailed yet very understandable. It dissects the misleading and fallacious threads that are woven together into the charge that Israel is occupying Palestinian Arab land. As the title says, "What occupation?" In addition to demolishing the non-factual Arab "narrative", Karsh provides a thoughtful insight into what is really keeping the pot boiling: "It is not the 1967 occupation that led to the Palestinians' rejection of peaceful coexistence and their pursuit of violence. Palestinian terrorism started well before 1967, and continued — and intensified — after the occupation ended in all but name. Rather, what is at fault is the perduring Arab view that the creation of the Jewish state was itself an original act of "inhuman occupation" with which compromise of any final kind is beyond the realm of the possible. Until that disposition changes, which is to say until a different leadership arises, the idea of peace in the context of the Arab Middle East will continue to mean little more than the continuation of war by other means."

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WHY LIFTING THE ISRAELI 'OCCUPATION' WON'T STOP VIOLENCE

by Steven Plaut

  Steven Plaut reduces the entire Arab-Israeli embroilment to two simple statements. First, the international community is certain that were Israel to Remove its Occupation of the "Occupied Palestinian Territories", it would Lower Violence: the ROLV axiom. Even most Israeli politicians pay lip service to this proposition. Second, "the international consensus about removal of Israeli occupation is empirically false and nearly all Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, understand that it is false." Experience has taught them that when Israel gives up territory, as it did in Gaza, the Arabs in the Territories use it to increase their manufacture and assembly of weaponry to use against the Jewish state — not exactly an occupation of high priority, were the Arabs interested in developing the infrastructure of a viable state.

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THE ISRAELI CONSTITUENT — REALISM OVER WISHFUL THINKING

by Yoram Ettinger

  Yoram Ettinger chronicles the new thinking in Israel. Playing Russian roulette with the safety of Israeli citizens is no longer considered the way to ensure Israel's security or its survival. Checkpoints along borders are safer than open entry. Monitoring highways decreases the opportunity for snipers to kill people driving by. As reliable polls show: the Israeli public is "top heavy on realism and low on wishful-thinking." Now if only the politicians, the academicians and the media would catch up.

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WINNING THE PEACE

by Daniel Greenfield

  Once upon a time, Judaism was a proselytizing religion, winning many converts in the Roman empire. This went on until the newly empowered Christian Church in Rome made it very clear that the Church would destroy Judaism if Jewish proselytizing didn't stop. The Rabbis internalized this stricture so completely that they didn't just stop actively trying to teaching Jewish ideas and practices to non-Jews, they made it downright hard to become a Jew. Israel has been undergoing a similar incorporation of a practice that could prove to be fatal: the notion that she must show her enemies and critics she is highly moral, more moral than her attackers, when she should be focused on winning the war they are waging against her. Daniel Greenfield makes us see how utterly immoral this behavior is. Out-losing the Arabs is suicidal.

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ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS: ENDING THE STALEMATE

by Caroline B. Glick

  Caroline Glick points out that "both Israel and the United States are basing their policies towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on false assumptions about the nature of that conflict." The root problem is that the Arabs deny the legitimacy of the Jewish State and Israel contributes to Arab recalcitrance by her gestures of appeasement, which only reinforce the Arab belief that eventually they will destroy Israel. She suggests initiating a policy to: eradicate Hamas rule in Gaza; make clear that the Palestinian Authority was continuing terrorist acts; end Israel's recognition of Fatah; stop Palestinian delegitimization of Israel and Jews; end the construction freeze; and gradually end military rule in the Territories.

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AN ALTERNATIVE 2-STATE SOLUTION

by Bernice Sacks Lipkin and Lewis Edward Lipkin; appendix by Richard H. Shulman

  This is an unrevised reprint of an article that was originally published in the September-October 2010 issue of Think-Israel. This was its introduction:

It would be suicidal for Israel to allow a Palestinian state to be carved out of Biblical Israel, particularly one that would control a major component of her water supply and is capable of shooting missiles everywhere in Israel. But there remains the festering problem of a growing Palestinian refugee population living on cradle-to-coffin debilitating welfare, taught to hate Israel and the West and used as pawns to make claim to Jewish land. The Editors of Think-Israel propose that the Palestinian Arabs — those from the refugee camps and those residing in the Territories — be helped to establish a viable state within the land given to the Arabs by the League of Nations when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved. The state would be physically well-separted from Arab population centers and legally independent of the Arab country that previously owned the land. Within their state, the Palestinian Arabs would have complete control of their politics, education, culture and living style. Given recent political developments in the Middle East where Israel's military and technological strength is a major asset, the strengthening of Israel's appreciation of its own religious roots and a growing disbelief in the reliability of supposedly impartial external organizations, this is a propitious time to create such a state.

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ABOUT THOSE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS

Pro-Palestinian partisans have demonized the Israeli Jews who live in the towns and villages of Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank). The logic was simple. They believed the Arab claim that the land was Arab. They expected that eventually the Arabs would be given it. They worried that the Jews were hindering the process by building homes there. Hence propaganda was designed to stop Jews from inhabiting the land. Consider how different the perspective becomes when one pays attention to a simple fact: the Jews own the land by international law in an irrevocable trust. The initial article by Salomon Benzimra summarizes the legal foundations and explains why the Jewish Settlements are legal. (Note also: (1) the September-October 2012 issue of Think-Israel featured a section on the Levy report here; and (2) the Introduction to the previous section in this issue has additional material on the Territories as an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people.)

The other articles in this section address the demonization of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria and the current threat that the Israeli Government will again suicidally move Jews from their homes and businesses as they did in Gaza in 2005.

Though the information has been out there for a long time, the first break in the elaborate and official pretense since Oslo that the Palestinians were a legitimate people and had a legitimate claim was the Levy Report (see the articles in this Section and in the previous issue of Think-Israel), which asked one question: were the Jewish settlements legitimate? Yes, they were and are. (How could they not be when the entire region is legally and irrevocably Jewish?) The Israeli administration, so fearless in rooting out anything the Jewish settlers of Samaria and Judea do that the government can interpret as illegal, has yet to look at the implications of the Levy report. But the genie is out of the bottle. And it is in accordance with the Israeli mind: there is no possibility of peace with an enemy who wants to kill you. They are not interested in negotiating over a few dunams of land.

It should also be pointed out that aside from the Jewish settlements, as Steven Plaut emphasized, "there are no alternative effective ways to prevent the conversion of the West Bank into Hamastan" —which will happen should Israel be insane enough to give the 'Palestinians' sovereignty over any part of the land (see here). Think how different life would be in Israel today if the Jews were still in Gaza, preventing the Arabs from terrorizing Israelis with their missiles.


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JEWS BUILDING SETTLEMENTS IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA IS LEGAL

by Salomon Benzimra

  Salomon Benzimra summarizes the major points of the Levy Report on the legality of the settlements. The Report addressed the problems that stem from incorrectly characterizing Israel taking back its own land as an "occupation." The Report notes that "No 'special rights' were conferred to the Jewish people. The Supreme Council recognized a pre-existing right by calling for the 'reconstitution' of the Jewish National Home in Palestine — and not the 'creation' — it being clearly understood that it would turn, in time, into a sovereign Jewish State, pending an expected Jewish population majority." This article is essential reading. It goes a long way to correcting the falsehoods the Palestinian Arabs and their ignorant friends in the media have been peddling.

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THE DEADLY ISRAELI HOUSE

by Daniel Greenfield

 So much of the world is able to ignore such minor contributions to the dissension between Israel and her neighbors as Arab youth throwing heavy rocks at people driving by or taking pot shots at them, decapitating Jewish babies and stabbing nearby pedestrians. They don't bother blaming the unrest on such minor inconveniences as missiles lobbed from Gaza or explosives left unattended in pizza parlors. They overlook the home factory production of poison gas and explosive belts in toddler sizes. But they do, as Daniel Greenfield reminds us, rightfully have concerns about WMH — the Weapons of Mass Housing that Jewish settlers have planted on some of the land they occupy. As Greenfield points out, these dwellings are terrifying. They are the real danger to a peaceful solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. President Obama recognizes this. He might ignore trivia like "the gangs of paid rapists assaulting women in Tahrir Square" or the "small mountain of African corpses" in Sudan or Iran building nuclear bombs, but he has drawn the line at the criminal activity exhibited by Jewish settlers, who blatantly erect yet another housing unit in Jerusalem. He has directed his cabinet ministers and countless agencies to give the matter their full attention. We now understand retroactively why he was given the Nobel Peace Price.

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THE SCARY HEBRON SETTLERS OR OUR AFTERNOON AT THE FEDERMAN FARM

by Miroslav Marinov

  Israel is renowned for its genuine generosity, even to its enemies. It supplies the welfare kings and queens in the Territories with power, even though workmen are repaid with potshots when they need to repair the electric wires. But there is one group of Israeli citizens the Israeli media and the Israeli left (as well as the European media, the European left, the American media, and the American left) can't tolerate: the Jewish residents of Samaria and Judea and eastern Jerusalem, the so-called settlers. In a way, the name is appropriate. They are the closest thing we have to the Jewish settlers who came in the late 1800s on to redeem their homeland. Miroslav Marinov wipes the tar off a "settler family" in Hebron and let's us see the real people.

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SIREN; SEWER PIPE; CEASE! FIRE!

by Rachel and Moshe Saperstein

 Rachel and Moshe Saperstein were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place. Recently the IDF tried again to contain the missiles attacks. Saperstein writes of needing to seek shelter yet again during Hamas's intensified missile attacks.

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DON'T DO IT, NETANYAHU

by Giulio Meotti

 Before Ariel Sharon threw all the Jews out of Gaza, it was possible to voice all sorts of reasons to do so. But the consequences are beyond dispute: expelling the Gaza Jews was one of the worst — if not the worst — mistakes Israel ever made. It doesn't take arcane reasoning to figure out why it was a mistake. The missiles Hamas lobs from Gaza into Israel are a constant reminder of what happens when you turn over land to a terrorist organization. They reward your generosity by trying to kill you with greater enthusiasm and more deadly weaponry. And they can do it closer to you than ever before. Give up Samaria and Judea and they won't need long-range missiles to hit their targets. They'll literally be right next door to them. Aside from giving terrorists prime shooting positions, we might mention Israel has done a lousy job of resettling the 10,000 internal refugees from the 2005 Gaza fiasco. How do they plan to pay for resettling another 100,000-250,000 more displaced Jews? The wonderment is that an article such as this one by Giulio Meotti should be necessary.

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THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOT A PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOOD. MAJOR CHANGES ARE LOOMING

The bad news is that a region that was at the same time rigid and unstable has becomes more unstable. And probably more theologically rigid. The good news is it's hard to sustain the insistence that everything that happens in the Middle East is Israel's fault. But the American Administration, the EU and the UN sure are trying. This set of articles describes the current instability and looks at factors that foretell changes that will impact Israel.


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THE MIDDLE EAST IS NOT A PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOOD. MAJOR CHANGES ARE LOOMING

by Bernice Lipkin

 Bernice Lipkin summarizes the current state of the Muslim states in the Middle East and suggests some changes that seem likely. The good news is that if Israel can cast off her conditioning that it is up to her to make peace, she should fare well in the changed conditions.

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INVADE US! INVADE US

by George Jochnowitz

 Israel forced its own citizens out of their homes in Gaza in 2005. The theory was that giving Hamas control of all of Gaza would turn a bunch of terrorists into sober statesmen. Instead, it made it easier for Hamas to launch missiles at Israelis at closer range. Israel finally invaded Gaza in 2009 to stop the missiles. After ignoring Hamas' attacks for years, the "world" took notice, and immediately pressured Israel into leaving Gaza. Israel left. Hamas began firing missiles into Israel again. It's November 2012 and Israel is again attempting to stop the rocket attacks from Gaza by hitting specific targets, but they didn't launch a ground attack. George Jochnowitz writes about the recent request by Hamas for a cease fire. He argues that Hamas actually was trying to tease Israel into attacking. He points out that operationally the Arabs have since done everything since 1947 to avoid having a state. What they have done with great enthusiasm is act out their hatred of the Jews. It's not at all clear why the Jews continue to pursue the fantasy that giving the Arabs a state in Israel's heartland will induce peace.

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THE SCHOOLMARMS TELL THE TERRORISTS TO PLAY NICE

by Barry Rubin

 Barry Rubin declines (in the grammatical and in the political sense) Thomas Friedman's proposition that everybody wants/needs/should have democracy and the proper way to determine whether Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood (which the Egyptians enthusiastically voted into office) has become a democracy is to wait a couple of decades and then see how many members of minority groups are in political and governmental power. This is enclosed within an inappropriate either-or ish context: either Egypt will go democratic a la India or non-democratic as did Pakistan. It must be nice to have such a simple mind. Considering how often Friedman has been way off the mark over the years, I don't blame him for giving his prediction a hefty two decades to ripen before it is tested for accuracy. Or, as is more likely, until people have forgotten all about it as well as his next batches of half-baked absurdities.

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A NATION ONCE AGAIN?

by Jonathan Spyer

 It's either an ironic curiosity or an indicator of the power of the politicized media that the faux people, the "Palestinians," with their invented history, has everyone demanding they be handed a state cut out of Israel's tiny domain, while the Kurds, a legitimate people with their own language, history and traditions, wanting only to live in their own state instead of being split among three large Arab states, have received little sympathy from the "world." Jonathan Spyer writes of the complicated geo-political situation, now that the current civil war in Syria has given the Kurds the opportunity to gain control of a swath of land in Syria bordering the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq.

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BLUE SKY THINKING

by Michael Ordman

 Every week, Michael Ordman writes a column about new medical innovations or technological developments or how Israel is sharing its discoveries and inventions. This is one such column, chosen at random.

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BIG ENERGY MYTHS ARE BAD FOR ISRAEL

by Andrew McKillop

 We are conditioned to believe we are hostage to the Saudis and other Arab countries to provide the fuel we need to run our factories, businesses, cars and homes because, supposedly, it has become harder and harder to find and develop oil reserves. But as Andrew McKillop explains, the opposite is true. Massive new sources of hydrocarbons have been discovered. For example, "Israel has world class reserves of natural gas with likely or probable oil condensate supply becoming available..." New methods of extraction are also increasing the supply. And there's been a significant "decline of global energy demand". So we should be looking at more energy at lower prices. What hasn't adjusted is the outlook of the oil and gas companies and producers. Or the media. I would add that the thinking of the politicians also needs a realignment with reality. Governments salivating at how much money they'd rake in by taxing the breathe we exhale need to stop focusing on a man-made climate holocaust, which even politicized scientists are starting to admit isn't going to happen. Prez Obama apparently is still planning to reduce the gas our cars use by expensive duds: increasing prices at the pump, making the extracting of coal financially punitive, working with renewables before all the production problems are ironed out or even known, manufacturing klutzy and expensive battery-run cars and keeping the huge reserves we have here in America locked. Mckillup points out that "for Israel, the mega change in global energy that is continually advancing has changed the 'strategic resource thesis' for Israel-Middle East relations."

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THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL AND WESTERN CIVILIZATION

by Ron Lipsman

 In the context of a review of books on the future of Israel and Western civilization, Ron Lipsman contrasts the notion of a universal world order (controlled by a small aristocracy) that is the model favored in Europe versus the ethnic Nation-State that Israel so impressively embodies. "[T]he tiny outpost of Western Civilization known as Israel" is under ideological attack because of its insistence on being an independent state and is, indeed, a very particularistic and unique entity, whose abilities and enterprise the West needs if it is going to survive. As Lipsman puts it: "Western Civilization is in a battle for survival — a contest in which it doesn't seem even to recognize that it is a combatant. Only Israel is aware of the contest — because its very survival is constantly and manifestly at stake." He also makes clear that Israel's current strategy of lurching from crisis to crisis, reacting minimally rather than from a coherent plan, is untenable. He summarizes some dismal projections of the future of the sort that Israel will need to counter by developing innovative and appropriate strategies.

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SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSES OF THE ARAB/MUSLIM CHARACTER

The section presents possible explanations for Arab/Muslim hatred and feelings of superiority, despite few real-world accomplishments other than waging unceasing war and developing innovative ways to slaughter people. The last of the set examines implications of an attitude that sees itself as immutable and not subject to change. We've seen in places as different as Great Britain and India that when there is a critical mass of Muslims in the host country, Muslims are unlikely to try to be good citizens. They are more likely to insist the host culture modify its way of life to conform to Islamic culture and law.


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HAMAS HOSTILITY TOWARDS ISRAEL — A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATION OF WHY IT ENDURES

by Babs Barron

 The psychologist, George Kelly, developed a personality theory that spoke of how an individual construed his "world" and his own place in it. One aspect of the theory was a response that refused to admit the construction was faulty. Instead, like Procrustes in the Greek myth who chopped or stretched people to fit his bed, an individual may cut or stretch facts to fit his ideational system rather than admit he was wrong. Babs Barron applies the theory to how Hamas can't seem to change its ways, even when they bring poor results.

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PARALLELS BETWEEN TERRORISM AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

by Dafna Yee

 Dafna Yee discusses some interesting parallels between terrorism — Israel accepts battering by the local Arabs — and domestic violence, specifically the behavior of the battered woman and her abusive partner. Both have in common the cycles of escalated violence punctuated by inadequate reactions by the victim. Neither type of abusive behavior can be stopped by negotiations or appeasement or working harder for peace. Domestic violence is stopped by a strong authoritative external source. Terrorism is stopped by sufficient counter attack to make the terrorists understand their acts have consequences that will damage them.

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ISLAM ON THE COUCH

by Elisabeth Eaves

 Wafa Sultan was brought up as a Muslim and trained as a psychiatrist. As an adult, she rejected Islam and is one of the few who had dared to speak and write openly of what's wrong with Islam. Elisabeth Eaves writes about Sultan's newest book which is a psychological analysis of Islam. Out of a deep knowledge of the preachings and practices of Islam, Sultan concludes, "Islam is rotten in its very foundations and a danger wherever it spreads." The article provides an unexpected insight into the thinking of a Westerner with much less experience of Islam. Eaves, describing herself as an optimist, opines that Muslims are capable of reconstructing their present image of their God, whose attributions include being a hater, a humiliator and a harmer. Actually, pious Muslims are committed to modeling themselves on the words and deeds of that most perfect of men, Muhammad. This precludes making structural modifications in the religion.

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CAN A MUSLIM BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN A NON-MUSLIM COUNTRY?

by Babu Suseelan

 Babu Seseelan writes about the ideological disparity between Islam and Western civilization. Ordinarily, when moving to another culture, the immigrant expects to modify his behavioral practices sufficiently to live in peace with the dominant culture. However, Islam claims to be immutable. It doesn't conform to other ideologies. So the question is: can a Muslim be a good citizen outside of a Muslim country?

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UPDATE ON CAIR, AN AGENT OF RESURGENT ISLAM

The Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded in 1994-5 by Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad, who previously had worked for the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). IAP was itself co-founded by Mousa Abu Marzook, a top leader of Hamas, and Sami al-Arian. Ztruth (see here) characterizes al-Arian as "a convicted terror supporter whom CAIR supports to this day." IAP was described in U.S. vs. Sabri as an overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which launched Hamas. So the genealogy is: MB->Hamas->IAP->CAIR. CAIR came into prominence after 9/11. Ibrahim Hopper, its spokesman, claimed to be speaking for 6-7 million Muslims. A well-researched study by Tom Smith puts the best estimate of the Muslim population at around 1,886,000. (Read this.)

CAIR purports to speak for the Muslim Community. I hope that's not the case. Its two-faced pronouncements are just what you'd expect from a group that lives by Sharia and will do whatever it takes to impose it on everyone. They are good at soft-soaping Jewish and Christian religious leaders but they are equally good at incitement. They villified a non-conformist Muslim author to the point that Muslim clerics called for the man's death. (See the excellent article by Khalid Duran here.) Some of its leaders have been convicted of terrorism and/or aiding terrorists. Yet it indignantly attacks accurate reports of its activities as islamophobic. When Rifqa Bary, born Muslim, became a Christian, she fled from her family in fear for her life, afraid of becoming yet another statistic in the growing number of honor killings in the West. Predictably, CAIR sided with her family (See here).

CAIR makes time for small matters as well as the big ones. They may ignore the hate systematically taught in mosque schools but they certainly keep an eye on how Muhammad is portrayed in other school systems. CAIR-CAN, The Canadian CAIR, has demanded a Jewish school remove a junior high school textbook titled "2000 Years of Jewish History: From the Destruction of the Second Bais Hamikdash Until the Twentieth Century," that accurately portrays Muhammad as a Jew hater. As the BlazingCatFur website put it, CAIR-CAN demanded "the Jewish school submit to Sharia law for insulting Islam's false pedophile prophet Muhammad." (See here.) In a Broward County public school library, they spied a copy of "Islam and Terrorism," by Mark A. Gabriel. CAIR Florida forced an investigation by the School Board and sent Muslim children to spy on the local libraries, looking for Gabriel's book or similar books. Yet with all the work these overworked thought police have, they make time to socialize with government politicos. Robert Spencer reported on a fundraiser attended by Islamist groups and terrorist-affiliates such as Nihad Awad that featured Nancy Pelosi. (See here.)

In this section, we talk about two major stealth jihad operations by CAIR, whose anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism have long been out in the open but are mostly ignored, thanks to CAIR's manipulation of politically-powerful patrons. Known to be a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) front and open about their support of Hamas and Hezbollah, they have taken to giving advice to the Republican Party on outreach to Muslims. (see here). Even worse, the Obama administration has invited members of the MB to the White House, indirectly endowing CAIR with respectability. The Administration's contacts with CAIR are not just third-party. There is a paper trail of visits by members of CAIR to the White House. CAIR has also aggressively sought to negate the Constitution. But perhaps CAIR's promotion of Sharia law will soon become better-known. They have been sued for fraud and for covering up the fraud; the case is due to come to trial soon.

As this introduction was being written, CAIR has endorsed Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. As Marc J. Fink noted wryly, "It's not in America's national security interest to have a Defense Secretary who regularly receives praise from an organization named an unindicted co-conspirator to fund the terrorist group Hamas in America's largest terrorism financing case; an organization officially banned from cooperation with the FBI and cited as an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood in America." (16Dec12, Islamist Watch) For more material about Islamists, see Frank Gaffney's Course in 10 parts on the Muslim Brotherhood at http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com/.


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A RED CARPET FOR RADICALS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

by Steve Emerson and John Rossomando

  Steve Emerson and John Rossomando write a detailed and documented account of the hundreds of visits by known radical Islamists including CAIR personnel "to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials." "[M]any of these visitors belong to groups [such as CAIR] serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations." Imagine! Resurgent Islam proclaims it is dedicated to warring against the West and prominent members of their organizations are welcome visitors to the White House. To understand how bizarre this is, substitute German Nazis for Islamist organizations and Roosevelt's White House for Obama's White House. Yet the media say nothing and the public slumbers. Write a book with this weird a plot? Naw. Too improbable. It would never sell.

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CAIR-MICHIGAN GOES AFTER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

by Clare Lopez

  In this essay, Clare Lopez tells us how CAIR has gone after the Constitution of the United States of America for interfering with their practice of Sharia law. The Michigan state legislature proposed a bill stating that "no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room." It mentions no foreign law specifically but CAIR objected and has lobbied against it. Lopez points out that "[t]he reason the Muslim Brotherhood and all other sharia-adherent Muslims cannot accept that sharia provisions that conflict with U.S. law be superseded by Constitutional law in American courts is precisely the notion that Islamic law must dominate all other laws on earth in every respect." She notes "there are also multiple elements of sharia that are utterly antithetical to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence," including sharia's barbaric mutilations, stonings, lashings and its treatment of homosexuals and women.

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MASSIVE FRAUD, COVER-UP BY CAIR EXPOSED IN FEDERAL LAWSUIT

by Christopher Collins

  CAIR is being sued for "fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional infliction of emotional distress" inflicted on several individuals. The brief describes CAIR as "a criminal organization that deceptively holds itself out to the public as the nation's largest Muslim-American civil rights organization." The suit is in behalf of "numerous client-victims who had looked to CAIR for legal assistance, yet the CAIR 'attorney' allegedly handling their cases was in fact not an attorney." Christopher Collins describes the background for the suit and details the charges of fraud and CAIR's cover-up of the fraud. For additional information, there is a Memo of brief here. and a Facts brief here.

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MUSLIM INTERFAITHERS EXPLOIT CHRISTIANS AND JEWS

Islamic preachers use interfaith Jewish and Christian clerics as Trojan horses to create an environment they expect will eventually be controlled by the Muslims. They have different strokes for different folks. Many Jewish interfaithers are so charmed by the notion they are engaging in dialogue, they ignore evidence they are being played for fools. On many campuses Jewish students in Hillel willingly help the Muslims promote sharia, which, if adopted, would reduce these students to dhimmi status (See e.g., here.) It is perhaps appropriately iconic that when the Muslim 'students' at SFSU in 2002 rose up as a major group of campus bullies, fully equipped with Jews-are-monsters posters and a set of procedures on how to harass and repress the Jewish students and intimidate the administration, one of their first acts was to attack Jewish students at Hillel who were demonstrating for peace.

Muslim interactions with Christians is much more elaborate. Except for the minor detail that Muslims slaughter Christian Copts in Egypt and Christian blacks in Africa, Muslims, at least superficially, appear to accept Christianity in ways they don't accept Judaism. They certainly don't constantly inform the world they are going to blow up some Christian nation just as soon as they have the nuclear means to do so. In return, guided by Christian Arabs who blame the Jews for the suffering of Middle Eastern Christians, mainstream Protestant church leaders in America and Europe encourage their members to make friends with the Muslims and to avoid commerce and contact with the Jewish state. While Muslim clerics deny Jews have a history in what they call Palestine, they claim they share Jesus with Christianity. Actually they see him as subsidiary to Mohammad in a revamped narrative where his role is to promote Islam. More recently their tactics to stem Christian appreciation that Christianity's roots are in Judaism have taken a turn to the dark side. Using the argument that the Jews are oppressing the Palestinians, the Arabs and their Christian supporters encourage the Christian laity to makes Jew-hate a virtue. Once that is established, they can operate on an emotional level, where rational argument has no place: The Jews killed Christ and they continue to kill Christ, now reincarnated in the bodies of the suffering Palestinians. Considering that both Jews and Christians are under threat of annihilation by Muslim Arabs, it is a bizarre fact that the Christian Churches in the Middle East are as rabidly anti-Jewish as are the Muslims. Dhimmi Christian leaders adhere to the same hatred of the Jews as do their Muslim masters, Arab Christian clerics being an egregious example.


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ISLAMISTS EXPLOITING THE INTERFAITH RACKET

by Hillel Zaremba

  In this well-documented article, Hillel Zaremba describes how Islamists including CAIR have exploited naive interfaith groups, who don't seem to care whether these Muslim organizations actually practice, or even preach, tolerance for other religions. Many Christian and Jewish groups have openly ignored the evidence that groups like CAIR are not practitioners of interfaith tolerance; quite the opposite, they have only contempt for other religions. These Islamic groups are dedicated to supporting terrorists who prey on Christians and Jews and fundamentalists seeking to make Islam the religion uber alles. It's not clear that the legitimate interfaith groups understand that by their partnering with these Islamists, they are implicitly certifying that the Islamists are reputable. "In an increasingly one-sided sense of tolerance, [the interfaith groups are] embracing the very haters they would otherwise oppose."

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THE PALESTINIAN HOLY TRINITY: JESUS, ARAFAT AND ABBAS

by Tazpit News Agency

 Since Arafat — and probably before that — Arab spokesmen have taken to denying Jews have any historic connection with Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount. Based on this reasoning, they have no problem calling selected members of previous generations of Israeli Jews Palestinians. Jesus, for example. Or his Mum. As asserted by noted Arab historians such as Hanon Ashrawi and Mahmoud Abbas (who, for his Ph.D., also proved the Holocaust never happened), statements that Jews never worshipped in Jerusalem show up on Western TV, newspapers and blogs. While they might flunk as historians, it is possible the Arabs have finally made some contribution to humanity: they have given us an idiot-proof test for identifying idiots: i.e., it's anyone who believes them.

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INTERFAITH MUSLIMS ON CHRISTIANITY

by Paul Austin Murphy

 Paul Murphy writes on InterFaith Muslims. They claim that Mohammad himself practiced non-proselytising interFaith dialogue, but Murphy points out why this is unlikely. Similarly, Muslims claim to "share Jesus", but actually they see him as subsidiary to Mohammad in a revamped narrative where his role is to promote Islam. Far from practicing tolerance, the InterFaith Muslims believe Islam has superseded Judaism and Christianity and, therefore, is the only valid religion.

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EXPOSING THE ANTI-ISRAEL 'PEACE INDUSTRY'

by Bruce Bawer

 Bruce Bawer describes the plethora of organizations, mostly Christian, that are dedicated "to providing various types of aid, comfort, counsel, and support to the Palestinian people" as constituents of the anti-Israel peace industry. They claim to be working for peace among the different religions in the Middle East but only the Arabs directly receive benefits. Terms such as "Respect and reconciliation, peace and empowerment, hope and healing, freedom and dignity" figure large in their descriptions of themselves. Many claim to hold non-violence in high regard, though many others are openly, even viciously, anti-Jewish, portraying Israel as persecuting the Christ-like Palestinians, whose behavior is never at fault. They state correctly that many Palestinian Christians are leaving the Territories, implying that this is Israel's fault and that Christian flight is unique to that region. They ignore that Christians living in Muslim countries around the global suffer persecution and are fleeing before they are murdered.

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THE CHRIST-KILLER MOTIF HAS RETURNED TO THE MAINLINE CHURCHES

by Paul Merkley

 In this essay, Paul Merkley writes how Arab Christians preaching Ecumenical Liberation Theology have persuaded mainline Protestant church leaders to ignore history, geography and current events and wholeheartedly support the Muslim Arab assertion that Israel is occupying Palestinian land and persecuting the Palestinian people. Starting with various projects to isolate Israel by boycotting her goods, the churches have advanced to where they actively demonize Israel and Zionism. They openly promote Jew-hate on a deep emotional level by resurrecting the imagery of the Jew as Christ-Killer. In the modern version, Israel is the Christ-killer, slaughtering those blameless innocents, the Palestinian people.

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THE CARNAGE OF CHRISTIANS IN 'SCHEDULE 2' COUNTRIES

by Shoshana Bryen

  The Arab Spring may not have blossomed into freedom and democracy but it has changed the rules of engagement between Muslims and Christians in Arab countries that exchanged rule by dictator for rule by ideologues with a rigid adherence to sharia. Christians, who had adapted to dhimmi life in a Muslim country over the centuries, are under new threats to their way of life. Shoshana Bryen presents a novel analysis why some countries can kill wholesale without much international condemnation and others are condemned for killing a single human shield.

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LEADERS IN ANTI-ISRAEL PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGNS

This section points to some major players encouraging an anti-Israel attitude in the public. The Obama Administration has overtly been attempting to discredit and humiliate Israel, while it is supportive of conditions that promote Muslim infiltration in this country and Islamist takeover in the Middle East. Obama's scorn of Netanyahu set the tone for an attitude that is occasionally quiescent but has never changed. Much of the media have been anti-Israel for decades and change is unlikely, particularly among the larger newspapers. Some think-tanks such as George Soros's CAP promote the Muslim Brotherhood or work to criminalize criticism of Islam, so it not surprising they are anti-Semitic. But there are think-tanks and academics here and in Israel that are just as virulent. It is hard for organizations whose business it is to produce papers or lectures for the public to hide their anti-Israel sentiments. It is less obvious but just as present in respected organizations such as the International Red Cross.


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WHERE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR GUTMAN HAS GONE WRONG: MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM IS NOT ISRAEL'S FAULT

by Omri Ceren

  It's been a year since Scott Johnson, in the December 4, 2011 issue of Act for America Houston wrote that "Barack Obama's animus against Israel has been manifest in many ways from the first days of the administration. The administration views Israel as a thorn in its side and an obstacle to better relations with the Arab and Muslim regimes of the Middle East." In this essay, Omri Ceren writes of a specific illuminating example: the speech by Obama's Ambassador to Belgium blaming the Jews for Muslim Anti-Semitism. Gutman's interpretation of Muslim anti-Semitism is in line with the Administration blaming Israel for Arab animosity. Given the Administration's evident inability to correctly gauge what's going on in the Middle East, it is not surprising the Obama policy in the Middle East has been, and continues to be, a bust.

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THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) AND 'THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES'

by Moshe Dann

 Moshe Dann provides us with an excellent analysis of the ICRC's war against Israel. Because of the respect it has earned by its work in other parts of the world, its conclusions on what is happening in Israel and the Territories has been accepted as authoritative. It has dishonestly and in full knowledge of its actual meaning "turned Geneva Convention IV — which was intended to ensure the protection of civilians threatened by war and other conflicts — into a political sledgehammer against Israel." Perhaps someday we will know why they do this and who in the ICRC took up the cause of demonizing Israel.

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MEDIA BIAS AND THE EROSION OF FIRST AMENDMENT IDEALS

by Matthew M. Hausman

 Matthew M. Hausman writes about the obvious but mostly unspoken problem that the media have largely been co-opted by the Obama administration and have abdicated responsibility for alarming the public when the government starts trying to infringe on our freedom and constitutional rights. As Hausman says, this occurs when "...opinion is stated as fact or when information at odds with the publisher's views is distorted or suppressed." The media act upon "ideological loyalties that undercut their independence and neutrality." During the 2012 presidential election, it "downplayed Mr. Obama's dismal economic policies, ignored his crippling divisiveness, glossed over his apologetic treatment of Islamists, and excused, misreported or altogether avoided commenting on his myriad foreign policy blunders. The failure to critically probe the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya offered but one of the most glaring examples of the media's bias — although by no means the only one." I wonder how much the self-corruption of the mainstream media correlates with the increased degree to which the public relies on TV headlines for a quickie take on what's happening and on particular blogs and network groups for analyses of what the events mean.

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MOLAD: THE EMBARRASSING DEBUT OF A NEW ISRAELI THINK TANK

by Petra Marquardt–Bigman

 Israel and America have their share of organizations that pose as pro-Israel but aren't. J Street and the American and Israeli branches of Peace Now are but two of the more notorious of these. Petra Marquardt-Bigman writes of a new one, Molad, an Israeli think tank determined to provide "quality content" to Israel's intellectual discourse. Unlike most every one else that has examined Israel's belated and inadequate responses to damaging media stories, Molad asserts Israel's hasbara is fine. Nor is the problem the world press, so fair-minded, so neutral. It's Israel's political policy that is at fault. Israel simply isn't trying hard enough to make a peace treaty attractive enough to the po' Palestinians. Clearly, should the Jews offer to vacate Israel, they'd have a fighting chance at an agreement. No matter how idiotically generous previous Israel's Prime Ministers have been, anything else – and this seems to be the only conclusion we can draw from Molad's arguments – just won't do.

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SYLVAIN CYPEL ON BENNY MORRIS'S ABOUT-TURN ORIENTALIST ABOUT-TURN ON ISRAEL

by Paul Austin Murphy

 It is a fact that for many years Benny Morris was a revisionist historian, twisting Israeli history to fit a Marxist interpretation that rejects the State of Israel and Zionism. But then Morris apparently rethought what was happening, and took a crack at being a real scholar, a historian who let events speak for themselves. As Paul Murphy tells us, it was at that point that the Leftist-Marxist revisionist historians denounced Morris, declaring that politics had corrupted his work. In this essay, Murphy examines the writings of Sylvain Cypel, who sees racism as the root evil that "explains" why imperialistic colonists dehumanize the colonised. The early Zionists, returning to their homeland to redeem their land, must have been racists. This is completely non-descriptive of the idealistic Jews of the early aliyahs who practiced self-reliance, not colonialism. But why let facts interfere? As Murphy observes, the Orientalists see the Arab, black or Muslim as the noble savage and the Westerner as his enslaver. By their definition, an Arab or Black can't be a racist; only a westerner can. Sound familiar? Meantime, we can judge how clear-eyed Morris has become by this: "There is a deep problem in Islam. It's a world whose values are different. A world in which human life doesn't have the same value as it does in the West, in which freedom, democracy, openness and creativity are alien... Revenge plays a central role in the Arab tribal culture...."

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MOSSAD'S FOWL AGENTS

Several Arab countries have over the years identified unusual Mossad agents, spies which we stupid Westerners would have taken for ordinary birds equipped with leg bands so Israeli scientists could study migratory patterns. But the keen Arabs captured the raptors and knew what they were immediately. The last of this set of essays is a recent deliberate hoax, where a photo of a family killed in Syria was recycled, this time the caption claimed it was the Israelis who'd killed them and this time the venue was Gaza. Faking photos have become something of an Arab specialty. Israel was immediately blamed for killing the 12-year old Mohammed al-Dura, and it took a long time before it was determined the IDF bullets would have to have traveled a circular path to strike anywhere near him. On the other hand, the faked Qana massacre was exposed almost instantly by alert bloggers (See here.) Some photographers have unique styles, making it easy to spot their fakes. William Jacobson observed that Abid Katib's shoe fetish gave him away (See here.) The New York Times photographer, Tyler Hicks, liked to strew red rose petals on his posed shots of death and destruction in Lebanon (See here.) A video moderated by Shraga Simmons of some previous Arab faked photos or mislabeled photos is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBlAf9g6dcb.


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MOSSAD SPY CAPTURED BY SUDAN

by Jeff Dunetz

 Jeff Dunetz recounts the sad fate of some unusual Mossad agents caught spying in Arab states. Sudan recently captured a Mossad agent that was a vulture. We're not talking about his eating habits; it was literally, a vulture. In 2011, the Saudis captured a Mossadi vulture, pictured here. This latest capture recalls the shark Egypt claimed was planted in Egyptian waters by Mossad back in 2010 to scare away tourists. And the Saudis captured one in 2011. Its identification was certain; he was wearing a leg band that read "Tel Aviv University." Enough said.

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FURTHER ANNALS OF THE ANIMAL DIVISION OF MOSSAD: SPY BIRD IN TURKEY!

by Michael Collins Dunn

  The Israelis are clearly training a variety of spies. This times it's a bee eater caught in Turkey. Michael Dunn describes the latest capture.

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PHOTOS OF SYRIAN MASSACRES RECYCLED AS GAZA ATROCITIES

by Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

 Anav Silverman presents another case of an Arab photo hoax, where a photo of a family killed in the Syrian civil war is described as a family killed in Gaza. By Jews, of course. Why is it, when faked photography and situational hoaxes are so often done by Arabs, that supposedly reliable news agencies fall for them time and again? (See also the video of some previous Arab faked photos or mislabeled photos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBlAf9g6dcby, moderated by Shraga Simmons.)

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HISTORY SECTION

Three essays spanning a century, from 1871 to 1987.

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S SECRETARY OF STATE DESCRIBES JERUSALEM IN 1871

by Lenny Ben-David

 After the Civil War, Lincoln's Secretary-of-State, William H. Seward, took a world tour. In 1871, he "visited Jerusalem where he described the population, visited the 'Wailing Wall,' even participated in Friday night services, apparently at the Hurva synagogue." In this article, Lenny Ben-Davis presents some excerpts describing the visit from the book Seward wrote about his travels.

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THE MARTYRED LAMED HEH

by Jack Bloom

 This essay was submitted by Jack Bloom. It is a letter written by his brother Solomon, an American who was in the Haganah in Israel in 1948 and fought in the War of Independence. Some of Solomon's fellow group of soldiers were among the 35 soldiers of the Haganah that were ambushed in the Judean Hills, while on their way to save Ramat Rachel, which was under Arab siege. None returned.

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25 YEARS AGO ON THE MALL: SPEAKOUT FOR SOVIET JEWRY

by Judith Lash Balint

  Judy Balint remembers her coming to Washington 25 years ago as one of many who came to speak for the Jews in the Soviet Union, who were not allowed to speak out for freedom. The demonstrators demanded that Soviet Jews who wished to leave the Soviet Union be allowed to do so and those Jews who wanted to stay be allowed to practice Judaism unhindered. It was towards the end of an era when so many Jewish leaders worked for civil rights for others — they were among the most dedicated and effective workers for civil rights for blacks — but ignored the repression of their own people in the Soviet Union. But it was also a time that so many ordinary American Jews dedicated themselves to work for freedom for the Jews in the Soviet Union.

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November–December, 2012 BLOG-EDS

The Blog-Ed pages for November and December are not available at this time.

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

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September-October 2012

What we are talking about in the September-October 2012 Issue

  1. The Benghazi Smudge–out 
  2. Facts we know about the 9–11 2012 Benghazi Massacre 
  3. What we know about the Benghazi massacre (Lipkin, Lopez, Klein, Hagmann, Bostom)
  4. The Muslim Brotherhood on a Roll (Marcus, Hausman, Mauro, Riedel, Lappin, Smith, Patton)
  5. Muslim Personality Profile (Greenfield, Fawstin, Greenfield, Imani, Rose, West)
  6. Levy Report (Elder of Ziyon, Brand, Shifftan, Brand, Bell, Belman, Cravatts, Dann)
  7. Is this promoting Islamic submission through fear, or ordinary propaganda? (Korol, Cline, Gioia)
  8. History Section (Harris, Keen)
  9. September-October Blog-Eds 


THE BENGHAZI SMUDGE-OUT

Smudge-out (noun, verb)

Techniques used to spin an event; i.e., to apply a slant or particular emphasis to information, with intent to deceive or minimize the import of the event. Techniques used in damage control.

Techniques include:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: FACTS WE KNOW ABOUT THE 9/11 2012 BENGHAZI MASSACRE

A. Was it a riot due to Muslim anger at a movie called the Innocence of Muslims?

This is actually two questions.

  1. Was it a riot? No, it was a terrorist raid.

      Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated? The riot story was certainly not concocted by the terrorists. The Administration started calling it a riot almost immediately. The Administrations knew two hours into the attack that it was unmistakeably a terrorist raid, yet for almost two weeks, they continued to mislead the public by calling it a spontaneous riot.

  2. Was it due to anger about a movie about Muhammad? No. We aren't sure why the terrorists attacked. Possible motives that have factual basis are:
    • to kidnap the Ambassador and swap him for the Blind Sheikh, who is sitting in a U.S. prison
    • the local band of terrorists, Ansar al-Sharia, were celebrating the first 9/11
    • Ambassador Christopher Stevens was engaged in gathering up weaponry left loose after Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed. The local terrorists have a competing interest in obtaining and keeping the weaponry. This sounds incredible but actually has the most credibility.

    Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated? Other such weapons from Gaddafi's warehouses have shown up in Sinai, Mali and Syria. It suggests that after the massacre the Administration has tried to prevent it from becoming more widely known that the U.S. is supplying weaponry to the rebel groups fighting Syrian President Assad. Seasoned Al-Qaeda members are a major rebel asset. The Administration can not be seen to be associated with al-Qaeda.

B. Did officials in the Obama administration prevent people going to aid fellow Americans in danger?

This also breaks into two separate issues.

  1. Did the Administration refuse to allow trained fighters located within a mile to go help the Americans rebuff a terrorist attack. The former Naval SEALS who volunteered to go to the rescue of the Americans under siege were told to stand down. They went anyways — against orders.
  2. Did the Administration deny pleas from the Americans for help? Yes.

Why is the Obama Administration directly implicated. We know Ambassador Stevens and others had warned that security arrangements in Libya were inadequate. They were allowed to deteriorate further. We know the White House knew within an hour that the worst case scenario had come about and American officials were in danger and desperately needed help. No one other than a very high echelon official could have sent help or withheld help. We know none was sent, despite pleas from the besieged Americans. We know trained fighters were on the ready, waiting for the President to push the GO button. He went to bed, instead. By doing nothing, he denied help to a group of Americans, a group that included an American Ambassador.

Unlike Watergate, this isn't a question of what did the President know and when did he know it. Ordinary protocols and procedures would ensure that the President knew within the hour that the Americans were under siege and within two hours that terrorists had attacked with sophisticated weaponry. The questions are: Who let the massacre run its course? And why?

Because of the nature of the events, the cast of possible culprits is small: the only ones with the authority to order the appropriate personnel either to stand-down or to set in motion the actions required to send help are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Director of the CIA David Petraeus, and the White House, primarily President Barack Obama and possibly his Grey Eminence, Valerie Jarrett. For some actions, only the President could initiate them.


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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE BENGHAZI MASSACRE

by Bernice Lipkin

The miracle of the century is that the Obama Administration has managed by smudging the details, distracting the public and blurring the issue to keep the story of the century out of public consciousness. A personal anecdote: after voting, I went over to the table where the Democratic and Republican representatives were handing out literature. I asked, "People comment about Benghazi?" The Republican rep mumbled she's heard something about it. The Democratic party rep said in a puzzled manner, "Ben who?" This article reviews some of the information we have available a month after the Benghazi massacre.

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ARMS FLOW TO SYRIA MAY BE BEHIND BENGHAZI COVER-UP

by Clare Lopez

 Clare Lopez writes of what is well-known to the counter terrorist community: the Obama Administration has been furtively supplying the Syrian rebels with armaments coming from Gaddafi's Libyan store houses. Unfortunately for us, the romanticized rebels include a sizable group of al-Qaeda fighters and are backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia, who are intent on creating sharia-based governments throughout the Middle East.

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SLAIN U.S. AMBASSADOR RECRUITED JIHADISTS

by Aaron Klein

 In what appears to be a repeat of our alliances in taking down Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, the Obama Administration, openly siding with the Syrian rebels, is also supplying them with weaponry. It is an open secret that seasoned Al-Qaeda fighters are among the star troops of the "rebellion" against Bashar Assad. In this article, Aaron Klein writes about American recruitment of Jihadists to fight Assad. Meantime, while we act to topple nasty dictators, we ignore that Iran continues to develop nuclear weaponry, which will trump all our good works in making Syria safe for a regressive fundamentalist government.

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THE HIDDEN REAL TRUTH ABOUT BENGHAZI

by Doug Hagmann

 The reader who sent us this article wrote this about it: "This is the first explanation I've seen that really fits all the details. It makes no sense that the administration would not jump to the rescue in case of a mob action OR EVEN a terrorist attack. What's to lose? It would have been killing Bin Laden all over again. "Yeah there were some remnants of al Qaeda but we dealt with them!" However if the administration recognized that this attack was: (1.) Of unknown size and composition, probably (or known to be) larger than it appeared and including anti-aircraft weapons; and, (2.) A very long thread pulled out of the sweater of their illegal (because not approved by Congressional oversight committees) covert operation. And then doing nothing regardless of consequences on the ground AND displaying total disarray afterward, make perfect sense. Hillary's having taken the blame for the poor 'consulate' (it was actually a CIA facility) security is just falling on her own sword to protect the boss.
    "Talk about a foreign policy reset! Wandering around the world destabilizing governments we don't like for one reason or another AND messing with Russia's national interests is an indescribably bad idea, close to guaranteed to come back at us in U.S. misery within a few years. I don't think Doug Hagmann's closing statement is too strong. At a deeper (yes, deeper than WW III!) level what we see is our president's red line for his policy actions: 'Whatever I think I can get away with.' If he should be reelected — you can still find thoughtful opinions going both ways — then he will be impeached. Possibly immediately as a result of this catastrophic scandal, although much will depend on whether the media continue to bury it. But if not immediately, then later on, probably following some domestic calamity when he goes far enough to scare courage into even Congress."