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Month: October 2012

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“The challenge we have to face is the new shape of old anti-Semitism, a new system of legitimacy to express anti-Semitism that revolves around hatred of Israel and anti-Zionism,” — French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy speaking at a conference on the future of the Jewish people organized by the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI). “For the moment they don’t have the means to wage total war; maybe they will never have it. But when you listen to Hamas, to Hassan Nasrallah, to the men in power in Tehran including the so-called moderates such as Rafsanjani, the words they speak have to be considered as a plan for a form of total war,” Lévy suggested. (Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2012)

 

“[I]f something were to happen to Israel, this democracy that protects everyone, the whole Middle East would be doomed….Arab members of Knesset are setting a fire. They feed off of the politics of division and don’t represent the Arab public. All the bad things they say about Israel and its supposed ill-treatment of Arabs is a lie, a bald-faced lie,” — Aatef Karinaoui a 42-year-old resident of the Bedouin city of Rahat in the Negev and who formed the first pro-Israel Arab party, El Amal Lat’gir — “Hope for Change” in Arabic— to run in the Knesset elections on January 22, 2013. “We want to prove that we are loyal and faithful citizens. I’m a proud Arab and a proud Israeli too. I’m not Palestinian.… Look at Syria. Look at Egypt, look at Libya, look at Tunisia, and look at Bahrain: the problem is not Israel, it’s the Arabs.” (Times of Israel, October 30, 2012)

 

"Our land was conquered and it is not disputed territory and this is true of all of the land that Israel conquered before June 1967." — PA President Mahmoud Abbas in an open letter…to the residents of Gaza. "The recognition of [the State of Palestine at the UN] will not free the ground the next day, but it will prove our just cause that our land is occupied and not disputed territory, and this is true in regards to all of  the territories Israel occupied before June 1967." (Israel National News, October 23, 2012)

 

“There is also of course the risk of Hezbollah in Lebanon who are said to have 40,000 rockets attacking population centers in Israel, but personally I don’t rate that very high because the Iranians and Hezbollah know that these days, the Israelis don’t practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, they practice 10 eyes for an eye and 10 teeth for a tooth,” Peter Jenkins, a former [British] ambassador to the International Atomic Agency and to the US.   “The idea that a just war requires the use of force to be proportionate seems to be a Christian notion and not a Jewish notion.” Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies [of British Jews] in response to Mr Jenkins said, “Mr. Jenkins’ comments rather give him away. Apart from the view that Israel’s response to attacks on its citizens is disproportionate, which shows a lack of understanding of the existential threat facing Israelis, he clearly sees Jews as having different moral compass that is irreconcilable with the Christian West. This is grossly offensive and palpable nonsense,”

(Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2012)

“Mr. Falk’s comments are both offensive and extremely unhelpful,” — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, [John] Baird in condemning the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk’s call for a boycott of companies doing business with Israel.  “I wish this was the first time he has made such comments, or taken such actions, but it’s not. I think when people make these type of outrageous statements, they’ve got to be condemned. There’s a pattern here obviously that causes us great concern.” (National Post, October 26, 2012)

“It’s our view that there can be entirely valid, legitimate criticism of the policies of an Israeli government, but those efforts to single out the only Jewish country in the world for particular unfair treatment or to target it, that sometimes becomes very worrisome as to what’s really behind this,” — [Canadian Immigration Minister Jason] Kenney also responding to Richard Falk’s report. “I think there is an imbalance [at the UN Human Rights Council] that is very problematic and that I and the prime minister have identified as something that does not reflect the best values of human dignity,” Kenney added. “I believe that the Jewish people have a right to a homeland, that those who say that the Jews alone don’t have a right to a homeland have a lot of explaining to do.” (National Post, October 26, 2012)

“The one who assassinated Wissam al-Hassan is as clear as the light of day,” — Lebanese Sunni leader Saad Hariri to Future television network, saying that he held Syrian President Bashar alAssad responsible for the killing [of Maj. Gen Wissam al-Hassan, who headed the Information Department of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces]. “There will be repercussions, they will be severe, and I’m afraid the Sunni community will not accept this,” — Hilal Khashan, professor of political science at the American University of Beirut.(Washington Post, October 20, 2012)

 

“Syria is now open to all fighters, and Al Qaeda is playing on the chords of sectarianism, which will spur reactions from the Shiites, as happened in Iraq,” — Ihsan al-Shammari, an analyst and professor at Baghdad University’s College of Political Science. “My biggest fear from the Syrian crisis is the repercussions for Iraq, where the ashes of sectarian violence still exist.” (New York Times, October 27, 2012)

 

“I can tell that things are going to be crazy in Syria. It’s a sectarian war, and it’s even worse than the one we had here, which was between the militias and the political parties. In Syria, all of the people are involved. You can feel the hatred between the Sunnis and the Alawites. They will do anything to get rid of each other.” — Abu Sajad, a former fighter in Mr. Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Iraq, who moved to Damascus in 2008 and joined the fight after the [Syrian] rebellion began and who has since returned to Iraq. (New York Times, October 27, 2012)

 

“We render homage to a man of exceptional values, a hero that represents for always, in all circumstances, a model and a source of inspiration for all Montrealers.” — Montreal  Mayor Gérald Tremblay in bestowing the posthumous title of Citizen of Montreal on Raoul Wallenburg in the year that he would have turned 100 years old. (Montreal Gazette, October 26, 2012)

 

“For indeed, Lebanon is under Iranian occupation. Hezbollah’s doctrine and its leaders’ statements identify the party as being part of “The Nation” rather than Lebanon. Also, Hezbollah does not hide the fact that it is an integral part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Furthermore, the party is financed and armed by Iran, and unequivocally and unashamedly proclaims that it takes its orders from Iran’s Supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution. Moreover, the Lebanese state has no free access to the zone occupied by the Iranian militia, and the Lebanese air force is barred from flying in the area under the threat of being shot down. Hezbollah does not act as a Lebanese entity but as an Iranian militia staffed by Lebanese nationals.” Carlos Eddé, head of the Lebanese National Bloc. “Therefore, if foreign occupation and violation of border integrity justify the right to bear arms, to be organized in an armed resistance movement and to be entitled to decide without consideration for anyone how, when and where to make use of these weapons, by the same logic, other groups may or should organize themselves into “resistances” to defend Lebanon from the attacks by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Furthermore, maybe resistance organizations should be necessary to liberate Lebanon from Iranian occupation.”  (Now Lebanon, October 29, 2012)

 

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NEW PROJECTION OF ELECTION RESULTS: ROMNEY 52, OBAMA 47 — (Washington)
The bipartisan Battleground Poll… is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent.  The poll (taken before the recent East Coast storm) also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent. While Obama can close the gap with a strong voter turnout effort, “reports from the field would indicate that not to be the case, and Mitt Romney may well be heading to a decisive victory,” says pollster Ed Goeas. The poll’s election model takes into account variables including voter intensity, age, and education, and voters who are certain in their vote.  The race “remains very close in the surface,” Goeas said, “but the political environment and the composition of the likely electorate favor Governor Romney.” (Weekly Standard, October 29, 2012)

 

ISRAEL CAUGHT BETWEEN EU, RUSSIAN BIDS FOR GAS DEAL — (Tel Aviv) Israel’s recent discovery of massive natural gas deposits off its coast promises to be a windfall that will soon transform the nation and its place in the region, but the effort to quickly develop the infrastructure needed to get that gas to foreign markets has drawn Jerusalem into a diplomatic tug-of-war between the power blocs of Europe, Russia and China.…Israeli officials are involved in negotiations with regional partners Cyprus and Greece to decide which of these foreign powers will be brought in to help extract the vast amounts of natural gas and what markets the gas will eventually reach, with the likely winners being the European Union and China. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 28, 2012)

 

250 BILLION BARRELS OF POTENTIALLY RECOVERABLE SHALE OIL — (Jerusalem)

Following the discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan mega-fields in the Mediterranean — the largest natural gas finds in over a decade — geologists have more recently announced preliminary findings that indicate the presence of vast amounts of petroleum trapped in rock layers beneath the Holy Land. The World Energy Council has issued a preliminary estimate that Israel might contain as much as 250 billion barrels of potentially recoverable shale oil, the third largest such reserves in the world behind the US and China, putting Israel on a par with Saudi Arabia in terms of its potential oil reserves. Analysts have speculated that if the gas and oil finds pan out as expected, Israel’s current array of allies, trading partners and enemies could drastically change, as could the geo-strategic map of the entire region. (Jerusalem Post, Oct. 28, 2012)

 

PA STATEHOOD BID A ‘POLITICAL SUICIDE’ — (Herzliya) According to Middle East expert Dr. Guy Bechor, the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral [statehood] bid to the United Nations is a political suicide.  Dr. Bechor noted that the United States has warned Abbas that going ahead with the unilateral initiative would result in the closing of the PLO office in the U.S., the end of American funding to the PA and that he will be considered persona non grata in the U.S. Abbas has also been warned of harsh Israeli measures as a result of the UN bid, such as curbing the flow of funds to the PA, a move which would mean the end of the PA financially.  [T]he U.S. informed the United Nations that there is a law that prohibits the U.S. from funding international organizations which recognize a Palestinian state, and that if the UN recognizes ‘Palestine’ it will no longer receive funds from the U.S., similar to what happened when UNESCO recognized ‘Palestine’. “It is well known that the Palestinians commit suicide every few years, but this time they can take the United Nations with them," he said. (Arutz Sheva, October 31, 2012)

 

REMAINING JEWS IN GONDAR TO BE BROUGHT TO ISRAEL — (Jerusalem) All eligible Ethiopian Jews now residing in the Jewish Agency camp of Gondar will be flown to Israel by Rosh Hashanah next year (Sept. 4) and the camp will be closed, a Jewish Agency representative said on Friday.  These immigrants, termed Falash Mura, are descended from Jews who converted to Christianity under pressure from missionaries during the 19th and 20th centuries, and in recent years have returned to Judaism. A plane carrying 238 Ethiopian Jews from Gondar is scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to greet the new immigrants at the airport. (Israel Hayom, October 28, 2012)

 

IRAQI SECTS JOIN BATTLE IN SYRIA ON BOTH SIDES — (Baghdad)  Militant Sunnis from Iraq have been going to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad for months. Now Iraqi Shiites are joining the battle in increasing numbers, but on the government’s side, transplanting Iraq’s explosive sectarian conflict to a civil war that is increasingly fueled by religious rivalry. Some Iraqi Shiites are traveling to Tehran first, where the Iranian government, Syria’s chief regional ally, is flying them to Damascus, Syria’s capital. Others take tour buses from the Shiite holy city of Najaf, Iraq, on the pretext of making a pilgrimage to an important Shiite shrine in Damascus that for months has been protected by armed Iraqis. While the buses do carry pilgrims, Iraqi Shiite leaders say, they are also ferrying weapons, supplies and fighters to aid the Syrian government. (New York Times, October 27, 2012)

 

EUROPEAN NGOS SEEKING BAN ON TRADE WITH ISRAELI SETTLERS —(Brussels)

Though Europeans enjoy the import of many products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, a new effort on the part of a group of 22 European NGOs may put an end to the trade, in the name of supporting Palestinians. Der Spiegel reported that Israel’s government records an estimated €230 million ($298 million) in produce, toys, textiles and cosmetics exported to the EU yearly from Judea and Samaria — approximately 2% of all its exports to Europe, despite a European Court of Justice ruling in 2010 excluding Jewish products from Judea and Samaria from the EU’s international customs cooperation agreements. The new group seeking to boycott Jewish products from Judea and Samaria is pushing to require all producers from the area to label their products, so that the EU can deny them entry. (Jewish Press, October 31, 2012),

 

PALESTINIAN REPORTER ASMAA AL-GHOUL AIMS TO REMAIN A THORN IN HAMAS’ SIDE —(Tel Aviv) A secular, feminist Palestinian journalist, Asmaa al-Ghoul, 30, has been harassed by Hamas. She's also been beaten and arrested by Hamas police for protesting its Islamist policies and suppression of human rights. A vocal advocate of democratic reform in Gaza, she says that Hamas’ repressive policies hinder the national aspirations of Palestinians and peace with Israel. “I believe in peace. I hate war, and as a writer I cannot deal with war and revenge and blood. I don’t want to see people die again. Why should you hate the other?” Reporters Without Borders in its file on the Palestinian territories says that “journalists condemning Hamas policy remain targets for intimidation, assault, unfair arrest and abusive imprisonment.” (JTA, October 31, 2012)

 

UN TO CENSURE ISRAEL FOR SPLINTERS, STUBBED TOES (Geneva, Switzerland) Arab nations have brought a resolution to the United Nations Security Council that denounces Israel for perpetrating stubbed toes and splinter injuries throughout the Middle East, in violation of international law. With the Palestinian Authority seeking yet again to establish itself as a non-member observer state some time during the coming year, Draft Resolution 4761 adds tension to an already volatile Arab-Israeli dynamic. In the proposed resolution’s current language, the Council “condemns Israel for continued victimization of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and in neighboring countries through the nefarious use of splinters and stubbed toes. The United Nations calls upon Israel to meet its obligations under international law and previous UN resolutions, and to cease causing injury to the innocent toes and fingers of oppressed minorities.” (Elder of Ziyon, October 30, 2012)

 

EGYPT BEGINS QUESTIONING 'NASR TERROR CELL' SUSPECTS (Cairo) Security officials in Egypt began to interrogate eight men suspected of belonging to a terrorist cell in Nasr City, the Egyptian media reported. The suspects are accused of possessing weapons and plotting to assassinate public figures with the aim of overthrowing Egypt's government.  Egyptian police killed one terror suspect and arrested eight others during a raid last Wednesday on an apartment in Nasr City, east of Cairo. Security forces suspect that the alleged terrorist cell planned to attack Egypt's interior ministry in Cairo and to assassinate political figures….(Jerusalem Post, October 31, 2012) (Top of Page)

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'A Defeat for Peace Now' : Gil Ronen, Israel National News, October 31, 2012

Nationalist land dealer Moshe Zar hailed the State Attorney's Office (SAO) reply to a High Court motion, in which the SAO said that radical leftist group Peace Now does not represent real-life Arabs when it files motions against Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria.

 

Why Did Obama Refuse to Send Air Support?: Jed Babbin, American Spectator,  October 31, 2012

What more does anyone need to know than that Americans are under attack before ordering a military response to suppress the attack and possibly rescue our people? Even if the initial response isn't exactly what you'd want it to be, even if you don't have every asset available that you might in a perfect world, isn't it your duty to do everything you can as quickly as you can?

 

Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2012: Raymond Ibrahim, Gatestone Institute, October 31, 2012

After Friday prayers, Muslims attacked, killed, and robbed the Christians in their midst, who account for a miniscule 1.5% of Pakistan's population. St. Paul's Church in Mardan was attacked by hundreds of Muslims armed with clubs and sticks. After looting and desecrating the church, they set it on fire

 

 

 

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As Nov. 6 Looms & Benghazi Issue Builds: Can Romney – Reviving The Moderation Jews Like – Win?

A Short Guide to the Benghazi Issue: Barry Rubin, Jewish Press, October 30th, 2012

According to the dominant view of the Western academic elites, mass media, and even governments, we have done things in the past—which require apologies—and are doing things in the present that makes people angry at America who otherwise would be friendly.

 

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Romney Revives Moderate Stance that Attracted Jews: Ron Kampeas, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 29, 2012

Mitt Romney’s record as a moderate Republican governor would seem to have made him ideally suited to peel off Jewish votes from President Obama. The problem is that he spent much of the past half decade running from that past.

 

Why Romney Will Win: Michael Novak, National Review, October 30, 2012 

Many friends are telling me that most of the European media are expecting President Obama to be reelected. If so, they are likely to be shocked on election day. As of October 23 (just after the third and final debate), [polls] showed Governor Romney beating the president with over 51 percent, and by between four and six points.

 

 

On Topic Links

 

 

Watching the Collapse of the Obama Campaign: Jack Kelly, Real Clear Politics, Oct. 29, 2012

To My Fellow Jews-You Can Vote For Mitt Romney, or You Can Commit Jew-i-cide: Jeff Kunetz, Yid with Lid, Oct. 29, 2012

Obama Loses his 2008 Coalition: Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2012
Why I’m Voting for Romney: Michael Goodwin, New York Post, Oct. 28, 2012

Romney Promises to Keep Israel in The Loop: Stuart Winer, Times of Israel, Oct. 30, 2012

 

 

 

A SHORT GUIDE TO THE BENGHAZI ISSUE

Barry Rubin

Jewish Press, October 30th, 2012

 

 “Where do They come from, those whom we so much dread, As on our dearest location falls the chill Of their crooked wing….” –W.H. Auden, “Crisis,” (1940)

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the murder of four Americans there has become a huge issue. There are many stories and rumors that are still being debated and more information is coming out. What I’m going to try to do here is to analyze the enduring themes raised by these tragic events.

Why Do They Hate Us? There is a debate over the causes of terrorism and anti-Americanism in the world. One possible view is that the principal problem is that of genuine conflict. The adversaries hold certain ideological ideas—say, revolutionary Islamism—to which American society and policies are antithetical. The collision (as with Communism, Nazism, and aggressive Japanese militarism in earlier decades) is inevitable. The United States is inconveniencing the totalitarians both because of what it does (policies) and because of what it represents (freedom, democracy, capitalism).

The other view currently dominates many Western academic “experts,” politicians, mass media, and even governments. That concept is that the hatred is our own fault. We have done things in the past—which require apologies—and are doing things in the present that makes people angry at America who otherwise would be friendly.

An exception is made for a “tiny minority of extremists,” mainly a code word for al-Qaida, but the more sophisticated argument is that such people would have no following if America handled things properly.  Thus, in this case, if American facilities are attacked in Cairo and Benghazi it must have been something America did wrong, to wit, an insulting video made by an immigrant from the Middle East about Islam.

Diagnosing the problem tells one what the cure is: sensitivity; respect; tightening rules against such insults; bowing and scraping; refusing to identify radicals and terrorists with Islam in any way; giving large amounts of money; helping the Muslim Brotherhood so it will be grateful later; telling the NASA director to make up stuff about Muslim contributions to space travel, etc. That is the path the Obama Administration, with major support from the intellectual-cultural establishment, has followed.

Why Do Some of Us Hate Ourselves?

The answer to this question follows from the first answer. If “we” are responsible for the hatred and conflict, then we have done evil and must repent. We are the problem or, as one much-feted American intellectual put it, the United States is the cancer of the world.

In the Benghazi case, however, it is hard to come up with more than a video, according to the dominant view. After all, didn’t the United States “liberate” Libya from a terrible dictator? Of course, the problem is that from the standpoint of the radicals, the United States merely became Libya’s new master, blocking the revolutionary Islamist, Sharia state they wanted, producing a “puppet” (who cares if it was elected?) government.

America is thus the prime enemy not because it did something evil but because it did something which the U.S. government regarded as good. If they hate us in Libya for sinful policies, then President Barack Obama, not the Egyptian-born video producer, is the chief sinner.

Is America a Bully or a Leader? As noted above, the establishment view today is that America has been a bully in the past, acting unilaterally and not respecting the views of others. Obama has said this directly when speaking to foreign—including Middle Eastern—audiences.

But how does one stop being a bully? By showing that one isn’t tough, doesn’t protect one’s interests fiercely. Thus, in the Benghazi case, the U.S. government didn’t send the ambassador to Benghazi with Americans to guard him, nor did the consulate have Americans to provide security. To do so would be to show disrespect for the Libyans, to act in a way that might be perceived of as imperialistic.

Similarly, the president would not call in an airstrike against the attackers or send an armed rescue team to the consulate because to do so would have signaled an arrogance and aggressiveness, putting Americans first and not acting as a citizen of the world.

Who is the Enemy? If the enemy is defined as solely al-Qaida this allows a policy of treating all other Islamists—even the Afghan Taliban!—as a potential friend. Both Vice-President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, explained that leading elements of the Taliban, a group complicit in the September 11 attacks, could be won over. Certainly, the Muslim Brotherhood —the world’s largest and most powerful international anti-American organization—was helped and treated as a potential ally.

Al-Qaida, however, is a relatively weak organization, capable of staging only sporadic terror attacks, with the exception perhaps of remote Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and parts of Pakistan. It cannot take over whole countries. The fact that Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Turkey, and perhaps soon Syria are governed by Islamists is a far greater strategic threat.

Then why couldn’t the Obama Administration have said that the consulate was attacked by evil al-Qaida for no reason other than its lust to murder Americans, with the perfect symbolism of the attack having been staged on September 11?

There was a dual problem. First, the group involved was one the U.S. government had worked with during the Libyan civil war so it could not admit they were close to al-Qaida. Second, the official line was that al-Qaida had been defeated so it could not still be a threat. Therefore, an alternative narrative and a cover-up were needed.

Competence and Courage

Once upon a time a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination warned that if Obama was elected president he would not be reliable in a crisis, answering a 3 AM phone call requiring instant response. That claim, of course, came from Hillary Clinton. Benghazi was that phone call….

There is, or should be, a sacred trust between the U.S. government and those who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of America. Everything should be done to protect and save them. In this case, however, the country’s leaders let those people down both before and during the crisis.

Note, too, how unintentionally revealingly Obama responded to this issue in the presidential debate. Once the crisis was over, Obama said, he swung into action, securing those who still survived, investigating who was responsible, and promising to punish them.

What about before and during the multi-hour assault? Silence. The details–for example, whether or not there was a drone overhead–obscure the fact that no proper preparations were made for the ambassador and consulate being unprotected and that passivity prevailed during the battle. If the U.S. government didn’t trust the Libyans wouldn’t that show that America thought itself superior and its interests to override those of others? And isn’t that racist?

One could say that the Obama Administration’s failure to act denotes incompetence, and there is truth there. But the larger picture is that it was a failure due to its concept of America and the world. The real danger is not from totalitarian enemies grown bolder in the face of American weakness and a loss of self-confidence. No, according to the prevailing view, it was rather excessive American self-confidence and strength in the past.
 

The effort to change those bad old ways, to open a new era with completely different behavior, the failure to perceive the real enemies and to understand America’s rights and duties were the causes of the incident in Benghazi, and many other setbacks as well. The chickens have come back to roost and have roosted in the White House. And the vultures are gathering.  (Top of Page)


 

ROMNEY REVIVES MODERATE STANCE THAT ATTRACTED JEWS

Ron Kampeas

Jerusalem Post, Oct. 29, 2012

 

Mitt Romney’s record as a moderate Republican governor would seem to have made him ideally suited to peel off Jewish votes from President Obama. The problem is that he spent much of the past half decade running from that past.

 

Now, however, as the campaign draws to a close, Romney is ditching his “severely conservative” primary persona, as he famously described himself, and trying to remind voters about the centrist Republican who once governed Massachusetts. Given his recent rise in the polls, the strategy appears to be paying off.

 

In addition to enhancing the Republican nominee’s appeal to undecided and swing voters, the shift also could help Romney with a subset of Jewish voters disillusioned with Obama over the economy and the Middle East but who do not necessarily subscribe to conservative positions on domestic and social issues.

 

While Democrats continue to portray Romney as beholden to the right, his Jewish surrogates have embraced his move to the middle and argue that, if elected, Romney will govern more from the center than his critics suggest. “It's no different for any politician of any stripe or ilk,” said Fred Zeidman, a Houston businessman and former chairman of the US Holocaust Memorial Council who is a leading Romney fundraiser. “You look at anybody running, you look at President Obama, he tacks left when he’s campaigning."

 

On social issues, Romney's emphasis during the primaries was on the narrative that led him, as governor, to evolve from a supporter of abortion rights to an opponent. But since getting the nomination, he has looked to highlight his differences with more ardent abortion foes, saying in an October interview that abortion legislation is not part of his agenda.

 

On health policy, Romney’s pledge to repeal “Obamacare” now includes a promise to preserve some popular aspects of the health care reform. At a debate, Romney said that his health plan would cover pre-existing conditions and allow young people to stay on their families' health insurance….

 

On Middle East policy — an area seen by his supporters as one of his major selling points to Jewish voters — Romney has also softened some of his tough talk of late. In the candidates’ foreign policy debate, Romney accompanied his longstanding criticism of Obama’s policies on Iran with a reassurance that he would exhaust all options before considering a direct military confrontation.

 

Romney’s expression of pessimism at a May fundraiser about prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace…has been followed by promises to pursue a two-state solution. Speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney vowed to “recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.”…

 

“‘Severely conservative’ Romney has pledged to be a ‘pro-life president,’ and when he's tried to give some semblance of moderation, his staunchest anti-choice supporters jump in to knock down any notion that he is anything but solidly in their camp,” David Harris, the National Jewish Democratic Council’s president, wrote recently in the Washington Jewish Week.

 

Some Jewish supporters, however, counter that Romney’s stance on abortion is not the paramount issue that his critics make it out to be. “They continue to miss opportunities by harping on the issue of abortion,” Matt Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition’s executive director, said in an interview during the Republican convention. “This is something they have been trying to scare people with for decades, and yet access to abortion in this country continues despite having incredibly conservative presidents and a conservative court.”

 

The RJC has focused much of its effort to woo Jewish voters on Middle East policy, although it also has emphasized the struggling economy. On Israel, Romney has tried to distinguish himself from the president by arguing that he would have a closer and more harmonious relationship with Israel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who faces an election contest January 22.

 

“I will make clear that America’s commitment to Israel’s security and survival as a Jewish state is absolute, and will demonstrate that commitment to the world by making Jerusalem the destination of my first foreign trip,” Romney wrote in reply to an American Jewish Committee questionnaire. “Unlike President Obama, I understand that distancing the US from Israel doesn't earn us credibility in the Arab world or bring peace closer.”…He has also promised that as president he would not allow disagreements with Israel to be aired in public….

 

By the time he made his second run for president, Romney already had built good relationships with Jewish Republicans from his first term as governor and his first presidential run. Romney’s record of moderation made him a natural fit with the party’s Jews, Zeidman said.

 

“A lot of people in Boston and on Wall Street knew him and respected him,” Zeidman said of the period in 2005-2006 when Romney started exploring his first presidential run. “But he had yet to be in a position where he addressed the Jewish community at large. Now we know what kind of problem solver he is, we know his integrity, his ability to get things done and that as Jews we never have to be concerned about his commitment to the security of the State of Israel.”…

 

For his first job after graduating from Harvard Business School, Romney joined Boston Consulting Group, where he first met a young Binyamin Netanyahu who was employed there at the time. Today, Romney speaks of his strong bond with the Israeli prime minister…(Top of Page)

 

 

 

WHY ROMNEY WILL WIN

Michael Novak

National Review, October 30, 2012

 

Many friends are telling me that most of the European media are expecting President Obama to be reelected. If so, they are likely to be shocked on election day. In the U.S., there are 26 national polling firms. The one I count most trustworthy is Rasmussen (which came closest to hitting the exact result for 2008), and the oldest and best known is Gallup. As of October 23 (just after the third and final debate), both showed Governor Romney beating the president with over 51 percent, and by between four and six points.

 

The United States has never before had to make a choice like this — between two different ways of life. This is a choice about whether we want the United States to become more like the European welfare states. Or, rather, to stick to our own traditional ways: risk, creativity, growth, and opportunity. Obama acts consistently to make the United States like Europe. No wonder many Europeans cheer him on.

 

Of course, Obama could yet win. The week remaining before the November 6 election might still hold many surprises. The Democratic party is famous, when it is losing, for launching October Surprises — dramatic actions, or sudden damaging revelations about the opposing candidate. Besides, our media (except for Fox News) have become extremist in their support for Obama.     

 

Yet this lack of balance is not necessarily a disadvantage for Governor Romney. The press is misleading the public (and itself) about what is really happening on the ground, among ordinary people.  To keep one’s feet on the ground in the United States, one must watch which candidate working males — steelworkers, miners, gas-station attendants, truck drivers, and so on — are favoring. And which way married women are trending. Ever since Reagan, most working males and married women trend markedly Republican. They are especially strong for Romney.

 

By contrast, the Democrats, the Party of Government, strongly attract single women, both unmarried and widows. President Obama also appeals to the new “counterculture” that celebrates abortion, gay marriage, and a morally relaxed culture. They are locked in a “culture war” against traditional American virtues ( biblical, Jewish and Christian). In Europe, many refer to these as “puritan” values.

 

But, then, the narrow, strict “puritan” culture of Massachusetts and Rhode Island did not extend its sway to the South and the West. “Out there,” Christianity was barely present in the “churchy” forms familiar to Europeans. The South and the West favored the relaxed style of the “free churches” — more informal, associational, open and friendly, “Spirit-moved,” even a bit enthusiastic.

 

Persons formed in this environment are less inclined to accept statism and its bureaucracies, and labor unions and their enforced electoral solidarity. They take pride in self-reliance, self-government, and personal self-control. Their type of living requires certain solid habits in people, not the “loose” ways of urban secularism….

 

To be sure, urban secularism via television, the movies, and the popular-music industry has spread its magnetic allure all through the countryside by now. But the older ways still matter to churchgoers and married couples. Thus, “the culture war.”

 

More important just now is the havoc wrought on the American economy by President Obama’s statist actions. Middle-class families during the last four years have lost scores of thousands of dollars in the net worth of their homes (their largest investment by far). They have lost over $4,300 per family in real income. Prices of common, humble goods — coal, gas, electricity, food — have risen steadily. In daily life, everything costs more, from food for one’s family to fuel for one’s automobile. The pain is felt many times a day.

 

And still there is the huge weight of public debt — climbing every second of every day, and heading for an additional $5 trillion just in the last four years. This debt is an enormous tax laid on our children and grandchildren. Many count this as cross-generational theft, an immorality of the first order.

 

And opportunity! Opportunity is to Americans what security is to Europeans. Millions wonder, “Where has opportunity gone?” Few new jobs; 21 million people without jobs, including those millions who after four years have given up searching. Almost half of all university graduates last year could not find jobs, and have returned to live with their parents.

 

It would take us too far afield here to explain how President Obama’s abuse of religious liberty — especially but not only of the Catholic Church — has driven away many who voted for him in 2008. For instance, in 2008 a slim majority of churchgoing Catholics voted for Obama. This time, most of those Catholics who go to church “seldom or never” prefer Obama. But those who go to church “weekly or almost weekly” tell pollsters, by a margin of 59 percent to 34 percent, that they will vote for Romney this time.

 

Voters who swing from one party to another between elections count twice. They take one vote from Obama, say, and give that vote to Romney. At present, at least 1.5 million churchgoing Catholics say they will switch from Obama to Romney. That counts as a swing of 3 million votes.

 

Under Obama the poor have suffered more than anyone else. Millions have fallen into poverty — back to levels not seen since the late 1960s. The official poverty line is roughly $24,000 annually for a family of four.                        

 

It is always wise to think that your own side is behind, the other ahead. That way, your whole team works harder. By all accounts, this year the Republicans have more enthusiasm and eagerness. The Democrats seem less spirited. Recently every day shows more strength for Romney, especially in the most hotly contested states. But that, of course, can change. In an election campaign, a week can seem an eternity.

 

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Watching the Collapse of the Obama Campaign: Jack Kelly, Real Clear Politics, Oct. 29, 2012

The Navy needs more ships, Mitt Romney said in last Monday's debate. It has fewer now than in 1916. President Barack Obama pounced. "Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed," he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. "We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them … " Mr. Obama was wrong on both the thrust of his argument, and on the examples he used.

 

To My Fellow Jews-You Can Vote For Mitt Romney, Or You Can Commit Jew-i-cide: Jeff Kunetz, Yid with Lid, Oct. 29, 2012

 

There is no other way to put it.  Any Jew who believes in the State of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State and still votes for Barack Obama next week is committing Jew-i-cide. 

 

Obama Loses his 2008 Coalition: Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, Oct. 29, 2012

Four years ago the Republican Party was in danger of losing status as a national party, pundits said. It was too white, too southern and too old. The GOP still has a long way to go with minority voters, but after President’s Obama four years in office the Republican presidential ticket is appealing to women, voters in blue state strongholds and independents.

 

Why I’m Voting for Romney: Michael Goodwin, New York Post, Oct. 28, 2012

Each time I mention that I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, I get a blast from some who didn’t. “How could you be so dumb?” is a typical response to my confession. It is certainly a confession — of error. Obama fooled me once, but not twice. I’m voting for Mitt Romney Nov. 6th.

 

Romney Promises To Keep Israel In The Loop: Stuart Winer, Times of Israel, Oct. 30, 2012

“Our closest allies, like Israel, will not learn about our plans from The New York Times,” Romney wrote. “And I’ll be clear with the American people about where I’m heading. I won’t be secretly asking the Ayatollahs for more flexibility following some future election.”

 

 

 

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OBAMA: ARE DAYLIGHT WITH ISRAEL, BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT, OHIO VOTERS & BENGHAZI-GATE FOILING RE-ELECTION?

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin z”l

12 Heshvan 5756 – November 4, 1995

__________________________________________________

 

Contents:

 

“Antisemitism in the Contemporary Middle East: Survey and Analysis”: Tuesday, October 30 5:30 PM, McGill

 

Obama's Real Record on Israel: Anne Bayefsky, FoxNews, Oct 23, 2012

President Obama has never visited Israel during his time in office, despite having been as close as thirty minutes away in Egypt, and managing to go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq. President Obama told Jewish leaders in July 2009 that he was deliberately adopting a policy of putting daylight between America and Israel.

 

The Benghazi Story Refuses to Die: Walter Russell Mead, American Interest, Oct 28, 2012

We still don’t know exactly what happened between the Pentagon, the State Department, the CIA and the White House as Americans in Libya requested support for Ambassador Stevens and his team in their final hours…

 

Ohio’s Crucial Independent Voters: Matt Hurley, Front Page Magazine, Oct 29, 2012

Do not trust anyone who claims to know what is going to happen in Ohio on Election Day.  The sheer number of variables in play here are plenty, and even the most experienced political observers are having difficulty decoding the Buckeye State.

 

Obama's Going to Lose…but Not Because He's Black: Perry Drake, American Thinker, Oct 29, 2012

The left is already beginning to point fingers at those they believe are responsible for what is shaping up to be a decisive rout in the making for President Obama and the Democrats on Election Day

 

On Topic Links

 

New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47: Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard, Oct 29, 2012

Battle for White House – Electoral Map: Real Clear Politics, Oct 29, 2012

Romney Soars in Pensacola: Quin Hillyer, American Spectator, Oct 29, 2012

In Virginia, Turnout Matters: Debra McCown, American Spectator, Oct 26, 2012

Would Obama Incite Civil Unrest to Win? : Daren Jonescu, American Thinker, October 29,

 

 

ISGAP | The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy

 

“Antisemitism in the Contemporary

Middle East: Survey and Analysis”

 

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International Affairs Center, IDC, Herzliya

 

Tuesday, October 30 @ 5:30 PM

 

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OBAMA'S REAL RECORD ON ISRAEL

Anne Bayefsky

FoxNews, October 23, 2012

 

During the final debate, President Obama pointed to his 2008 pre-election visit to Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, as an answer to Governor Romney’s criticism of his foreign policy on Israel.  That same stop was made by over a million visitors and hundreds of world leaders and dignitaries the same year.  Invoking it as a means to establish the President’s pro-Israel credentials is an insult to the intelligence of voters who care about the welfare of the Jewish state….

 

Undoubtedly, keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is a service not only to Jews but to anyone interested in preserving and protecting universal human rights and freedoms.  But the question before American voters, who value our special bond with the Middle East’s only democracy, is whether the specifics of the president’s four-year record are consistent with the well-being of the people who live and breathe Jewish self-determination as a bulwark against modern anti-Semitism….

 

President Obama has never visited Israel during his time in office, despite having been as close as thirty minutes away in Egypt, and managing to go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq. President Obama told Jewish leaders in July 2009 that he was deliberately adopting a policy of putting daylight between America and Israel.

 

President Obama has legitimized the UN body most responsible for demonizing Israel as the world’s worst human rights violator.  The president joined the UN Human Rights Council in 2009 and is now seeking a second 3-year term, despite Israel’s requests that he do the opposite. 

 

President Obama made Israeli settlements the key stumbling block in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Starting in 2009 he chose to castigate Israel publicly, often, and in extreme terms at the General Assembly and the Security Council. The Palestinians took the president’s cue and ended direct negotiations until such time as Israel capitulates, even though the subject is supposed to be a final status issue. President Obama treated Israel’s Prime Minister to a series of insulting snubs during his visit to the White House in March 2010.

 

President Obama cut a deal with Islamic states at a May 2010 meeting of parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, contrary to assurances given to Israel. He agreed to help convene a 2012 international conference intended to pivot attention towards disarming Israel and is currently negotiating the details of this diplomatic onslaught.

 

President Obama introduced in his September 2010 address to the General Assembly, a September 2011 timeline for full Palestinian statehood and membership in the UN, thus encouraging Palestinians to push the same unilateral move.   President Obama suggested in May 2011 that Israel use the 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations – knowing full well that Israel considers those borders to be indefensible, and that agreements require the border issue to be determined by the parties themselves.

 

President Obama created a “global counter-terrorism forum” in September 2011 and invited eleven Muslim states to join – on the grounds that they were “on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism.”  At the insistence of Turkey, he then denied entry to Israel. President Obama told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2011 – when he thought he was off-mike – that he regretted having to deal with Israel’s Prime Minister.

 

President Obama asked Congress in February 2012 to waive a ban on American funding of UNESCO. The ban had been imposed following UNESCO’s recognition of Palestinian statehood and was consistent with U.S. law denying funding for any international organization that recognized Palestinian statehood in the absence of a peace agreement with Israel.

 

President Obama has indeed put daylight between American and Israeli policy on Iran.  In August, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dempsey said: “our clocks are ticking at different paces” and he wouldn’t be “complicit” in an Israeli effort to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.

 

In September Secretary Clinton explained this divergence. In her words, the Iranian threat is “existential” only for Israel;  only Israel is “right in the bull’s eye.”  President Obama’s “pro-Israel” policy, therefore, is to wait past the point that the intended victim of the planned genocide believes is safe. President Obama denied Prime Minister Netanyahu’s request to meet with him in September, despite the Iranian peril.

 

President Obama’s UN ambassador, Susan Rice, didn’t even attend the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech to the UN General Assembly in September – during which he made a plea for global attention to the Iranian threat. And on Monday night, at the final debate, Governor Romney answered the question he was asked about what poses the greatest threat to our national security with “a nuclear Iran,” while President Obama responded “terrorist networks.”

 

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. An Iranian nuclear weapon will result in a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world. And it will make the chance of nuclear weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists all the more likely. It isn’t hard to figure out which man will better partner with Israel to combat anti-semitism today and ensure that the lesson of Yad Vashem is more than a glib debating point.  (Top of Page)


 

THE BENGHAZI STORY REFUSES TO DIE

Walter Russell Mead

American Interest, October 28, 2012

 

We still don’t know exactly what happened between the Pentagon, the State Department, the CIA and the White House as Americans in Libya requested support for Ambassador Stevens and his team in their final hours, and we almost certainly won’t before the election.

 

But that doesn’t do the administration much good. As various departments and officials leak to save their careers and retaliate against rivals, grenades keep getting lobbed and emails and memos keep getting leaked. The result is that the attack in Benghazi isn’t fading out of the news. As the last undecided voters make up their minds, the media outlets following this story with the greatest attention keep getting enough ammunition to keep the story alive and force the rest of the media to acknowledge the story, and that doesn’t help a White House simultaneously wrestling with a close election and a massive mutant storm hurtling at the East Coast.

 

President Obama took office vowing to calm the seas and cool the earth; he is running for re-election in a world gone wild. What the White House wants and needs from Libya is no news at all; it needs for the people there to be quietly minding their business and rebuilding their land….

 

The drip drip drip of new revelations, however, is the worst kind of news. Even though many of the new stories are minor, and some contain information that is actively helpful to the White House, anything that keeps this story alive makes the President’s re-election just a little bit tougher….

 

President Obama based his campaign on his success in calming the troubled waters overseas. He is liquidating wars, not starting them. He is cooling the hot anger in the Islamic world. He is promoting peace, reconciling adversaries, giving peace a chance.

 

He could have run as a safe pair of hands in a scary world. He could have said that the terrorists are out there, plotting against us night and day. That our enemies are trying to win over the masses to launch a new clash of civilizations. That the situation in Iran presents the United States with its biggest challenge since the fall of the Soviet Union. In that kind of world, who can you trust? Obviously, the campaign could have said, an experienced man, tough enough to kill bin Laden, but deft enough to reach out to moderates in the Middle East. No gaffe-prone challenger would be safe in these troubled times.

 

But the Obama administration believes that civilianizing American political discourse is necessary for Democrats to do well over the long haul, and to shift resources from the defense budget to domestic priorities. Talk of threats and terrorist enemies appalls and disheartens the Democratic base. The President therefore decided to run as the man who built peace and, if given four more years, would build that much more.

 

He therefore needs for the world to look calm. Anything that undercuts that narrative undercuts his campaign. This is the most important problem Benghazi creates for him: it suggests a genuinely poisonous alternative narrative that the President in his naive eagerness to spread democracy and build bridges to moderates opened the door to radicals and then failed to deal with the threat they posed.

 

The rise of this alternative perception is probably why the President has been losing his advantage on foreign policy in the post-debate polls….President Obama needs Benghazi to go away. Even with hurricanes and tsunamis it appears unlikely to do so; count this as another factor that has risen up to complicate what once looked like a relatively smooth campaign to renew President Obama’s White House lease.  (Top of Page)

 

 

OHIO’S CRUCIAL INDEPENDENT VOTERS

Matt Hurley

Front Page Magazine, October 29, 2012

 

Do not trust anyone who claims to know what is going to happen in Ohio on Election Day.  The sheer number of variables in play here are plenty, and even the most experienced political observers are having difficulty decoding the Buckeye State.

 

Polling the electorate in Ohio is tough, and many public polls over-sample Democrats enough to skew results beyond their stated margin of error percentages.  This is nothing new for Ohio, though, as typical polling of just about any race in Ohio will show whether the election is an issue race or an election of officials….

 

There are two polls that seem to have figured out how to get realistic numbers in Ohio.  Rasmussen Reports’ most recent poll shows the race tied and has been within the margin of error for months.  The Ohio Poll by the University of Cincinnati is the other but they have not released a poll on this race since late August when they declared the race a toss-up.

 

There is, however, one piece of good news for the Romney campaign that seems to have been overlooked by most commentators covering the race in Ohio.  In all 19 of the public polls released since the first debate, Mitt Romney has gained and held the lead among Ohio’s independents.  Ohio’s independent voters have determined the winner in at least five recent major elections in the Buckeye State and are considered to be kingmakers or heartbreakers in any election here.

 

Polling only tells part of the story.  Republicans in Ohio tell of great strides being made on the ground and momentum appears to have shifted in their direction.  A recently released memo from the Romney campaign on the state of the race in Ohio highlighted a few items that illustrate that shift.

 

Ohio Republicans are outperforming their share of voter registration in absentee requests and early voting by over 8.5 points thus far.  They also claim to have closed the gap in early voting and absentee voting in the last two weeks as well by outperforming in Ohio’s largest counties.  This demonstrates that Republicans are impacting the momentum of the voting as Election Day approaches….

 

One other factor that may have a significant impact this cycle is a holdover from the previous election.  Ohio’s labor unions came out in force against the Republicans’ attempt to reform public sector pensions.…It appears, however, that the Obama campaign failed to encourage continuing that momentum, as the unions have largely been silent this time, perhaps in part because of the administrations ongoing War on Coal, which has heavily impacted the south eastern part of Ohio.

 

Romney’s debate performance and Obama’s mishandling of the Benghazi terrorist assassination of our ambassador are two things driving momentum in Ohio.  In a purely unscientific survey of Ohio voters on Facebook, jobs and the economy still rank as top issues of concern, but a few sleeper issues have emerged as well….

 

The sleeper issue that might have the most impact, however, is energy.  Whether it is the price of gasoline or the Environmental Protection Agency meddling in coal and oil policy, a significant number of Ohio voters will be affected by this election; the aftermath of which will likely determine whether thousands of energy sector jobs materialize in Ohio or not.

 

Ohio voters are well aware of the consequences of their vote.  Historically, no Republican has ever captured the White House without winning Ohio and this is another election season where Ohioans will likely decide the race.  The winner of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes will be whichever side maximizes turnout on Election Day….If turnout is higher than 2008 in the red counties and we see an increase in Republican turnout in the blue counties, then it will be a good night for Mitt Romney. 

 

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OBAMA'S GOING TO LOSE…BUT NOT BECAUSE HE'S BLACK
Perry Drake

American Thinker, October 29, 2012

 

The left is already beginning to point fingers at those they believe are responsible for what is shaping up to be a decisive rout in the making for President Obama and the Democrats on Election Day.

The New York Times is among the first out of the blame gate, with an article by Matt Bai taking Bill Clinton to task.  Clinton, according to Bai, has foolishly steered the Obama campaign to switch its more promising strategy of attacking Mitt Romney as a serial flip-flopper (in the vein of John Kerry) to one striving to paint him as a mean, evil conservative, à la Ebenezer Scrooge. That strategy went kaput once Romney proved himself to be a decent, likeable guy in the first debate.  C'est la vie.

Beating the Times to the punch, though, have been blacks who for years have insisted that any and all criticisms of Obama are based solely on nothing but the color of his skin — the culmination of which occurred in the aftermath of his sorry-ass performance in the first debate against Romney, when the president's electoral fortune began its steady, inexorable decline. 

To blacks, it had nothing to do with Obama's serial "ahs" and "ums" and dull, slow-witted responses to Romney.  No, it was because the president had to play it safe for fear that if he didn't, he would be considered an "angry black man" to white, racist-inclined voters.  This from Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyso….

I'm declaring myself an "angry black man," but I'm not afraid to let everyone know why.  I'm angry that four years after America elected its first "black" president, the unemployment rate remains the highest in the black community at 14.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  And that's just the headline rate.  The actual rate is much higher. Chalk me up as a racist for pointing that out.

I'm angry that over the last four years, the medium net worth of black households has experienced the steepest decline of any demographic group in the U.S. — a phenomenon that caused even the liberal-leaning Associate Press to label it as "The Disappearing Black Middle Class." But just dismiss me as a racist.

I'm angry that gas prices have doubled and household bills are skyrocketing, which has struck hardest in the black community during every year of Obama's watch. I accept that I'm a racist for noticing.

I'm angry that despite black parents' desperate efforts to rescue their children from rotten, crime-ridden public schools, Obama's first budget eliminated a school voucher program that provided tuition assistance to poor black youths in Washington, D.C.  Thank the Lord that House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican allies — "white racists" one and all — to be sure, were on hand to force Obama to reverse course and reinstate the program….

I'm angry that even in the face of the president's obvious failures, blacks continue to overwhelmingly defend and support a person who has clearly demonstrated that he couldn't give a damn about them and whose policies have done so much to spread despair and hopelessness in their community as well as in all other communities across the nation….

But most of all, I'm angry that black people continue to use white racism as their automatic excuse for every setback and failure in life.  Why is that, you ask?  As with most things in life, if you want to get to the truth, all you need do is follow the money.  If you're black and in the position to get in on the game early, crying racism at the drop of a hat can be quite lucrative.

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Juan Williams, Dyson, and innumerable other black columnists, television pundits, celebrities, and self-described leaders discovered that a long time ago.  If racism magically disappeared overnight, they would each have to find some other way to make a living.  Racism is their bread and butter.  That's why as long as there are poor blacks, there will always be no shortage of black elites blaming it on white racism and getting rich in the process.  Good work if you can get it.  Where do I put in my application?

The real tragedy of it all is that millions of poor blacks have fallen prey to the self-serving aims of Obama and the racial grievance industry in the black community and have rejected the time-proven qualities of persistence, hard work, and self-reliance that would more surely help them make their and the lives of their families much better. But where's the percentage in that?

 

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Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47: Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard, Oct 29, 2012

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent.  The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

 

Battle for White House – Electoral Map: Real Clear Politics, Oct 29, 2012

Obama/Biden: 201, Romney/Ryan: 191, Toss Ups:146

 

Romney Soars in Pensacola: Quin Hillyer, American Spectator, Oct 29, 2012

Romney seemed remarkably at ease, his delivery fluent and eminently real. Again and again, in a natural and unforced way, he worked local references into the narrative arc of his speech on big, decidedly national issues such as military spending, trade, and Obamacare.

 

In Virginia, Turnout Matters: Debra McCown, American Spectator, Oct 26, 2012

"I think turnout in the 9th [Congressional] District is key. I think it's crucial," said Bob Gibson, a local elected official and Republican chairman in Russell County, one of Virginia's seven coal-producing counties. "I think it's a unique opportunity for Southwest Virginia to not only decide Virginia; we could decide the whole national election."

 

Would Obama Incite Civil Unrest to Win? : Daren Jonescu, American Thinker, Oct 29, 2012

Is President Obama willing to incite civil unrest to win re-election?  As we have all been encouraged to wear our dog-whistle decoders these days, one can hardly be blamed for wondering.  Worse yet, we know the answer.  He is already doing it.

 

 

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AGRESSION TURQUE, MENACE IRANIENNE ET LE SORT DES ÉLECTIONS ISRAÉLIENNES

 

 

 

 

 

RÉFLEXIONS EN PERSPECTIVE DES ÉLECTIONS
Daniel Haïk
upjf.org, 21 octobre 2012

 

La décision de Binyamin Nétanyaou de devancer les prochaines élections législatives n'a pas surpris. Elle suscite toutefois de nombreuses réflexions. En voici trois à méditer.

 

1. « Un tien vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras »

C’est l’adage que tout Premier ministre israélien devrait se remémorer avant de provoquer des élections anticipées. Certes, Binyamin Nétanyaou savait qu’il ne parviendrait pas à convaincre les partis Shas et Israel Béténou de voter un budget de l’Etat économiquement douloureux et il a donc voulu prendre les devants. Certes, les sondages d’opinion lui sont favorables et le Likoud devrait se renforcer. Mais en féru d’histoire qu’il est, Mr Nétanayou sait aussi pertinemment qu’en Israël, le public a pour tradition de sanctionner celui qui prend l'initiative de devancer les élections : c’est précisément ce qui lui est arrivé en 1999 lorsqu’il a dû céder le pouvoir à Ehoud Barak.

 

Qui plus est, Binyamin Nétanyaou ne devrait pas oublier qu'en temps normal, la stabilité du pouvoir lui permet de tirer toutes les ficelles politiques. Par contre, en période pré-électorale, il ne contrôle même pas ce qui se passe dans son propre parti et se retrouve face à des situations imprévues capables de bouleverser tous ses pronostics initiaux. Shimon Peres en sait quelque chose, lui qui a provoqué des élections anticipées en 1996 après l’assassinat d’Itshak Rabin, en étant sûr de l’emporter, et qui, finalement, s’est fait coiffer sur le poteau par un certain… Binyamin Nétanyaou… Les trois mois de campagne, une éternité en politique intérieure, seront parsemés de surprises. Le retrait inopiné de Moché Kahlon de la vie politique est un premier coup de semonces. Il y en aura d’autres.

 

2. La mobilisation des médias en faveur d'Olmert

« Vas-y, Olmert. Cours, prend la direction du bloc de centre-gauche, parce qu’il n’y aura pas d’autre occasion. Car on ne peut plus attendre, car on veut un homme courageux et sage à la tête du pays. Un homme qui n’a pas peur de prendre les bonnes décisions ». C'est le correspondant politique d'un grand quotidien israélien(en difficulté) qui a rédigé cet appel dans son éditorial hebdomadaire. Sa prose est le fidèle reflet de la stupéfiante campagne médiatique menée, ces derniers jours, par plusieurs médias et journaux israéliens en faveur d'un retour d’Ehoud Olmert sur le devant de la scène politique. Comprenant que Nétanyaou avait de fortes chances de rester Premier ministre, cette caste de commentateurs à la pensée unique, et qui prétend toujours vouloir préserver la démocratie israélienne, n’hésite pas aujourd'hui à propulser au rang de messie politique, un homme qui a passé le plus clair de ces trois dernières années dans les tribunaux. Ni plus. Ni moins. Oubliés les échecs civils et militaires de la seconde guerre du Liban, mis au crédit d'Olmert par la commission Vinograd. Oubliées les enveloppes reçues par Talanski. Oubliée la condamnation à une année de prison avec sursis, intervenue il y a un mois à peine. Oublié le procès Holyland dans lequel Olmert est accusé de corruption. Pour chasser Nétanyaou du pouvoir, ces chevaliers de la liberté d'expression sont prêts à absoudre un personnage qui a eu tant de démêlés avec la Justice. Ceux-là même qui, en 2005, avaient offert à Ariel Sharon le pardon suprême en échange de l’évacuation du Gouch Katif, récidivent aujourd'hui, oubliant au passage qu’Olmert avait évité, en septembre dernier, le sceau de l’infamie juridique, le « Kalon », après avoir assuré la Cour qu'il était désormais un homme privé et qu’il n’avait pas l’intention de revenir en politique. Il est toujours stupéfiant de constater la morale et l'éthique à géométrie variable de ces commentateurs. Il a fallu qu’une juge israélienne, Edna Bekenstein les rappelle à l’ordre en affirmant « qu’un retour d’Olmert serait contraire à la logique juridique publique et morale », pour que la campagne s’atténue quelque peu. Quant à Olmert, il semble avoir compris de lui-même que, contrairement à ses amis journalistes, l'opinion publique ne tolèrera pas son retour alors qu'il est toujours dans le collimateur de la justice !

 

3. Elections et menace iranienne

Il y a encore deux mois, les Israéliens et même de nombreux Juifs de France bien informés, étaient persuadés que Nétanyaou s'apprêtait à lancer une armada aérienne pour détruire les installations nucléaires iraniennes. L'affaire avait même provoqué, on s'en souvient, une vive tension entre le Premier ministre et le Président américain. Depuis la tension est retombée comme un soufflet. Comme s'il avait soigneusement programmé son calendrier, le Premier ministre s'est rendu au Palais de verre à New York pour expliquer aux Nations du monde, feutre rouge à l'appui, qu'au printemps prochain, voire durant l'été 2013, l'Iran aurait enrichi suffisamment d'uranium pour produire une bombe nucléaire. En attendant, Mr Nétanyaou va donc profiter de ces quelques mois, pour exiger de nouvelles sanctions économiques contre Téhéran… et s'efforcer d'obtenir du peuple un mandat renouvelé qui lui donnera carte blanche pour lancer, le moment venu, l'opération militaire qui sonnera le glas du programme nucléaire iranien. Comme par hasard, le gouvernement Nétanyaou, s'il est formé, devrait prendre ses fonctions au début du printemps 2013. S'il reçoit de l'opinion publique un tel mandat, (et plus encore si Mitt Romney est élu à la Maison Blanche, dans quinze jours), Nétanyaou pourra alors agir et neutraliser cette menace existentielle pour Israël.

 

ANKARA EN GUERRE
Daniel Pipes

National Review Online, 16 octobre 2012
Adaptation française: Anne-Marie Delcambre de Champvert

 

Pourquoi le gouvernement turc agit-il de manière si agressive contre le régime Assad de Syrie?
 
Peut-être que le Premier ministre Recep Tayyip Erdogan espère que lancer des obus d'artillerie en Syrie aidera à amener au pouvoir un gouvernement satellite à Damas. Peut-être qu'il s'attend à ce que l'envoi d'un avion de guerre turc dans l'espace aérien syrien ou le fait de forcer à atterrir un avion civil syrien en route de Russie va lui gagner la faveur de l'Occident. Il se peut que le tout ne soit qu'une grosse diversion pour détourner l'attention de la crise économique imminente en raison de trop d'emprunts.

 

Les actions d'Erdogan s'inscrivent dans un contexte remontant à un demi-siècle. Pendant la guerre froide, Ankara se tenait aux côtés de Washington en tant que membre de l'OTAN alors même que Damas servait de Cuba du Moyen-Orient pour Moscou, un Etat client archi-fiable. Les mauvaises relations turco-syriennes avaient également eu des sources locales , y compris un différend frontalier, le désaccord sur les ressources en eau et le soutien syrien au PKK, un groupe kurde terroriste. Les deux Etats avaient été à deux doigts de se faire la guerre en 1998, lorsque la capitulation en temps opportun du gouvernement d'Assad avait évité un conflit armé.
 
Une nouvelle ère a commencé en novembre 2002 lorsque l'AKP d'Erdogan, un parti islamiste intelligent qui évite le terrorisme et les coups de gueule à propos d'un califat mondial, remplaça les partis centre-droit et gauche qui avaient dominé longtemps Ankara. Gouvernant de façon compétente et supervisant un boom économique sans précédent, la part de l'électorat de l'AKP augmenta d'un tiers en 2002 et de moitié en 2011. C'était donc en bonne voie pour atteindre l'objectif présumé d'Erdoğan qui était de défaire la révolution d'Atatürk et d'apporter la charia en Turquie.

 

Tout émoustillé, l'AKP abandonna le parapluie protecteur de Washington et entreprit sa propre trajectoire indépendante néo-ottomane, visant à être une puissance régionale comme dans les siècles passés. En ce qui concerne la Syrie, cela signifia mettre fin à des décennies de vieilles hostilités et de gagner de l'influence par le biais des échanges – bonnes relations commerciales et autres, symbolisés par des exercices militaires conjoints, Erdoğan et Bachar al-Assad passèrent des vacances ensemble, et une foule de ministres littéralement levèrent la barrière qui avait fermé leur frontière commune.
 
A partir de janvier 2011, ces projets allèrent à vau-l'eau, car le peuple syrien se réveilla de quarante ans de despotisme d'Assad et fit campagne, dans un premier temps de façon non violente, puis violemment, pour le renversement de son tyran. Erdoğan au début offrit des conseils politiques constructifs à Assad, qui repoussa ces derniers, leur préférant une répression violente. En réponse, le sunnite Erdogan faisant appel au sentiment [religieux] dénonça l'alaouite Assad et commença à aider la force rebelle largement sunnite. Alors que le conflit était devenu plus brutal, sectaire et islamiste, devenant ainsi une guerre civile sunnite-alaouite, avec 30.000 morts, beaucoup plus de blessés, et encore plus de déplacés, le refuge et l'aide turcs devinrent indispensables aux rebelles.
 
Ce qui au début était apparu comme un coup de maître était devenu le premier grand faux pas d'Erdoğan. Les théories de complot farfelues qu'il utilisait pour emprisonner et intimider le commandement militaire lui avaient laissé une force de combat moins qu'efficace. Les réfugiés syriens indésirables s'entassèrent dans les villes frontalières turques et au-delà. Les Turcs massivement s'opposèrent à la politique de guerre vis-à-vis de la Syrie, avec une opposition particulière venant des alévis, une communauté religieuse qui constitue 15-20 pour cent de la population turque, distincte des Alaouites de Syrie, mais qui partage un héritage chiite avec eux. Assad prit sa revanche en ravivant un soutien au PKK, dont l'escalade de la violence posait un problème majeur interne pour Erdoğan. En effet, les Kurdes – qui avaient raté l'occasion quand le Moyen-Orient avait été découpé après la Première Guerre mondiale – furent peut-être les grands gagnants du conflit actuel; pour la première fois, les contours d'un Etat kurde avec des composantes turque, syrienne, irakienne et même iranienne pouvaient être imaginés.
 
Damas a toujours un patron de grande puissance à Moscou, où le gouvernement de Vladimir Poutine propose son aide par l'intermédiaire de l'armement et des vetos des Nations Unies. De plus, Assad bénéficie de l'aide iranienne indéfectible, brutale, qui se poursuit en dépit des problèmes économiques profonds du régime des Mollahs. En revanche, Ankara peut encore appartenir formellement à l'OTAN et jouir du privilège théorique de son fameux article 5, qui promet qu'une attaque militaire contre un pays membre mènera à «telle mesure … nécessaire, y compris l'utilisation de la force armée,» mais les poids lourds de l'OTAN ne montrent aucune intention d'intervenir en Syrie.
 
Une décennie de succès est montée à la tête d'Erdogan, et il n'a pas résisté à la tentation de s'engager dans la mésaventure syrienne qui pourrait nuire à sa popularité. Il peut encore apprendre de ses erreurs et revenir en arrière, mais le padishah d'Ankara a mis le paquet sur son djihad contre le régime Assad, travaillant dur pour que ce régime s'effondre et que lui s'en tire.
 
Pour répondre à ma question de départ: le bellicisme turc résulte surtout de l'ambition et de l'amour-propre d'un seul homme. Les Etats occidentaux devraient rester complètement à l'écart et il faudrait qu'Erdogan soit pris à son propre piège.

 

LE CALME TROMPEUR DES TERRITOIRES PALESTINIENS
Daniel Haïk
crif.org, 25 octobre 2012

 

Le 18 octobre dernier, les Israéliens ont marqué le premier anniversaire de la libération de Guilad Shalit. Ce qui a permis de se remémorer le douloureux débat qui a divisé, durant plusieurs années, la société israélienne autour du prix à payer en échange du retour du soldat franco-israélien. On se souvient de l’opposition farouche de ceux qui affirmaient que la libération d’un millier de terroristes du Hamas – dont plusieurs dizaines d’assassins ayant du sang juif sur les mains – allait provoquer une nouvelle vague de terrorisme à l’instar de celle qui avait déferlé sur la Judée et la Samarie à la fin des années 80 (l’intifada des pierres), à la suite du « Marché Djibril ».
 
Or, un an après le retour de Shalit auprès des siens une constatation s’impose : de prime abord, la situation sécuritaire n’a pas connu de dégradation majeure et fort heureusement on n’a pas assisté à une recrudescence des actes terroristes. Ce calme relatif peut avoir deux causes essentielles :
 
Selon l’accord d’échange, seul un tiers des terroristes « durs » sur les 450 libérés par Israël lors de la première phase du marché sont retournés en Judée et Samarie. Israël s’était en effet farouchement opposé à l’exigence du Hamas qui voulait que plus de 330 de ces architerroristes reviennent dans les Territoires. On comprend mieux pourquoi aujourd’hui. Le fait que la majorité d’entre eux aient été expulsés vers Gaza ou à l’étranger a certainement contribué au maintien du calme.
 
La seconde raison c’est incontestablement l’action menée par les forces de sécurité israéliennes. Depuis le 18 octobre 2011, le Shin-Bet et les services de Renseignements militaires suivent à la trace, à l’aide de technologies sophistiquées, les centaines de terroristes qui ont été relâchés. Ceux qui ont repris des activités terroristes ont été arrêtés. On en a recensé une quarantaine dont 24 sont actuellement en procédure judiciaire. Certains d’entre eux devront retourner en prison pour purger l’intégralité de leur peine. Qui plus est, Tsahal a pu bénéficier du concours des services de sécurité palestiniens qui ne tiennent pas à ce que le Hamas relève la tête en Judée et Samarie. Les forces palestiniennes ont elles-mêmes arrêté des terroristes du Hamas qui projetaient des attentats.
 
Cependant, le calme qui semble régner actuellement en Judée et Samarie serait, selon les forces israéliennes, factice et les risques de dégradation sont réels. Le Hamas est toujours persuadé que l’enlèvement d’un civil ou d’un militaire israélien reste l’arme la plus « efficace » pour combattre Israël. L’un des responsables du mouvement terroriste a promis que « lors du prochain enlèvement, le Hamas exigera la libération de tous les prisonniers qui sont restés derrière les barreaux » : « Il reste 6 000 de nos hommes dans les prisons israéliennes. Pour les libérer nous allons capturer six Israéliens » a-t-il déclaré. Au sein de Tsahal, on prend ces menaces très au sérieux. Au cours des derniers mois, plusieurs Israéliens civils et militaires ont failli être enlevés, mais au dernier moment, ils ont réussi à tromper la vigilance de leurs agresseurs. L’armée a lancé une vaste campagne d’information afin de mettre en garde les soldats et les habitants juifs qui circulent en Judée et Samarie, contre les risques d’enlèvement : « Le kidnapping est une menace véritable et le Hamas fait tout pour enlever un soldat » a dit le lieutenant-colonel Amit Yamin, chef des opérations de Tsahal dans la division de Judée et Samarie. Au sein de l’armée, on vante les mérites de la coopération sécuritaire avec les forces palestiniennes en la matière, mais dans le même élan on fait état d’un relâchement chez les policiers palestiniens, depuis que les salaires n’ont pas été entièrement versés et depuis les manifestations sociales de septembre qui secouent les instances palestiniennes (voir notre dossier dans ce numéro). Selon un responsable sécuritaire israélien, certains des policiers palestiniens qui sont chargés de surveiller les détenus relâchés du marché Shalit auraient eux-mêmes sombré dans la corruption dans l’espoir d’améliorer leurs fins de mois. L’instabilité économique pourrait donc être un terrain propice au recrutement par le Hamas d’apprentis terroristes qui, le moment venu, pourraient embraser à nouveau la Judée et la Samarie.

AS BRITAIN CONDEMNS UN’S FALK, IRAN BACKS SYRIAN ASSASSINS, JORDAN TEETERS, & OBAMA IS PARALYSED

 

 

 

Contents:

 

Community Colloquium: CIJR & Adath Israel present: The Coming Crisis: Israel, Iran & The U.S., Oct. 28, 2012

 

U.N.’s Richard Falk Accuses “Organized Jewish Community” Of Crimes Against Palestinians

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk is now accusing “the organized Jewish community” of being “responsible for the massive and enduring confiscation of Palestinian land and rights.”

 

UN Watch Letter to President Obama: Hillel C. Neuer,  Executive Director, UN Watch, Oct. 24, 2012

Tomorrow the United Nations General Assembly will give its podium to Richard Falk, a man who promotes the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the U.S. government, endorses the Hamas terrorist group, and incites virulent hatred against America, the West, Israel and Jews.

 

Iran's Bloody Power Play [in Lebanon]: Tony Badran, Real Clear World, Oct. 25, 2012

Iran is conducting a region-wide drive with an eye on the regional balance of power. This is what's at stake in Syria, and what's playing out in Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government, Lebanon and Turkey. This Iranian power play best explains why Hassan was killed. 

 

Timidity Causes Syrian Barbarity: James Van De Velde, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 23, 2012

There are five likely futures for Syria, and none of them involve Assad, the West has no choice but to involve itself in Syria’s future. The days of the totalitarian regime of Bashar Assad in Syria are numbered.

 

Is Jordan The Hashemite-Occupied Palestine?Mudar Zahran, Jerusalem Post, Oct. 22, 2012

Hassan simply ignores the Faisal-Weizmann agreement which his clan signed in 1919, by which Jews agreed to give up 78 percent of the British Mandate for Palestine promised to them by Great Britain as a future Jewish homeland. That compromise was made by world Jewry then for a clear reason: Establishing a homeland for the Arabs in the area under the Hashemites.

 

On Topic Links

 

Jordan: King Abdullah Losing the Support of Tribes?: Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone, Oct. 16, 2012

Hizbullah’s Unspoken War in Syria : Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, JCPA, Oct. 24, 2012

Nothing Will Be The Same : Nadine Elali, Now Lebanon, Oct. 24, 2012  

Syria’s War Spills Into Lebanon : Editorial Board, Washington Post, Oct. 24, 2012

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COMMUNITY  COLLOQUIUM

 

CIJR & Congregation Adath Israel present:

 

The Coming Crisis: Israel, Iran & The U.S.

 

Sunday, October 28, 2012 @ 9:00am

 

 

Chair: Prof. Ira Robinson 
(Judaic Studies, Concordia)

 

Prof. Frederick Krantz (Concordia)

Prof. Harold Waller (McGill)

Prof. Julien Bauer (UQAM)

Prof. David Bensoussan (UQAM)

 

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U.N.’S Richard Falk Accuses “Organized Jewish Community” of
Responsibility for Crimes Against Palestinians

 

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Richard Falk is now accusing “the organized Jewish community” of being “responsible for the massive and enduring confiscation of Palestinian land and rights.” This is only the latest of a series of Richard Falk outrages exposed by UN Watch. Below is the letter faxed October 24 by UN Watch Director Hillel Neuer to President Obama and other world leaders and high U.N. officials, demanding an immediate condemnation. 

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UN Watch Letter to President Obama
Concerning Anti-Semitic Remarks by Richard Falk

 

 

The President                                                                                                  October 24, 2012
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

Dear President Obama.

Today the world marks UN Day, honoring the anniversary of the 1945 United Nations Charter, whose noble principles inspire the work and purpose of UN Watch. Yet we cannot celebrate today when we know what awaits tomorrow.

Tomorrow the United Nations General Assembly will give its podium to Richard Falk, a man who promotes the conspiracy theory that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the U.S. government, endorses the Hamas terrorist group, and incites virulent hatred against America, the West, Israel and Jews. That he happens to be a top official of the U.N.’s highest human rights body only compounds the outrage.

Tomorrow, however, you have the opportunity to fight back. The United States and other major democracies can send a powerful message in tomorrow’s debate.  We respectfully call on your government and its friends to follow the lead of Britain and condemn Mr. Falk’s latest expressions of anti-Semitism.

As we noted in our earlier letter to you on this matter, Mr. Falk recently accused “the organized Jewish community” of collective responsibility for war crimes. He also provides the cover endorsement of a virulently anti-Semitic book, “The Wandering Who,” now spreading its poison around the globe. We just saw the book sitting on the shelves of Geneva’s leading university library.

As Professor Alan Dershowitz demonstrated in The New Republic, the author’s writings, both online and in his new book, “brim with classic anti-Semitic motifs that are borrowed from Nazi publications.” With Mr. Falk’s endorsement on the front cover, the author boasts about drawing "insights from a man who . . . was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist,” and a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity” (p. 89-90). He declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew” (p. 54), writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me” (p. 94), and describes himself as “a strong opponent of … Jewish-ness” (p. 186).

Sadly, other than London’s recent protest, the U.N. and its member states have responded with deafening silence.Yet if anti-Islamic acts by completely marginal and unknown figures merit a chorus of sharp and prompt condemnation by world figures, high U.N. officials, and diplomats, should not anti-Jewish acts by a U.N. mandate-holder—who speaks on human rights from the world body’s podium and with its imprimatur—merit the same, and so much more?

U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay is refusing to act. She insisted, in a letter to UN Watch, that Mr. Falk is answerable only to member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council. America is one of those council members, and indeed its leading force. We therefore urge the U.S. to assume its responsibility and speak out tomorrow, loudly and clearly.

The cause of human rights and the founding principles of the United Nations must not be subverted. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely, Hillel C. Neuer,  Executive Director, UN Watch

 

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IRAN'S BLOODY POWER PLAY

Tony Badran

Real Clear World, October 25, 2012

 

Who killed Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan? Following the assassination last Friday, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt blamed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. However, Jumblatt refrained from addressing "whether Hezbollah or any others [were] behind the assassination, because we would be doing what Assad wants us to do."

 

Jumblatt's concern is understandable. His priority is to avoid internal Sunni-Shiite sectarian tension and to keep the security situation in Lebanon under control. However, Hassan's assassination reaches far beyond Lebanon. There's a compelling case to be made that the elimination of the influential security chief is part of Iran's contingency planning, from Iraq to Lebanon, to consolidate Tehran's gains, especially in the event they lose their Syrian ally.

 

Like Jumblatt, both the Lebanese president and prime minister linked the murder to Hassan's recent arrest of former minister, and close friend of Assad's, Michel Samaha. The former minister was caught red handed and charged with plotting terrorist bombings on orders from Assad. As a result, Hassan received countless, explicit, death threats from Syria's allies in Lebanon. Therefore, in light of his role in the Samaha case, it was easy to see Assad's obvious motive.

 

…Jumblatt's comment shows he understands that an operation of this scale strongly suggests Hezbollah involvement. For one, the nature of the operation required an apparatus with intelligence and logistical capabilities of the kind Hezbollah alone possesses….

 

However, when we speak of Hezbollah, we're really speaking of Iran. To be sure, Iran shares Assad's objectives. Still, even as Tehran has marshalled all the instruments of its national power to ensure Assad's survival, it also has had to plan for his potential loss. To achieve both goals, Iran has been on a region-wide drive to consolidate its assets. Effectively, this means fortifying its position in Iraq and Lebanon.

 

To that end, Tehran has been aggressively pushing to secure a military and security agreement with Baghdad. Moreover, it has sought to shore up its ally, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who had faced a challenge in parliament from the president of the Kurdish Regional Government, Massoud Barzani….

 

Kurdish MP Mahmoud Osman explained Iran's moves in Iraq. The most important issue for Iran at the moment is Syria, Osman recently said. He then added, "The visit of [Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad] Wahidi to Baghdad and [Quds Force commander Qasem] Soleimani to Kurdistan coincided in order to convince the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to assist Iran at this stage."

 

Meanwhile, in Lebanon, Iran has been even more blatant in its push for control. It has dispensed with the shackles of diplomatic protocols, openly and repeatedly declaring (what everyone knew) that Hezbollah was an arm of Tehran. It now speaks not only on behalf of Hezbollah, but also on behalf of Lebanon, bypassing the Lebanese government altogether.

 

Where does Wissam Hassan fit in this picture? Hezbollah mouthpiece al-Akhbar provided the clearest answer: "Hassan headlined the Lebanese-regional front active against the Syrian regime, and, secondly, against Hezbollah and Iran. […] He represents the front led by the US as well as Arab and regional states. […] He is at the heart of the open war."

 

In other words, for Iran, Hassan represented the confluence of its enemies in the regional Sunni pro-American bloc. Moreover, he stood atop the only security apparatus not controlled by Hezbollah. As Iran seeks to shore up its proxy's grip on the Lebanese state, as a hedge against a critical setback in Syria, it has to eliminate all threats, while also leaving the Sunnis in disarray. To quote Samaha once more, "you must be ready for anything. Along with Iraq … and Lebanon."

 

Iran is conducting a region-wide drive with an eye on the regional balance of power. This is what's at stake in Syria, and what's playing out in Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government, Lebanon and Turkey. This Iranian power play best explains why Hassan was killed.  

 

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TIMIDITY CAUSES SYRIAN BARBARITY

 

James Van De Velde

Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2012

 

There are five likely futures for Syria, and none of them involve Assad, the West has no choice but to involve itself in Syria’s future. The days of the totalitarian regime of Bashar Assad in Syria are numbered….

 

Should the regime somehow prevail (by killing tens of thousands more), it would enjoy political support from no more than 30 percent of the population, given that Syria is 70% Sunni and only 20% Alawite, Shi’a and Druze, and 10% Christian.

 

There are five likely futures for Syria, and none of them involve Assad:

 

1. Assad flees and those Alawite members of the regime who remain pledge to join and cooperate with the new (Sunni-dominated) Free Syrian Army (FSA) government (the optimal, ideal, Western-driven future, although sadly there is no evidence the United States is pursuing such an outcome).

 

Alawite members of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Scientific Research Center (which controls the Syrian chemical and biological weapons program) and the private militias (the Shabiha) all agree to take orders from the new government as long as their minority status is protected and they have a say in the new government. The SSRC maintains control of all WMD and cooperates with Western demands to eliminate Syrian WMD (much like what occurred in Libya).

 

2. Assad resigns at the direction of Russia, which creates a new Syrian government (a Russian-driven future). A UN-Russian plan creates a transitional government made up of FSA members and current regime elements, made possible and heavily influenced by Russia….The United States is largely shut out of the new government, given the perception that the United States was indifferent to the opposition.

 

3. Assad flees at the direction of Iran (an Iran-driven future). A UN plan creates a transitional government made up of FSA members and current regime elements, but one that is heavily influenced behind the scenes in Syria by Iran, which wishes to keep Syria a client state and to continue to support Lebanese Hezbollah through Syria. The United States is largely shut out….

 

4. Assad flees or is killed and leaves behind chaos (a “no one is driving” future). The FSA takes over the country; the Alawites are purged from the new government. There is a scramble among the FSA, al-Qaida in Syria, Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran to secure and control Syrian chemical and biological weapons and shape the new government. The outcome of such violence is uncertain. There is no sympathy for the United States…

 

5. Assad flees or is killed and Alawite members of the SSRC, the Republican Guard and former regime elements – including thousands of private Alawite militia, retreat to the Latakia Province and create a defensive enclave, armed with Syrian regime weapons, perhaps including chemical and biological weapons (a sectarian-driven future) – perhaps the most likely future now….

 

The West has no choice but to involve itself in Syria’s future. President Obama’s passivity only allows Russia and Iran to better influence the ultimate outcome and allies al-Qaida in Syria with the opposition. With no US leadership, the war may degenerate into a human rights nightmare, with a desperate Alawite insurgency armed with chemical and biological weapons.

 

In order to accrue necessary political capital with the incoming regime and to forestall Russian or Iranian influence over the new Syrian government, the United States ought to consider military action, such as a stand-off air suppression campaign or a no-fly zone, to signal American support to the Free Syrian Army and its goals. (Such action alone might push Assad to flee.) Neutrality risks the appearance of indifference to the plight of the people of Syria. Military involvement of some kind is imperative to accrue some credibility and influence over a post-Assad Syria.

 

Similarly, the United States ought to signal to the Alawites that once (and only once) Assad flees, they would become a protected minority, roughly analogous to Bosnian Serbs in Bosnia, and ideally part of the new, non-sectarian government; and thus that the quick and early end of the Assad regime is ultimately in the interests of all Syrian religious minorities, Alawites, Shi’ites, Christians, Druze and Kurds….

 

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IS JORDAN THE HASHEMITE-OCCUPIED PALESTINE?

Mudar Zahran

Jerusalem Post, October 22, 2012

 

On October 9, former crown prince of Jordan, Prince Hassan, told a group of Palestinians in Amman that “the West Bank is a part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which included both banks of the [Jordan] River.” Hassan added that: “I hope that I do not live to see the day when Jordan, or the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, relinquishes the land occupied in 1967 by the IDF.”

 

Prince Hassan’s comments come at a very critical time for the ruling Hashemite family in Jordan, with regular anti-regime protests sweeping their kingdom, open calls for toppling the king and a staggering economy. The unrest in Jordan is often overlooked by the global media, as they are occupied with bloodshed in Syria and the trouble in Egypt.

 

In fact, the weekly anti-regime protests in Jordan are mainly coming from Jordanian East-Bankers, or Beduin Jordanians. The last major one took place on October 5; an unprecedented anti-regime march which took place in the capital Amman, and where the Palestinian majority and refugee camps took place in the protests for the first time.

 

What might have been the most alarming issue for the king and his uncle Hassan is the fact that that march marked the beginning of the Palestinian majority’s participation in the anti-regime protests, which opened the window for a true revolution to come if both East Bankers and Palestinians join forces against the regime….

 

Furthermore, the Hashemite Kingdom’s media sources tried to play down the number of protesters who participated in October 5 march; claiming it was as low as 5,000. Still, prominent Jordanian daily newspaper Alghad slipped up and quoted a Jordanian security official saying “250,000” people were seen marching toward the protest location in downtown Amman.

 

In other words, the Hashemites are in trouble, and they are not necessarily immune to the Arab Spring tsunami streaming through the region. Therefore, Prince Hassan’s statement was most likely made out of desperation: he wants to export the Hashemites’ trouble to Israel by reviving the alleged Hashemite right to the West Bank. At the same time, Hassan is trying to appeal to the Palestinian majority, telling there might be a possible arrangement whereby they are absorbed. At the moment, the Palestinian majority in Jordan is excluded from government jobs, state college education and state healthcare.

 

Should the regime in Jordan fall or the king’s powers be compromised, the Palestinian majority will take over. Whether it’s a he or a she, an Islamist or a moderate, whoever is in charge will be a Palestinian. The possibility that Prince Hassan is trying to sweet-talk the Palestinians and to remind them that the Hashemites had ties to the West Bank is a sign of how desperate Hassan and his nephew, the king of Jordan, might be….

 

The King of Jordan and his uncle better realize that picking on Israel will not get them a revolution-free pass from their discriminated against and disenfranchised Palestinian majority or their angry East Bankers. The Hashemites should also relinquish any dreams of sovereignty over any part of Israel; in fact they should count themselves very lucky if they manage to maintain their rule over Jordan, where many of their subjects view them as occupiers.

 

(The writer is Palestinian-Jordanian writer who resides in the UK as a political refugee.)

 

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Jordan: King Abdullah Losing the Support of Tribes?: Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, October 16, 2012

Walid Obeidat, Jordan's new ambassador to Israel, a member of one of Jordan's largest and most influential tribes, deserves an award for being one of the most courageous diplomats not only in his country, but in the entire Arab world. His tribe has now "disowned" him because he agreed to serve as ambassador to Israel, which has a peace treaty with Jordan.

 

Hizbullah’s Unspoken War in Syria : Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, JCPA, October 24, 2012

Hizbullah appears to be carving out a 20-kilometer (12-mile) border corridor to the Syrian Alawite enclave on the coast. Hizbullah appears to be seeking to control strategic access to the Orontes River Basin in Syria and Lebanon to form a contiguous Alawite-Shiite mini-state. Yet the Shiite belt would likely face a major challenge from Sunnis on both sides of the border.

 

Nothing Will Be The Same : Nadine Elali, Now Lebanon, October 24, 2012  

 “Nothing will remain as it was before,” was a common refrain among those who took to the streets of Tripoli following the murder of Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan in a car bombing in Beirut’s Ashrafieh neighborhood on Friday.

 

Syria’s War Spills Into Lebanon: Editorial Board, Washington Post, October 24, 2012

DURING A visit to Washington in late August, Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the intelligence chief of Lebanon’s internal security forces, offered a grim assessment of the civil war raging in neighboring Syria and its likely impact on the region.

 

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“My son is not very optimal. He is also very dead,” — Patricia Smith, 72, the mother of Sean Smith, one of four Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in response to President Barack Obama’s remarks on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” that “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” Ms. Smith continued “It was a disrespectful thing to say, and I don't think it’s right. How can you say somebody being killed is not very optimal? I don't think the President has the right idea of the English language.” (Newsmax, October 19, 2012)

“[T]he West Bank is a part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which included both banks of the [Jordan] River.” — Prince Hassan former crown prince of Jordan to a group of Palestinians in Amman. Hassan added that: “I hope that I do not live to see the day when Jordan, or the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, relinquishes the land occupied in 1967 by the IDF.” By way of response,  Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian-Jordanian writer who resides in the UK as a political refugee, says, “The Hashemites should relinquish any dreams of sovereignty over any part of Israel; in fact they should count themselves very lucky if they manage to maintain their rule over Jordan, where many of their subjects view them as occupiers.” (Jerusalem Post, October 23, 2012)

 

 

“If in such a meeting we spoke about the independence of Quebec, would that be good or not? …This is not the place for that.” — Iraj Nadimi, the head of the Iranian delegation, in response to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird at the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Mr. Baird told the 1,400 participants from more than 125 parliaments that Iran “foments hatred against the Jewish people and it incites genocide. Canada won’t stand still in the face of these egregious actions. It provides aid, comfort and support to terrorist organizations, and it is guilty of widespread and massive oppressions of the human rights of its own people, including the oppression of religious minorities,” Mr. Baird said. “This regime stands for everything we parliamentarians should stand against.” (The Globe and Mail, October 22, 2012)

 

“This is a slap in the face to America as Egypt’s President [Mohammed] Morsi pockets billions in US aid and says amen to principles that are repugnant to all Americans,” — Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s associate dean, in response to the broadcast on Egypt’s Channel 1 TV of cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour's sermon in which he prayed: "Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them as under. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them." Thereafter, [President] Morsi is seen and heard answering "Amen." The rabbis continued,  "Morsi, the leader who just lectured the world from the UN podium about the need to safeguard religions from desecration, apparently doesn’t extend it to the Jewish people and its faith. He and his government need to hear an unequivocal warning from the US that it won't be business as usual as long as the public espousal of genocidal hate against Jews continues," (Jerusalem Post, October 22, 2012)

 

"We did not choose this escalation and did not initiate it." — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to the more than 80 rockets launched against communities in the South of Israel on Wednesday (Oct. 24)  "But if they continue we are prepared for a much wider and deeper action. In any event we will continue with our preventive actions. Anyone who attacks Israeli citizens need to know that he will pay." Shaul Mofaz, opposition leader, in denouncing Netanyahu’s government’s response, said, “The government under Prime Minister Netanyahu has been stuttering for years. They need to put Hamas in their sites. This stuttering has a price. The decisions taken against Hamas in recent years has not been decisive enough.” While Mofaz declined to offer an alternative, Shelly Yachimovich, Labour Party leader voiced her support for Netanyahu, saying, “I am behind Prime Minister Netanyahu and understand the complexity of the situation, which requires military action and maintaining restraint. (Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012)

 

“The people who were on the ship also know that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and they aim only to provoke and blacken Israel’s name. If human rights were truly important to these activists, they would sail to Syria. We shall continue to defend our borders.” — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in a statement praising the Israeli Navy’s successful seizure of the Estelle, the latest ship to attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza strip. (New York Times, October 21, 2012)

 

Some might ask why the Estelle wasn’t headed for Syria. The injured, dying and trapped civilians there sure could have used a morale boost from an international activist team carrying aloft a flag bearing the message: You Are Not Forgotten! But Syria is a dangerous place: No humanitarian Ark is steaming towards the Mediterranean ports of Latakia or Tarsus. Far safer to head to Israel, where Western standards of due process are observed, and where state-of-the-art hospitals are only minutes away should the 79-year-old [former Canadian MP] Mr. Jim Manley feel faint.” — Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Dr. Harold Brackman commenting on the latest attempt to run the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. (National Post, October 23, 2012)

 

“So let’s recap: A 79-year-old decides on his own accord to join a group that aims to benefit the interests of a terrorist organization accused of brutalizing its own people. He does this by sitting on a boat, which is stopped and taken to a port in the region’s only democratic country [Israel], where all indications are that he is treated well. His family, which didn’t talk him out of the trip and has no indication that Manly is receiving anything but civilized treatment, demands his immediate release and offers its sympathy to the terrorist-run enclave rather than the democratic state, suggesting Israel might abuse Manly, brainwash him, force him to sign false statements or otherwise brutalize him. There is no evidence to support any of this outside an apparent ill-informed bias against Israel and in favour of its enemies.  And they wonder why no one — not even from the NDP — wants to offer support? — Kelly McParland, commenting in the National Post on former NDP MP Jim Manley’s family’s demand that he be released immediately from Israeli detention after having been arrested for attempting to run the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. (National Post, October 24, 2012)

 

"[T]here is no circumstance under which they will fire upon on us and we will sit on our hands." — President Shimon Peres angrily denouncing the latest on-going barrage of Palestinian rockets fired at Israel. "I want to tell the residents of Gaza and their leaders, they have to decide what they want. If they decide on war, what can we do? If they decide to build, there will not be war," in an apparent reference to the emir of Qatar's announcement of $400 million in building projects for Gaza. Peres said: "Nowhere else in the world would they gather money to build and instead of buying building materials, buy explosive materials."(Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012)

 

“We want this government to resign since it’s representing the Syrian regime and protecting the Iranian policy in Lebanon,” — Nohad al-Mashnouq, a leading member of the March 14 opposition movement. “It’s very obvious that the Sunnis are targeted in Lebanon. We haven’t had any Shiites condemning [recently-murdered Sunni Gen.] Wissam’s assassination; they just condemned the explosion.” (New York Times, October 20, 2012)

 

“We do not think Iran should be rewarded with direct talks,” — Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael B. Oren, in response to the report of possible one-on-one US-Iran negotiations taking place after the elections; “rather that sanctions and all other possible pressures on Iran must be increased.” The Israeli government fears Iran would use new talks to “advance their nuclear weapons program.” (New York Times, October 20, 2012)

 

“Because Shiites are dogs,” — Khaled Hawa, 19, when asked why he had traveled [to Beirut] from the northern port of Tripoli to protest against the recent assassination of the Lebanese intelligence chief Brig. General Wissam al-Hassan. “There will be war in all Lebanon, God willing, because we cannot live like this anymore,” he added. Faisal Abu Azzam, 25, who came from the southern town of Sidon said, “Only Sunnis should live in this country. The Shiites should not be here,” “If a Shiite is passing by, we are going to kill them,” added one of his friends, who identified himself as Abu Lahab, 23. “I was born to kill Shiites,” he said proudly. (Washington Post, October 22, 2012) (Top of Page)

 

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GAZANS FIRE 80 ROCKETS AT ISRAEL IN 24 HOURS (Jerusalem) Palestinians fired a total of 80 rockets at rural areas of southern Israel since Tuesday night, injuring five, causing damage and sending local residents fleeing for cover.  The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a Grad rocket over Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon, one of eight struck down since Tuesday night. IAF strikes targeting Palestinian rocket-launching squads killed four Hamas operatives, but did little to stem the flow of rockets. IDF Home Front command instructed residents living within 10 km of Gaza to remain indoors and take shelter. All schools have been closed. (Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012)

 

JORDAN STOPS AN AL-QAEDA PLOT AGAINST WESTERN DIPLOMATS(Amman)

The Jordanian General Intelligence Department has foiled a major terrorist plot which was in the planning and preliminary stages, according to the Petra news agency. The plot, by a group of  at least 11 terrorists associated with Al Qaeda, was designed to target and carry out attacks against vital targets in Jordan, including shopping centers, residential areas, diplomats and foreign nationals. The early plans of the group were to target diplomats from hotels and public areas followed by the bombing of two major shopping malls in order to draw the attention of the security services away from these selected targets, thus clearing the way for them to target their main objectives in Abdoun, in West Amman. (Jewish Press, October 21st, 2012)

 

FOUR KILLED AS POST-ASSASSINATION CLASHES ROCK LEBANON (Beirut) At least four people were killed in clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Monday, as violence continued to spiral following the assassination of Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, a senior intelligence official, in a car bombing that prompted violent protests across the country over the weekend. One of the fatalities in Tripoli was identified as a 9-year-old girl. At least nine more people were wounded as gunmen exchanged fire in the northern city. In the southern suburbs of Beirut, five people were wounded as gunmen and Lebanese troops engaged in a gun battle. (Ha’aretz, October 22, 2012)

 

EU VOTES TO DROP TRADE BLOCK ON ISRAELI MEDICINES (Brussels)
The European Parliament voted on Tuesday by 379-240 to remove controls on the sale of Israeli pharmaceuticals within the EU, part of a wider-ranging initiative to deepen bilateral ties between the EU and Israel. It means that Israeli pharmaceuticals can be exported to any EU nation without delays and without requiring any additional certification. The agreement was originally approved by the European Council in early 2010, but its implementation was delayed as a result of protests by pro-Palestinian organisations. The decision is good news for European healthcare as well as the Israeli pharmaceutical industry. EU countries could save nearly 25 billion euros annually by using generic drugs such as those produced by Teva, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and the largest producer of generic drugs. (Jewish Chronicle-UK, October 24, 2012)

 

SUNTECH REACHES 100 MEGAWATTS OF SOLAR IN ISRAEL (Tel Aviv) Chinese company Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar panels, has now deployed over 100 megawatts of solar panels in Israel, the company announced Sunday. Suntech, which has been operating in Israel for four years, is responsible for nearly half of the solar systems installed in the country, according to company data. Among the firm’s major clients is Arava Power Company’s Ketura Sun 4.95-MW project, the first and only medium- size field to be erected in Israel. (Jerusalem Post, October 22, 2012)

 

PALESTINIANS WANT ISRAELI CITIZENSHIP (Ramallah) The Palestinian Authority says it is worried because of the rise in the number of Palestinians from Jerusalem who are seeking Israeli citizenship. Hatem Abdel Kader, who is in charge of the "Jerusalem Portfolio" in the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank, revealed that more than 10,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem have been granted Israeli citizenship. The main reason is their fear that Israel would cede control over east Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority and, moreover that they would lose all the privileges they enjoy as [permanent] residents living under Israeli sovereignty, including free health care and education, and freedom of movement and work. Lack of democracy and massive financial corruption under the Palestinian Authority also drove many Palestinian Jerusalemites to apply for Israeli citizenship as a way of ensuring that they would always remain under Israeli sovereignty.  As one Palestinian explained, "I prefer the hell of the Jews to the paradise of Hamas or Yasser Arafat." (Gatestone Institute, October 24, 2012)

 

KIBBUTZIM THREATENING TO LEAVE LABOR (Tel Aviv) The kibbutz movement is threatening to cut its historical ties with the Labor Party due to the recommendation of party Chair Sheli Yachimovich that in the [pre-election Labour] primaries their sector will be unified with the moshavim sector. The kibbutz and moshav movements have historically marked two distinct philosophies within the labor movement, and nowadays, despite privatization and many other changes to both movements, they still view themselves as historically distinct…. Should the Yacimovich proposal be accepted…it will guarantee both sectors only one Knesset seat, in place of the two seats which traditionally have gone to them. According to the kibbutz movement leadership, such a move may result in their abandoning the party with which they have been strongly identified over the years.  (Jewish Press, October 22, 2012)

 

STUDY: NO ANTI-SEMITISM OR ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVITY AT MOST NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGES (Washington) Ninety-seven percent of US and Canadian college campuses report no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events, and the campus-based anti-Israel divestment effort has failed, according to a new study. The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise released the findings of its new study, “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” on Tuesday. Mitchell Bard, the AICE’s executive director, and Jeff Dawson, the private organization’s campus liaison, authored the report. (Times of Israel, October 23, 2012)

 

QATAR'S GAZA VISIT HELPS HAMAS (Gaza City) The Emir of Qatar became the first head of state to visit the Gaza Strip while under Hamas control. The Emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani pledged $400 million in infrastructure aid for roads, a new hospital and housing for freed Palestinian prisoners. Qatar's move exploits a patronage vacuum left by Iran, which halted its aid to Hamas after the Islamist group sided with the rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But some analysts worried that Sheik Hamad's largess threatened to deepen the estrangement between Palestinians in Hamas-ruled Gaza and the Fatah-ruled West Bank by empowering Hamas to ignore the long-delayed reconciliation process, and frustrating any potential rapprochement with Israel. "It gives a stamp of permanence to Palestinian secession, you have two Palestinian de facto states that refuse to talk to each other,'' said Yigal Palmor, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman. "What does that do to the ability to negotiate peace?" (Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2012)

 

SECULAR EGYPTIANS PROTEST ISLAMISTS’ ROLE IN DRAFTING NEW CONSTITUTION (Cairo) Egyptian liberal and secular groups gathered for the second consecutive Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest what they say is the overreach of the country’s Islamists in drafting a new constitution. The groups say the 100-member Islamist dominated drafting assembly lacks the legitimacy to write the charter that will define the way Egypt is governed and represent the values of its 85 million people. “What we know is this is not the right path, so we are trying to rectify it,” said Raafat Wagdy, a physician. “The message we want to convey [to the Brotherhood] is you are not alone, and we are not just a small minority that can be ignored.” (Washington Post, October 19, 2012)

 

TENURED TREASON IN ISRAEL(Jerusalem) Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Saar formally called for the firing of Ben Gurion University’s Neve Gordon. Gordon is the tenured extremist in the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University who this week is the keynote speaker in a conference in Canada endorsing Arab terrorism against Jews.  He is the leading voice in Israel calling for a world boycott of Israel.  He regularly denounces Israel as a Nazi-like monstrosity and as an apartheid regime.  The Department of Politics at BGU is an anti-Israel indoctrination and propaganda center which the Israeli Council on Higher Education has called to be closed down. This is the first time that an Israeli politician has openly called for the firing of an anti-Israel tenured extremist. In the Ma’ariv report, Saar is cited as mocking the claims by BGU president Rivka Carmi that she cannot legally fire Gordon.  Saar, who is a lawyer, dismisses the claim. (Israpundit, October 22, 2012)

 

PALESTINIAN WITH EXPLOSIVES WAS HEADING FOR JERUSALEM(Jerusalem)

A 19-year-old Palestinian man caught with eight pipe bombs at the Kalandiya checkpoint was trying to get to Jerusalem, the IDF said Tuesday. The man, believed to be from Nablus, got off a Palestinian bus carrying a large backpack, and tried to sneak past security checks for pedestrians at the checkpoint, which separates greater Jerusalem from the West Bank. Lt.-Col. Yuval Shenkin, commander of the Military Police’s Erez Battalion which controls crossings in the area, said the incident was highly unusual. “To try to get this amount of explosives through is certainly exceptional.” Shenkin said. (Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012) (Top of Page)

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Is Jordan The Hashemite-Occupied Palestine? : Mudar Zahran, Jerusalem Post, October 24, 2012

The Hashemites should relinquish any dreams of sovereignty over any part of Israel; in fact they should count themselves very lucky if they manage to maintain their rule over Jordan, where many of their subjects view them as occupiers.

 

Study: No Anti-Semitism Or Anti-Israel Activity At Most North American Colleges.pdf

The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise released the findings of its new study, “Israel and the Campus: The Real Story,” reporting that ninety-seven percent of US and Canadian college campuses report no anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events, and the campus-based anti-Israel divestment effort has failed.

 

Bayonets, Horses And Ships, Oh My :  J. E. Dyer, Jewish Press, October 24th, 2012

There are so many ways to criticize President Obama’s now-infamous “horses and bayonets” comment from the foreign policy debate that one hardly knows where to start.  The snarky attitude alone is worth a column.  What is Obama, a blog troll?  If he has a case to make about having a smaller Navy, he could surely have made it without being snide, specious and condescending.

 

Shut Up And Play Nice: How The Western World Is Limiting Free Speech : Jonathan Turley,  Washington Post, October 12, 2012

Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views. The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony.

 

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