If this took place during the earlier half of the last century, the Islamonazis of Gaza and elsewhere, would be decimated.
IAF strikes Hamas targets after rockets launched into Israel
Dr.Gerstenfeld’s interview with Ambassador Emeritus (ret.) Freddy Eytan on French-Israeli relations under President Hollande. It was published in Israel National News in anticipation of the visit of Prime Minister Valls of France to Israel in the coming days, and republished here with the author’s permission.
“Prior to his election, François Hollande, President of France, had not developed close ties with the Jewish community, in contrast with the two previous right wing presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. As far as Israel is concerned, Hollande follows a basic policy line similar to that of previous socialist leaders such as Leon Blum and François Mitterrand. Their guiding principle is support for the existence of a Jewish state in secure and recognized borders. At the same time, the Palestinian people should have self-determination in a state alongside Israel.”
Freddy Eytan is a journalist and former diplomat. He was Israel’s ambassador to Mauritania and also served in Israel’s embassies in Paris and Brussels. He is an expert on France’s Middle East policy and has published twenty books, among them Sarkozy, the Jewish World and Israel, published in French in 2009 by the Alphée publishing house in Paris.
“One key element of Hollande’s foreign policy is that he wants a strong France closely bonded with Germany in the European Union. He is suspicious of the United States and was furious with Obama for his second thoughts on overturning the Assad regime in Syria, reversing his position on the issue at the last minute. Since then relations between Paris and Washington have remained tense. In military operations, such as in Mali, Hollande prefers that France should go it alone.
“In his program for the 2012 Presidential elections, the Palestinian-Israel conflict only figured in 12th place. In the Middle East, apart from his desire to get rid of Assad, Hollande saw the rise of ISIS and in particular that of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a strategic menace. In contrast to Obama’s actions, Hollande has reinforced France’s relations with the Egyptian President General El-Sisi, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. He was also far less conciliatory toward the Iranian nuclear project than the Americans, who sought an agreement at any cost.
“Hollande keeps the Palestinian-Israel conflict separate from bilateral French-Israeli relations. Bilateral French-Israeli relations have significantly improved and are currently the best they have been since Israel’s honeymoon with the French socialists in the 1950s. Both countries now have more interests in common. The wave of Muslim terror in Europe requires collaboration and exchange of information between their intelligence services. Military relationships have improved, together with economic interactions. Nowadays several major French companies are represented in Israel including the EDF energy group and the Alsthom transport company.
“At the same time however, France maintains its ‘automatic’ favorable attitude toward the Palestinians. Chirac offered the PLO a diplomatic office in 1974. Mitterrand received Arafat in 1989 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and under Sarkozy, France voted in favor of the Palestinians joining UNESCO.
“In line with this automatic stance, under Hollande’s leadership France supported a scandalous motion ignoring the Jewish connection with the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a strongly worded letter to Hollande to protest the motion. In Hollande’s somewhat bizarre reply, he explained that there had been a technical error and a misunderstanding. French Jewish leaders, including the Chief Rabbi Haim Corsia reacted far more forcefully than the Israeli foreign office, which limited itself to the publication of a communique on the matter.
“Another negative development is the almost obsessive French plan for an international conference on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. France sees here an opportunity to insert itself in the vacuum left by the Obama administration.
“The French parliament, with its socialist majority, voted in favor of the recognition of a Palestinian state. This was an important, albeit symbolic vote. Only the government can formalize such a decision, something it has not done. Hollande had to take into account here the power of the pro-Palestinian left wing in his socialist party, as well as the Green party. As Hollande is the least popular post-war French president to date, he will need all the support he can get if he wants to have a chance in the 2017 presidential elections.
“Under Hollande’s presidency, France has known a number of murderous terrorist attacks by Muslims, both against non-Jews and Jews. Since last November a state of emergency has been declared. Since the murders of four Jews in Toulouse in 2012 the security around Jewish synagogues and schools has been greatly reinforced.
“France’s current Prime Minister Manuel Valls, has on many occasions expressed great admiration for French Jewry. Both Hollande and Valls have come out strongly against anti-Semitism. Yet they viewed Netanyahu’s calls urging French Jews to move to Israel in a bad light, seeing this as interference in the country’s internal affairs.
“All deadly terrorist attacks against Jews have been committed by French Muslims. Despite the state of emergency and the massive presence of police and the military in the streets, there is still a feeling of insecurity in the country. This feeling is particularly strong among Jews.
“The first round of the French presidential elections will be held in April 2017. The political campaigns have already begun. It is already apparent that this will be a rude and noisy battle, which will strengthen extremists in both the left and right camp. What that means for the Jews remains to be seen.”
If you listen closely you can hear chanting in the distant background. I can only assume that the nut-roots were all out in full force in protesting the Ambassador’s speaking engagement.
H/T: Aussie Dave: “Mark Regev, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, recently addressed the Oxford Union. Besides a few points, he nails it.
We’ve seen Gil Benjamin’s amazing Rubik’s cube robot solver.
We’ve seen Roni Oron’s system for the production of oxygen in space.
Now behold the latest Israeli child prodigy: Tamar Barabi, who just invented a math theorem!
It’s common for some high school kids to need the help of a math tutor. For others, numbers come naturally. And then there’s Tamar Barabi. The Israeli teenager just invented a new geometric theorem.
Like most discoveries, the eureka moment happened by accident. Tamar turned in her math homework and the teacher said the theory she used to solve the problem didn’t actually exist. “He said if I could prove it, it could be my theory. So that’s what happened,” Barabi told From The Grapevine.
With help from her dad, who is also a math teacher, they sent the theorem to experts around the world.
Known as the Three Radii Theorem, or “Tamar’s Theory” for short, it goes as follows: “If three or more equal lines leave a single point and reach the boundary of a circle, the point is the center of the circle and the lines are its radii.” Believe it or not, that’s the simple explanation. To compose the actual theorem, Barabi had to write up three proofs, a series of conclusions and some sample exercises.
In a world void of antisemitism, the war against the Jews/Israel could not exist. (TINSC).
Mazel Tov !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Temple Institute initiated an actual wedding ceremony on the Temple Mount, only the second time this has been performed in some 2000 years. The following is a press release we just received, describing the clandestine simcha.
An engaged couple recently approached Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute, and asked him if he would supervise their marriage on the Temple Mount. After scrupulously examining the detailed halachot (Jewish law) concerning the marriage ceremony, and consulting with other rabbinical authorities, Rabbi Richman happily accepted the task upon himself.
The couple met with Rabbi Richman early one recent morning in the Old City of Jerusalem, at the headquarters of the Temple Institute, where the blessing over wine was made, a prerequisite to the marriage ceremony. Two appointed witnesses then met the couple at the entrance to the Temple Mount. The witnesses were obligated to both hear the declaration of marriage from the lips of the groom and see him place the gold wedding band on the bride’s finger. All members of the party were instructed by Rabbi Richman that this had to be done without drawing the attention of the Israel police or the Muslim Waqf guards who would be accompanying the group of Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. Were they to notice they would certainly arrest all the parties involved and remove them immediately from the compound.
The Left in Israel is very much like the Left is elsewhere, highlighting small failings while overlooking the general good, etc. etc. highly typical. Also, the beating up of one’s self in order to appear more pious on the world stage, is similar to that of a monk mutilating himself through flagellation, with the big difference being, only he feels the euphoria and pain of his actions.
A number of years ago someone asked me why I listen to the Israel Broadcasting Authority newscasts. Answer: So I can figure out what the Left is up to. For example, many years ago during a Labor government when an IBA “expert” confidently stated that the Israeli economy was strong and everything was fine, I knew it was heading for the dumps. And, indeed, a downturn followed shortly.
Yesterday, Reshet Bet, the main Hebrew news radio station, was all over a cooked-up story about alleged discrimination in Israel’s maternity wards. Later, other media outlets picked up the story as well. For years, many hospitals have often opted to put Jewish women in with Jewish roommates and Arab women in with Arab roommates. It is not an official, inflexible policy and the care and the facilities are exactly the same for everyone.
Since the care here is less deluxe and a lot more short-handed than what you would find in the U.S., there is a certain logic operating. Women with the same language can support each other after labor. Many Arab Israeli women do not speak Hebrew, and these days far fewer Jewish Israelis speak Arabic. Anecdotally, in my own experience, a laboring Arab woman who spoke impeccable English was put in the room I shared with another Jewish English speaker. We, the Jewish ladies, were post-birth and ended up labor-coaching the Arab lady for hours, as her family had dropped her off and left. So much for apartheid.
This total non-story, which anyone could have reported more than twenty-five years ago, was an excuse to show the allegedly dangerous racism “rampant” in Israeli society. Reshet Bet produced several chest-beating moaners to wail over this horrid “discrimination” and demand forced integration. (And just to ramp it up a more, a right-wing MK managed to open his mouth and insert both feet. To be fair, one of the leftists also managed to slur the Sephardi population while hysterically hyperbolizing.)
What does any of this have to do with politics?
There are two recent stories in the news that the left has been pre-occupied with and imaginary racism was connected to both.
One story, which we have already seen, is that of the soldier in Hebron who shot to death a terrorist who was not neutralized. While the left-wing media has run a kangaroo court to try the soldier, the evidence also shows that there was a fear that the terrorist, who had already knifed one soldier, also had a bomb.
The other story is even more to the point. Meir Ettinger has been held in administrative detention for eight months. Allegedly he has been linked to a lethal hate crime, but no charges have been made against him, nor has he been tried. He is being held in solitary confinement. He was just denied a temporary release to attend the circumcision of his newborn son.
Meir Ettinger is a right-wing activist. His late grandfather, Rabbi Meir Kahane, was assassinated by a terrorist belonging to the group that tried to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Rabbi Kahane was also a controversial activist who started the right-wing Kach movement. He was also the only elected member of the Israeli Knesset who was removed from the Knesset solely for his views. Not an Arab, a Jew.
The whole brouhaha over the maternity wards is to show not only that the right wing in Israel is a danger to society, but to show that the whole society is tainted. Only by throwing these two young men into the maw of the over-reaching judicial system can Israeli society atone for its “racism”. This story smacks of group hate and propaganda, à la Orwell’s 1984. Both the Left—including members of the judicial system—and members of the government who are cowed by the accusations of the left seem to feel that punishing Ettinger as an example is acceptable. Sadly, Ettinger is not the first of the “hilltop youth” and right-wing protesters to be treated with Orwellian justice.
What is needed in all cases is a fair examination of the facts, not a trial in the media, and not a travesty of justice. Israel as a society is better than Orwell’s dystopia, and strong enough to hold a diversity of views.
What the Left has failed to grasp is that trying to appease its so-called liberal peers on the world stage by beating up Israeli society with false accusations and punishing the voices of the right-wing does not work, except to demonize Israel further. And demonizing Israel is something that those same liberal nations have already done themselves. No need to add more fuel to that fire.
The following is a book review of the War of a Million Cuts by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It appeared originally in Justice, the journal of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.
NOTE: This review is republished here with the author’s consent.
by Manfred Gerstenfeld RVP Press, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (2015). ISBN 978-1-61861-341-7
By now, many Jews and other supporters of Zion have experienced one or more of the million cuts inflicted by Israel’s enemies in their burgeoning and multifaceted asymmetrical war against the Jewish state.
I recall vividly the first of many painful blows I experienced myself, as one of the spokesmen for Jewish groups at the ill-fated United Nations World Conference against Racism that was held in Durban South Africa just before September 11, 2001.
I was speaking with a veteran Egyptian journalist who accompanied Anwar Sadat on his historic visit to Jerusalem, when a younger Arab journalist from Jordan happened to pass by. “Ahmed, come here, I would like to introduce you to someone from America.” In the middle of our handshake, the Jordanian abruptly pulled back. “Are you a Jew? Had I known you were a Jew, I never would have shaken your hand,” as he reached to “clean” his hand on his jacket. Throughout the next week, and in full view of over 3,900 NGOs from around the world supposedly united by the goal of “Civil Society,” we Jews were taught a brutal lesson: Israeli policies were not the issue—Israel’s very legitimacy as a state was under assault, led and validated by the official caretakers of global human rights.
Ever since, similar scenarios have played out in leading Protestant denominations, on university campuses, and throughout the media.
How did we get to the point where the memory of Kristallnacht in Germany generates more support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement than remembering the innocent Jews who suffered the Nazis’ pogroms, where Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) is desecrated by “Israel Apartheid Week,” when First Amendment supporters of free speech in the U.S. can call for total boycotts of Israeli schools and academics?
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s definitive analysis of the current war on Israel and the Jewish people is a must for anyone who has suffered the indignity of such attacks and wants to develop strategies to defeat the haters.
Gerstenfeld begins with a historic overview of post World War II antisemitism and the mutation of medieval anti-Jewish motifs, and how they help sustain and legitimize highly discriminatory anti-Israel attitudes. The pivotal roles played by United Nations agencies, Arab and Muslim states, Muslims in the western world and the media are documented in a vivid and compelling way. Others include extreme leftist and extreme rightists, many social democrats, NGOs, trade unionists and a variety of mainstream politicians.
A short but critically important chapter provides an outline of one of the most insidious threats—“Lawfare”— where legal institutions and international law are manipulated to demean and delegitimize Israeli officials and cripple the Jewish state’s ability to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks launched by Hamas from literally behind the skirts of civilians in Gaza.
Gerstenfeld also touches a raw nerve in discussing the impact of the tsunami of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish campaigns. Jews have a heightened fear of antisemitic hate crimes. Some Jewish leaders in Europe caution their constituents not to walk in public with a “Chai” necklace or a kippah. Few synagogues in Europe can function without security. Meanwhile, many heavily biased media rarely give a platform to defenders of Israel. In Europe and in particular in France and in Scandinavia, many Jews have opted to hide their identities in public; many thousands in France and the UK have opted for Aliyah.
In covering a multiplicity of many other fronts of the newest forms of the world’s oldest hate, Gerstenfeld does not shirk from detailing the especially painful and harmful incitement by Israelis and Jews against the democratic state that is home to the world’s largest Jewish community. For these critics, the Jewish state can do nothing right and the Palestinians can never be held accountable for any atrocity, however heinous.
Throughout the book, Gerstenfeld asserts that he should have never had to be the one to write it; that it is the responsibility of the Jewish state to formulate proper strategies and tactics to battle and ultimately win this war.
We at the Simon Wiesenthal Center agree with the author that the State of Israel must create a single address to effectively counter the many fronts of this war. The toxic propaganda left unchallenged will not only weaken the Jewish state but also poison attitudes towards the Jews the world over. Gerstenfeld provides the overview of the enemies’ game plan. It is time now for Israel to approach this war as creatively and effectively as it has done in combating its enemies on the military front. The coherence of Gerstenfeld’s analysis and the compelling, if sometimes depressing, narrative of this definitive work, makes it a must read for Israeli officialdom and all lovers of Zion.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a founding member of The Global Forum on Antisemitism.
Fat chance that ever happening, nor should it.
The family members of the second terrorist who was shot dead in Hebron last Thursday have been seething in a rage. For one thing, they are upset at what they had seen on the B’Tselem video: that their son, who, together with his buddy, tried to murder an IDF soldier using knives, was killed while lying on the ground. And then as the dead terrorist’s uncle has told several Israeli TV channels: no one has come to apologize to them for the killing, not the prime minister, not the chief of staff. It’s as if would be murderers can be executed in broad daylight nowadays, and no one cares.
OK, the UN cares: the international organization’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nicolay Mladenov has condemned the “gruesome, immoral and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation” (see today’s story: UN Slams IDF Soldier’s ‘Gruesome, Immoral’ Killing of Terrorist in Hebron). But you’d think someone from the IDF would come to say they’re sorry. Maybe a procession of MKs gathering to honor the brave martyr?
If they were the SOB’s that Europe regularly portrays them as, they wouldn’t even care about what happens to Europe.
Europe never learns, that would mean acknowledging mistakes, and that Israel has been at the forefront of keeping its civil society safe from the islamonazis Europe has been funding.
What happened in Brussels on Tuesday was the result of years of negligence.
A policeman stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels. (photo credit:REUTERS)
The 11 are visible security and inspection points at Ben-Gurion Airport. They spread from a roadblock at the airport entrance to the airplane gates.
It is not just because the Tel Aviv hub is a relatively small airport compared to major European and American airports, which can afford to exercise the strictest security measures regardless of the cost – it is the byproduct of a holistic security doctrine engraved in nearly 50 years of experience from blood and tears.
Since its first tragic failures, Israel has improved and upgraded its security measures on land and in the air. For decades, security experts from international airlines, police forces and security agencies have come here to learn Israeli know-how and doctrines.
And today, the UNHRC is unleashing its vitriol at the Jewish state in one irrational diatribe after the other.
HEARTBREAKING PHOTOS – TURKEY: Bodies of murdered Israelis being prepared to be transferred to Israel for burial. pic.twitter.com/2glSAIALlk
— Israel News Feed (@IsraelHatzolah) March 20, 2016
This news is well known in circles dealing with the Arabs’ war (propaganda and violence) against the Jewish state of Israel, but it’s great that it’s now being mainstreamed by the UK media.
The EU is a duplicitous, hypocritical and demonstrably corrupt political entity, spouting off virtue and truth in one breath, then backstabbing, wheeling and dealing in another. They are, and have been actively involved in the propaganda war against Israel, through the many NGO’s they pour tax money into. This story is just one facet in many of its underhanded dealings with the Jews.
Read also Brian of London’s “The Illegal Conquest and Colonization of Israel by the EU“
Outrage: This Palestinian settlement in the Adumim area is covered in EU flags and also has mocking, anti-Semitic graffiti daubed on the buildings by residents
By JAKE WALLIS SIMONS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 04:27 GMT, 15 March 2016
The EU is claiming diplomatic immunity after using taxpayers’ money to build unauthorised settlements and roads on Israeli parts of the West Bank, MailOnline can reveal.
An Israeli NGO launched legal action after photographing EU flags flying above buildings on land placed under Israeli jurisdiction by the Oslo Accords, to which the EU is a signatory. EU bureaucrats are avoiding court by citing diplomatic rules.
The buildings, which are given to Palestinians, are intended to ‘pave the way’ for more land to be brought under Palestinian control, according to official EU papers. Many are bulldozed by Israel only for the EU to repeatedly rebuild them, generating more costs for the taxpayer.
Leaked documents obtained by MailOnline show that the EU – which receives £350million per week from Britain – is using diplomatic rules to place officials above the law, foiling attempts to hold bureaucrats accountable.
Here’s once again the classic response by JPOST editor, Caroline Glick to the Danish ambassador to Israel over EU / European duplicity towards the Jewish state.
What a stupid statement.
“As president, however, there’s nothing that I would rather do (than) bring peace to Israel and its neighbors,” Trump declared and added, “I think it serves no purpose to say you have a good guy and a bad guy.”
NOTE: Treating both sides as ”equals” is buffoonish, it shows that Trump has a long way to go in truly understanding the dynamics of the conflict that’s been waged against the Jewish state of Israel ever since it’s beginnings, and before then against the Yeshuv.
We need someone now who understands fully the Israeli position and the reality on the ground, not someone we hope can be somehow schooled, or believes in his own negotiating prowess (megalomania induced) so much that it blinds him to rational, reasoned thinking.
Yochanan Visser February 29, 2016 at 12:26pm
Last week, Donald Trump made headlines again when he said he would take a “neutral stance” on the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Trump was immediately attacked by his GOP ticket rivals and even by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who said the GOP candidates over-simplify the situation in Israel but nevertheless said she would support the two-state-solution.
During last Thursday’s Texas GOP debate, Trump was again questioned about his position on the issue by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Blitzer asked the GOP frontrunner: “How do you remain neutral when the U.S. considers Israel to be America’s closest ally in the Middle East?”
Trump may be a great friend of Israel, but the Israeli public no longer agrees with his belief that “peace is possible, even if it is the most difficult agreement to achieve.” And no, Israelis are not confused about Trump’s idea that peace is possible because the current U.S. president and all his predecessors thought the same.
By her own logic, any paloestinian could walk up to her, attack her, while insisting that she has already admitted that she doesn’t have a right to protect herself.
In more normal times when a Western state could carry out policies without international interference, scumbags like this would not be in the nation’s parliament, rather, tossed into the clink, and during times of war, punished according to the law of the land, whatever that may be.
Haneen Zoabi is an Israeli Arab member of the Knesset who is frequently in the news for verbally attacking the Jewish State or for actions against Israel, such as participating in the anti-Israel Gaza Flotilla in 2010.
Zoabi also praised the Palestinian Arabs who kidnapped and murdered the three Israeli boys during the summer of 2014, called for a violent uprising against Israel, and has spit in the face of Arab Israeli police officers for being “traitors.”
Zoabi, 47, recently again showed her loyalty to those who murder Israelis by making a condolence call, with several other Arab MKs, on the families of terrorists who murdered Israelis, including one American Israeli, Richard Lakin.
Zoabi and her colleagues told the families of the terrorists that they would help to get the bodies of the terrorists released from Israeli authorities. They referred to the terrorists as “martyrs.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was infuriated by the visit, as were many knesset members across several different parties.
“MKs going to console families of terrorists who murdered Israelis are not worthy of serving in the Knesset,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
The latest from TT contributor, Tzofar:
“A horrible week. Italy. The U.S. now wants “settlement labeling”. Trudeau couldn’t say “Jews” at a Holocaust memorial ceremony. France shoving Paleostinian statehood at us as a threat.
Giorgio Vasari published his celebrated work The Lives of the Artists in 1551. In his life of Michelangelo, Vasari presented Michelangelo as a gift of the Divinity to the city of Florence to perfect the development of the arts. For over four and a half centuries, Western Italy and civilization agreed with Vasari that the arts were an aspirational and inspirational component of the drive to human achievement.
As of last week, however, the Italian government turned this cornerstone of European civilization into a shameful shibboleth, and disowned its own history and accomplishments.
The occasion was the visit of the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. Bowing and scraping to the Islamic potentate, the Italians took their wine off the tables and put sculptures likely to offend Rouhani’s Shi’ite sensibilities under white boxes. Entertaining a Holocaust denier on International Holocaust Remembrance Day was a self-shaming bonus.
But the actions of the Italian government were more than an exercise in self-degradation; they were a clear signal that the Italians are willing to throw their support behind a fascist regime that represents a total rejection of the rest of the Western enterprise. Perhaps the government justified its cultural self-censorship in pursuit of trade deals as an insignificant sacrifice. This is the way deals with the devil begin, but they don’t end there.
France, which also entertained Rouhani last week, was not much better—they told Netanyahu that without meaningful negotiations very soon, they will recognize a “Palestinian state”. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that other nations will follow Italy and France in various degrees of flat-out bootlicking that go beyond just doing business.
The last time we saw this kind of toadying, Neville Chamberlain handed Central Europe to Hitler for “peace for our time.” By 1938, the Nazi regime’s policy towards the Jews was as well-known as Rouhani’s plans for Israel today. Following fast on the heels of Chamberlain’s kowtowing on September 30th was Kristallnacht on November 9th of that year.
Rouhani, a prolific Tweeter, offers platitudes for those who prefer to think reality is what they hope it is. Only today his Twitter account had this gem: “Iran has so much to offer the world as a top tourist destination; hence investment in aviation, hotels &railways [sic] is more important than ever.” Really? Only someone who lives his or her life under one of those Italian sculpture boxes would consider care-free touring in Iran, where any mullah’s excuse will make you a prisoner-pawn for negotiations.
I am sure there are plenty of things to see in Iran, including beautiful statue-free mosques, homosexuals hung in the streets, women stoned for adultery in the public square, and the glow of nuclear sites after sunset, but I think it is better to pass on these delights. I would prefer to visit the Bargello in Florence, which is full of sculpture that Rouhani and his ilk cannot stand. However, as a Jew, visiting Western Europe has become a less-than attractive option. Living there is an even poorer option; these days European Jews are wondering where they will go. These days a liberal attitude excludes Jews and especially Israel, that Jew among nations.
What is nominally known as world leadership has decided that it is easier to bootlick than to grow a backbone, and easier to kick Israel than state the truth about Iran (or any other Islamic theocracy). The U.N. is no stranger to this mode of behavior either, opting to censure Israel repeatedly while saying nothing and doing less about genocide perpetrated by Islamic actors.
Events are moving ever faster in the ascendancy of Iran as the hegemon in the Middle East. With over $100 billion added to its pockets thanks to Obama, as well as trade deals with Italy and others, Iran is now free to buy nuclear weapons and technology and fund its terror proxies worldwide. There is no realistic Western opposition to stop them.
Those who reject the spread of Islamic imperialism must double and triple down on their efforts to arouse the people and protest the actions of their weak and morally bankrupt governments and replace them with actual leaders. If not, we will see the long era of intellectual growth and achievement which began in the Renaissance draw to sputtering close—because its inheritors refused to defend it.
The EU is pathetic.
It’s only Jewish homes that the EU has problems with, not the Arabs.
“Enforcement steps were taken against two illegal constructions which were built without a permit in Rass Azria,” the Civil Administration said.
The modular gray structures which were clearly marked with an EU logo housed area Beduins, that live near an unbuilt area of the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, known as E1.
Just last week, right wing Israeli politicians had accused the IDF of failing to enforce building laws in that area.
Atallah Mazar’a, a representative of the Jabal Al-Baba Beduin community said that four structures were destroyed.
Courtesy of Professor Stephen Plaut for the translation from Hebrew:
Dafna Meir, the mother of six murdered yesterday, composed a prayer, published on her blog, based on her experiences in distributing medications to neurosurgery patients at Soroka Hospital (my translation):
May it be Your will, oh Lord, Who created the world and runs it with mercy and grace, that You bless me with the power to distribute medication to Your people of Israel who are in need of salvation, as well as to members of other peoples, under the care of Your faithful servants who perform sacred duties by day and by night, on sabbath and holidays, ceaselessly.
Let me be blessed to comprehend, to understand and to remember at all times that medication is a gift from You and work thanks to You. Let me be blessed to see their effects and to rejoice… Let me be blessed in learning to empathize with the sufferings of patients and let me serve in good health to help them with the tools You provide every day. Amen.
A truly obnoxious, sanctimonious jackass of a FM
The SDP and the rest of the Swedish political elite are just as bad
Translated by Maria Celander
“It is a shame for Sweden to have a Foreign Minister who creates a diplomatic crisis as soon as she opens her mouth, and who so one-sidedly allies herself with anti-democratic forces against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.” — Political analyst Mathias Sundin, in Aftonbladet.
“Wallström portrays [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas as a pacifist who has denounced terrorism…. He has not condemned a single one of the murders of 20 Israelis during the last few months. On the contrary … Abbas said in September, regarding the violence against Israelis, that ‘We bless every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem’, and we know that every Palestinian assassin apprehended by Israel is rewarded by the Palestinian Authority. So how can Wallström claim that he denounces terrorism, when he is actually rewarding it with money from the Swedish taxpayers? … Is Wallström aware of the praising of terrorism? Is Wallström aware of the rewards paid to terrorists? Yes or no?” — Kent Ekeroth, Sweden Democrats Party.
It seems that pretty much everything is going wrong for Sweden’s Foreign Minister these days.
Margot Wallström, of the Social Democratic Party, ascended with much fanfare to the post of Foreign Minister in the fall of 2014. She had introduced a completely new concept: a feminist foreign policy. In the Statement of Foreign Policy of 2015, she asserted that “A feminist foreign policy is now being formulated, the purpose of which is to combat discrimination against women, improve conditions for women and contribute to peace and development.”
One year later, we now know the outcome: “Feminist foreign policy” is not so much about protecting women’s interests, as it is about fawning over the Arab states and the Palestinians — and constantly attacking Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
Zvi Mazel, Israel’s ambassador to Sweden from 2002-2004, wrote for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on December 14, that,
“The Swedish Social Democratic Party is not known for its sympathy toward Israel. Its current duo of leaders, however, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, have gone overboard and are waging a systematic campaign against Israel… Although the recognition of a Palestinian state was a continuation of the Swedish left’s hostile policy toward Israel, it was also aimed at the country’s large Muslim minority — comprising about 700,000 people — with the aim of attracting Muslim voters to the party in the next elections. During my diplomatic tenure in Sweden in the early 2000s, all my efforts to conduct a dialogue with that party fell on deaf ears. … the two countries’ relations have turned into a cycle of altercations.”
Is Ambassador Mazel right? Let us take a look at what the Swedish government, and its current Foreign Minister, have said and done.
On October 30, 2014, there was the unilateral recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state. The same day the government made its decision, the Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter,published an opinion piece by Wallström:
“Today’s recognition is a contribution to a better future for a region that has too long been characterized by frozen negotiations, destruction and frustration. Through our recognition, firstly, we want to support the moderate forces among the Palestinians: Those that are set to govern the complex formation of a Palestinian state, and those who are about to return to the negotiating table.
“Secondly, we want to facilitate an agreement by making the two parties in these negotiations more equal. The goal is for Israel and Palestine to exist within mutually recognized borders, based on the borders of 1967 and with Jerusalem as the capital of two states, only allowing land swaps if both parties negotiate it.
“Thirdly, we hope to contribute to giving more hope and belief in the future to the young Palestinians and Israelis who otherwise risk radicalization in the belief that there are no alternatives to violence and the status quo.”
The reactions came immediately. As soon as Prime Minister Löfven made his Statement of Government Policy, and made public his new government’s intention of recognizing Palestine, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called in the Swedish ambassador to Israel to protest the decision, and Israel’s then Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was openly critical. The same night,word came that Israel called home its current ambassador, Isaac Bachman. Lieberman even said that he was considering removing the Stockholm embassy permanently, thereby downgrading Israel’s diplomatic connections with Sweden. This move, however, did not happen.