The sun goes and the sun comes and goes out again and a week passes in which Barak, the Defense Minister of Israel, began discussing Olmert's plan by way of Shimon Peres by way of Shas, to give Fatah terrorists their own state on 100 percent of the territory and defend Israel from rockets by somehow developing and fielding anti-missile systems that could stop all rockets across Israel and do it before the withdrawal too.
Meanwhile the Yassam did what Yassamniks usually do, which was to forcibly and brutally evict Jews from their own property in Hevron while the press became obsessed with Professor Hillel Weiss, rather than the brutal tactics of the police.
In America NASA global warming data appears to have a Y2K bug in it slightly dinging the myth of scientific infallibility. The Haditha Marines are good to go while after the press had begun declaring victory for the Taliban, the Taliban are instead being pushed back disappointing their strongest supporters at the Guardian and Reuters.
I've come down with a bug myself but meanwhile a version of my post, "How to Defeat Islam, Laugh at It" has appeared as an Op-Ed in the Jewish Press titled, "An Imam Walks Into A Bar... Using The Weapon Of Laughter Against Militant Islam"
Via Nanette at JerusalemPosts, the ZOA has a response to Olmert.
"The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) promised permits a year and half ago to the eleven families who lived in the neighborhood, saying they would be allowed to return with legal status on the condition they left the premises peacefully. Nine of the families cooperated with the government officials, believing they would make good on their end of the deal. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz quickly voided the promise after they moved out, saying the army officials had no authority to make the agreement.
The former marketplace on which the houses were built was in turn constructed on the ruins of the city’s old Jewish quarter, destroyed in the massacre of the Jewish community by Arabs in 1929...During its post-eviction operations, the IDF demolished a synagogue built in memory of Shalhevet Pass, the ten-month-old girl who was shot and murdered by a Palestinian Authority (PA) sniper several years ago.
A letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, signed by seven Knesset faction heads...said, “We are marking 78 years since the 1929 riots, you are faced with a fateful decision concerning one of the sites which represents, more than anything else, the murder and the thievery of the Hebron Jewish community of those days: the site of the ‘shuk’ in Hebron, where presently several families are living ...We are dealing with Jewish-owned land, which was stolen as a result of the terrible slaughter. It is incumbent on the government to act to return the stolen property as would be expected in relationship to stolen Jewish property anywhere in the world. We the undersigned, chairmen of various parties in the Knesset, turn to you with this request to refrain from expelling these Jewish families living in the ‘shuk’ and to study alternative ways to resolve Jewish quarters at this site, legally...
Via Ted Belman at Israpundit, is a good roundup
"When a government becomes illegitimate it shouldn’t be followed. Of course it is not always easy to discern when the line from legitimate to illegitimate has be crossed. Is it enough not to have the support of the people? Many argue that once elected, leaders are expected to lead and not follow public opinion. I argue, only to a point.
The issue of keeping or giving away Judea and Samaria is so fundamental to Judaism and Zionism that a government at odds with the people is not legitimate. Fundamental principals are what wars are fought over."
Lemon Lime Moon has a great post on the motivation behind conspiracy theories blaming America
"And so now you have those whose hatred of their own nation is so virulent, so rotten, the EREV RAV of America and Israel , the hangers on, the leeches who use America for money and power and freedom to speak and move ahead , but hate her in their hearts, who hate Israel and use her for the same reasons....... who just HAVE TO BLAME IT ON AMERICA or ISRAEL.
Hold the feet of these deniers to the fire.
Ask them flat out:
Why do you deny the Arabs and Muslims did this??
Why do YOU identify with evil more than with good?
What evil is there inside of YOU that makes you have to find fault with America a nation that fed the world and protect the terrorists who hate mankind? Haters of Mankind! That is what they are.
Over at Mr. Bagel is a response to Andrew Benjamin in the Sydney Morning Herald writing of his shame at being Jewish.
After reading Andrew Benjamin's opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald,
Israel does not act or speak for every Jew I found myself marveling at the dexterous leaps in logic that he was able to make.
Much in the same way as one blames their Aunt's letter writing for the reason their dog bites the local postman Mr Benjamin's denouncements of the State of Israel seem to be more based on his unfortunate discomforts as a Jew rather than any real logical deductions.
That's all for now. Shabbat Shalom