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Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Afternoon Roundup - And the Voice of the Liar is Heard in our Land

כי-הִנֵּה הַסְּתָו, עָבָר; הַגֶּשֶׁם, חָלַף הָלַךְ לוֹ הַנִּצָּנִים נִרְאוּ בָאָרֶץ, עֵת הַזָּמִיר הִגִּיעַ; וְקוֹל הַתּוֹר, נִשְׁמַע בְּאַרְצֵנוּ

For lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land" (Song of Songs 2:11-12)

The voice of the turtledove may be heard in the land now as the weather warms, but the voice of the people is not. Because in less cheerful matters, the Obama Administration continues to ramp up its assault on both American and Israeli Democracy. The Slaughter Rule will allow Obama to rule with a semimajority, thereby subverting the process. The attempt to ram through ObamaCare is a deliberate rejection of every poll and the Massachusetts Senate vote. And it is Obama's template for continuing to ram through his illegal plans for the United States.

The bill will break states. It will break companies. It will put a boot down on the head of the American economy. Which is exactly its goal. The Obama Administration is not interested in economic prosperity, it is interested in a government takeover. People who can make their own way and pay their own bills, are poor candidates for a nanny state. No, the people have to be robbed, browbeaten, left helpless, and only then will they agree to have the chains put around their necks. Or least stop fighting against them as hard.

That's the plan. And the ObamaCare Putsch is meant to send a message to the people that democracy will not get in the way. It's a Chicago style legacy of intimidation that tells the people their votes are useless, except as counters to trade away to unions or organizations promising to represent their interests. It's the left's knife to the neck of democracy. It's the progressive fangs biting deep into the jugular of the American People, and sucking out the prosperity to nourish their network of entitlement organizations.

And the media which has gone back to its chief role as Obama's press corps are doing their part to ensure that only the voice of the liar in chief is heard in the land.

After the scandal has passed, ACORN is back. The media push is slowly underway for "Immigration Reform", to follow "Health Care Reform". Because if you call a whopping and illegal disaster, "Reform", that somehow makes it better.

Which means the real showdown is just beginning. This is no longer simply about left and right. It isn't even about whether ObamaCare is good or bad anymore. It's about whether laws will be passed through the rule of law, or by the fiat of a minority of radicals who have climbed to power subverting the American Republic and its Democratic tradition to get their way... by any means necessary.

Meanwhile after the Obama Administration threw a well choreographed tantrum after Israel dared to build housing for Jews in established Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem-- Netanyahu tried to appease Obama with an apology and political gestures.

And in return, Obama's cronies are openly laughing at him and celebrating their victory. On the BBC (the Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation that helped spawn Al Jazeera), Hillary Clinton boasted that pressure on Netanyahu had produced results.

Joe Biden, who was supposedly deeply insulted by Israel's home building, meanwhile went on to make jokes at Israel's expense.



Because clearly that is not an insult.

The quartet which includes Hillary Clinton, George Mitchell and Communist EU Baroness Catherine Ashton, meanwhile issued its demands to Israel in a statement which includes repeated condemnations of Israel and repeated praise of the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that the latter is continuing to engage in terrorism against Israel.

The statement is a horse load of hypocrisy and gleeful lies. Consider the following

The proximity talks are an important step toward the resumption, without pre-conditions, of direct bilateral negotiations that resolve all final status issues as previously agreed by the parties.

Except of course the statement itself contains multiple pre-conditions, all directed at Israel. Including a freeze in Jerusalem. An end to natural growth. Opening up Israeli borders to Islamic terrorists. And the rights of the PA to Jerusalem. When it rejects pre-conditions, it simply means that Israel is not allowed to demand an end to Islamic Arab terrorism before negotiations begin.

The Quartet believes these negotiations should lead to a settlement, negotiated between the parties within 24 months, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic, and viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors.

Considering that the Palestinian Arab areas are currently divided into one run by the Islamist Hamas and one run by the Marxist-Islamist Fatah, neither of which can get along with each other, the creation of such a single state is currently obviously impossible. The Quartet reps are well aware of this, they simply have no interest on acknowledging it.

The Quartet reiterates its call on Israel and the Palestinians to act on the basis of international law and on their previous agreements and obligations – in particular adherence to the Roadmap, irrespective of reciprocity

The key phrase there is, irrespective of reciprocity. Which is a fancy way of saying that Israel again has no right to expect the absence of terrorist attacks, but must nevertheless make concessions to the terrorist groups waging war with it... even during the negotiations.

The Quartet urges the government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth, to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001, and to refrain from demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem. The Quartet also calls on both sides to observe calm and restraint and to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric especially in areas of cultural and religious sensitivity. Noting the significant progress on security achieved by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, the Quartet calls on the Palestinian Authority to continue to make every effort to improve law and order, to fight violent extremism and to end incitement. The Quartet emphasizes the need to assist the Palestinian Authority in building its law enforcement capacity.

Note that the Quartet condemns Israel and demands a housing freeze. It makes no such demands of the Muslim side, which continues to seize and buy land.

It makes a general statement about avoiding inflammatory rhetoric, without actually condemning the constant calls for Jihad emanating from the Palestinian Authority. And makes it in such a bland generic way that it could be read as applying to just about anything.

Finally the Quartet praises the Palestinian Authority for unstated "significant progress", and calls on it to fight, not terrorism, but "violent extremism". And puts the burden on others to assist it.

This is followed by a statement denying that Israel has any rights in East Jerusalem. It essentially states up front that the negotiations would have to grant the PA its own capital in Jerusalem. Which shows up the hypocrisy of its claims that there should be no pre-conditions.

The Quartet calls for a solution that addresses Israel’s legitimate security concerns, including an end to weapons smuggling into Gaza; promotes Palestinian unity based on the PLO commitments and the re-unification of Gaza and the West Bank under the legitimate Palestinian Authority

What in the world is the legitimate Palestinian Authority? Is it the Hamas one that won the elections or the Fatah one backed by the Quartet, whose leader is continuing to rule even though his term expired a while back and there have been no new elections.

The Quartet doesn't know or care. Meanwhile Tony Blair, the Quartet's representative, had a secret deal worth 20 million pounds (approx 30 million dollars) with an oil company, and another 1 million pounds from the Kuwaiti royal family.

Meanwhile in his many travels to bring "peace to the region", Blair formed business contacts with Islamic leaders, including the UAE, which amount to another as much as 5 million pounds. And beneath all that is a complex network of 12 entities, whose earnings and associations Blair does not have to disclose.

How does the fact that Blair's Middle East trips have been as much about making him some money from the Muslim world, as about bringing peace, influence his Quartet reports? Do you even have to ask.

And do you really think that the Kuwaiti royal family paid Blair 2 million US in order to have him write a report about Kuwait. There's something rotten here and it stinks to high heaven.

Meanwhile, ignored by everyone, the Islamist leader of Turkey, PM Erdogan, warned the hundred thousand or so Armenians living in territory conquered by the Muslim Ottoman Empire, that if they didn't disavow claims that Turkey committed genocide against them, he would ethnically cleanse them from his country.

Now Erdogan didn't do this in some seedy back alley. He didn't deliver a speech to his closest supporters that no one in the West could be expected to notice. He did it on the BBC.

That's right. The Prime Minister of Turkey threatened to ethnically cleanse a Christian minority from his country, if they keep complaining about that genocide... and did it on the BBC. And the UN said nothing. There were no massive protest rallies throughout Europe. No boycott threats against Turkish academics. Nothing.

Instead Erdogan blasted the media for misquoting him, and again warned,

“I re-call on Armenia and third countries to be constructive and responsible,” Erdogan said. “All initiatives that deteriorate the [normalization] process will carry a heavy cost – [not to] Turkey but [to] the creators and supporters of those malicious initiatives.”

Then to complete the obscene farce, Erdogan warned Israel against building housing in Jerusalem.

Erdogan threatened not to normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long as the situation continues. “How can we make contact, my brother?” he asked, addressing Israeli politicians. “First, you need to align with international law and avoid any cruelty or outrages.”

“Turkey will not be present anywhere innocent people suffer,” he said.

Because of course if there's one thing that the Turkish Hitler is known for, it's not being present anywhere innocent people suffer.

Some columnists, such as Can Dundar of daily Milliyet, referred to a new “tehcir,” the term Turks use for the deportation of Armenians in 1915. Dundar indicated that Erdoğan’s remarks amount to saying that “100,000 Armenians are hostages, and if European parliaments don’t stop pressuring Turkey over the 1915 events, we will make them suffer.”

Ergun Babahan of daily Star went the whole way and wrote, “If Hitler had been Turkish, we would also be denying the Holocaust today.” He added, in so many words, that that the spirit of Enver Paşa and his “Ittihadists” was alive and kicking in today’s Turkey.

But then just to rub it in the face of European leaders, Erdogan again made the threat during a joint press conference with Gordon Brown.

And the same British government that repeatedly condemns Israel, its head had nothing but praise for Erdogan's restraint. Instead Gordon Brown expressed support for Turkey after a PKK bombing (unaccompanied by the usual demands that Turkey negotiate with the terrorists that are routinely directed at Israel after a terrorist attack) and signed a UK-Turkish Strategic Partnership, while endorsing Turkey's EU bid.

This with a man who shortly before had threatened ethnic cleansing. And threatened it again during the press conference. The obscenity of this is astounding. It is almost beyond words.

But for the final ugly context. Erdogan just received an award from the Saudi royal family for his "service to Islam". The Saudi royal family was likely behind the rise of Turkey's Islamists, providing covert support and funding. And Erdogan, the Turkish Hitler, is the true face of Islam, offering brutality and hate, subverting his enemies through trade, until he can destroy them.

As for as Erdogan, the Saudis and the Muslim world are concerned, it was the Armenians yesterday, the Jews today and Americans and Europeans tomorrow. But Gordon Brown and the rest of the world are rolling out the Red Carpet for him, even as a UK artist was sentenced to jail for a picture mocking Erdogan, and as Erdogan's Islamist allies roll out another domestic crackdown against "coup plotters", which is the usual excuse for suppressing the political opposition.

It is worth remembering now the naked hypocrisy of the same political establishment that damns Israel, but gives Erdogan a pass. It is worth nothing the cynical deceits of the protesters who daily accuse Israel of "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing", while ignoring when the Turkish PM openly threatens it. There is no moral legitimacy or integrity to this facade. It is about power and appeasing Islam.

That's all there is to it. Meanwhile behind the scenes, the Obama Administration has maintained an arms embargo on Israel. The shipment of bunker busters that Israel needed in order to launch a strike on Iran's nuclear capabilities have been diverted. And while everyone in the Obama Administration howls about Israel's insults, Israel like Bontscha, remains silent.

Niles Gardiner at the Telegraph sums it up best in his column, Barack Obama treats Israel and Britain with sneering contempt

Perhaps only one thing is certain about the course of the Obama administration’s ham-fisted foreign policy – there is no depth to which it will not stoop to kick America’s allies in the teeth while cuddling up to her enemies. In the past month we’ve seen ample evidence of this with the State Department’s appalling decision to openly side with Argentina against Great Britain over the Falklands, and the White House’s bullying of Israel.

Meanwhile, the Obama team swiftly issued a groveling apology to terrorist sponsor Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, for earlier casting aspersions over the Butcher of Tripoli’s call for a jihad against Switzerland. A barbaric Islamist tyrant with American blood on his hands is, incredibly, treated better than the leaders of both Britain and Israel.

Israel is an independent country, not a satellite province ruled by imperial viceroy Rahm Emanuel. It is free to make its own decisions, some of which might upset the current occupants of the White House. Israel has survived for over 60 years in the face of insurmountable odds and an array of hostile regimes and bloodthirsty terrorist organizations backed by Iran and Syria. Like the United States and Great Britain, Israel possesses a tremendous warrior spirit that should be widely admired. It is under constant threat and has to literally fight for its survival on a daily basis. Israel deserves the Obama administration’s full support, not its contempt.

Contrast President Obama’s softly, softly treatment of the Iranian theocracy led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – which has threatened to wipe Israel off the map – with that of his distinctly aggressive stance towards Israel. Every effort has been made to engage Tehran, and appease its leaders, from remaining silent over its brutal beating and murder of protestors to turning a blind eye to Tehran’s military and financial support for both the Taliban in Afghanistan and terrorist groups in Iraq. At the same time, the Iranians continue to bankroll and arm Hamas and Hizbollah, whose sole aim is the destruction of Israel.

In the space of just over a year, Barack Obama has managed to significantly damage relations with America’s two closest friends, while currying favour with practically every monstrous dictatorship on the face of the earth. The doctrine of “smart power” has evolved into the shameless appeasement of America’s enemies at the expense of existing alliances. There is nothing clever about this approach – it will ultimately weaken US global power and strengthen the hand of America’s enemies, who have become significantly emboldened and empowered by Barack Obama’s naïve approach since he took office.

The Obama presidency is causing immense damage to America’s standing in the free world, while projecting an image of weakness in front of hostile regimes. Its treatment of both Israel and Britain is an insult and a disgrace, and a grim reflection of an unbelievably crass and insensitive foreign policy that significantly undermines the US national interest.

Note that the British government has made a formal protest to Washington over the Falklands. The British Foreign Secretary will not meet with Hillary Clinton, itself an obvious diplomatic snub. But don't expect the ObamaMedia to cover any of this.

Caroline Glick is even more direct and to the point

Obama’s ultimatum makes clear that mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not a goal he is interested in achieving.

Obama’s new demands follow the months of American pressure that eventually coerced Netanyahu into announcing both his support for a Palestinian state and a 10-month ban on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. No previous Israeli government had ever been asked to make the latter concession.

Netanyahu was led to believe that in return for these concessions Obama would begin behaving like the credible mediator his predecessors were. But instead of acting like his predecessors, Obama has behaved like the Palestinians. Rather than reward Netanyahu for taking a risk for peace, Obama has, in the model of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, pocketed Netanyahu’s concessions and escalated his demands. This is not the behavior of a mediator. This is the behavior of an adversary.

Which is exactly what we should expect from Hussein.

With the US president treating Israel like an enemy, the Palestinians have no reason to agree to sit down and negotiate. Indeed, they have no choice but to declare war.

And so, in the wake of Obama’s onslaught on Israel’s right to Jerusalem, Palestinian incitement against Israel and Jews has risen to levels not seen since the outbreak of the last terror war in September 2000. And just as night follows day, that incitement has led to violence. This week’s Arab riots from Jerusalem to Jaffa, and the renewed rocket offensive from Gaza are directly related to Obama’s malicious attacks on Israel.

And this is a taste of what that war looks like

A group of young soldiers in Hevron were lucky to escape with their lives Thursday when they encountered an angry Arab mob while trying to get to Kiryat Arba. The soldiers were on their way to a training exercise and made the mistake of asking a local Arab man for directions. The man directed them to a Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled neighborhood of the city, where the mob was waiting.

Residents of the local Jewish community blamed the IDF's non-confrontational policy vis-a-vis Arab rioters for the incident. “The fact that the soldiers did not shoot when they saw they were in danger is a direct result of the orders forbidding them from dealing with the Arab rioters [in Hevron] over the past few weeks,” residents said. Instead of putting a stop to violent riots, “IDF soldiers have been told to stand by and wait for PA forces, who are the only ones authorized to restore order.”

The residents' opinion was backed by a commander from the Shimshon regiment, the regiment in which the soldiers in question serve. Speaking to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service, the commander warned that the IDF's policies regarding use of force were leaving soldiers with their hands tied in the face of PA Arab violence.

"We've been given orders that forbid firing in the air” to warn off attackers, he said. “If they throw firebombs at us, we're told to hide or to run away – that is the unequivocal order,” he continued.

"The situation is intolerable,” the commander stated. Soldiers are forbidden even to use non-fatal means of riot dispersal, such as tear gas or rubber bullets, when confronted by violent mobs, he said. “We can only use riot dispersal methods if the regiment commander gives his approval. There have been cases where they threw rocks and firebombs at us, we called the operations room to see what we could do, and we were told 'either wait for backup, or leave the area,'” he recalled.

Soldiers have been punished for firing warning shots in the air or using riot dispersal equipment even in cases where their lives were in danger, he reported.

This is exactly what Obama hopes to accomplish. The destruction of Israel. And all the while Obama is treating the terrorists with the softest of kid gloves. Gitmo terrorists are now getting laptops. That's right, laptops for 9/11 terrorists.

The Pentagon allowed five captured al Qaeda members currently held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to use laptop computers in detention, raising concerns among security officials that the terrorism suspects could pass sensitive data to terrorists in the future, according to U.S. officials.

The computers, without Internet access, were provided to Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other suspected 9/11 conspirators at the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba after approval by senior Pentagon officials in September 2008.
Go to Jihad Watch to read the rest of the article. But just to  get this straight, while US soldiers are fighting and dying against terrorists, the terrorists responsible for 9/11 are getting government laptops.

What else is there to say, except that this is an administration of the terrorists, by the terrorists and for the terrorists. And as Don Feder at Family Security Matters points out, "Our Inability to say the I Word" is leading to this.

The Religion of Peace had a swinging time in Nigeria, with what it swings best – machetes. On March 7th, Muslim mobs, thus armed, massacred more than 500 Christians in three villages in the northern part of the country.

Many of the victims, including women and children, were decapitated or scalped. Others had limbs severed. Chindum Yakubu described how her 18-month-old daughter was ripped from her arms and hacked to death as the family tried to flee a predawn attack.

The mainstream media tried to explain away the atrocities (surprise!)

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Difficult as it is to believe, the Pentagon’s Fort Hood report isn’t the most glaring example of our New PC Army.

Interviewed on “Meet the Press,” within days of the shootings, Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George Casey, tearfully pleaded: “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. If our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

In other words, 13 dead U.S. soldiers are far less important than maintaining the sanctity of diversity – in this case, an appreciation for the killer creed. Casey sounds more like a community organizer in uniform than the type of fighting man who won two World Wars.

And that is who is truly endangering the US military and the United States. Not those who fight Islamic terrorism, but those who give in to it.

Jack Kemp meanwhile looks at the political consequences and impacts of the ObamaCare War.

Professional pollsters, including Democrat Pat Caddell are saying the Democratic Party could lose "30 or more House seats" (try 70 or more, Pat) in November. A defeated Democratic Congressperson  who in early November 2010 now knows that their career is over gets approached by  Nancy Pelosi with an offer of a job if they now vote "yes" on the healthcare bill. Remember, the defeated Democrats still are in office until early January, effectively in power until Christmas. Will these lame duck Democrats take such an offer from their party? Or will they be so bitter - and well connected - that they see taking such an offer from Madame Speaker (a possible soon-to-be ex-Speaker) as a detriment to their future in general or as a Democrat in particular?

This opens up numerous possibilities for the Republican party to go the other way. See what Governor Christie is doing in New Jersey at Doug Ross.


New Jersey spends $11 billion more annually than it takes in -- the largest percentage deficit in the U.S.

• New Jersey's total debt has tripled since 2002, skyrocketing from $17 billion to $51 billion. Each family of four living in New Jersey is therefore on the hook for more than $16,000.

• And in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, New Jersey's public sector added 11,300 jobs in 2009 while private enterprise hemorrhaged 121,000 jobs.

Sanity: Governor Chris Christie is amputating large portions of the budget. Because it's the only way.
Israpundit meanwhile has a JINSA report on the folly of training Fatah's IslamoMarxist army of terrorists.

Fairly authoritative sources have noted that Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, the U.S. Army general responsible for training Abu Mazen’s Palestinian security force/army, has become increasingly marginalized by the Fatah government. Last summer his staff was reportedly no longer directly involved in training or planning and had been “expelled” from the Palestinian Authority (PA) “Strategic Planning Department.” Then came news that American DynCorp International’s contract for training and mentoring Palestinian forces had not been renewed. Now, another shoe has dropped.

According to Janes’ Defence Weekly as reported by wire services, the PA has drafted a plan to end American training and supervision of the force entirely. “Dayton’s role would be limited to bringing money and equipment for the security forces. He would not deal with PA operations or deployment,” a Palestinian official was reported to have said. “Officials said the PA leadership…determined that U.S. intervention was hampering security force development and undermining the legitimacy of the regime.”

We suspect that Lt. Gen. Dayton would retire rather than be in that position, but that would suit the PA as well. He has already done the job they wanted done. He’s built their army and now they want to use it as they see fit.

Of course the Fatah PA militias have never been anything but thugs and terrorists in the guise of police forces and an army. And now the US can look forward to having trained a new army of terrorists, some of whom will carry out attacks against the US... sooner or later.

Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors is holding a special event with Knesset Member Danny Danon.

MK Danny Danon is generally considered the leading nationalist among the Likud MKs. He is Chairman of World Likud, and he vigorously opposed the forced evacuation of Jews from Gaza. MK Danon has taken a strong and aggressive stance in favor of the rights of Jews to settle anyplace in the Land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, in favor of protecting Jewish heritage sites, against the settlement freeze, and against appeasement of the Arabs. MK Danon is widely considered a likely candidate for Prime Minister in future elections.

This is a rare opportunity to meet and hear MK Danny Danon.

Stop by the CJHS LA site to learn more.

As a result of Obama's political war against Israel, on behalf of Islamic terrorists, Z Street is assembling a list of names for its public statement. Current blogging signatories include Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, Yael Lieberman of Boker Tov Boulder, as well as many others.

The full statement and current list of names follows. If you would like to be included, go to ZStreet.org now, and leave them a message.

PUBLIC STATEMENT REGARDING
ATTACK ON ISRAEL'S APPROVAL OF
BUILDING HOUSES FOR JEWS IN JERUSALEM***

THE TIME IS NOW
It is time to speak out, for all who believe that Jews have the same political freedom, national, civil and religious liberties as every other people to live anywhere in the world, including the right to live anywhere in Jerusalem, Judaism’s eternal capital. To suggest, demand, or even submit to anything less is to support overt religious persecution.

The outrage hurled against the Jewish State by the current US administration for (1) daring to approve the building of homes for Jews in a Jewish neighborhood, two miles from the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount, and for (2) daring to do so when US Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel, is grossly misplaced and is itself an affront. The public expression of this outrage is yet another means to pressure Israel’s government unfairly.

Outrage should, more appropriately, be directed at those expressing the outrage. We are especially appalled at those who claim to be supporters of Israel and yet demand that this policy of religious bigotry be enforced with threats of official shunning both diplomatically and in terms of military support.

Let’s be clear: The only apologies should come from those attempting to bar Jews from building homes and living in any neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and from those who think that if Jews do build in Jerusalem they should do it quietly, and hope that no one notices. We reject any such discrimination and duplicity. We say to all those who claim to support the Jewish State, including Israeli officials, not to be afraid, to say out loud: Yes! Jews can, do, and will build and live in Jerusalem, now and forever. We call on all those who reject this position to explain why an official policy of religious discrimination is acceptable when it is enforced against Jews.

It is most shocking that a US administration claiming to support a strong Israel, would allow its policies to fan the flames of Arab hatred, incitement and violence against its only free and democratic Middle Eastern ally.

IF YOU AGREE WITH THE ABOVE AND ALSO WANT TO PUBLICLY ASSERT YOUR BELIEF IN THE RIGHT OF JEWS TO LIVE ANYWHERE, ESPECIALLY IN ANY NEIGHBORHOOD IN JERUSALEM, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW OR EMAIL LORILOWENTHALMARCUS@ZSTREET.ORG This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it AND YOUR NAME WILL BE ADDED TO THIS STATEMENT.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus, president, Z STREET

Eli Hertz, Myths and Facts
Helen Freedman, Americans for a Safe Israel
Charles Jacobs, Americans for Peace and Tolerance
Doris Wise Montrose, Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors
Mort Klein, Zionist Organization of America
Cherna Moskowitz, The Moskowitz Foundation
Rabbi Jon Hausman
Rabbi David Jay Kaufman
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins

Rabbi David Segal

Professor Louis Rene Beres
Professor Edward Alexander
Professor Judith S. Jacobson
Rick Richman, Jewish Current Issues
Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs

Robert Spencer, Jihadwatch
David Goder, One Jerusalem
Yael Lieberman, Boker Tov, Boulder
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit
Richard A. Baehr, American Thinker

G.S. Don Morris, Ph.D., Doc's Talk
Dr. Phyllis Chesler
Gary E. Erlbaum

Edward H. Rosen
Kenneth G. Langone
Richard Fox
Adrienne A. Price
Joshua Katzen
Hillary Markowitz
Ruth S. King
Rael Jean Isaac
Joshua Landes
Steven E. Stern
Morris Willner
Leonard Wisse
Alex Grobman
Edward M. Snider
Craig Snider
Richard Cooper
Howard A. Cohen
Alan B. Miller
Bart Blatstein
Benyamin Korn
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld
Richard Allen
Stephen B. Klein
Barri Glick
Joseph Wolfson
Gloria Z. Greenfield
Maxine Elkins
Jerome M. Marcus
Clive Ginsburg

Alyssa A. Lappen

Lee Miller

David Makowsky

Gary Dalin

Richard Vezina

Diane Dubey

Robert M. Pave

Donald Scharoff
Zvi Rona
Kenneth H. Ryersky, Esq.
Charles Brooks
Joseph Rapaport

Ann Green

Monty Pogoda

Stephen Tannenbaum

Myrna Bloom Marcus

Dan Dayanim

Izzy Cominsky

Moshe Brody

Shai Beo

Gerald Kaiden

Ginny Soronow

Judy Lash Balint

Mickey Oberman

Chava Goldman

Aggie Hoffman

Peter Uys

Randi Oze

William Horwitz

Chaya Eitan

Janet Cohen

Robin Ticker

Ephraim Shalom

Dr. Paul Berg

]Reuven Boruch
Janet Cohen

Ted Paull

Jerry Miller

Moshe Burt

Arieh Zaritsky

A. Ovadia Salama, Ph.D.
Jeff Muchnik

Irmgard Gesund

Lyone Fein

Stan Weitzman

Ralph B. Kostant

Bruce Goldman

Richard Vezina

Jacques Melki

Joel S. Pachter, Ph.D.

Carlotta Rodas

Rachelle Kirschner

Phyllis Zemble

Lidia Zamkov

Imre Herzog

Marc Prowisor

Suzanne Pomeranz

Dr. Merom Klein

Shirley Lewis

Matthew Hausman

Mark L. Harvey

Carol Taber

Susi Appel

Gus Wheeler

Augusta Fuma

Myron Buchman

J Robert Howell

Jack Kemp

Doug Edelman

Channah Kirshner

Gloria Miller

Herb Glatter

Karen Cook

Sylvia Scott

Doug Edelman

Alex Raban

Richard B. Willoughby

David Greenzweig

Ron Dolinsky
Phillip Cohen
Steven Kurlander
Michael Seelenfreund
Stacy Johnson
Yoram Getzler
Daniel Erlbaum
Rena Cohen
Martin J. Lieberman
Gail Mitchell
Carol Byers
Ron Hoffman
Gail Thomas
Paul Aston
Melech B’n arieh
Edward Schrager
Fred Hayward
Herve Seligmann
Hillel Levin
Lloyd Kaufman
Stacey Bilker
Bruce Mazer
Manny Jakel
Poul Hornsleth

April Hornsleth
Manny Jakel
Penny Alfonso
Laura Liebman
Elke Coblens
Edward Weinstein
Reuben Statman
Garth van Homan
Kerry Hurwitz
Marie Merchel
Hal & Joyce Taback
Paul Asbjom Myhrer
Chaim Moshe ben Avraham
Sybil Sullins
Daniel A. Cirucci
Benyamin Tzeon

Leah Tzeon
Pat McCormack
James Stephens
Michelle Kravitz
Jon Crawford
Pablo Nankin, MD
Brad Fisher
Marleen Perret
Andy Vidikan
Leona Hiley
Francine Lipstein

Richard Becker
Paul Schnek
Alexander Heppenheimer
Anderson D. Harkov, Esq.
Judith Reich, Esq.
Jonathan Grauman
Henry D. Saruya
Morton Friedman
Alan Stein

Victor Gutierrez
Marty Lamb
Lynne Kessler Lechter
Reuven Kossover
Stephen Rubin
Geoffrey Kirshner
Chaya Eitan
D’Vorah Joy Hoffman
Lynne Kessler Lechter
Eric Goldschmidt

Jack Rosenblum
John Center

Jerry Sobel
Henry Kadoch
Marcia Hetlinger
Jill Hiatt
Tanya Gorlin
Andrew Gorlin
Elise Goldstein-Clark
Daniel H. Clark
Judith Weinstein
Kai Gregory
Eric Schoen Smith
Jeanette Potter
Bob McCarty
Francisco Calderon
Rabbi David Segal
Tony DeSanto
Enzo Greco
Mike Packer
Naomi Vilko, M.D.
Al Cinamon
Ann Birulin
Sol Birulin
Gary Acheatel
Jeff Daube, Director, ZOA Isael Office
Boris Gorbis
Bernard Baruch
Paul Warner
Shari Goodman, Ch. Leader C-W. Calley ACT!
Edward Martenfeld
Helen Goldfeld
John Gargano
Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.
Yedida Shraga
Leah Kabaker
Rick S. Geiger
Sanford Weinstock, D.P.M.
Aaron Price
Tammy Shatz
Gary Lainer
Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

16 comments:

Lemon said...

Biden isn't funny. He is undignified and low class.

Square Mile Wife said...

I don't even know what to say after reading all this. Tonight I am going to bed with a heavy heart. Some days it is very difficult to believe that good can triumph over evil.

Anonymous said...

I sent my Jewish friend who supports Obama the Caroline Glick article to read and she sent me this to read.

OBAMA SUPPORTS ISRAEL. PERIOD.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/rosnerBlog.jhtml?itemNo=832667

I sent her an email back telling her it was a good case study for the psychological contortions our brains go through when in denial.

Anonymous said...

nothing like coffee and an article from the Sultan in the morning to start my day.. thanks elmore

wayneUSA said...

Please explain to me why palestinians should feel so outraged because Israel chooses to build housing--entirely within its own sovereign borders? Please explain why Israel is the one being pressured to 'give up' land for the establishment of a hostile muslim nation? And --please explain why it is ISRAEL which is being pressured--why not Egypt or Jordan? Why, if these neighboring countries are muslim, do they not feel empathy for their 'poor, displaced palestinian brothers', and offer them some of their OWN land? Lastly--tell me why no one in Israel or the U.S. has the guts to simply say these things--ask these questions--and tell it like it is??

wayne said...

Tell me why it is Israel who is being pressured to give up land for the palestinians, and not Egypt or Jordan? Why, if they are co-religionists, do Egypt and Jordan not feel some innate responsibility, instead of Israel? And tell me why Israel should feel pressured for having built housing for its own citizens--within its own sovereign borders? What right does the UN have to bleat and complain about this? And, lastly--why--oh why!--doesn't someone in Israel or the US have the courage to simply tell these other countries or entities that Israel is entirely within its own rights to secure its sovereign borders?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Square Mile Wife,

Good triumphs eventually, but good would not be needed if evil were not so pervasive.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Anonymous,

also an endorsement from Haaretz is akin to one from the Communist Party. It's convincing but not in the direction they think.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Thank you Elmore

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Wayne,

The Palestinian Arabs are outraged for the some reason they're always outraged, because their religion is the faith of rage, and because they've found that outrage is a useful tool to convince others of their sincerity.

Egypt and Jordan are not being asked to give up land, because the entire mythological Palestinian identity was created as a tool to force Israel to give up land.

Keli Ata said...

A Palestinian identity is indeed a mythological one. It's about as real as Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster. But why are Israelis constantly asserting their rights to exist? Sometimes it sounds like they're trying to convince the world that they're real as if they even have there doubts as to whether they have a right to exist or even exist.

It's disturbing. But I don't fully understand the Jewish/Israeli psyche or effects of centuries of persecution and genocide so perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh.

Still, watching Israel give up land knowing it will lead to destruction is sort of like watching a woman die a slow death from anorexia. You just want to scream "EAT!" and "LIVE"!

As I have written before, I've been listening to Shir Beitar quite a lot and can now sing it perfectly. What I don't understand in light of this building pressure is how a people who are proud, generous and fierce cannot simply say NO.

Or maybe that is as hard as getting an anorexic to eat.

Something deeper is going on. I just can't figure it out.

It's all very sad and painful to watch. And strangely brings me to back to grammar school and watching Born Free--in particular the scene in which the young orphaned lion cubs will not drink milk after numerous formulas are offered to them.

The character Joy Adams cries to the lion cubs, "Don't you understand that if you don't east you'll die" or something to that effect.
Finally, her husband dabs a little milk on her thumb and the lions lick that and then learn to drink from milk bottles and live.

Sorry for the long comment that has little to do with politics. I just feel free to express myself here on your blog.

Keli Ata said...

A Palestinian identity is indeed a mythological one. It's about as real as Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster. But why are Israelis constantly asserting their rights to exist? Sometimes it sounds like they're trying to convince the world that they're real as if they even have there doubts as to whether they have a right to exist or even exist.

It's disturbing. But I don't fully understand the Jewish/Israeli psyche or effects of centuries of persecution and genocide so perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh.

Still, watching Israel give up land knowing it will lead to destruction is sort of like watching a woman die a slow death from anorexia. You just want to scream "EAT!" and "LIVE"!

As I have written before, I've been listening to Shir Beitar quite a lot and can now sing it perfectly. What I don't understand in light of this building pressure is how a people who are proud, generous and fierce cannot simply say NO.

Or maybe that is as hard as getting an anorexic to eat.

Something deeper is going on. I just can't figure it out.

It's all very sad and painful to watch. And strangely brings me to back to grammar school and watching Born Free--in particular the scene in which the young orphaned lion cubs will not drink milk after numerous formulas are offered to them.

The character Joy Adams cries to the lion cubs, "Don't you understand that if you don't east you'll die" or something to that effect.
Finally, her husband dabs a little milk on her thumb and the lions lick that and then learn to drink from milk bottles and live.

Sorry for the long comment that has little to do with politics. I just feel free to express myself here on your blog.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Many Israelis have become detached from reality, and the ruling elites have no real interest in many cases of Israel's survival.

Keli Ata said...

What can we do to help? I feel as though I am watching all these Jews die:( Honestly.

What can I do?


BTW: I did dubmit my full name to be added to the ZStreet list, as you and so many other have.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

all we can do is speak the truth

Dedicated_Dad said...

First, great piece as usual.

If my understanding of all this is correct, Jews and Philistines (listen to Pali TV - this is what they call themselves!) have been killing one another for nigh on 6,000 years. I figure it all goes back to Isaac and Ishmael - and is a good object lesson for what happens when one (a) ignores the orders of G*d and (b) diss somebody's Momma - but I digress.

This hasn't been solved in millenia - odds are it won't be solved in my lifetime.

I see it like this: If it were - somehow, magically - possible to disarm every Arab in the ME, Israel would peacefully go about its business and bother noone. If the reverse occurred - and our magic somehow disarmed every Jew in Israel, there'd likely not be one Jew left alive in less than 24 hours.

To me, this sums up the entire matter.

It's (actually, long PAST!) time for Israel to stop playing games with her enemies. 70-ish years of trying to be nice has only seen a 10-fold increase in the number of folks demanding Israeli land -- another object lesson, this time into what happens when you feed/clothe/house people with nothing else to do but procreate - a lesson which we should also apply to Ethiopia and other similar hell-holes (not to mention our US welfare-class) -- but again I digress...

I'm sick of the whole thing. Either bust off a chunk for the Palis, and make it clear that *ANY* attack will be met with extreme force, or kill them all now and get it over with.

Nothing else will ever work.

It seems clear that extermination of one group or the other is the only realistic option to achieve a permanent solution to this millennia-old conflict, but giving them the chance to do right FIRST - and fair-warning of the consequences of any further violence - is still the proper moral path IMHO...1

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