Did Hillary Clinton consider fomenting unrest against Israel in 2011?

January 11, 2016
Above the rules.

You can trust me.

That is, did our then-Secretary of State and current Democratic front-runner for the presidency contemplate inciting Palestinian unrest as a club against our closest ally in the region?

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the answer is yes:

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton considered a secret plan created by her then-advisers to foment unrest among Palestinian citizens and spark protests in order to push the Israeli government back to the negotiating table, according to emails released as part of the investigation into the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s private email server.

In a Dec, 18, 2011, email, former U.S. ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering suggested that Clinton consider a plan to restart then-stalled peace negotiations by kickstarting Palestinian demonstrations against Israel.

Pickering described the effort as a potential “game changer in the region,” recommending that the United States undertake a clandestine campaign to generate unrest. Clinton requested that his email be printed.

“What will change the situation is a major effort to use non-violent protests and demonstrations to put peace back in the center of people’s aspirations as well as their thoughts, and use that to influence the political leadership,” Pickering wrote.

“This is far from a sure thing, but far, in my humble view, from hopeless,” he continued. “Women can and ought to be at the center of these demonstrations. Many men and others will denigrate the idea. I don’t and I don’t think that was your message.”

Palestinian women, he noted, are less likely than men to resort to violence.

“It must be all and only women. Why? On the Palestinian side the male culture is to use force,” Pickering wrote, comparing the effort to the protests in Egypt that deposed former leader Hosni Mubarak. “Palestinian men will not for long patiently demonstrate — they will be inclined over time and much too soon to be frustrated and use force. Their male culture comes close to requiring it.”

Pickering noted that the administration must keep its role in the demonstration a secret, so as not to aggravate ties with Israel.

Gee. Oh, gosh. I do so wonder why the might think the Israelis might object, just because we had a hand in inciting demonstrations against them with utterly unpredictable consequences and with a huge potential to blow up in everyone’s face?

This is one of those revelations that shows how dangerously incompetent Clinton and her team of clowns is, and why she should come nowhere near the presidency.

Just what in Heaven’s name were they thinking? This was near the start of the so-called “Arab Spring,” with demonstrations against secular dictatorships launched in the name (ostensibly) of liberal reform. Instead, what we got was a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, the most important Arab state and a key US ally, which had to be removed in a military coup. Other countries fell into turmoil and even civil war. It has, so far, been an almost-unmitigated disaster for the region, with consequences spreading globally.

And yet Clinton and her advisers thought they could safely harness this to “shame’ the Israelis into making peace? (Newsflash: It’s not Israel that’s been the big obstacle to peace, here.) Did they seriously think for one moment that such demonstrations wouldn’t be hijacked by radical organizations? Did it not occur to them that an “honor and shame” culture such as the Arabs’ could never let their women take the lead for long? That violence would be almost inevitable and that implementing this cockamamie plan risked a new intifada — or worse? Did they think they could control all the forces they would be stirring up?

Against an ally??

How well did the Clinton-Obama war in Libya go, again?

Who’d they get this plan from? The Underpants Gnomes?

PS: Homework question for the House and Senate foreign relations committees — Was any part of this plan ever implemented?


(Video) Such lovely people. Let’s give them their own state, shall we?

October 25, 2015

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If you ever wonder why the Palestinians aren’t fit to join the community of nations, just watch what their elites say on their television channels.

The first video is from the invaluable MEMRI. In it, a Dean of Quranic Studies at Gaza University, in other words, an expert on just what is and is not permissible in Islam, declares openly that is is halal (permitted) to kill Jewish women and children:

And yet some people have been surprised by the spate of knife attacks against Israelis.

Next is Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, who teaches Islam twice a week at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Islam. In other words, his words carry some weight with believers. Per PalWatch, the Sheikh has a message for us: That the end of days cannot come until the Jews build a temple to the Devil inside the mosque, at which point the Muslims will kill all the Jews.

Are we all clear on that, now?

The only difference between the Palestinian elites and the ISIS leadership in one of degree, not of kind.


Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity

September 10, 2014
"Peace? Don't make me laugh."

“Peace? Don’t make me laugh.”

That’s actually a misquote of what the late, great Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban once said, but it’s accurate enough in this case. Writing in the International Business Times, Jack Moore reports that Egypt offered Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas a portion of the Sinai peninsula from which to form a Palestinian state… and Abbas refused:

Egyptian President General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has offered Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas the chance to create a Palestinian state in the Sinai Peninsula, according to local Israeli media.

The offer to the Palestinian President which, reports say Abbas has denied, would have seen 1,600 square kilometres of the Sinai Peninsula given to the Palestinian Authority, creating a Palestinian state five times the size of Gaza.

According to IDF Radio, the offer would see Abbas relinquish demands that Israel return to the 1967 borders.

In the new and enlarged Gaza, the territory would be demilitarised and Palestinian refugees, many who were unable to return to their towns after the creation of Israel, would have been able to settle there.

As part of the proposal, Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank would have been autonomous and continued to be under Palestinian Authority control.

Sisi allegedly said to Abbas in the meeting: “You are now 80 years old, if you don’t accept this proposal, your successor will.”

The Palestinian Authority is yet to publicly comment on the initiative but unnamed sources said that Abbas rejected the deal in a meeting with Sisi.

Seems like a good deal to me: Israel will never go back to the 1967 borders, and rightfully so — they’re indefensible. The Palestinians would have their own homeland and, in return for demilitarization, they’d be free to make a prosperous country. You know, like those Jewish guys next door.

But, no. It seems there is no deal too good for the PLO, Hamas, or any other Palestinian group to turn down. But why? Why so obdurate? Why so bloody-minded? I think Robert Spencer nails it:

Of course he turned it down. The point is not to have a “Palestinian” state. The point is to destroy Israel. No one was crying about “occupation” between 1948 and 1967 when Egypt had Gaza and Jordan had Judea and Samaria. The “Palestinians” didn’t consider Egyptian and Jordanian rule to be “occupation.” Only Israeli rule is “occupation.” The hypocrisy of the entire “Palestinian” cause is as palpable as its dishonesty, but the world takes no notice.

Yep.


How to lose an ally in 6 years: Obama’s latest betrayal

June 8, 2014

Good article by my friend agconservative about how Team Smart Power has royally fouled up our relations with Israel.

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Many commentators have noted that it has become hard to keep track of all of the scandals related to this administration, and that reality has actually benefited President Obama. The number of scandals ensures that each individual scandal has about the same staying power as Lindsay Lohan’s sobriety. This phenomenon was on full display this last week as the VA scandal was overshadowed by the Bergdahl swap, which also allowed the media and public to completely block out another story that would otherwise concern many Americans. This story includes President Obama breaking promises, ignoring laws, and betraying allies, all of which have unfortunately become as common as MSNBC show cancellations during this Presidency.

Following the news that the Palestinians have formed a unity government that includes the terrorist group Hamas, Buzzfeed reported that the Obama administration has been holding secret talks with Hamas for six months. It’s hard to keep…

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Dear Senator McCain: you’re dead wrong, it *is* the culture

July 31, 2012

And I write that with all due and genuine respect for a man who suffered much for his country and was a true leader to the men who were prisoners of war with him.

But, this is just utterly wrong:

It’s government, “not cultures” that define the difference between Israelis and Palestinians. That’s according to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who appeared to differ with presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney as he tried to defend him.

“I am sure that Gov. Romney was not talking about difference in cultures, or difference in anybody superior or inferior,” said McCain, a chief Romney foreign policy surrogate, today during a news conference after an event here with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “What I’m sure Gov. Romney was talking was that the Israeli economy has grown and prospered in a dramatic fashion. And unfortunately, the Palestinians have not had that same economic development.

“And that goes to the leadership of the Palestinians. Everybody knows that Yasser Arafat was corrupt. And we also know that the Palestinian people have not been blessed with the kind of government that has lower regulations, less taxes, entrepreneurship, which have caused the Israeli economy to be one of the world’s most successful. It has nothing to do with cultures. It has nothing to do with superiority or inferiority. But facts of the booming Israeli economy has to do with the kind of government that the Israeli people have freely and democratically elected which has given them a very prosperous country.”

McCain noted he had not seen or heard Romney’s remarks, but that didn’t stop him from defending what Romney meant.

He has it exactly backwards: culture determines the type of society a nation has and shapes its form of government. Both are a reflection of the values of that society. Western civilization, which includes Israel, echoes the Judeo-Christian/Greco-Roman and, yes, for parts, Anglo-Saxon values that shaped it. It is a culture that values the individual and individual liberty, fosters initiative and wealth-creation, and that recognizes life is precious and not something to be taken carelessly. (1)

Arab Islamic culture on the other hand… What has it given the world lately? Dictatorship? Kleptocracy? Contempt for democracy? The near-enslavement of women? Honor killings? Suicide bombings? “We are going to win, because they love life and we love death“?

You want an example of the difference in cultures, Senator? Here’s just one from among hundreds. Israelis fight to save the life of a mother and child, even though they come from their sworn enemies. Palestinians murder Israeli children in their sleep, and the culture celebrates the killers as heroes.

Those values ripple throughout the respective cultures, and you can bet your bottom dollar they make a difference.

Natan Sharansky wrote a brilliant book called “The Case for Democracy.” In it he discusses the difference between what he calls “free societies” and “fear societies.” The Israelis are an example of the former, the Palestinians the latter, and the differences explain why, as Mitt Romney pointed out, Israel is successful, while “Palestine” is a failure.

You should read it, Senator. You might for once know what you’re talking about.

But I guess that’s a bit much to expect from a man who doesn’t even bother to check what his party’s nominee said before bloviating on it.

via Slublog

Footnote:
(1) Yeah, far from perfect, but also far better than the alternatives.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Bill Whittle: Debunking the Palestinian lie

September 20, 2011

One of the currents in the news lately has been the unilateral Palestinian push for a UN declaration of a Palestinian state, a move largely brought about by dangerously incompetent Obama administration diplomacy (1). This declaration is founded on two Big Lies: the first is that Palestinians are an ethically and historically distinct people, deserving of their own state — not true. (via Legal Insurrection)

The second is that Jews have been the unreasonable aggressors and Palestinians the long-suffering victims (2) who’ve never had a chance at a home of their own.

Again, as Bill Whittle demonstrates in this video essay on a whiteboard, this is a lie.

The fact is, the Arabs of Palestine have been offered their own state several times over the past century and, each time, they’ve slapped away the proffered hand of peace and responded with violence. Wallowing in the Jew-hatred that’s hard-wired into Islam, their leaders sought out allies from, among all people, the Nazis. Even after the Nazi defeat and repeated failures to destroy Israel since world War II, the Palestinians have rejected generous offers, one after the other.

The US will likely veto the statehood declaration in the Security Council, but it is sure to pass the General Assembly. Though it will be legally meaningless, it will be a moral defeat for Israel and Western values. As any objective analysis of the historical record shows, the “Palestinians” in no way deserve their own state — not until they grow up and can act like civilized adults.

via Hot Air.

RELATED: The book shown at the beginning of the video, Sol Stern’s “A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred,” which served as the basis for Bill’s essay, is the latest in the Broadsides series from Encounter Books. Each is a short pamphlet laying out a conservative argument on a particular issue, written by an expert in the field. They’re inexpensive and quick-reading; I find them invaluable. Regarding the forthcoming vote on declaring a Palestinian state, the editors at National Review urge us to “just say no.”

Footnotes:
(1) You know, that “Smart Power(tm)” that’s made the world such a nice place.
(2) Unless one means, of course, “suffering at the hands of their fellow Arabs, who’ve used the Palestinians like a cheap date,” which would be accurate.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Good news! 27% of Palestinians don’t want to kill all the Jews!

July 15, 2011

Of course, that means roughly two-thirds three-fourths would be happy with another Holocaust

Respondents were asked about US President Barack Obama’s statement that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.”

Just 34% said they accepted that concept, while 61% rejected it.

Sixty-six percent said the Palestinians’ real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state.

Asked about the fate of Jerusalem, 92% said it should be the capital of Palestine, 1% said the capital of Israel, 3% the capital of both, and 4% a neutral international city.

Seventy-two percent backed denying the thousands of years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, 62% supported kidnapping IDF soldiers and holding them hostage, and 53% were in favor or teaching songs about hating Jews in Palestinian schools.

When given a quote from the Hamas Charter about the need for battalions from the Arab and Islamic world to defeat the Jews, 80% agreed. Seventy-three percent agreed with a quote from the charter (and a hadith, or tradition ascribed to the prophet Muhammad) about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones and trees.

Here’s the hadith in question:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

“Allah’s Messenger” is Muhammad, and the collection of sayings from which this is drawn, the Sahih Muslim, is considered one of the most reliable and authoritative collections of hadiths in Islam. And as Muhammad himself is, by Allah’s word, a “beautiful pattern of conduct” to be emulated by all Muslims, well…

Can you say “divine license for genocide?”

The article tries to find some bright spots: “only” 22% support firing rockets at Israeli cities and “only” 20% prefer violence to talks. But, not only does this mean one-fifth to one-fourth of Palestinians prefer violence, it leaves open the question of what “negotiations” and “diplomacy” mean to the Palestinians, rather than to us readers. Do they mean negotiations leading to a two-state solution and peaceful coexistence, or negotiations and diplomacy that ends with Israel having indefensible borders and on the road to destruction? Questions like these need to be answered before any serious negotiations can begin.

At a deeper level, these survey results show the deep spiritual sickness of Palestinian society, where the government, the mosques, and the educational system daily teach hatred against Israel and Jews. A society this full of bile and venom for the neighbor it would have to coexist with isn’t yet ready for statehood, and won’t be until the poison of Jew-hatred is purged.

UPDATE: Fixed my sloppy math in the subject…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


A Mideast crisis by September?

May 24, 2011

And it’s not the one you’re probably thinking of, a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Fatah-Hamas Palestinian administration. Rather, analyst Barry Rubin has in mind the Egyptian elections scheduled for that month, elections that will very likely bring to power an anti-American, anti-Israeli, Islamist government — a situation made much worse thanks to Obama administration ineptitude and a failure to recognize even now what the dangers are.

Rubin’s articles are worth reading “cover to cover,” but let me cite a portion in which he asks what our “leaders” will say when the near-inevitable happens and Obama’s Mideast policy collapses:

Imagine the day after that election. What will the mass media say? What will the American politicians say?

–That they were wrong about the Egyptian revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood?

–That by helping to bring down the old regime, U.S. policy foisted a disaster on the region and on its own interests?

–That by celebrating how great the “Arab Spring” is and refusing to acknowledge the real threats and problems, Obama made catastrophic errors.

–That his policy has led to many advances for America’s enemies?

–That Israel is in a far worse strategic situation and certainly can’t and shouldn’t make any more concessions?

–That the Islamists are emboldened and thus both Hamas and the radicals who run Fatah are taking an even harder line?

–That the loss of faith in America by its Arab allies is now undeniably clear and they are scrambling to make their own deals with Iran and other extremists?

–That there is a real possibility of a war in which Egypt either joins directly or backs Hamas? Imagine, Egypt stays “neutral” but nobody stops thousands of Egyptian volunteers from crossing into Gaza to fight or even across the Egypt-Israel border to launch terror attacks?

–What will the Obama Administration do if in practice Egypt tears up the Israel-Egypt peace treaty even if it pretends that it isn’t doing so?

–People are insisting that if Hamas in practice becomes part of the Palestinian Authority that the United States, and certainly Congress, will cut off aid. But what will happen when the Obama Administration does everything possible to prevent an aid cut-off and nothing possible to pressure the PA into changing its policy or behavior?

These are not speculations. These things WILL happen. Nobody in the United States or Europe is seriously discussing these scenarios and what should be done about them.

As I said, that’s not the half of it; Lebanon is increasingly under Hizbullah’s dominance (and thus becoming a satrapy of Syria and Iran), Assad is showing he will kill however many it takes to stay in power in Syria, and Iran marches on to nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. And all of this has been made worse by bumbling US policies since Obama took over.

Yet he and his administration (and his defenders in the media) show no sign that they understand what is happening, continuing instead to pretend that territorial concessions will solve anything.

The Hippocratic Oath is often paraphrased by “First do no harm.” Someone should whisper those words to President Obama before it’s too late.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Honoring mass-murderers

April 11, 2011

You can tell a lot about what a society values by noting whom they choose to honor and glorify. In America, we revere important political figures such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln for their devotion to the nation and their wise leadership. We admire star athletes for their physical prowess and heroic cops and firefighters for risking their lives to save others. And, of course, we praise the citizen-soldiers of our all-volunteer military for sacrificing personal gain to defend us from vicious enemies. All these examples and others show what we as a people deem laudable.

So what does it tell us about Palestinian society that they choose to bestow honors on the man who helped murder a bunch of elderly Jews celebrating Passover?

The Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, visited the family of the terrorist Abbas Al-Sayid who planned the Passover suicide bombing in 2002. Thirty Israelis were killed in the terror attack, when a suicide bomber entered a hotel in Netanya and detonated his bomb during the Passover Seder dinner. Al-Sayid is serving 30 life sentences for planning this attack.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains a list with the names, ages, and photos of Al-Sayid’s victims.

Via Big Peace, which has many other examples of Palestinian society honoring terrorist killers, including approval for the savages who slaughtered the Fogel family a few weeks ago.

PS: While I think the answer to my question is obvious, those interested in pursuing how Palestinian society has become a “fear society” would do well to read Sharansky’s “The Case for Democracy.”

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Barbarians: Brave jihadists murder family of five, including an infant

March 12, 2011

Tell me again these are civilized followers of a Religion of Peace. I dare you:

Israel hunted for the perpetrators of a grisly murder of a family of five in a remote West Bank settlement Saturday, appealing for help from the Palestinian Authority, which sent security forces to join the manhunt.

The knife attack, which killed two young children, a baby and their parents as they slept, was the deadliest in years. It comes at a delicate moment, with pressure building on Israel to launch a new peace initiative and the Palestinians pushing for world recognition of an independent state – with or without a peace deal.

Israeli forces set up checkpoints throughout the area surrounding the Itamar settlement in the northern West Bank and were still sweeping the region late into Saturday. Military officials said they had made some arrests, but wouldn’t provide details.

Sure, the Palestinian Authority is “helping.” Meanwhile, Palestinian civilians are celebrating:

Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children.

Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy “is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”

The article then quotes the PA prime minister condemning the attack, but he draws the usual vapid moral equivalence between jihadist terrorists (which his government sponsors) and Israeli efforts to defend their own people.

Tell me, Mr. Prime Minister, when was the last time an Israeli solider knifed a month-old infant? And how many Israelis  handed out candy and praised God afterward? How is there any equivalence at all between Israel and the sick and depraved society you govern?

Go ahead, I’m waiting.

LINK: More at The Jawa Report.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Four lessons in Islamic Jew-hatred

December 10, 2010

I’ve often written here about the antisemitism that is an integral part of Islam, something that has been a constant of the religion since the time of Muhammad, himself. Below are four videos, courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, that illustrate the vilification, demonization, and barefaced Jew-hatred that are a daily part of Islamic life in the Palestinian Authority.

First, a reminder that fighting Jews is a religious duty, to be carried out until the day of resurrection:

Note the insistence that all agreements are temporary, until Allah commands otherwise. This comes from Muhammad’s example, specifically the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, which Muhammad broke when it was convenient for him to resume fighting his enemies in Mecca.

Next, a charming PA cleric calls for the genocide of the Jews and the killing of Americans. In his words, we must be butchered:

Obviously, he didn’t get the memo that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

Next up is video of a sermon given during the Second Intifada, helpfully reminding us that Jews are evil and that they should expect to die:

Not quite the Sermon on the Mount, is it?

Finally, a sermon in which a PA cleric relates Allah’s promise that, if the Muslim will fight the Jews, then Muslims will be the masters of the Jews:

Call me a cynic, but, somehow, I’m willing to bet that the sheikh in the video who was so happy that a young boy would promise to commit suicide and murder by blowing himself up among Jews has yet to strap on the explosive belt, himself. They’re always happy to send some poor dumb schmuck who thinks he’s going to be rewarded with wine and virgins, but, somehow, they never get round to doing it themselves.

Odd, that.

Anyway, the point of posting these isn’t just to point out the vicious, murderous Jew-hatred that’s an everyday part of Islam, but to ask a question: How can the supposedly moderate Palestinian Authority be considered a legitimate “partner for peace” when their religious leaders are daily calling Jews enemies of God and demanding their death and destruction, when their educational system inculcates this in their children from the earliest age?

The answer is, of course, they can’t. Not when they’re told every day that fighting and killing Jews –in Israel and around the world– is a command from God, himself. Were Israel to give up all the occupied territories and return to the 1947 borders, there would at best be a temporary truce, a modern-day Hudaybiyyah, which would end with the Muslims resuming their assault on the Jews at their convenience. This is a religious war, not a battle for territory.

The great former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, in his book The Case for Democracy, argued that no genuine peace is possible with the Palestinians until their minds were freed of the totalitarian group-think forced on them through their schools and mosques, and their society purged of the intellectual and spiritual poison.

I have to agree. Sadly, I don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Antisemitism is the Jews’ fault because of their greed

October 18, 2010

Don’t take my word for it. This comes straight from two honored and esteemed Jordanian scholars on Palestinian TV, so it must be true:

Note also the assertion by the first “scholar,” Arafat Hijazi, that there were no Jews in Palestine 150 years ago. Evidently this learned man has never heard of Hebron. I could be charitable and assume he’s an ignorant, bigoted ass, but then I would have to apologize to donkeys around the world. No, this is one of the lies told by Arab Muslims to delegitimize the State of Israel.

With intellectual leaders such as these two clowns, no wonder Palestinian society is so screwed up.


Of course! The Jews caused the Holocaust!

August 8, 2010

It’s all so obvious! The Holocaust was a plot by some Jews to get rid of other Jews and then place all the blame on that nice Mr. Hitler and his friend, Mr. Himmler. I’m so glad Palestinian Authority* imam Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Madi finally explained it all for us:

*(You know, the “moderate” Palestinian faction with whom the Israelis are supposed to deal. Dr. Madi works for them. Gives one confidence in the “peace process,” doesn’t it?)


On the Gaza flotilla incident

June 1, 2010

I haven’t much to say about the Israeli seizure of a “humanitarian aid” boat that climaxed with the deaths of several “peaceful aid workers” (read as much sarcasm into that as you would like), but I will note a few things:

Roger Kimball, who pretty much covers my feelings in the matter, provides a ready-made explanation that even EU foreign ministers should understand:

  1. Israel (and Egypt) decided some time ago to blockade the Gaza strip because the Palestinians could not break their unfortunate habit of launching rocket attacks against Israel.
  2. On May 31, the six-ship “freedom flotilla” approaches the Gaza bloackade. The Israeli Navy repeatedly warns the ships to turn back or divert to the port of Ashod where their cargo can be inspected.
  3. Those commanding the ships ignore the order.
  4. After further warnings, Israeli commandos board the ships from helicopters. The commandos are instantly set upon by Palestinian “peace activists” who beat them with metal clubs and other objects.
  5. The Israelis, in self-defense, shoot several of those threatening them.
  6. The firefight being over, the Israelis arrest nearly 600 “peace activists” who refuse to identify themselves.

He also has a couple of interesting videos.

Given the support shown by the Islamic-supremacist Turkish government for a convoy organized by a group with known jihad-terror connections, maybe it’s time we began to reevaluate our ties to Turkey.

Power Line has good coverage here, here, and here.

ADDENDUM: Israel’s Foreign Ministry has a good background paper on the international law concerning the Gaza blockade and the interception of the convoy. Also, see this one on the amount of genuine aid the Israelis let through the Gaza border checkpoints. Had the organizers truly been interested in getting aid to Gaza, they could have stopped at an Israeli port and shipped the goods from there – as the Israelis had offered. But that wasn’t what they were after, their real goal being the opening of a maritime corridor for Hamas to smuggle weapons through. Remember the Karine-A?

UPDATE: Joel Pollak looks at “Israel, the Truth and the Asymmetric Warfare Of Embedded Journalism.”


It’s all the Jews’ fault

January 26, 2010

Let’s see. The Jews are behind a worldwide conspiracy, they murder people to steal their organs, they are the eternal enemies of the Muslims (according to Qur’an 5:82 ), and they have the power to cause earthquakes. So, it’s not surprising that they must be responsible for wife-beating by Palestinian Arabs.

What is surprising is that this garbage was printed in the once-respectable British medical journal, Lancet:

The Lancet researchers operated in exceedingly bad faith both academically and politically. For example, they write: “Occupation policies, including a separation barrier that is being erected in various parts of the West Bank, affect family connectedness, depriving women of regular contact with their families who might otherwise intervene to prevent intimate-partner violence.”

Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim families do not intervene when a husband is beating a wife. On the contrary. Both the husband’s family and the wife’s own family view this as a husband’s right or as a wife’s fault. These researchers have got to know that. Thus, they are playing to western naivete or ignorance about this by claiming the Israeli road blockades are stopping such imaginary, pro-woman family interventions.

The author, Phyllis Chesler, is an American Jewish feminist who is well-familiar with the miserable state of women in the Muslim world. She points out the political agenda and bias in the Lancet article, evident from the funding sources for the research, the lack of any consideration of domestic violence in Israeli homes that may be a result of war-stress, and the lack of any consideration of Arab-Muslim domestic violence in countries not “occupied” by the Israelis.

In passing Chesler connects this to the earlier, and now disgraced, Lancet study that exaggerated Iraqi casualties after the Anglo-American liberation, a report that had a clear political agenda. It seems this “domestic violence” article is likewise a piece of propaganda.


Teach the children, Palestinian-style

December 9, 2009

On Al-Quds TV, a sheikh glorifies a suicide bomber before a group of children, praising her love of death:

Transcript here.

How much you want to bet that this noble sheikh will be among the last to volunteer to blow himself up. But he’s very happy to encourage these children to do the same.

Barbarians.


If the name fits

September 20, 2009

According to the National Affairs Adviser to Palestinian Authority President (and Holocaust denier) Mahmoud Abbas, the Jews are trafficking in organs harvested from Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers:

The facts show that Israel and its army are trafficking in the organs of Palestinians. There are documents to this effect. Why is Europe trying to stop this [from being exposed]?

“Why must the Palestinian people pay the price under occupation? Why must it be tortured and the organs of its martyred sons used for trafficking? This is the result of the [moral] bankruptcy of the U.S. and Europe and the cover they provide [Israel]. These countries must rise to their responsibility, if they are interested in making peace and reaching a settlement in the region.”

The name of this statesman? Omar al-Ghoul. I wonder if his official portrait was done by Richard Upton Pickman?

BACKGROUND: The organ-harvesting story started in a Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, the editor of which later admitted he had no evidence. He should work for the New York Times.


Utterly naive

February 22, 2009

Yeah, I know. It's terribly presumptuous of me to write that about someone who's spent a career working with foreign policy and intelligence, but it's true: Bruce Riedel, the man appointed by President Obama to conduct a top-level review of US policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, thinks the ultimate solution to our war with jihadist Islam will be found in …wait for it… solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!

President Obama named Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and Brooking Institution scholar, to head up a review team for overhauling U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Via the Christian Science Monitor, a big part of Riedel's grand strategy for winning in Afghanistan is, um, securing a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel:

  • Ultimately, the solution in Afghanistan may involve solving the age-old conflict between the Arab states and Israel, says administration adviser Riedel in a book published by the Brookings Institution, a foreign-policy think tank, last year. Al Qaeda, and the Taliban to some extent, continue to be motivated by the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Riedel argues. If that conflict is resolved, Al Qaeda may go away.
  • "If Palestinians choose to make peace with Israel, the most fundamental point of Al Qaeda's narrative becomes irrelevant," Riedel writes. "In other words, making peace between Israelis and Arabs is not only wise policy in its own right, but also an extremely useful strategy for pulling the rug out from under Al Qaeda."

Read the rest of the piece for just a few reasons why Riedel's view is a fantasy straight out of the playbook for the Hundred Acre Wood school of diplomacy.

Pooh foreign policy

Liberal-internationalist Democrats (and many Realist Republicans) are obsessed with the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the source of our troubles in the Middle East and with the Islamic world in general.

They're wrong. The problem is rooted in Islam itself.

Leave aside for the moment that the Arab states truly don't give a damn about the Palestinians other than as a tool they can exploit against the hated Jews and to distract their own abused people from their abusive rulers. If they had truly wanted a solution, those refugee camps could have been emptied decades ago and the populations assimilated into Jordan, which was once part of Palestine and is ethnically indistinguishable from the Palestinians who left what is now Israel. Ignore all that.

No, the problem lies in the jihad imperative in the Qur'an, the hadith, the schools of sharia law, and the biographies of Muhammad that call for war against non-Muslims. This urge to jihad is a sacred duty in Islam and has periodically lead Muslims to war with those on their borders. If Israel did not exist, if the fondest dreams of Hamas were fulfilled and the Jews driven into the sea, that wouldn't stop the jihad. They would merely carry it to other parts of the world as they are doing right now, regardless of the status of Jerusalem.

Mr. Riedel is seeing the problem through the wrong lens, and that will lead, at best, to further meaningless negotiations and pressure on Israel to make even more concessions to an enemy who takes any concession as as sign of weakness. At worst, this insistence on a paradigm that makes sense only in UN conference rooms and State Department cocktail parties will fuel the jihad and lead to more attacks against the West and, yes, Afghanistan and Pakistan — the jihadis of which couldn't care less about Israel or their Islamic "brothers," anyway.

Mr. Riedel clearly needs to do some study. May I recommend a few good books?

Hmmm… Since he's the president's appointee, maybe his boss should do some reading, too.


I weep

January 7, 2009

Those evil Zionists have killed a true hero of the Islamic Resistance: Assud the Jew-eating Rabbit! Crying

For more about the great mujahedeen Assud and his brothers, Farfur the Mouse and Nahoul the Killer Bee, start here.

Remember, this is Hamas’ idea of children’s television.

 


Israel pushes into Gaza

January 6, 2009

Bill Roggio provides must-read analysis of the Israeli ground offensive at The Long War Journal. Apparently, the IDF has learned from its mistakes in Lebanon in 2006:

The Israeli Defense Force was able to negate Hamas’ prepared anti-tank defenses by moving infantry ahead of its armored units to clear the tank traps. Hamas is said to have prepared anti-tank bunkers and mine fields to blunt an armored spearhead as it moved through the densely populated urban areas of the Gaza strip.

The deployment of infantry ahead of the Israeli armor also prevented Hamas forces from laying ambushes. On the first day, Hamas was relegated to lobbing mortars at Israeli forces during the initial ground assault.

Israeli troops have trained for urban combat in Gaza for over the past year, The Jerusalem Post reported. All of the units in the Gaza operation have cycled through the IDF’s Ground Forces Command Urban Training Center. "There, the IDF has built a mock-Palestinian city where the forces train on operating in populated areas," the Israeli paper reported.

The urban warfare training will be needed. Fighting has intensified over the past 24 hours, according to reports from Gaza. Heavy, close-quarters street fighting has been reported in Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. To the west, Gaza City is partially surrounded.

The Israelis have publicly said their goal is to stop Hamas from firing missiles into Israel and destroy terrorist infrastructure, but the emphasis on urban warfare makes me wonder if there isn’t another, largely unspoken goal: to force Hamas into a standup fight in order to kill as many Hamas fighters as possible. Dead terrorists can’t fire rockets, after all.

Longer-term, something will have to be done about the Islamic fear society that dominates Gaza (and elsewhere) but, for now, beating Hamas to a bloody pulp in order to protect her own people might be the best Israel can do.

 

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