Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Prosecute Jews over death of Jesus?

1. Jews did not kill Jesus. Romans did. Put Italy on trail then. Put the Nigerian man on trial for slander, bearing false witness.
2. That Nigerian idiot is not a man of the Bible. Each of us is responsible for our own sins. Ezekiel 18:20 tells us, “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.” This verse clearly shows that punishment for one’s sins is borne by that person.
3. I thought it was a great thing for the world Jesus died, since they believe it is the reason sin is forgiven. 

Abbas wants to expel Jews-apartheid Nazi Palestine

Imagine for a moment that the French government called for the expulsion of all Arabs from France, claiming it was their ancestral home and the very sight of an Arab -- civilian or soldier - would be unacceptable.
The media would be in uproar; the United Nations would call a special session; there would be calls for boycotts; the statement would be condemned as racist and genocidal by all right-thinking governments and peoples.
Yet Mahmoud Abbas said the same thing about Israelis Monday and no one seems to care. No condemnation, no outrage, just a huge shrug.
Here's what he said in Egypt, according to Reuters.
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists.
Notice that he says "civilian or soldier." Abbas is not only making a statement about Israel withdrawing its military presence from Judea and Samaria. He says that he does not want a single Israeli Jew in his new state.
The Nazis said something similar during World War II. They said Jews have no right to live in their country, or countries they occupied, and methodically went about killing them.
Yet today, at the beginning of so-called peace talks, the Palestinian leader says something very much Nazi-like and everyone ignores it, as if it is natural he would say such a thing.
It goes to show that the world has learned very little over the past 68 years and all those who say Israel should not be bothered by Palestinian hatred of Jews are dead wrong

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Muslims slaughter Christians

Nigeria's Christians Plead for Help Against Islamist Onslaught

by Andrew E. Harrod
Special to IPT News
July 29, 2013
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"We are in the vineyard of Allah," Abubaker Schekau, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad ("People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad") has stated. Nigerian Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) representing a claimed 80 million Nigerian Christians, quoted Schekau during the second of two successive briefings last Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building and the National Press Club. The chilling accounts of today's Nigeria facing Islamist terror by Oritsejafor and his associates gave rise to a cry for American help.
The ravages of Shekau's group, commonly known by its Hausa nickname Boko Haram (BH) or "Western education is forbidden," was a central concern for Oritsejafor. He described a Nigeria in which "every week I get a text message—a church was burnt or a pastor was murdered or Christians were randomly rounded up on a roadside and summarily executed." More than 100 Christians died a month on average during 2012, amounting to about 70 percent of all Christians killed around the world that year. Whether by machete-wielding mobs or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) suicide bombing attacks on churches, "it is open season on Nigeria's Christians."
CAN's secretary for Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, Reverend Faye Musa Pama, was one such victim on May 14. That same day, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency (SOE) in Borno and neighboring Yobe and Adamawa states. Oritsejafor stated that Pama's "children pleaded for his life; they refused, they killed him." Oritsejafor also received a call from another pastor in neighboring Yobe describing his imminent murder by a BH mob. "They are coming, they are shooting," the pastor said. "I couldn't do anything until they shot him," Oritsejafor recounted. "That was the end, gone." The Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist Emmanuel Ogebe, meanwhile, described a Yobe state that has "been so de-Christianized" with "entire villages run out of town."
Church attendance "is down…drastically" in the Muslim-majority north, Oritsejafor noted. Nigeria's 175 million people are almost evenly split north-south between Muslims and Christians. Oritsejafor cited one congregation dropping from 500 to 13 members. In some instances, a "pastor can come and sit there alone" in church on Sunday while his family remains home because of safety concerns. Even in Nigeria's south, weekly church attendance has declined while many churches now feature metal detectors at their entrances.
BH also targets modern, Westernized schools because, as Oritsejafor stated, BH terrorists "see the West as Christian." Fifty of Borno's 175 schools now lie in ruins. Fears that BH "will do more" have resulted in parents not sending their children to school. Christian girls face the further danger of abduction into coerced Muslim marriages.
At the National Press Club, James Fadele, president of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN), rejected State Department claims that BH resulted from an "economic and poverty crisis" rather than a "Jihadist extremist mandate." Fadele referenced the World Bank's Nigeria Economic Report released in May. Relatively calm Jigawa state reported therein a 77.5 percent poverty rate in comparison to an average 59.7 percent poverty rate for Nigeria's northeast containing the "hotbeds of Boko Haram terrorism."
Oritsejafor identified BH as a "theological problem," an "ideological problem," and a "jihadist issue." BH started with "mullahs, sheikhs…people who studied the Koran."
"In the mosques," meanwhile, "there are things that are being taught that are not right." According to Boko Haram, "Islam must rule Nigeria" and Shekau had stated that "we will not stop until we create an Islamic state."
Seeing the BH problem as a "religious ideology," Oritsejafor's solution was that "you must go to theologians." Oritsejafor calls upon these Muslim leaders to "sit down and break out your holy books" in order to develop theological responses to BH ideology. In this process, Orisejafor rejects any superficial, controversy-free dialogue with Muslims, in which people often afterwards think, "What did you just do: nothing." A willingness to "annoy" and "offend" is the "only way you can really get results."
Religious sensibilities aside, Oritsejafor noted that some Muslim leaders are unsurprisingly "afraid" to challenge BH. "If you don't agree" with BH, "you are an infidel like me." After BH finishes with the Christians, it will turn to any Muslims not deemed sufficiently faithful and "will wipe them out."
Oritsejafor and his associates called for the State Department to designate Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. That action, CANAN executive director Laolu Akande stated, would inhibit the finances of BH. BH is not just working with "chicken change," but has "fat pockets" backing. A designation, Oritsejafor added, also "sends a message that these people are terrorists" from a world leader.
Nigeria's porous borders only facilitate BH arms acquisitions, allowing arms in from an instable post-Gadhafi Libya as well as from strife-torn Mali, with Islamist fighters coming from there as well. An October 2010 seizure in Lagos, Nigeria, of 13 containers filled with munitions such as rocket launchers linked to Iran, also indicates ready suppliers for groups like BH.
Yet, even as parts of the American government have favored designating Boko Haram a terrorist organization, the State Department has refused to act. Its 2012 Country Reports on Terrorism, lists BH among the world's top 10 terrorist perpetrators, second only to Afghanistan's Taliban. A fact sheet distributed by the Jubilee Campaign, though, noted that five groups – Indonesia's Jemaah Anshourut Tauhid, the Middle East's Abdallah Azzam Brigades, Pakistan's Haqqani Network, Mali's Ansar Al-Dine, and Iraq's Al Nusra – have all been designated terrorist organizations since 2012, despite mounting fewer attacks.
Ogebe dismissively explained State Department thinking that there are "good parts and bad parts of Boko Haram." Even as Boko Haram has avoided terrorist designation, the State Department designated Shekau himself as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) on June 21, 2012, with a $7 million reward on his head. "If he is a terrorist," asked Oritsejafor, "what about his organization?"
Ogebe noted the "irony" that Nigeria helped the United States after the September 11, 2001 Al Qaeda attacks, but now the United States is "dragging its feet" on BH. In contrast, the "American government is funding a lot of things for Muslims in the north," Oritsejafor complained. American aid to Nigerian Muslim schools completed a "trifecta" of mixing mosque and state in education from three levels of government, Ogebe said. In addition to the international American aid, the federal Nigerian government funded 400 madrassas and Muslim religious education is required for all public school children in the state of Sokoto.
Boko Haram victims, meanwhile, receive no relief from the Nigerian government, and have "personally paid their hospital bills," Oritsejafor said. "There are rich Christians. They should wake up."
He appealed to "awaken the conscience to stop this genocide." Fadele similarly ended the press club briefing by asking the assembled journalists, "what will you do, what will you write." To Nigeria's suffering, "you may be the answer."

Entertainers threatened if appear in Israel?

Entertainers threatened if appear in Israel?

Entertainers need to be pressured not to play in any Muslim country, where women and gays, Jews and Christians are totally repressed

Monday, July 29, 2013

PA negotiator wants Israel destroyed

Palestinian negotiator’s Facebook page betrays true anti-Israel aspirations

At this very moment, it is being reported that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh are in Washington D.C. representing the Palestinians in renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks instigated by Secretary of State John Kerry.
But a quick glance at the official Facebook page of Dr. Shtayyeh betrays the true motives of the second most senior Palestinian negotiator, advocating the destruction of the entirety of the State of Israel.
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While Dr. Shtayyeh has been paying lip service to Kerry’s peace talks initiative publicly, his Facebook background image reveals his aspirations for a Palestinian state that incorporates the entirety of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The word ‘Filastin’ (Palestine) can be seen emblazoned across the entirety of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, above.
Such backhanded tactics are well known within Palestinian circles, and the recognition of the State of Israel is a rarity in the region. It is also a well known tactic within anti-Israel pressure groups around the world including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign which operates in Britain. Its logo displays a ‘one-state solution’, leaving the region devoid of a Jewish State, instead replacing it with yet another Muslim-majority country: ‘Palestine’.
In his invitation,  Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Both leaders [Netanyahu and Abbas] have demonstrated a willingness to make difficult decisions that have been instrumental in getting to this point. We are grateful for their leadership.”
It seems for one of Abbas’s negotiators however, the recognition of the State of Israel is one step too far, and reveals how these peace talks are more than likely to be completely in vain.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Why did Netanbyahu agree to release murderers of Jews to talk peace with Palestinian Holocaust denier Abbas?

Why did Netanbyahu agree to release murderers of Jews to talk peace with Palestinian Holocaust denier Abbas?
Bolton on Fox said just now Netanyahu agreed because Obama really wants these go-nowhere talks and Netanyahu wants to be able to say to Obama when he calls to tell him Israeli bombers are over tehran that he did.i everything Obama asked. Bolton was asked if he thought Obam would go along with the Israeli strike of iran. Bolton said Congress has to get mobilized to force Obama to support Israel in this. AIPAC and CUFI-redouble the work.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Peace with these folks?

One of many reasons why its ridiculous and suicide for Israel to enter "peace" agreement with Abbas and PA.

PA Minister Likens Agreement with Israel to Pact Muhammad Broke to Conquer Mecca - Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik (Palestinian Media Watch)
    On the eve of renewed peace talks with Israel, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash said in his Friday sermon on July 19 that when PA leaders signed agreements with Israel, they knew how to walk "the right path, which leads to achievement, exactly like the Prophet [Muhammad] did in the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah."
    Al-Habbash's sermon was delivered in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and was broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV.
    The Hudaybiyyah peace treaty was a 10-year truce that Muhammad, Islam's prophet, made with the Quraish tribe of Mecca. However, two years into the truce, Muhammad attacked and conquered Mecca.
    "This is the example and this is the model," said Al-Habbash.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

We learned nothing from the Holocaust

We learned nothing from the Holocaust
We are so busy with Trevon and Weiner that we are not even discussing iran rapidly approaching the red line. My view. All BS that we have time to negotiate. Bibi said we have just "weeks". Sanctions are a joke. 2 years ago one of the Iranian nuk experts in the hall after the AIPAC rabbi fly in told me, when pressed privately, no way sanctions every stop Iran. Obama will never bomb, Israel doesn't want to start WW3, so Iran will get bombs, despite Obama's promise. I have no doubt US cities will be blown up by Iranian dirty nuclear bombs smuggled in by Hezbollah in suit cases in the next few years, and when they are able, they will send 10 nuks to Tel Aviv. MAD does not work with people wanting destruction to bring on the hidden Imam. Every Jewish organization has stopped pressing because they don't American Jews to be accused to fomenting war. It is WW2 all over again and we learned nothing.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

well what do you expect?

Well what do you expect? Obama names anti Semitic and anti Israel UN amb. Susan Powers and Sec Defense Chuck Hagel, so of course he'd appoint a pro palestinian "mediator" for the talks. The ZOA... has pointed to a detailed troubling record of Indyk ignoring and whitewashing Palestinian Authority (PA) promotion of terrorism and incitement to hatred and murder while also blaming Israel for lack of progress in peace talks that are actually foredoomed by Palestinian refusal to make peace with Israel or accept her as a Jewish state."

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Olam Hafuch upside down inside out world

Stand Your ground

I know one place where stand your ground and self defense are critical. Israel's battle to survive against Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim brotherhood, Islamic jihad, etc. They have declared open warfare against Jews everywhere. It is 200-500 million to 14 million. They consider every baby in Israel fair game to try and kill.

These peace talks are a joke

These "peace talks" are a joke.
-every US President for 50 years has tried. Kerry and Obama will do it? Israel should trust Obama after what he's done? Two of his  top aids are Def Sec Hagel and UN Ambass., Samantha Powers who both publicly and often bash Israel.
Palestinians still
-teach how to kill Jews in their summer camps
-teach hatred of Jews in kindergarten
-don't have Israel on their maps
-honor terrorists murderers publicly
-Abbas has never said he'd agree to JEWISH state existing
- there are three words for “peace” in Arabic; that only one of them actually means peace; and that the Arabs consistently refuse to use that word when indicating their interest in “peace” with Israel.
The three Arabic words translated as “peace” in English are salaam, hudna, and suhl.
Salaam is the peace of submission. It’s the drawn out pronunciation of “slm” in “Islam,” (written Arabic has no vowels) the Arabic word for submission and obedience, and in “Moslem” or “Muslim,” the Arabic word for “one who submits. Hudna, the second Arabic word translated in English as “peace,” means cease-fire, a temporary truce.
When the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, for example, proposes a hudna with Israel, it’s hailed in the Western media as a peace proposal. It is instead a tactical, temporary break in hostilities, giving Moslems time to re-organize, re-arm, then renew the Jihad against the kafirs when they can be most caught off-guard.
Suhl, the third Arabic term for “peace,” is the most interesting, the one we must insist on Arabs using, the one they always avoid and refuse to use. Suhlmeans reconciliation.
The Encyclopedia of Islam describes sulh as a concept of Islamic sharia law:
The purpose of sulh is to end conflict and hostility among believers so that they may conduct their relationships in peace and amity….In Islamic law,sulh is a form of contract (aqd), legally binding on both the individual and community levels.[3]
Note that it applies only between believers. Once again, it’s deuces wild with unbelievers.
Nonetheless, insistence on using the word sulh in any Arab-Israeli agreement, putting it in writing in the Arabic version of the documents that this agreement is not a hudna and not a salaam, but a sulh, makes it a legally binding aqd, even though one of the signatories is not Moslem.
-ABBAS is Holocaust denier
the doctoral dissertation of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas “stars” throughout the Palestinian Authority educational curriculum, and “is the basis for Holocaust studies in the PA.”
The Center’s Director, David Bedein, has asked Education Minister Gideon Saar and the government of Israel to demand that the PA remove the work from its schools and from its curricula.
Bedein wrote that the Center is engaged in preparing a movie on the PA educationalsystem, in the course of which it tracks that which is taught in PA classrooms. “Throughout the educational system of the PA,” he wrote to Saar, “we have found that the doctorate of Mahmoud Abbas stars, and forms the basis of PA Holocaust studies.”
Downgrades Number of Victims, Accuses Zionists of Collaboration
The doctorate was published as a book in 1984, entitled,"The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” It was completed in 1982 at a university in Communist Russia, and was defended at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
It downgrades the number of Holocaust victims to “[possibly] below one million,” and accuses Zionist leaders of encouraging the persecution of Jews.
It also denies that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting a "scientific study" to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson
-Abbas has no power with Hamas and they are public in stating aim is to destroy Israel and they control gaza and much of Judea and Samaria
-Arabs already have 21 states. why do they need another? Jordan is 2/3 of original Palestine mandate.
-Suicide for Israel to allow another terrorist nation between it and the Jordan. Israel would be 9 miles wide at many points.
-basic Koranic principle of taqqiya where believers are permitted to lie brazenly to unbelievers to advance the cause

Saturday, July 20, 2013

May Helen Thomas not rest in peace

Helen Thomas died. She should NOT get a good send off. She was an anti-Semite. Interesting she died the same day it was announced a Kind Dav d Palace was discovered in Israel, since she thought Israelis were Polish interlopers from the 20th century.

Palestinians will never agree to peace

Thursday, July 18, 2013

anti Israel student named to U Cal governing Board

SAN FRANCISCO (TheBlaze/AP) -- The University of California's governing board confirmed its first Muslim student member Wednesday, despite some Jewish groups' claims that she marginalized Jewish students and promoted an anti-Israel agenda.
Regents voted unanimously to ratify UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin's nomination, with one regent, Richard Blum, abstaining from the vote.
Sadia Saifuddin Confirmed to University of Californias Governing Board Despite Jewish Groups Intense Opposition
Sadia Saifuddin
Sadia Saifuddin walks to take her chair after being confirmed during a University of California Board of Regents meeting Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in San Francisco. The University of California's governing board confirmed the first practicing Muslim student member to the board on Wednesday, despite opposition from some Jewish groups. UC regents voted in favor of UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin's nomination. One regent, Richard Blum, abstained from the vote. Credit: AP
For weeks, Saifuddin's critics urged the regents to reject the nomination, pointing to a student government proposal Saifuddin co-sponsored calling for the university to divest from companies with economic ties to the Israeli military or Israeli settlements on the West Bank. The critics said it was evidence she is unqualified to represent all of the UC system's more than 222,000

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How can we not live in Israel?

Crying in rebuilt Jerusalem

Op-ed: So many Jews deny reality, claim there is no difference between living in Israel and living in the Diaspora
Yishai Fleisher
Published: 07.16.13, 10:22 / Israel Opinion

Wailing, fasting and the wearing of ashes, alongside socializing, communing and catching up with old friends in a fun outdoor atmosphere. That is the dichotomy of Tisha B'Av in modern day Jerusalem. On the one hand a somber mood, but on the other hand, a paradoxical sense of joviality fills the warm summer night.

It makes sense that some level of happiness is in the air, because after all, we are bewailing the destruction of Jerusalem in a big, beautiful and built Jerusalem. This contrast is highlighted in the Jewish liturgy on Tisha B'Av when we say the “Nachem” prayer referring to mournful, destroyed and desolate Jerusalem. However, we must take note that we say that prayer in one of the hundreds of beautiful Synagogues in the city, or at the courtyard of Jerusalem’s city hall, or at the Western Wall with thousands of our fellow Jewish Israeli citizens who have traveled from other thriving Israeli cities on the paved roads of the Jewish state to pray for the future of Jerusalem.

State's Character
Jewish before democratic  / Hagai Segal
Op-ed: Israel's right to define itself as Jewish state is as important as its right to defend itself militarily
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Indeed, a major change has taken place in Jewish life, and while we keep the same rites as we have kept for 2000 years, our reality is vastly different. To understand the change, here is a parable: Two women are in a room and both are single. One’s husband has just died, while the other is engaged to be married – both are indeed single, but they are in totally different states of mind.

So, too, is the Jewish nation: We have mourned for the last two millennia because we were forcibly dispossessed of our land, our capital was sacked, our Temple destroyed and it was as though our husband was murdered. But now with half the Jewish people in the land of Israel and Jerusalem standing in earthly beauty, we are engaged to be married and await the next stage of fulfillment. Like a bride waiting for the wedding canopy, we impatiently await the completion of this great process.

Yet, so many Jews deny the obvious reality. Almost like a mantra, they tell you that nothing has changed, that we are still in exile, that there is no difference between living in Israel and living in the Diaspora. Our own people somehow don’t see the transformation that has opened the doors for our nation to return to lost tradition, speak our national language, fight in a Jewish army, and create a culturally Jewish state on our ancestral land. One gets the impression that some prefer not to see it, lest it break their romance with other dreams, namely, the American Dream.

Last year, I read an article entitled: “They Just Want Kosher Dodger Dogs.” The article went on to tell the story of six Jewish, “accomplished professionals” who are also “season ticket holders,” working feverishly to remedy the lack of kosher hot dogs at Dodger Stadium in LA. “We are really just a group of people who feel very strongly that the second-largest Jewish community in the country should have the ability to eat a Jewish hot dog at a ballgame...” said a member of the committee, an attorney.

So close, yet so far

Seriously? Is this what grown men spend their time on? The Jewish people are engaged in the most exciting project in two thousand years - building a Jewish State. We face enormous challenges to build up, educate, and protect our people, and all this is happening while wealthy season-ticket kosher-eating Jews are fighting for kosher hot dogs in Dodger stadium? Are we so comfortable with the status quo that Jewish leaders can spend their time on nonsense?

Even if Dodger Dog fighters were not involved in the building of Israel, closer to their home, in the great state of California, there are serious problems with anti-Semitism at many colleges, high intermarriage rates, and scores of Jews who are losing all connection with Judaism. Some young Jews don’t stand a chance of getting Jewish schooling, while others are afraid to show their kippah on campus. Yet a group of wealthy kosher-eating Jews is not ashamed to go public with their efforts to bring fresh kosher dogs to their box seats?

It is painful to see good people be so misguided, so flippant with their time and money. I bet they even see their hot dog fight as some kind religious victory, an effort to win equal treatment in public venues. But really the hot dog war is a loud proclamation that even the kosher-eaters are missing the point of this amazing era. Indeed, we are not in the era of securing kosher dogs at Dodger Stadium, we are in the era of re-establishing a Jewish commonwealth, and it's time we started playing ball in our own stadium instead of being entertained by someone else's game.

Eight years ago Rabbi Shlomo Riskin wrote:

“The formative and formidable challenge of Tisha B’Av is the word Eicha, the first word of the Scroll of Lamentations, which means Wherefore (wherefore is the Sacred City alone and desolate ), our challenging question to G-d after the destruction.”

“But the Hebrew letters Eicha also spell Ayeka, ‘where are you’, i.e. G-d’s challenge to us: where are you in these fateful times fraught with possibility for redemption?”

Yes, we live in fateful times, fraught with possibility for redemption, and we are being asked by Jewish history to engage. But while there is much to do in our time, and lots of power and resources to do it, it is also an era of decadence.

Now, more than ever, we need a reminder that there is a lot of work yet to be done to build a Jewish State and the Tisha B'Av is a perfect opportunity to get us back on track for the mission of our generation. Israel needs our nation's collective input and energy, our money and our sweat. We have to put resources into education, security, infrastructure, health and finance. We have to take our country to the next stage and the Tisha B'Av is there to get us back on track.

And that is why we still cry on Tisha B'Av in today’s beautiful and mostly rebuilt Jerusalem. We weep because with all our success, there is still so much pain and loss, so much ignorance and confusion. We mourn because we are so close and yet so far.

European anti Semitism

Europe shows its true colors
This is the picture the World Jewish digest used with these aerticles

Israeli Leader Condemns EU Move On Settlements

by The Associated Press
July 16, 2013 1:03 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday harshly criticized a European Union decision to ban funding for Israeli institutions that operate in the Palestinian territories.
The new guidelines will block EU cooperation grants for Israeli entities that operate in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians for their future state.
The EU decision amounts to a diplomatic condemnation of Israeli settlement construction in these territories and, in effect, endorses the Palestinian position that a future border should be based along the 1967 lines.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the day meeting with senior Cabinet ministers to discuss the European funding cut.
"We will not accept any external edicts about our borders," Netanyahu said. He said that any decision about his nation's land could only be resolved through direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
Participants in the meeting included Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the chief Israeli peace negotiator, and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, a backer of the Jewish settlement movement.
Netanyahu said that the Europeans should deal with what he called "slightly more urgent" matters in the region, including the civil war in Syria and the Iranian nuclear program, before worrying about Jewish settlements.
The EU makes millions of euros in grants to Israeli entities, including universities, researchers and private companies.
In order to obtain EU funding from 2014 on, Israeli projects will be required to sign a clause stipulating they operate within the country's pre-1967 borders and not in east Jerusalem, the West Bank or Golan Heights. That reflects that the EU believes these areas, including the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem and Golan Heights, are not part of Israel.
Israel's deputy foreign minister, Zeev Elkin, called the EU decision a "very significant and worrying move."
He said it would undermine U.S. efforts to restart talks with the Palestinians just as Secretary of State John Kerry is in the region.

"It certainly doesn't add to the atmosphere of peace talks. On the contrary, it fuels the Palestinian refusal to return to the negotiation table," Elkin said

Monday, July 15, 2013

we have our ayatollahs too

we do nothing while rome burns

Iran will be able to cross the nuclear "red line" within "a few weeks," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the prestigious CBS news program Face the Nation on Sunday.
Netanyahu is in the United States on a last-ditch bid to refocus American attention on the Iranian nuclear program, which he believes has been forgotten due to events in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
In order to do so, Netanyahu employed the same tactic he has used in the past: The threat of unilateral Israeli military action against Iran.
"They should understand," he said of the Iranians, "that they’re not going to be allowed to cross" the red line.
I can tell you I won’t wait until it’s too late... we cannot allow it to happen.... As the prime minister of Israel, I’m determined to do whatever is necessary to defend my country, the one and only Jewish state, from a regime that threatens us with renewed annihilation.
It is highly unlikely that Netanyahu will be able to persuade the U.S. to take action against Iran. The Obama administration is mired in domestic scandals, has not intervened in Syria, and appears decidedly unenthusiastic about another foreign entanglement.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Misguided priorities, very scary

Our friends in the Israeli government 
and military are the most concerned they've been been in decades! 
 Here's why:
  • Syria's border with Israel used to be quiet.  Now, al Qaeda and its affiliates have moved in.  
  • Egypt's border with Israel used to be quiet.  Now, al Qaeda affiliates have moved in there as well.  
  • Iran's centrifuges are producing enriched uranium at the fastest rate ever.  
  • Iran's proxy army, Hezbollah, is emerging as a regional power.  
As Israel's security situation deteriorates on almost every border, what's our government doing?  They're doing the one thing they do best -- pressuring Israel! While the Middle East burns around him, Secretary of State Kerry has been camped in Israel trying to restart the peace process.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

conservative or Conservative?

  David Remnick in The New Yorker described Haaretz as "easily the most liberal newspaper in Israel", its ideology as left-wing and its temper as "insistently oppositional."

They published a story today about the new Israeli ambassador to the USA. 
Ron Dermer's challenge: To overcome his reputation as a conservative 

Any Israeli ambassador must accept that the U.S. Jewish community is 
overwhelmingly progressive on economic and social issues and supports 
the two-state solution - in short, stalwart Democratic voters.
What does it take to be a great Israeli ambassador to the United 

The question arises once again following the announcement that Ron 
Dermer will replace Michael Oren as Israel’s top diplomat in Washington 
some time this fall.

The job may be one of the most complex diplomatic postings in the 
world, because the ambassador must fulfill so many functions 

Possibly, three of the most important are to nurture healthy relations 
with the U.S. administration, maintain support for Israel in Congress 
and look after the crucial relationship between Israel and the 
American-Jewish community.

Ambassador Dermer faces challenges on all of these fronts. The Obama 
administration has consented to his appointment because of his close 
ties to Prime Minister Netanyahu, which promise to be useful if 
Secretary of State John Kerry’s initiative to renew Israeli-Palestinian 
peace talks bears fruit. But Dermer must overcome his reputation as a 
conservative ideologue if he wants to forge good working relations with 
a Democratic administration. The same is true in Congress where the new 
ambassador will be welcomed with open arms by Republicans but may face 
initial suspicion from some on the Democratic side of the aisle..."

Many American Jews get the distinction between political conservative and religious denomination Conservative. but it is a much tough distinction for those outside of the USA, and non-native speakers. one of my converts from another country who identifies Jewish Conservative, wanted to know how having a conservative ambassador would impact their Conservative community.