May 3, 2011
Consider this a bookend to yesterday’s post about Hamas eulogizing bin Laden and thus declaring itself an enemy of the United States. Here’s what a friend, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, had to say:
This is an historic day for the United States of America and for all the countries engaged in the battle against terrorism. I want to congratulate President Obama and the American people. I want to congratulate America’s soldiers, and its intelligence personnel for a truly outstanding achievement. It took ten years to track Osama bin Laden down. It took ten years to bring a measure of justice to his victims.
But the battle against terrorism is long and relentless and resolute. This is a day of victory – a victory for justice, for freedom and for our common civilization.
And here’s the video:
Friends and enemies. It’s not hard to tell them apart at all.
via Power Line
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
July 6, 2010
Really, the Bizarro explanation is the only one that fits the Obama Administration’s conception of foreign affairs. After Turkey sponsors a jihadist flotilla aimed at breaking a legal naval blockade in order to give aid to Hamas, a jihadist terror group, the Obama Administration wants Israel to apologize to Turkey:
Tensions between Turkey and Israel escalated Monday as Turkey’s foreign minister said his country would sever diplomatic relations with Israel unless it either apologizes for its deadly raid on a Turkish aid ship or accepts an international inquiry into the incident.
The threat came as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to meet Tuesday in Washington with President Obama. A Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the foreign minister made his comments, said Obama plans to press the Israeli leader to apologize to defuse tensions.
“The president is very concerned about the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations,” the diplomat said. Asked if he thought Obama could persuade Netanyahu to apologize, the diplomat added: “I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”
Senior Obama administration officials would neither confirm nor deny the president’s intentions for the meeting with Netanyahu.
If the President really does ask the Prime Minister to apologize for Israel’s act of self-defense, I have Netanyahu’s answer already prepared for him: אגוזים!
(via Hot Air)
June 14, 2010
Michael Totten, a journalist I highly recommend who specializes in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, conducts a wide-ranging interview of historian Victor Davis Hanson. It’s long, but read the whole thing; you’ll learn quite a bit.
One item that jumped out at me came at the end, when VDH discusses an exchange he had with a European admiral just prior to Obama’s election. It’s revelatory on several levels of European attitudes toward and dependency on the United States, and their fear of us becoming like them:
I had an interesting conversation two years ago just before Obama’s election with some military people in Versailles. They were at a garden party, and everybody was for Obama. But an admiral said to me, “We are Obama. You can’t be Obama.”
Everybody looked at him. And I said, “What do you mean?”
He said, “There’s only room for one Obama.”
I said, “So we’re supposed to do what? Take out Iran while you trash us?”
And he said, “Right out of my mouth. I couldn’t have said it better. Bush understood our relationship. We have to make accommodations with our public, which is lunatic. You don’t really believe there’s going to be an EU strike force, do you? Nobody here believes that. If you become neutral, what are we supposed to do?”
That’s what he said. I was surprised at his candor. And it’s worrisome. On the one hand I like it because they’re getting just what they asked for, but on the other hand, it’s tragic. And it’s dangerous. We shouldn’t be doing this.
June 10, 2010
When it’s 140 Muslims killed by Chinese police, as opposed to nine killed by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza flotilla. In the latter case, the world’s reaction has been to scream outrage at the Israelis. The UN demands an investigation. Even the US is stabbing its ally creating distance between itself and Israel.
And the reaction to the deaths of 14 times that number at the hands of the Chinese police? Why, I believe I can hear the proverbial pin drop.
So, what’s the difference? Why are nine lives worthy of more outrage than 140? Could the deciding factor be that they were killed by Jews?
Nah. Couldn’t be.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Those commanding the ships ignore the order.
- 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.
- The Israelis, in self-defense, shoot several of those threatening them.
- 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.”
April 21, 2010
At NRO, David Pryce-Jones, author of Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews and The Closed Circle: an interpretation of the Arabs, lists four mistakes President Obama is making regarding Israel and its conflict with the Arabs. Here’s the second:
From his way of thinking, Obama goes on to conclude that Israeli-Palestinian peace holds the key to Middle East stability. Second mistake. If there was genuine peace tomorrow and a state of Palestine, it would make no difference to the Sunni-Shia divide, to the ambitions of Osama bin Laden or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the civil war in Yemen, to the sectarian conflict in Lebanon, to the hard-wired despots in Egypt and Syria, and so on and on.
Click for the other three.
The key isn’t Israeli occupation of Arab lands, but Israel’s very existence and the hatred of the Jews hardwired into Islam itself.