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We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and peaceloving normal Islam.
     Judging by their behavior, Muslims are anti-West, anti-Democracy, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Buddhist, and anti-Hindu. Muslims are involved in 25 of some 30 conflicts going on in the world: in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, East Timor, India, Indonesia (2 provinces), Kashmir, Kazakastan, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Macedonia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Russia-Chechnya, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda and Uzbekistan.
     Doesn't this mean that extremist Islam is the norm and normal Islam is extremely rare?
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.
      "For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."   (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.) The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasser Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; Read This  (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw).
 
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"It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan."   (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)

The total for all the 22 Arab League countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has 8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan. Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are not included.
     World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel's Jewish population: 5.4 million.  (Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz, http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/0223.html)
"... during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refuges around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the "right of return" to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist."  (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)
Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel's size.  (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)
Re Israel's irrevocable ownership of Israel, Golan, Samaria, Judea and Gaza: "Nothing that Israel's legal system says can change the facts that: (1) the legal binding document is the Mandate of the League of Nations and (2) the obligations of the Mandate are valid in perpetuity."  (Professor Julius Stone)
"By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the Jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: '...it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine...' The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria — more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea."  (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz "Narrative Dissonance" The New Republic, July 1, 2009)
"More Americans need to become familiar with the concept of baseline budgeting. In simple terms, if an agency's budget is $100, and they are expecting an increase of $10.00 next year, but they only get $8.00, politicians characterize that as a $2.00 cut in spending. Concerning the entire $1.2 trillion in 'cuts' engendered by the sequester, it must be understood that they are not really cuts at all. They are really a lowering of the projected increase in federal spending going forward. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cuts through the fog. 'For the 2014-2023 period, deficits in CBO's baseline projections total $7.0 trillion. With such deficits, federal debt would remain above 73 percent of GDP — far higher than the 39 percent average seen over the past four decades,' it reports. Thus, over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed. As far as the administration, Democrats and their media enablers are concerned, any attempt to mitigate that 'paying-for problem' will turn America into a Third World nation of vegetable eaters. Yet the simple truth remains inarguable: absent the genuine entitlement reform critically necessary to get our spending under control, we are headed for national bankruptcy. At that point, even vegetables may be a luxury item. [..] over the next decade, we are 'cutting' our way to adding another $7 trillion of debt to the $16-plus trillion we have already amassed.' (Arnold Ahlert, February 19, 2013)
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November-December 2015

What we are talking about in the November–December 2015 Issue

  1. Islam Is A Religion Of War (Greenfield, Thornton, Shaw, Cline, Bukay)
  2. Conditions In The Middle East Region (Snodgrass, Spyer, Kessler, Humphrys)
  3. Nuclear Iran. An Update (Rose, Aronoff, Carmon, Landau)
  4. Accelerating the Muslim Takeover of Europe (Cline, Shine, Kern, Geller)
  5. Reactions of Israeli Authorities to The Attack in Duma (Fendel, Goldberg, Brodie, Freedman)
  6. How to Respond Effectively to the Third Intifada (Kruger, Kedar, Spyer, Saperstein, Ginsberg, Hacohen)
  7. Propaganda and Public Relations (Gur-Arieh, Rosenthal, Shulman, Raza, Engelhard, Bedein)
  8. History Section (Hunter, Durie, PictureADay, Cohen, Kelly, UNWatch)
  9. Blog-Eds  November-December 2015 Blog-Eds


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.



ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF WAR

Islam is waging a religious war and its religion is to wage war.

Muslims do not wage jihad out of desperation or poverty or a sense of inferiority. They wage war because Islam is a Religion of War. It's built on a mission: to conquer all other religions, to reduce all other people to dhimmitude, if they don't convert or choose death instead. Playing the victim and declaring that any criticism of Islam is islamophobia are weapons of intimidation to paralyze the enemy into inaction. Israelis and Westerners do fear Islam's irrational and overblown responses to the ordinary give and take among people and groups. This is not phobic; it's rational.

A reader, Dilbert WhoKnows, said on Nov 27, 2015 (a comment on an excellent article by Hussein Aboubakr here) "Students of Islamic history know that the religion has not been corrupted by fundamentalist forces. The religion has simply re-taken its original format of violent conquest, and murderous domination of non-believers after a hiatus of several centuries of Islamic power stagnation. The stagnation of Islam power was due to the rise of the west and other stronger peoples who were able to stop the Islamic conquest and push it back towards its Arabian center. The Islamic world essentially imploded on itself and remained stuck while the rest of the developed world continued to move forward faster and faster. The anger and frustration felt throughout the Islamic world is due to the cognitive dissonance where the religion teaches that they should righfully dominate everyone else, but in reality they are the most backwards and undeveloped of all the nations on earth. Thus the change can not come from within as the needed changes are direct contradictions to the basic tenets of the faith."

See also the video "Fear of Muslims is Rational" here.


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WHY ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF WAR

by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield makes the case that "Islamic violence is a religious problem." When salafist terrorists murder and rape, "[t]hey are not perverting a great religion, as our politicians claim, they are living it." Greenfield makes the point crystal clear by this comparison: "What the Ten Commandments are for the Jew, or the resurrection of Jesus is for the Christian — the physical dominance of Islam is to the Muslim. It is the basis and fulfillment of his faith." Muslims may talk the spirituality lingo — it's persuasive propaganda in the West — but, as Greenfield says, "Islam is not primarily an inward spiritual experience, but an outward expression of tribal honor." Islam is a religion of war, not peace.

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THE ANATOMY OF DENIAL: MULTICULTURALIST DELUSIONS IN AN AGE OF TERRORISM

by Bruce Thornton

While salafists proudly boast how well they mirror Mohammad's activities — slaughter, violence, invasion, enslavement, rape, vandalism — Western multicultural ideologues insist that Islam is a religion of peace. Bruce Thornton suggests several reasons for this, including differences in religious intensity. He notes that "Western secularism has rendered us incapable of understanding passionate religious beliefs." For the most part, religion in the West is or is becoming compartmentalized and tepid whereas "the commands of Allah and the words and deeds of Mohammed are a living presence in every aspect of a devout Muslim's life." If Mohammed condoned violence fourteen hundred years ago, violence is acceptable today, no apologies necessary. This is a thoughtful essay directed at the problem why all sorts of palliative treatments are suggested to stop Muslim expanionism and violence, but the obvious source of the problem, Islamic doctrine, is willfully ignored.

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KINETIC RELIGION OF ISLAM

by Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw describes Islam as a kinetic religion because it must, by its own rules, continue to press on and never stop until it obtains its religious objective: the expansion of Islam to every part of the world. Muslims may come into a new host country weak and ill-equipped but they have the obligation to establish a presence there and "turn it into solid Launchpad from which to expand to other locations, which must be controlled and fortified before spreading out to the next stage of the expansion. This can be done militarily or peacefully, depending on the political environment into which Islam intends to expand." But done it must be, no matter how much Western appeasers would like to pretend it ain't happening.

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CATASTROPHIC FAILURE: A REVIEW

by Edward Cline

Stephen Coughlin is a leading expert and lecturer on how Islamic jihad is directly derived from Islamic religious doctrine and how the Holy Books serve as primers for current terror activities. Many of us have read how he was fired by the Defense Dep't because associates of the Muslim Brotherhood objected to his factual lectures on the clear and present danger of Islam to America (see here). If firing Coughlin was intended to suppress his message, it boomeranged — Coughlin has published his analysis as a book that is reaching a larger audience. Moreover, being fired for revealing the source of Islamic terrorism serves as authentication of the truth of Coughlin's charges today in the same way that being 'banned in Boston' by self-appointed book censors certified the importance of the ideas expressed in a book a half century ago.

In this article, Edward Cline reviews Coughlin's book, "Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad." Part 1 of this review describes how criticism of Islam, even if true, is against Sharia Law, and thus is considered to be religious blasphemy. In the USA, executive edicts from the White House have forbidden government training manuals and data bases for military and defense analysts to associate terrorism and Islam. Hence our defense and security agencies are blocked from openly identifying acts of terror committed by Muslims, unless these acts are called aberrations of the Religion of Peace. In actuality, the commands for jihad against all non-Muslims, for violence, for plunder, for slaughter and for viewing women as chattel are directly from the to-be-followed more recent instructions of the Koran and Hadiths. The earlier peaceful sections have been abrogated. In part 2 of this review, Cline focuses on Coughlin's "explication of the roles of Sayyid Qutb, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the emasculation of America's power to defend itself from 'civilization jihad'." As Cline notes, "If there is a 'failure to communicate' the peril in which America finds itself, it is not Stephen Coughlin's failure."

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THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS OF SUICIDE BOMBINGS: ISLAMIST IDEOLOGY

by David Bukay

This classic essay by David Bukay points out the disparity of the Western belief — promoted by Islamic apologists such as Professor John Esposito of Georgetown U. and John Brennan, Director of the CIA — that jihad is some sort of internal spiritual struggle and the actual meaning of jihad as spirited warfare against all who are not yet in submission to sharia law. Bukay points out that jihad was defined as an internal struggle only when "Muhammad and his band of followers were small and relatively weak and so prone to compromise." This interpretation was abrogated (i.e., canceled, voided, superceded) by Mohammad himself. Since then, Jihad has meant the necessary violent and non-violent never-ending struggle to ensure Islam's victory over every non-believer everywhere. It is a compulsory duty for Muslims, not subject to debate. It justifies every way of conquering the enemy, including committing suicide, which is otherwise prohibited by Islamic law. Those killed participating in jihad are considered to be living with Allah in Paradise, where they enjoy special rewards. Jihad is as central to Islam today as it was in Mohammad's time. As powerful and as deadly.

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CONDITIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST REGION

This section deals with some general conditions affecting the entire Middle East. The basic conflict is between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. Attempts to readjustment the balance of power between the two groups have led to large-scale violence and governmental destabilization over the entire region. Open hostilities between the groups are likely to intensify now that Iran will have nuclear resources with which to lord it over her neighbors. Maj.Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror wrote on January 24, 2016 in a BESA Center perspective Paper:

"During this upcoming period, Iran will behave like a regional power, and anyone who does not accept its status will have to deal with its increasing power and the strength of its emissaries in the region. The American move in making the deal, and its ramifications for Iran's stature, serve as a kind of proof for the Sunnis of an American decision to align with the Shiite side of the struggle."

At the very least, Iran will do what it does well: create disorder and disruption by fighting through its many proxies. And the response by the other states will contribute to the breakdown of civility and the rejection of limits on barbaric behavior. As Jonathan Spyer noted in a recent paper, the main problem in the Middle East is the domination of political Islam by "States, indifferent to any norms and rules, using terror and subversion to advance their interests, Jihadi armed groups, and the refugee crises and disorder that result from all this are the practical manifestations of it." (See here).

Meantime, the world struggles to "understand" what has caused all this. Many reasons have been proposed for the sharp increase in violence. Both groups are said to suffer overt frustration because the status of the Muslims in the world doesn't match the superiority their religion tells them they are entitled to have. The reasons adduced to explain the current perturbations are for the most part fanciful and independent of Islam itself. Israel, of course, has been blamed for the region's woes, as has the West. But it is becoming recognized that the motive power behind the surge of what is called radical Islam terrorism is that both the Sunnis and Shi'ites are committed to unlimited jihad for the sake of Islam. They aren't deviating from the tenets of Islam. They are very much rooted in the beginnings of Islam in thought and in action.
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LEADERSHIP OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD AND ISLAMIC JIHAD IS WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR MUSLIMS

by Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)

Tom Snodgrass provides a primer explaining the similarities and differences between the Sunnis and Shi'ites. Both are dedicated to replacing the US Constitution — and the administration of every non-Muslim country — with sharia law. Neither will give up until they obtain this objective. The US has been dealing with the different factions piecemeal, supporting the Sunnis here, the Shi'ites there. Snodgrass suggests the US needs to "adopt a comprehensive strategy which is based on the reality that the U.S. loses regardless who triumphs in the Islamic religious sectarian war: Islamic State Sunni Salafist Wahhabis, al-Qaeda Sunni Salafist Wahhabis, Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, or Shia Khomeinist Twelvers."

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IS IT IRAN'S MIDDLE EAST NOW?

by Jonathan Spyer

In the current war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites in the Middle East, Iran is the major source of funding for the political-military organizations acting as Iranian proxies and fighting for the Shi'ite side in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Jonathan Spyer explores how successful these different alliances have been. Spyer believes Iran will be more successful creating chaos in the region than developing a sustainable hegemony over the Middle East.

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A RAGE AGAINST HISTORY

by Clive S. Kessler

Clive Kessler has an interesting perspective: Islam since it fell behind the West, has tried various governmental and administrative fixes, from secular to military to Marxist. It has now gone back to its violent religious beginnings, to sharia-dominant "pure" Islam and idealization of that perfect man, Mohammad. Kessler talks about only a minority taking the terrorist route. But given there were 2.08 billion Muslims in the world as of 2014, even if only 15% are terrorists and their support structure, that is 312 million people, which is close to the entire population of the USA (318.9 million in 2014). Not proven is whether Islam ever actually discarded Sharia as society's glue. Not proven is whether Islam ever had the creativity it takes for success. Soon after its formation it absorbed the Persian and Hebrew cultures, inter alia. Its rampages were effective but are hardly proof that Islam intrinsically can build and create as well as it can pillage, destroy and make subservient. Islam's blaming everyone and everything but itself and its lack of introspection stands in sharp contrast to the way, for example, the Chinese, another ancient people, found its way to modernity through many blunders and false starts. It reshaped its people, not the world.

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ISLAMISM: THE ROOT CAUSE OF ISLAMIST TERROR

by Mark Humphrys

For years, we were told that the Po' Palestinian Arabs were sadistically violent only because they had no other way to fight the Jewish invaders of their homeland, an explanation that assumed incorrectly that these Arabs owned the land. As justification for barbaric behavior, the notion they were fighting to regain a homeland began to fall apart when the salafists started doing unto the West what it had done in Israel. One could patch together a commonality that the West was under attack because it aided Israel or because it had done Islam wrong, but the uniqueness of the underpinning of Arab terror — that it was fighting for its land — was lost. As Brig.-Gen (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser wrote (December 3, 2015, here.)

"What disturbs the Palestinians is that as radical Islam's direct warfare against the West expands, they lose a key asset for promoting their goals. If, as is becoming increasingly clear, the Palestinian issue is not the heart of the problem, then the West's expression of regret for its "crimes" on this issue will not solve the greater problem. The request for penance must be much more far-reaching; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently made dialogue with the United States conditional on an American request for Iran's forgiveness. In addition, the more the connection between the two kinds of terror grows, the more the radical Islamic component of the Palestinian rejection of Israel's existence as the democratic nation-state of the Jewish people and preference for a violent struggle to eliminate it, is exposed. The West would better understand how difficult it is to promote a settlement and may (as Israel would hope) come to understand that the terror against Israel is essentially part and parcel of the terror against the West."

The Pro-Palestinian propagandists are now using a second line of justification: the actions of the terrorists are due to 'frustration, desperation, fury at being dealt a poor hand, shame, etc.' — environmental and external reasons, not part of the Religion of Peace. Nevertheless, it is becoming clear that they don't want a homeland — they rejected Genl Sisi's offer of a homeland in the Sinai. What they want is to take over all of Israel and evict the Jews because they controlled the area for a time centuries back. The reasons for terrorizing the West have also become suspect. It isn't because the West wronged them. It isn't because they suffer from frustration or poverty or desperation. It's because they have a mission to impose Sharia globally on all.

In this essay, Mark Humphrys rejects the absurd notion that the fight for a Palestinian homeland is the well-spring for Arab terrorism throughout the Middle East. He points out that the sociological certainty that poverty and frustration cause acts of terrorism is also wrong. Most terrorists capable of the self-direction needed to carry out a successful terror attack come from the upper classes. He identifies the motive power of Islamist terrorism: Islam.

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NUCLEAR IRAN. AN UPDATE

This section begin with the history of the treatment of the Jews in Iran, from the time it was the Persian Empire until today. The other essays explore the new threats to global survival which became reality when the so-called nuclear deal with Iran was accepted by Prez Obama. After a flurry of reports detailing the defects of the JCPOA in the summer of 2015, news articles on progress were markedly reduced. This set of articles brings us up to date.

Many of the Deal's dangers were obvious from the start; many warned of the consequences. For example, see here. These possibilities have become reality, with Iran running the show: deciding what it will and will not do, dictating to the West, deciding what the IAEA — the agency responsible for monitoring the nuclear deal — may and may not examine. In the last issue of Think-Israel, in the Section entitled "We Can Still Defeat the Iran Nuclear Deal", where we concluded that there were ways to stop Iran's unimpeded drive to become a nuclear power (see here). These ways are still available. And using them is more necessary than ever.

In step with Iran's punching its way out of the paper bag full of JCPOA's restraints on its nuclear ambitions, there has been a reconsideration of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), an early attempt at restricting nuclear proliferation. The NPT has no bite, no ability to stop Iran's ambition, but coming from the mouths of the European Union and the American President and the Muslim-riddled United Nations, it has enough strength to tie up Israel to make it incapable of responding to Iranian threats and activities.

The maneuver to paralyze Israel is multi-pronged. Besides trying to ensure politically that Israel doesn't use nuclear power, there is a "special relations between the PLO/Fatah and Iran." This is the documentation at hirhome.com/iraniraq/plo-iran2.htm:

"PLO/Fatah, now better known as the 'Palestinian Authority,' will govern a Palestinian State in the militarily strategic territories of Judea and Samaria (or 'West Bank') if the Middle East 'peace process' concludes with a 'Two-State Solution.' Given that Iranian leaders daily promise the destruction of Israel, most people assume that PLO/Fatah has nothing to do with Iran. It would be absurd, they implicitly reason, for Israeli leaders to give strategic territory to an Iranian proxy. And yet, it is a historical fact that PLO/Fatah helped install Ayatollah Khomeini in power and create the current Iranian Islamist regime. It has maintained a close relationship with this regime ever since. This short film PLO/Fatah and Iran: The Special Relationship from HIR at http://www.hirhome.com documents that relationship:"

Watch the HIR film here. Other HIR videos on PLO are here. Many other videos are available, including How to Con America - And get a Nuclear Bomb, and Bill Clinton on the virtues of N. Korean Nuclear Deal.


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FROM PERSIA TO IRAN — A LEGACY OF ANTISEMITISM

by Alex Rose

Alex Rose traces the treatment of the Jews through the dynasties from ancient Persia to its transformation to modern-day Iran. With few exceptions, Jews, like other religious minorities, were treated harshly by successive rulers, well before the Arabs conquered Persia. The Arab rulers were Shi'ite, so the traditional brutality of the Muslims was reinforced by the Shi'ite doctrine of purity, najis, which emphasized the fear of uncleanliness caused by non-believers — Jews and Christians. An episode of Jewish "pollution" was often the trigger for a pogrom or forced conversion to Islam. The current rulers of Iran, the mullahs, may be conversant with modern technology but they are as obsessed with Jew- hate as most of their predecessors.

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IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL IS A CATASTROPHIC HOAX

by Roger Aronoff

The Iran Nuclear Deal was not signed, not affirmed by raised hand, not treated as a treaty by the US executive, not voted on directly by the US Congress. It is a non-binding set of plans, which unfortunately the USA Administration seems to feel honor-bound to implement, while Iran has announced it will do what it wants, when it wants. Roger Aronoff points out that the State Dep't's spin on these facts is to emphasize verification rather than contractual agreement, even though Iran has already stated it is now and will continue to be non-compliant when the Deal interferes with its own plans. As for the rigorous monitoring that verification demands, IAEA, the monitoring agency, has already shown itself to be incapable of standing up to Iran's bullying. The upshot is that "President Obama is perpetrating a dangerous hoax through his triumphal advocacy for this so-called deal, and the media, for the most part, are participating."

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THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

by Yigal Carmon

Yigal Carmon, co-founder of MEMRI, an institute that does scrupulous translations from the Arab media, has examined the end-game activities of the Iran nuclear deal. The final bits and pieces were to be in place by December 15, 2015 so the participants could begin carrying out their agreed-upon Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Instead, "[t]he JCPOA is best characterized by bangs and whimpers — by bold prohibitions on Iran that peter out in qualifying terms such as 'unless,' 'except if,' and the like." Moreover, by her actions and temper tantrums, Iran has totally "rewritten" the JCPOA so Iran will be doing just what she wants to do. In fact, Iran is the one stipulating conditions the West must agree to — or else Iran will stop her version of cooperation. The IAEA monotoring agency has long been intimidated into not going against Iran's inperious demands. As Carmon says, "With every passing day, Iran is more and more in violation of the JCPOA. But neither the Republicans nor the Democrats, nor the media, nor anyone else will acknowledge this, for the implications are too devasting."

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THE LOOMING GLOBAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS CRISIS

by Emily B. Landau

The Obama Administration continues to tout the Iran Nuclear Deal as having thwarted Iran's ability to acquire nuclear weapons for at least a decade. Even if Iran doesn't already have the bomb, Obama's claim is unlikely. It ignores "other crucial requirements for effective nonproliferation." Emily Landau examines the impact of the JCPOA on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), which was enacted in 1970 as the way to stop "the spread of nuclear weapons and the destabilization that could result." She points out that "[i]nstead of shoring up the nonproliferation regime, the Iran deal is likely to dangerously undermine it" in that it will likely lead non-nuclear NPT members to reexamine their commitment to current NPT regulations and restrictions. As it is, taking advantage of a loophole, Iran, a member of the NPT, like North Korea and Iraq before it, has already been substantially advancing "a military nuclear capability under the cover of a supposedly civilian one." The supposedly mature nuclear countries irresponsibly have made no attempt to punish the rogue countries, which quickly learned that in pushing nuclear proliferation beyond legal limits, they would suffer no loss in "long-term status, wealth, and power."

Contrariwise, as Landau writes in an article entitled "The NPT's Challenge To Israel" (see here), over the years, there has been intermittent but substantial pressure on Israel, not a member of NPT, to become a member — maybe the only member — of a "nuclear-weapon-free zone" in the Middle East. As Landau writes, "the only way for Israel (or any of the other states outside the treaty) to join the NPT is as a non-nuclear weapon state; therefore the call for Israel to join the NPT is necessarily a call for Israel to disarm itself of whatever nuclear capability it is assumed to have."

Ignoring Iran's genocidal rants and NPT's own, albeit weak, acceptance of the right of self defense, many have argued that Israel and Iran should have equal NPT obligations. Now that Iran has shown itself to be erratic — using its growing expertise in nuclear matters to intimidate — logically, we'd expect the pressure on Israel to disarm itself would discontinue. But logic isn't a prominent feature of Arab demands. Landau concludes that much depends on whether the Arabs think that "increasing attention to Israel had a realistic chance of producing results."

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ACCELERATING THE MUSLIM TAKEOVER OF EUROPE

The salafists are determined to win Europe from the control of the "Crusaders" — they want another shot at the Christians they weren't able to defeat at the time of the Crusades. Instead of mounting a realistic defense against the Muslim invasion of Europe and infiltration of the US, Western leaders blame everything and everybody but Islam. This set of articles identifies some of the ruses Western leaders employ to avoid having to deal with reality. They allow uncontrolled immigration of an unassimilable culture. They refuse to give up their precious ideology — diversity and multiculturalism — even though, should the salafists win, there will be no diversity, only the uniformity of sharia law. There will be no respect for all cultures; all cultures will be treated as inferior to Islam. They continue to see Israel as the root cause of global problems and try to cripple it, even though as Dr Shine observes, "Israel stands at the forefront of the war against terrorism." A video called "Paris Attacks: Western Politicians are Accessories to Murder" featuring Paul Weston here reinforces the observation that the weak and ineffective behavior of Western politicians contributes to the harm the salafists have been able to do the West.


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THE MENTAL STATE OF THE POLITICAL ELITES

by Edward Cline

Edward Cline write about the demented mental state of the political elite of Europe who, ignoring the devastation, crime, social diseases and economic disruption the Muslims has brought to their countries, continue to preach a distorted form of Christianity: when faced with Muslim anti-social behavior, turn the other cheek and pretend even harder that Muslims will allow themselves to be reshaped into civilized Europeans with Western values. As Cline notes, using German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a supreme example of ideology-motivated behavior, "Her 'mind-set' of plurality and diversity is directly at odds with those of the disdained hoi polloi." Ordinary folk who rely on the evidence of their eyes are sneered at and given misinformation or no information to keep them from objecting to the social upheaval the Muslims have engendered. To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The political elite are different from you and me."

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ISRAEL AT THE FOREFRONT

by Dr. Haim Shine

Haim Shine writes bluntly and accurately, "For many years, European policymakers have endlessly regurgitated the fallacy that the 'suffering' of Palestinians motivates terrorists across the globe. This baseless and hypocritical claim stems from a desire to appease Arab countries and promote European business interests." There is no connection between the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Islamic terror. Instead, there are two facts that are for the most part disregarded: (1) Salafists regard France and Germany as 'Crusader states' and are ready to continue their battle with the Christian Crusaders; and (2) through no desire on its part, nevertheless, "Israel stands at the forefront of the war against terrorism." Until this is acknowledged and the war against Islamic terrorism becomes serious, people will die from terrorist acts. It would behoove European and American politicians to stop pushing Israel to make suidical concessions and to understand that, as Shine writes, "Any ceded land would turn into a forward base of radical Islam."

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THE ISLAMIZATION OF GERMANY IN 2015

by Soeren Kern

The Main Stream Media (MSM) continue to emphasize the humanitarian aspects of the refugee influx into Europe, primarily Germany, with its generous welfare benefits and enthusiastic welcome of the refugees by its Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The media ignore that their own photos show that currently 69% of the Syrian refugees coming by sea are not women holding toddlers but grown men, well dressed and equipped with cell phones (see here). The MSM don't explain why wealthy Middle East countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain won't take in refugees, especially when these countries have the same culture, attitude toward women and family, religion and language as the refugees. In Europe, refugee absorption is not doing well. The European public was brimming with friendliness towards the refugees only a short while ago. Its enthusiasm was much reduced after major increases in crime were reported and took a sharp plunge after a mass attack against women took place on New Year's Eve 2016 in various German cities, particularly in Cologne where Arab migrant gangs harassed and attacked women sexually. The way the gangs assaulted lone women and "diverted outsiders' attention" (see here) suggests the attacks were pre-planned and coordinated. More and more, harassment of native women is being reported from Western European countries. In Sweden, 77% of the rapes are committed by Muslim males, who are 2% of the population (see here.) Other facts are just as indigestible. ISIS is openly bragging that thousands of their members have entered Europe as unvetted refugees or on fake passports, while surveys show that 25% of the Syrian refugees in Europe (with an estimated range from 13% to 80%) sympathize with the Islamic State (see here). And most European Muslims want Sharia. not European, law (see here).

In this article, Soeren Kern focuses on the social and political perturbations triggered by the large increase of refugees into Germany in 2015, adding to those already there. Far from keeping a low profile or showing gratitude for their resettlement, the Muslim community is already beginning to be angry and aggressive towards the natives. They are demanding modifications in the lifestyle of the Europeans in line with their own religious and social practices. This doesn't sit well with the native populations, but the responses of the politicians, police and judicial authorities have been mixed. Many such as Henriette Reker, mayor of Cologne, are blaming the women victims for the New Year's Eve attacks. For the most part, the police are overwhelmed and can no longer offer much protection to the native population except for major crimes such as murders and rape (see here.) Various reports on the impact of the refugees on Europe's welfare systems and economy, and its political and social institutions, are available here. Another report by Baroness Cox in England (see here) highlights the impact on the English and Muslim communities of polygamous muslim males having as many as 20 children each. It is safe to say that Europeans are just beginning to think through the consequences of the fact that the Muslims have a much higher birthrate than the natives.

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THE WEST HAS LOST THE WILL TO LIVE

by Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller writes of the strange inertia that has taken over the West. Westerners seem to have lost the will to defend themselves against the Islamic invaders. In France, they have reacted to the recent horrible terror attacks in Paris with meaningless ineffective gestures. As one example, they composed a clever hashtag, which was "just the latest in an endless stream of manifestations of the sophomoric, embarrassing, preening self-indulgence that is endemic in our sick culture." The Eiffel Tower peace symbol is another example of creating a hollow symbol instead of mounting an adequate defense of Western culture against the savages that would destroy it. Much of the media have responded to the Muslim challenge by blaming "right-wing extremists," as if that declaration will harm a single one of our real enemies. In a show of lunacy, heads of state meeting in Paris ignored the attacks on Paris except to mouth solemn nothings; they declared global warming as the greatest threat to mankind. The West has yet to recognize we are at war. In war, "you either win or you are defeated." To show weakness only makes it easier for the salafists to defeat us.

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THE REACTIONS OF THE ISRAELI AUTHORITIES TO THE ARSON ATTACK AND MURDER IN THE ARAB VILLAGE OF DUMA

This section discusses the arson attack on a house in the Arab village of Duma that left a mother and father and their baby dead. The police usually quickly identify a murderous terrorist. When the current intifada struck Tel-Aviv at the start of 2016, within a day, the police correctly determined that the terrorist was an Israeli Arab from Wadi Ara, yet despite their six-month long, wide-sweeping, monomaniacal investigation of Jewish suspects, they have never found any evidence that Jewish settlers were responsible for the Duma tragedy. So eager have some secular security/police/judiciary been to blame religious Jews, they have treated these suspects — some of whom are in their teens — brutally, not letting them sleep, putting them in isolation, incarcerating them beyond the legal limits, refusing them their religious rights, preventing them from seeing their families and lawyers, beating them and torturing them to try to force them to confess. When some the suspects were released, they were placed under house arrest, almost as a gesture of spite and frustration.

One reader, Dov Blair Epstein (INN, Jan 2, 2016), summed up what many thought: "amazing, just like that, name of [Tel-Aviv] killer found. Maybe they're also looking for the real killers of the Dawabshe baby....oh, no, that HAS to be a Jew." What is more shameful, the disgraceful treatment of the suspects was not the work of a few arrogant policemen going well beyond their legal authority; the directive to torture Jewish suspects came from the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein (see here.)

These are some of the pertinent elements of the story that are, to put it politely, underreported. The arson attack in which three members of the Dawabsha family died occurred in July 2015. There were no eye witnesses and no evidence, but only Jews were blamed, even when the authorities knew there was no reason to suspect them. It was not until December 2015 that Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan admitted that there was no evidence to try the suspects. The police have ignored the ongoing murderous clan war in Duma itself — the Dawabsha family is part of one of the feuding clans. The Arabs immediately blamed Yehuda Landsberg of Gilad Farm in Samaria, but had to retract the accusation when it was discovered he was serving time for another crime. The murdered family lived in the center of Duma, where access was difficult, and an out-of-towner would be easily spotted, yet they hung around long enough to hit two houses and watch until the fire was working, without being caught. There was graffiti sprayed on a nearby wall, the Magen David and two phrases — "revenge" and "long live the Messiah." "Revenge" had components of Arab calligraphy but was immediately attributed to the Jews.

What was the motivation of the responsible authorities? Was it the desire to make Arab terrorism less out-of-proportion by adding some Jewish 'terrorists' to the other side of the scale? Was it the fear of Arab rioting if they focused on the logical suspects, the Arabs of Duma? Was it the taking advantage of the opportunity to demonize 'Settler' Jews in the Territories to make it easier to give up Jewish land? Was it the fear that Jews might start to behave as reprehensibly as the Arabs? Was it the fear that Jewish vigilantism might force the Government to deal with Arab terrorism seriously rather than symptomatically? Or was it simply an opportunity for the extreme secular to lash out at religious Jews, whom they loathe more than they do the Arabs who are trying to destroy the State of Israel? So rabid have some members of the Israel Security Agency (Shabak) become, that when the case against the Jews faltered, a video appeared of a Jewish wedding in which Jews were said to be stabbing a picture of an Arab baby and otherwise, well, behaving like Arabs. Some anecdotal material has appeared that makes the video questionable. As an example (see here), a woman from Kfar Etzion, a close friend of the groom's family, asks

  1. The family tried to find out from all the guests who brought these images ... just a mystery. Did not find.
  2. Who gave the weapons? The group has no weapons! Also, the weapons disappeared two minutes right after the song.
  3. Who took the video? The photographer was somewhere else. According to the owner of the hall, GSS agents came several hours earlier, and installed cameras all over the room! After the wedding they came and took them.
    In short, it turns out that unfortunately, someone organized and initiated all of this in advance.They distributed weapons and pictures and in a shocking way stabbed the picture of the boy in front of the camera. It is important to know the truth, how much it hurts. (translation unclear...)
  4. In a conversation with those in charge of Security of this event, hundreds of plainclothes police arrived ... in civilian clothes. Presented him with a police ID.
  5. Neither the Groom nor his family nor his Bride or her family recognize who danced with the picture.

And now, Shabak has announced they will be taking two of the suspects, Amiram Ben-Uliel and a minor, to trial. Under a government gag order, news from the courts has just about ceased; information is by way of rumors.

There is much to ponder in the behavior of the Israeli authorities involved in the harassment of the Jewish settlers, in what is a striking contrast to the care taken not to injure the human shields of missile emplacement in Gaza — as just one example. What is indisputable is that, as many have observed, we have witnessed the acting out of a morality play illustrating, once again, the Talmudic observation that those that are kind to the cruel will in the end become cruel to the kind.


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'SETTLER' PAYS TROUBLING CONDOLENCE VISIT TO ARAB VILLAGE

by Hillel Fendel

Yonadav Tapuchi joined a group of Jews who went to Duma on a condolence visit and to "give a clear message that there are some acts that have no justification." It didn't take long for him to realize he'd been suckered into being a anti-Israel propaganda prop. As Hillel Fendel records, Tapuchi's observed that the second house that was burnt, the one where the Dawabsha family lived, was not only hard to reach but would have been hard to enter. Yet the arsonists had time to navigate to the middle of the village, enter two houses, set the second on fire, "wait with the parents, spray graffit in two places ... and then run away through the middle of the village with all the townspeople surely already up and on their feet seeing the flames and hearing the family's cries. Something here is very fishy..." Yes, indeed.

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MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING

by Lenny Goldberg

The global media have distributed a video purporting to show religious Jews poking holes in a photo said to be of the dead Dawashba baby at a wedding where the wedding guests were said to be celebrating the arson attack in Duma. This article was written by Lenny Goldberg, father of the bride at the wedding where this happened. Yes, he agrees, some waved rifles and toy guns.

Some do take rifles to celebrations, never knowing when some murderous Arabs will decide to crash the party. But the ominous and lurid attributions in this story appear to have been added after the fact. To me, the blurry photo looks more like the image of a Yeshiva boy. Or maybe it's a new-Age Rorschach. The waving of guns while dancing is said to show hatred of the Arabs. If true, it is certainly different than the way the Arabs celebrate a Jewish death. They don't wave toy guns. They shoot real bullets in the air, which occasionally kill a celebrant or two. The Arabs aren't timid about showing their joy openly and instructing their children in how to celebrate the death of an enemy. They want photographers to take close-up pictures of their joy in killing. Here, the Jewish father of the bride notes that while everyone dancing is wearing white shirts, "the guys holding the signs are wearing jackets and their faces are blurred." He doesn't know them. He has good reason to suspect that this was a Shin Bet setup.

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DUMA, AND THE WAR AGAINST JEWISH ISRAEL

by Tuvia Brodie

Tuvia Brodie makes the point that when the police ignore a clan-war motive and focus solely on Jews as the perpetrators, "professional police investigation may not be your agenda." He goes on to discuss the political benefits to Israel's Left of having Israel's Right "accused of unravelling Israel's democracy." Leftists, particularly Marxists, pit democracy against Judaism and they believe that anything that weakens Jewish identity contributes to increasing democracy. And the importance of Duma? As Brodie puts it, "Duma: it's the newest weapon in the Left's war against Jewish Israel."

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DON'T JUST TREAT THE SYMPTOMS

by Jacob L. Freedman

Jacob Freedman writes that rhetoric and talk hasn't and won't stop episodic terror attacks. Palliatives such as putting protective barriers at bus stations are not enough. Effective treatment would include affecting the families of the Arab terrorist, who, to date, continue to receive their welfare benefits in food, medicine, housing, tuition. More importantly, Jewish identity needs to be strengthened.

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HOW TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO THE THIRD INTIFADA

Israel is treated as the enemy by the present American Administration. The UN spends an inordinate amount of time castigating Israel for breathing. The European Union and the United Nations lavishly fund and support her belligerent enemies. Almost all of the global media have a pro-Palestinian Arab slant and the salafists crow with joy that Hamas and Hezbollah and Isis are encircling the Jewish State. In response, Israel is doing some things well. She is reaching out and creating trade agreements with Asiatic countries. Closer to home she is sharing renewable energy and water conservation technology with Greece and Cyprus. She now has a office in Abu Dhabi as part of her membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency. Egypt and Israel have drawn closer, because both realistically fear the harm a nuclear Iran will do to the Middle East. And she has invented and innovated so many of the medicines, computer, water and agricultural appliances and electronics, techniques and conveniences we rely on that a sincere believer in the anti-Israel Boycott-Divest-Sanction (BDS) movement should withdraw from civilization and go live in a cave to make sure he isn't inadvertently using something that comes from Israel (see a new video here or here. Or listen to Pat Condell on BDS here).

In this set of articles, we emphasize Israel's need to make major attitudinal changes if Israel is to overcome successfully the damages done to Israel's citizenry by Israel's Arab citizens and neighboring Muslims. One way to start is to emulate the realistic appraisals of Moshe Saperstein, a delightful essayist with a style that combines sarcasm, dry humor and straight-out bitching. That's so much better a way to do a refutation than by reciting long boring and lofty speeches about how Israel wants peace when her enemies are trying to destroy her. On the Temple Mount and on the streets of cities and towns randomly across the country, the Arabs have sent in their crack troops — aggressive screeching women and cute-looking youngsters, the younger the better ‐ using knives, guns, stones, and vehicles as weapons. It's awful that often the only way to stop the darlings is with a bullet, but that definitely does help protect Jewish women and children. The articles by Gershon Hacohen and Barbara Ginsberg should be read with care because much of the Jew's confidence that what he is doing is the right thing to do comes primarily from his spiritual connection to God and the land of Israel.


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ISRAEL NEEDS NEW WAYS TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO THE THIRD INTIFADA

by Stephen Kruger

In the Israel-Arab relationship, Stephen Kruger sees Israel as the battered partner. To change her role in this unwanted relationship, Israel needs to change her responses to the current Third Intifada. Blowing up empty houses is ineffective. Israel needs to cast aside her overly protective concern for the "innocent Arab civilian." She need to take direct control of Judea and Samaria, part of the ancestral Jewish homeland. She needs to respond to the concocted fantasy that there was a Palestinian people who controlled Mandated Palestine in the misty past, a fantasy that the Arabs sold to the world, because Israel, in the interests of peace, never spoke up. She needs to assert her rights to land that is hers (a) by the Bible, (b) legally by the San Remo Conference and as a United Nations trust; and (c) by right of conquest, when she deflected the aim of her hostile neighbors to destroy her and took possession of additional land as a result. Will the "world" scream? Of course. Doesn't it always, no matter what Israel does?

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WAKE UP AND START CONNECTING THE DOTS

by Mordechai Kedar

An indication of how ill-prepared Israelis are attitudinally to fight effectively is that we are in the midst of the Third Intifada and Israelis are still debating how to handle a terrorist neutralized after he's committed his act of terror. They aren't even sure the context should be normative civil law or wartime necessity. Mordechai Kedar writes of the basic political differences that underlie the opposing views. Morally superior liberals don't want to stoop to the level of the enemy. They "relate to the terrorist stabber and murderer as though he is a member of civilized society who has, unfortunately, strayed from the proper path, but is entitled to all the protection afforded by law to any criminal..." Unfortunately, because the terrorist is treated as a hero by the Arabs and enjoys generous benefits in prison, including the ability to obtain advanced degrees at Israeli taxpayer expense, this ends up encouraging terror and murder. Whatever the morality of killing the terrorist on the spot, it does have the effect of deterring terrorism. As Kedar points out, in the Middle East, he "who succeeds in convincing his enemies that he is invincible and that they had better leave him alone for their own good, has a chance of achieving peace."

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SUNNI POLITICAL ISLAM: ENGINE OF THE 'ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN' CONFLICT

by Jonathan Spyer

With all due respect to those that insist that the current problem with the Muslims is not their religion but their political aspirations — and not denying that the Muslim movers and shakers do indeed plan to rule the world under sharia by utilizing politics, social acceptance and terrorism, among other means — Islam's domination of all other religions is an unshakable part of their religious tenets. It is also, as Jonathan Spyer, points out, significant in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where the "centrality of religion continued to fire the various movements fighting Israel. The very name "Fatah," for example, which is often — absurdly — described as a "secular" movement, is a religious term. "Fatah" is in Arabic a term literally meaning to "open," but is used in context to mean "to conquer a land for Islam. [...] [T]he core energy on the Arab side is one of religious rage — a feeling that the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty in parts of the land formerly ruled by Muslims constitutes a crime against god."

It would seem to me that an outsider, unfamiliar with the history and geography of the conflict, is likely to side with the Arabs, because instinctively he knows true owners of land do not willingly give up their land. Thus Israel has weakened its irrefutable biblical, historic, legal and conquest claims to the land by promoting the secular and rational and offering to share the land, while downplaying the deep-rootedness of the love that Israelis, even secular Jews, have for their homeland.

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I'M GETTING TO KNOW MY MOTHER; IGNORANCE IS BLITZ; FLAMES; ONE MORE LAST THING; AND OTHER ESSAYS

by Moshe Saperstein

Rachel and Moshe Saperstein lived in Gush Katif in Gaza until the Israeli Government of Ariel Sharon unilaterally kicked them and another 10,000 productive and patriotic Jews out of their homes and greenhouses. One theory claimed that tightening the borders by cutting away Gaza would make defense more efficient. In point of fact it brought Hamas closer to Jewish population centers and gave them more room to train terrorists and assemble explosives. From reading the Saperstein essays over the years, we understand how this moronic displacement affected the involuntary participants. We know the struggle it has been not to sink into depression but continue to fight a recalcitrant and inefficient bureaucracy to regain permanent housing for members of the original Gush Katif community. Every so often we hear rumors that the politicians are prepared to kick the Jews out of Samaria and Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem so the local Arabs can have their own state. One wonders how the politicians, who in ten years, have not yet completed the resettlement of the 10,000 members of Gush Katif community plan to handle some 800,000 new Jewish refugees.

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KAHANE ON THE PARSHA

by Barbara Ginsberg

On the road they have traveled these last seventy years, American Jews have come to a fork they had not anticipated. There was optimism after World War II. It was symbolized by the formation of the United Nations, which was founded on the belief that hostilities between countries could be talked out and negotiated. Wars weren't necessary to solve differences. Jews, too, since the end of second World War, have been optimistic. They have been more than comfortable as secular-appearing members of the liberal intellectual culture: sophisticated, open to all ideas, tolerant almost to excess, concluding from the Holocaust that they should take a low profile as Jews while passionately defending the human and civil rights of others.

Jews adored the idea that they could vote for an attractive, articulate black man as President. Unfortunately, Prez Obama didn't return their love. He was raised as a Muslim and had internalized the major goal of the Koran: make Islam supreme; all other religions are inferior, members of all other religions are dhimmis His antipathy was reinforced by his long-standing preference for socialism over democracy, a socialism that includes despising religion.

Right now Jews are at a place where the familiar road has stopped. The Liberals — now called Progressives — continue to deviate further and further towards the extreme Left. The old-fashioned benign liberal is considered quaint. To stay liberal means adopting Marxism, socialism, white-hate and Jew-hate, as well as becoming a partner to Muslim activists, who don't negotiate or tolerate. Otherwise, one must go to the Right, to the group still imagined by many as old-white-men fossilized Republicans, lacking a sense of humor and disliking Jews. But the Right, at least by a large majority, has abandoned Jew-hate, and does uphold the Jewish ethic that hard work and family values are the way to a happy and productive life. As more Jews realistically assess what their new political choices are, the writings of the prophetic Rabbi Meir Kahane become more appreciated. In this article, Barbara Ginsberg writes of the Rabbi's take on Israeli security.

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ISRAEL MUST REACQUIRE SUFFICIENT IDEOLOGICAL DETERMINATION TO PERSEVERE, PROGRESS, REPULSE, AND OVERWHELM ITS ADVERSARIES

by Major General (res.) Gershon Hacohen

Gershon Hacohen advocates a major change in Israel's attitude towards terrorists and in its ways of keeping its enemies at bay. He urges a change from reaction to proaction. He promotes a policy change from minimal and mostly responsive actions that at best contain terrorist activity to actions that will overwhelm Israel's adversaries and stop the low-level but constant terrorism. He advocates viewing "Israel as a stepping stone for redemption and as the Jewish national spiritual homeland" rather than "as a safe haven." As it is now, Israel is locked "into a defensive posture" dictated by the actions of the Arabs. She should be seizing the initiative. She is the one to "re-shape and shake-up the strategic environment"; she is the one that should be determining the facts on the ground. Jerusalem as a whole needs to be connected seamlessly to its satellite communities. As Hacohen writes, "We are seeking the return to Zion in all regions of our homeland! And if Israel does not insist on this, it will steadily withdraw inward, toward the coastal plain, and edge towards decline." Jewish settlements in Samaria and Judea should be treated as the "forward outposts of Zionism" that they are.

Hacohen's assessment of Israel's squeamish and inadequate response to Arab hostility is readily confirmed. It is absurd that Jewish citizens only obtain permission to build in Samaria and Judea with great difficulty, while the continuous illegal building by Arabs is ignored by the authorities. It is shameful that the Arab Waqf sets the rules so that Jews can not pray on the Temple Mount but Arab children play ball games on Judaism's Holiest Site. It is almost fifty years since the Jews reclaimed eastern Jerusalem from the Jordanian invaders, and it is still a slow, painful and expensive process for Jews to reclaim their property. Too many politicians, judges and the media acquiesce in Arabs continuing to squat rent-free in buildings that legally belong to Jews. They don't stop the Arabs from building new constructions on land owned by Jews. They have allowed whole neighborhoods to be taken over by the Arabs in this manner. The upshot has been that the Arabs have become arrogant. Snotty Arab children have no fear of punishment as they terrorize Jewish children or harass IDF soldiers. Jews on the Temple Mount are attacked by Arab women screeching at them. Jews are arrested for moving their lips — they might be praying! All this makes the Arabs more and more confident that they will eliminate the Jews and take over all of Israel.

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PROPAGANDA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

In this issue we examine the inadequacy of news sources and publishers as well as the ethics of a think-tanker who is anything but objective. The article by Rosenthal is of interest because it catches a columnist at the point where he sees some of the truth but won't follow where logic leads. And a Canadian Muslim explores one source of inciting Muslims to become lone-wolf terrorists.


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THOUGHTS OF AN IDF SOLDIER AFTER A MONTH IN THE WEST BANK

by Noga Gur-Arieh

Noga Gur-Arieh transmits some thoughts a reservist IDF soldier named Yoav shared with her. He spend a month in Samaria and Judea. What he found most troubling was the behavior of the journalists and "human rights" activists who "watch as Palestinians aggravate and interrupt the soldiers there, and when the soldiers finally respond, they turn their cameras on, making it seem as if the Israeli Defense Forces is all about war and conquest, and the Palestinians are weak and helpless." Often the media precipitate episodes of violence. A video such as
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2QoGtJwZH0&feature=youtu.be
captures the sort of abuse the IDF soldiers are subjected to by Arab children who have learned from experience that they won't suffer harm by taunting the solders.

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JEFFREY GOLDBERG FINALLY GETS IT, THEN QUICKLY LOSES IT AGAIN

by Vic Rosenthal

Years of brilliant propaganda have demonized the Settler Movement. Yet most people would be hard put to explain rationally why they feel the Jews should not establish towns and communities in Samaria and Judea. There is indeed a logic behind it. A very simple one.

IF the Arabs are to succeed in taking over the Territories
THEN the Jews must be discouraged from living in Samaria-Judea.

HOW? Get the Jews out of the Territories by hook, by crook, by terror, by murder, by blandishment. Demonize the Jews. Lie. Lie. Lie. Demonize the settlers. Any and every Jewish settlement (a tainted word for a town or city located in Samaria and Judea) is evil. Never mention the illegal Arab settlements.

THE RESULT: Thanks to the major media and the UN/EU politicos conditioning the public, lots of Arab money and a quiescent Israeli government, the evil nature of the settlers has become an unshakable belief, resistant to facts and logic.

Vic Rosenthal shows how hollow this pernicious blather is. As context, he presents the limited reasoning of someone, Jeffrey Goldberg, who is much better informed about the facts than most. Goldberg agrees that eliminating the Jewish towns in the Territories would have little impact on creating peace between Arab and Jew. But he is still in favor of destroying the settler movement, because he hopes that eliminating the settlements may somehow eventually pacify the Arabs, or at least, not rouse them to more extreme violence.

Goldberg doesn't pursue his own logic. If freezing the Jewish settlements isn't the way to peace Then why bother recklessly and pointlessly destroying a culture that is productive and patriotic? Realistically, in giving up Samaria and Judea, we would only make it easier for the Arabs to carry out their avowed mission to destroy all of Israel.

If we put aside the belief that there is a magic way to make peace with Arabs that want to destroy the Jewish state, there is another matter to deal with. The Arabs declare that any state of theirs will not allow a single Jew to live there. And the Jews could happily live without the presence of uncivilized practitioners of the cult of death. Both sides want a separation. As Rosenthal says "In any divorce, one of the ex-spouses has to move out. Goldberg, like Obama and like other American and European diplomats, can't shake the idea that it should be the Jews — possibly because he thinks they can be more easily pushed around." But there is no reason for Israel to consent to this idiocy.

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RENAMING PLACES TO MAKE JEWS SEEM OCCUPIERS

by Richard H. Shulman

The usual reason for semantic cleansing — rebranding — is to downgrade a well-recognized name that has, for one reason or another, become tarnished. In this case, the New York Times has started calling Jewish holy places such as the Temple Mount and the Cave of the Patriarchs by their Arab names. Richard Shulman notes that the Times deliberately targets Jewish holy places. This had the dual effect of downplaying that the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and pretending that the site has been exclusively Muslim from time immemorial. Previously, they stopped using the name Judea. Perhaps they feared some Times readers might notice the obvious connection between Jew and Judea. The Times calls ancient Judea and ancient Samaria the West Bank, a name that came into being in 1948.

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POISONING THE WELL FROM WHICH OUR YOUTH DRINK

by Raheel Raza

Raza Raheel is a Canadian Muslim who speaks out against radical Islam. On the common Muslim gambit of playing the victim, she has said, "Let's get over this victim ideology that we, Muslims, are being persecuted." She has observed that "[t]he OIC have a powerful grip at the UN because their numbers are high and they have an unspoken agreement to stand up for each other, regardless of cause. So if the word "Sharia" is ever used in any resolution or speech and is connected to, for example, stoning of women, since Sharia is associated with the Muslim religion and is practiced in many Muslim countries, they will object and not allow that point to be documented." In this article, she examines one example of how salafist radicalization is inculcated.

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BUSTED: NEW YORK TIMES INVENTS BACKLASH AGAINST NEW YORK MUSLIMS

by Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard captures the ambience at the NY Times and its respect for truth and accuracy in this story of supposed backlash against Muslims that appeared in the Times on November 25, 2015. The headline informs us that day by day New York Muslims are growing ever more fearful for their lives - they fear retribution after the Paris massacre. Muslim self-defense organizations have all weighed in with predictions of doom and gloom and the mullahs have loudly worried about backlash — not about the monstrous crimes their fellow-Muslims have been committing. But how many of these hate crimes have been confirmed, or at least attached to a actual person? Two or possibly three separate women say they were spat upon by men who cursed and threatened. One woman wearing a hijab claims to have been deliberately tripped as she was rushing to an exam. In NYC, that's too ambiguous to count. That's a lot of brouhaha over a couple of minor incidents. Well, you can't blame the Times for dramatizing a whole lot of nothing'. It was a slow newsday. On the other hand, considering the Times won't tell the real stories of Muslim overt hostility to others and their attempts to take over NY campuses, it must be hard to fill a news sheet most of the time.

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MARTIN INDYK'S LEGACY REMEMBERED TODAY

by David Bedein

Martin Indyk claims to be a Jew but has been the tool of American presidents, from Clinton through Obama, who act as if they believe the claims of the so-called Palestinians. The pressure is always on Israel to make high-risk concessions. The simplest way to tag him is to know that he served on the board of the Israel-hating New Israel Fund. Moreover, as Executive Vice-President of the Brooking Institute, an influential think-tank, he accepted a $14.8 million dollar "donation" from Qatar, a top funder of Hamas. That was around the time he led the 2014 American-initiated peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. Of course, he blamed Israel for his failure (see here and here.) In this article, David Bedein explains how "Indyk is one of the people who paved the way for Yassir Arafat and the PLO armed control to gain control over most of the Palestinian Arab population." Committed to the idea that Israel withdraw from territories, legitimately hers, that she got back in the 1967 Six Day War, "Indyk oversaw every step of the Oslo process with that precise policy in mind — Israel giving up land that is vital to her defense." Quel creep!

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THOMAS JEFFERSON AND RADICAL ISLAM'S WAR ON THE WEST

by David L. Hunter

Prez Obama has described Islam as having always been part of America, implying that Islam has helped strengthen America. David Hunter writes that it is true that as far back as Colonial times, we interacted with Muslims — mainly Muslim pirates who were capturing American cargo ships and selling American citizens into slavery. The US had no warships so it unhappily paid ransom until the increase in ugly incidents was deemed intolerable. Thanks to the grainy irritant of Islamic piracy, America began developing a pearl of a navy. So yes, if we tweak historical fact sufficiently, Obama's assertion is sort of true.

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IS THE WEST INDEBTED TO ISLAM?

by Mark Durie

It is often said that we should be grateful Islam kept Greek and Hindu intellectual accomplishments safe for the West during the "dark ages." Mark Durie sets the record straight. He points out that the Islamic conquest and "resulting Arab control of the Mediterranean, stunted scientific progress in Europe." Indeed, it was "Islam's disruption of Mediterranean civilization [that] ushered in the so-called European 'Dark Ages'." Islam didn't maintain contact between Eastern learning and the West; it destroyed it.

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THE OTTOMAN-GERMAN ATTACK ON THE SUEZ CANAL — 1915

from the Israel Daily Picture website

The Ottomans attacked British positions along the Suez Canal in January 2015 at the start of World War 1. These pictures are, for the most part, from the Ottoman Imperial Archives.

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HOW THE MUFTI OF JERUSALEM CREATED THE PERMANENT PROBLEM OF PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE

by Edy Cohen

Edy Cohen writes on Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, who was "a fervent anti-Semite, the most important Nazi collaborator in the Arab world, and a political activist who worked tirelessly for the ethnic cleansing and physical destruction of the Jews in Palestine and in the Middle East as a whole." His brazen lies — he claimed, for example, that the Jews wanted to conquer Muslim sites — incited the local Arabs and helped initiate riots and terror attacks, models of current-day terrorist tactics. The British response was to disregard their legal and moral duty to help the Jews settle their homeland. Instead they curtailed Jewish immigration. During WW2, the Mufti gathered troops to massacre the Jews in Palestine, a plan that, thanks to the British victory in North Africa in 1942, didn't come to fruition. He was more successful in recruiting Muslims to fight for Germany. "In the western Balkans, he raised three SS divisions composed of Bosnian and Albanian Muslims who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary," He blocked thousands of Jews from escaping from Europe to Palestine. Above all, he rejected peace with the Jews.His ideology lives on in the Arab world.

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ABOVE AND BEYOND

by Martha Hall Kelly

When the modern state of Israel came into being in 1948, its Arab neighbors immediately invaded it. The Jews had little weaponry, few trained fighters and no air force. Britain turned over its stock of weapons to Egypt and TransJordan before it vacated the region. Except for Czechoslovakia, the members of the United Nations — who had just voted for the formation of the Jewish State — embargoed the sale of military weapons to Israel. The Arabs had every reason to expect to have an easy time carrying out their declared mission: to push the Jews into the sea. Martha Hall Kelly writes about "Above and Beyond," a Paramount film shown at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. It tells the story of World War II aviators who cobbled together an air force from inadequate last-leg planes to prevent a second Holocaust. For additional information, look at the an hour-long documentary entitled A Wing And A Prayer. It was produced by Boaz Dvir and narrated by William Baldwin (Hawaii-Five-O, Backdraft). It is available here and here. It features firsthand accounts by the operation leader, Al Schwimmer, and some of the group of daring aviators he recruited.

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40TH ANNIVERSARY OF "ZIONISM IS RACISM": MOYNIHAN'S HISTORIC SPEECH

by UN Watch

The passing of Resolution 3379 at the United Nations on November 10, 1975 declaring that 'Zionism is Racism' was a significant event in the progressive demonization of Israel at the UN. The US Ambassador to the UN, Patrick Moynihan, denounced the resolution the same day. He observed that it was an outrageous act on the part of a number of countries "and thereafter, the outrageous thing having been done, to profess themselves outraged by those who have the temerity to point it out, and subsequently to declare themselves innocent of any wrong-doing in consequence of its having been brought about wholly in reaction to the 'insufferable' acts of those who pointed the wrong-doing out in the first place." What a great description of what has since become commonplace: the tendency of Arab leaders to declare themselves victims of the outrageous terror acts that they themselves have perpetrated. The worrisome thing to them is not the act of terror but the possibility of backlash against the perpetrators and abettors of the acts of terror.

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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 2015 BLOG-EDS

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FEATURED STORIES

July-October 2015

What we are talking about in the July–October 2015 Issue

  1. The Iran Deal (AIPAC, TIP)
  2. Facts Versus Wishful Thinking (Grynglas, Shulman, HouseCommittee, Myer, Onley)
  3. Compliance, Verification, Enforcement (Taheri, McFee, Gallington, Fleitz, Goodenough, Heinonen)
  4. What Does Iran Get out of this Deal? (Pollak, London)
  5. Repercussions From the Deal in the Middle East and Further (Euronews Staff, Spyer, Bekdil, Glick)
  6. Selling A Dangerous Deal (Lopez, Greenfield, Stillwell)
  7. We can Still Defeat the Iran Nuclear Deal (Lipkin, Pollak, Beres, Benzimra, Clawson)
  8. Propaganda and Public Relations (McCarthy, Elder of Ziyon, Edmunds, Spencer)
  9. History Section (Kephart, MacEoin, Merkley, BenDavid)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


THE IRAN DEAL

The five permanent members of the Security Council (US, Russia, China, Britain France) and Germany, collectively known as P5+1, have negotiated an agreement to regulate Iran's nuclear program: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This issue is devoted to examining the deal that Prez Obama is determined to make with Iran.

If you read no further, understand this: "It had already become clear that we have implemented our stated objective of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon by agreeing to make certain that no one interferes with her developing nuclear weapons." The rest of this issue provides details on how and what.


 

AIPAC early on did an excellent job of summarizing how the nuclear deal with Iran was being described and what is actually the case. See also their "Analysis: An Unacceptable Deal" (July 28, 2015. here.) As we have learned more, the facts have become even more distasteful. As an example, any deal requires proper verification which, in this case, means free access by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As first advertised, inspection was to be allowed anywhere, anytime. But Iran has already announced it won't allow direct inspection at military sites. What's worse, the inspection protocol is governed by a side agreement outside of the Iran Agreement, one between Iran and the IAEA, which the US and the other P5+1 countries are not allowed to see.

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"Why is Iran So Happy About The Deal", a video created by The Israel Project, is a quick view of what Iran will gain (click here) if this deal/treaty/agreement/contract/understanding is allowed to come to fruition, Iran will have it all, and the West will have gained nothing.

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We are beginning to understand what the consequences are likely to be. There is more to know. But it is unlikely that further information will change the general picture for the better. It is equally unlikely that the politically-correct description of the deal will change to fit reality. As recently as September 10, 2015, the day U.S. Senate Democrats stopped the debate on disapproval of the Iran Nuclear Deal, President Obama said, "‎Today, the Senate took an historic step forward and voted to enable the United States to work with our international partners to enable the implementation of the comprehensive, long-term deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."[emphasis added] Yet the agreement spends a great deal of space on how many centrifuges and radioactive material and resources Iran is allowed to have over time and how we will help her with our experience and nuclear skills. What else does she need to develop nuclear weapons?

To make more precise what Obama is saying in his logic-defying way: in order to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons, we will help her make nuclear bombs. And we are pledging to Iran that we will thwart any attempts by hostile countries (such as Israel) to stop or hinder Iran's nuclear program.

These are other consequences that the deal ignores.

We hear tell congressmen are thinking long and hard about this deal. If true, what they are weighing is what they need to fear the most: Obama's wrath or the anger of the voters. Bye and large, the Democrats have decided they fear Obama more in the short term, and who knows, a miracle might happen before they come up for reelection. And too many Republicans don't have the passion and determination to stop Obama from having his way.

Nevertheless, it is important that we fight every item that contributes to Iran's progress, every regulation the American administration issues that helps Iran, every decree that promotes Iranian nuclear activity, every media article that lulls us and calms us and quiets our anxiety. We just might delay her activities significantly. Some unforeseen event might change the picture significantly. Maybe an Iranian province or two will rebel. Maybe a nuclear site might blow itself up. Maybe Iran will run out of water or irradiate her own water supply. Maybe.., Maybe...

The bulk of this issue presents the facts and what they mean. But we do have some ideas on how to fight the Deal. They may be found at the end of the informational articles here.

If we do not stop the Iran Nuclear Deal now, then realistically, as Norman Podhoritz put it (here): "The brutal truth is that the actual alternatives before us are not Mr. Obama's deal or war. They are conventional war now or nuclear war later.


FACTS VERSUS WISHFUL THINKING

This set of articles lays out disadvantages to the world of Iran's achieving its passionate desire for nuclear appliances. The picture will only become more ugly as we learn more about the "secret" side deals made with Iran. The beginning articles — the more factual ones — are followed by more in-depth analyses of why Iran, a major if not the biggest, paymaster of global terrorism, should not be allowed to success. So many of the arguments urging acceptance of the Iran Nuclear Deal are wishes, hopes, fantasies, misdirections and just plain lies. Some of these are also discussed in this section.


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NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE IRAN DEAL: IS IT REALLY BAD?

by Daniel Grynglas

Daniel Grynglas points out that we sent two American amateurs against first class bluffers and tricksters. What else could we expect but an Iranian win? The Americans were charged with coming home with a deal, any deal; the other negotiating countries were eager to partake of the billions Iran would acquire when it agreed to a deal.The eagerness of the P5+1 negotiators was a weakness that Iran knew how to exploit. And. in the face of the P5+1 very many bargaining chips, it did so successfully. Grynglas provides a list of the main provisions, referencing the pertinent clauses in the JCPOA document. He points out treaty defects, including some large legal loopholes; the built-in ability for Iran to drag out the time between when inspection is requested and when (and if) it happens; and how easy it will be for Iran to hide evidence of illegal nuclear activity. As he says, "This agreement is full of loopholes and gives Iran more-than-ample opportunity to cheat." There is also the serious problem of what's omitted: "...the agreement includes a very long list of various individuals, companies, transportation units, and entities related to the sanction regimen," but only a few of the ~70 known nuclear sites are named; so the agreement may easily become a focal point of contention and/or the basis of an Iranian argument that only these sites can be inspected. The ingenuity and skill shown by the Iranian negotiators is now being matched by the misleading and mendacious arguments the Obama administration is using to convince the US to accept a deal that will allow Iran to become an nuclear power unrestrained by moral inhibitions.

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FACTS AND FANTASIES ABOUT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, FROM SEVERAL SOURCES

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard H. Shulman explores the actuality of the terms of the Iran nuclear deal and the likely consequences of the treaty stipulations that are praised by the pro-deal news media. The writings of The New York Times writer, Richard Cohen, illustrates what's wrong with much of the pro-treaty arguments: pro-treaty writers are prone to wishful thinking instead of assessing the treaty realistically. Lacking sensible arguments, they resort to denigrating those who question the theory, and they invent fantasies that endorse the empowerment of a rogue country. Afraid to examine the consequences of accepting this ill-designed document, they assert that non-acceptance will lead to war. As Shulman points out, Iran has already declared war on us. The issue for us is how best to fight it, rather than to deny what's going on. Shulman also references several anti-deal writers, who have made important observations that can be summed up this way: the treaty appears to have ways to handle cheating and flouting the terms of agreement, but, realistically, other transactions such as Russia's agreeing to sell Iran an anti-missile system already nullify some of the ways the treaty plans to handle non-compliance. Shulman concludes, "Every alleged restriction, if not already removed from negotiations, has a major loophole." The treaty is a fraud. A dangerous fraud.

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THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT KEY SHORTCOMINGS

by House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Chairman: Ed Royce

This summary of the elements of the Iran Nuclear Agreement was produced by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Committee has held two dozen hearings since 1913 and continues to do so. This paper highlights major shortcomings of the treaty, whether one invokes the standards Obama's own former advisors would use or the standards implicit in the terms of the treaty itself.

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SURRENDER IN VIENNA: THE FALSE ASSUMPTIONS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

by Allan Myer

The Israel Project's The Tower has published an excellent briefing entitled "Surrender in Vienna: Why We Need A Better Nuclear Deal With Iran. (ISBN: 978-1-943842-05-6; see here.). It discusses Iran's destabilizing drive for regional hegemony and the danger Iran poses worldwide, given the agreement's weaknesses that allow the continuation of nuclear development, the removal of sanctions and a weak inspection protocol. It may be downloaded as a PDF document. This article by Allan Myer serves as the introduction to the set of articles. As Ben Cohen wrote in the Preface:

Allan Myer asks the pertinent question: "Does the President's conclusion match up to the world as it is, or is the conclusion based on series of profoundly false assumptions?" Regrettably, and despite President Obama's insistence that the agreement with Iran is grounded on empirical verification rather than plain trust, the assumptions of the current administration concerning Iran and its future behavior have, as Myer asserts, created an outcome whereby research on advanced centrifuges is permitted and, at the same time, the bans on Iranian weapons imports and ballistic missile programs are removed. All in all, this provides "a significant boost to the legitimacy of a regime with a truly despicable human rights record."

Obama assumes that Iran, a major sponsor of terrorist activities in the Middle East, Europe and America, will be a stabilizing influence in the Middle East. He apparently believes the terms of this agreement will circumvent cheating. Unfortunately, these assumptions are contradicted by Iran's past interactions with other countries in the Middle East, by its sorry history of cheating, by its high-handed reinterpretations of contractual obligations, by its lack of cooperation and by its linking its pursuit of nuclear power to its profound hatred of America and Israel. These unrealistic assumptions constitute a shaky foundation to base an agreement that will have major influence on the restructuring of the Middle East. Any agreement based on them will soon show itself to have no way of restraining Iran in its bid for global domination.

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OBAMA'S GAMBLE WITH IRAN'S THEOCRATIC REGIME

by Robert D. Onley

Robert D. Onley writes that "Obama's Iran deal is a direct manifestation of the President's fundamentally misguided worldview, one that wishes away danger and then believes in the wishes." No amount of tweaking will fix its structural unsoundness. Onley suggests that "President Obama's willingness to concede Iran's new-found normalized membership in the community of nations on the basis of this nuclear deal is an affront to the liberal, free, democratic principles that have stood against the forces of tyranny throughout American history." It may also be unconstitutional. "By seeking approval of the deal under the UN Security Council, President Obama has bound the United States under international law without Senate consent [and] ... the Iran deal may directly conflict with U.S. obligations as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). As a number of critics have pointed out, the Iran deal may be unconstitutional, violate international law and feature commitments that President Obama could not otherwise lawfully make." These are reasonable grounds for halting the precipitous acceptance of the Iran Nuclear Deal in its present state.

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COMPLIANCE, VERIFICATION, ENFORCEMENT

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The previous section discussed many specific weaknesses in the Iran Nuclear Deal. In a call to action, the Zionist Organization of America (July 29, 2015, here) described them this way: "It does not dismantle any part of its nuclear infrastructure."

It does not: It will, the ZOA notes, "produce a nuclear arms race in Middle East" and "the U.S. will be obliged to live under the permanent shadow of nuclear blackmail."

With so much at stake, we'd expect the negotiating committee would be very careful about pinning down Compliance, Verification, and Enforcement. The initial articles in this section are about Iran's compliance, verification procedures and enforcement protocols, in that order. The last ones are about an incident at the Parchin military site in Iran that prefigures how compliance, verification and enforcement are likely to play out once the deal is signed.

We are already seeing grid lock between Prez Obama's reassurances that the Deal is based on verification not trust and the newer information that, in practice, the Deal depends on trust, not verification. We are supposed to trust the IAEA, although it was revealed (here) that "Iran apparently threatened [Director-General of IAEA] Yukiya Amano in a letter meant to ensure he did not reveal specific information about the nature of nuclear inspections going forward, according to Iranian AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi." We should trust the Obama Administration, whose leader sold the country on Obamacare with the promise that if we liked our doctor we could keep him, if we liked our insurance plan, we could keep it. And, what is almost impossible to do, we need to trust Iran to behave responsibly. Actually, in one sense, we can trust Iran — it has bluntly and without apologies declared it will do what it wants when it wants. But that doesn't reassure that Iran will abide by the face meaning of the rules, and ignore legal loopholes, ambiguities and nullifications and its own wishes.


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IRAN PUBLISHES BOOK ON HOW TO OUTWIT US AND DESTROY ISRAEL

by Amir Taheri

To put the best face on the American President's encouragement of a nuclear Iran, it has been said that what Prez Obama wants from Iran is not a non-nuclear Iran. He is willing to settle for a much less ambitious result, detente, a lessening of hostile relations between Iran and much of the rest of the world. It is most unlikely that even this can be achieved. This article by Amir Taheri gives us insight into Iran's attitude toward peaceful coexistence with any non-Muslim country once ruled by Muslims. Iran's Ayatollah Khameni has just published a book in which he directs specific hatred towards Israel because "it is a loyal 'ally of the American Great Satan' and a key element in its 'evil scheme' to dominate 'the heartland of the Ummah.'" Here and elsewhere, Iran's leaders have often publicly stated they have no intention of foregoing terrorism and belligerency and complying with the terms of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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IF THE IAEA INSPECTED RESTAURANTS WE'D ALL GET FOOD POISONING!

by Dr. Robin McFee

Robin McFee juxtaposes the scrupulous care with which restaurants are monitored with the sloppy and inadequate way the IAEA will verify activity at suspected nuclear sites. The article makes a humorous comparison about a deadly situation, namely, that Iran is in control, one way or another, of how its nuclear sites are inspected and its conformity to treaty regulations verified. To reduce the problem to its simplest terms, Iran will decide what facilities the IAEA can visit. If allowed, IAEA inspectors have to request permission to visit and the time to the actual inspection can be creatively stretched out long enough to allow even union labor to dismantle a nuclear facility. In many cases, IAEA inspectors are not allowed direct access. Iranian technicians will take the soil samples that determine what type of nuclear activity has been going on. This has been likened to accepting a urine sample brought in from the outside by a person suspected of illegal drug use. To add insult to injury, the US — even though Obama is the biggest promoter of the Iran Deal — has no control on verifying whether Iran is working on nuclear weaponry. The procedure is laid down in a 'secret' side agreement between Iran and the IAEA.

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THE "IRAN NUKE DEAL:" ANOTHER UNREAD BESTSELLER — AND WITH ALL THE "USUAL" SCARY PARTS

by Daniel Gallington

Whatever agencies will be in charge of dealing with Iran if, or more likely when, it breaks its promises, will find it almost impossible to enforce the agreement. Definitions are poorly spelled out. Actual procedures are as vague as reassurances are optimistic. Already, the elastic has gone out of 'Snapback', whereby sanctions were to be automatically restored, should Iran violate the Deal. Secretary Kerry stated, "The arms embargo is not tied to snapback." His mind may have been on the slippery means by which the diplomats were able to take such a crucial enforcement tool off the table without collapsing the deal, for he continued, "It is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it," (August 11, 2015, see here).

As usual, every bitter grain of reality is coated with honeyed reassurances. In this case, Kerry reassured us that the P5+1 has "ample tools at our disposal" should Iran try to send weapons to Hezbollah or to the Shia militia in Iraq. But these alternatives to sanctions are unspecified and the protocols for invoking them are unwritten. Realistically, once sanctions, the major enforcement tool, are removed, they will never be reinstated, making it more difficult to prevent or punish Iran for abrogating any part of the deal at will. The greater amount of enforcement activity will be dissipated in determining whether any particular incident is worth the effort of proving it is anti-agreement and then determining how to enforce the rules, such as they are. And meantime, Iran works on.

Gallington writes of his concern that nothing we do will have any effect on Iran's covert program to build nukes. For several reasons, enforcement is almost impossible. As he points out, "It's virtually impossible to separate a 'peaceful' nuclear energy program from one intended to produce material to make nuclear weapons. This is because perhaps 95 percent of the 'nuclear fuel cycle' pertains to both programs, and so most of the 'dirty work', i.e., the secret weapon building part, happens at the very end of a so-called 'peaceful nuclear program'."

Then too, because an agreement is written in several languages, inevitably there are subtle changes in the meaning, context and usage of words between versions, so an agreement, especially one drawn up by politicians, is often sufficiently ambiguous that it becomes grounds for bickering and indecision rather than for action. Add to this the "side agreements' and 'secret protocols' that might contradict or nullify the guidelines for verification in the Deal, making it uncertain when enforcement is required.

Initiating enforcement implies that the authorities have verified that there is illegal nuclear activity. In what is a grotesque division of labor, the terms under which the IAEA (the agency to verify Iran's compliance or lack of compliance) operates are in a secret agreement separate and independent of the Iran Nuclear Deal and inaccessible to the P5+1 countries. What we do know is that the IAEA has already abdicated its role, letting Iran control access to nuclear sites and procedures for obtaining evidence.

Gallington emphasizes that committing a rogue country to a set of laws is counterproductive. The agreement acts to shield countries such as Iran while they do whatever they want. At most, this deal slows down Iran's nuclear program for a while, assuming that she does not yet have the bomb. But the amount of slowdown time is uncertain. Even if Iran still does not have nuclear weaponry, the promise by the negotiating countries to use their experience and technology to help Iran acquire the skills to make a bomb nullifies the assertion that Iran won't break out a bomb for some eight years. As Alan Dershowitz has pointed out, "The devil is not so much in the details as in the broad outlines of this deal and its understanding by the parties," (here) It's not a question of more or less. The whole approach of defining the borders of Iran's nuclear estate is wrong. Iran is a terrorist state and shouldn't have any such property.

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IAEA TELLS CONGRESSMEN OF TWO SECRET SIDE DEALS TO IRAN AGREEMENT THAT WON'T BE SHARED WITH CONGRESS

by Fred Fleitz

There are two side deals that are independent of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. They are separate agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who do inspection and verification. Fred Fleitz writes that "[o]ne of these side deals concerns inspection of the Parchin military base, where Iran reportedly has conducted explosive testing related to nuclear-warhead development... The other secret side deal concerns how the IAEA and Iran will resolve outstanding issues on possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program."

Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) had discovered these side agreements when they met with IAEA officials in Vienna. Their press release points out that "Both arrangements will not be vetted by any organization other than Iran and the IAEA, and will not be released even to the nations that negotiated the JCPOA [Iran nuclear agreement]."

In a word, these side deals were designated as secret, and are not accessible to the US. This means that knowing there is adequate compliance, rigorous verification, and timely enforcement depend primarily on accepting the conclusions issued by the IAEA, but we have no information on how they will carry out inspections and/or whether they succumbed to political pressures. Talk about buying a naked pig in a shielded poke! It doesn't require knowledge of nuclear science to deduce that the negotiators knew that the inspection protocols, which are crucial to serious monitoring of Iran's nuclear program, were likely inadequate. Iran has often controlled the negotiations by stubborn refusals or arrogant demands, putting progress on hold. Were verification adequate, the verification protocols would be proudly displayed in the Deal document. Instead, they were cleverly taken off the table so that methodology would not be subject to questioning by Congress or the American public.

As Fleitz points out, "This means that two crucial measures of Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement will not be disclosed to Congress despite the requirements of the Corker-Cardin bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act), which requires the Obama administration to provide the U.S. Congress with all documents associated with the agreement, including all "annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements [emphasis added], implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical, or other understandings and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future."

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IRAN: NO IAEA INSPECTORS WERE PRESENT AT SUSPECT MILITARY BASE WHEN WE COLLECTED SAMPLES

by Patrick Goodenough

Without rigorous verification, there is no way to know whether Iran is complying with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal (IND). A major weakness of the IND is that the verification procedures are not part of IND. They are part of secret contractual arrangements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Essentially then, we have to trust IAEA's verification procedures; we have to trust that IAEA is trustworthy.

We had already discovered that IAEA inspectors can not simply walk into any Iranian site at any time. They have to request permission and the entire process can take months. We had already learned that Iran has refused to let IAEA into military sites. Now there is more news.

Patrick Goodenough writes about the mid-September 2015 IAEA inspection of Iran's base at Parchin. Parchin has been a particular site of interest to the IAEA, which has tried to inspect there since 2005. It is more urgent now because there is evidence that Iran has recently been sanitizing the place. Iran appeared to capitulate and the site was finally inspected. Now we learn that "Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi told the IRNA state news agency Monday [September 21, 2015] that Iranian experts had collected the samples 'in the absence of the inspectors affiliated to the International Atomic Energy Agency,' before the samples were handed over to IAEA officials."

Well, that certainly tells us how much we can trust the procedures that verify Iranian compliance with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Immediately afterwards, we learned from IAEA chief Yukiya Amano how much we can trust IAEA in general. Amano insisted the "the process was carried out under our responsibility and monitoring." Certainly it was the IAEA's responsibility. But even allowing Iranian technicians to participate let alone collect the samples seems an odd way for the IAEA to monitor sample collection.

The IAEA is in the process of collecting information on allegations that Iran had been trying to developing atomic weapon capability. Its report is due mid-October, with a final report due December 2015. Care to take a guess what their findings will be?

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INSPECTING PARCHIN AND BEYOND

by Olli Heinonen

Dr. Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, has published an essay on IAEA verification procedures. He notes that "these procedures [in the side documents to address Possible Military Dimensions (PMD)] appear to be risky, departing significantly from well-established and proven safeguards practices... Iran remains a nuclear threshold state with a breakout time of about a year for the first ten years if the JCPOA is fully implemented. Furthermore, Iran remains in non-compliance with its non-proliferation undertakings. This makes it all the more important that the IAEA is able to establish a credible baseline to ensure that Iran has halted its PMD activities and is able to monitor and provide early warning if such activities resume." Heinonen's characterization of what constitutes proper monitoring behavior generates confidence in what he says. Unfortunately, Heinonen's attitude is not matched by that of IAEA's current director general, Yukiya Amano, who seems to have a much more casual approach to what constitutes proper monitoring and more confidence in Iran's trustworthiness than is warranted by Iran's behavior.

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WHAT DOES IRAN GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?

Except for future revisions and reinterpretations in the Iran Nuclear Deal — all likely to relieve Iran of even more responsibilities — we now have a pretty good idea of what Iran's rulers were after and what they got. Their expectation have been met, even though these are much more outrageous than Prez Obama's modest desire for a legacy, where almost anything, even this awful nuclear deal, would do.

Although Iran's contractual obligations are minimal, Iran still reserves the right to do whatever it wants. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has underlined that Iran will not allow foreign countries to interfere in its defense and military affairs and will continue arms sales and purchases irrespective of the views of other states. "We will purchase weapons from wherever we deem necessary and we are not waiting for anyone's permission; if we deem necessary we will sell our weapons and we will do this without paying attention to any resolution" [...] "On Friday, the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that Iran 'will continue developing its defense capabilities and military might, especially the surface-to-surface ballistic missiles.'" (Fars-Iran. August 22, 2015. See here.)

The P5+1 held all the good cards, but, given the poor quality of their negotiators, it is not surprising that Iran, with the help of the American president, won the pot. With a lack of diplomatic politeness, it immediately started to brag of its victory over its enemies. As Adam Kredo wrote: "Iranian President Rouhani celebrated the deal in a speech that detailed how the country received everything it was looking for from the United States... [He] went on to say that Iran 'will scrutinize implementation of the agreement" to ensure that the United States and other world powers uphold their end of the bargain.'" (here). [emphasis added]


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THE IRAN DEAL, EXPLAINED

by Noah Pollak

When Truth Revolt reprinted Noah Pollak's article (see here), they wrote: "In a news conference (Wash Post, July 15, 2015), President Obama touted the Iran nuclear deal as a 'powerful display of American leadership and diplomacy' that shows 'what we can accomplish when we lead from a position of strength and a position of principle.' So what exactly did we 'accomplish'? To answer that question, Noah Pollak has provided a devastating 'balance sheet' that 'cut[s] through the rhetoric surrounding the Iran deal' by listing in 'simple and non-technical' terms what we get out of the Iran deal versus what the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism gets. The reader is free to make up his own mind about the merits of the deal and the extent to which it advances U.S. interests and U.S. security, and that of our allies,' writes Pollak, but as he implies, it's hard to imagine how anyone can look at the actual terms of the deal and not agree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that this is a 'stunning historic mistake.'" (see here.)

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IRAN WINS, WE LOSE

by Herbert London

Herbert London writes that the Iranian leadership had four objectives when negotiating with P5+1. They wanted to continue their nuclear projects, including work on a nuclear bomb; they wanted sanctions removed; they wanted their criminal record — anti-Iran resolutions by the Security Council — deleted and the nuclear record expunged. They were completely successful. As London writes: "What this agreement has done from Rohani's point of view is legitimate Iran as a nuclear power, ignoring its role as the leading state sponsor of terror and a nation responsible for the death of at least 1000 Americans. No wonder Iran celebrates. This agreement is a victory the Shia have sought for 1400 years since the split with the Sunni majority."

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REPERCUSSIONS FROM THE 'DEAL' IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND FURTHER

Even though the nuclear deal is not yet a working entity, it has already promoted significant changes in the Middle East. First, the combination of Iran's projected full pocketbook and its determination to acquire both conventional and nuclear weaponry has caused other Middle East countries to focus on acquiring nuclear weapons. Second, Iran can buy all the foot soldiers it needs and can readily acquire proxies to fight in different countries. Syria can be maintained as a nodal point in the war between Shi'ite and Sunni. Iran can create diversions and start new aggression where ever it wishes.

FIRST: As facts of the 'deal' became known, it became clear that Iran's nuclear ambitions will be unrestrained in the future. This understanding is already leading Sunni countries, fearful of Shi'ite Iran's new power, to set more rapidly into motion nuclear weapon programs of their own. Saudi Arabia has long feared a nuclear Iran and has been considering how to develop a mighty nuclear and conventional armament program of its own. Saudi Arabia has an inadequate population, one not distinguished in scientific enterprise; she imports much of her technology and the people to run the various institutions. She could short circuit trying to create an infrastructure that is beyond her abilities by inducing Pakistan to share either its knowledge or some of its nuclear arsenal directly. She did, after all, bankroll a substantial part of Pakistan's current store of weapons. And Russia is said to have agreed to help build reactors for the Saudis.

Egypt and Jordan have less financial resources but they are also about to start less ambitious nuclear programs with Russia's help. With what appears to be political neutrality, Russia is also supplying Iran with a missile-defense system to protect her nuclear facilities from attack.

The most likely candidate to initiate a substantial program to develop nuclear weapons is Turkey. She has a large population, many of whom are educated in advanced science; she already has two research nuclear power facilities built with help; and she, too, has signed an agreement with Russia to built a large nuclear power facility.

Altogether, according to the Jewish Virtual Library (here): "Like Iran, at least twelve other Middle Eastern countries have either announced plans to explore atomic energy or have signed nuclear cooperation agreements: Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman (Two other counties - Yemen and Libya - cancelled their nuclear programs). Each of these countries, like Iran as well, have explicitly stated that they are only interested in peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The fear is now that these countries may follow the Iranian example and work toward building a nuclear bomb to protect themselves in any future nuclear arms race." These mostly Sunni countries fear a nuclear Iran, particularly now that the US will be obligated by its treaty with Iran to protect Iran's nuclear program from harm.

Obama's 'deal' doesn't deal with Iran's warfare in Syria or Yemen or with its support of Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran's one hundred and fifty billion dollar windfall and its freedom from sanctions are immediately of concern because Iran will have the freedom and the wherewithal to strive to establish her hegemony over the Middle East. Iran will be able to destabilize and restructure the Middle East at a faster pace because she will be able to pay for an increased number of terrorist attacks in more parts of the Middle East and give bigger bribes to more politicos, thus challenging Saudi Sunni control of the region. So Iran's enriched attempts to move to a dominant position are an immediate and existential problem for the Saudis.

With some misgivings about verification, Saudi Arabia has come out for Obama's Deal, but this doesn't imply what we'd ordinarily assume, namely, that the Saudis are in tune with the Obama Administration. It's unlikely King Salman believes Obama has stopped Iran's nuclear weaponization plans, but as Saudi's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said, "Now we have one less problem for the time being to deal with, with regards to Iran. We can now focus more intensely on the nefarious activities that Iran is engaged in the region." (Salman Rafi, "US concerned as Saudi Arabia, Israel team up against common foe Iran," see here.)

SECOND: Even without the deadly potential of a nuclear war, a future possibility, the Iran Deal has already had repercussions in the Middle East, strengthening some alliances and destabilizing more fragile areas.

The region has never been known for stability. Quite the opposite. And in the last few years, since the "Arab spring", it is like a 7-legged chair, where each leg is of a different size. Libya has split into multiple terrorist-controlled domains; Lebanon is in large part Hezbollah-controlled; Yemen is split into three regions, each fighting the other; aside from a Kurd-controlled area, Syria is the locus of multiple Sunni terrorist groups all fighting the Iran-backed Bashar Assad's government and often each other; some of Iraq is controlled by Iran, some by ISIS, some by the Kurds and the rest is pending; Jordan, without the protection of the Saudis and Israel, would last about as long it would take its king to fly off to Europe.

The Palestinian Arabs, useful to the Arab countries because they could be presented to the world as pitiful victims of Israel's aggression, are, in the present crisis, of low priority. Fatha's head, Mahmoud Abbas is in motion, looking in scatter-brained fashion for money sources and political support. Sunni Hamas is now on Shi'ite Iran's payroll, as is Hezbollah. And while Sunni allies are unreliable and Sunni terrorists are split between multiple groups, some of which, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, hate each other more than they hate the Shi'ites, Iran appears whole and untroubled by internecine fights between her clients and mercenaries. So Saudi Arabia is focusing its efforts on strengthening Egypt, obtaining weaponry needed in the future, persuading irresolute countries such as Pakistan to join the fight and coordinating with Israel.

The fragile rights of the minority Christian and "heretical" Muslim groups are deteriorating still further. The massacring, rape and forced conversions to Islam of Christians have become so common, they are no longer news, but the slaughter continues. The Western Protestant churches ignore their fellow-Christians, preferring to put their efforts into helping to destroy Israel economically by BSD efforts. The Roman Catholic Pope has committed his Church to the Palestinian Arab cause, while ignoring the plight of the Middle East's Christians.

Russia to date has mostly helped build facilities and supply weaponry but although it may have less resources than the US, it has a much stronger leader. To date, it hasn't played a large role, at least not publicly.

The turmoil is spreading in and beyond the Middle East. Syrians fleeing from the combat have taken refuge in Jordan, Lebanon and and especially Turkey, contributing to the pressure on these countries. Businessmen from European countries, itching to get some of Iran's billions, ignore some of the ramifications of Iran's increased power. Buyers of Middle East oil have always been uneasy. Arabs have always associated supplying oil with buyers accepting — or at least not attacking — Muslim political views. Iran will not be timid about using its role as a major oil supplier to the Far East to make India and China and Japan understand they must actively support her activities.

Some social engineers are following the Marxist edict always to take advantage of a crisis: they are promoting the idea that Europe, already swamped by unassimilatable Muslims, should take in more of them And Prez Obama, always happy to downgrade America, wants to add thousands of Syrian refugees to the terror-prone Somalis he has already brought to the States, using tax-payers' money to bring them in and welfare money to support them.

In this bubbling and turbulent mix, there is one country that stands out as unpredictable.

Turkey has long been the joker in the Middle East deck. As David P Goldman said (The Persian Pandora's Box" July 16,2015 here): "Turkey's reaction to the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran will be something of a bellwether. The reactions of other regional players were known in advance, except for Turkey's, which has tried to play all sides, and no longer can. When Iran was isolated diplomatically in 2010, Turkey sought to mediate between Iran in the West, and failed miserably. In 2012 and 2013, Turkey helped Iran skirt sanctions through a billion-dollar gold trade that allowed Iranian traders to buy the precious metal in Turkey, cart it to Dubai, and sell it for foreign exchange. But Turkey and Iran are the bitterest of opponents in the Syrian civil war, with Turkey backing ISIS as a blunt instrument against the Assad regime, and against the Syrian Kurds, whose hopes for autonomy further the Kurdish national cause."

Some things seem certain. Although a member of NATO, Turkey is an active player in the confusing alliances and clientships of the Middle East. Turkey doesn't want a Kurdish state next to it. Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood are bosom buddies. Turkey and Egypt are definitely not. Egypt openly captured Turkish intelligence officers actively involved in guerrilla war waged by IS in Sinai and Egypt.

Statements about Turkey and other Middle East countries should be tagged by date. Turkey's attitude toward ISIS is not immutable. As a generality, it fights ISIS when it must, but would rather devote its fire power to attacking the Kurds. There is documentary evidence that Turkish officials have directly interacted with high-level ISIS members (Robert Spencer, July 29, 2015, here). Turkey has long been a conduit through which IS has smuggled weaponry into Syria and young volunteers from around the world have come to ISIS. But on July 20, 2015 ISIL bombed Suruc, a town in Turkey. This made them a (temporary?) enemy.

The Turks are unambiguously against Syria, well they were in June 2015. It's not quite clear in July 2015. With IS's threat to Turkey's security the new top priority, Syria has been downgraded. And Turkey and the Saudis have been diplomatically smiling at each other, although the Saudis are backing Egypt. Saudi would like Turkey as part of a Sunni consensus against Iran, but Turkey views Egypt with distaste, and, as always, is somewhat mercurial.

This section discusses the complexity woven into the simple statement that Iran will use some of its new billions of dollars to strengthen Syria's Bashar al-Assad in his fight against ISIS and the Syrian rebels. It explores some aspects of the relationships and schemes of Turkey vis a vis Syria. Can we predict whether Turkey will again side with Iran? It seems likely it will. But that won't harm Turkey's relationship with Prez Obama, another good friend of Iran.


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SYRIA AND TURKEY — A HISTORY OF A COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP

by Euronews Staff

This article by Euronews Staff focuses on the changing relations over time between Turkey and both Syria and Isis. Turkey and its neighbor, Syria, have had good and bad relations over many years. The situation has been more complicated since the rise of Isis. When Isis has behaved itself in its dealing with Turkey, Turkey has focused on its chronic disagreements with Syria. When ISIS has forced a confrontation, Turkey has focused on fighting ISIS. In general, they are allies, even though ISIS is fighting Iran, with whom Turkey does deals.

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SYRIA'S NEW DIPLOMACY

by Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer explains how what was initially a civil war in Syria has splintered into multiple independent conflicts, involving Sunni Arab rebels, the Kurds, IS, and Turkey. Spyer makes an important point about these separate wars being fought inside Syria. "So even if Assad's declining fortunes were to lead to his departing the scene, the war for Syria's succession, and the suffering of its inhabitants, would almost certainly not be at an end."

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WHAT TURKEY WANTS IN SYRIA

by Burak Bekdil

Currently, Turkey has joined the West's fight against ISIS in Syria. Aside from this giving Turkey an opportunity to hit at the Kurds, as Burak Bekdil writes, Turkey has emphasized that it wants to install a moderate group when it clears the area of ISIS. It has suggested the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a group that doesn't have the ability to fight IS or Syria. Moreover, the FSA, once touted as a democratic group seeking civil rights in Syria, has been shown to be just as prone to practices such as recruiting children as soldiers as any Salafist terror gang. Bekdil suggests Turkey's actual objective is to find a new safe home for the Sunni Salafist Muslim Brotherhood, a group that both Turkey and the Obama administration like, encourage and shelter.

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OBAMA STRIKES AGAIN

by Caroline Glick

Caroline Glick provides the major highlights of what Turkey is doing in Syria. She emphasizes the important point that under the guise of cooperating with Western forces in fighting ISIS, Turkey devotes most of its effort to killing Kurds. "As for that 'safe area' in northern Syria, as the Kurds see it, Erdogan will use it to destroy Kurdish autonomy. He will flood the zone with Syrian Arab refugees who fled to Turkey, to dilute the Kurdish majority. And he will secure coalition support for the Sunni Arab militias - including those still affiliated with al-Qaida - which will be permitted by NATO to operate openly in the safe area." This is being done with Obama's concurrence and in a most sanctimonious manner. Obama could do no better.

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SELLING A DANGEROUS DEAL

On May 7, 2015, "the Senate held a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, commonly referred to as the "Corker-Cardin bill", in which every Senator voted on that bill with the understanding that the Iran nuclear agreement was an executive agreement, and not a treaty, and that United States sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program remain in place." By the Constitution, it takes a yes vote by 2/3s of the members for Congress to confirm a treaty, which means that 67 senators need to YES to ratify a treaty. The Corker-Cardin bill will pass legislation with only 1/3 of the members voting yes. It gave Congress 60 days to review the final agreement when there was a final agreement.

Negotiations between P5+1 and Iran were completed in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. The full text of the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) is available here, here and here, among many other sites. Buzzfeed here has linked to a version posted by the Russian government here.

In a press conference July 14, 2015, Prez Obama said he'd veto any Congressional legislation that would prevent implementation of the Deal — and that was true. He also said the Deal was built on verification, not trust. He said that the Deal prevented Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and American national security depended on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. He said inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran's key nuclear facilities. Secretary of State John Kerry in a press conference in Vienna said the agreement would allow sanctions to snap right back into place if Iran reneges on its commitments. Three bald lies from Obama, one from Kerry.

Following a "diplomatic blitzkrieg" by the Obama Administration, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), which includes the P5 members (U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China), voted unanimously July 20, 2015 for the Deal and agreed to lift its sanctions. This was done "under silence". As Mark Langfan explains (here:)

In an "under silence" adoption procedure, instead of the UNSC holding a normal positive vote, the motion that is set for party specifically objects to the motion. This "under silence" procedure would put the onus on Israel to be the first, and possibly the only, objector to the UNSC's adoption of the Iran deal.

In the established handbook on diplomacy, G. R. Berridge's "Diplomacy: Theory and Practice," the "under silence" procedure is described as being used by the majority where "a proposal with strong support is deemed to have been agreed unless any member raises an objection to it before a precise deadline: silence signifies assent — or, at least, acquiescence. This procedure relies on a member in a minority fearing that raising an objection will expose it to the charge of obstructiveness and, thereby, the perils of isolation."

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And for history's sake, it would be important to have the 15 members of the UN Security Council go on record as having voted for what many have called a modern-day 1938 Munich Appeasement of the Nazis, in a comparison to the Islamic regime's calls to destroy Israel while reportedly building a nuclear arsenal.

The JCPOA was adopted with no show of hands or discussion or signing a document.

The House and Senate had until September 17, 2015 to, in the words of Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure (see here), "to review the agreement, reached by international negotiators in July, and ultimately vote for a resolution of approval or disapproval."

Hertling and Kaitlyn wrote that "[e]nactment of a resolution of disapproval from Congress would remove President Obama's ability to lift sanctions on Iran. This outcome is now improbable because Senate Democrats have secured enough votes in support of the nuclear agreement to sustain a presidential veto of any resolution of disapproval, notwithstanding the likely opposition of all Republican senators (only one is undecided) and the opposition of several leading Democratic senators."

On September 10, 2015, the Senate voted to end debate on the resolution of disapproval. By the rules of the Corker-Cardin bill, only 34 YES votes (1/3 of the number of Senators) were needed and the Democrats had 42 votes to end the debate. With four Democrats voting with them, the Republicans had 56 votes to vote AGAINST ending the debate to disapprove JCPOA, which wasn't enough. 60-votes is needed to negate a resolution. The House did not vote on JCPOA at all. Technically, Congress did not vote for or against the JCPOA per se.

Now President Obama can concentrate on selling the deal to the general public, most of whom don't like it, and making its operations bullet-proof before the public is aware that Iran will do whatever it wants, while the P5+1 is obligated to help them build a bomb. To help him, he has the enthusiastic cooperation of a large group of well-funded news media, academics and (mostly) Muslim front organizations for Iran.


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THE RISE OF THE 'IRAN LOBBY': TEHRAN'S FRONT GROUPS MOVE ON — AND INTO — THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

by Clare M. Lopez

This article by Clare Lopez on the Iran Lobby was written in 2009. As Lopez noted in a more recent article (see here), the 2009 article "was offered as a warning about the constellation of forces that was just then moving into power positions from which to influence U.S. foreign policy in ways supportive of the Tehran regime's objectives."

There have been some changes in personnel and group names and people have changed jobs if not ideology. The Campaign for a New American Policy for Iran (CNAPI) website no longer exists. Sahar Nowrouzzadeh had left her job at NIAC but didn't leave her ideology behind when she become Director for Iran for America's National Security Council. Joseph Cirincione directs Ploughshares.com, a site that, with a tone of sweet reasonableness, urges the West to forgo military action and try diplomacy, chiding the U.S. as if we were unreasonable to worry that it isn't safe to give the bomb to a country whose salafist leaders can't stop blurting out their hatred of the US and Israel. WND's Aaron Klein (November 15, 2014. see here) notes that Ploughshares "has also partnered with a who's who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the Demos progressive group, where Obama's former green jobs czar, Van Jones, serves on the board." In December, 2012, former CNAPI experts, James Dobbins and Amb. Thomas Pickering, were among those that signed an open letter suggesting that easing sanctions would have a greater influence on Iran's "willingness to modify its nuclear program and to cooperate in verifying those modifications" than if we demand more ambitious objectives such as "capitulation to all U.S. demands or regime change." They needed not have worried. The Deal gives Iran sanction easement and a lot more. At no cost. In fact, As David Rutz July, 7, 2015, see here.) pointed out, "On issue after issue over a potential nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has caved... U.S. has fallen short, misled or simply kowtowed on sanctions, uranium enrichment, Iran's breakout capacity, whether Iran could be a good actor and more."

New avenues of projecting how cooperative Iran has been have opened up. The social media have expanded. Tweeting and its clones have proven ideal media for communicating with the attention-handicapped: one can assert a "factoid" without the need to back it up with facts. The Huffington Post just launched an Arabic Edition. It will be managed by Anas Fouda and Wadah Khanfar, both from al-Jazeera, which supports the Muslim Brotherhood. And academics that hate Israel and democracy have become bolder in disseminating their ideology.

But basically, Lopez's excellent reference article on the people and groups who toil to carry out Iran's Mullahs bidding, without balking at anything the Mullahs do, remains fresh and useful.

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TRAITOR SENATORS TOOK MONEY FROM IRAN LOBBY, BACK IRAN NUKES

by Daniel Greenfield

IAPAC is a pro-Iran lobby group which clearly had AIPAC on the brain when it came time to name itself. Daniel Greenfield names US senators that have accepted donations from the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) and are for the Iran Nuclear Deal. It is ironic that one of them, Senator Markey, wants to tighten control of gun ownership to "address the plague of gun violence" but is voting for a deal with Iran — a major money-source for international terrorism and a known cheat — that will allow her much more pernicious weaponry in a few years. In addition to other senators that had a conflict of interest, Secretary-of-State Kerry and Vice-President Biden, both of whom are involved in the Iran nuclear deal, have taken money from IAPAC. As Greenfield points out, "While the so-called 'Israel Lobby' is constantly scrutinized, the fact that key foreign policy positions under Obama are controlled by political figures with troubling ties to an enemy of this country has gone mostly unreported by the mainstream media."

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THE PROFS WHO LOVE OBAMA'S IRAN DEAL

by Cinnamon Stillwell

Despite the unpopularity of the Iran Nuclear Deal, there is one group that continues to promote its virtues: academics, particularly those who are themselves the products of Middle East departments. By no coincidence at all, they also loathe US and Israel. Cinnamon Stillwell provides us with word images of some of the most virulent of these professors. In the style of Baghdad Bob, they deny that Iran plans to build a bomb and on the basis of nothing, some are sure the mullahs will benevolently use the freed funds to better the economy for the Iranian people. They are quick to divert criticism of Iran's plans on how she says she will use nuclear weaponry to finding fault with Israel's nuclear program, although Israel has never threatened to use their bombs on other countries. With these professors able to influence students, the damage that Edward Said did to the academic field of Middle East studies lingers on.

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WE CAN STILL DEFEAT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

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Despite the huge amount of funds and propaganda invested in selling the Iran Nuclear Deal, Americans instinctively reject allowing an insane totalitarian state planning genocide have nuclear weapons. Only some 21% of the public wants the Obama Deal (September 2015. Pew poll). With good reason. As Alex Joffee wrote: (August 3, 2015, here):

"It is revealed daily just how horrendous the deal really is. On every point enrichment, centrifuges, stocks of fissile material, inspections, sanctions on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps members and businesses, 'snapback,' etc. the Obama administration caved completely. Concessions on ballistic missiles and arms sales were thrown in at the last minute; the administration lied about it all, while Iran touted its victories and American capitulation. All this went on amidst a background of Iranian chants of 'death to Israel' and 'death to America,' which entered not at all into American calculations."

The Obama Administration has cut a deal with Iran that is designed to benefit no one but the fanatical Mullahs of Iran. Turmoil in the Middle East will increase. Europe will increasingly become dhimmified, Americans will live in fear of seemingly random organized terror attacks.

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People don't like the deal, but there are so many distractions, so many other personal and national problems to worry about. And the media aren't doing their job of keeping an important situation constantly in front of the public.

We can still stop the monstrous transaction that will help Iran become a nuclear power and hence the most important regime in the Middle East, giving it more money and more freedom to pursue its desire to reestablish a Persian empire that espouses Shia Islam, while subjecting non-Muslims to an inferior status. We can still stop the Deal from coming to fruition.


WAYS AND MEANS

BECOME PROACTIVE: Americans need to change their attitude that there's nothing more they can do. Americans who love America must start acting up. Forcefully. In the absence of a media and press working properly, we need to do it ourselves. We need to act for ourselves by ourselves.

WRITE LETTERS, HOLD RALLIES, DO STREET THEATER: We can form groups that write letters and inform others about the specifics of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). We can join grass root groups — such as the Tea Party, Judicial Review, etc ‐ that have sprung up to resist all the ways that the present Administration has devised to weaken our country. We need to talk about it at our dinner tables. We need to make it a joint concern with our friends. We need to worry about it. We can network and alert others across the country through Facebook and twitter and other social media. The web is neutral. The key is sustained effort.

PRESSURE CONGRESS: We can continue to bug our congressmen. We have the phone, the letter, the visit by constituents. We can make those congressmen that helped pass the Iran Nuclear Deal become aware that in kowtowing to Obama, they haven't been representing the people. Tell them they have a chance to redeem themselves between now and the next election by proactively terminating US's participation. Maybe Congress can use countering JCPOA as an exercise in learning how to recapture its Constitutional role as an entity independent of the Executive Branch. And that means it must be made to fear the power of its constituents more than that of the Obama Administration.

PRESSURE THE STATES: Congress makes laws but so do the States. And the states need not accept Federal agreements passively. As Joel Pollak writes (see below), "they cannot be forced to implement an international treaty or agreement that is not self-executing—i.e. one whose implementation requires new congressional laws." Surprisingly, "Many of the states that have applied harsh restrictions on Iran, moreover, are liberal "blue" states. New York, for example, maintains a blacklist of persons "determined to be engaged in investment activities in Iran." People on the blacklist can not bid on contracts put out by New York State.

PRESSURE THE COURTS: We can exert pressure by way of the courts. First, the Deal is not a legal treaty as defined by the Constitution, but is sufficiently weighty to require treatment as one, even if it defined as an agreement. This might require the Supreme Court to determine its status. Second, terrorists can be sued for damages in the U.S.A. In February 23, 2015, the families of the American victims of Palestinian acts of terror won their case claiming million of dollars of damages. Already a lawsuit has been filed (August 11, 2015) against Sec-of-State John Kerry and Treasury Sec Jacob Lew by two dozen plaintiffs who were victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism between 1995 and 2006. More can be done. Even though we think that Saudis were responsible for 9/11, it has been established that Iran was responsible in large part for the destruction of the Twin Towers and part of the Pentagon and the (thwarted) attempt to destroy the White House (see below and here.) Three thousand people died. Their families has the right to sue Iran. We can try to force the decision-making courts to freeze Iran's assets until the courts have time to hear the claimants and make a decision.

EXAMINE JCPOA IN CONTEXT OF RELEVANT LAWS ALREADY IN FORCE: Louis Beres writes about the JCPOA's "crude subversion of both international and national law ..." (see paper below). First, it violate the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which became law in 1970 and was extended in 1995 to continue with no time limit. The nuclear countries that signed the NPT are obliged NOT "in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices." Moreover, Beres points out, Prez Obama "refused to base his country's negotiations with Iran upon a duly contingent expectation that Tehran's leadership first abrogate unambiguously genocidal statements" Hence, JCPOA also violates the Genocide Convention, which "criminalizes not only genocide per se, but also 'conspiracy to commit genocide,' and 'direct and public incitement to commit genocide.'" Beres also discusses an interesting topic: what strategies will Iran utilize, when it has gotten all that it wants from the JCPOA and is ready to terminate its participation unilaterally.

James Rosen (October 9, 2015, here) raises another legal issue. "[T]he Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by President Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called 'foreign sub' loophole." Aside from the language in ITRA that directs that foreign subsidiaries of American companies are to be treated as are the parent companies, "Additional executive orders and statutes signed by President Obama, such as the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, have reaffirmed that all prior federal statutes relating to sanctions on Iran shall remain in full effect." Iran is on our Terrorist List, so American companies can not deal with her. If foreign subsidiaries are to be treated like their owners, then the subsidiaries can not do business with Iran. But, "Section 5.1.2 of Annex II [of JCPOA] provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. 'shall...license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.'" In reopening this loophole, Prez Obama is violating his own 2012 law. Companies and their subsidiaries are also at risk of violating the law. As Senator Ted Cruz said, "Any U.S. company that follows through on this, that allows their foreign-owned subsidiaries to do business with Iran, will very likely face substantial civil liability, litigation and potentially even criminal prosecution. The obligation to follow federal law doesn't go away simply because we have a lawless president who refuses to acknowledge or follow federal law."

PUBLICIZE FAILURES OF THE UN: It is almost certain that Iran will soon provide us with activity proving it is in violation of JCPOA stipulations. According to Dr. Saberi Ansari, Iran's legal advisor during the talks, "JCPOA is neither an agreement nor a treaty... An agreement or a treaty is distinguished by the fact that its contents are binding on contracting parties. This is not the case with JCPOA."

Salomon Benzimra points out (see below) that Iran is flagrantly ignoring UN resolutions by conducting acts of terror and by spewing hate against Israel. In this way, Iran is putting in-your-face pressure on the UN, which has strong resolutions against terrorism. On July 20, 2015, the UN passed United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231, which is essentially JCPOA plus some attention to Iran acquiring conventional weapons and ballistic missiles. The resolution was passed in silence and not signed by the negotiators.

By September, three top Iranian leaders — President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi — stated that they will abide by the provisions of only the JCPOA and they will violate Resolution 2231. They are indeed violating Resolution 2231. But they are also already violating JCPOA. In mid-October, 2015, October 18, 2015 to be exact, the Iran Nuclear Deal took effect and conditional waivers were given. By then, Iran had arrogantly given us evidence of disregarding components of the deal that they didn't like. Or they did things that would make their nuclear program more dangerous. According to AP, "Iran successfully test-fired a guided long-range ballistic surface-to-surface missile." (here.) Supreme Leader Khamenei said "the U.S. and European Union must announce that they were dropping sanctions before Iran completely fulfilled its obligations." (here.) Yukiya Amano, Director-General of IAEA is still trying to set up interviews with Iranian scientists and hold an inspection at Parchin, supposedly an issue that was resolved. Now it comes out that the previous visit to Parchin was to an area unconnected to the suspicious area.

CONNECT JCPOA AND IRAN'S BANKING/BROKERAGE PRACTICES: Patrick Clawson (August 21, 2015. see below) writes about Iran's murky banking structure. He notes that "... under the nuclear deal Washington has reserved rights to preserve serious limits on Iranian trade with European and Asian firms. Banks are involved in trade in several ways and Washington retains the power of "sanctioning foreign banks involved in Iran trade, supporting seizure of Iranian assets, highlighting the risks from Iranian deceptive financial practices, and maintaining regulatory pressure."

As Clawson points out, "it is by no means clear if the Obama administration will make vigorous use of those rights." However, there is nothing to stop private citizens refusing to have their money invested in businesses that trade with Iran or pressuring their credit unions not to invest in companies doing business with Iran. A small group of knowledgeable activists can leverage their effectiveness by building up a network of people less acquainted with banking and brokerage practices but who are indignant at the thought of contributing to Iran's support of terror activities globally. The USA Patriot Act states:

"If you are a financial institution and you engage in any transaction involving Iran's Central Bank or any other Iranian bank operating inside or outside Iran, you are at risk of supporting Iran's illicit activities: its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its support for terrorism, and its efforts to deceive responsible financial institutions and evade sanctions. Any and every financial transaction with Iran poses grave risk of supporting those activities."

We have the tools. We need to use them.


IS THE JCPOA A TREATY OR A MORE CASUAL DEAL?

One way to attack the JCPOA is to start by pinning down its legal and functional status. And then we can use congressional and legal means to block it from being implemented.

What exactly is the Iran Nuclear Deal? It is constructed as — and has the power of — a major treaty. It is between members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany with a single country, Iran. It is also a special contract between the U.S. and Iran that will make Iran's progress towards developing nuclear weaponry a partnership.

Yet, as if it were a minor undertaking, it is called a deal, an arrangement, an executive agreement, anything but a treaty.

Why was it done this way? One answer is that Obama and his henchmen knew that if it were sent to Congress for ratification as a treaty, they could never get it through Congress. A treaty must be ratified by two-thirds of the membership of the Senate and there are not 67 Senators willing to vote for its ratification.

For whatever reason, members of the Senate were apparently convinced that it would be better to draw up a bill that didn't define the JCPOA as a treaty. In fact, it was specifically declared not to be a treaty. On May 7, 2015, the Cocker-Cardin Bill came into being.

The full text of the amended Corker-Cardin bill can be found here. A summary for congress is available here.

It was NOT a direct vote on JCPOA. It was presented as a way "[t]o provide for congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran's nuclear program, and for other purposes." Every senator except Tom Cotton voted for it, Democrats and Republicans alike. It provided deadlines for the President to provide information on various components of the JCPOA.

These are its major points: (Note: glosses are in [])

I am not a lawyer but by the wording of Corker-Cardin, it does seem that Congress takes it for granted that the agreement when completed is immediately viable. It is not a treaty that Congress must ratify for it to become operational. The Bill appears to assume the agreement will be in force without any Congressional input; Congress does not have to approve it or disapprove it. So I don't understand the supposed concern and upset in Congress, when it was discovered in July that Obama was sending the JCPOA to the UN Security Council for approval and thus it would be operational before it could be reviewed by Congress. See, for example, here.

It does give Congress the right of review after the agreement was signed by President Obama: Congress can as part of its review process try to pass a resolution of disapproval. [Update: it did and of course that failed.]

It's probably not exhaustive, but Corker-Cardin does a fine job of enumerating many of the devious ways Iran can violate the terms of JCPOA. It does deal with Congressional instructions on sanctions. It does require the President to keep Congress informed on Iran's compliance and what he was doing about non-compliance. Time lines are instituted for reporting and repair from the Executive Branch to Congress, else Congress will consider appropriate legislation. If violations are not corrected, "Congress may initiate within 60 calendar days expedited consideration of qualifying legislation pursuant to this subsection."

All in all, not a strong bill.

The executive agreement, the JCPOA, was finalized in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. As prescribed in Coker-Cardin, "Congress will hold hearing for 60 days after it receives the Agreement and all its collateral material. During this period, the President can not remove sanctions." Congress began hearings. It began its review. As Andrew McCarthy wrote: (here)

"The Corker review process is a provision of the Corker law that permits Congress to attempt to enact a "resolution of disapproval" against Obama's Iran deal — an illusory process because there was never any chance that Democrats would allow such a resolution to be enacted over Obama's certain veto."

On September 10, 2015 the Senate approved a resolution to end the debate on a resolution of disapproval of the JCPOA. Don't let the twists and turns of that sentence throw you. The vote was 56 against closure to 42 to stop the debate. The Republicans didn't have the 60 votes necessary to continue the debate. No treaty was ratified. No agreement/arrangement/deal was rejected. On the other hand, no agreement was accepted by Congress. Voting to stop a debate to reject JCPOA is not the same as voting to reject — or accept — JCPOA itself.

There is one clear road block built into Corker-Cardin bill. It insisted that all the documents relevant to the executive agreement be on hand when it reviewed the contract. This didn't happen. Verification is carried out by IAEA and its arrangements for carrying out inspection are in a side document that the US, specifically, is not allowed to see. In fact, Secretary-of-State John Kerry, the American chief negotiator, testified in Congress that he hasn't seen the side agreement. This isn't a trivial point. The mainstay of Obama's arguments for accepting the JCPOA is that it isn't based on trust, it's based on verification. But the U.S. has no way of directly warranting the verification process. We have to trust the IAEA, and we have recently seen how well that works in practice (see the Compliance, Verification and Enforcement section above). Because the Executive Branch has not yet sent Congress all the side issues and other secret documents, a Congress with a spine can argue that until it has all the documents, it can't do a review of the deal. It might halt implementation of JCPOA until this condition is met.

Congress can also argue that documents that it received may have been made obsolete in the last few days before the treaty negotiators accepted JCPOA. Inspectors were supposed to go into suspected nuclear installations anywhere at any time. By the time of agreement, terms had changed. Inspectors had to request permission to come. Iran had 24 days to respond. But some pro-deal proponents were still arguing that inspections were not being limited by Iran.

There is the larger point of the nature of the JCPOA. The JCPOA walks like a treaty and talks like a treaty and has momentous influence on the future of all parts of the world, including ours. The Obama Administration calls it an executive agreement, not a treaty. Does renaming a treaty make what is functionally a treaty a non-treaty? If it is, indeed, only a temporary executive agreement, then it has little substance. It is vulnerable. Yet Congress did little to stop it. Perhaps the next administration will ignore it as arbitrarily as this Administration is using it to empower Iran.


THE RELATION BETWEEN IRAN'S MILITARY NUCLEAR PROGRAM, INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES AND SOME REQUIREMENTS OF THE JCPOA

FACT: The Verification Agency Is Forbidden Access To The Most Likely Places For Developing Nuclear Weaponry.

The Administration says this deal is focused on Iran's making nuclear weapons, not on other bad behavior such as spending its money on terrorists to terrorize. But Iran has a "civilian" nuclear program and a military nuclear program. The JCPOA says very little about Possible Military Dimensions (PMD), but Iran has said emphatically that its military sites will not be open to inspection. And it is the "military sites" where the action probably is.

The White House claims it is blocking Iran from producing a bomb. The White House website provides us with the major reasons it believes Iran is blocked from building a nuclear bomb.

Of the four roadblocks to the bomb, two concern how the JCPOA prevents uranium from being enriched at the Natanz and Fordow facilities and one is about how the plutonium reactor at Arak 'can't produce any weapons-grade plutonium'. But these sites have already been blown. As Clare Lopez wrote (April 15, 2015, see here.)

The critical issues before us then are not so much about the number of centrifuges, or which generation of centrifuges, or what level of enrichment will be allowed to Iran going forward at the show case sites: rather, we must ask why and how our negotiators have themselves been spun up to dither endlessly, but only about sites already in the public domain. Iran's secret parallel nuclear weapons program remains unmentioned and untouched."

The fourth argument on the WH Site touches on the problem of how the JPCOA inspectors will handle yet unidentified sites. How does it block "a covert pathway to building a secret nuclear program." Iran has already said that military facilities can not be inspected. If an exception is made, Iranian technicians will do sample collection. At best, IAEA might view the procedure from cameras, which is not good enough for a proper assessment. (See Olli Heinonen's paper, Section on Compliance, Verification, Enforcement).

Yet, according to the White House, "Basically, from the minute materials that could be used for a weapon comes out of the ground to the minute it is shipped out of the country, the IAEA will have eyes on it and anywhere Iran could try and take it." Considering the effort it took for these zealous IAEA inspectors to get to inspect Parchin — and then it was the Iranians that did the collection — this seems a blithe, almost childish, dismissal of a very serious problem. Iran doesn't fear the verification inspectors. The political fix is in.

FACT: U.S. Will Help Iran To Obtain Nuclear Weapons.

A particularly creepy set of commitments on the part of the PS5+1 is described in the JCPOA Annex III, which envisions nuclear cooperation between Iran and subsets of PS5+1, mutually determined and focused on shared experience and technical implementation and improvement of Iran's "reactors, fuels and associated technologies, facilities and processes," (see here.) For example:

10.D.1 pledges us to: "Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran's ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems;"

10.D.2 pledges us to "Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran's ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems."

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon put it this way:

"The United States and its partners have just become the international protectors of the Iranian nuclear program. Instead of rolling back the Iranian nuclear program, we're now legally obligated to help the Iranians build it up and protect it," said one Western source present in Vienna and who is apprised of the details of the deal. here.

The JCPOA also specifically says that America and its cohorts will "facilitate exchanges and visits to nuclear power plants outside of Iran." This also means that we will not be able to determine the extent of what Iran learns from this. Claudia Rosett wrote this (August 7, 2015. here):

The Iran deal does not say exactly which nuclear plants among the world powers will host these nuclear tours for Iran. Like many aspects of this deal, the nitty gritty will likely be handled by U.S. officials in secret councils, under captions such as "Nuclear safety." Whose safety, exactly? Let's spell this out: If you happen to live downwind of a nuclear power plant, do you really want officials from Iran — world's leading state sponsor of terrorism — casing the joint?

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Obama administration officials have been justifying these arrangements on grounds that their first priority — the blinkered aim of this deal — is to ensure that Iran's nuclear program is "exclusively peaceful." On that premise, in this Iran deal, they propose to endow Iran with training in running a modern "exclusively peaceful" nuclear infrastructure.

Combine these facts with Fusion Technology.

The American administration says that Iran is working only on peaceful nuclear enterprises, ignoring that the deal commits the P5+1 to help them with fusion technology. Dr. Robert E. Buxbaum writes (see here) that the JCPOA:

leaves them "with 1500 kg of 20% enriched U235. That's enough for quick conversion to 8 to 10 Hiroshima-size A-bombs (atom bombs) containing 25-30 kg each of 90% U235." More likely, the Iranians will focus on using nuclear fusion to develop "a hydrogen fusion bomb of the sort that vaporized the island of Bimini: an H-bomb."

Controlled fusion potentially may have many peaceful uses in the future, but not now. It is extremely difficult to work with, while the uncontrolled fusion used to make H-bombs is relatively manageable.

Add A Delivery System: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

Ballistic missiles are not needed for Iran to reach Israel. They are sufficient to travel to the United States loaded with nuclear bombs. And the U.S., according to Iran, is their main enemy; it's the 'Great Satan.'

What experts fear most is an attack on our electric grid. A few bombs properly set off could disable the country. Ambassador Henry Cooper here) describes the potentially catastrophic Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) effects, pointing out that "a burst over the continental U.S. could bring our entire "just in time" economy to an indefinite standstill—we could lose for many months the electric power grid and our communications, transportation, banking and other critical infrastructure systems upon which we depend for survival... most Americans would perish for lack of food and other necessities. For example, diabetics without Insulin would die, as would others without critically needed prescriptions filled. How long would it be before civil order would break down if those in our cities were without the benefits of our globally dependent, just-in-time economy? And then what?"

Recognize That Obama Is Shielding Iran's Real Nuclear Program from Harm.

Obama's Jew-baiting increased outrageously when he feared the JCPOA might be shot down. Since then, he has focused on making sure Israel does not interfere with Iran's plans. Lori Lowenthal Marcus writes (October 23, 2015, here): "ever since 2012, the United States has been spying on Israel in order to prevent the Jewish State from attacking suspected Iranian nuclear sites, according to Friday's Wall Street Journal... The White House had sent an additional aircraft carrier to the region after learning that Israeli aircraft had flown into Iranian airspace in what U.S. officials feared was a test run for an attack on Iran's Fordow plant. The carriers had attack aircraft on board prepared to respond to any Israeli attack on Iran."

No deductive power is necessary to realize that Iran does not have peaceful intent. They have spoken up for themselves. The New York Post Editorial Board (August 13, 2015, here) reports that

Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Lebanon in August, meeting with the head Hezbollah terrorist, Hassan Nasrallah. Hezbollah's TV station al-Manar reported, "Zarif said from Beirut that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers created a historic opportunity for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity." Translation: With a "signing bonus" to Iran of $100 billion or more, the nuke deal will empower the Islamic Republic to send more cash, rockets and other arms to Hezbollah and other anti-Israel terrorist groups. It will also boost Tehran's regional prestige — allowing it to bully other nations into greater hostility toward Israel."

A video called "Believe Them - NO Nukes for Iran", see here, makes the same point.

It is the combination of sharing our knowledge with Iran including how to use fusion power to make hydrogen bombs, their work on developing a ballistic missile capable of carrying bombs to the U.S., Obama's protecting Iran from Israel, and the Iranian hatred of US and Israel that makes JCPOA such a menace to regional and world stability.


CONCLUSIONS

In summary, ObamaDeal is cut from the same cloth as other Obama projects. Prez Obama has an almost unblemished record for picking the wrong side and doing the wrong thing. Like ObamaCare it is poorly defined and designed to do the opposite of its supposed goal, in this case, preventing Iran from making a nuclear bomb. Its promoters are chock full of reassurances that ignore baleful outcomes that are already becoming visible and it rests on trusting the unreliable.

The main objection to getting America out of a lemon of a deal is that the U.N. will remove sanctions anyway. But there's more to the JCPOA than sanctions. Containing Iran's nuclear program depends on timely verification and swift enforcement. As it stands, this Deal paralyzes us more than it binds Iran. If we were not party to this Deal, we wouldn't need to waste inordinate amounts of time and effort trying to prevail upon Iran pretty-please to allow inspection of suspected sites. Detaching U.S. from this contract will give America more flexibility to use appropriate means to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Adoption of JCPOA in the U.S. can be undone with an active educational campaign that exposes the dangers of the agreement; by legal means and by hampering the free exchange of Iran's money.

Freed of our obligations under JCPOA, we will be able to treat friends as friends and enemies as enemies, instead of pretending we can tame Iran's mad mullahs into civilized behavior. An America that acts effectively will give confidence to the Sunni countries that now, with good reason, fear Iran's power play. It may reduce their need to own bombs themselves. At the very least, we won't need to open our facilities to Iranian scientists or train Iranian technicians in how to make hydrogen bombs. We won't be in the ridiculous position of preventing countries such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States from hindering Iran while Iran develops nuclear weaponry to use against us.

The Administration main way of avoiding further inquiry into JCPOA is to insist it's all over. It's a done deal. There's no more to be said.

It is not over, not until the bombs fall or until we make sure Iran has no bombs to throw at us, whichever comes first.


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SURPRISE! THE STATES CAN REJECT THE IRAN DEAL

by Joel B Pollak

Joel Pollak writes about states rights. He notes that " States and local governments do not play much of a role in foreign policy. However, they cannot be forced to implement an international treaty or agreement that is not self-executing—i.e. one whose implementation requires new congressional laws." And they are in control of who bids on state contracts. Moreover, " 30 states have passed divestment laws, roughly a dozen have passed contracting restrictions, and some have passed supplemental legislation, such as a 2012 law passed in California that applies to the state's insurance industry." These forbid "pension funds and contractors from providing economic benefits to Iranian companies and the Iranian regime." As Pollak points out, "That leaves great power in the states' hands to trigger the deal's collapse—or force Obama to re-negotiate."

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LOOKING BEYOND STRATEGY AT THE STILL-HIDDEN FLAWS IN IRAN DEAL.

by Louis René Beres

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which the U.S. is a party, is legal under the Constitution. It explicitly "obligates its nuclear-weapon State Parties '...not in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices'." As Louis Beres points out, this means that JCPOA is in violation of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, commonly known as the Supremacy Clause. JCPOA is also in violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention, which "criminalizes not only genocide per se, but also 'conspiracy to commit genocide,' and 'direct and public incitement to commit genocide.'"

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THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL'S FALLOUT ON THE UNITED NATIONS

Salomon Benzimra

The deal was between members of the Security Council of the United Nations( UNSC) plus Germany and Iran. Salomon Benzimra writes of problems the JCPOA makes for the United Nations because the JCPOA would negate several UNSC resolutions currently in effect that call on UN members to punish acts of terrorism. The UN Charter states, "All Members shall refrain...from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state..." (Art. 2[4])" but the Iranian mullahs rant against Israel and declare they will destroy her. As Benzimra points out, "it is worrisome that the major world powers, led by the U.S. administration, have concocted the lame JCPOA agreement which, beyond all its flaws, casts a serious doubt — by commission and omission — on whatever credibility the United Nations still has as an international institution designed to preserve world peace and fair relations between its member states.

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WILL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENT THE STRINGENT SANCTIONS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE IRAN AGREEMENT?

by Patrick CLawson

Patric Clawson writes about Iran's banking structure and how the JCPOA might impact them, impeding normal trade. He discusses how sanctions would impact Iran's banking practices in several areas: "sanctioning foreign banks involved in Iran trade, supporting seizure of Iranian assets, highlighting the risks from Iranian deceptive financial practices, and maintaining regulatory pressure." As an example, private U.S. lawyers and plaintiffs have to date seized some $46 billion of Iranian assets because of Iranian support of terrorist attacks against specific Americans. Because regulator pressure has been maintained, many major international banks have suffered "billions of dollars in fines for sanctions violations or actions including improper handling of mortgages and manipulating interest rates and foreign exchange rates." Clawson concludes, "Even if the Obama team does little to retain the pressure on foreign financial institutions, the next U.S. administration could decide to be more proactive. Much could be done within the framework of the JCPOA because Washington has only pledged to take extremely modest steps. The failure of the Obama administration to clarify the meaning of various provisions — which on their face appear to provide much sanctions relief but on close reading suggest that need not be the case — has fed the critics' skepticism about what the Obama team plans to do."

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PROPAGANDA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION

pa mother

This is a frame from a video featuring a Palestinian Arab woman, a mother.

The video2 (Click here) is very telling.

As Lev Haolam put it: "This Palestinian mother was shown such kindness by Jews when her young son was treated, free of charge, for his heart problem in an Israeli hospital. She freely acknowledges this, but she still hopes that her child will grow up to be a martyr. This video is a rare look into the mind of someone who worships death and destruction. She describes the difference between her culture and all of Western society perfectly when she explains that for her people life is meaningless. Please share, it is so important that people see this." (Dr. History, August 2015).


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THE POLITICAL NATURE OF TODAY'S MIDDLE EAST STUDIES

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy writes about Edward Said, a major corrupter of an entire area of academic study: Middle East studies. He eventually tainted sister department such as linguistics and political science in many universities. His method of attack was simple. He decreed that Westerners could not understand the Middle East and, even more damaging, they were only interested in justifying colonialism. "The point of pursuing knowledge about 'the languages, culture, history, and sociology of societies of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent,'" Said elaborated, "was to gain more control over the 'subject races' by making 'their management easy and profitable.'" He buffaloed otherwise intelligent academics into accepting this nonsense. He helped make "modern Middle East studies .. a political movement aligning leftism and Islamism under the guise of an academic discipline." This included demonizing Jews and accepting the myth that there existed a Palestinian people whose land was occupied by Israel.

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THE MYTH OF SUSIYA

by Elder of Ziyon

The Arabs and their geographically-challenged media cohort claim that the Arab village of Susiya has been there for centuries and the authorities had no right to expel the villagers from their homes. There indeed was an ancient town of Susiya, but it was Jewish and is now an archeological site. Some Arabs, who actually live in Yatta in the Palestinian Authority sector, in recent years and illegally put up some structures in Susiya as part of a land grab funded by the European Union. The Supreme Court heard the case and ordered demolition. The pro-Arab press and Western diplomats howled in outrage.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S ISLAMIST PROBLEM CONTINUES, SENIOR FIGURE ACCUSED OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LINK

by Donna Rachel Edmunds

Donna Rachel Edmunds writes about the hitherto-denied connection between a senior Amnesty International (AI) official and the Muslim Brotherhood. AI said: "Amnesty International does, however, take very seriously any allegations that would call into question our impartiality and is therefore investigating the issues raised." Peter Kolding, a reader of the original article, pointed out an ironic inconsistency; he wrote: "Let's just understand this: An organization accused of partiality, and with a grotesque record of malice, lies and contempt for democracy and the sovereignty of nations, will be investigating its own impartiality."

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY PROF BLAMES U.S. FOR ISLAMIC STATE SEX SLAVERY

by Robert Spencer

In this article, Robert Spencer dismembers Kecia Ali's defense of Muslim sex-slavery. In a recent article, she wrote, "In focusing on current abuses in the Middle East, perpetrated by those claiming the mantle of Islam, Americans — whose Constitution continues to permit enslavement as punishment for crime — deflect attention from partial U.S. for the current crisis in Iraq." Spencer retorts, "See, the Islamic State doesn't practice sex slavery because it is sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah, but because the U.S. did bad things in Iraq. This is what passes for analysis on most university campuses these days."

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HISTORY SECTION

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IRAN, HEZBOLLAH ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11, RULES FEDERAL JUDGE

by Janice Kephart

Clever pro-Iranian media suggest Iran is all talk, no do. It rants. It says outrageous things. But what has Iran actually done? Hmn? Of course, this works best when written for the ignorant, the readers of the New York Times, for example, an audience that happily ignores that Iran has done both Hezbollah — and at the moment — Hamas proud. Their weapons storehouses are stocked to the brim. Their training camps are full. True, Iran's beleaguered client, Assad of Syria, has his hands full staying alive despite Iran's prodigious help. So, under the radar of that civil war, Iran has been directly attacking the Jews who live on the Golan Heights (See Benjamin Korn, here). More generally, Iran has been attacking Western countries directly and outside of the Middle East for sometime now. It was a major contributor to the 9/11 attack. Janice Kephart writes about "the case of Fiona Havlish, et al v. Usama Bin Laden, et al, 03-CV-9848 (GBD) and is part of the consolidated proceeding In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, Civil Action No. 03 MDL 1570 (GBD)." Based on the "preponderance of the evidence", the Islamic Republic of Iran and its offshoot, Hezbollah, were indicted by a US judge of "providing material support" for the 9/11 attack on the USA. Iran began planning 9/11 in the mid 1980s, when it set up a terrorist task force to plan "unconventional attacks." But this has received little publicity.

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ISLAMOPHOBIA: FACT OR FICTION?

by Denis MacEoin

There are relatively few hate crimes committed against Muslims. As a group, they are more likely to commit hate crimes than be victimized by them. Yet, being labeled an Islamophob is beginning to have serious consequences. Muslims allow no criticism of Islam and are seeking to criminalize 'Islamophobic' speech and writing. Should that happen, the fact that the text is completely factual will be no excuse; it will still be treated as a criminal offense. Denis MacEoin explores some of the background of a ploy that threatens to restrict Western freedom of speech.

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THE ANTI-HISTORY THAT SUSTAINS ANTI-ZIONISM.

by Paul Merkley

In recent years, the mainline Protestant churches — joined by the niche Quakers and Mennonites — have wholeheartedly subscribed to the political BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign intended to destroy Israel. Simultaneously, ignoring history, Bible and cultural differences, their theology now asserts that it is not the Jews but the Palestinian Arabs, a 'people' that, in 1964, sprung full-grown and in an instant from Yasir Arafat's brow, that are the ancient Israelites. Paul Merkley writes of this bizarre inversion of factual history. There is one other notable correlation with the churches adopting this Arabian counter-history. As Merkley pointed out previously (here), the United Churches of Christ "has lost approximately 300,000 members (about 20% of its membership) since 2005, the year when its convention passed its first divestment resolution." Indeed, the rate at which the Methodist, Episcopal and Lutheran churches have also lost members makes the designation "Mainline Protestantism" questionable.

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WHY WAS A NAZI FLAG FLYING FROM A JERUSALEM HOTEL IN THE 1930S?

by Lenny Ben David

Lenny Ben David presents historic pictures of the Fast Hotel near the Jaffa Gate. It served kosher food but its owners were Protestants, members of a community of German Templars in Jerusalem. And in 1933, it housed the German Consulate, complete with Nazi flag. The hotel lasted longer than the Nazis, but it too is now gone.

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Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


We present some articles on the San Remo Conference. Think-Israel will be adding to this Section and adding additional material by August. Thanks to the machinations of Murphy, we have not been able to upload many articles.


THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SAN REMO RESOLUTION

 

THE SAN REMO RESOLUTION

April 25, 1920

This agreement between post-World War I allied powers (Britain, France, Italy, Japan) was adopted on April 25, 1920 during the San Remo Conference. The Mandate for Palestine was based on this resolution; it incorporated the 1917 Balfour Declaration and the Covenant of the League of Nation's Article 22. Britain was charged with establishing a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. Terroritorial boundaries were not decided until four years after.

It was agreed —

(a) To accept the terms of the Mandates Article as given below with reference to Palestine, on the understanding that there was inserted in the proces-verbal an undertaking by the Mandatory Power that this would not involve the surrender of the rights hitherto enjoyed by the non-Jewish communities in Palestine; this undertaking not to refer to the question of the religious protectorate of France, which had been settled earlier in the previous afternoon by the undertaking given by the French Government that they recognized this protectorate as being at an end.

(b) that the terms of the Mandates Article should be as follows:

The High Contracting Parties agree that Syria and Mesopotamia shall, in accordance with the fourth paragraph of Article 22, Part I (Covenant of the League of Nations), be provisionally recognized as independent States, subject to the rendering of administrative advice and assistance by a mandatory until such time as they are able to stand alone. The boundaries of the said States will be determined, and the selection of the Mandatories made, by the Principal Allied Powers.

The High Contracting Parties agree to entrust, by application of the provisions of Article 22, the administration of Palestine, within such boundaries as may be determined by the Principal Allied Powers, to a Mandatory, to be selected by the said Powers. The Mandatory will be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 8, 1917, by the British Government, and adopted by the other Allied Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

La Puissance mandataire s'engage a nommer dans le plus bref delai une Commission speciale pour etudier toute question et toute reclamation concernant les differentes communautes religieuses et en etablir le reglement. Il sera tenu compte dans la composition de cette Commission des interets religieux en jeu. Le President de la Commission sera nomme par le Conseil de la Societe des Nations.

The terms of the mandates in respect of the above territories will be formulated by the Principal Allied Powers and submitted to the Council of the League of Nations for approval.

Turkey hereby undertakes, in accordance with the provisions of Article [132 of the Treaty of Sevres] to accept any decisions which may be taken in this connection.

(c) Les mandataires choisis par les principales Puissances allies sont: la France pour la Syrie, et la Grand Bretagne pour la Mesopotamie, et la Palestine.

In reference to the above decision the Supreme Council took note of the following reservation of the Italian Delegation:

La Delegation Italienne en consideration des grands interets economiques que l'Italie en tant que puissance exclusivement mediterraneenne possede en Asie Mineure, reserve son approbation a la presente resolution, jusqu'au reglement des interets italiens en Turquie d'Asia.

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THE FEAR OF VIOLATING AN OATH WAS OVERTURNED: THE SAN REMO CONFERENCE 95 YEARS AGO

Menahem Rahat

The establishment of many of the Middle East countries was determined at a League of Nations congress at San Remo some ninety-five years ago. There, the international community gave the Jewish people an irrevocable trust to its ancient land, with the assurance that it would eventually create a Jewish State. Yet few Israelis know of the Conference, and successive administrations, in their quest for peace with recalcitrant neighbors, seldoms allude to it. Menahem Rahat explores its power to wipe out Jewish uneasiness at renewing ownership of its land and encouraging its rebirth.

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SHOULD JEWS RECLAIM THE WORDS "PALESTINE" AND "PALESTINIAN"?

by Richard Mather

As Richard Mather points out, "the postmodern notion of a deep-rooted Arab Palestinian culture is a sham." The myth-makers assert that the local Arabs in Israel and its territories are a people who have been there since time immemorial. Mather presents some pertinent facts that contradict the Arab fantasy and make clear the "Palestinian people" has no coherency and is mainly a cludge of Arabs coming from Syria, Egypt and other parts of the Arab world. The land had a meager population for centuries. In the entire area, there was a little over a quarter of a million non-Jews in 1800 and a little less than half million in 1890. Then, the population rose began to rise more rapidly, not coincidentally just when the Jews, coming from Europe to redeem their land, creating economic opportunities for Arabs coming in from neighboring land.

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SAN REMO: THE FORGOTTEN MILESTONE

by Salomon Benzimra

Salomon Benzimra points out the significance of the Sam Remo Conference. For one, "for the first time in history, Palestine became a legal and political entity." The so-called Palestinian people — the local Arabs in Israel and the Territories — had never had a state or sovereignty. Also, the "de jure sovereignty of Palestine was vested in the Jewish people." The San Remo conference was, as Benzimra notes,"a major historical milestone," yet in recent time, the irrevocable grant of sovereignty over the Land of Israel by the Jewish people made by the international community has hardly been mentioned, thus allowing nonsensical claims that the Jews were illegally occupying the land to be taken seriously [emphasis added].

[NOTE: See also Wallace Brand's explanation "in a Nutshell" in the Introduction of the papers on "Britain and the Jewish People", in Part I, September-October 2014 Edition of Think-Israel. See here.]

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ISRAEL NEEDS TO STOP ARGUING THE PALESTINIANS' CASE AND START ARGUING ITS OWN

by Evelyn Gordon

Evelyn Gordon writes an article that shouldn't have to be written. As the title says, it's time Israel stopped acting as unofficial spokesmen pleading the Palestinian cause. With all its savvy in medicine and technology, one would think she could come up with some intelligent way to talk to the world and tell it about the irrevocable right of the Children of Israel to the Land of Israel.

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FORWARD TO EXTINCTION

by Tabitha Koral

Tabitha Koral writes of a subspecies of Jew bred by the centuries in which Jews lacked a sovereign country and often lived as dhimmis. Taking on the attitudes of those that despised them, these Jewish turncoats promote any action that will weaken Israel. Korol writes specifically of Jay Michaelson, contributing editor to the Forward, who advocates giving up Jewish land to the Arabs for a spurious peace.

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FEATURED STORIES

March-April 2015

What we are talking about in the March–April 2015 Issue

  1. This Issue's Themes
  2. ISIS: The Latest Superstar, Terror-Wise (Naipaul, Reuter, Meir-Amit Center, Guitta)
  3. Iran - The Quiet Before The Bomb (Daoud, Segall, Lipkin, Glick, Amidror)
  4. General Observations About Terrorist Groups (Kern, Durie, Ahlert, Merkley, Byman)
  5. Israel In The Eye Of A Stormy Middle East  (Yadlin-Valensi, Schmitt-Merriam, Spyer, Kuperwasser, Hertz, Aviram-Schweitzer)
  6. To Aid And Abet The Enemy: Censor Thyself. Blame The Victim. (McQuillan, Greenfield, Wilders, Lebl, Bryen)
  7. Professional Bad-Mouthers of Israel (Stillwell, Rooks-Bedein, Devolin, Harrod, Ehrenfeld-Jensen, Steyn)
  8. History Section (Ben-David, May, bat Melech)
  9. Blog-Eds (March-April Blog-Eds)


Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


THIS ISSUE'S THEMES

This issue is about the terrorist groups that are reshaping the map of the Middle East.

THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS in this issue describe some major terrorist groups and their impact on the Middle East in general and on Israel in particular.

When Israel became a state, its neighbors attacked it, using conventional warfare. But new methods of warfare were needed once the Arab countries realized they weren't going to beat Israel militarily. They turned to waging effective propaganda campaigns, convincing those that wanted to be convinced that, despite all evidence to the contrary, Israel was occupying Arab land and was abusing the Arab Palestinians. This new attitude towards Israel justified the well-organized terror attacks that began targeting Israel and Jews systematically. In 1964, Yassar Arafat declared the local Arabs were a separate people, retroactively to be known as Palestinians. He then created the Fatah, a terrorist group devoted to killing Jews, both soldiers and civilians. Hamas was established in Gaza in 1987-88 by the Muslim Brotherhood, also with the specific purpose of destroying Israel.

But what has been most successful has been asymmetrical warfare, waged by 'lone wolves,' the younger the better. A Jewish family is stabbed in their sleep one night when an Arab neighbor sneaks into their house; a family driving on the road is shot by a sniper another day; Jews are struck by Arabs steering cars and trucks and bulldozers at them on still other days. Teenagers, two or three at a time, are kidnapped and slaughtered. This asymmetric warfare has been highly successful. Uniforms aren't necessary. Expensive weaponry isn't necessary. A few dollars worth of gasoline and explosive or missiles that are so poorly constructed they hit almost randomly inside and outside of Gaza force Israel to response with the Iron Dome system, high-tech and expensive, with each interception costing some $60,000 (see here).

The size of a terrorist group becomes less important. Israel won't send out a IDF unit to fight a couple of 12-year olds throwing heavy rocks. On the other hand, a terrorist group can grow in size and organization. If it has enough recruits and money and organizational ability, it can become big enough to act almost as a sovereign state. Limitations on weaponry and on the use of biological and chemical warfare that have evolved over the years are ignored.

Once confined almost exclusively to harassing Israel, the new terrorism threatens the entire area. These terrorists often act like sovereign states themselves, without giving up any of their intrinsic thuggish viciousness. It is, in fact, often difficult to tell the difference between a terrorist state and a terrorist gang. ISIS — The Islamic State — is a terrorist gang that has acquired land, oil fields and terrorist affiliates that it supports with funding, weapons and training; it rules harshly over a large civilian population. Iran — The Islamic Republic — is a sovereign state that has land and oil fields and terrorizes a huge civilian population; it has acquired terrorist gangs and sovereign states — what's left of Syria and possibly Yemen via the Houthis — as affiliates that it supports with funding, weapons and training.

In recent times, except for low-keyed inter-clan and inter-tribe skirmishes, attacks have involved defined states: attacks have been encouraged by a government against a specific group, for example, the Armenian massacre; a structured proxy group fights against the Government, such as Hezbollah in the civil war in Lebanon; or the war is between two sovereign powers as between Iran and Iraq. The kings in power when many of the Arab countries were mandated into existence in the 1920s were mostly deposed, replaced by secular or salafist governments, equally or more repressive. But the states always had two features: borders and rulers. In the new Middle East, that is no longer a reliable statement.

Henri J. Barkey, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, made the point this way April 21, 2015 in the Washington Post (see here):

The state as we know it is vanishing in the Middle East. Strife in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, foreign intrusion from states within the region and outside it, and dreadful rule by self-serving elites have all contributed to the destruction of societies, infrastructure and systems of governance. Nonstate actors of all kinds, most of them armed, are emerging to run their own shows. Generations of mistrust underlie it all. [emphasis added]

In the transitional Middle East, sovereign states, major terror groups and splinter gangs, ideologically, have much in common. These Muslim terrorists — thugs, gangs and sovereign states — are almost all salafists. They believe that Islam must dominate all other religions and they are all committed to pursue jihad until this comes true. They disagree mainly on which entity should run the show. The supposed 'authentic' Syrian rebels that have received much weaponry from the US are no exception. A large number of the group's fighters are seasoned al-Qaeda members.

These groups cooperate with each other and knife each other, often at the same time. Their common worship of Mohammad's ways and writings doesn't stop them from internecine fighting. From Mohammad's time, it never has. As EndTimes, a reader of the Daily Caller (see here) put it:

"Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire."

They do have different personalities, depending on which ones of their commonality of features are emphasized. Is the target domestic or global? Is the goal to infiltrate the host country's infrastructure and, like a cancer, itself become the infrastructure or openly to behead resisters and "traitors" to change the country's life style rapidly and force adherence to sharia law? Do they act quietly or with much publicity? Do they use "inoffensive" weapons — stones, knives, cars and home-made explosives — on a few victims at a time but again and again without end or do they plan nuclear extermination of whole populations at a single time?

At the moment, ISIS tops the hit parade. It is a study in contrasts. It can plan and organize with the best and behave with the worst. ISIS is well-organized and plans meticulously but imaginatively. The leadership understands the values of those whose land they have taken over and how fast they can impose sharia law. They know how to attract the malleable and persuade the reluctant. They are good businessmen and know how to keep money coming in. They are thugs and aren't scrupulous on how they keep the money flowing. They use modern methods of social networking to attract recruits, yet they advocate that women are for breeding and are chattel under their father's or husband's complete control. They use sexual barbarism and large-scale slaughter as weapons of terror. They are unashamedly bestial, beheading wholesale, raping women and children, showing no civilized response to human suffering. A reader, RufusFirefly, (see here) summed it up this way:

For a religion who says it's devoted to God they sure have a strange way of expressing that devotion. The sights of headless bodies, bodies strung up like the carcasses of animals, people burned to death in cages, people getting their hands cut off, women and pre-pubescent little girls sold as sex slaves. You know, if we didn't know better we would say this looks a lot like something Lucifer would highly approve of.

These groups may have an ideology that is medieval, but their ambitions are transnational. It is curious that they are often described or market themselves in terms more commonly associated with modern business and trade than religion: al-Qaeda franchises, Muslim Brotherhood offshoots, ISIS market shares, al-Qaeda associates. This is from a Pri September 2014 article, "With terrorism, as with business, it's all about market share," (see here):

Who ever heard of a terrorist group announcing the opening of its latest "branch?" Yet that's what happened a couple of weeks ago, when al-Qaeda announced in a video from its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, that it was opening al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. Al-Zawahiri said that it had taken more than two years "to gather the mujahedeen in the Indian subcontinent into a single entity." Sounds like an M&A strategy, no?

It did to Sandip Roy, a senior editor at the Indian news site Firstpost. "I looked at it and I thought, 'All he lacks is a PowerPoint presentation.'"

In fact, the website Medium has created just the sort of PowerPoint presentation an ISIS exec might use if he were pitching to investors. It's complete with cash flow, market share and competitive advantages. Roy says that, shortly before the al-Qaeda video was released, Burger King had announced its own expansion into India. He was struck by the parallels between the two.

He believes al-Qaeda is acting like the big traditional player, while ISIS, which actually spun off from al-Qaeda, is the newer and "much more hip" start-up. "It's kind of like the classic IBM versus Apple starting out in a garage," he says. [...] The bigger message, for Roy, is that al-Qaeda realizes it no longer possesses a monopoly on "Terror Inc."

The reader may notice that we say little about one of the most insidious of the salafist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood. While they remain active in the West, they seem to be lying low in the Middle East. They may have temporarily changed their venue or they may be waiting for things to settle down.

We do discuss how the changes in the organization and scope of terror groups has forced modifications in how countries respond. The previous model of one country's identifiable soldiers clashing with another country's troops in specific locations isn't often useful. Several articles are devoted to detailing some of the new thinking, which has stopped regarding terrorism as an occasional nuisance and has started recognizing that terror organizations are the new ethnic group/state/corporate organization; that asymmetric warfare is the new way of waging war; and that the new warfare is without legal or moral constraint except that it adheres to the precepts in the Koran.

One thing we can say with certainty: if we don't stop Islam's takeover of the West and Far East now, we will be forced to try later, under much less favorable conditions.

THE TWO MIDDLE SECTIONS ADDRESS THE REACTIONS OF ISRAEL AND THE WEST. It was an easy decision for Israel to stay out of the battles of her neighbors, they are none of them her friends. It is difficult but so far possible to maintain vigil at her borders, to stop shipments of weaponry to Hezbollah and quietly to provide medical care and surgery to injured wounded rebels and civilians. Like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, she is alarmed that America and Europe don't seem to understand the consequences of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

The second section in this set is entitled "To Aid and Abet the Enemy: Censor Thyself. Blame the Victim" and focuses on the reactions in the West. It is so convenient to pretend that we can maintain a civil society with just a few appeasements to the Muslim life-style. Sometimes that works, at least for a while. But in general, appeasement is perceived as weakness and Muslim activists push to open these weak spots wide. We go from having halal meat for the Muslims to not having pork for the Christians. We go from having puff-pieces written in textbooks describing Islam as the religion of peace to calling any criticism of Islam criminal. When western law that contradicts sharia is ignored in practice, little by little the individual loses his right to run his own life. The protection afforded him by the Constitution and the bill of Rights is corroded. Sharia law takes hold in non-Muslim countries when the media and the politicians trivialize Western ways of living or when they talk about the importance of allowing individual rights but invent loopholes that allow Sharia law to function. The actual victims — the native populations of Western countries — often contribute to their own victimization by self-censorship and by not resisting the voices that are willing to give up everyone's freedom to pacify the Muslim community.

THE LAST TWO SECTIONS ARE, AS USUAL, PUBLIC RELATIONS/PROPAGANDA AND HISTORY. The first one presents some of the bad-mouthers of Israel, whose propaganda rants overpower any facts they might have about the events they are supposed to report. Some exaggerate some minor details and ignore the significant ones. Some invent factoids wholesale. Some chastize anyone that has a bad word to say about Arabs. Some blame the victim. Others invert the truth, painting Israel as doing the bloody deeds of the Arabs and/or award the Palestinians with the crown of innocence, rightly the property of Israel.

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PA Mahmoud Abbas (left) described by Pope Francis (right) as an "angel of peace"

The final section is the History Section. This time of the year being dominated by preparation for Passover, actually celebrating it and then repacking everything for next year, we present a story of how hard it was for some Jewish soldiers serving in the Palestine Brigade in World War 1 to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem. The massacre of the Armenians, the first genocide of the 20th Century, is described and there's an article on the authentic Palestinian refugees around at the end of World War 2: the Jews from the Arab countries, who were forced out of places the Jews had lived in for thousands of years, far longer than had the Arab invaders.


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ISIS: THE LATEST SUPERSTAR, TERROR-WISE

As Dan Illouz wrote in the January-February 2015 issue, "The rise of the Islamic State has finally shocked some people into a belated awareness of what's been going on in Middle East." ISIS may be the newest and the nastiest, but ISIS has the same ideology as do all salafist groups: they will wage jihad until they conquer the world for Islam. When we assume ISIS is an anomaly in Islam, we make the mistake of limiting the reach and spread of Resurgent Islam to a relatively small number of terrorists. Even when we know there are hundred, if not thousands, of variously-sized terror groups, we ignore how many of them interact, concurrently friends and enemies. We are wrong when we think 'lone-wolf' terrorists function without a strong support structure. We are just as wrong to attribute independence of thought and technique to 'lone-wolf' terrorist groups.

To comprehend the enemy of current civilization, we have to understand that our enemy's motive power is its adherence to the terrorist preachings and teachings of Mohammad. "What would Mohammad do? What would Mohammad say" is the way millions of Muslims figure out how to interact with the world. Which terror organization ends up as the rulers of the Middle East depends on other factors: organizational ability, funding, the ability to maintain a large stock of high-tech weaponry, the ability to manipulate politicians, media and academics, the ability to attract troops and just sheer luck.

Right now the thugs of Iran and ISIS are the heavy favorites, but the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda are still in the running. The possibility that Iran will make a bunch of bombs before it is stopped OR that ISIS will overcome Iran and become the owner of the nuclear bombs Prez Obama is graciously helping Iran to develop OR that they cooperate is enough to give anyone nightmares.


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ISIS IS THE FOURTH REICH

by V.S. Naipaul

The Dail Mail UK, the original publishers of this article by V.S. Naipaul wrote, "A long-term critic of Islam as a global threat, he [Naipaul] also challenges those who say the extremists have nothing to do with the real religion of Islam..." Change ISIS to SALAFISTS and Naipaul's article might appear even 50 years from now as an excellent summary of our present day conflict.

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THE TERROR STRATEGIST: SECRET FILES REVEAL THE STRUCTURE OF ISLAMIC STATE

by Christoph Reuter

According to documents accessed by Der Spiegel, Haji Bakr was the Islamic State's strategist who planned the organizational structure and the operations ISIS would perform to take over parts of Syria and Iraq. Christoph Reuter writes about the notes and organizational charts drawn up by Baki and discovered after his death. They details ISIS mode of operation and they clarify how ISIS's phenomenally rapid rise was possible. It is also possible to reconstruct the events surrounding the birth of ISIS from the initial membership of ex-officers from Saddan Hussein's army and start-up funds from al-Qaeda. When they targeted a town, they first set about getting information about the religious and sexual activities of the members of the local power structure. This gave ISIS the material to blackmail some of the people, entice others to join them and list which people they would need to eliminate. Controlling the populace, training the troops and having the funds to carry out operations were prime objectives. And when the infrastructure was in place, they declared the caliphate was resurrected.

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PRAGMATIC COOPERATION BETWEEN ENEMIES

by Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Center

Life is simpler in the West. Adversaries are well-defined and separate. They wear different uniforms. You root for one team or for another. Things are different in the Middle East. As the Meir Amit Center demonstrates, arch enemies will trade and create economic alliances while carrying on brutal actions against each other. ISIS has conquered most of the Syrian oil fields in northern and eastern Syria but they don't have the skilled workers to maintain them. Syria supplies the workers. Syria needs oil and gas. ISIS needs the revenues from the sale of oil and gas. They worked out a deal. A side benefit is that ISIS is supplied with a reliable source of electricity. When I read this article I thought about how different things are in Israel. For some reason that I don't understand, Israel supplies the Palestinian Arabs with electricity for free. The Arabs show their gratitude by taking pot shots at the men who come to fix the grid.

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HOSTILE TAKEOVER: HOW ISIS ATE AL QAEDA

by Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta writes that terror groups around the world have joined the Islamic State as affiliates. The reward for affiliates is that they can share in ISIS's celebrity status. In return, they contribute their ability to wreak terror and destruction in their particular locales. Boko Haram had been a particularly important asset for al-Qaeda, obtained training and funding from al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), while helping AQIM expand into Nigeria. It has shifted its allegiance to the Islamic State, leaving al-Qaeda much weakened.

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IRAN - THE QUIET BEFORE THE BOMB

iran nuclear negotiations
From The Israel Project, Facebook

The nuclear framework agreement signed between Iran and world powers, namely the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, on April 2, was defined by U.S. President Barack Obama as an "historic understanding," while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defined the deal as "bad." — Israel Commentary (see here.)

"To my mind, a 'good deal' needs to bolt the door on the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon." — David Petraeus, March 19, 2015, (see here.)


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THE RISE OF THE IRANIAN EMPIRE

by David Daoud

With good reason, anyone who can see two checker moves ahead worries about the Iranian unswerving intention to build nuclear bombs. As this article by David Daoud makes clear, non-Arab Iran is also building up its holdings in neighboring Arab countries. As the introduction to Daoud's article puts it, "With the fall of Yemen to Iranian-backed rebels, the subordination of the Iraqi army to Iran-backed militias, and the continuing dominance of Iranian proxies in Syria and Lebanon, it seems that a new empire has emerged—right under the nose of the United States."

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A BAD AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WILL UNDERMINE MIDDLE EAST STABILITY

by Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall

Michael Segall sees the struggle in the Middle East as one between "between the proponents of change — such as Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran; and the proponents of stability — the moderate Arab states including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, and Tunisia, along with Israel." This is a particularly bad time for Iran to be given advantages. Segall puts into succinct and precise language how Iran is outmaneuvering the world. He confirms the trepidations most of us have felt as we learn that Iran is not only continuing its nuclear weaponry program but literally gaining ground — Arab country by Arab country — as well as regional political power. Iran's "growing entrenchment in the Syrian-Lebanese domain" and the increased coordination of Hizbullah, Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations, will enable it to encircle Israel. Institutions such as the European Union, the P5+1 and the American administration, which should be stopping Iran's progress, aid and abet her ascent, while reassuring us that all is well. Two of Segall's conclusions — "the West repeatedly capitulates in the negotiations" and "The Iranian regime will not change in nature." — add up to a frightening future for the world.

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THE PHANTOM FATWA

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin writes about a fatwa said to have been issued by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, against Iran's developing nuclear weapons. The fatwa simply doesn't fit with Iran's monomania to build nuclear facilities or with the bellicose statements of its leaders. Yet Western leaders, including President Obama, have eagerly used the fatwa as linch pin to reassure the world that Iran was building nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes. It is not known where and when the fatwa was issued, if it were actually issued. It doesn't have even a fake birth certificate.

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THE DIPLOMATIC TRACK TO WAR

by Caroline Glick

Prez Obama asserts the agreement with Iran will prevent war and has called anyone who disagrees a warmonger. On much firmer ground, Caroline Glick shows why Obama's policy of nuclear appeasement will actually lead to a devastating war. A concerted diplomatic effort might still work but only if it is linked to collateral activities that would include supporting the Middle East countries that are already in a de facto war with Iran; wrecking Iran's nuclear installations ballistic missile storage facilities; and striking Revolutionary Guards command and control bases. With Obama in command, that won't happen. By threats, promises, stubbornness, deceit, broken promises and unexpected moves, Iran has routed the diplomats and, with Obama's support, has paralyzed any effective way to stop her brazen progress toward nuclear capability other than by warfare. This forces other Middle Eastern countries to try to acquire nuclear capability, making the possibility of a nuclear devastation in the region all the more likely.

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STRATEGIC FOLLY IN THE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaacov Amidror

Yaacov Amidror makes a gloomy but realistic assessment of what life in the Middle East will be like if the US and European powers permit Iran to acquire nuclear weaponry and become a nuclear power. In addition to creating a "new, violent Middle East," in what is already an unstable region where thousands of civilians have already been slaughtered, Iran would also become a global power, with a heightened ability to inflict its Salafist ideas on the rest of the world. It is mystifying that Prez Obama would facilitate Iran's dominance and its horrifying consequences, when even now it would only take a few days for the US to completely destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. And he continues to thwart Israel's ability to do so.

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SOME GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ABOUT TERRORIST GROUPS

Like the Greek legend of the serpent Hydra, as we weaken or destroy one band of terrorists, old ones have more freedom of action and new ones pop up and become popular. Some terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and Hizbullah are so well-established, they have cells, banking contacts, political networks, (not necessarily legal) businesses and front groups around the world. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood frequent the American White House. To illustrate the point, Hizbullah, which is dedicated to destroying Israel, is part of Lebanon's government and has, as this map indicates, an extensive global reach. It is more active in Europe than the map would suggest. The European Union (EU) resisted labeling it a terrorist organization for as long as it could. The EU finally banned Hezbollah's political wing but its 'humanitarian' wing has continued to procure weapons and raise funds for its terrorist operations, which Hezbollah usually performs elsewhere other than in Europe.

This section asked some general questions. What is the commonality among the Muslim terrorist groups? How do they interact among themselves? Deep down, below the cover story that the Arab states are passionately concerned about their Palestinian cousins, who after 65 years are still living segregated in camps in these same Arab states, who do the leaders of these states really see as the enemy? Are terror entities becoming institutionalized in the Middle East? Given that the present-day terrorists may destabilize the world more than the isms did in the last century, how is the rest of the world to protect itself? One of the essays suggests that our fundamental policy should be to destroy the core belief system that nourishes salafist terrorism: Islam itself.

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PM Netanyahu used this map in a recent address to AIPAC. It illustrates the extent of the Iran-funded Hezbollah terrorist network. (from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, The Jewish Press, 3mar2015. Ben-Gedalyah: "[Netanyahu] left out Argentine, the site of the Hezbollah bombing in 1994 of the AIMA center, but the map included Peru, the United States, India, Thailand, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, France, Germany and, of course, Israel.")


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INSIDE THE MIND OF A JIHADIST

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern writes of a terrorist from Morocco and his Spanish wife, who have recently had a child in the Islamic State, on land which was once part of Syria. By birth, the child is Spanish. His mother is one of more than 100 Spanish citizens who have joined ISIS. Think of it. This ISIS couple already has photos for their family album — look! look! there is Daddy waving the heads of men he decapitated. He did it for Allah and Islam. As a conscientious father concerned that his children be brought up properly, it is likely he will teach them how to bomb, decapitate, shoot, knife and otherwise rid the world of those who go against Islam. He is a pious man and does what the Koran tells him to. And as the jihadists of IS take wives and start families, they will have a renewable home-grown source for future terrorists in addition to the usual recruits, who come for the romance, the excitement and the reassurance that Islam gives them permission to act out their anger. As Kern points out, we will soon have "a generation of Western passport-holding jihadi parents who are — presumably — inculcating their "Western" children with fundamentally anti-Western values."

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ACTING ON ISLAM'S CORE BELIEF

by Mark Durie

Islam is an all-encompassing paean of hate. Many with advanced insight insist Resurgent Islam is making a political ideological statement. And it is. At the same time, its acts of terrorism are making a statement about its core beliefs as a religion. Mark Durie writes of Muslim slaughter of Christians because they are Christian and of the Sura in the Koran that supports such activity. Incidentally, the accompanying photo of Muslims beheading Christians is sufficiently stylized that the Metropolitan Opera could use it next time it presents a sympathetic songfest lauding Muslim terrorists.

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD-ISIS CONNECTION

by Arnold Ahlert

In some ways the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and ISIS are similar. Both are excellent in organizing and planning an operation in coordinated detail and in consolidating and expanding their gains. They differ in that the MB prefers stealth jihad, infiltrating a host country's infrastructure, creating a strong network connection with politicians and academics and influencing policy from within. ISIS prefers big, bold, fast and utterly demoralizing operations. A matter of style, not ideology. Albert Ahlert writes of the history of a group that has had many a name change and currently is called ISI (Islamic State of Iraq), ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), depending on what territory is referenced. It's getting so big and stable, it often goes by its short all-encompassing name: IS (Islamic State). MB, founded in the 1920s, was the first in recent history to focus on bringing back the Caliphate and Sharia. MB has directly spawned groups such as Hamas and, if Egyptian sources are accurate, ISIS. And it has influenced the formation of many other salafist groups, which share the obsession of revitalizing Islam, recreating the Caliphate and living under sharia law. ISIS is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood via al-Qaeda, which promoted its growth and with which it has had a fluctuating relationship. Currently, depending on the particular event, one can make a case that ISIS and MB work hand in glove (see here) or are on the outs. Or, in typical Arab fashion, denounce each other, while cooperating on other matters.

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"SOMETHING RADICALLY NEW" IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Paul Merkley

Much of Western foreign policy in the Middle East is based on the assumption that what drives the Arab states and unifies the people of the region is the need to destroy that element perceived as alien, the Jewish state. Without the irritant of Israel, the Arabs would be content, peace and harmony would prevail. Paul Merkley suggests that recent events such as the banding together of Sunni countries to destroy the Shiite Houthi rule of Yemen show this is manufactured nonsense. In actuality, the core animosity is the mutual hatred of Sunni and Shi'ite, each out to prove it is authentic Islam, the other a heretic imitation.

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Dry Bones. The True Moslems, May 29, 2015.

As Merkley puts it, "what is tearing the Middle East apart today is the fact that the Muslim powers hate each other more than they hate us. This is not necessarily a comfort. But it does make clear that we have a range of responses that otherwise would be beyond consideration." He points out that "the largest obstacle standing in the way of a recalculation of diplomatic possibilities in the Middle East may well prove to be the determination of the President of the United States and his Secretary of State to keep on the world's agenda the hopeless issue of resumption of the Peace talks between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas."

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COMPARING AL QAEDA AND ISIS: DIFFERENT GOALS, DIFFERENT TARGETS

by Daniel L. Byman

Daniel Byman compares the differences in modus operandi and method of recruitment of two major Sunni terror groups, Al Qaeda and ISIS. Both are salafist and both are ambitious to be top dog in Islam, which they believe should be the top dog religion in the world. Al-Qaeda regards the US as its major enemy, and "the root cause of the Middle East's problems," and commits acts of terror often, as on 9/11, in dramatic and spectacular ways. ISIS, which emerged in Iraq, saw as its first task the securing of its local environment and since then has extended its control over more and more of the region, doing so in shockingly brutal ways. Terror groups that sign on as affiliates tend to focus on the parent concerns, ISIS troops slaughtering the local Shi'ites, al-Qaeda recruits attacking Western outposts. Based on his analysis, Byman suggests counter tactics for the US. I'm not sure I agree that the local Arab population will reject ISIS's tactics, as they become more grotesque. The local Arabs in Israel's Territories chose Hamas as against Fatah, gravitating to the terror organization with the more open violence.

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ISRAEL IN THE EYE OF A STORMY MIDDLE EAST

The overthrow of dictatorial regimes that began with the Arab Spring has created much motion, much strife, displaced civilians and a busy shuffling of government officials in and out of office, but little increase in democracy or individual freedom. A most significant consequence has been that more states have been unable to maintain a normal or even a minimum administrative structure to provide the services — access to education, food and water, transportation, communication, public safety, etc. — expected to some degree of even an incompetent government. On top of these deprivations, civilians who are not actively engaged in battle and jihad, suffer from life-threatening attacks by rival jihadists and are caught in the crossfire as their own group retaliates.

Many African states and gangs have left primitive and inadequate and are now stumbling around in passive non-functional, except for salafists such as the Boko Haram. The UN is planning to do something about them, just as soon as it finishes denouncing Israel for an almost infinite list of wrong-doings. Lebanon is considered stable, if we ignore the large number of Hezbollah in Parliament and the government. Internal peace has been gained at the price of civilized living, but it might not last because both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra have announced their battle plans include fighting Hezbollah. Meantime, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya have shrunk in size as different salafist groups as well as the Kurds have gouged out large patches of land within the borders of the official states.

The new or at least transitional Middle East can roughly be compared to feudal Europe in the Middle Ages. In the Middle East, a recently restructured state is composed of fiefdoms controlled by jihadi bands, which have pledged allegiance to one of the bigger warlords, al-Qaeda or ISIS or Iran. Terrorist gangs and clans run Libya, where a brigade might be providing protection for the locals while fighting and raiding outsiders. ISIS now has enough land so it can train new troops in actual battle against the other major salafi groups; and the central government is reduced to some fancy words on a piece of paper. In Yemen as in ancient Gaul, the country is divided into three parts, each part controlled by a different salafist faction, which is at war with the other two. The new terrorist powers are mirror images in their allegiance to the word and deed of Mohammad and their hatred of the US and Israel. The old central government has abdicated, leaving a vacancy the Iran-supported Houthis will likely fill.

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People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa Airport in Yemen, March 26, 2015. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

This section discusses the state of disarray of the Arab states in the Middle East and how Israel is coping with the situation. As luck would have it, Israel has already had years of practice balancing the safety of its populace with the fear of media and political outcry if it harms one strand of an Arab's beard. For well over a half century, a standard Arab ploy has been to hide weaponry among civilians. It's win-win. If the Israelis avoid targeting the area, their missiles are safe. If the IDF kills some human shields in destroying a civilian-guarded missile site, the Arabs gain inches of newspaper space and minutes of TV time, as Israel is chastised for causing the death of innocent civilians.

At present, in dealing with multiple civil wars, Israel doesn't support either side or, when more than two sides are at war, any side. It nips attempts to place a terrorist presence on its borders. And, quietly, it provides humanitarian and medical aid to injured civilians living near its borders. Its attempts to prevent future havoc by preventing Iran from making an atomic bomb have been thwarted by the American President, who has been running interference for Iran for some time now. As Louis Beres on April 22, 2015 put it:

"... it is effectively certain that Israel will have to face a fully nuclear Iran sometime in the next several years. It is also plausible that Israel's overall strategic position has been compromised by pertinent decisions of the Obama presidency, most recently, by the Pentagon's surprise publication of a 1987 document detailing once-secret elements of Israel's nuclear program [...] Israel will soon have to: (1) reassess the regional "correlation of forces;" and, correspondingly, (2) refashion its substantially complex "order of battle." [...] Israel's nuclear arsenal offers a potentially indispensable impediment to the actual regional use of nuclear weapons. Joined with a fully-coherent strategic doctrine, one that would include, inter alia, more explicit codifications of counter-city ("counter-value") targeting, and also certain enhanced efforts at ballistic missile defense, these weapons could come to represent the entire Middle East's principal line of defense against Iranian nuclear aggression, and regional nuclear war.[emphasis added]


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THE UPHEAVALS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ISRAEL'S STRATEGIC BALANCE

by Amos Yadlin and Carmit Valensi

For years, Arab propaganda claimed the so-called Arab-Israeli conflict (or its lite version: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict) was the root cause of whatever bedeviled the Middle East. In 2010, the Arab Spring triggered a set of events that unhappily have resulted in bloody salafist attacks that have killed or injured hundreds of thousands of people and taken large chunks of land out of several of the Arab states. All of these new powers are sincere in their dedication to promoting the dominance of Islam and the authority of sharia. Amos Yadlin and Carmit Valensi suggest that what we are seeing is the acting out of religious differences, where each group is certain it is one that is correctly interpreting Mohammad's wishes. They point out that the Arabs are no longer preoccupied with Israel, now that they must deal with the viability and survival of their own countries. Unfortunately, these new circumstances continue to demand Israel's attention and will continue to do so. Asymmetric conflict, border flare-ups, the local Arabs acting on the belief that they are an ancient people and all of Israel was once a Palestinian state can flare up. ISIS can decide to test out its strength by provoking a fight. And there is Iran building a bomb, undeterred by the EU, the UN or the USA. And yet the new configuration creates opportunities. As Yadlin and Valensi note, a "wide congruence of interests has come into being for Israel and moderate Sunni Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Jordan. This represents an opportunity for regional cooperation..." Egypt is blocking smuggling tunnels, which makes it hard for Hamas to accumulate weapons of war. The Kurds are pioneering the concept of an ethnic group with autonomy that transcends state borders. Israel has much to contribute to regional cooperation should partnerships with moderate Arab states become possible. Israel needs to review its policy options.

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A LEGAL AND OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF ISRAEL'S TARGETING PRACTICES

by Michael Schmitt and John Merriam

Primarily using data from Israel's July 2014 excursion into Gaza, Michael Schmitt and John Merriam examined Israel's "targeting methods and even some of its specific positions on the law of armed conflict (LOAC)," within the "unique operational and strategic context in which the IDF operates." IDF is a conscript force, not a professional army, so the IDF must take into account that the public justifiably has a strong fear of capture or death of its soldier-children in combat. So it puts a high priority on operations such as discovering and destroying tunnels the Arabs build to sneak up on troops. The IDF must also contend with the Arabs putting "fighters and military objectives among civilian persons and objects." To avoid hitting civilians, it resorts to warning when and where it will strike, which eliminates the important element of surprise; and it treats only voluntary human shields as hostile participants. IDF operations are also monitored by an independent judiciary on an on-going basis. Schmitt and Merriam conclude that "we found that their approach to targeting is consistent with the law and, in many cases, worthy of emulation." The only problem is that Israel's being a boy scout when it needs to put a stop to its enemy's missile attacks may be praiseworthy but it is not effective in that it doesn't wipe out missile attacks.

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WHEN OUR ENEMY FIGHTS OUR ENEMY

by Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer points out "that Israel has no natural allies on either side of Syria's civil war—neither among the Iran-allied 'regime' forces, nor with the overwhelmingly Sunni Islamist 'rebels.'" Israel has avoided involvement as much as possible. It does not participate in the current war between Hezbollah and the Al Nusra Front. Its activities are limited to stopping specific shipments of weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syria and preventing the presence of a strong terrorist group on the Golan border. It also provides humanitarian and medical aid to wounded rebels and Syrian civilians living near the border. Israel's goal is to maintain a secure border and stem spillover of the Syrian civil war into Israel. Spyer details some of Israel's interaction with Al-Nusra, a very capable group of Sunni jihadists fighting the Assad regime, to prevent their encroachment on the border.

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ISRAELI SECURITY POLICY IN SYRIA

by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser

As in the previous article by Jonathan Spyer, this article by Yossi Kuperwasser discusses Israel's policy to avoid "open intervention or taking sides in the bloody Syrian conflict." Clearly, Israel does not support either of the two main sides in the civil war — the Iranian-led radical axis and the radical Sunni axis led separately by Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra." Of particular interest in Kuperwasser's article is how "Israel and the Iranian-led radical axis" set the rules of the game in Syrian territory without coming to sustained and open battle.

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A "CRAZY STATE" DOES NOT PLAY BY THE RULES

by Eli E. Hertz

Stripped of its phony history and the fake story of how badly it's been treated by Israel, the Palestinian pseudo-state can be seen for what it is: another failed Middle East attempt at government. This is true whether it's the Palestine Authority — whose illegal head of state pockets much of the millions of dollars the West bestows on the local Arabs in Israel and the Territories — or Hamas in Gaza, which has imposed its notions on its Arab subjects of how to live 7th Century in the 21st Century. Long before ISIS emerged, before al-Qaeda choreographed 9/11, the Palestinian Arabs were innovating new and devastating ways of disrupting civilization and ignoring civilized conventions. Eli Hertz discusses how well the Palestinian self-government already fits the characteristics of a Crazy State.

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LEGAL RULES AND ANTI-TERRORISM WARFARE: THE CASE OF MUSTAFA DIRANI, REVISITED

by Keren Aviram and Yoram Schweitzer

Large-scale terrorism, neither random nor sporadic, is leading to a reexamination of the use of stylized rule-driven conventional warfare, now that asymmetric warfare has become the rule. Applying civil court procedures on terrorist activities has also come in for a reexamination. In this important paper, Keren Aviram and Yoram Schweitzer discuss a new ruling, using the case of Mustafa Dirani as prototype, where the Israeli Supreme Court expanded the "common law rule precluding the examination of an enemy's claim during wartime and applied it to members of terrorist organizations operating out of foreign countries, even if not in a formal state of war with Israel."

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TO AID AND ABET THE ENEMY: CENSOR THYSELF. BLAME THE VICTIM. KEEP THE VICTIMIZER HAPPY.

We know a lot about the ways anti-Semitism in Europe and the USA is systematically promoted by Muslims, how the job of marketing Jew-hate is made easy because of the European susceptibility to thinking the worst of Jews, and how the plague of irrational hate spreads among the academic elite as quickly or even more rapidly than in more ignorant communities. We know many Jews have responded to explicit or to murmured Jew-hate by becoming themselves willing participants in BSD and other hate campaigns against Israel. They blame the victim and shelter the victimizer.

This section examines some examples of Protect the Victimizer, lest he turn on you. People who should know better — and this includes Jews — accept the Arab invention of a Palestinian people. Newsmen, politicians and academicians who are supposed to dig for the facts suppress the truth and often invent lies to favor the Arab cause. The information that Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are Jewish by international law, by history and by conquest is readily available, but people insist Israel is occupying Palestinian land. The humanitarians who are ready in the US to jail parents who spank their children or let their youngsters walk home from school by themselves excuse the Po' Palestinians, who strap explosive belts on Arab toddlers and teach them to shoot pretend guns at Jewish targets. Many a media person has argued that it is the Arab murderer — or, more often, the Arab community from whence he came — that is the true victim, because the host society hasn't made Muslims feel welcome. Too many of our opinion makers invert reality, downplay the importance of free speech, blame the victim and insist that the victimizer is the real victim.


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ARE AMERICAN JEWS TRAUMATIZED?

by Karin McQuillan

Given Judaism amazing record for family stability, high creativity, low social pathology, financial success and strong moral teaching, one would suppose American Jews would encourage their children, even their intermarried children, to raise Jewish families. But "Jewish parents don't act as if it is in their children's best interest for a happy, good, meaningful life, to be Jewish." American Jews act as if, deep down, they don't really believe they are as accepted in American culture as they proclaim. In this essay Karin McQuillan examines why it is that, despite their success, so many "American Jews display the faulty reactions typical of trauma victims." Many of them exhibit "existential insecurity", acting out the judgment of their abusers in their 2000 years in the diaspora, exhibiting the defensive and convoluted reactions typical of the abused victim: "the self-blame, the guilt, the false accusations of being worse than the abuser, the pretense you were the one who caused the problem." Many a liberal Jew confuses "self-betrayal with proof of moral goodness," Using Israel as his proxy and inverting reality, he condemns Israel for mistreating the Palestinian Arabs. The world media also deny the obvious fact that the Arabs are neo-Nazi and insist that murder-obsessed Arab society is the "real" victim. As McQuillan writes, "Any group that tries to publicize Arab hate is criticized and marginalized as right wing. News of Arab anti-Semitism is routinely and thoroughly censored by NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, because the reality of these facts is unwelcome."

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CARTOONISTS ARE CONTROVERSIAL AND MURDERERS ARE MODERATE

by Daniel Greenfield

Considering how protective TV media such as CNN and newspapers such as the Washington Post are of Muslim 'sensitivity', it should come as no surprise that when the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) held a Draw Muhammad cartoon contest which incensed a couple of Islamic terrorists so they came to shoot up the contest participants, the media blamed the AFDI for provoking the shooters. As Daniel Greenfield puts it:

"A contest in which Bosch Fawstin, an ex-Muslim, drew a cartoon of a genocidal warlord is 'controversial' and 'provocative', while the Muslim Students Association (MSA), which has invited Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who has inspired a number of terrorists, including apparently one of the Mohammed contest attackers, is a legitimate organization that is only criticized by controversial, intolerant and provocative Islamophobes."

Was the Cartoon Contest designed to provoke? Of course. Just as Martin Luther King marched in towns that overtly hated blacks, not down safe streets in quiet towns. That's just the point. Provocative, in-your-face, unwelcome speech must be allowed. Polite talk that raises no ire raises no issues. The cockamamie Mainstream Media reaction of blaming the victim while "understanding" the sensitive hurt feelings of the terrorist has become so commonplace that people no longer see how sick and dhimmi-ish this is. In the inverted moral sphere in which the media spin, what is important is to protect the Islamic Victimizer from punishment for his immoral and illegal behavior.

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ISLAMIZATION OF THE WEST

by Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders was present at Garland Texas at the Cartoon Contest that was attacked by Muslim gunmen because the contestants insulted Muhammad by drawing his image. Wilders is no stranger to having Western politicians and opinion makers blame him for rocking the boat, for giving Muslim terrorists an excuse for rioting. Even though he was (and is) a leader of one of the major political parties in Holland, he was put on trial by the Dutch for the crime of inciting racial hate. What had he done? He made a film "Fitna" in which he quoted from the Koran. No distortions. No commentary. He simply cited currently-enforced rules from the Koran. Even worse, he spoke out against losing his country and his values to foreign invaders. In this essay, he sounds the alarm that the West is under attack by those that would turn the West into another fiefdom under Islamic rule, with Sharia displacing Western law and the primitive thug-based values of the Salafists — treating women as chattel and wiping out the individual's freedom to run his own life — displacing Western values. In this speech that he made April 29, 2015 to American congressmen at a meeting of the Conservative Opportunity Society, he pointed out a major error in how Europe handles incoming Muslims: people from Muslim countries that illegally make it into Europe are not turned back. Nor do the Dutch authorities insist that these immigrants assimilate the Western values of the host countries. We have an analogous situation in the States in that those who make it over the border from Mexico win big: jobs, welfare, free education, free medicine, and defense lawyers when they are caught engaging in criminal activities. In both countries, the rewards of illegal entry has encouraged substantial smuggling in of Muslim jihadists, which makes the host countries less safe as more salafists become available to promote Islam and sharia law. The authorities do nothing for fear of riling the Muslims. It's easier to blame those that speak up.

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SHARIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

by Leslie Lebl

The disparity between the law and its enforcement doesn't just affect free speech. Politicians and judges may make strongly-worded statements against violence against women yet refuse to back up their strong words with strong action. Leslie Lebl writes of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) describing sharia as "incompatible with ... democracy" yet its reports on human rights don't identify sharia law as a major reason for Muslim mistreatment of and violence against women. Polygamy is so obviously against Western values that we'd expect laws against polygamy to be strictly enforced in the Muslim immigrant community. Instead, as Lebl notes, "Although polygamy is illegal in all EU member states, it probably exists in all of them, and in some has been de facto legitimized." European countries ignore polygamous unions, debate polygamy rather than enforce the law, allow it if it was legal where it occurred, or classify Muslim wives as single mothers so they receive welfare. Thanks to the many loopholes, "perhaps some 300,000 people in Britain are living in polygamous families, many if not most at state expense." Similarly, the Council is strongly against violence against women. It "does not, however, recognize the critical difference between domestic violence and the sharia-justified violence against women, especially honor killings." Little by little, sharia becomes the de facto law of the land — and not just for the Muslims.

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MAKING DAVID INTO GOLIATH: HOW THE WORLD TURNED AGAINST ISRAEL

by Joshua Muravchik. Reviewed by Shoshana Bryen

Joshua Muravchik wrote in "Making David into Goliath", "Israel's image is not undermined by what Israel actually does as much as by deliberate, popular, and well-funded sources pursuing warfare against Israel off the battlefield." As Shoshana Bryen observes in her review, "with the triumph of the Six-Day War. ... Israel ceased to be perceived as endangered and therefore ceased to command the world's sympathy... The Arab states, in one of the most impressive political turns of the modern age, switched the conversation from Arab rejection of Israel to Israel's occupation of the Palestinians." Muravchik writes of the large number of Leftists, Jews and non-Jews, Israelis, Europeans and Americans, academicians, media people and think-tankers who, for money or ideology or job security, have maligned Israel. They were and are willing to tell outright lies, distort or ignore what they actually see and know, and omit critical facts to further the Arab cause. Bryen writes that "Muravchik comes to the ugly—and current—truth of European politics: European countries were willing to barter with Palestinian organizations in order that they mostly leave Europeans alone." From appeasement to slavishly doing the Muslim bidding was not much of a step.

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PROFESSIONAL BAD-MOUTHERS OF ISRAEL

This set of articles presents professional bad-mouthers of Israel. Some are paid directly from Muslim sources and some are media people, working for organizations that are supposed to be our tellers of truth, exposers of evil. Content is likely to be distorted, but usually the style is fine. These professionals usually avoid sounding petty — they manage this by wrapping the nasty message in some high-minded expressions. A recent example of an exception to this rule was Prez Obama's petty uncovered swipes at the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama's petulance was a major embarrassment, even though the media tried hard to ignore his childish tantrums.


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REZA ASLAN HYPES 'ISLAMOPHOBIA'

by Cinnamon Stillwell

Cinnamon Stillwell writes about Reza Aslan, a lecturer at UC Riverside. He has a monochromatic description of what's wrong with Islam: there's nothing wrong with Islam. What's wrong is the bunch of Islamaphobic bigots, who have a big pot of money donated by big business bigots and spend it all to stir up Islamaphobia by criticizing Islam. He has no use for information that comes from independent sources. He sticks to material that comes mainly from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a far-left organization. Armed with a few statistics that are debatable and chiefly ad hominem arguments, he dismisses the possibility that Islam is dangerous. He praises diversity and the American tolerance for differences, ignoring that, when Islam gains control of a country, its tolerance disappears and only a rigid Koran-based life style is permitted. CAP and academic followers such as Aslan have invested much effort in making people fear being called a bigot. They make it simple to avoid being called islamophobic: just don't criticize anything in Islam, ignore Islam's attitude to women and polygamy, ignore its anti-Semitism and hatred towards Christianity, Hinduism and all other religions. Ignore its battling with everyone, even other Muslims, ignore Muslims teaching their children how to behead someone. And you won't have to fear that someone will call you an islamophob.

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ISRAEL'S BASKIN CASE

by Kane Rooks and David Bedein

Kane Rooks and David Bedein summarize some of Gershon Baskin's "questionable statements of supposed fact that Baskin weaves into his writings." Many of Baskin's statements are confident reassurances that the Palestinian Arabs do not want to destroy Israel. A pity that Abbas and Hamas don't talk the same talk. This article provides a summary of Baskin's most flagrantly wrong statements, questionable declarations and pompous profundities.

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FRIEDMAN'S FANTASY

by Michael Devolin

In this essay, Michael Devolin takes on Thomas Friedman, the Shimon Peres of journalism. Both Peres and Friedman can sustain a lofty tone and the pretense of having carefully examined all that needs considering, combined with an impressive ignorance of consequences and incompatibilities. In a recent column, Friedman reassured us that in his pondering on the forthcoming nuclear deal with Iran, he was considering small details like verification and larger matters like the "wider American strategic goals in the region." In Friedman's dream sequence, transforming Iran into a civilized country would take place after Iran and the Saudis played out their ancient feud, pummeling each other "until they get exhausted." Devolin points out a few defects in Friedman's analysis. First, if the Sunnis and the Shi'ites have been fighting from soon after Mohammad's time, why would Friedman expect them to patch up things before Iran acquires the bomb and misuses its new power? Iran's incurring a tragic number of deaths during the Iran-Iraq war didn't shorten the war. Why would it now? Second, it may be true that given a resurrection of the U.S. relationship to the Shah — the one Jimmy Carter ruined — the US might be able to use Iran to counterbalance the Sunni forces, but there is no such relationship now. And Iran's open hatred of America and Israel is hardly an indication that Iran wants to be our buddy. As Devolin observes, "untruths and fantasy are today common fare for the Western journalist."

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ISRAEL'S BAD PRESS

by Andrew E. Harrod

We seem to be in the beginning of a trend where journalists, previously forced by their editors or the Arabs to engage in the practice of exaggerating Israel's mistakes or inventing nasty stories about Israel out of whole cloth, while ignore the actual and bestial behavior of the Arabs, tell all. First, there was Mattie Friedman. Now, as Andrew Harrod writes, Mark Lavie has revealed how distorted journalism has become, with reporters accepting Arab fraudulent claims without investigation. Lavie also talks about frank intimidation. For many years, reporters have justifiably feared their families would be harmed if they told the truth about the Arabs or showed footage of Arabs whooping it up in delight that Israelis or Americans were dead.

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POLITICAL ISLAM'S DISINFORMATION

by Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen

Rachel Ehrenfeld and Ken Jensen ask how the Muslim Brotherhood and others who practice disinforming the West about the nature of Islam have been so successful for so long. They conclude that these jihadist groups spin lies and stretch truth within the context of simple and high-minded but false 'explanations' such as 'lack of economic development and social injustice.' Ehrenfeld and Jensen use as example the now-deposed Morsi government, which was voted in to protect human rights, but, instead, decreed shari'a law for Egypt. They might also have used the West's sympathy to the Palestinian Arabs as example. Palestinians are excused their knifing, sniping, stoning and lobbing missiles at Israeli civilians because they are too frail militarily to rid Palestine of Jewish occupation. Thanks to years of conditioning, the West, even supposed historians, ignores that there is no Palestinian people, there never was a Palestinian state, and it is the Arabs who invaded land set aside by international law for a Jewish state.

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THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

by Mark Steyn

Using a recent event that is destined for the history books, Mark Steyn writes on how to present a case and how not to present a case. He emphasizes the importance of the style and substance of Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress by comparing it to Prez Obama's "small and petty" belittlement of the Israeli Prime Minister. Netanyahu warned of the dangers of Iranian expansionism in territory and its ability to produce nuclear weaponry. Netanyahu also pointed out an important fact when dealing with Muslim countries: ISIS may be on the outs with Iran, but that doesn't mean ISIS is friendly to the West. Steyn also admonishes us that 'your enemy's enemy is not automatically friendly' also applies to us in the US.

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COULD JEWISH SOLDIERS IN THE BRITISH ARMY CELEBRATE PASSOVER IN JERUSALEM IN 1918?

by Lenny Ben-David

Using photographs and old letters, Lenny Ben-David asks whether Jewish soldiers in the Jewish Legion in the British army and the individual Jews serving in the armies of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand were allowed to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem in World War 1. The Jewish Legion was commanded by Col. John Henry Patterson, and letters written by the Colonel indicate that he was furious about the anti-Semitic policy which denied his soldiers permission to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem in 1918 and again in 1919, yet there are old photos showing Jewish soldiers doing just that. Although Jews were in the majority in Jerusalem, the British-run municipality allowed Arab violence against them, Hebrew was "officially disregarded and humiliated," and "Arab notables who betray pro-Jewish feeling" were penalized. Another photo suggests Jewish soldiers did have their seder in Jerusalem, but not those in the Jewish Legion "perhaps because of the army's desire to restrict a distinctly Jewish, nationalistic corps in its midst." The Jewish Legion made Pesach, but not in Jerusalem.

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THE LESSONS OF ARMENIA SHOULD NOT BE LOST

by Clifford D. May

The current spate of ugly ways to torture and murder people by both the Shiite and Sunni branches of Islam is not new. Clifford May makes the point that in recent history the "slaughter of Armenian Christians 100 years ago [was] preface and precedent to what's happening in the Middle East today." The fact that the world quickly forgot the Armenian victims reassured the Nazis that they too could slaughter people for the crime of a member of a particular ethnic or religious group without the world making much of a fuss. Nor do today's Muslim terrorist groups need to contend with a hostile aroused media as they exterminate Middle Eastern Christians. They cage prisoners, use 12-year old children to behead captives, rape women and sell children into slavery. They proudly act as practitioners of the Religion of Peace have always done.

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TWO STATES IS A FRAUD

by Drora bat Melech

Drora bat-Melech is an Israeli whose parents and grandparents were authentic refugees. Together with some 150 to 250 thousand other Jews, they were forced to flee from Iraq in the 1940s-early 1950s, even though the Jews had lived in Iraq for some 2500 years, more than a thousand years before the Arab invaders conquered the area. Not only were they kicked out, leaving most of their possessions and real estate behind, they had to pay the Arab government for the privilege of being allowed to leave alive. The scene was replayed in the other Arab states. The Jews received no help or compensation from the U.N., but the new state of Israel absorbed them and made them citizens. Bat-Melech was a refugee from Iraq but she was an 'aboriginal' in Israel because in 1922 their ancient land was restored to the Jews in recognition of their historic attachment to it; it was held in trust until they could develop the infrastructure and population to be a state. In 1948, when the neighboring Arab states invaded the new state of Israel, Arabs who fled — many of them left on orders of their leaders, and expected to return as soon as Israel was demolished — were placed into camps in their 'aboriginal' land, but they were treated as aliens and denied citizenship. Unlike any other group of refugees ever, they were given refugee status in perpetuum, they and their descendants, even those "refugees" who had come new to the area by June 1946.

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March-April, 2015 BLOG-EDS

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Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


FEATURED STORIES

January-February 2015

What we are talking about in the January–February 2015 Issue

  1. Arab Invasion of the Temple Mount (Eidelberg, Ronen, ben-Gedalyahu, Fendel, van der Hoeven, Brodie)
  2. Interfaith Dialogue and Muslim Intolerance (Dry Bones, Kessler, Cline, Murphy, West, Tepper)
  3. Expansionist Iran, Obama and the Bomb (Rafizadeh, Herf, Honig, Lipkin)
  4. ISIS Features Common to All Salafists (ITIC, Kedar, Ehrenfeld, Sherman, Devolin, Sennels, Illouz)
  5. Media and Political Propaganda (Friedman, MacEoin, Shragai, Greenfield)
  6. Aspects of World War 2 (Beck, Shapiro, Auschwitz Survivors, Nachshoni)

The ARAB INVASION OF JERUSALEM AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT

As described by Peter Hammond in his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam (see also Richard Butrick's article in the January 2013 Think-Israel issue here), when the Muslim population of a host country becomes more than 5-10%, they begin to start their bid to take over the country. In Israel, Muslims officially are some 17% of the population, not including the many that live there unreported and illegally. So it should come as no surprise that the Arabs are flexing their muscles. As in Malmo, Sweden and Paris, France inter alia they are securing territory for themselves, the supposedly non-existent no-go zones. Jerusalem suffers from other lacerations. The unimpeded Arab intimidation and violence has impacted attitudes across the country, both Jewish and Muslim. One young Jewish woman, army-trained and religious, living close to Gaza and thus willing to risk erratic attacks from Hamas, confided in me that she no longer traveled to Jerusalem, which would seem to be a much safer place to live than her own town. But in Jerusalem she was afraid of getting into a cab driven by an Arab. Her fear of being kidnapped is very real and not uncommon. How has the growing Arab boldness affected Arabs citizens of Israel? When I was looking for a hotel close to the Kotel last Sukkot, I called a hotel in the area and asked whether they would have a Sukkah. The thick voice responded arrogantly that I was calling a hotel in Palestine and they certainly would not.

More openly, the Arabs are targeting Jews at the Temple Mount. As Moshe Feiglin has highlighted publicly by speaking out and coming to the Temple Mount, the harassment of Jews by Arabs on the Temple Mount is shameful, a shanda, made more appalling in that official Israel aids the Arabs in preventing Jews from praying at their most Holy Site. Menachem Begin insisted that "the right of free Jewish worship in Jerusalem stood at the very core of the independence that Zionists sought...A people that does not defend its holy places—that does not even try to defend them—is not free." Unfortunately, just as the British in the Mandate Period caved in to Arab demands to keep the peace, Israeli politicians today are more concerned with preventing Arabs from rioting than respecting the right of Jews to pray freely in their own land.

One observation starkly highlights the absurdity of the prevailing policy: Jews can't pray on the Temple Mount— a Jew was arrested for the suspicious activity of closing his eyes— but Arabs can play soccer there. It puts the lie to any argument that excuses Arab violence by pleading Arab sensitivity to infringement of their religious practices or mosque environment. In point of fact, what Israel's timidity has gained her is increased Arab unruliness, intimidation and vulgar behavior.

Professor Paul Eidelberg has suggested some ways Jews can begin reclaiming their most Holy Place:

1. We need to publicize the idea that Jewish control of Israel's holiest site, the Temple Mount (the Har HaBayit) on which stood the Beit HaMikdash, is a precondition of uncontested Jewish control of an undivided Jerusalem and the vivid restoration of Jewish national honor as well as the sanctification of God's Name. Once Jews maintain unequivocal control of the Temple Mount, a serious movement can be initiated among Christian in the United States to move the American embassy to Jerusalem — which would produce a salutary shock wave across the world.

2. Conversely, so long as the Muslim Authority (the Wakf) controls and desecrates the Temple Mount, the nations will despise Israel and kowtow to the Arab-Islamic world. Muslim desecration of the Temple Mount not only exposes Jewish weakness, but increases Muslim arrogance and incites Islamic violence everywhere.

3. Jewish spiritual revival of the Temple Mount would not only be the pinnacle of a Jewish restoration of Jerusalem; it would also inflict a lethal blow on the ambitions of Muslims, who regard Jerusalem is the key to their global ambitions.

4. The Wakf has long been violating the Law of Antiquities and the Law of Planning. The Muslims are erasing all historical evidence of Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. The Netanyahu Government knows this and has cravenly said they have no intention of interfering.

5. Of course, exclusive Jewish control of the Temple Mount is inseparable to Israel's control of Judea and Samaria. (See below, point 14.)

6. To show that the Temple Mount is the key to the world-historical function of the Jewish people prescribed in the Tenach, I shall now quote various passages from Joshua Berman's book, The Temple.

7. The Temple, he writes, represents "the spiritual center of the country. Here, at the site where God's presence is most manifest, the representatives of the Jewish people execute commandments and rites that symbolize the service of the nation as a whole."

8. It should also be noted that any non-Jew, so long as he adheres to the Seven Noahide Laws of Universal Morality, can bring certain "sacrifices" to the Temple, which acknowledges God's sovereignty over mankind.

9. The Temple — "a house for God's Name" — symbolizes "a public declaration of God's sovereignty. The ambition of declaring God's sovereignty in the world, which was initiated by Abraham, is the calling of the Jewish people."

10. Berman goes on to say: "God's acclaim in the world is a direct function of how Israel is perceived [by the nations]." Israel must become a great country. "A great country should possess political stability at home and should be at peace with its neighbors. It should possess a strong economy and should be home to a culture that boasts strong [moral and intellectual] virtues." Israel did not become such a nation until the reign of King David, and it was left to his son Solomon to build the (first) Temple. All nations then flocked to Jerusalem, which was recognized not only as the City of Peace but the City of Truth.

11. "The function of the Temple as a symbol for God's acclaim in the world reaches its apex with the visit of the queen of Sheba to Solomon's court" — Solomon, the wisest of kings. Ponder, therefore, these verses of Isaiah 2:1-3: "And many nations will go and cry, 'Let us go up the to mountain of God's house, to the house of the Lord of Jacob, and we will learn from His ways and walk in His paths, for out of Zion goes forth the Torah and the word of God from Jerusalem.'"

12. Now let us consider Rabbi Chaim Richman's essay, "A Third Jewish Temple" (May 18, 2000), where he says: "People assume those who are interested in the Temple are radical elements opposed to peace." Alluding to the era of King Solomon, Rabbi Richman points out that the Temple Mount represents "the hallmark of the greatest era known to man.... This place has been sanctified by God from the beginning of time.... Here Jacob laid his head. Here Abraham tried to sacrifice Isaac.... Of the 613 commandments in the Torah, 113 of them depend on the existence of a Jewish Temple. We have not received a cancellation order for any of the commandments issued at Mount Sinai."

13. Public opinion must therefore be educated about the Temple, about its significance in Judaism. Obviously, the Netanyahu Government, steeped in timidity and intellectual stagnation, will not do this. This Government doesn't really represent the Jewish people. At least 25% of Israel's Jewish population is religious, and at least 50% is traditional. The Jewish people were not consulted when, Netanyahu, without Knesset or public discussion, endorsed the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, Israel's heartland. There is no reason to believe, therefore, that this orator with a golden tongue and clay feet will stand firm on the issue of Jerusalem and the Har HaBayit.

14. Hence, a Jerusalem Movement involving a network of cells across the nation should be initiated by Jewish youth and venerable rabbis. Their proclaimed purpose is to preserve the integrity of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount now being sullied by Muslims. Weekly demonstrations will be necessary. Eminent speakers should be called upon to denounce Netanyahu's policy of moral equivalence regarding Jewish and Muslim claims to the Holy Land — an insult to Jewish intelligence, as well as to countless Christians who are grateful for Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem, knowing that by this alone will they be welcomed in the Holy City.


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WAQF'S NEW WEAPON: SCREAMING GIRLS

by Gil Ronen

Gil Ronen reports on a new gambit used by the local Arabs, "citizens of Israel," to show disrespect to Judaism and to Jews on the Temple Mount. Arab men and women of all ages, including youngsters, especially young girls, are paid to harass Jews verbally and physically to ensure they can't worship there. They can't even enjoy a moment of contentment or contemplation on this most Holy of the Jewish Holy sites. And the police, paralyzed by politicians who fear bad publicity, either do nothing or arrest the Jewish "troublemakers". An Addendum lists some relevant videos.

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ARAB MK AHMED TIBI FLIES PLO FLAG ON TEMPLE MOUNT

by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

An Arab Member of the Knesset flies the PLO flag on the Jewish Temple Mount and the police do nothing. Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu asks, "If a Kahane flag is illegal, is the PLO flag on Temple Mount kosher?" Perhaps the question should be, "In WW2, would the USA allow a Nazi flag fly from the National Cathedral?" Have we forgotten that Resurgent Islam has declared war on the West and Israel; and the faux-people, the Palestinians, are foot soldiers in that war? As an aside, the Arabs don't just fly their terrorist flag, they burn flags of other countries on the Temple Mount. See them burning the French flag here.

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STATUS QUO? 'JEWS PRAYED ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT FOR CENTURIES'

by Hillel Fendel

Hillel Fendel "explores the origins of the hotly-contested 'status quo' at Judaism's holiest site." As he says, everyone "religiously" is determined to continue the "status quo"— even those who blather about freedom of worship. But, as Fendel asks, what is the status quo? At the moment, Jews are forbidden by their Government to pray on the Har HaBayit (The Temple Mount). The reason for preventing Jews from praying is said to be that Jews might inadvertently step on a forbidden area. If the intent is to prevent desecrating a sacred place, why are Arabs allowed to run wild and destroy ancient relics? Besides, historically, Jews prayed there for hundreds of years without hindrance. The real reason appears to be to not stir up Arab anger. But if so, it isn't working. It is only emboldening the Arabs employed by Hamas et al to behave despicably.

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HOW IMPORTANT IS GOD'S TEMPLE MOUNT

by Jan Willem van der Hoeven

Who would have believed in the 1930's, as Hitler was starting his genocidal war against the Jews, that some eighty years later the Jewish State would be a major safety zone for Christians in the Middle East, the victims of another genocidal war, this time one conducted by the Islamic States? And Christians are among the strong voices declaring how important the Temple Mount is for Jews. Jan Willem van der Hoeven writes what even secular Jews should know and understand.

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JERUSALEM ALSO HAS 'NO-GO' ZONES

by Tuvia Brodie

Tuvia Brodie reports on the presence of no-go zones in Jerusalem. In Europe, 'For Muslims Only' areas are land patches — usually in a large city that has a sufficient concentration of Muslims — that are completely controlled by Muslims and only obey sharia law. Non-Muslim are not allowed in, not even police or firemen [See, for example, documentation of no-go zones in France here.] Israeli no-go zones differ from those in European countries only in that the surrounding Arab villages are also, for the most part, no-go zones, so that Jerusalem is more and more ringed by hostile bands of Arabs, who are citizens of Israel but identify with the Muslim Jihad against Israel.

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WHY INTERFAITH DIALOGUE CAN'T RESULT IN MUSLIMS BECOMING TOLERANT

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In his essay below, Clive Kessler points out that for interfaith "dialogue ... to proceed, no one party can 'set the rules'". This isn't a policy that can honestly be followed by Muslims who are compelled by the tenets of their religion to regard non-Muslims as infidels who must convert to Islam or pay Islam for the privilege of being allowed to live. This hasn't stopped Muslims from participating in interfaith dialogues but it may account for why these dialogues seem to end with only the Muslims gaining any material benefits from the transactions. The last essay provides an instance where Jews and Christian Arabs have genuinely made common cause, in that both groups live in Israel and are loyal to their country. But in general, as one reader, Gary Fouse, commented on another one-way interfaith dialogue, this one held at Georgetown University (January 13, 2015), "Sounds like Springtime in Germany. Was Mel Brooks there? Having sat through many of these side shows, it never ceases to amaze me how the gullible pastors and rabbis soak up this garbage that flies in the face of the daily slaughters around the world. Many of these US Muslim leaders will decry terrorism and violence insisting it has nothing to do with Islam, yet consider Yusuf al Qaradawi to be one of the greatest Muslim scholars. Qaradawi affirms every fear we have about Islamic ideology when it comes to apostates, Jews and Christians. He wants them all dead."

Several videos that complement the articles on interfaith discourse:

(1). David Wood discusses the 3-step Strategy of Jihadists: Stage 1: Stealth Jihad (Live in Peace); Stage 2: Defensive Jihad (Claim Victim Status); Stage 3: Offensive Jihad (Kill off disbelievers). Religious Interfaith Dialogue is a type of Stealth Jihad, Stage 1. See it either here or here.

(2) Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna website writes on the Islamic service at the Washington National Cathedral that took place November 14, 2014, in an essay called, "What happened at National Cathedral last friday?" See clips and commentary of the service here and some excellent articles from the Counter Jihad Report here. The fourth article down is the transcript and additional commentary on the National Cathedral service.

(3) Bare Naked Islam has a video beautifully illustrating taqiyya (lying to prettify/protect Islam). The assertions by the speaker, Iman Musri, are followed by contradictory facts here. A viewer, cat, said of Iman Musri: "The man is a liar. Look at his body language of swinging legs as he lies. This is why the pen and pictures of the real and evil truth of the lies of islam, is mightier than the sword. We must keep on putting the truth up front for people to judge. Putting the truth, juxtaposition to the lies of the speakers works so very well. We must engage muslims with the truth and show their lies at every opportunity. Thanks to BNI, Geller, Spencer and so on, we have good knowledge to use to prove the lies of islam."

(4) Also from BareNakedIslam. (February 18, 2015) is this video featuring Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, who bluntly says, "We don't believe in interfaith dialogue." He points out that 'Prophet Mohamed engaged in war, not dialogue. When the Jews refused to come to Allah, he killed them. We will not dialogue with people who believe in a false religion, who live in a bogus culture.'" See here.


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ON "SUPERSESSIONISM": ABRAHAMIC FAITHS IN HISTORY

by Clive Kessler

Religious supersessionism is the belief that one's religion has replaced or fulfilled its predecessor religion(s). In this article, Clive Kessler concentrates on making explicit the supersessionist substrate of Islam. He examines the weakening of such an attitude toward Jews in current Christianity, thus suggesting that a religion can reverse a negative attitude without doing violence to itself. The essay also suggests that attempts at interfaith understanding are doomed to fail when some the participants are innately supersessionist. Christianity has come a long way towards reorienting itself to respect Judaism. Muslims, however, still suffer from the conviction that Islam is — or should be— the religion that dominates any and all others. In practice and because of their unbending attitude, they take advantage of members of other religions who are trying so hard to show acceptance that they end up doing the bidding of the Muslims.

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THE MUSLIM'S CONUNDRUM

by Edward Cline

Edward Cline examines sharia law— the thorn in the side of ecumenism— from the point of view of the burdens it places on Muslims. It is a distasteful but incontestable fact that sharia is a package deal, sanctioning primitive, violent sexual practices, enforcing a supercessionary attitude and encouraging jihad against everything and everyone that is not Islamic. As Cline says, "Muslims of whatever stripe are stuck between a rock and a hard place — between the totalitarian nature of Islam, and its absolute, non-negotiable imperatives of Islamic dogma." Western media and academia and political leaders have placed no restrictions on "the stealthy and incremental Islamic incursions into Western culture," accompanied with its offensive behavioral patterns. So, non-violent Muslims have the additional burden of solving the problem of how to behave in a civilized fashion, a problem that they, not us, need to solve.

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INTERFAITH MUSLIMS GIVE REASONS FOR JIHAD

by Paul Austin Murphy

When pushed to the wall, Muslims engaged in interfaith dialogue can always claim that violent jihad is only carried out for the just cause of autonomy for Muslims, as in Kashmir, Palestine and Chechnya— the Islamic version of 'you can't make omelets without breaking eggs'. This appears to be the virtuous excuse provided no matter what the size of the Muslim population relative to the size of non-Muslim groups in the country— which begs the question why are the Muslims the only ones entitled to be in charge of their own destiny. Probe further and it becomes clear that the request for autonomous space is actually the desire for a beachhead, from which Islam can eventually force and enforce sharia law on all of us.

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ISLAM COMES TO THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

by Diana West

In this essay, Diana West describes what was wrong with the Muslim service conducted by a prestigious group of salafists and associates of Islamic terrorists at the prestigious Washington National Cathedral. Like the majority of Muslims globally, these Muslims strongly uphold sharia law, which means, in practice, that they have no doubt that Islam has replaced the imperfect religions of the Christians and the Jews— an attitude not conducive to genuine tolerance. The Episcopals thought they were being ecumenical, but judging from the surus read, all that these benighted Christians got for their efforts was a lecture larded with some very nasty appraisals of Christianity and Judaism. In Arabic, of course.

Baron Bodissey of the Gates of Vienna website wrote of a surprising and little-known fact about the event in an article entitled "The Washington National Masjid." "The administrative leaders of the Episcopal Church obviously have no idea what it means to allow their building to be used a place where formal Islamic prayers take place [emphasis added]. Or maybe they do, and they don't mind. In any case, once Muslims have said their prayers as an assembled group, the structure becomes a masjid, a mosque, and the property of the waqf board, the Islamic trust for the Ummah. The local Islamic community may decide to defer taking formal title to the building until their numbers in the Washington area are sufficient to make it prudent to do so, but after tomorrow, the National Cathedral will have become a mosque. And not just any old mosque, but one with full connectivity to the Muslim Brotherhood." As the Baron notes, the Muslim service was "a highly symbolic demonstration of Islamic supremacism" by a religious group that assumes other religions should accommodate them but would not themselves be foolish enough to reciprocate the Cathedral's hospitality.

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CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND: DON'T CALL US ARABS

by Aryeh Tepper

Aryeh Tepper writes the story of what is happening because an ethnic group of Israelis put Israel's claim to take diversity seriously to the test. Perhaps inspired by the revitalization of Jewish identity in the Jewish homeland and certainly unhappy at being lumped in the non-homogeneous cludge of ethnicities labeled Arab, the Israeli Aramean Christian community asked that they be legally identified as Aramean, a specific and unique Israeli minority, just as are the Druze and the Circassians. This hasn't pleased the Palestinian Authority, but while Israel has been reluctant to stir up the easily-inflamed Muslim Arabs, it has shown little tolerance to anti-Aramean incitement by these Muslims. Tepper makes the case that there is a regional movement in Arab countries and well as in Israel of minorities who are beginning to think of themselves in terms of their own history, rejecting both pan-Arabic philosophy and Muslim Arab political domination. There have been a sufficient number of groups emphasizing their identities before the Arab invasion that "the belief that the Middle East is somehow essentially Arab" has come into question. The fact that Arabs are Johnny-come-lately in contrast to the newly-assertive native populations is being recognized. Why is Tepper's article in this section? The interfaith interaction of the Jews and the Arameans is based on a genuine commonality: both groups are loyal citizens of the Jewish state and both have a strong interest in preserving it.

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EXPANSIONIST IRAN, OBAMA AND THE BOMB

In 1938, Europe was happy to believe that Neville Chamberlain had talked Adolf Hitler into giving up his warlike posture. The major effect of the "Peace in our Times" agreement was to prolong the war when it came and make it more deadly. We appear to be in an analogous situation now with Iran. These essays ask why the West doesn't recognize how much danger we are in.


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OBAMA'S FAILED NUCLEAR POLICY AND KHAMENEI'S DUPLICITY

by Majid Rafizadeh

Majid Rafizadeh points out the serious defects in Prez Obama's handling of the most consequential crisis of the current century. "The primary objective of the nuclear negotiations was to completely dismantle Iran's nuclear program in order to remove the threat of Islamists obtaining nuclear weapons... when Iranian leaders realized that President Obama is more desperate than Iran to get a nuclear deal at any cost, Tehran began dictating and setting the terms in the talks, shrewdly threatening Obama to walk away from the talks if they are not satisfied...In the next few months, Obama is likely to give more concessions." Given his amateurish, waffling-and-wavering inept management, it is not surprising that many people suspect, as did a reader, JayWye, who wrote in FrontPage Magazine that: "Comrade Obama WANTS Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. Comrade BHO is not working for America,he's working AGAINST the US."

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TRASH TALK DIPLOMACY, US-ISRAEL RELATIONS, AND IRAN

by Jeffrey Herf

It is perhaps an indication that Israel and the US once had strong relations that Prez Obama is as hostile to Israel as he has become to Britain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, once stout allies of the US. The issue, as Jeffrey Herf writes, is that Obama hates Israel because he perceives Israel as an obstacle to what has become obvious: Obama's policy towards Iran is one of appeasement. Even worse, it appears Obama will do nothing to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but will instead thwart and punish anyone who dares object. Acting more as a street thug than a diplomat or leader of a powerful nation, Obama has resorted to nasty language, direct insults as when he left Netanyahu in a room and trotted off to his dinner, and other shows of petulant and insulting behavior. He has also leaked information that prevented Israel from directly attacking Iran's nuclear facilities. As Herf reminds us. "Only if the President is willing to turn down a bad deal with Iran will there be a chance of success via diplomacy and sanctions short of war." But the president continues to be angry with anyone who points out he's heading recklessly in the wrong direction.

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VARIATION ON THE BIRD-JEW THEME

by Sarah Honig

Sarah Honig uses Sholem Alechem's story of the bird-Jew to anchor an egregious example of "the fear of giving offense to one's mortal enemies..." In this newer version, she takes to task those who argue that it is PM Netanyahu's "duty to obediently assume the role of the bird-Jew and self-destruct" to appease Prez Obama's anger at Netanyahu contradicting Obama's empty reassurances that Iran will not possess nuclear weapons. And doing it publicly. This view ignores that Congress is independent of the Executive Branch and that Obama's overt hostility didn't start or even blossom because of Netanyahu's addressing Congress and warning them against a deal that would allow Iran to build nuclear weapons, thus gaining the means to lord it over the other countries in the Middle East, threaten oil supply globally and be in a position to devastate Israel or any place in the Western world. Honig points out that if there be interference in a sovereign country's domestic policy, it is Obama who is the culprit, blatantly meddling in the Israeli election and encouraging the craven worship of Obama by Israel's bird-Jews, the Leftists.

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EXPANSIONIST IRAN, OBAMA AND THE BOMB

by Bernice Lipkin

It seems as if we've been negotiating with Iran for eons, initially to prevent her from acquiring nuclear weaponry, and now, it appears, to hope she uses her power wisely. Bernice Lipkin suggests reasons that might account for the West's lack of urgency and concern.

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THE FEATURES ISIS SHARES WITH ALL SALAFIST GROUPS

The list below shows that ISIS follows the teachings and practices of Islam. All Salafist groups share these features, because they all derive their sacred mission of jihad warfare from Islam, whether they are as violent as ISIS or more politic as is the Muslim Brotherhood. They all believe in the supremacy of Islam, whether they are members of a large organized group such as Al Qaeda or freelancers appearing to be unaffiliated with any terrorist group. They all model themselves on the words and deeds of Mohammad, the embodiment of perfection. They all follow the teachings and practices sanctioned by the Koran.

17 November, Abu Nidal, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, al-Nusrah, al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Anbat an-Ansar, Ansar al-Islam, Army of Islam, Boko Haram, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Hamas, Haqqani, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Hezbollah, Houthis, Iaish-e-Mohammed, Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Iraq and the Levant; name changes reflect growing territorial acquisitions), Jamaat ul-Mujahideen, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Palestine Liberation Front, Talaban — to name only a few of the better known groups — are not aberrations. They are pious Muslims.


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ISIS: PORTRAIT OF A JIHADI TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC)

This article is the Overview Section of a monograph issued by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC). The monograph is a comprehensive examination of "the nature of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an Islamic Salafist-jihadi terrorist organization founded a decade ago as a branch of Al-Qaeda in Iraq." It is an excellent and reliable reference on the roots of ISIS; its ideology; its military and financial capabilities and areas of control; its military campaign in Syria and Iraq (to mid-November 2014); how it has and will continue to increase regional instability; the American campaign against ISIS; and the danger it poses to Israel. The researchers took into account that they were dealing with a dynamic organization in situations subject to rapid change. To understand and prepare a comprehensive yet readable report on ISIS meant the researchers needed to assess, evaluate and integrate information from a multiplicity of primary sources dealing with the "history Islam, the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the Salafist-jihadi movement from which ISIS sprang; the changes in Al-Qaeda and the global jihad; the developments in the civil wars in Syria and Iraq and the various aspects of the Middle Eastern upheaval." One can only admire how well they have succeeded.

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WHAT MAKES ISLAMIC STATE SO ATTRACTIVE?

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar focuses on what makes ISIS outstanding if not unique. And why it is so popular with young Muslim volunteers, who come from all over the world to be part of ISIS. Kedar observes that it projects strength. ISIS members are encouraged to kill citizens of powerful countries and these countries do little or nothing in response. Isis has reestablished the caliphate, which was dissolved some ninety years ago, They announced the caliphate wasn't some dream in the future; it had come into existence and it came complete with a caliph, who just happened to be the head of ISIS. Moreover, ISIS has apparently established a reputation for being authentic Islam. Its unabashed use of decapitation, burning and torture certainly is modeled on how the founder of Islam treated apostates, captives and the disobedient. As Kedar says, "Islamic State — at this point — seems a young and vibrant one, whose actions are in true accordance with Islamic precepts and which does not give any consideration to the heretical, materialistic and permissive cultural mores with which Western culture tries to inculcate Muslims all over the world."

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THE MYSTERY OF THE ISLAMIC STATE

by Rachel Ehrenfeld

Rachel Ehrenberg cites Abu ZBakr Al-Baghdadi of ISIS, who argues that it is reasonable "to unite all the jihadi groups under one umbrella. After all, they all seek the same result: fight the jihad to establish a global Islamic rule." It is more common, however, for Muslim groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood that practice stealth jihad to ascribe terrorism to "Political Islam, so that they can call Islamic religion a religion of peace.

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IT'S ISLAM, STUPID!

by Martin Sherman

Martin Sherman makes the point that terrorism is very closely linked to Islam. Muslim apologists point out that the majority of Muslims are not violent. True, but if we go by population figures, some 17% of the world's population is Muslim, so we'd expect they'd commit roughly 17% to 20% of the acts of terrorism. Instead, Muslims are the majority of the terrorists. They kill infidels. They kill other Muslims. They kill. And polls indicate that in Muslim countries, either the majority of people or a significant minority are "in favor of harsh corporal punishments (whipping/amputation) for theft/robbery; death by stoning for adultery; and death for apostasy." Muslim terrorism is said to be done as a response to colonialism, globalism, and Western hostility. But India was colonized, and Hindus don't behave like Muslims. We are told Muslims turn to terrorism because of poverty or because they are on the fringe of society. But many terrorists come from homes that are seemingly integrated into the community and are well-educated. When the facts are promulgated, these arguments are also discredited. What does hold up, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali put it, "Islam is not a religion of peace. It's a political theory of conquest that seeks domination by any means it can. Every accommodation of Muslim demands leads to a sense of euphoria and a conviction that Allah is on their side. They see every act of appeasement as an invitation to make fresh demands."

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THE PERPETUITY OF JIHAD

by Michael Devolin

In this essay, Michael Devolin explains how aptly the term perpetuity describes the history of Islamic jihad from the time of Mohammad until now. Perpetual Jihad is an Islamic imperative. As Devolin says, "Islamic jihad is never satisfied with its own, but only with complete possession of the other. They want only the field next to theirs, and once in their possession, Islam and the Muslim world concede nothing. It is meaningless to the Arab Muslim that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has been a holy site for Jews long before the Prophet Mohammed and even longer before his Muslim hordes invaded ancient Israel. The sensibilities of Christians are of no concern to the Muslim extremist whose religious intolerance has made Nazareth today almost uninhabitable for them." Their program is facilitated by their anti-democratic pro-Palestinian supporters in the West. Also posted are some comments by readers of the original publication. The last one, by Ronald B, is an excellent description of stealth jihad.

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WE HAVE ISLAMONAUSEA

by Nicolai Sennels

Nicolai Sennels suggests that the "aspects of [Muslim] behavior that make us sick" aren't symptoms of islamophobia. It just means we have justifiable islamonausea. Despite all the efforts invested into convincing us we are Islamophobic when we critize Muslim behavior, as Sennels points out, "There is nothing phobic or racist about feeling nauseous when hearing about the countless, bloody massacres committed by Muhammad and his many devout copycats throughout history and all over the world today."

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THE SHATTERING OF WESTERN MYTHS BY ISIS

by Dan Illouz

The rise of the Islamic State has finally shocked some people into a belated awareness of what's been going on in Middle East. The belief that peace negotiations are possible even though Muslims will never abandon their goal of conquest has been undercut. Dan Illouz writes of some of the lessons learned: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the central conflict in the Middle East; territorial withdrawals strengthen terrorism; Iran needs to be stopped; and, finally, Israel must stand up to pressure.

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THE MEDIA AND POLITICAL PROPAGANDA

The media are everywhere in Israel and the Territories, but the reporters and camera men see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear. They are susceptible to Arab hoaxes and indifferent to truth spoken by Jews. They are advocates for the Arabs, whose cause justifies all. And oddly enough, instead of feeling guilty about corrupting the advertised standards of their guilds, they are satisfied that they are doing the politically correct thing to do — vilifying the Jews.


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THE IDEOLOGICAL ROOTS OF MEDIA BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL

by Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman writes "about how the media dissect and magnify Israel's flaws while purposely erasing those of its enemies." While working for the Associated Press (AP), he became "aware of certain malfunctions in the coverage of the Israel story — recurring omissions, recurring inflations, decisions made according to considerations that were not journalistic but political, all in the context of a story staffed and reported more than any other international story on earth." He points out that this is not limited to AP; it is true of the international press with few exceptions. Friedman has since become a whistler blower who provides anecdotal and summation evidence, confirming what many of us have long assumed. As Friedman writes, by the rules of much of the international media, "Jewish hatred of Arabs is a story. Arab hatred of Jews is not... 100 houses in a West Bank settlement are a story. 100 rockets smuggled into Gaza are not. The Hamas military build-up amid and under the civilian population of Gaza is not a story. But Israeli military action responding to that threat — that is a story, ..." Friedman understands there is a larger and more sinister context. He points out, "The only group of people subject to a systematic boycott at present in the Western world are Jews, appearing now under the convenient euphemism 'Israelis.' The only country that has its own 'apartheid week' on campuses is the Jewish country." He clearly sees how the media have demonized the Jews — Jews/Israelis are occupiers, they are human rights violators, they are the vilest of the vile — and he understands how journalists and reporters and cameramen function as pro-Palestinian propagandists. He makes the important point that the alleged occupation of Jews of Arab land has become the central symbol of evil, which anchors and gives meaning to any story about victimization anywhere in the world. But he is apparently still certain that Israel really is occupying Arab land, when the reverse is the actual case. I hope as he progresses in understanding, he reads some factual history. The San Remo Conference of 1920 and the various Middle East Mandates that created both the single Jewish state and many of the current Arab states would be a good starting point. He might begin here, here, here, here, here and here.

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PBS: AMERICA'S "MOST TRUSTED INSTITUTION" AND ITS COVERAGE OF ISLAM

by Denis MacEoin

The Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) has convinced the public it is a superior, unbiased and trustworthy educational instrument. In point of fact, as Denis MacEoin demonstrates, they have acted as apologists for Islam. In a recent series on Islam, they "broadcast, through a film and on the internet, religious propaganda in place of balanced educational, instructional, and public information material, despite elaborate claims to the contrary." This is not a casual assertion, because, certified by the authority of PBS, this material has influenced the views of millions of Americans about Islam, yet it is littered with propagandistic bits, some of which are false, and many of them misleading and incomplete. Some sponsors "are linked to dubious organizations"; and some advisors have links to terror organizations, are salafist ideologues and have no scruples about lying and denying ugly facts about Islam. One, Azizah al-Hibri, asserted that Islam is compatible with women's rights and that the "concept of the separation of church and state came from Islam." A speaker, M. Cherif Bassiouni, is both a prominent lawyer and a defender of Hamas. He has argued "that Islamic law does not punish apostasy — a statement that might have come as a surprise to the many thousands of Muslim apostates and heretics who have been executed from the time of Muhammad to the present day." Perhaps the biggest howler was the unduly flattering portrait of Mohammad and the biggest error of judgment was presenting Karen Armstrong disingenuous distortions as historical facts. The material is suitable for a missionary video but in no way can it serve as a serious source of information about Islam.

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THE CONTROVERSY OF 'FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL'

by Nadav Shragai

Although the UN had an agency to handle the millions of refugees around the world, it set up a special agency, UNRWA exclusively for the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 when Israel became a state. Most of them fled because Israel's neighbors who invaded the fledgling state told the residents to clear out until they could kill off the Jews and/or for fear the Jews would do unto them as they would have done unto the Jews. The Jews survived that invasion and another two after that, but the collection of refugees were pure gold as propaganda in that Arab propagandists claimed they were the aboriginal people of the land, which the Jews stole from them. Joan Peters determined that the facts and the Arab story didn't match and published the results in 1984 in a book entitled From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine. For her efforts, she was denounced by a host of Palestinian Arab supporters. Joan Peters died this year in January. Nadav Shragai tells us about her accomplishment.

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WHY THE LEFT REFUSES TO TALK ABOUT MUSLIM ANTI-SEMITISM

by Daniel Greenfield

The mainstream press, which is mostly Leftist, spends much time on the sins of the European far right. A major sin of these Rightists is that they don't like what Muslims are doing to European countries and they say so. But the press becomes timid when the subject is Muslim anti-Semitism. Daniel Greenfield points out that Muslim anti-Semitism has been "the dominant form of violence against Jews in Europe. And it has been that way for some time now." "When Western leftists make common cause with Arab and Islamic nationalists, they aren't being post-colonial, they're advocating an earlier form of colonialism [under Arab rule] that led and is once again leading to ethnic cleansing, genocide, mass slavery and the destruction of indigenous cultures; including that of the Jews." In such an environment, Jews would again live as dhimmis under Arab control as they did for hundreds of years. Their investment in "[t]he post-colonial narrative obligates academics and journalists to favorably contrast the Muslim treatment of Jews, then or now, with the European treatment of Jews." Meantime, "Muslim Supremacist anti-Semitism remains interested in persecuting and killing Jews.

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HISTORY SECTION

Aspects of World War 2


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WILL AMERICAN JEWRY AGAIN FAIL TO CONFRONT HISTORIC THREAT?

by Atera Beck

With the declared threat by Iran to wipe out Israel when they get the bomb the lack of indignation by the general population, and the lack of strong response by the Jewish organizations, it is beginning to look much like it did in the 1930s, when Hitler was just getting started. Atara Beck asks whether American Jewish leaders are repeating the same tragic mistakes of the Nazi era? She writes that in the 30s, grassroots American Jews wanted to help their co-religionists in Europe, but the major Jewish organizations did little, and some actually fought the idea of helping the Jews in Europe. In the year 2015, while Iran broadcasts it can't wait to get nuclear weaponry to use on Israel, the American administration, particularly Secr.-State Kerry and National Security Advisor Rice attacked PM Netanyahu for voicing his concern that Iran's nuclear program hasn't yet been stopped. Rabbi Boteach placed an ad in the New York Times "castigating rice." At the that point, many American Jewish organizations "rushed to denounce Boteach for daring to insult Rice." Will they never learn!

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THE NAZI A-BOMB WAS FOILED

by Bernard Shapiro

If I tell you that Moe Berg spoke fifteen languages and went to Princeton, the Sorbonne and Columbia Law School, you might think this will be about yet another Jewish intellectual/academic. What if I add that he played baseball so-so but he won the Medal of Freedom and it is displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame? Bernard Shapiro tells of Moe's wartime exploits during World War 2, one of which won him the medal.

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AUSCHWITZ SURVIVORS RETURN SEVENTY YEARS LATER

by Auschwitz Survivors

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz was liberated. Seventy years later, three hundred survivors of Auschwitz returned to the Camp.

These videos are about their return to Auschwitz and Auschwitz itself:

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NAZI DIARY REVEALS BRUTAL TACTICS EMPLOYED AGAINST LODZ JEWS

by Kobi Nachshoni

Nazi officers kept a record of day-to-day life in the Lodz Ghetto. A diary containing their notes has been uncovered. It records punishments they inflicted and the brutal ways they had to obtain information. They hunted Jews that had managed to stay out of the ghetto. They were cruel and created a reign of terror. They recorded the details of what they did but in sanitized language. This is contrast to Muslim salafists who take pleasure in broadcasting videos showing them decapitating and shooting their victims.

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What we are talking about in the September–October 2014 Issue

    PART 1:
  1. A New Phase In The Jihad Invasion of the USA (Bender, Chesler, Shulman, Glick)
  2. Europe And Islam (Wilders, Bare Naked Islam, Lipkin, Thornton)
  3. Public Relations (Spencer, Korol, Goodman, FirstOneThrough, Sand, Haber)
  4. Britain And The Jewish People (Brand, Levin, Rose, Honig)
  5. History Section (Freund, Ben-David, Tapson)

  6. PART 2:
  7. Poorly Understood And Poorly Implemented Counterterrorism (Gorka, McCarthy, Poole, Brown, Greenfield, Ibrahim)
  8. Shifting Alliances In The Middle East (Haivry, JCPA, Ledeen, Ettinger, McCarthy)
  9. The Pious Arab And Salafism (Cline, Millière, Kedar, Eidelberg)
  10. Blog-Eds (September-October 2014 Blog-Eds)

This issue breaks naturally into two sections. Part I focuses on our usual concerns: the salafi jihad against Israel and the West. Part II is an high resolution look at Counter Terrorism and the state of the Middle East States.



PART 1

The Islamic Jihad continues tirelessly, comprehensively and successfully to pacify the West. Occasionally their efforts are overt and dramatic acts of terror. For the most part, they work quietly and effectively. They convince our churches to become instruments spewing hate. They infiltrate our entertainment, educational, political, judicial and defense institutions. They corrupt our media and destabilize our society. Our media people tell us how nice most Muslims are, so why fuss about the few percent that aren't. A TV show had a Christian killing his daughter because she is serious about a Muslim man — talk about reversing reality! The ACLU sniffs out any attempt to introduce Christianity in public schools, but I've not heard any complaint from them about school children being taken to mosques, dressed in burkas, and taught how to pray like Muslims do. If a terrorist act is so blatant it can't be ignored — beheading pedestrians on the street, say — we are immediately reassured that this is an aberration in Islam. We are not told the truth: in the Muslim religion, decapitation is an acceptable way to deal with those who won't submit to Islam and are therefore, by definition, enemies of Islam. We don't want to be labeled islamophobic, do we?

Except when expediency stayed their hand, much of Europe and the American State Department have been hostile to the modern state of Israel from its beginning. We include in this issue essays on Britain, a prime example. In the first World War, the Palestinian Jews fought for England while the English Administration in Palestine helped the Arabs, who for the most part cooperated with the Nazis. Its handling of the Palestine Mandate, which it had taken on with the understanding that it was to midwife a viable state of Israel is a sorry history of constricting Israel's growth. Currently, English culture is itself under siege from England's Muslim population. Britain's response is to cooperate with the Muslims, especially against Israel, which, because of its location, is on the forefront of the fight against a Muslim takeover of the West.

In American academia, in mainline churches, in much of the media, in the UN and in the US Administration, Israel is the enemy. No one thinks the campaign to delegitimize Israel, isolate it and destroy its economy is contextually bizarre. Israel is not praised for its pinpoint retaliation of Hamas's bombing. Other countries can kill hundreds and thousands of civilians without media or 'humanitarian' complaint, but Israel is accused of war crimes if it kills a single child used as a human shield. In contrast, despite all evidence to the contrary, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has spawned multiple terrorist organizations, is lauded as a reasonable and friendly organization that means the West no harm. In fact Huma Abedin, a member of a family prominent in the Brotherhood, was deputy chief of staff in Hillary Clinton's State Department. Clearly, if we are on a wartime footing, it is not with the perpetrators of 9/11.



A NEW PHASE IN THE JIHAD INVASION OF THE USA?
The ongoing and systematic jihad by Resurgent Islam appears to be climbing to new heights, and has the open support of traditional native anti-Semites while it has succeeded in cowing many defense groups into silence. Whether it is direct from Arabia or initiated by some of their local supporters, the Arab story of their victimization is now echoed by the Metropolitan Opera, which, with huge money problems, is nevertheless staging a lavish production of an anti-Jewish opera. On campus, academic unions ban Israeli colleagues while attacks on Jewish students that inhibit their ability to live normal lives have increased. Think-tank reports can no longer be taken for granted as accurate and complete. This section provides examples and, in addition, suggestions on ways to stop the onslaught of Islam on the West.
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HAMAS-BACKING QATAR ALSO FUNDING BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, HOME OF FORMER U.S. MIDEAST ENVOY INDYK

by Dave Bender

A comment that came to Think-Israel acutely summed up that the salafists had purchased another way to influence public opinion: "Qatar is buying Washington clout by funneling large amounts of cash into the Brookings Institution, a leading progressive DC think tank, through Martin Indyk, who evidently has been co-opted by their money... Brookings serves as a major source of policy for Democrats in Congress...It is also a classic example of the mainstream press ignoring a major conflict of interest story willfully." In this essay, Dave Bender emphasizes that Qatar also funds Hamas and, as do other Middle East Arab countries, it expects value for its money from grantees, terrorists and "non-combatants" alike. The discovery that Qatar was a major contributor to Brookings took on additional significance because it highlighted a major conflict of interest. Martin Indyk, a high echelon member of the Brookings Institute, while posing as neutral in his role as US negotiator, blasted Israel, claiming it, and it alone, was responsible for the latest collapse of the so-called "Peace Talks". Was he speaking from his experience as a negotiator or as a hireling of a foreign power?

It is important to recognize that the Brookings Institute isn't an isolated example. Unfortunately, many supposedly objective Washington research groups and think-tanks have been corrupted — in the sense that their awareness of their funding sources' interests leads them to self-censorship. They ignore or downplay or distort important information. It is also true that toeing the line is often openly a required condition of future funding.

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THE HIJACKING OF HISTORY BY OPERA: THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

by Phyllis Chesler. With examples of script falsification by Richard H. Shulman

Phyllis Chesler examines the artistic and not so artistic aspects of The Metropolitan Opera staging of "The Death of Klinghoffer," a reenactment of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro by a group of Arab terrorists, who shot a wheelchair-bound passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, in the head and then threw him overboard. Their reason? He was a Jew and they were homeless because of the Jews. Putting aside the fact that the Jews hadn't stolen the land from the Arabs because the Arabs didn't own the land, call me stupid, but I don't get how killing a defenseless Jew can be presented as an inevitable or effective or even expected way to assuage anger and loss. If, as is claimed, this is an attempt to understand humans acting out their agony, shouldn't the script have probed deeper? Are killing and torture routine responses to being deprived of a home? If so, why aren't Jews terrorists? After all, at the very least, some 800,000 Jews were forced to flee Arab countries roughly around the time the families of the stage Arabs agreed to leave their homes at the behest of the Arab countries invading the new state of Israel. So maybe there's something in the nature or nurture of the Arab 'victims' that drives them to bestiality. But the opera doesn't go there. It follows the trite formula of pitting the good guys against the bad guys, with the terrorists and the Jewish passengers acting as stand-ins for Arabs and Israelis. The terrorists sing good-guy lyrics, so we know they must be good guys. Richard Shulman points out the gross tampering with historic facts that was required to make the terrorists seem to be good guys and the libel needed to make villains of the Jews. What an inversion of history!

Actually, there is one aspect of the opera's conception that is worthy of exploration: the appealing vision of terrorists who have a human concern for lost homes and wrecked families was concocted by the composer/librettist. The real terrorists hijacked the boat to force Israel to release another terrorist, Samir Kuntar, in prison for invading an Israeli home, seizing a father and his four-year old daughter, and smashing the head of the child against a rock in front of her father. As Chesler writes, the librettist, bought up as a Jew and now an Anglican priest, appears enamored of the theme of murder-crucifixion of a Jew. The composer is an admirer of Edward Said, who falsified his own history and used his academic standing to strengthened the illusion that the Palestinian Arabs were an actual people. So there is the interesting question: was the substitute plot designed to enhance the opera's artistry or was it because even a librettist much more talented than the Klinghoffer librettist could not have squeezed out sympathy for the real terrorists, who like beasts of the field did what they did with pride and the admiration of their families, but without human conscience.

We are left to ask: why did the Met, which prefers to keep dramatic controversy tidily on the stage and not moving into the audience, put this on? Not surprisingly, many people automatically assume that the Arab Jihad, having secured a forum for its world view in academia, is now ready to tackle the arts. Even if the lavish presentation was not pre-soaked in oil money, it says something about the anti-Semitic climate the Arabs have been paying to create that the Met had no qualms putting on such a show.

The actions of some Jewish Met donors have also been called into question. As Mark Langfan of AFSI (see here) noted: not one rich black donor would support an opera that explained the 'perspective of a white lynch mob' lynching a black man... But, today, with this evil opera glorifying the terroristic Palestinian murder of an American Jew, there are still many, many rich American Jewish Metropolitan Opera donors who are still going to donate millions upon millions to the Metropolitan Opera. And, that ... is sickness." Even worse, the large Jewish organizations that have ignored the harassment of Jews at colleges and the hostility of the Obama administration towards Israel remain stuporous, even though this malodorous production at the Met looks like the start of yet another phase of Arabs spewing money to encourage holocaust-level Jew-hate while Jews pretend it isn't happening.

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IT'S TIME TO BEAT THE JEW HATERS

by Caroline Glick

Too many Jews respond to the growing overt antagonism to Jews by Jew-haters who lie deliberately or distort the truth by using the "everyone is entitled to speak" argument. Caroline Glick spells out how far we've come from small acts of violence against Jews to systematic bans, divestments and sanctions. Dock unions won't unload Israeli goods; academic unions won't affiliate with Israeli universities; Jewish students are subjected to harassment and violence, which the university administrations ignore. Increasingly, as Glick puts it, "another dam has been breached. Another safe zone has become a no-go zone." and there is no end in sight. Yet the Jews have been slow to respond and when they do, their quiet remonstrances have been ignored. There are better ways to deal with the wave of non-random attacks designed to demonize, terrorize and isolate Jews. For example, ZOA demanded that those major Jewish donors that continued to donate after the Met staged a propagandist anti-Jewish opera be called to "account for their decision not to revoke their multi-million dollar support for the opera house." Responding to anti-Jewish thug tactics should be by exposing the front group's backing and ties to terrorism. Intimidation can be met by restraining orders and filing criminal complaints. Lawsuits against academic administrators who allow Jewish students to be subjected to attacks ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults are more effective than writing polite letters suggesting the administrators do when they already know they should be doing and have no intention of doing. As Glick suggests, "an aggressive campaign of legal, political, social and financial opposition to those who seek to demonize Jews and deny Jews civil rights as Jews as well as those who enable them can go a long way toward making members of these hate groups and their supporters rue the day they decided to go after the Jews."

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EUROPE AND ISLAM

Experts have written off Europe. It has been conquered by the Muslims. Europe's welfare systems pay to produce Arab babies. Europe's ideology of multiculturalism is an invitation to inflict the Muslim singular way of life on the native populations. Europe's nervousness at meddling in religion is used by the Muslims to try to make Islam top dog, while demonizing Judaism and denigrating Christianity. And it doesn't help that Europe is highly susceptible to anti-Semitism. Perhaps I'm clutching at straws, but I think the arguments for Europe's slide into cultural oblivion may be premature. Though not organized, many people are more savvy than the dhimmi media and politicians that speak for them.


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STOP DENYING THE OBVIOUS: ISLAM IS A PROBLEM

by Geert Wilders

Over many years, Geert Wilders has fought the Islamic Jihad by political action and educational means. Although a member of the Dutch parliament, he was put on trial for the hate crimes of telling the truth about Islam in articles and making a documentary called Fitna, which had the audacity to quote passages directly from the Koran. In this article, he asserts we must do more than "bomb its strongholds in the Middle East." It is also necessary to confront Western-born Muslim jihadists at home in the West. As Wilders says, "war has also come to our streets" and every Westerner is a potential target. This, in many ways, is more difficult to do, because it runs counter to political correctness and insists that homeland security is more important than subscribing to the ideology of multiculturalism.

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GERMAN POLICE RAID MOSQUE, ISLAMIC CENTER, AND MUSLIM FLATS OVER SUSPECTED TIES TO THE ISLAMIC STATE

by Bare Naked Islam

This article records an unusual happening: the German police rounding up those with connections to ISIS. As in other European countries, the police don't want to be perceived as persecuting a minority religion, especially Islam. In an unusual move, German police arrested members of ISIS in several raids. This article appeared in Bare Naked Islam. Several comments suggested the Germans would act stronger if they weren't inhibited by their reputation for brutality, which they earned by slaughtering Jews in World War 2.

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HOW BRITISH NEWSPAPERS HANDLE MUSLIM CRIMES AND ACTS OF TERRORISM

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin describes the discrepancy between the shallow way Islamic terrorism and Islamic crimes are handled in the British Press — the major objective is to keep the peace — and the savvy understanding of what's actually going on by many of their readers, who recognize that too many of their Muslim neighbors have no intention of fitting into Britain's culture but wish to remold England's style of life to suit their own needs as Muslims. In this instance, the public was made aware that some Muslims, though born in Britain, have chosen to fight for ISIS in the Middle East and perhaps to destroy some of their fellow citizens when they return home. At the same time, the newspapers headlined that Muslim gangs have been grooming white lower-class British children as prostitutes. Yet the main concern of the press was not why the Muslims were so destructive to the English life style. Instead they worried that people might resent what was happening and make life hard for their Muslim neighbors.

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THE INCOHERENT EXCUSES FOR HATING ISRAEL

Bruce Thornton

Scenes of Islamic terrorists who wish to make European institutions Islam-compatible fighting police are dramatic, but it is some of the subtler types of Islamic influence that are the greater danger. Bruce Thornton writes of the illogical, sometimes absurd, arguments used to bolster hate of Israel, As Thornton writes, "there is no question that hatred of Israel reflects the continuing existence of anti-Semitism in Europe, intensified by millions of Muslim immigrants for whom hating Israel is theologically justified."

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PUBLIC RELATIONS

This is how Diana West answered Americans who are "still genuinely puzzled as to how it could be that our presidents and secretaries of state and generals and pundits keep hammering home the big lie that Islam has nothing to do with jihad, that the religion of conquest is a 'religion of peace'". It's done, she explained, because, as in the convincing case that communism, unlike Nazism, is not linked to the horrors it caused, disassociation works. [see here.] The converse is also true. Israelis are falsely accused of being child killers, even though they meticulously attempt to avoid hitting Arab children serving as human shields for terrorists. It is perhaps a task for future historians to determine how many incidents are necessary to create a linkage. Certainly the first article in the set would seem to be grotesque enough to sear an association. But few in the media have broadcast the story and so it can not spread enlightenment very far.


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MUSLIMS STONE WOMAN TO DEATH FOR ADULTERY

by Robert Spencer

In skill in persuasion, public relations by Salafists such as IS is even more amateurish than Israel's. The only difference is that the global media doesn't disseminate every Muslim mumble and fumble. Robert Spencer describes a gory event somewhere between an honor killing and group entertainment, where a woman accused of adultery was stoned. Her father had the honer of hurling the first stone. The participants were recorded by a devotee of sharia law using modern technology. Will it have any impact on the certainty by so many that Islam is a religion of peace? Unlikely.

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NEGATING THE PROPAGANDIST RUSE OF NPR

by Tabitha Korol

As demonstrated by Tabitha Korol, NPR is likely to do for an autodidatic education what Peace Now and Oxfam have done for human rights, namely, destroy its good name. NPR has proven itself untrustworthy as a vehicle of education in that it is notoriously agenda-driven, describing the terrorist cohorts of Islam as following a religion of peace, innocent victims of the very same Israelis that they slaughter. Conversely, NPR describes Israel's precision in targeting enemy missiles while avoiding civilians in terms that suggest that Israel deliberately targets civilians. A mite of logic would suggest that the Arabs wouldn't hide their weaponry in the midst of women and children if they didn't know the Jews care more about Arab civilians that the Arab governments do. They'd lose too many of their weapons.

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ARE AMERICAN JEWS PURPOSELY WEARING BLINDERS?

by Shari Goodman

There was a time when Israelis were trying to convince themselves that the thuggish, Jew-hating Arafat and his buddies could, for the right price, give them peace. Their official and unofficial spokesmen would go on such shows as Charlie Rose on TV and blather that their desire was to see a Palestinian state neighboring or inside Israel. That aberration seems, for the most part, to have worn itself out, but Israelis, when given the opportunity to tell it as it is to Jews in a position to spread the word, still yack on about the desirability of peace, not the impossibility of compromising with those who have a monomaniacal desire to kill Jews. They don't say straight out that war and jihad and terror and killing infidels and raping and beheading and looting are not aberrations in Islam; they are what Mohammad wanted his followers to do. Shari Goodman recounts an evening when Michael Oren, once Israeli ambassador to the U.S., spoke at a parlor event. He pooh-poohed Muslim infiltration in the White House and US defense agencies, knowledge of which is so widespread that some has even reached the mainstream media. Most egregiously, Oren saw Arabs hostility as a land claim and not as what it is: an all-out war where the only endpoint the Arabs will accept is an Islamic victory over all other groups with a different religion or ideology, with the Jews being an immediate target. From all indications, Israel will have to work hard just to get up to the starting point of educating the world, let alone doing an effective job.

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DOES ISRAEL HAVE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS? NEW YORK TIMES: "NONSENSE"

by First One Through

To get one's news mainly from the New York Times (NYT) is to believe that Israel restricts the press. It's true that Israel has been appraised as having a free press by Freedom House. It's the only country in the Middle East that does. Another authoritative group, the Foreign Press, has protested Hamas's censorship of reporters in Gaza. But why bother with statistics, when an NYT Bureau chief claims to have contradictory evidence from unnamed sources. The White Queen of the Times declared of Israel's record of freedom of the press, "Nonsense." And she, herself, has said it. Though it isn't to her credit. Nor does it help counter the decline of the NYT as a reputable source of information.

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HOW I STOPPED BEING A JEW

by Shlomo Sand. With Foreword by IAM Editor and Review by Gordon Haber

Half a dozen years or so ago, Shlomo Sand, who was something of a mediocrity, academic-wise, realized there was a easy route to fame and fortune. He could capitalize (I hope that Sand, a Marxist in good standing, won't find the term offensive) on two facts: he was born Jewish and he had an academic union card. All he needed to do was change his audience. Since then he has written an anti-Judaism trilogy that has succeeded in bringing comfort and confirmation of their every belief to Jew haters everywhere, particularly those in Europe. His first two books attempted to rip Judaism from its historical and theological roots. His latest book details how he stripped away his own Jewish identity. It provides no world shaking insights or original philosophy, but his saying "I stopped being a Jew" seems on the mark. I wonder though — now that he has denied himself the right to use Jewish credentials to certify how evil Judaism is — will his assertions be worth as much to the Jew-haters he has inspired?

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BRITAIN AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE

mandate land 1920
The Future State Of Israel, 1920, was to be on both sides of the Jordan (courtesy of Eli Hertz, www.MythsandFacts.org)


The map was used in justicenow4israel.com to point out that both sides of the Jordan were in trust for a Jewish Homeland. Article 25 of the Mandate for Palestine states that,

The wording, "postpone or withhold application of such provisions of this mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions is by the nature of the wording a temporary action. That action was only valid until there was a change in the conditions leading to that decision. It did not authorize the British to permanently cut off portions of the land and turn it over to a foreign people.

This section recounts the history of Britain's treacherous behavior towards the Jews in the context of the Arab-Jewish conflict. One of the most egregious example was Britain's stealing 78% the land assigned by international law at San Remo in 1920 for a Jewish homeland. It became today's Kingdom of Jordan. The question remains: why, when the Arabs acquired through no effort of their own more than 99% of the enormous Middle Eastern territory of the Ottoman Empire, why did Britain have to steal from the tiny amount of land assigned to be the Jewish homeland?

Because much of the information in this Section on Israel's claim to Jewish land depends on legal concepts, we post here "The Palestine Mandate in a Nutshell", written by Wallace Brand. The "unshelled" version is at
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2385304. See also Brand's recent discusssion of the roots of Israel's sovereignty here and here.

The text of San Remo Agreement provided: "The High Contracting Parties agree to ENTRUST... the administration of Palestine . . .

Trust law for non-lawyers

After finding an intention to set up a trust, look for:

  1. The "settlor", the person or entity setting it up. He contributes the trust res.
  2. The cestui que trust or "beneficiary" of the trust.
  3. The trustee.
  4. The trust res or the thing place in trust.
  5. The purpose of the trust.
  6. The term of the trust.

These are the vital elements of a trust. Some are expressed; others may be inferred. For example if you place a delicate Ming dynasty bowl in trust for your daughter aged 5, others may infer that the purpose of the trust that is to vest when she is 30 is to preserve and protect it until she is capable of doing that herself.

The 1920 San Remo agreement of the Allied Principal War Powers contained the British Balfour Declaration of Policy word-for-word. The 1922 Palestine Mandate approved by 51 countries that were members of the League of Nations, and also by the United States, filled in the details needed to apply the Balfour Policy.

One. At San Remo, the settlor of the trust was the Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers in WWI. They defeated Germany who commenced the war and the Ottoman Empire who joined Germany in making war on the Allies. Under customary International Law, the victors in a defensive war may negotiate with the vanquished to establish new boundaries for it and keep all the territory outside the new boundary. In this way the Ottoman Empire was reduced to Turkey. The remaining Turkish territory in Europe was allocated by the Supreme Council at the 1919 Paris Peace Talks. Claims for territory in the Middle East — Syria, Mesopotamia and Palestine — were resolved at the reconvening of the group at San Remo, the following year. At the Paris Peace talks the Allies set up the League of Nations including Article 22 of its Covenant that provided for "mandates". These were combination trusts and guardianships for countries that had been colonies of Turkey for 400 years. The Mandatory was to provide stability and tutelage for their political development to become independent representative governments over time.

Two. The cestui que trust is the beneficiary. The beneficiary has no right to go to a "law court" to protect his rights. That is only the right of the trustee. He has legal dominion over the trust res. For a tangible piece of property, such as a Ming dynasty bowl, only the trustee has the right of possession. If it is stolen, only the trustee can go into a court of law to reclaim it. The beneficiary is limited to protecting his rights against abuse by the trustee. He is entitled to go into a court of equity. The beneficiary here was the Jewish People or World Jewry. It was the Jewish people and the Arab people who had submitted competing claims for collective political rights to Palestine at the Paris Peace talks. Woodrow Wilson's Commission of Inquiry in searching for those throughout the world having the right of self-determination had said of the Jews that Palestine was "the cradle and home of their vital race" and noted that the Jews were the only people that had no other land.

An express term of the trust made the World Zionist Association the formal advisor to the mandate government. Another term required the trustee to facilitate only Jewish immigration so the Jews could become a majority.

Three. The mandate was based on English law concepts of trusts and guardianships. Britain volunteered to be trustee or "mandatory" and was selected.

Four. The thing placed in trust, the trust res, was an intangible, the collective right of a group to establish a government and provide for its administration. This is referred to as "group political rights". An individual political right, sometimes referred to as included in "civil rights", is the right to one vote for each citizen.

Five. The purpose of the trust was, in the case of most of the mandates, providing a stable government until such time as the majority of the people in the territory of the state developed politically and could represent themselves - there having been no opportunity in the last 400 years for the inhabitants of the former Turkish colonies to do that. It was also, in the case of the Palestine Mandate, to avoid an antidemocratic Jewish government. At the time the Jews were in the minority in the entire territory of Palestine and if they had legal dominion over the political rights, an antidemocratic government would be in power. One purpose of the Palestine Mandate was to delay representative self-government until the Jews were in the majority within the area to be ruled.

Six. The term of the trust — it was to end when the Jewish population in the area to be ruled was in the majority and the Jews had the capability, just as any European Government to exercise sovereignty. That would avoid an antidemocratic government such as later was founded in Syria by the French, of a minority of Alawites that under Hafez Assad and Bashir Assad has caused so much misery and destruction.

Historical note

In 1948 the Jewish population within the Armistice Line in Palestine became the majority. The trust res partially vested. In 1967 it became completely vested. Coincidentally the UN Partition Resolution 181 was enacted on November 29,1947, not long before 1948 when Israel proclaimed its independence. That is why many people believe that Resolution 181 is the root of Israel's sovereignty. But the Arabs rejected this Resolution. By law it was only a recommendation that must be approved by all involved before becoming international law. It died at birth when rejected by the Arabs.

In 1964 the PLO charter was drafted in Moscow. It posited that there was a "Palestinian Arab People". In the '60s also the Soviet Diplomats at the UN promoted two International Conventions dignifying the right of any "people" to have the right of political self-determination not just under natural law, but also under international law. These became effective in 1976. But the drafters at the UN made sure that these rights under international law were subordinate to the right of a preexisting state to territorial integrity because since the new world order was established after the Peace of Westphalia, national boundaries of sovereign states have been inviolable.


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PERFIDIOUS ALBION

by Kenneth Levin

Joan Swirsky, who sent this article by Kenneth Levin to Think-Israel, wrote: "This essay traces British animus (strongly virulent) against the Jews. Thwarting Jewish safety, toadying to Arab prejudice, preventing Jewish defense, encouraging Arab violence by offering false charges as 'cover' for Arab attacks." British sympathy to the Arab cause remains as true as it was a hundred years ago. As Levin notes, "But even beyond the context of violence, anti-Israel distortions of realities in the territories are pervasive in Britain." As example, when Israel gained control of Gaza, she improved the lives of the Arabs still living in refugee camps by building them permanent homes with electricity and running water and finding them employment in Israel. This radically changed when Hamas gained control. But to read the British media, the exact opposite is true: Hamas is painted as a fair-minded governor, while, inconsistently, the Gazans suffer under (phantom) Israeli occupation.

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WAS BRITAIN'S SEVERING TRANSJORDAN FROM THE JEWISH HOMELAND AN ACT OF PREJUDICE, MISJUDGMENT OR BETRAYAL OF THE JEWS?

by Alex Rose

Thomas Jefferson once said it was not honorable to take legal advantage when it was contrary to justice. Alex Rose provides us with a comprehensive analysis of what seems a bizarre act by Britain when it held the Mandate for developing the ancient land of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people. The entire area set aside was a minuscule piece of the Ottoman Empire while the Arabs were given over 99% of the area. Yet when England wanted to reward the Hashemite Abdullah a consolation prize because the Saudis, a rival clan, got Mecca and Medina and a huge land surround, Britain chopped three-quarters of the one percent destined to become Israel, using as pretext that these Arabs would merely administrate the land, not own it.

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OLD ANTIPATHIES DIE HARD

by Sarah Honig

Sarah Honig summarizes succinctly what the other articles in this section flesh out in detail and brings the story up to the present day. She also puts the lie to the notion that the foreign policy of a supposedly rational country is primarily determined by calculated national interest. As she makes clear by describing Britain's behavior, ideology and historic prejudice may counteract self-interest.

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HISTORY SECTION


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A TIME FOR SPIRITUAL HEROISM

by Michael Freund

This is the season that we celebrate the start of the new year of 5775. It is a time that we are encouraged to reflect and think about bringing a sense of service to HaShem into our everyday lives. If we choose to do so, circumstances are seldom much of a hindrance. Michael Freund writes of a Rosh Hashanah in Auschwitz, when Naftali Stern, a cantor, took upon himself the task of conducting a full Rosh Hashanah service in the camp, where just surviving was almost impossible. To do so, he swapped his bread rations for pencil and sacks on which he wrote out the prayers for Rosh Hashanah from memory. And on Rosh Hashanah, he held a service for the assembled Jews.

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THE U.S. NAVY SAVED JEWS OF ERETZ YISRAEL 100 YEARS AGO

by Lenny Ben-David

It was 1914. World War 1 was starting, and the Ottomans, then the rulers of the Middle East including the land that would become the modern State of Israel, were massing troops, preparing to move against the British. Their preparations including looting food and supplies and conscripting the locals, including the local Jews, who were already living close to the edge of disaster, suffering from poor crop yield, plundering by government officials and the enforced enlistment of their breadwinners. They needed money to tide them over. The money was forthcoming from some American millionaires. The problem was how to get the money to the needy by avoiding the sticky fingers of Turkish officials. The U.S. navy came to the rescue. American ships monitoring the eastern Mediterranean between Beirut and Cairo carried money and supplies to sustain the beleaguered Jewish community.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLE OF TOURS

by Mark Tapson

In 732, the hitherto unstopped conquest of the Middle East and Europe by the Muslims was brought to a halt at Tours, some 175 miles from Paris. The victorious army was led by a Frankish duke who earned his sobriquet Charles Martel (Charles the Hammer) at the battle. It wasn't a one-shot victory, but it marked the beginning of Europe's ability to fight off the Muslim invaders. Mark Tapson tells the story, with emphasis on the contrast between Charles the Hammer and the present-day dhimmi, Prince Charles, who inter alia has encouraged the demographic invasion of England by Muslim immigrants. The Islamic means are different; the goal the same.

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PART 2


We have no systematic or coherent plan to fight the war Resurgent Islam has declared against us. If anything, we spend more effort fighting and denigrating those in our society that see the danger in Islam. Homeland Security has no problems with Muslims from known terrorist organizations such as CAIR strolling through their offices but warned that American soldiers returning from Afganistan might be a danger. After 9/11, our leaders insisted Islam was a 'religion of peace' and spoke of fighting terrorism, as if terrorism were an independent entity and not a tool, like a knife or a gun. Nowadays, thirteen years later, we talk about fighting terrorists, but in terms of fighting a specific terrorist group — the 'bad terrorists' awardee of the month — that is more or less independent of other terror groups. We may even highlight some of the atrocities committed. But we ignore that these groups all have the same mission.

It is a major defect in our response to Islamic Jihad that we ignore that it is the supremicist ideology of the Koran that fuels and sustains Muslims engaged in terrorism. Instead, we act as if terrorism were caused by environmental conditions such as poverty. We accept the masks of friendliness that Middle East rulers wear for some occasions as genuine, and fantasize that they have permanently changed attitude and are finally willing to accepting Western values. We give priority to not offending Muslim sensitivities over and above preserving our democratic institutions and our way of life. We believe we can make model citizens from "moderate" terrorists such as PA's Mahmoud Abbas. We don't see the Islamic Jihad as a global war. Instead, we pick a group to fight, "dictators" one day, Al-Qaeda another. Currently, we are focusing on ISIS. Were we to examine the situation intelligently, we might notice that the only urgent problem — in the sense of the world-changing political, economic and environmental damage that it can do in the near future — is Iran's acquisition of nuclear weaponry. Our cognitive distortions help prevent us from operating at full power against the salafists, with a view to extirpating their belief in Islamic ideology, the force behind their actions. At some point we will have to return to the methodology of World War II, where first we devoted our energies to conquering the Axis countries and then we reeducated the Germans and Japanese sufficiently so that their ideological underpinnings were no longer strong enough to threaten us.



POORLY UNDERSTOOD AND POORLY IMPLEMENTED COUNTERTERRORISM

This section discusses the differences between fighting terrorism versus fighting terrorists versus fighting terrorists and their ideology. To fight terrorism per se is as contributory to effective action as accusing the producer of the Life of George/Mohammad of inciting Libyans to attack the American compound in Benghazi.

Our views on what makes someone become a terrorist and whether we believe barbaric acts of terrorism are condoned or condemned by Islam determine how we go about countering terrorists and whether we believe in the existence of the unaffiliated lone wolf and the moderate Muslim. This set of essays deals with four mistaken ideas:

  1. We are fighting violence and extremism. NO. We must recognize we are fighting terrorists who are more or less violent. But even this is insufficient. We must also focus on the Koranic sources that make violent behavior a religious duty.
  2. Lone wolves are independent and are unaffiliated with terror groups. They commit random acts of terror, and we can't know ahead of time. NO. They are inculcated with a sense of mission, and usually they act under supervision and tutelage of the local mosque and/or an experienced terrorist group. Discovering who they are is not done by infiltrating a "cell" but by watching those in whom jihad recruiters show particular interest and those in the Muslim community who have recently rejected their previous 'Western' life style, basing their new behavior on the Koran, growing a beard, giving up ordinary entertainment, urging others to follow their example, etc.
  3. The Muslim community can be divided into two groups: a small group of terrorists and their supporters and everyone else: 'moderate Muslims', who are peaceful. NO. There are pious Muslims at one end of the scale and secularized Muslims at the other, with degrees of piety in between. As a rule of thumb, the more pious the Muslim, the more likely it is that he will condone terror and be willing to participate in acts of terror. Islam is not a peace-generating moderate religion. Its religious practices are modeled not only on what Mohammad said but on what Mohammad did, making it almost impossible to restructure or reinterpret barbaric Islamic practices. Acts of terror are intrinsic to Islam.
  4. We can work with salafists that don't (often) display violence and thus avoid dealing with violent terrorists. NO. Interfaith groups and politicians may think members of non-violent Muslim Brother spinoffs such as CAIR are interested in being good citizens and adopting a 'live and let live' attitude towards their neighbors. But there are no moderate terrorists. They have the same mission as any other salafist in the West: making sharia the law of the land in the West as it is in the Middle East.

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THE FLAWED SCIENCE BEHIND AMERICA'S COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY

by Katharine C. Gorka

The Obama administration and its academic expert advisers hold that Islamic terrorism is the response to legitimate grievances. Consequently, countering Violent Extremism (CVE) must be done by addressing environmental causes — we must attack poverty, alienation, low political and social status, and other such traumatizing experiences. Others in the Counter-Terrorism community, with greater real-world experience and knowledge of the Muslim psyche, struggle to make the public understand that Islamic jihad is not another expression of societal unrest and discontent. As Katharine Gorka makes clear in this plainly written study, terrorism is a weapon traditionally used by pious Muslims, salafists, who, no matter what their socio-economic status, believe that Muslims have a religious obligation to make Islam prevail over the adherents of all other religions and belief systems. No matter how much the government restructures the terrain and softens the experiences of Muslim immigrants and chants mantras about the virtues of multiculturalism, it won't change the fact that Islam is intrinsically incompatible with the Western belief that the individual matters and is capable of running his own life to actualize his own goals. She makes clear that until we correct the diagnosis, we will not rid ourselves of the disease.

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THE LONE-WOLF CANARD

by Andrew C. McCarthy

In an essay on the Boston Massacre (see here.) I pointed out that the so-called lone wolf was a cost-effective way for a terrorist group to create a terror incident. "Supplies are cheap and terror enthusiasts are plentiful." I suggested that "specific training in particular weaponry could be reduced if preparation ... created a fervently strong emotional commitment to Islam. [...] Complete top-down hierarchical control wasn't necessary. This didn't imply the terrorist was a free agent, unaffiliated with an organized group of terrorists." Just the opposite. In this article, Andrew McCarthy informs us that the term 'lone wolf' "is actually a surveillance-law concept", designed to allow investigators to track individuals doing things like buying explosives or casing a bridge. Even if they did not yet know what terrorist group was running him, "the involvement of a foreign terrorist organization" was presumed. Thanks to denial politics and political correctness, 'lone wolf' has come to mean just the opposite, i.e., it now signifies an unaffiliated individual who has somehow radicalized himself without access to jihadist literature and/or to those who preach dedication to Islam. It is now an article of political faith that his actions have nothing to do with Islam, "no matter how many 'Allahu Akbars!' are shouted as bullets fly, bombs blast, or heads roll." Deciding ahead of time that the lone wolf is unaffiliated makes it unnecessary to pursue possible associations. So investigators don't have to go against the Obama administration's decree that jihad and Islam must not to be linked. And only the public suffers.

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'LONE WOLF,' OR 'KNOWN WOLF'? THE ONGOING COUNTER-TERRORISM FAILURE

by Patrick Poole

Patrick Poole writes about other consequences of the fallacious belief that we need to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) rather than fight devout Muslims willing to be extremely violent in the service of Islam, sustained by the certainty that Mohammad would approve of what they do. Poole makes the case that far from being untraceable nonentities, "terrorist actors are almost always part of a network who were involved in recruiting and tasking terrorist activity." As evidence, he writes of cases we've all heard of. As one example, Russian Intelligence had alerted the FBI that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers who blasted people watching the Boston Marathon, was a radical Islamist. He was also readily tied to the near decapitation of three Jews, one of whom was said to be Tsarnaev's best friend, in what may have been a terrorist 'rite of passage'. But there was no follow-up. Major Hasan at Fort Hood is another example. I don't know what else Hasan could have done to alert people that he was fanatical about protecting his people, other Muslims. Yet the army authorities ignored all indications because he was a Muslim. Which raises another question: why would the Obama administration lay the blame for terrorist acts on everything but what the Koran decrees is acceptable behavior in the service of Islam?

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THE MYSTERIOUS MODERATE MUSLIM

by Carol Brown

Carol Brown points out that one can't claim the Koran preaches peace because the 'peaceful' verses in the Koran are abrogated by the later verses that advocate mass murder and mayhem in the service of Islam. And these teachings are followed today as 'religiously' as they were a thousand years ago when Mohammad's followers sliced through a crowd as if they were scything grass. As Brown says, "there are those Muslims who are not outwardly violent (yet), but who support those who are and/or who participate in creeping Sharia. Throw taqiyya into the mix and it becomes extremely difficult to know or trust who is the ever-elusive moderate Muslim."

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MODERATE ISLAM IS OUR NEW RELIGION

by Daniel Greenfield

In an article entitled "When Will Uncle Sam Pursue American, Not Islamic, Interests?" (here), Diana West wisely pointed out that in the Middle East it is a waste of time and money to support whichever group is judged at the time to be 'moderate' "as a means of defusing the 'extremism' of Islam." Currently, "President Obama plans to fight against ISIS in Iraq and to support ISIS-allied forces in Syria." She suggested it's time we "acknowledge publicly that 'moderates' in the Islamic world are as common and/or as reliable as unicorns, and 'extremism' is the basis of Islam, and formulate new policy." Muslim leaders and clerics never tire of telling us, there is only Islam; there is no moderate Islam. But we and our policy makers don't listen. As Daniel Greenfield puts it, "You won't find the fabled land of moderate Muslims in the east. You won't even find it in the west. Like all myths it exists in the imagination of those who tell the stories. You won't find a moderate Islam in the Koran, but you will find it in countless Western books about Islam. [...] 'Moderate Islam' isn't what most Muslims believe. It's what most liberals believe that Muslims believe." When we assert there is a form of Islam that is moderate and that people who follow this version are Moderate Muslims, we are actually talking about secular Muslims who follow Islam only minimally, if at all. It is the more or less secular Muslim, mislabeled as Moderate, that liberals in the west believe in, religiously. Their faith remains unshaken, no matter what the facts. They will hear no evil spoken against moderate Islam because it makes possible their belief in multiculturalism and the brotherhood of man. Why they hold such beliefs is another question.

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ISLAM'S 'GOOD COP/BAD COP' ROUTINE

by Raymond Ibrahim

There is a mistaken belief among many academics and "experts" that we can work with non-violent salafists. They forget that methods and deadlines may differ, but all salafists work towards the same goal: "the resurrection of a Sharia-enforcing caliphate." Raymond Ibrahim discusses a tactic where the efforts of a 'moderate' terrorist group are combined with an openly terrorist group. He phrases it in terms of the good cop-bad cop routine that severely rattles a detainee and then gives him a way out of his difficulty by suggesting he cooperate with the good cop. When the players are salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is cast as the good cop, the persuasive argument is that the West should deal with the supposedly non-violent MB, thus avoiding violence from any one of a number of overt terrorist groups (that the MB has spawned).

Israelis are familiar with the version practiced by the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Territories and Hamas in Gaza. Both hate Jews and want to destroy Israel. To the extent that the PA acts in an almost civilized fashion when compared to Hamas, it has been foisted on Israel as a partner for peace by a world that refuses to look too closely at the real situation. The PA plays the role of rehabilitated thug and only occasional terrorist. One might describe the PA collectively as moderate terrorists, if this description weren't nonsensical, given the history of Fatah. The members of Hamas are openly terrorist, reminding Israelis that if they say out loud that the PA is no different than Hamas, they will have to admit that both these groups of Palestinian Arabs are the enemy that they actually are.

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SHIFTING ALLIANCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST: THE PLAYING FIELD, THE RULES OF THE GAME AND THE TEAMS, THEY ARE A'CHANGIN'

These graphs below are from the summer of 2013 and appeared on the Democratic Underground website. Since then, ISIS has topped the A-List of terrorists, and, except for some allied terrorist groups, everyone professes to hate ISIS, especially Syria, which, nevertheless, has bought oil from it ever since ISIS captured a major Syrian oil field. Qatar has also emerged as an important player. Once in accord with the Saudis and the US, it now hedges its bets by supporting the US in bombing ISIS but supports the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda through private channels and via Kuwait. Qatar also supports Hamas, which is on the US terrorist list (and believe me, it's hard to get on the list these days if you're really a terrorist, Major Hasan at Fort Hood, for example). Operationally, Prez Obama more visibly does what the Muslim Brotherhood does, unless forced by circumstances to do otherwise. He certainly says he doesn't like al-Qaeda, which, according to him, is withering away. But as part of the Syrian rebel groups, they get their share of American largess and what came out of Libyan storehouses when Gadaffi was murdered. He and the European Union and the U.N. openly support Hamas with money and political clout, while Hamas has stated its hatred of the West, and the US in particular. Contrariwise, Prez Obama professes to care about Israel, while doing all he can to prevent Israel from stopping Iran from making nuclear bombs. When Iran has the bomb, structured alliances will collapse — the regional states will be too busy blaming each other for letting it happen, while sucking up to Iran, who won the game.

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SHIFTING ALLIANCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Ofir Haivry

Ofir Haivry subdivides the current major "teams" in the Middle East into five geographically-fuzzy coalitions, which he describes as "loosely ideological confederations." These are (1) the Autocratic Sunni Coalition led by Saudi Arabia; (2) the Sunni-Populist Coalition led by Turkey and propelled by the Muslim Brotherhood; (3) the Shia-Radical Coalition led by Iran, which keeps the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria from collapse; (4) the Sunni-Jihadist Coalition led by ISIS, whose boldness and unequivocal savagery have captured the loyalty of Sunni Arabs, especially young recruits from around the world; and (5) the Coalition of the Nation States, which until recently consisted of one member — Israel — which alone carried the banner of democracy and national self-determination, goals now starting to be sought by some of the region's oppressed groups such as the Kurds and the Druze of Lebanon and Syria. Haivry makes the important point that the goals of the first four groups "are shaped by some shade of Islamism ... where political opposition is crushed, women are subjugated, and Salafist Islam rules..." The good news is that the Middle East countries haven't, except for Qatar, wasted much time supporting Hamas. The bad news, not discussed by Haivry, is that the US, the UN and the EU have taken on the role of major supporters of Hamas and its anemic sister, the PA. Haivry's sensible advice is that the US should not by worrying about which of the first four groups to support. It should be "strengthening the critical alliance with Israel, supporting the Kurds, and exploiting the weaknesses of the four other coalitions."

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QATAR'S SUPPORT OF HAMAS AND JIHADIST FORCES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by JCPA

As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) notes, in the fluid restructuring of alliances in the Middle East, Sunni Qatar stands out because — while appearing friendly to the West and its Sunni neighbors — it is using its enormous oil wealth lavishly to support jihadist groups such as "Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Jabhat al Nusrah, al-Qaeda affiliates, Libyan Islamists, and even ISIS" and to undermine other Sunni countries: "Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain." It is also one of the few states in the Middle East devoting much effort currently on trying to destroy Israel by supporting Hamas. The constant in all this support to salafist movements in the Middle East and in various African states appears to be Qatar's need for muscle in its hassles with Saudi Arabia over land and power.

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LATEST BIG LIE: 'WE HAVE NO STRATEGY'

by Michael Ledeen

The major way the public is instructed an event is significant is by way of the newspaper and TV media broadcasting it, explaining it, cogitating on it and doing so again and again. But the mechanism of media is largely broken. And so the public is often ignorant of major changes in policy, though these are independently recognized by think-tankers and experts in counter terrorism. Although Iran is moving steadily towards acquiring nuclear weaponry, it has become clear that the Obama Administration has shifted its allegiance from Sunni Saudi Arabia to Shiite Iran. We can expect therefore he will help by convening conferences and blathering about sanctions, but will do nothing to stop Iran. Indeed, we can expect the US to continue to run interference and not let any other country stop Iran or its proxy, Syria. And any harm we do to ISIS will enhance Iran's position.

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THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY ENEMY

by Yoram Ettinger

Yoram Ettinger notes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend (EEMF) credo that has guided Western and Israeli policy over decades is decidedly wrong in the Middle East. "The misguided characterization of Iran" as a potential ally because it is fighting ISIS "could produce a nuclear conflict, a mega-trillion dollar cost to the U.S. taxpayer, an unprecedented level of fatalities, a tidal wave of global anti-U.S Islamic terrorism, and tectonic eruptions of insanity throughout the globe." Similarly, "[t]he victory of wishful thinking over reality was also the basis for Israel's 1993 policy toward the PLO — the enemy of Hamas — which was gullibly expected to align itself with Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism, in return for the unprecedented Israeli territorial concessions of the Oslo process. Instead, since 1993, Israel has been a victim of an unprecedented wave of PLO/Hamas anti-Israel terrorism..." A policy based on EEMF can't work because it flies in the face of the mission of salafist Muslims, whether Sunni or Shi'ite, to make Islam the supreme religion in the world, with all other religious and ethnic groups subservient to it.

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TERROR GROUP KHOROSAN SAID TO POSE MORE OF A THREAT TO U.S. THAN ISIS. GROUP TURNS OUT TO BE OBAMA HOAX

by Andrew C. McCarthy

As if we didn't have enough problems trying to determine who's on what team and how to keep tabs on the more than one thousand terrorist groups in Syria, the Obama administration has introduced unnecessary noise in the system. In June of this year, the news media began writing about an extremist group called the Khorasan Group. It was said to be more dangerous than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). By September, the media informed us the US had initiated some airstrikes against both ISIS and the Khorosan in Syria. This information carried with it the not so subtle message that Obama wasn't ineffective, at least not in war. He had put together a working coalition of Arab countries — Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The air strikes against ISIS, some sloppily hitting largely civilian areas, did indeed occur. There is only one problem The Khorosan Group was a hoax, a fictitious name the Obama administration invented with malice a forethought. Andrew McCarthy tells us about it.

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THE PIOUS ARAB AND HOW SALAFISM CAME TO BE

This section deals with the foundation and history of the development of what we might call the generic pious Arab. And why, as Professor Eidelberg explains, you can't make peace with the "Religion of Peace." You can only submit or fight.


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PORTRAIT OF A PSYCHOPATH

by Edward Cline

This essay by Edward Cline is based on a recent book by F.W. Burleigh entitled It's All About Muhammad: A Biography of the World's Most Notorious Prophet. Islam is as it is because Muhammad was as he was. Islam is not based just on what Muhammad said. It is equally true that whatever Muhammad did is approved behavior for everyone for all time. What makes today's Islam and jihadists tick? As Cline says, "Basically, it's Muhammadan insanity armed with a razor-sharp sword looking for a convenient neck to strike, or an empty, weak, malleable mind to fill. And whether they're called al-Qaeda, or the Taliban, or ISIS, or Hamas, or Hezbollah, or the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its sundry and cousinly franchises, they are all nihilistic psychotics."

An Addendum from The Muslim Issue website entitled "Islam — The Crimes of Prophet Mohammed" is a list of specific acts we in the West regard as criminal or at least immoral. They are acceptable and even admired in Islam; they serve as a model for how to behave properly. Thus, child marriage is acceptable because Mohammad married a 6-year old.

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RADICAL ISLAM, ISRAEL AND AGITPROP

by Guy Millière

Guy Millière writes a brief but excellent contextual history of the modern development of Resurgent Islam, which began when it became obvious to Muslim clerics and leaders that Islam was far behind the West. Some leaders looked to the West for solutions. Others, despising what they saw in the West, proposed, as reformation, a return to the "original principles" of Islam. A corollary ambition was the re-creation of a single sovereign government for the Arabic-speaking people of the Middle East. This dream suffered when the League of Nations in the early 1920s split the conquered Middle East empire of the Ottomans into many Arab states and one Jewish state by separate mandates for Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Transjordan and Mesopotamia, creating states that ranged from fundamentalist (Saudi Arabia) to secular (Turkey). While the concomitant growth of modern Zionism, a national liberation movement, was compatible with regimes that held different world views, the theology of both Islamic fundamentalism and Arab nationalism was not, because it was based on the intolerant supremicist principles of early Islam. Radical Islam crystallized with the formation of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. It promoted a meticulous return to living by Muhammad's words and deeds; but it was also "influenced by Western totalitarian dogmas: Marxism, Leninism, fascism, National-Socialism." It is capable of blatant lying about its history, tenets and goals to gain adherents and disarm opponents; clever in creating a faux people, the Palestinians, to make spurious claims to Jewish land; and brilliant in building networks and bribing, blackmailing and bullying its way into Western infrastructure. Yet basically it simply divides the world into the House of Islam and the yet to be conquered House of War. As Millière points out, while Israel has brought fruitful inventions to the world's store of technology, science, art and medicine, Radical Islam has become "the most destructive force of the twenty first century. It brings only chaos and sterility; it is dangerous and has no future."

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THE MIDDLE EAST MASQUERADE PARTY

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar writes about the false images Middle East leaders project and the false claims they make. An egregious example is the supposed "Pan-Arab Nation" — the commonality of history and mission that is said to bind all Arabs together. In actuality, as Kedar points out, "The idea of the Pan-Arab Nation never succeeded in replacing the loyalties of many Arabs to traditional, secondary frameworks such as the tribe, religion (Muslim, Christian, Yazidi, etc.) or sect (Sunni, Shiite, etc.)." As do other Arab leaders that Kedar describes, Qatar's rulers flip between incompatible persona: they consistently fund terrorist organizations that target Westerners, while proclaiming themselves friends of the West. They even, when necessary, join the coalition of countries that plan to wage war against IS, the Islamic State. Kedar emphasizes that it is important for Israel to understand it can not "build its future relying on the temporary masks hiding the faces of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the Emirates and Egypt."

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THE FUTILITY OF 'LAND FOR PEACE'

by Prof. Paul Eidelberg

This is an essay in two parts, both written by Professor Paul Eidelberg but published separately. Part 1 argues that peace and land can not be compared so their degrees of value can not be compared. They can, however, be examined in relation to the motivational and cognitive environment of the particular culture. The Israelis have gone to extreme, almost suicidal, lengths to obtain peace, starting with returning the entire Sinai Peninsula, when President Sadat of Europe hoped for a return of a small amount, and they have honored the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which gave administrative control of land legally owned by Israel to the PLO. The Arabs have not provided the peace they promised. In fact, they met none of the terms they'd agreed to. Part 2 discusses the differing cognitive environments of the two cultures and how Israeli efforts for peace are futile, given how Arab culture influences Arab behavior.

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September-October, 2014 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

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FEATURED STORIES

July-August 2014

What we are talking about in the July–August 2014 Issue

  1. GAZA  (Lipkin, Shulman, Engelhard, Sharpe)
  2. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE GAZA CAMPAIGN? (Editor)
  3. GAZA WAS ABANDONED BY ISRAEL (Dunetz, Lipkin, Saperstein)
  4. A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE? (Berman, Kramer, Nandy and Mishra)
  5. JIHADISTS HARD AT WORK GLOBALLY (Atbashian, Jolly, Kaplan, Kassam, Kerstein, Murray)
  6. REGIONAL WARFARE (Karsh, Glick, Freedman and Gordon, Segall)
  7. PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA (MidEastTruth, Beck, Poller, Amler, Levinson)
  8. HISTORY SECTION (Bostom, Bohr, Meyer and Wiegrefe, Schwimmer)
  9. BLOG-EDS (July-August Blog-Eds)

GAZA

This issue of Think-Israel examines the continuing attacks by Hamas of Gaza on the Israeli civilian population, Israel's response and some of the fallout. It also looks at some Jihadist operations in the West, internecine fighting among the Muslim States of the Middle East and the consequent restructuring of alliances. These are all different aspects of the unrelenting determination of the Salafists to make Islam the dominant power in the world.

Operation Protective Edge became the latest round of a chronic war. It is a war that Resurgent Islam, flush with money and salafist dedication, resurrected against the capitalist West and against Communist Russia and China. It is a war aided and abetted, consciously or not, by anti-Israel Western liberals, particularly some in the media and academia. It is as if whoever engineered Islam's fiendishly clever ways of winning said: These are our objectives. First, we will control the framing and distribution of information by the media, by textbooks and by the professorial class. We will be the ones who say who the good guys are and who should be shunned — facts are irrelevant. Two, using the noble concept of multiculturalism, we will marginalize the natives in countries where we settle, while sopping up available welfare funds. Third, Israel is foremost in thwarting our designs. Let us demolish her before Westerners wake up and take action against us.

If Israel continues to be indecisive and if the West only gathers strength to resist Muslim domination episodically, this war might go on as long as the Christian-Muslim encounters of the Middle Ages. Or Iran could trigger a round of fighting using nuclear weapons. Neither is a pleasant prospect.

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WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ISRAEL'S CAMPAIGN IN GAZA? ANSWER THESE AND YOU'LL KNOW:

  • Does wearing civilian clothes transform a terrorist and his family into civilians that must not be strafed?
  • Does using a building as a school nullify its use as a weapons depository?
  • Do prayers at a mosque five times a day trump the 24 hours per day when the mosque is serving as a military command and control center?
  • Should a hospital that shelters Hamas leaders be treated as a medical center?
  • Does providing food and education for refugees-in-perpetuum in a U.N. building override its use as a warehouse for wartime explosives that could be set off in situ?
  • Jewish children, often terrified, spend much of their time rushing to safety as missiles rain down from Gaza. Arab children in Gaza have only to be somewhere, anywhere, to increase the probability that the location is safe from Israeli counterattack. Because Arabs believe they are superior, do the Israelis have to agree with them by giving Arab children such respect?
  • Should Israel abort a mission to destroy mortars guarded by Arab children, allowing these mortars eventually to terrorize and even destroy Jewish children?

Israeli politicos seem to think the answer is "YES" to all of these.

In practice, no other country does.


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GAZA 2014

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard Shulman presents facts about Gaza that many in the news media avoid or de-emphasize, in their attempt to whitewash Hamas. As example, the UN acts as if it were neutral and impartial. In point of fact, most of staff of the UN agency, UNRWA, which provides Arab "refugees" with cradle-to-grave welfare, are themselves Palestinian Arabs. And the UN peacekeepers have a record of conspiring with terrorists. He also dissects the war the media, in particular the New York Times, wages against Israel, while purporting to present a balanced view. It's time people asked why the media are horrified by the 2000 deaths in Gaza and ignore the 200,000 deaths in Syria, let alone the deaths in the civil wars in many other Arab countries. Shulman explains why a diplomatic solution won't work with a jihadist enemy, and why Israel's way of waging war is also defective: Israel loses the element of a surprise attack by messaging civilians that they are going to bomb an installation containing weaponry in a few minutes. (BTW: Israel's reward for such civility is that organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) think that's insufficient notification; HRW ignores that many Israelis have only 15 seconds warning that a rocket is about to strike near them.) He also points out that Fatah, though presenting a slicker veneer, is no better than Hamas.

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GAZA: A JUST WAR FOUGHT CHELM-STYLE

by Jack Engelhard

When the war began, Jack Englehard brushed aside the mean, the vicious, the trite and the silly reasons for ignoring Hamas's constant barrage of missiles extending further and further into Israel. He focused on the main issue: Hamas needed to be taken down. It was a long-due just war. The troops were dedicated and trained, Israelis were almost unanimous in wanting Hamas destroyed, the military had the technology to end the operation in hours, take Gaza over in two day, conquer it completely in seven days and would be in a favorable position to destroy terrorist infrastructure, which will take another two years. (Freund, JPost, 18Aug2014) — and this against a very nasty group of people. But Israel has a major weakness — pusillanimous politicians, so afraid of "the world's opinion" they don't protect their own citizens. And so it was that the IDF fought, as Englehard writes, as if the battle plans were designed by the sages of Chelm.

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THE CONTINUING BLUNDER OF RETREAT

by Victor Sharpe

Victor Sharpe writes critically of the 2005 "'disengagement plan,' a euphemism for unilateral retreat from Gaza,' where Israel evacuated every Jew living in Gaza. That made it possible for Hamas to take over Gaza and have an easy time manufacturing explosives and lobbing missiles into Israel and the Territories. In this latest foray by Israel into Gaza, Israel meticulously pinpointed targets and warned civilians to evacuate targeted areas, a strategy that can be billed as highly moral but which has little impact on turning the Gazan Arabs against bombing Israel. There is concern that instead of being effective by wiping out Hamas, the politicians will return to the familiar game of offering real land — this time parts of Samaria and Judea (aka the West Bank) — for an ephemeral "peace." There's one problem with this approach — Hamas was designed for one purpose only: to destroy the Jewish state, not live peaceably next to it. It's in their charter and they abide by it.

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GAZA IS WHAT IT IS TODAY BECAUSE ISRAEL ABANDONED IT IN AUGUST 2005

It was August 2005 right after Tisha B'Av that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been elected on the strength of his promise to deal more firmly with the Arab terrorists living in Gaza, arbitrarily and capriciously expelled all the Jews, some 10,000 people, from their homes and orchards and synagogues in Gaza, leaving it to become a terrorist haven, uncontrolled, unmonitored, with complete freedom for the new owners to lob missiles into Israel, which they did, by the thousands-ful. We wouldn't keep reminding you what a disaster the expulsion of the Jews from Gaza was — except that there is a strong possibility that many a politico in Europe, the USA and even in Israel can't wait to stop the current Gaza War (which would never have happened if the Jews hadn't left Gaza), so they can get back to their variant of trying to square the circle: planning out a two-state solution that would make much of Samaria and Judea and the eastern part of Jerusalem into the next internationally-certified terrorist state.


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THE LAST TIME LAND FOR PEACE DIDN'T WORK

by Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz reminds us of the great expectations Ariel Sharon voiced when he expelled a patriotic and productive group of Jews from Gaza in August 2005. To others, unfortunately a minority, it was a daft idea grounded in a nebulous hope, not experience. And so it has proven to be. Besides contributing to the economy and to new technology, the Jews were also a sort of early warning system, able to monitor incipient terror plots and military training and weapons manufacture, activities that continues to absorb the energy of many of the Arabs of Gaza. The expulsion didn't make for peace. Quite the contrary.

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GAZA 2005

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin recalls the story of the idealistic and technically skilled Jews who lived in Gaza and grew wonderful vegetables, while keeping an eye on their Arab neighbors, who were prone to initiating new and clever ways to kill Israelis. All the Jew was expelled from Gaza in 2005, leaving it to the terrorists groups to squabble over. Synagogues were replaced by terrorist training camps. Public buildings became bomb factories. Thriving businesses were replaced by mosques preaching Jew-hate. Gaza was soon taken over and governed by Hamas. Thanks in large part to the funds sent it by the UN, EU and the West including the US, Gaza's larders were filled with missiles and its murderous inclinations became more ambitious. In 2014, we are still paying the price for acting on the idiotic idea that giving land to terrorists who want to decapitate you will make them peaceful and neighborly.

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PROPORTIONATE RESPONSE; DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM; TWICE BETRAYED; and other essays

by Moshe Saperstein

These essays by Moshe Saperstein help us understand what it is like to live in a trailer exposed to the missiles constantly being launched from Gaza, while trying to live a normal life. He and his wife Rachel were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place.

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A CHANGE IN ATTITUDE?

It has become blatantly obvious that the Arabs of Gaza will continue to kill Israeli civilians and soldiers until their stock of weaponry is used up — they're saving the new stuff for later. It's become obvious that nothing Israel does will change the determination of the Salafists, including Hamas, to destroy Israel. It's so obvious that it has forced a departure from the previously unquestioned belief that Israel is the culprit who treats the noble savages of Gaza real bad and for no particular reason. Whether this will hold is yet to be seen.


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FACTS OVER FEELINGS

by Amanda Berman

Amanda Berman discovered people she had once respected actually harbored ugly notions about Israel, while showering sympathy on the Arabs of Gaza. They suppressed or trivialized the fact that Hamas murders, stones, booby-traps and kidnaps Israelis and hangs those of its own people who won't conform. They were even capable of ignoring the fact that Hamas uses its women and children to shield the terrorists and their weaponry. The essay contains an excellent precis of facts that should be common knowledge. They serve as anchor references when confronted by Jew-hate disguised as humanistic concern for Arab "civilians".

If I have any quarrel with the article, it is that I disagree with Berman's opinion that "occupation" is a legitimate topic of debate. From context I assume she doesn't mean Arab illegal encroachment on Jewish land, which is a fact, but is referencing the fable that Jews are occupying Muslim Arab Palestinian Land. Oh, if only the Israeli Government were bold enough to throw away its investment in promoting a non-viable two-state solution and would broadcast that Samaria and Judea as well as Gaza and Golan and Israel itself are Jewish property, made so at San Remo in 1920 by the same international consensus that created most of the current Arab states.

How much more neurons must flash, how many more dendrites must integrate data before the airheads of the world figure out what's going on? How long before those that claim wide-ranging spiritual lives with a deep appreciation (pronounced ah pree see A shun) of the finer things of life, how long before these aesthetes in jeans acquire sufficient imagination to even describe the current reality accurately, let alone understand it in a multi-layered fashion.

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FIGHT, DON'T TALK

by Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer describes the prevailing attitude of Israelis toward the attacks on them by the Arabs in Gaza, who have broken every one of the recent ceasefires the diplomats have forced on Israel. He uses as example the partial change in attitude by the well-known, well-to-the-left Israeli author, Amos Oz, who send an autographed copy of of his books together with a love letter to Marwan Barghouti, terrorist and mass murderer of Jews (See Meotti, INN, 13May2014). As recently as two months ago Oz had no difficulty ignoring life-threatening rock throwing by young Arabs while denouncing young Jewish activists as neo-Nazis supported by "numerous nationalist or even racist legislators, as well as rabbis". At the end of July, in an interview in Deutsche Welle predictably he said that Israel's ground offensive in Gaza was excessive. What was different was that he made clear Israel's dilemna in how to handle Hamas's use of civilians and their houses to store weaponry and launch rockets. In a pretzel-like conclusion, he declared, that "at least in some points the military action is excessive - justified, but excessive." Huh? Ah well, it's a start toward reality.

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EVIDENCE OF A SHIFT TOWARDS ISRAEL IN INDIA?

articles by Chandan Nandy and by Mrutyuanjai Mishra

Despite harassment and terror attacks by Muslims, for many years, India was solidly against Israel and voted with those condemning Israel for anything and everything in the U.N. The articles and comments below indicate there has been a shift. How much is yet to be seen. Some writers were far ahead of the politicians, but starting in around 2011, political attitudes began to show change publically. The article by Chandan Nandy focuses on a recent pro-Israel rally in Kolkata that attracted some 20,000 participants. Mrutyuanjai Mishra discusses the expansion of the jihadist war against the world. The comments to his article would suggest many of the readers of the Times of India are more knowledgeable about what's going on in Gaza than the readers of the New York Times.

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JIHADISTS ARE HARD AT WORK IN THE USA AND EUROPE — ACTUALLY, EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

A major reason for the change in attitude towards Israel is due to the actions of the Muslims themselves. In Gaza, no matter how often the New York Times intimated that Hamas was blameless or at least not very effective at killing Jews so what did it matter, it became common knowledge that Hamas leaders were using the locals as human shields. It's true most of the Arab population was delighted when an Israeli was murdered or kidnapped. But they weren't happy when their own houses were at risk, because they were shielding launch pads or tunnels or were wired with explosives. To make it worse, Hamas wouldn't let them leave, even when the Israelis made it clear they would be bombing some of these houses. It also became harder to blame Israel for occasionally unintentionally injuring an Arab child, when Hamas warriors surrounded themselves with these children while they launched missiles. Then too, the world was shocked to learn Muslims weren't just angry at Israel and the Jews. Islamists have beheaded Westerners in London as well as on their own territory. They've taken over areas in Paris and won't permit non-Muslims to enter. They've raped so many Swedish women that some natives dye their hair black to protect themselves. So, little by little, despite the best efforts of much of the media to downplay the damage done by resurgent Islam, people are becoming aware that the most pious of the Muslims have declared war on all of us. It is becoming understood that the Salafist Muslims who activated and continue to maintain a well-organized and well-funded jihad globally are determined that Sharia law will rule the world. This set of essays identifies some of the ways jihad warfare has infiltrated the USA and other countries, often indirectly in ways that appear non-threatening. In the West, Islamists take advantage of our belief in individual freedom to infiltrate our educational, judicial and political structures. In other parts of the world, their ways are more brutal and overt. They spare no country. No part of the world is safe.


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HOW ISLAM BUILT THE VERY FABRIC OF AMERICA

Oleg Atbashian

With his jaunty air and extraordinary ability to fabricate, Prez Obama asserted that Muslim Americans have contributed much to "the very fabric of our nation." Some people responded that until 9/11 the major Muslim contribution to USA history was the Barbary Pirates preying on American ships. Oleg Atbashian at The People's Cube Blog takes a different tack: he show us what governmental fabric woven by Muslims would look like. Unlike Obama's version, Atbashian's depiction of a Muslim-influenced America isn't made out of whole cloth.

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ISIS MUSLIM RADICALS INFILTRATING US VIA MEXICAN BORDER

by Dave Jolly

As if we didn't have enough problems because of illegal immigrants, now we need to think seriously about Islamic terrorists coming into the States through our porous border with Mexico. It's been known for years that Korans and prayer mats have been found at the border, but the major media have ignored the implication that members of sleeper cells are likely being put in place. Now Dave Jolly tells us that reliable analysts believe "Muslim radical members of ISIS may be infiltrating the United States." At this point, we can demand confirmatory evidence — positive evidence such as another 9/11 — or we can agree with the Mexican newspaper editor who wrote this headline, "The Arab terrorists were here!" Putting it another way, we can wait for Prez Obama to think about deciding it might be an idea to deal with it in the future indefinite, or we might lend the border states political reinforcement so they will deal with it.

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BACKGROUNDER: STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE (SJP)

by Lee Kaplan

The organization called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is misnamed. It is not led by students. And it isn't interested in Justice in Palestine. As Lee Kaplan makes clear, SJP is yet another organization supported by Arab oil money and devoted to destroying Israel. Led by devotees of sharia law, it is well-organized and runs effective training sessions, disruptive demonstrations and dramatic street theatre. It works hand in hand with other pro-Palestinian groups such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which sends young Westerners such as Rachel Corrie to act as human shields for Arab terrorist groups. Kaplan recounts the history of the SJP, "a conglomeration of ISM activist types, former or secular Jews, mostly Muslim Arabs, but some Christians and radically socialist communists." The glue holding these disparate groups together is unabashed anti-Semitism. Before the Arab countries found themselves fighting for their own lives, the major ambition of these pious Muslims, Sunni and Shi'ite, was to see Islam taking its rightful place as the most important religion in the world. For hundreds of years, Muslims have fought for supremacy. They conquered the Middle East and encroached on Europe and the East, the American continents not being "discovered" as yet. Nowadays, two major blocks hinder this ambition, the big Satan, the USA, and the little Satan, Israel. Were Israel to be extinguished, they could devote their monetary and political clout to bringing sharia to the West without hindrance.

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LABOUR MP: BRITISH MUSLIMS ARE DOING 'HUMANITARIAN WORK' IN IRAQ/SYRIA, JOINING ISIS NO DIFFERENT TO JOINING ISRAELI ARMY

by Raheem Kassam

Yasmin Qureshi is the epitome of the moderate Muslim. She was born in Jhelum, Pakistan and moved to the UK when she was nine. She is married, lives in Bolton South East, and practices law as a Barrister in Manchester. She has been actively involved in community work for over twenty years with the Citizen Advice Bureau and local law centres. She has been the governor for a college and three schools. She was the Head of the Criminal Legal Section of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and later the Director of the Department of Judicial Administration in Kosovo. She is a past President of the Pakistan Club (UK). She is the former Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group of the Association of Muslim Lawyers. And, as Raheem Kassam writes, she defends Muslim terrorists, asserting that the British Muslims fighting for ISIS are humanitarians.

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THE GLOBAL POGROM

by Benjamin Kerstein

Benjamin Kerstein writes about the global pogrom that has been underway for well over a decade. "[It] has taken lives. It has destroyed property. It has injured, brutalized, and terrified Jews and Jewish communities in many nations." He writes mainly about the atrocities that have occurred in France; in fact, in 2013 40% of all hate crimes in France targeted Jews. Because of its large Jewish and large Muslim populations, the systematic harassment of the Jewish community by Muslims is very clear in France, but the same trend is to be seen all over Europe. A chilling fact is that the Muslims may be the instigators, but the participants in the sieges, street violence, looting, store burnings, fire bombs, vandalism and hate-filled rallies are both Muslims and Europeans, and usually the police look the other way. The Pogrom mentality has spread to the USA, Canada and even Australia. In the Muslim countries, which expelled Jews when Israel was created, there is the phenomenon of anti-Semitism without Jews, where medieval anti-Jewish confabulations are taken as facts. The one country which has had Jews in any numbers since the 1950s is Turkey. Egged on by the current Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the pogrom is in progress there, too. Everywhere, "for all practical purposes, [there is] no distinction between hatred of Israel, hatred of Zionism, and hatred of the Jews." Kerstein expects this anti-Jew fury to spread where ever there are Jews. He might also have noted that this hate will not be satiated with Jewish blood. It is likely that, as is the usual sequence, the Jew may be the first to be attacked, but he is never the last.

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STOP BLAMING ISRAEL AND WAKE UP: THE BLACK FLAG OF JIHAD IS THE REAL THREAT TO THE WORLD

by Douglas Murray

Those who blame Israel for the ills of the Middle East, if not those of the entire world, are right about one thing: there is a single cause riling up the world's lemmings and making trouble for other cultures. But it's not Judaism. It is, as Douglas Murray writes, resurgent Islam, split into separate groups but united in this single cause and waving the same black flag of terror. He makes the important point that the current spate of anti-Semitism is causing problems for Jews today, but tomorrow people in other countries and other ethnic group will suffer from the same Muslim hatred and violence. As Murray puts it, "Israel is not the cause of the world's problems. It is simply on the front line of them."

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REGIONAL WARFARE

It is clear that pious Muslims, Salafists — Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar e Taiba, IS (previously ISIS), Al-Shabaab, Al-Nusraa, Boko Haram and the many less well-known small gangs, (There's around one thousand bands operating in Syria. That's groups, not people. See here.) — all want the end or the weakening of all cultures except Islam, so that Muslims and Sharia law will rule the world. In the Middle East, they have begun fighting among themselves about which groups will run the world before finishing the war against the West and the Far East.

Warfare in the Middle East is so different from what we expect. The war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites is definitely on but the players and colleagues and subsidiaries on both sides don't have stable affiliations. They shift allegiance and split, then reunite partially but often with major changes in their allies. They don't have an identifiable team shirt or mascot or team song. It's chaotic at best and, to outsiders, totally illogical. Why should Sunni ISIS kill Sunni al-Qaeda leaders and sell oil to Shi'ite-allied Syria? Why should Shi'ite Iran support Sunni Hamas which is on the outs with Syria, which is strongly supported by Iran? Why should Sunni Qatar support the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS, while Sunni Saudi Arabia want to destroy them? At the same time, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood, which should be natural allies, are saber-rattling — or should that be sword-slicing — at each other.

The only players more illogical are the Westerners looking for an opening. Why should the American administration want to work with Iran to eliminate ISIS, when Iran has vowed to destroy the USA and Israel. If we succeed in destroying ISIS, it will only strengthen al-Qaeda, which has vowed to destroy us. Middle East alliances are so unstable that the West is hard put to know which terrorist group to support, but, shucks, you gotta support some team, dontcha?


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THE MYTH OF PALESTINIAN CENTRALITY

by Efraim Karsh

Despite Obama's shallow view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as central to the instability of the ME, the facts are otherwise. While the Arab states are vocally for the right of the 1948 Arab refugees to return to Israel — they fled in 1948 when the neighboring Arab countries invaded the newly-declared modern State of Israel — and for statehood for the local Arabs calling themselves Palestinians, operationally speaking the locals are only useful for creating sympathy for the Arab mission of destroying the Jewish State. Their major objective is the creation of a single Arab state, which, ironically, is what was initially envisioned after the Western Allies defeated the Ottomans in World War 1. The major subsidiary issue is: which Arab group is going to control the single Arab state or caliphate that is envisioned by pious Sunnis. Giving the Palestinian Arabs a state carved out of Israel is not a cure for the Arab craving for a pan-Arab state that will control the world. This essay provides an excellent historical analysis for understanding the non-connection of the lip-service for a Palestinian state and the Salafist obsession for a renewed Caliphate.

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UNDERSTANDING THE ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN-SAUDI ALLIANCE

by Caroline Glick

There is an unofficial alliance to repel Iran's ambition to dominate the Middle East and influence global politics. As Caroline Glick points out, this is a direct consequence of the American president's policy of punishing friends such as Israel and Egypt and cozying up to declared enemies such as Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. She might have also pointed out that when confronted by a situation as in Syria where the Assad regime is protected by Iran but is fighting Al-Qaeda, one of Obama's not-so-secret friends, he dithers. When I asked a friend raised in the Middle East how a Muslim can hug you with one arm and knife you with the other, he said, "That's the nature of the Middle East." It's not behavior Westerners can understand intuitively, if at all.

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THE GROWING SHADOW OF ISIS

by Ilana Freedman and Jerry Gordon

Resurgent Islam continues to try to dominate the world. In the West, except for some isolated incidents, quickly forgotten, Muslim Salafist groups have not drawn much attention to their activities. And like lobsters in water that is slowly heated, Westerners have adapted. We haven't noticed how much our educational and political systems and media have been infiltrated. In the Middle East different groups of pious jihadists are in control of some or all of many Arab countries and openly wage war against secularists, non-Muslims and even other Salafists. They have bombed, lobbed rockets, sniped, stoned, gouged, waterboarded and fought but, over time, even these acts have become familiar, dreaded but expected. Occasionally, an murderous act have gained attention by being particularly shocking — a woman who wouldn't repudiate Christianity had a large cross shoved down her throat, an al-Qaeda terrorist ate the liver of someone he just shot, three Israeli teens and 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped, a honor killing was coupled with a beheading, Christian women and children were beheaded. In this essay, Illana Freedman and Jerry Gordon write about ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), one of the known groups, which recently morphed into something rather new. Outlandishly brutal but with military discipline and competence, it has great confidence and — thanks to a talent for robbing banks and looting weaponry — a couple of billion dollars, part of which it spends not only on equipment but on artful propaganda, which has attracted many foreign-born Muslims to come to be trained as terrorists. What really set them apart is that they didn't just yearn for the reestablishment of the Caliphate, they announced they had brought it about and their leader was Caliph for all Muslims. The immediate impact was to delight some and enrage others, with few undecided. They might be scary enough to wake up the world to the dangers of Resurgent Islam.

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ACROSS TIME AND DEATH: IRAN AND THE ISIS CHALLENGE

by Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall

Michael Segall assesses the ISIS phenomenon mainly from the point of view of its confrontations with Iran, and the likely regional and global consequences. ISIS has been able to ride roughshod over the Iraqi army and is fighting Hizbullah on its homeground in Lebanon, so it has become "a real threat to Iran's strategic assets in Syria and Lebanon and especially to its aspiration to restore Shiite supremacy." Segall is almost unique in emphasizing that Iran will "leverage its influence and deep involvement in Iraq, along with its common interests with the West (and even with some of its regional adversaries) when it comes to containing ISIS's expansion southward in Iraq and westward to Jordan. The aim of this leverage will be to extract concessions on the nuclear issue."

I believe, the worst thing that can happen in the region is for Iran to acquire nuclear weaponry. If that happens, it won't be a quantitative difference. It would take the current chaos and the battling and the shocking deaths and the rearrangement of borders and the shifts in the power structure to a totally different place, good for no one except perhaps the Iranian government. So why does the USA want to help Iran destroy ISIS when it is in our best interest to let ISIS damage and distract Iran? It is awful what ISIS is doing to civilian Yazidis, but the Obama Administration is able to ignore that Syrian children are being slaughtered in the thousands. Actually, we could rescue the relatively few Yazidis quietly by airlift, just as the Israelis patch up wounded Syrian civilians in field hospitals near the Syrian border. We can let ISIS and Iran duke it out in the Middle East, while we focus on curtailing ISIS's (and al-Qaeda's) ability to attract and train Westerners and Muslims born in the West, because these trained terrorists would be a direct threat to America, Europe and Israel when they return home.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA

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A LOVE LETTER FROM HAMAS TO ISIS (WITH 10 TIPS)

by Noah Beck

Noah Beck packs a lot of information about Hamas's and ISIS's tactics in what purports to be advice on how to be a evil perpetrator yet be accepted by most of the media as innocent victim. A reader, Daniel, adds this tip: use the language of "freedom" — West loves it. For example: "Free Iraq from colonial powers", "Free Syria from oppression", etc. West has hard time opposing such slogans, for example "Free Gaza" or "Free Palestine" are very popular, and nobody is bothering to check the facts...

Hamas and Isis have the same religious and political ideology and the same sense of mission, and they both enjoy behaving barbarically. As Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Hamas is ISIS, ISIS is Hamas." There is, however, a difference in how they are perceived and treated. Prez Obama rushed to save the Yazidis who have been under siege by ISIS but when Israel finally responded to daily bombardment from Hamas, he stopped shipping missiles to Israel until it agreed to stop bombing Hamas, even though it had not completed the job of dismembering Hamas.

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THE TRUTH IS HANGING ON BY A THREAD

by Nidra Poller

A reporter, Matti Friedman, in an article called "An Insider's Guide To The Most Important Story On Earth", observed that "there was a malfunction in the practice of journalism" in that when it comes to reporting on events involving Israel, reporters come into the Middle East being anti-Israel. As example, he pointed out that "[m]ost reporters in Gaza believe their job is to document violence directed by Israel at Palestinian civilians." In this essay, Nidra Poller describes how unshakable their built-in prejudice is. Many in the mainstream press are scrambling to keep themselves from examining their cheerleader attitude on behalf of the Salafists. At the moment, reality has them under strong assault but they are resisting with all their might the meaning of ISIS's latest contribution to global entertainment: the beheading of James Foley, a journalist who like them was fanatically anti-Semitic and a strong supporter of Sharia and the Arab jihad.

Assassinations were easier to ignore when Jews or half-Jews that lived in Arab villages like the actor Julian Mer-Khamis, who lived in Jenin and marched to a Salafist drummer, were exterminated by their hosts. Obviously, Mer-Khamis should not have invaded the village; he wasn't welcome. It was easy for them to understand the Muslim Brotherhood stoning, flaying, beheading, burning and pushing large crosses down the throats of Egyptian Coptic Christians. After all, did Christians behave all that differently when they ruled the region? When Daniel Pearl was beheaded, they could argue that Daniel Pearl was a Jew, so in some collective sense he deserved beheading. But James Foley was one of them. As Daniel Green writes (see here) "James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn't travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda... Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He was a vehement advocate and while he didn't necessarily side with any single group, he echoed the one sided narrative rather than telling the truth about the Islamists." It was their ox that was gored. James Foley was unblemished ideologically and his death was deliberate.

Poller writes that the truth hangs in the thread joining ISIS and Hamas, both believers in Sharia law, both beheaders of their own people, but it's unlikely the media will make the connection. They will continue to believe that if they blame the Jews, they are ensuring their own safety. Foley's execution might be an intimation of what's in store for other Western reporters, no matter how committed to the jihad. Nevertheless, all things considered, it is predictable the journalists will overcome this shock to their ideological system. Unfortunately for them, troublesome facts are emerging. Back home, their own Muslim immigrants refuse to behave in a civilized fashion. And thousands of their citizens who went off fight for jihad will return with terror skills and a hatred of their native land. What then?

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I DON'T LIKE JEWS BECAUSE...

by Justin Amler

Justin Amler rakes up for our edification notions about Jews much of the world believes are true: Jews are stubborn, Jews don't listen to their friends like the UN and the Arab League, Jews are aggressive and attacked the Gazan Arabs for no reason at all, etc., etc. With tongue-in-cheek, he suggests these depictions of the Jews must be true because reliable sources from the Main Stream Media and international political groups like the UN right down to Yasser Arafat and Bishop Tutu have said so, again and again. It's not the world's fault the Jews are to blame for all the problems of the world, is it?

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MAKE RACHEL CORRIE INTO ISRAEL'S ACTIVIST

by William A. Levinson

William Levinson argues that in fighting the battle of words, the best defense is an offense. Tools used by the enemy can be taken and used against them. He uses as example the story of Rachel Corrie, who was manipulated by ISM to act as shield for the Arabs against the IDF. When she died, struck by debris while playing "chicken" with an Israeli bulldozer, she was billed by ISM as a idealistic activist, martyred in the cause of peace. In fact, the first eye witness reports claimed the driver backed up and ran her over again. That accusation ceased when it was realized that would have left her as flat as a pancake; (it did lead to her being called St. Rachel of IHOP.) ISM acknowledged Corrie was more useful to them dead than alive, so Levinson suggests Israel should have agreed she was an idealist but should have emphasized that she was duped by ISM, which knowingly and recklessly endangered her life. Essentially, he is suggesting jiu-jitsuing the arguments of the anti-Israel organizations against them. As he says, "PsyWar is an offensive weapon" and speed in structuring the way an event is described is essential. Unfortunately, Israel continues to lose this important war.

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HISTORY SECTION


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ISIL'S OTTOMAN "CALIPHATE" FORBEARS BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED 250,000 ASSYRIAN-CHALDEAN, AND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS A CENTURY AGO

by Andrew G. Bostom

Andrew G. Bostom describes a massacre by the Ottomans that took place during World War 1, between 1914 and 1919 in what is now northern Iraq and eastern Anatolia. Of the 250,000 people killed, most was slaughtered between June and September 1915. All the victims were Christians; the murderers were mostly local Muslims armed with knives and rocks, who were incited by State officials and politicians. Thousands of ordinary villagers participated in the orgy of slaughter. The victims were unarmed and were tied up. They were shot, stabbed, stoned, drowned and decapitated; their throats were crushed and they were thrown off roofs — just as infidels are treated in the Middle East nowadays when Arabs riot or when terrorists murder Israelis. As is the case currently when Muslims go on the rampage in the Middle East and Africa against their Christian neighbors, the "massacre was accompanied by serial mass rape of the women. Young girls were abducted as sex slaves and children as household servants." Other Christians were forced to flee. Many of them were massacred primarily by the Muslim Ottoman army or were attacked by local Arab gangs. How modern it all sounds. I wonder what excuses were used to justify routine Muslim barbarism.

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INTERVIEW WITH AN AUSCHWITZ GUARD: 'I DO NOT FEEL LIKE A CRIMINAL'

interview by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe

Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe interviewed a 91-year old man named Jakob who had been a guard in Auschwitz. He denies he ever hit a prisoner but he no longer denies, as he did in earlier years, that he knew about the wholesale killing of Jews at Auschwitz. Now he says strongly, "When the crematorium is constantly burning, then everyone knows tha something is going on." After the war, most everyone involved and those living in the neighborhood of the camp denied knowing. Jakob has come forth to bear witness that they knew.

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THE WEDDING GOWN THAT MADE HISTORY

by Helen Zegerman Schwimmer

Helen Schwimmer writes of a wedding that took place more than a half century ago. What makes this wedding different is that Lilly and Ludvig, the bride and groom, had survived the Holocaust and were now incarcerated in a Displaced Person's (DP) camp in Bergen Belsen. Lilly dream of being married in a white gown was fulfilled because a German ex-pilot swapped his useless parachute for coffee beans. A seamstress cut the parachute into the wedding gown that the bride wore when she was married in the synagogue the DPs had renovated. Lilly's sister wore it soon after, and then a cousin, and then one bride after another in the camp. Some 50 years later the gown, stitched, restitched, redesigned, and redecorated very many times was donated to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where it is on display. As Schwimmer writes of Lilly and her sisters, "As young brides, they had stood underneath the chuppah and recited the blessings that their ancestors had been saying for thousands of years. In doing so, they chose to honor the legacy of those who had perished by choosing life."

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July-August, 2014 BLOG-EDS

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May-June 2014

What we are talking about in the May–June 2014 Issue

  1. IN MEMORIAM (lipkin, plaut, solway)
  2. ISLAM IN THE WEST (Leibler, Kern, Steyn, Ibrahim, Robbins, Dardick, Fjordman)
  3. MUSLIM PRACTICES, IDENTITY AND IDEOLOGY (Chesler, Baker, Perlmutter, Ibrahim, Rhode, Landes)
  4. EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST (Merkley, Nisman, Spyer, Taheri, Soffer, Kedar, Konrad)
  5. PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA SECTION (Levy, Catz, Alexander, Dann)
  6. HISTORY SECTION (Medoff, Ghert-Zand, Bingham, Schwartzwald)
  7. Blog-Eds(May-June 2014)

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IN MEMORIAM


TIME TO RETHINK

by Bernice Lipkin

As Israelis absorb the horror of the murders of the Hebron Yeshiva boys, they have drawn close together. Recognition of their kinship as a single family has blossomed. The response to learning the boys are not alive has not been rioting or violence. The mood of the country is outwardly quiet. It has become a time of reflection on what unites Jews as a people. Young and old, proudly secular and unswervingly religious, simple people and those who consider themselves sophisticated, villagers and members of the world community — they have come together in Tel-Aviv, at the Kotel, in large groups and small around the country, to pray for the safety of the boys, to mourn their deaths.

For individuals, it's been an acknowledgment and an affirmation of a common identity. A bonding. Its effect on governmental policy, in contrast, is ambiguous at best. Cynics can be forgiven for suggesting that the government's hustle and bustle, its huffing and puffing, is cosmetic. Israeli Arabs are increasingly more assertive, more demanding, more arrogant. But the inertia of the Government is profound. It continues to mouth obsolete notions that peace is attainable - we just have to try a little harder to find the right approach. And when they are honest, the politicians admit to being more afraid of Arabs rioting than Jews crying.

Yet this could be an interval to reassess the effectiveness of the Jewish state's response to Arab violence these past years. That resurgent Islam has grown in confidence and has attempted more and more acts of unbelievable evil is too in-the-face to ignore. Now is a good time to ask whether Israel's policies need reformulating to handle the spreading chaos.

What is an appropriate response to the ever more harrowing attacks on Jews?

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REALLY REALLY HARD

by Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut said of this essay, posted a day after the bodies of the three teenagers were discovered on June 30, 2014 and three days after the IDF entered Gaza: "Three days of intensive military action in Gaza with virtually no terrorists killed? More 'signaling that Israel is deadly serious'? Yes, we are back to the RRH doctrine." This essay on the Really Really Hard Doctrine (RRH) was published in 2005. It is still right on the mark. That in itself speaks volumes about what is wrong with the IDF's genteel designed-to-fail approach to stopping local terrorism.

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THE TIME FOR MEANINGFUL ACTION HAS COME

by David Solway

In response to the kidnapping-murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, the people of Israel have come together in uncommon nationalistic unity. But, as David Solway writes, the extreme Left-wingers and Jewish Jew-hating NGOs such as the New Israel Fund and J Street continue to advocate measures the serve the Arabs. The local Arabs demonstrate their attitude towards peace with the Jews by three-finger hand waving, jubilation and handing out candy. The government, too, has acted as if it were business as usual. It has issued meaningless threats; it temporizes; it continues to threaten IDF soldiers with punishment should they even start to think their lives are worth more than the life of an Arab child proudly serving as shield to his terrorist Daddy or Mommy. It is time to change strategies. Solway suggests, among other necessary measures, that "[t]here is, really, no other effective way of dealing with a musteline pack of jihadist predators and barbarians than to credibly threaten it with extinction." And if nothing changes, something will change: the local Arabs will become bolder and bloodier.

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Editor's Note:

Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a Salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a political supersessionist who believes his religion must dominate and a social barbarian. Thanks to the high quality of white wash supplied by Islamic propagandists, he seldom is so described.


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ISLAM IN THE WEST

In this section, we examine some areas where Islam has impacted Western host countries negatively, yet the West continues to ignore the danger. A major cause for concern is the increase in radicalization of Westernized Muslims. Yet little has been done to counter Salafist proselytizing at local mosques and mullahs preaching fundamentalism on the internet. European administrators are reluctant to make any effort, let alone a strong one, to confront Muslim hostility and bullying behavior. They do, in fact, invent excuses for Muslim behavior that Muslims find annoying. A case in point is the Western invention of the 'Moderate Muslim' to describe a pious Muslim who believes in tolerance of all religions — though this is a contradiction in terms. Expanding on this, they claim the majority of Muslims are moderate. Western administrations are also often energetic in reinforcing the Muslim's hatred of Jews — to the point that more and more Jews are leaving Western Europe. But given the general hatred of Salafists for Western culture, siding with Islam against Judaism won't protect Europe's Christians from their Muslim neighbors.


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AS EUROPE SLIDES INTO A DARK AGE, JEWS MUST REVIEW THEIR FUTURE

Isi Leibler

In plain language, Isi Leibler explains why Jewish life in Europe has become problematic. As he writes, "... although 70 percent of the French population fear Islamic domination, that has not stemmed the tide of traditional anti-Semitism... What is more depressing is that, as a rule, the public is even more anti-Semitic than the government and perceives Israel as the principal source of global evil — no different to the Middle Ages when the Jews were regarded as the source of all natural disasters such as plagues and famine."

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A MONTH OF ISLAM IN EUROPE: APRIL 2014

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern provides us with a snapshot of some of the incidents that happened in the month of April of this year in the European countries. They have in common that all involved Muslims. In addition to the usual rapes and vandalism, Muslims distributed anti-Jewish books and attacked Jews, collected charity money for Hezbollah, and attacked churches. The police were able (or were not able) to stop Muslims leaving the country to participate in jihad in the Middle East and Africa. Muslim groups lobbied for expanding the teaching of Islam in schools, while in Lutheran Finland, administrators worried that singing a Christian song during school ceremonies might offend the Muslims. A new law allows Swedes to be put on trial for the heinous crime of criticizing Islam. Muslim immigration in general is high, while in Sweden emigration by natives has increased considerably.

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HASHTAG DIPLOMACY

by Mark Steyn

When empty gestures and polished phrases via the social media outlets substitute for effective action, we call it Hashtag diplomacy. Mark Steyn comments on a recent example: the First Lady showed she cares about the kidnapping of young girls by Boko Haram by posing with a hashtag on a poster. This is useless as a rescue effort. Steyn calls it "moral preening." The hashtag as non-action action serves as graphic imagery for the general lethargy that characterizes the way administrators in the West are handling Muslim demands and anti-social behavior. European school administrators respond to the harassing and even the stabbing of Jewish school children by Muslims by suggesting the Jewish children keep a low profile. Schools have stopped teaching the Holocaust and the Crusades, because these subjects offend the Muslim community. It's just too much trouble to fight Muslim anger and dissatisfaction. And this, while the percent of Muslims in the population is still relatively low.

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THE 'RADICALIZATION' OF WESTERN MUSLIMS

by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim and many others write about the fallacy of assuming there exists a group of Muslims who are deeply religious but practice a moderate form of Islam. As he put it in a recent article, "'moderate Islam' is an oxymoron." Nevertheless, with pious certainty but no factual underpinnings, Western media and academia continue to claim, "'True' Islam ... is intrinsically free of anything 'bad.' It's the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame." While the public is diverted to focus on the hunt for the moderate Muslim, it has ignored a real danger to Western society: the radicalization of Muslims born in the West. The native-born children of immigrant Muslims are much more apt to harass non-Muslims, commit robberies and become jihadists than their parents. This goes against the politically correct piety that given economic opportunities and freedom, jihad will wither away. It won't. In fact, given greater resources and less fear of consequences, it will expand.

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WHEN TERRORISTS BECOME PHARMACISTS

James S. Robbins

It is fairly well-known That Muslim groups that front for Muslim terrorists are involved in smuggling and selling illegal drugs. What is novel is that terrorist groups are now manufacturing and/or repackaging legal drugs. James Robbins describes how Hezbollah is using the skills and resources it developed to smuggle cigarettes, diamonds, cars and drugs to distributing legal medications. And it has started manufacturing some of them — without supervision or regulation.

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THE MYTH OF THE MODERATE MUSLIM MAJORITY

by Fred Dardick

Westerners invented the sub-genre, the Moderate Muslim — defined as a Muslim who believes and conforms strictly to Mohammad's words and deeds yet is tolerant of neighbors with different ideas. They ignore that pious Muslims deny that a pious Muslim can accept that Jews and Christians and Buddhists and Hindus are equal to a Muslim. Westerners not only believe in the Moderate Muslim but they claim that very few Muslims are radicalized, i.e., believe strictly in what the Holy Books of Islam preach. Fred Dardick demonstrates that Westerners haven't got this right, either.

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OPTIMISM OR CARELESSNESS?

by Fjordman

The centuries-old goal of Islamic theology "for Islam to be triumphant across the entire world, including Europe and the Western world" is often dismissed as anti-Islam conspiracy theory. The mainstream media often omits mentioning that the WHO doing the robbery, murder or arson is a Muslim. In the USA, when members of terrorist fronts hob-nob with administration officials, even in the White House itself, it is treated as another social event. In this essay, Fjordman takes the pulse of various European countries and concludes that Europe has become very sick from massive Muslim legal and illegal immigration. Western administrators, opinion makers, gate-keepers, the media — the white corpuscles of defense — don't do their job. They leave the public feeling that the major changes in demographics and culture caused by Islamic infiltration aren't a serious concern. By not presenting the facts sharply, by pooh-poohing incidents and by omitting crucial information, they give the impression that things will eventually stabilize and the Muslim immigrants will be absorbed. Actually, the rate of Islamic thuggery, rioting, murdering, vandalizing, looting, raping, blocking non-Muslims from entering Muslim-dominated parts of a city, remodeling institutions to make them Islam-friendly and modifying and/or discarding native cultural icons — i.e., colonizing Europe and marginalizing the natives — is increasing very rapidly and many Europeans are persuaded that this is a good thing. In line with this, the number of radicalized Muslims is increasing. So what does it take to make a Salafist out of a Muslim? As Fjordman writes, study the Koran [or an authentic translation] and take it seriously.

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CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MUSLIM PRACTICES, IDENTITY AND ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY

This section focuses on how Muslim identity and Salafist ideology continue to influence life styles and religious practices. It includes essays on what affiliations define identity. And how the honor-and-shame-based Arab culture views peace negotiations with Israel. That the Jews avoided extermination is seen as an affront. Generous terms by Israel do not wipe out the insult. In fact, the more the appeasement, the greater the insult. Only destruction of Israel by Arab efforts will soothe Arab shame.

The West may see honor killings, beheadings and shameless lies as barbaric aberrations, but Muslims proudly see them as religious practices sanctioned by Mohammad, the founder of their religion. Thus, flying in the face of known facts and ignoring Western insistence on logic and coherence, Arabs are willing to manufacture preposterous historic and geographic claims. A recent one asserts that the Palestinian Arabs predate the entry of the Biblical Jews into their land.


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BOKO HARAM AND THE HISTORY OF CHILD RAPE IN JIHAD

by Phyllis Chesler

Nonie Darwish has said (see here), "It is a tragedy and a shame that it had to take the mass kidnapping and sexual enslavement of 300 Nigerian girls by Muslim jihadists for the world to finally express its outrage over Sharia's evil deeds. Similar stories of Christian girls being kidnapped, forcibly married and converted to Islam by their Muslim captors, have been a reality for decades. But unfortunately, and tragically, they have been ignored by our mainstream media." In this article, Phyllis Chesler provides us with a concise but clear history and context of this horrifying practice. [As an update, some 60 girls have escaped but the others were sold into sexual slavery or forced into marriage with Muslims. The going rate is said to be $12 USD per girl.]

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CHANGING THE HISTORICAL NARRATIVE: SAEB EREKAT'S NEW SPIN

Amb. Alan Baker

Alan Baker provides us with excellent information on the Arab invasion and immigration into the Land of Israel over the centuries. This is in context of an examination into the recent assertions of Palestinian Arab leaders that their ancestors were the ancient Canaanites, hence, they predate the Jews in the Land of Israel. While this makes a tidy case for historic ownership of the land (although inconsistently they arbitrarily dismiss Jewish ancestral claims), if true, it would also prove the so-called Palestinians are not Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula, not descendants of the original followers of Islam and not kin to the Arabs who conquered the land, thus, from a Muslim point of view, making it Arab Islamic territory forever. I should think one could argue further that if it weren't for Israel's strong protection of their human and civil rights, these "Canaanites" would be in the position of the original Egyptians, the Egyptian Copts, who live as third-class citizens in a state ruled by non-Egyptian Arabs. In other words, their historicity by itself would give them little political advantage, whereas the claim by the Jews to their homeland is not only backed by the Bible and history, but by international law and conquest.

Currently, a strong claim of ancient historical rights might be useful, considering that it is beginning to be recognized that the majority of Palestinian Arabs didn't come into Mandated Palestine until after the Jews came in large numbers to redeem their homeland. It does have the problem that the Jews killed off the ancient Canaanites. But who ever claimed that logic and consistency were necessary when making a pro-Palestinian point?

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JIHADIST TROPHIES OF WAR

by Dawn Perlmutter

Jihadists see such acts as beheading and eating the enemy's liver as trophies of war, where trophies may be physical parts of the body or captured women, who are used as sex slaves. Dawn Perlmutter writes that photography has become a more recent way to prove victory. Videotaping atrocities has become popular, with many hostages slaughtered and beheaded to provide a cast for future films. Perlmutter points out that Western analysts are wrong to treat the taking of trophies as deviant behavior. It is, as Perlmutter points out, authentic Islam. As another example of Western misapprehension, putting atrocities onto tape isn't "intended as a justification for his actions it is a recruitment video, a brilliant piece of propaganda that will appeal to sexually frustrated men who will join the fight just so they can engage in morally sanctioned sex.[...] Al Qaeda understands that sex, violence, heroism and other rewards of battle sells. The history of Islam is a history of trophies of war."

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ISLAM'S 'PROTESTANT REFORMATION'

by Raymond Ibrahim

In a sense, Islam has already had a reformation — salafism is a point-by-point attempt to mimic the ways of the originator of the religion. Its practitioners wish to improve religious practice by being more like the early practitioners. But reformation has produced different behavior patterns in Muslims than in Christians, because, as Raymond Ibrahim points out, the fundamentals of the religions are different. Christianity preaches love — even if it doesn't always practice it. Islam began by preaching submission to the commands of Allah as demonstrated by Mohammad. Any softening of behavior is a weakness when measured by the original Islamic standards. Civility and tolerance are considered "compromises and half measures." They will always be "vulnerable to challenge by purists," the real reformers. So it is that the true reformers, the Salafists, instead of shedding barbaric behavior and becoming more tolerant, have come ever closer to the brutal behavior and intolerant attitudes of the founder of Islam.

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IDENTITY AND LOYALTY IN ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST

by Harold Rhode

For Muslims in the Middle East, as Harold Rhode writes, "religion and political identity almost always trump everything else—including citizenship." Allegiance to a particular state has never replaced identity by religious sect: Sunni versus Shiite "is probably the most important over-arching identity throughout the Muslim world". Other associations also define identity. When parents are from different ethnic groups, family identity is via the father. As Rhode writes, "Identity is not a matter of choice. A man is what his father is and a woman is what her husband is." Conversion to Islam is easy; conversion from Islam "is punishable by death." Another major factor contributing to the Muslim's sense of identity is his extended family: his tribe, his clan, his family. Altogether, identity in the Middle East is complicated and very different from Western ways of placing oneself in time and place.

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WHY THE ARAB WORLD IS LOST IN AN EMOTIONAL NAKBA, AND HOW WE KEEP IT THERE

by Richard Landes

Western culture is guilt-based, where morality — doing what is right and what is wrong — is determined by a set of coherent and interlocking behavioral precepts and commandments set by God. They are to be followed, whether the action becomes known to others or not. Arab culture, in contrast, is shame- and honor-driven, meaning that the individual responds with shame when he knows his actions are, or would be, judged negatively by his group. Situations are more context-dependent. Consistency between activities isn't important. Essentially, good behavior is modeled on what Mohammad, God's prophet, did and said. Richard Landes notes that the defeat of seven Arab armies in 1948 by Jews, who had been dhimmis to Islam for centuries, was an affront to Arab honor, that Arabs still feel the need to avenge. In guilt societies, the individual tends to blame himself; in the shame societies, he blames others. As we have seen, the Arabs blame the Jews for their defeat. That the Arabs were the ones to start the war by invading Israel is irrelevant. The same urgency to punish Israel for not allowing itself to be destroyed is at work in the large — to assuage Muslim anger and shame, Islam must dominate the entire world. Offerings of appeasement and compromise by other countries and cultures are not insufficient, they are dangerous steps going in the wrong direction.

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THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In modern times, ever since the oil-rich countries in the Middle East acquired a never-ending supply of money and the human engineering resources their money can buy, they have promoted different styles of salafist Islam around the world by infiltrating foreign governmental infra-structure, donating to foreign educational institutions, investing in the arts, networking with politicians, religious leaders and financiers and creating huge media propaganda mills, which include clerics to convert less religious Muslims. These 'peaceful' methods are supplemented by sending out colonizing immigrants especially to Europe in overwhelming numbers. The massive propaganda campaign involving churches and academia to demonize Israel is intended to crush a major block to Islamic ambitions. Small and large acts of overt terrorism are increasing globally. Muslim terrorists are being 'trained' in the Middle East wars and return to practice their trade in their native countries, including Israel.

Activities to re-establish a global Caliphate have resurfaced among the Sunnis, this time anchored in plentiful resources. Salafist terror groups are bringing the fight back into their home countries. They view the breakdown of governments in the Middle East, hostilities between Shiites and Sunnis and the waffling weakness of the West as their opportunity to take over territory for the Caliphate. And they have the necessary support of the majority of Muslims. As Andrew Bostom put it, "2/3s of Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia want a Caliphate. Post U.S. liberation of their countries, 91% of Iraqis and 99% of Afghans want sharia." Among Muslims, there is "the overwhelming desire for application of the Sharia—Islam's liberty-crushing, religio-political totalitarian system that encompasses the smallest details of religious practice, to the largest issues of politics." (See www.andrewbostom.org, June 21, 2014.)

It may seem surprising that Muslims support the idea of a Caliphate, which would bring back the good old days of unquestioned male dominance, illiteracy for women, strict theocratic regulation of every facet of life, and harsh punishments. How will that differ from what many Muslim-majority countries now have? In the Caliphate, Muslims will dominate not only the minority ethnic groups in their own countries but everyone in all countries.


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THE SHIA AND SUNNI FEUD

by Paul Merkley

Paul Merkley has an excellent section of the origins of the Shia-Sunni quarrel, essentially a difference of opinions on who was most worthy to carry on after Mohammad, a quarrel that hasn't been resolved in some 1400 years. The recent meeting in Geneva of Iran and the Western countries on curtailing Iran's nuclear program made it obvious that, barring the unexpected, the US has given Iran the green light to develop nuclear weaponry. For the Jews, Geneva confirmed that "the moment has come to compensate for the reduction of America's commitment to its security by 'seeking new allies.'" The Saudis voiced their understanding that the change in the American Administration's attitude meant that Persia was the enemy to focus on, not Israel. It isn't that they like Israel any better. But as the hatred between the Sunnis and the Shiites continues to intensify, they fixate on each other. To utter a soul-satisfying insult, one side has to accuse the other of conniving with Israel, of being a tool of the Zionists.

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EGYPT'S THREE-PART TERRORISM THREAT AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP IT

by Daniel Nisman

Daniel Nisman points out that although Egypt's al-Sisi has contained, or perhaps even crippled, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jihadi threat has expanded and is coming from the Sinai Peninsula, Cairo and neighboring Syria. "For now, Sisi and the transitional government have only to thank the staunchly anti-Brotherhood Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait for keeping Egypt's economy on life support, allowing it to continue its one-foot-after-the-other counter-terrorism campaign." But to counter terrorism long term will require new tactics, such as amnesty and jihadist rehabilitation, as well as engaging the cooperation of the local community.

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IS SAUDI ARABIA SHIFTING COURSE TOWARDS IRAN?

by Jonathan Spyer

The Sunni Saudis and the Shiite Iranians have been the lead players in Sunni-Shiite confrontations in the Middle East. But the Saudis are dependent on the USA to protect them from invasions and take-overs. With Prez Obama cuddling up to Iran, it would appear according to those who read political entrails that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may be reversing his adamant rejection of Iran's nuclear ambitions and most any other grand regional plans Iran has in the works. Jonathan Spyer's take is that Abdullah will be accommodating — minimally. This suggests Abdullah is treading water, waiting for a more astute US leadership to take over — hopefully, before Iran acquires nuclear weaponry and dominates the Middle East.

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THE MAD DREAM OF A DEAD EMPIRE THAT UNITES ISLAMIC REBELS

by Amir Taheri

The salafist JundAllah is a world-wide Sunni organization that is fighting to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate. One of its branches [Da'esh or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)] has been increasing its holdings rapidly in both countries to the point that the media have started taking notice. Amir Taheri believes they share with al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Iranian mullahs inter alia political ambitions, where "God plays a cameo role at best." What is certain is they split the world up into three segments: the 57 Muslim-majority countries; countries that Muslims have ever ruled, even briefly; and the outliers such as America and Japan, that were never part of the caliphate. The main point of contention is who will be Caliph?

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WHO ARE THE SYRIAN REBELS? ARE THEY A THREAT TO ISRAEL?

by Ari Soffer

As part of the assertion that Islam is a religion of peace, George W Bush reduced the size of our terrorist enemies to a small cadre — a resolute headman Osama bin Laden by name and his throat-slitting band of al-Qaeda men. Later, Obama reduced the number of enemy terrorists to one - Osama himself. Obama was finally forced to concur with the military that it was the right time and place to take out Osama. Once the raid succeeded, he took full credit. The root was dead. The few remaining terrorists would soon abandon the fight. To those that believed him, it may come as a surprise that, instead of withering away, the number of Salafists and the number of Salafist groups has grown tremendously — there is said to be around 100,000 fighters, members of 1000 terrorist groups of varying size and different affiliations, in Syria alone (Jane's, September 2013).. Ari Soffer describes the major squabbling gangs that, lumped together, are the Syrian rebels. Ideological clones, they often disagree on who to kill first and the degree of barbarity to unleash. For Israel, the major issue is: which ones among them are most likely to have Israel on their priority kill list. Most appear too busy fighting the Syrian government and the Shiites to waste time on Israel. But ISIS and al-Qaeda have links with jihadi groups in Gaza and the Sinai and several of the groups have made forays into Lebanon to attack Hezbollah, which sides with Iran.

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WHY THE SAUDIS AND MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HATE EACH OTHER

by Mordechai Kedar

This article is indicative of what may be viewed as a counter trend to cooperation among the terrorists, and among their State supporters. As terrorist groups multiply, they maintain their goals, but squabbles among them can grow to deadly confrontations. Similarly, terrorist supporters often have a falling out. The Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were and are strong supporters of universal sharia law by whatever means are at hand, including terrorism. As Mordechai Kedar notes, "Saudi Arabia was once a safe haven for Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled persecution in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Now the Saudis are pouring money into Sisi's regime in order to destroy them." It is true the Saudis and the MB vie for supremacy; they have different attitudes about the role of religion; and they view the West differently. Until recently, these differences haven't seemed strong enough to disrupt their similar goals and religious ideology: both are Sunni and both actively propagandize for a strict adherence to the Koran. Nevertheless, they no longer cooperate in projects and their hostility is more open and unrestrained. Kedar discusses why that is.

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LET THEM KILL EACH OTHER

Mike Konrad

How should the West solve the Shiite Sunni feud? Mike Konrad has a simple solution: Do nothing. Let them kill each other. It may not work. It probably won't. But what has?

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PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PROPAGANDA SECTION

The pro-Palestinian gang-up on Israel comes from many sources. In this issue, we look at a few of them: pseudo-tourist groups, academics, magazines. Jews are often in the leadership of those attacking Israel. And even the Red Cross has lent a hand.


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AN ANTI-ISRAEL TOURISM SUBTERFUGE

by Janet Levy

Snookering Rachel Corrie into believing she was in "Palestine" to protect the locals was small potatoes compared to the current Tourist Flimflam. Combine the respectability of Harvard; the illusion that the tourist is taking the trek that Abraham or maybe it was Jesus or somebody like that there took; eye-rolling pious wishes to promote peace between Abraham's children (as if Mohammad were an uncircumcised Jew); and an efficient tourist agency that organizes comfortable trips with congenial fellow-travelers directly to authentic Arabs on the West Bank and even, titter, titter, Gaza — how can an ordinary middle-class tourist on the yokel-level information-wise not believe that what he sees and what he hears must be the straight story. And that's the cleverness that beats all. A marvelous illusion, where some truth and a big helping of lies are put together to encourage the visitor to become a supporter of the Arab narrative: the "Palestinians" own the West Bank (and the rest of Israel), which the Jews are currently occupying — real history and geography be damned. Janel Levy provides us with the details of a current scam, worked by the seemingly respectable and having all the cleverness of an excellent con. The returnees will become live witnesses to a great injustice, never realizing they've been had.

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NEW YORKER BLOG DRIPS WITH HATRED OF ISRAEL

by Sarit Catz

Sarit Catz reports on a New Yorker article by Bernard Avishai about Israel's Independence Day. In Israel, Yom Haatzmaut is a joyous occasion with bitter-sweet memories, particularly as it is positioned just after the Day of Remembrance when Israelis mourn the victims of terror and their soldiers who died defending them. Since The New Yorker, once blithe and amusing, became self-consciously didactic, it is probably not surprising that it did not deviate by a nuance from the ugly view of Israel promulgated by the Left, where The New Yorker places itself politically. But the tone of the article is monotonically nasty, the condemnation shrill and context-free and the error rate extremely high. Considering that part of The New Yorker's sales pitch is its supposed sophistication, why do they publish Avishai, who has been making the same not only false but boring and discredited arguments for some four decades? As Catz suggests, "it is time for The New Yorker to find someone else to write about Israel."

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JEWS AGAINST THEMSELVES: THE BDS MOVEMENT AND MODERN APOSTASY

by Edward Alexander

Using Vassar as example, Edward Alexander describes the anti-Israel atmosphere that predominates there as on many a campus. It is almost not to be believed that Vassar, which once preened itself on its intellectual standards, now not only tolerates but admires crude anti-Israel promoters, who win by intimidation and thuggery, not by clear thinking or factual foundations. Unfortunately, this type of discourse isn't confined to a small group of ignorant students but appears to represent the one-sided way many of the staff present academic material on Israel. Jewish professors — including the head of the Jewish Studies Program — are to be found among those that have decided Israel is singularly evil and act on this belief. If there are those that disagree, they are most mousy quiet.

Alexander makes the point that hatred of Judaism by Jews has taken various forms over the centuries. Today, vilifying Israel appears to be the most satisfying way to handle incompatibility between their natural identity and the attitudes they need to adopt to be considered liberal. It is not surprising that "the leaders of [the BSD] movement are 'disproportionately,' if not preponderantly, Jewish apostates ..." One wonders what they are trying to destroy by trying to destroy Israel.

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THE ICRC AND 'THE LAW'

by Moshe Dann

Moshe Dann writes that the International Red Cross (ICRC), in the person of Anton Camen, decided "unilaterally and arbitrarily" and incorrectly that Israel was violating international law and, in taking possession of Samaria and Judea, was occupying land belonging to the Palestinian Arabs. The poorly constructed arguments are easily demolished. Nevertheless, even though legal savvy isn't ICRC's strong point, "because the ICRC has official 'observer' status at the UN and is affiliated with most other international organizations, its decisions are considered authoritative — and are therefore unquestioned." Note that material on Israel's strong legal claims can be found in the Levy Report (see for example, here). A more general understanding of the international law that granted Samaria and Judea to the Jewish People can be found in Think-Israel articles by Howard Grief and by Wallace Brand on the San Remo conference.

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HISTORY SECTION

For additional historical insights into pre-World War 2 Jewry, we recommend you take a look at the collection of photographs taken by Nazi soldiers of small Jewish towns in Poland. (The photos are from the Knesset Photo Exhibit and are online at
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/180008.)
Also look at:
http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~dhershkowitz/pic43b.jpg, a collection of photos of the Holy Land during the 1800s and early 1900s, with photos listed by geographic area by David Hershkowitz. What is striking in the older pictures is the poverty of the people, the emptiness of the land and the paucity of buildings and people. It was an archeological treasure and a living hellhole.
Read "The True Identity of the so-called Palestinians" at http://palestineisraelconflict.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-true-identity-of-the-so-called-palestinians/
and
Louis René Beres, "Israel's Survival Imperatives: The Oslo Agreements in International Law and National Strategy," ACPR Policy Paper No. 25 (1998), http://www.acpr.org.il/pp/pp025-beresE.pdf


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D-DAY AND THE BOMBING OF AUSCHWITZ

by Rafael Medoff

The non-bombing of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp during World War 2 is another of the bleak "if only...." events of that time. The strike could have been made from Italy and the Allies had already started a scheduled bombing of a cluster of synthetic oil factories that the Germans set up in that area, close to where the death camp prisoners were housed. We now know more about the lack of support in the West for saving Jews. The Camp should have been bombed. But it wasn't. Rafael Medoff tells us why.

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HOLOCAUST WHISTLEBLOWER JAN KARSKI HONORED BY GEORGETOWN

by Renee Ghert-Zand

Renee Ghert-Zand writes that the commemoration of Jan Karski's 100th birthday at Georgetown University. Karski witnessed the wholesale murder of Jews and on July 28, 1943, he told the USA President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, what he'd seen. To no avail. After the war Karski taught at Georgetown U, committed to perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust victims.

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THE JEWISH CONTRIBUTION TO D-DAY: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT

by Walter Bingham

During World War 2, on June 6, 1944, the Allies landed massive forces on the Normandy coast, opening a second front in their fight against Nazi Germany. It was the beginning of the end of the war. Walter Bingham was one of the troops. In this essay, he writes of how much the Jews who were lucky enough to escape the Nazis and reach England contributed to the war effort. Those with German or Austrian passports were treated as enemy aliens early in the war; they weren't trusted with weaponry and were given low-skills jobs. But eventually, they, and Jewish refugees from other European countries, were able to put their skills and training to use. They were interpreters and teachers. And many became soldiers, where they were in double jeopardy. Aside from the usual hazards of war, "if they were captured, they would be executed as spies and traitors. Not to mention what would have happened to them had they been discovered to be Jews."

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UNRAVELING THE HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI NAVY

by Jack L. Schwartzwald

Jack Schwartzwald writes of the Israeli Navy, using anecdotes to highlight its history. He writes of men who shaped the force, including Paul Shulman, an American who intended a career in the US Navy but who in the 1940s helped smuggle Jews from Europe who were interned by the British in post-war camps in Cyprus. From fumbles and mis-starts, by the end of the Six Day War, Israel's navy had both conventional boats and a daring commando group of frogmen. Innovative refinements and novel usage of their equipment were the hallmarks of the Navy's successful performance during the Yom Kippur War, when the emphasis was on protecting the large percent of the population concentrated along the coastal plain. In the 1970s and '80s, they were successful in shoring up coastal defense to contend with PLO terrorists raids, usually striking from Lebanon. From the 1990's on, the Navy's improved and modernized arsenal has seen much action. Intercepting terrorist arms shipments is routine and blockading entrance to Gaza necessary. As part of their vigilance, in 2010, they fought Turkish terrorists by boarding one of a flotilla of boats engaged in high-visibility propaganda, bringing out-of-date medical supplies and banned equipment to Gaza. And, as Schwatzwald points out, "The recent discovery of offshore gas fields has placed novel defense responsibilities on the Israeli Navy..."

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May-June 2014 BLOG-EDS

 This is where our readers get a chance to write opinions and editorials and share articles they find informative. The Blog-Eds page for the month is updated every few days.

There is a separate file that is the index for the articles on the Blog-Ed page. You can access an article immediately from this index by clicking on the item in the index.

To access the Index, click the "Blog-Eds List" box in the Blue Strip on the top of the Blog-Ed page.

Please note that The Blog-Ed pages for May and June 2014 are not currently available.

Different Blog Ed pages will be down intermittently until the Archive structure is in place. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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FEATURED STORIES

January-February 2014

What we are talking about in the January–February 2014 Issue

  1. IT'S 2014. (Hammond, Carter, Cooper )
  2. PALESTINIAN ARABS TRYING TO STEAL JEWISH LAND AND JEWISH HISTORY (Galili, Cherson and Molschky, Bukay, Cohen, Fawstin, Sharpe, Bukay)
  3. CHURCHES AND ISRAEL (MacEoin, Appelbaum, Levy, Nicholson, Merkley)
  4. CHAOTIC ENEMIES. FAIR-WEATHER FRIENDS. TIME FOR ISRAEL TO GROW UP? (Devolin, Goldman, Juarez, Brand, Gvitzman, Green, Inbar)
  5. ISRAEL'S PEACEFUL NEIGHBORS (Burr, Durie, Greenfield, al-Qaeda map, Ibrahim, Vadum, Glick, Monroe-Hamilton, Ehrenfeld, Lewis, Spyer, Bardos)
  6. PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION (Fawstin, Halevi and Yashar, Lademain, Solomon, Hazony)
  7. HISTORY SECTION (Lebor, Rennell, Honig, Rosenberg)
  8. BLOG-EDS (January-February Blog-Eds)


Every so often, at the beginning of a new year, we reprint a report connecting the increase in size of the Muslim population in a host country and the increase in Muslim aggressiveness. Last year, "Overview Of Islamic Takeover" by Professor Butrick made the point by estimating when the size of the Muslim population encourages Muslims to become more and more assertive in the USA. (Read Overview Of Islamic Takeover here.)  Starting with the September-October, 2013 issue, we serialized R.K. Ohri's book The Long March of Islam, which, chapter by chapter, meticulously examined the impact of a growing Muslim population on Hindu India. This year we repeat what was part of a blog-ed by Steven Shamrak in January 2010:

Progression of Islamic Expansionism
Extracted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.

Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works:

As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:

United States- Muslim 0.6%
Australia ------- Muslim 1.5%
Canada -------- Muslim 1.9%
China ----------- Muslim 1.8%
Italy ------------- Muslim 1.5%
Norway ---------Muslim 1.8%

At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:

Denmark --------- Muslim 2%
Germany --------- Muslim 3.7%
Spain -------------- Muslim 4%
Thailand ---------- Muslim 4.6%
United Kingdom--- Muslim 2.7%

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

France -------------- Muslim 8%
Sweden ------------ Muslim 5%
The Netherlands --- Muslim 5.5%

At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammad cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in:

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India ------ Muslim 13.4%
Israel ----- Muslim 16%
Kenya ---- Muslim 10%
Russia --- Muslim 15%

After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

Ethiopia --- Muslim 32.8%

At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

Bosnia ---- Muslim 40%
Chad ------ Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of nonbelievers of all other religions (including nonconforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

Albania --- Muslim 70%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar ----- Muslim 77.5%
Sudan ---- Muslim 70%

After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is ongoing in:

Egypt -------- Muslim 90%
Indonesia --- Muslim 86.1%
Iran ---------- Muslim 98%
Iraq ---------- Muslim 97%
Jordan ------ Muslim 92%
Pakistan ---- Muslim 97%
Syria -------- Muslim 90%

100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in:

Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia ------- Muslim 100%
Yemen -------- Muslim 100%

This year we add two other topics of consequence. The first is the story with the most misshapen mislabeling in years: the Fort Hood massacre. To describe it as workplace violence is wrong on so many levels. Take it as a glaring sign that our leaders haven't a clue to what is going on or they think that we don't. Or both. The label acts as a benchmark showing the high degree of contempt our politicos have for us ordinary citizens. They longer seem to need to hide their cynicism; they believe we are willing to believe anything. It highlights that our military has been cowed into ignoring obvious signs of radicalization and isn't yet allowed to switch to sensible action and rational thought. It certainly shows a lack of respect by the administration for our military, and a lack of self-respect in some of the army's higher echelon — both are bad relationships, especially now. Most of all, it is simply insane-asylum moronic. The second story is our candidate for the topic most guaranteed to give you nightmares as our Secretary-of-State and our Prez pirouette around the globe, ignoring what's important, ignoring that Iran will soon have nuclear weaponry and can't wait to use them.


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HOW OBAMA AND THE ARMY BETRAYED THE VICTIMS OF FORT HOOD

by Sara Carter

Many events ignored by the media have refused to fade into oblivion. As an outstanding example, Benghazi is still with us, bits and pieces dribbling out through the Administrations stonewall. But the story that wins the award of The Most Misnamed, The Most Orwellian, the most blatantly bizarre is the Fort Hood Massacre. That Major Nidal Hasan murdered a baker's dozen of people and wounded thirty-two others — awful as that was — doesn't make it outstanding. What makes it notoriously emblematic of how the Administration and the Army handle what they regard as politically sensitive is the pusillanimous way they handled Hasan. First they ignored all the signs of his instability and growing dedication to Islam. Then, after the deed was done, they dug their way further into Orwellian ThinkMode by labeling the whole thing Workplace Violence. In this article, Sara Carter tells the story properly — from the point of view of Hasan's victims and their families.

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OPEN LETTER ON THE THREAT FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO

by Ambassador Henry F. Cooper

For those Americans who graciously are willing to sacrifice Israel to Iran's nuclear weapons, in the unrealistic belief that we will thus gain peace in the Middle East, consider this sobering article by Ambassador Henry F. Cooper. He writes, "If you live near the Gulf of Mexico, you are the front line to an emerging existential threat to all Americans. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear weapon exploded a hundred miles above the U.S. could kill 60-90 percent of all Americans. Though efforts in 2013 made progress in gaining awareness of this key problem, much remains to be done to get the powers that be to address this well-known threat that could be launched by Iran or Terrorists from a ship in the Gulf." It does put a different perspective on the Iranian threat, doesn't it?

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THE PALESTINIAN ARABS ARE TRYING TO STEAL JEWISH LAND AND JEWISH HISTORY

Eli E. Hertz (www.MythsandFacts.org) put it well and pithily: PALESTINE IS JEWISH. It is a fact that "51 member countries — the entire League of Nations [Today's UN] — unanimously declared on July 24, 1922: "Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country."

"The 51 member countries of the League of Nations as of July 24, 1922: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, British India, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Persia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of China, Romania, Siam, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Union of South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

"Palestine is Not a State, it is the Name of a Geographical Area.

"Palestine is a name coined by the Romans around 135 CE from the name of a seagoing Aegean people who settled on the coast of Canaan in antiquity — the Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish Revolts against Rome. "In the course of time, the Latin name Philistia was further bastardized into Palistina or Palestine. Palestine was never a sovereign independent Arab state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people distinct from other Arabs appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule. Historically, before the Arabs fabricated the concept of Palestinian peoplehood as an exclusively Arab phenomenon, no such group existed. This is substantiated in countless official British Mandate-vintage documents that speak of the Jews and the Arabs of Palestine — not Jews and Palestinians."

This section deals with setting the record straight. And it asks: what is there about the Arab character that drives their attempt to steal Jewish identity?


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THE BIG MAP OF THE EMPTY LAND

by Zeev Galili

In 1878, less than a hundred and fifty years ago, what is now Israel, Gaza, Samaria, Judea, Golan and Jordan was a "desolate arid wilderness, almost empty." It was barely able to sustain the estimated 100,000 to 250,000 Arabs, Circassians, Jews, Christians and other scattered groups who lived there. Zeev Galili writes of a map done at the time, showing all the settlements and their sizes. It is a guide to a realistic estimate of the population at that time.

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PALESTINIANS: THE INVENTED PEOPLE

by Y.K.Cherson and Rachel Molschky

Y.K Cherson and Rachel Molschky recount the non-history of the Palestinian Arabs. They seem to have been known to no one in earlier civilizations. The Assyrians knew the Jews. They didn't know the Palestinians. The Babylonians didn't write about them. In Roman writing and sculptures and friezes, there's no mention of Palestinians. Isn't that odd, considering that the Romans and the Jews mixed it up in exactly the same spot for years? And then one day, Yasser Arafat said, "Let there be Palestinians." And the world immediately believed in this miraculous birth. There is an addendum by Dr Rivka Shpak Lissak that deals with the question: when did the Arabs come into "Palestine." Note, we said Arabs, not Palestinians.

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PALESTINIAN MYTHS: THE RIGHT OF RETURN OF THEIR REFUGEES

by David Bukay

David Bukay writes of a myth the Arabs have fostered: that the Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 and who were relabeled as Palestinians are entitled to return to their homes, they and their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren. Retroactively and much later than the events of 1948, their supposed loss of what is now the State of Israel came to be labeled nakbah, a disaster. They had no problem ignoring that the local Arabs never were in control of the land. They simply covered the facts with a fantasy that their identity, hitherto proudly Syrian, was always Palestinian. Their fantasy and their status as refugees would ordinarily have disappeared in a few years, except for the fact that they were put on life support by the UN and given an agency, UNRWA, that tends exclusively to their needs, sustaining them physically, educating them, medicating them and keeping their fantasy fresh.

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THE BIG LIE AND MORALITY

by David Cohen

David Cohen writes of the disparity between the real history of the Jews in Palestine, which the media ignore, and the invented history of the "Palestinians", which the media accept without asking for documentation. The Arabs have mastered the Big Lie and the elite accept it. This is immoral. If the newer generations of Arabs apparently believe their own lies and act with hostility, then, as a reader, Mark, points out, "You cannot negotiate with any entity that disrespects, hates , deceives, lies, denies, murders, falsifies and dishonours you to the extent that those within the PA leadership, terrorist groups and I warrant the majority of 'Palestinian Arabs' do. Good try, but not good enough.

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MUSLIM ROULETTE

Bosch Fawstin

Another popular myth — this one held by Westerners as well as being promulgated by Arabs "to make Islam appear harmless" — is that there is such a thing as a moderate Muslim. As one reader summed up this article by Bosch Fawstin, "Just as there are no such aberrations as vegetarian T-Rex, lions and leopards, so is it with moderate muslims." Fawstin own comment on the article is good advise: "We have to start with reality and go from there, not from wishful thinking."

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A CRIME AGAINST HISTORY AND RELIGION

by Victor Sharpe

A significant part of the Palestinian Arab campaign to separate Israelis from their homeland is to destroy Jewish holy places and historic artifacts, thus obliterating the connection between Jews and their history. Together with destroying the physical evidence of a long relationship between Jews and the land of Israel, the Arabs insist that Jews have no long-term connection with the land. Victor Sharpe tells the story of one of their lies: that there was no Temple on the Temple Mount. What is more incredible than the disrespect the Arabs show to other religions, is that the Israeli Government allows it to happen.

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ISLAM AND THE OTHER: THE AL-WALA' WAL-BARA' DOCTRINE

by David Bukay

What powers the Muslim's shameless attempts to destroy non-Muslims physically and culturally rather than live peaceably with them is the al-Wala' wal-Bara' doctrine. Muslims see themselves as peaceful and non-Muslims as aggressors. So Muslims must defend themselves. David Bukay describes it this way: "...Muslims can viciously attack at almost every possible opportunity while crying out they are victims of oppression and aggression. They can perpetuate obscene inhuman acts of violence, terrorize and intimidate, while they accuse the other of colonialism, apartheid, racism, and Islamophobia." In this binary world, "... it is the right against wrong; and it is the pious against the evil-doers; it is Paradise or Hell. There are no legitimacy, consensual recognition and acceptance of the other, unless he becomes Muslim or he is subdued to Islamic rule."

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CHURCHES AND ISRAEL

While some churches have become more obnoxious in the way they treat Israel, others have become more devoted and sincerely see Judaism as the root of their belief system. This section contrasts the two views.


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A LETTER TO ST. JAMES CHURCH

by Denis MacEoin

Perhaps borrowing from Arab street drama shtick, St. James Church in London erected "a mendacious wall on its premises in order to make an ignominious political point." Denis MacEoin wrote a letter to the administrators at St. James, which elegantly exposes their inane view that Israel is evil in protecting itself from Arab violence, while Arabs have the right to be violent. He points out that the reality is that in the Middle East, Israel is the only country where Christians are thriving and their numbers are growing. He understands that the Church administrators "have bought the narrative that portrays Palestinians as suffering victims and Israelis as people without conscience, aggressors, bloated by pride and prejudice." But his analysis doesn't stop there. The letter is remarkable because it sees as context for the St. James wall not some shallow view of Middle East politics but a reenactment of supercessionary thinking, a much firmer basis to consider the St. James action anti-Semitic.

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THE ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, USA

by Diana Appelbaum

The Presbyterians' Israel Palestinian Mission Network (IPMN) has made an unscrupulous attack on Judaism, their weapon a "study guide" about the Arab-Israeli conflict: a pamphlet and a DVD called "Zionism Unsettled." In accepting it, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) leadership has sunk into the sinkhole of unthinking pro-Palestinian advocacy. As Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine says so clearly, "Any PCUSA that chooses to distribute [this screed] ... is endorsing hate speech and seeking to spread a doctrine that seeks Israel's destruction ... the PCUSA has crossed a line that divides people of good will from those who promote racism or anti-Semitism." The essay by Diana Appelbaum focuses on the Sabeel Center. Its supercessionary theology has been a major factor in producing a state of mind in which "Zionism Unsettled" could be judged as acceptable by an organization that considers itself an arbiter of morality.

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THE VATICAN AGAINST ISRAEL: A REVIEW OF MEOTTI'S NEW BOOK

by Janet Levy

Janet Levy reviews Giolio Meotti's latest book entitled, "The Vatican Against Israel: J'Accuse." Meotti is not sanguine that the new pope will "finally extinguish centuries-old, Catholic anti-Semitism and its concerted efforts to sabotage the Jewish State. In the book, he "explores the theological foundation for 1,700 years of Catholic enmity toward Jews that led to manifold persecutory actions and atrocities through the centuries and how it continues to play out in Church policy toward the Jewish State today." While the Church's attitude toward the Jews is well-known, it is eye-opening to learn that the Church's position on Jews has "led to today's shocking alliance with Islam .... [and] has prevented the Church from aiding persecuted Christians throughout the Muslim world." The Church seems unable to repudiate its supercessionary belief that it has replaced Judaism, while it ignores the fate its false friends, the Muslims, have in store for all Christians.

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EVANGELICALS AND ISRAEL

by Robert W. Nicholson

Robert Nicholson has written an important essay on Christian Evangelicals. He understands that Jews have cause to be wary of Christians, given the many centuries of pogroms and persecutions. But, he argues, they should understand how Evangelicals view Jews. By and large, "they see Israel as a nation chosen by God to play a unique role in history." It is true that "a minority emphasiz[e] apocalyptic themes." And some evangelicals trivialize or reject HaShem's covenant with the Jews. But basically, "evangelicals love Israel because God loves Israel." In today's world, Jews should be concerned that there is a strong and growing group of anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian evangelicals — which is all the more reason Jews should make common cause with the evangelicals. Nicholson recommends Jewish outreach where Jews get to know and interact with evangelicals. It is a sensible suggestion that Jews get to feel as comfortable with evangelicals as liberal Jews feel with social activists from the mainline churches. After all, we share a common interest: the welfare of the Jewish state.

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DAVID ALONE: LESSONS FOR CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS FROM THE PSALMS OF DAVID

by Paul Merkley

Paul Merkley has written a unique essay, whose theme is that the crises King David experienced and his emotional reactions serve as a relevant guide for today. The author focuses on the message of the psalms to Christian Zionists, but they clearly have a much larger relevance.

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THE TORAH IN OUR CHURCH

by Yosef Juarez

This is a companion article to the one above by David Goldman. It isn't just Israelis who more and more see Judaism as an integral part of their identity. Small Jewish communities wilting in largely hostile environments are coming back home to Israel. And there have be many anecdotes of people taking up genealogy, discovering their Jewish roots and acting upon that knowledge. As a particular example, Hispanics and Latinos in the US southwest have been discovering their Jewish roots, many dating back to the Spanish Inquisition, when their choice was to convert to Catholicism, leave the country or fry. Yosef Juarez writes about members of a Church group that, slowly and with many dropouts, realized they wanted to join the Jewish people.

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CHAOTIC ENEMIES AND FAIR-WEATHER FRIENDS. TIME FOR ISRAEL TO GROW UP?

Israel's enemies make real threats against Israel's existence and Israel's friends not only ignore them but cravenly cater to Israel's enemies. Israel may be forced at long last to follow its own destiny as well as take responsibility for the Territories, land put in trust for the Jewish people by the international community. The Israeli government and judiciary may even learn to treat its own citizens as well as it treats its enemies. Israel certainly has some tough decisions to make.


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ISRAEL IS HERE TO STAY

by Michael Devolin

Michael Devolin starts that with the premise that whatever Israel tries and whatever it does to placate world opinion, anti-Semitism is ingrained and will never die. That being the case, Israel needs to stop asking forgiveness for defending itself and its interests. In particular, Jews need to "cease placating the world, especially the Arab Muslim world". It's time to cast off learned responses from Judaism's stay in the diaspora and for Jews to stop asking pardon for living. As Devolin puts it, it's "[t]ime for Jews to stop apologizing for their Zionism." Israel has regained much of its internationally-approved territory. It is a sovereign nation, creative and innovative. It should start acting like one.

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ISRAEL AT A POINT OF NO RETURN — IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

by David P. Goldman

David Goldman, who blogs as Spengler notes that "American Jews, who have been running away from Judaism for the past three generations, are upset that Israel has embraced the normative Judaism they worked so hard to suppress." And so they have, leaving a still shrinking group of Leftists, who cling with religious fervor to their vision of a universalist Marxist utopia. Goldman suggests that the Israeli Left "perceives that the clock is running out, and has worked itself up into a froth of hysteria against Israel." Whatever the reason, the majority of Israeli Jews acknowledge their Jewish identity and with it has come what was once considered to be a contradiction in terms: high tech innovative developments by a religious people.

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CLAIMS OF THE JEWISH AND ARAB PEOPLES UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW TO THE RIGHT OF POLITICAL SELF-DETERMINATION IN PALESTINE

by Wallace Brand

In the May-June 2013 issue of Think-Israel, we presented Wallace Brand's essay called "Roots Of Israel's Sovereignty And Boundaries In International Law: In Defense Of The Levy Report." It is actually Part I of a paper that, as Wallace Brand writes, "... shows why, under International Law, the Jewish People have sovereignty over Palestine west of the Jordan River and the Arab people residing in Palestine calling themselves "The Palestinian Arab People" do not." Part II "shows that International Law does not support unilateral claims of secession from a sovereign state such as that of the alleged Palestinian Arab People because when there is a tension between the right of a "people" to self-determination and the territorial integrity of a sovereign state, the latter is paramount." This issue features Part II plus an new Introduction to the complete paper.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PALESTINIAN WATER LIBELS

by Professor Haim Gvirtzman

One of the large number of elephants squatting in the "peace process" room is the water issue.

This problem is mainly ignored. Instead, the Arab complaint that they aren't getting a fair share of the water dominates the news. The water libel is big again, now that it's becoming difficult to sustain the lie that Israel is an apartheid state. Too many tourists have been to a public park or amusement center in Israel and seen Arabs strutting around like they own the place. The imagery usually contrasts a sad Arab women svitzing in her burqa with a happy Israeli child swimming in a pool. We are never shown pictures such as these that comes from Gaza.

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(See others at http://www.israellycool.com/2012/06/29/more-photos-from-concentration-camp-gaza/.)

It's never mentioned that the Arabs mucked up the Gaza aquifer when it came under their control or that individual Arabs drill illegally. Responsible people they are not. In this article, Professor Haim Gvirtzman presents the real facts about water distribution. We hope it also makes you think what will happen should Israel be dumb enough to hand over control of its aquifer to the Arabs by creating an Arab state in Samaria and/or Judea. Does Israel really want Arabs sitting on top of their water supply?

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SELF-DEFENSE MORE IMPORTANT THAN "PEACE PROCESS

by Elliott A. Green

Elliott Green writes of the upsurge of anti-Semitism in Europe due, in part, to the enduring Muslim hatred of Jews, but also because state-funded institutions, such as France2, the French state TV, incited the Muslims by repeatedly showing a hoax purporting to show a young boy shot by Israeli troops. The pattern has been repeated in other European countries and by EU-funded "NGOs that incite hatred of Jews while speaking in the name of human rights, civil rights and peace." Under these conditions, paper peace agreements and promises of cooperation aren't worth much — no one will enforce them. In fact, "a diminished Israeli strategic deterrence ensuing from a treaty or accord, is likely to encourage Arabs sooner or later to conventional war or rocket attacks." Under these conditions, no matter what the pressures and/or promises, it behooves Israel to worry about its security needs first and foremost. It needs also to acknowledge that the Western countries have fostered a strong propaganda campaign against Israel, and Israel must meet the propaganda challenge by educating the world by exposing the lies and explaining the facts.

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THE JORDAN VALLEY: ISRAEL'S SECURITY BELT

by Professor Efraim Inbar

You can tell how important the Jordan Valley is to Israel's security by the number of pundits claiming "Israel no longer needs the Jordan Valley as a shield against aggression from the east. They argue that the demise of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, the weakening of civil war-torn Syria, and the impressive stability of Jordan in light of the turmoil of the Arab world renders the threat from the east and its proximity to Israel's center a thing of the past." Professor Efraim Inbar points out that they ignore that the instability in the Arab countries may eventually spread to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Giving it to Palestinian Arabs is another poor idea. He points out that Israel must occupy Area E-1, if it to have an undivided Jerusalem. The Jordan Valley is militarily indispensable.

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ISRAEL'S PEACEFUL NEIGHBORS

Despite the huge effort to make people believe that peace between Israel and some subset of the Arabs is the linchpin of peace in the Middle East, it is not the case. As Matthew Hausman put it, "... the Arab-Israeli conflict is unrelated to any other conflicts plaguing the region; and it persists solely because of the refusal to recognize Jewish national integrity." So the question arises, what is the cause of the chronic turbulence and frequent outbreaks of unrestrained violence in the Middle East? Certainly, the Sunni-Shiite divide has never stopped being an irritant and these days has blossomed into ugly regional violence. Or perhaps it's the hate storms stirred up by the many variants of Islamic fundamentalism, all of which promised a return to Islam's former glory. Given the current splinterings and shatterings in the regions, a revival of Islam's dominance looks less and less likely to happen.

Several papers in this section discuss possible outcomes of the current turbulence depending on, as Mark Durie writes, how Muslims "make theological sense of the trashing of their religion's utopian vision." Is a political restructuring complete with individual human rights even possible, let alone probable? Or will Muslims enmeshed in primitive Islam continue to vent their anger and frustrations on everyone else?

Other essays point out that other problems have reached critical mass: the network expansion of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups for one and Iran's nuclear resources for dominating the Middle East and terrorizing the West as another. The regional perturbations have created de facto border changes in the area of fighting and have attracted a pool of volunteers from abroad, including Bosnia. Yet the Western nations seem to be indicating by their inactivity and their willingness to do business with Iran that they don't believe that eventually the whirlwind from the Middle East will suck them into another global war.

In order of appearance, the papers deal with the Sunni-Shiite divide, views of the future, al-Qaeda, Iran, Saudis and other hot spots.


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THE SUNNI-SHIITE DIVIDE WIDEN

by J. Millard Burr

As J. Millard Burr describes it, small but intense battles are breaking out all over the Middle East between Sunnis and Shiites; mini civil wars, street riots, sniping, car bombing — all the skills terrorists have been practicing on non-Muslims are being used against each other. As Burr puts it, "there now exists a widespread war between Sunni and Shiite, the likes of which in its expanse has never been seen before in the Middle East and South Asia." Shiite Iran has been hit with "pesky attacks by the Sunni Baluch that populate a large part of southeastern Iran and western Pakistan." In Egypt and Pakistan, small Shiite communities are under vicious attack. Alliances and conflicts change as in a kaleidoscope. At the moment, "it seems that an Egypt-Saudi Arabia-Israel alliance against Iran is emerging." But events shift rapidly and patterns are hard to discern.

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ISLAM'S SECOND CRISIS: THE TROUBLES TO COME

by Mark Durie

Islam theology is built on it being the dominant religion, its followers dominating infidel dhimmis. Islam was remarkably successful at conquest and domination for well over a half a millennium and then declined as the West successfully fought back, from the Portuguese conquest of Goa in 1510 to the establishment of the State of Israel, "which was considered by many Muslims to be the crowning humiliation in ... [a] long line of defeats." According to Mark Durie, their loss of power sent Islam into a profound crisis, which led to "revivalist" movements — such as the Wahhabi, the Jamaat e-Islami, the Muslim Brotherhood and offshoots such as Al Qaida — that asserted that a complete behavioral and belief adherence to the words and actions of Mohammad would restore Islam's former glory. Yet, "wherever revivalist movements have gained the ascendancy, human misery has only increased" and many Muslims are losing confidence in "Islam's ability to solve the problems of living well in this world." What next? Will Muslims decide that Islam itself is the problem and modify the religion or leave it? Will a retrogressive Islam use nuclear weapons to shore up a failed theology? Whatever the reaction(s), as Durie puts it, "the world will be in for quite a ride in the years to come."

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GROUNDHOG DAY FOR ISLAM

by Daniel Greenfield

In contrast to Mark Durie's assessment of the situation (see above), Daniel Greenfield sees no possibility of change in Islam. "Islam has been stuck in ... repeating the same few decades over and over again, moving from religious ecstasy to holy war, seeking redemption through religious tyranny and Jihad, and finding that there was no escaping the internal decay and instability in the veins of the religion." Aside from the occasional "exercise of power," it has no alternative "spiritual form." Thus the political flipping from a theocracy to the overthrow of those in power to the establishment of yet another theocratic rule. For Muslim leaders, the game, according to Greenfield, has little to do with spirituality or theology and much to do with money and power. Unlike Durie's suggesting Muslims might want a better life, Greenfield writes that "[n]ot only is the Islamic imagination incapable of envisioning a better way, it is also obsessed with the destruction of anyone or anything that can. ...The reflexive Islamic hostility toward the modern and the humane is fear transformed into hate." "Islamic fanaticism is most pronounced among those who have the most to lose," the upper classes. Greenfield sees no avenues for change. As he puts it, "Islam has no capacity for debate. Its blasphemy laws wall off dissent and prevent anyone from questioning the moral absolute of its power. It has, as the Ayatollah Khomeini said, no sense of humor. ...There is no room for doubt in Islam ... Accordingly there is no thaw, only the eternal winter." He concludes that "spring will never come for Islam," only repeats of "the same bloody rituals of Jihad, the killing of infidels and the civil wars, the slaves building civilizations, the masters molesting young girls and then beating them to death out of fear that the children might not be theirs."

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alqaeda on the march

This is taken from the January 19, 2014 Financial Times (FT)
(http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/09b2c416-8144-11e3-95aa-00144feab7de.html#slide1). The map and the associated material on FT are an excellent study guide to learning about Al-Qaeda, its affiliates, franchises and tag-alongs. Despite the rosy hope by the American Administration that Al-Qaeda is moribund, I fear this map will have a long and useful shelf-life.

EXPOSED: THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD/AL-QAEDA CONNECTION

by Raymond Ibrahim

Raymond Ibrahim writes of the growing evidence of an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Al-Qaeda, both Salafist, both dedicated to promoting the supremacy of Islam, but with very different styles and time frames, al-Qaeda more dramatic and appearing to be opportunistic and impulsive while the MB is committed to a gradual and under-the-radar takeover. In July 2013, former President Muhammad Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown by the Egyptian military and is now on trial, accused of working with al-Qaeda and other foreign terror groups. Evidence includes purported "recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri's brother." In this essay, Ibrahim comments on events "that now, in light of these phone conversations, make perfect sense and independently help confirm the authenticity of the recordings." An alliance, temporary or for a longer time period, would not be surprising, given that Egypt, thanks to Saudia Arabia's financial support, has shown surprising strength in holding its own against the MB, al-Qaeda and the American administration.

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AL QAEDA IN JERUSALEM

by Matthew Vadum

The long arm of al-Qaeda has reached into Jerusalem. Matthew Vadum writes that "Israeli security forces have shut down a massive al-Qaeda plot coordinated by terrorist mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri that involved attacking the Jerusalem Convention Center and the American embassy in the diplomatic center of Tel Aviv." The plot was elaborate and included "bring[ing] a group of foreign terrorists to Israel using fake Russian passports, who would have entered the country by posing as tourists." The plot is significant not only because of its well-planned range of terror operations but because it targeted both Israelis and Americans. It would appear that al-Qaeda has responded to Obama's perceived weakness in reacting against Muslim terror and not to his friendliness in sending armaments to the Syrian "rebels", among whom the al-Qaeda contingent is prominent.

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IRAN'S BOMB IN THE BASEMENT

by Caroline B. Glick

Iran has continued her nuclear program, aided and abetted by Prez Obama. Even with it unfinished, she has become a power in the region and she is a serious threat to Israel. Caroline B. Glick provides us with a gloomy but, unfortunately, accurate assessment. "Our leaders continue to hope that a proper mix of concessions to the PLO will convince Obama to stand by his empty pledge to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Obama will do no such thing. Concessions to the Palestinians will weaken us militarily and politically. And they will give us no advantage over Iran. While it is important to deal with the administration's hostile insistence on unreciprocated Israeli concessions to the PLO, we cannot ignore Iran." Future historian can debate how and why the situation reached crisis level. Glick makes it clear action is needed. NOW. READ MORE
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AMERICA CODDLES NUCLEAR IRAN — IRAN PLOTS DEATH FOR GREAT SATAN

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton writes as plainly as I have yet read of the asymmetric relationship between Iran and the Obama Administration: Obama protects Iran while she develops the weaponry to destroy America. He also prevent Israel from attacking Iran and fires generals who would be willing to take on Iran, while Iran has already — while her weapons are still incomplete — started to exert control over the Middle East states. What's going on seems obvious. Why no one is stopping it is a mystery.

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THEIR OIL IS THICKER THAN OUR BLOOD

by Rachel Ehrenfeld

Ken Jensen, editor at ACD, wrote as preface to this article written by Rachel Ehrenfeld,

"Despite continued public statements of support for U.S. and Western counterterrorism efforts, sporadic enforcement of new laws in the Kingdom regarding such things as money laundering, money transfers to dubious foreign recipients, and the occasional rousting of terrorist cells (al Qaeda- and Iran-affiliated), Saudi Arabia remains one of the most important sources of terrorist funding worldwide — if not THE most important source.

"The U.S., while knowing this full well, has for many years doled out nothing but praise for the Saudis when it comes to fighting Islamist terrorism. This is as true now as it was after September 11. In this, the U.S. government has seemingly accepted the principal underpinning of the Saudi regime: buying off its would-be Islamist adversaries at home. The leading principle has been all along - not in our backyard. Thus the Kingdom's support of Osama bin-Laden and al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

"But Saudi funding to globally spread their Sunni radical version of Islam-Wahhabism--began in earnest in 1962 with the establishment of the Muslim World League (MWL), which expanded into at least to one hundred branches in more than thirty countries, and served as the main body for other international Saudi charities. Since then, the Kingdom's charities have been estimated to spend between $1.5 and $2 trillion to build many thousand of mosques, madrassas and Islamic centers equipped with Saudi books and Imams, preaching the Wahhabi doctrine."

As Ehrenfeld points out, "Saudi and other radical-Islam promoting regimes' direct and indirect involvement in and support of terrorism must be fully exposed and addressed if we are to maintain our security protect our liberty."

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HOW SAUDI HATE PROPAGANDA EMPOWERED IRAN

by James Lewis

The title is a bit of a misnomer, but the analysis is first-rate. James Lewis makes an important observation about the hate media messages emanating from Europe, the Middle East and students and academics in the USA, so reminiscent of the 1930s: "[g]enocidal hate propaganda is back in the world, though it's never reported in the American and European media. To report the constant stream of hate agitation against the West and Israel would undermine the socialist-Islamist alliance that apparently has run the world since Arab oil embargo of 1973. The major financiers have been the Sunni Saudis and Muslim Brotherhood and the Shiite Iranians. Now, with Iran, aided by the Obama administration, racing to a nuclear weapon triumph, as Lewis puts it, "This is the highest-stakes nuclear poker game since the death of Josef Stalin," jeopardizing the welfare of the entire Middle East as well as giving Iran the power to terrorize the West. "The biggest risk of Obama's community organizing shenanigans is ... a regional war between Sunni imperialism (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Libya) and Shi'ite imperialism (Iran, Syria, and Lebanon). As soon as Iran goes nuclear, the Saudis and Egyptians have arranged to import nuclear weapons from Pakistan. A regional Sunni-Shi'ite war might therefore escalate very quickly."

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DO 'SYRIA,' 'IRAQ' AND 'LEBANON' STILL EXIST?

by Jonathan Spyer

As Jonathan Spyer points out, the Middle East currently is not defined by "by rivalry between nation-states, but by sectarian divisions," particularly the Sunni-Shiite divide. In this essay, Spyer asks why the conflict is particularly intense in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. He suggests first that they "are all home to a host of different sectarian and ethnic communities." In Syria and Iraq, there's never was a live-and-let-live separatist plan between the sharply-differentiated ideologies. Instead, whoever was strongest suppressed the others. Lebanon did have a power-sharing arrangement between Christians and Muslims, but it "collapsed into civil war in 1975." In these states, the tensions existing because of ethnic, religious and political differences have been exacerbated by "unresolved questions of national identity." In the past decade, as suppression was weakened, the various factions have reasserted themselves in Syria and Iraq, and the fighting spilled into Lebanon. The separate conflicts have consolidated into what appears to be a regional war between the Sunnis and the Shiites, in which the once separate states of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon appear to have been amalgamated. The Iranian-led Shiite side, which includes Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah, "has emerged as a tightly organized alliance," while the Saudi-supported Sunnis and al-Qaeda and the other terror groups that fight as Sunnis are far less unified. In addition, the Kurds have taken advantage of the current state of disarray to carve out an independent area for themselves. The West seems not to have caught up with the facts on the ground, despite the importance of the Middle East to Western economy.

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"OUR GOAL IS JERUSALEM" — MILITANT ISLAMISTS IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

by Gordon N. Bardos

Gordon Bardos writes of the Balkans, particularly Bosnia, which has produced Islamists who have committed acts of terror in Germany, Bulgaria and Cyprus. "Indeed, almost every major terrorist action against the US and other western countries and interests over the past two decades has had Balkan ties or connections—including the 9/11 attacks, the August 1998 US African embassy bombings, the December 1999 Millennium Bomb Plot targeting Los Angeles' LAX Airport, the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Aden Harbor, the November 2003 Istanbul bombings, the March 2004 Madrid Train bombings, the 7/7 London Underground bombing, the May 2007 Fort Dix bomb plot, the July 2009 Raleigh Group conspiracy, and the January 2010 conspiracy to attack the New York subway system." "According to one estimate, Bosnia has provided more Syrian jihad volunteers than any other country in Europe per capita." This isn't accidental. Balkans terror organizations have had a "sophisticated infrastructure for some two decades." These terrorists have developed useful local alliances, secured safe havens, found ways to transfer funding safely and have media people to 'whitewash' them, Their numbers may not be large, but their organizational skills make them a menace to the West.

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TEN TRUTHS MAINSTREAM COMIC BOOKS EVADE TO PROMOTE 'MUSLIM SUPERHEROES'

by Bosch Fawstin

Bosch Fawstin is an ex-Muslim independent cartoonist. In this article he combines text and graphics to delineate the politically correct cowardice of Marvel and DC Comics, who ignore elemental truths about Islam and concoct Muslim superheroes as they'd wish Muslim superheroes to be, not as they are. "[A] good Muslim by our standards is a bad Muslim by Islamic standards. Therefore, a true Muslim superhero would be a Muslim supervillain." The publishers ignore that Resurgent Islam has declared war on us; that Islam means submission, not peace; that our problem is Islamophilia, Not "Islamophobia"; that appeasement doesn't work; that Islam doesn't sell; that Islam is contrary to liberal values; that the American superheroes — Superman, Batman, and Captain America — were created by Jews; that good Jihadists are Islam's heroes; that you can't insert 9/11 into a Superhero World without avenging it.

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ABBAS VERSUS FACTS: JEWS 'WEREN'T ATTACKED' IN KUSRA

by Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar

In what was an ignominious order, Israeli police, for no sensible reason and illegally but under orders of Defense Secretary Moshe Ya'alon, destroyed Jewish vineyards in the Binyamin region of Samaria. As Dalit Halevi and Ari Yashar write, this "sparked a confrontation Tuesday, in which an Arab mob [from Kusra] abducted and violently beat 30 Jewish residents, leaving several of them injured." Having always found stonewalling a useful tool, Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (PA) used it once again, denying that the residents of Kusra had try to lynch the Jews. "They (the Arabs) didn't hit them," claimed the PA head, "for we have rights and culture, and aren't like them attacking trees and mosques." This is so obvious a lie, why was it necessary for the Jewish victims to show pictures and otherwise document that the Jews were indeed threatened with loss of life? Well, Israelis have learned from experience that foreign journalists are swift to believe any balderdash by an Arab and hard to convince of the actual events.

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ON THE USES OF LANGUAGE IN CONFLICTS AND WARS

by Paul Lademain

Paul Lademain has some sensible advise for those who do public relations for Israel. They may seem obvious but Israelis don't seem to understand how they reinforce Arab propaganda, when for example, they call Judea and Samaria "disputed territory." Jews shouldn't be disputing that the "West Bank" is Jewish (which, by the way, should always be called by its proper name: Samaria and Judea). They should know it is Jewish and say so. In this essay, Lademain suggests Jews stop using Arab terms that have the wrong denotation: occupiers, illegal settlements, extremist when terrorist will do nicely. Settler has become a pejorative term>? Don't use it. Simple, isn't it? He also suggests learning actual history. For instance, Yasser Arafat "confessed that he had no intention of complying with the terms of the Oslo Accords when he signed them. That being the case, his signature means nothing because he rejected the agreement while pretending to agree to its terms and this pretense renders the agreement void." Simple, isn't it? And oh yes, when someone expects you to collapse in defeat by yelling international law, make them define whhich one they are talking about. And make them try to link their argument to it. That's not so simple.

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ACT LIKE A GHETTO JEW AND BE TREATED AS A GHETTO JEW

by Gil Solomon

Gil Solomon writes of an attitude of helplessness that was real when Jews were barely tolerated in a host country. That has unnecessarily stayed with some Jews, even though they live in the sovereign state of Israel and have dominion over their own lives. It's time these Jews rid themselves of that attitude. It is no longer appropriate. On a larger scale, Solomon writes of the so-called peace process, where the IDF "has lost the confidence or will to even deal with a rag tag bunch of rock throwers on the West Bank. The IDF is taunted daily but refuses to respond in the only way that these people will understand." Most importantly, Solomon writes that "Unfortunately for Israel, to this day it has no concept of Hasbara, let alone realizing that Hasbara is a war that Abbas and Co. have mastered to an extent beyond their wildest imagination." When the Arabs started calling themselves a people that had a history in a country called Palestine, "no other country or people on the face of the earth would have even indulged their ludicrous and incessant claims nor given them the time of day. Jordan certainly did not." But the Jews did. It's time Israel spoke the truth and laid that lie to rest.

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THE WOMAN WHO MAKES THE JIHADIS SQUIRM

by David Hazony

David Hazony writes of a woman who has found an unusual and effective way to fight terrorism. We usually think of fighting terrorism by bombing bunkers and training grounds, by outshooting terrorists so they run out of bullets. But terrorists need a much larger range of support. They need "money, legitimacy, and freedom to operate." They need quite ordinary help from ordinary commercial systems. And that is what governments and private lawyers have started targeting. Lawyers such as Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, an Israeli lawyer and Director of Shurat HaDin, are suing in civil courts to seize terrorists' assets on behalf of the victims of terrorism. Banks can be sued. "Major corporations have discovered that they cannot operate with impunity." States such as Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea, states that support terrorism, can be sued. The Palestinian Authority can be sued. Even the social media are vulnerable to law suits for abetting international terror.

Darshan-Leitner has pointed out that a major defect in the deal reached between the members of the UN Security Council and Iran is that the emphasis was on Iran's nuclear program — which is indeed a major concern — but Iran's role as a major financier of terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah was ignored. And that isn't good. If it continues and banks and companies "fail to understand that they are aiding and abetting terrorism, legally speaking, then as soon as the terrorism starts again, there will be a whole new wave of lawsuits." A woman's work is never done.

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HISTORY


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THE SCOTSMAN WHO HUNTED HITLER'S AGENTS IN THE USA

by Adam Lebor

Adam Lebor writes an amazing story that started the summer of 1940. England was already at war, but Nazi sympathizers such as the aviator-hero Charles Lindbergh were still speaking up boldly in the USA, in tune with many in finance and reputable establishments, declaring "that the Nazis were the best bulwark against the advance of Communism." The British sent a Scotsman, Donald MacLaren, to New York to hunt "Hitler's agents and his big-money backers." His mission wasn't to kill; it was to destroy Nazi business connections and weaken support for Germany. He established a network of "150 agents across the Americas in the early years of the War on behalf of British Security Coordination (BSC)... his mission was to report on Nazi-American business links." A primary target was I.G. Farben, named GAF in the USA, which "extended its tentacles into the heart of the business, legal and political establishment, sending diplomatic and industrial secrets — plus huge profits — back to Berlin." MacLaren started a quarrel between two factions of GAF so each reported the other as Nazis. He pushed a publicity blitz against IG Farben, exposing them and forcing the US to shut them down.

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NAZI WOMEN — EVERY BIT AS EVIL AS THE MEN

by Tony Rennell

Using material from a recent book by Wendy Lower, Tony Rennett writes of the wholehearted participation of German women in Hitler's plans to exterminate Jews. They weren't just the concentration camp guards and nurses. They were ordinary housewives, secretaries, midwives, party girls and distributors of the clothing and belongings of murdered Jews. They killed Jews from conviction and for sport, babies as well as adults. they smashed in the heads of children and otherwise murdered them in ways later to be repeated by Arab terrorists. After Germany was defeated, they "played the helpless woman card" and only a few out of the millions of women complicit in the crimes of the Nazis were actually punished for their sadistic acts of cruelty.

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A PAGE FROM BARKER'S PLAYBOOK

by Sara Honig

General Evelyn Hugh Barker, General Officer Commanding of the British forces in 1946, two years before the State of Israel came into being. A loathsome critter, he hated Jews and his goal was make the Jews "suffer punishment and be made aware of the contempt and loathing with which we regard their conduct." He was certain in his bones that a Jew would do anything for money. Sarah Honig deftly compares Sec-State Kerry to Barker, and makes psychological sense of Kerry's out-of-the-blue proposal to compensate those Israelis who fled Arab countries. Sephardic Jews are stereotyped as hard-nosed hawks (maybe because their families lived among Arabs and know how Arabs behave towards dhimmis when they have the upper hand). And so like Barker, Kerry targets their pocketbooks, assuming that they will be swayed to agree to whatever disasters the American Administration is prepared to inflict on Israel to force a very strange kind of "peace." Actually, these Jews who were forced to flee the Arab countries in the 1940s and '50s, leaving behind valuable personal property and much real estate, are entitled to compensation. But without strings. And it should be a promise that is meaningful, not one that Kerry knows will never be kept. Kerry needs it to be tendered just long enough to "magically transform Sephardi hawks into Ashkenazi doves," which he assumes will happen just as soon as he pushes the money button. Methinks Kerry is as poor a psychologist as he is a statesman.

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WHEN AN ISRAELI AMBASSADOR DEBATED A BRITISH HISTORIAN ON ISRAEL'S LEGITIMACY—AND WON

by Yair Rosenberg

Yair Rosenberg recounts the 1961 debate between the historian Arnold Toynbee and the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Yaacov Herzog. Toynbee was an early bird, one of the first to give voice to assertions now in common use: the Jews have no right to a state; the Jews treat Arabs badly; the Jews are today's Nazis. Rather than argue that Toynbee didn't have his facts straight — which he didn't — Herzog argued, successfully, that Toynbee himself had written that all people commit atrocities. If all nations act more or less as did the Nazis, no nation should be singled out. Rosenberg makes the point that Herzog's argument had the virtue of asserting that "Israel is a normal state with normal problems." It isn't all black. It isn't all white. Toynbee also asserted Judaism was a "fossil" — an anthropological analog of supersessionism. It was contrary-to-fact, and Toynbee conceded that "Israel can defossilize, just as you can defrost a car." (A bizarre argument, no more possible than unboiling an egg.) The debate would probably not be formulated in the same way today but it would be nice if more Jews spoke up instead of letting the pro-Palestinian propagandist have stage center.

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January-February, 2014 BLOG-EDS

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January 2014 BLOG-EDS
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November-December 2013

IN MEMORIAM

Those readers who receive our bimonthly email to access feature articles directly already know that the co-founder of Think-Israel, Lewis Edward Lipkin, M.D., died September 24, 2013. He would have been 88 November 2, 2013.

We — me, his children and his grandchildren — have the consolation that he had the pleasure of playing with his first great grandchild and knew another was on the way. He had a good sense of humor (I know this because he always laughed at my puns), an encyclopedic memory, and was very insightful. He was both a technician and a theoretician. He brought together linguists, engineers, computer scientists and biologists to tackle problems in the brand-new field of computer-aided diagnosis. He was a first-rate diagnostician and biologist, a teacher that made his students want to understand, not memorize, and the guy you went to when you were stuck on a technical problem. He was brought up secular, but once he started studying, he evolved into a frummie. He passed on his love of history and photography to some of his descendants and his love of reading to all of them. He was very special.

Bernice Lipkin
Editor, Think-Israel

There was no September-October 2013 issue of Think-Israel.

What we are talking about in the November–December 2013 Issue

  1. Jihad Operations In The United States (Russo, Farmer, Puder, Fish, Mauro, DiscoverTheNetwork, Rotberg)
  2. Will An Israeli-Abbas Peace Magically Solve the Problems of the Middle East? (Winston, Romirowsky and Brackman, Auerbach, Gerstman, Greenfield, Miller)
  3. The Jewish Settlements (Shragai, Bechor, Dann, Sapersteins, Sherman)
  4. What Israel Needs To Do To Survive (Greenfield, Sofer, Bachner, Beres, Reed)
  5. Brittle Borders and Sifting Alliances (Scheinmann, Salim, Kedar, Spyer, Kouri)
  6. Propagandists Tirelessly Working to Discredit Israel (Yemini, Levitt, Murphy, Bukay, FresnoZionism)
  7. History Section (Rubin, History.com, Medoff, Thomas, Sharpe, Hausman)
  8. Blog-Eds (November-December Blog-Eds)


JIHAD OPERATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

In contrast to dramatic and overt terrorist attacks, stealth jihadists in the USA works under the radar, quietly invading our educational system, our law courts and our media in their effort to supplant the U.S. Constitution with Sharia law. Salafists such as the Muslim Brotherhood make use of obvious non-terrorist means to destroy America. They persuade malleable politicians to declare Islam a peaceful religion and that any contrary assertion is criminal. They attack the legitimacy of Israel, a front-line state thwarting Islamic ambitions. They accustom Americans to eating halal food and accepting the notion that making life convenient for Muslims is more important than practicing our way of life. Despite their low numbers, Muslims exercise inordinate influence because of their money and unswerving, non-negotiable dedication to their cause. They influence gate-keepers and individual politicians, including those in the White House. They terrorize Western institutions into self-censorship. They weaken the US army. This section focuses on some of their recent activities.


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HALAL: SECRETLY SHOVING SHARIA ISLAMIC LAW DOWN YOUR THROAT

by Audrey Russo

Halal meat is meat butchered and prepared according to Muslim law. It is somewhat akin to rudimentary kosher, but with less attention paid to the animal's state of health. In Britain, schools and hospitals surreptitiously use halal meat to feed school children and hospital patients. Supermarkets sell unlabeled halal meat. In this article, Audry Russo makes us aware that unlabeled Halal meat is now in US supermarkets and restaurants. This should not be a matter of indifference, because buying Halal meat includes paying a sum of money for charity that often goes directly to terrorist groups.

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THE GREAT PURGE

by Peter Farmer

Peter Farmer describes the pre-World War 2 purges by Joseph Stalin, when "...members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of the military and anyone else suspected of being an enemy of the state were swept up in the wave of suspicion and mutual distrust." As one consequence, "Stalin's purges left the Soviet Union utterly ill-equipped to fight the Second World War... More often than not, ... able commanders and leaders were replaced by ideologically-reliable but militarily-incompetent Communist Party hacks." Today in the USA, we are witnessing "the coerced retirements, resignations, and firings of senior flag/general officers presently occurring throughout the upper reaches of the U.S. military." Moreover, "U.S. military personnel [are] being indoctrinated to hold favorable but historically-inaccurate views of Islam, they are being taught that traditional American and Judeo-Christian values have no place in the military... Military chaplains report that they are being pressured - in some cases, against their religious vows - to perform homosexual marriages; ...certain administration officials want proselytizing by Christians outlawed within the ranks, but no such prohibition has been put forth for Islamic initiatives of the same kind." The US armed forces is not the place to encourage "political expediency" and anti-American ideology.

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THE HATE AND HYPOCRISY OF THE BDS MOVEMENT

by Joseph Puder

American and British universities have become factories churning out Jew haters, all done under the guise of social justice, fair play and helping the underdog. Joseph Puder examines a particularly virulent locale — Ireland, a country that seemingly would have much in common with Israel, both having been treated shabbily by England, both struggling to lift themselves up with little capitalization or oil, gas or mineral wealth. But no, the support the Irish once gave the new state of Israel in 1948 has been replaced by a virulent and surprising anger at Israel (code for Jews).

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ACADEMIC FREEDOM AGAINST ITSELF: BOYCOTTING ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES

by Stanley Fish

This essay by Stanley Fish makes the point that boycotting academics and universities in countries viewed as oppressive is not within the definition of academic freedom, which is "freedom to engage in teaching and research free from the influences or pressures of politics." The university is not a political forum. Academic freedom doesn't give educators the right to promulgate their political ideology in the classroom. This doesn't mean a professor must ignore his strong political and humanitarian beliefs and opinions. It does mean the academy is not the appropriate place for displaying his concerns. In this essay, Fish has the disciple to ignore the blatantly inaccurate justifications for urging a boycott of Israeli academics. He doesn't make the obvious point that it is only Israel that is under the gun. He doesn't argue that the boycotters are anti-Semitic (though I believe the instigators and all the "activists" except the low-information malleable student-disciples are Jew haters). He sticks to the point under discussion: academic freedom is "the freedom to pursue scholarly inquiry, not the freedom to advance justice and equality on university time." It is a simple and narrow argument in the same way that the First Amendment is a simple statement for expansive freedom of speech.

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POWERFUL U.S. ISLAMIST GROUP SHOWS TRUE COLORS

by Ryan Mauro

Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Bangladesh's Jamaat-e-Islami party and known as the "Butcher of Mirpu", was finally brought to trial in February 2013 and sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting hundreds in the 1971 Bangladesh war of independence, including beheading a poet and raping a girl. He and the Jamaat party cooperated with the Bangladeshi army, which slaughtered civilians in the millions. In Bangladesh they wanted him dead and after a large and sustained protest, the Bangladesh Supreme Court convicted Mollah of war crimes and sentenced him to death. In the USA, as Ryan Mauro writes, The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is lobbying the US Government to pressure Bangladesh to stop prosecuting the 1971 war crimes. They might succeed. Prez Obama trusts ICNA's advice and often consults with them; and they are outreach partners of the FBI and Homeland Security.

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ISLAMIC CIRCLE OF NORTH AMERICA (ICNA)

by Discover The Network

Discover The Network provides evidence that the Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA) insists that everyone should live under Sharia. ICNA's goal is to destroy America and turn it into a Muslim state. It has ties with Hamas. It is one of the groups that helps the Muslim Brotherhood teach Muslims "that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God's religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions." Thanks to urging by ICNA, inter alia, this administration ordered the FBI to purge everything in their databases that Islamic supremacists deemed offensive. As Dwight C. Holton, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, wrote, "I want to be perfectly clear about this: training materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive, and they are contrary to everything that this president, this attorney general and Department of Justice stands for. They will not be tolerated." Against such touching concern for Muslim sensitivity, we can only ask: if information about the Tsarnaev family hadn't been purged from the FBI databases, would the Boston Marathon massacre have happened?

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WHAT IF ISLAMISTS TOOK CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE?

by Howard Rotberg

Howard Rotberg doesn't speculate whether the President and his closest advisers are dedicated Muslims or Muslim sympathizers. Instead, he asks: if Radical Islamists were running the government, what would a Salafist president do? He describes likely operations such an Administration would initiate...  Gulp!

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SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PEACE PROCESS OF 2013-14

With the turbulence in the Middle East and all the slaughter among Muslim groups, and Iran close to having the nuclear muscle to bully the entire region, isn't it odd that the European Union and the Obama Administration focus on the peace process between Israel and the Arab states, the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Authority, Abbas, elected head of the PLO, Abbas, the out-of-office president of the PLO? Does it seem the Administration is thinking about currently important issues?

It reminds me of a cartoon — by Vargas, I think — eons ago: two women are seated in a subway car. The car is empty except for a naked woman seated opposite them. One of the women whispers to the other, "Look at her chapped hands." Is the peace process anything but a side show in the tumult of the region?

Isn't it curious that when uncivil war broke out across the Middle East, mighty America was so fearful of Arab violence, it shut down 22 of its embassies. Yet it forced Israel to release Arabs who brutally massacred Jews, knowing they will again prey on Jews. Do the clowns who were elected to run our country really have their minds on the essentials? Does the Obama Administration have Israel's back? It acts as if it had a knife aimed at Israel's back. Or a nuclear bomb.

Another image comes to mind. It a photo taken in the late 1930s. England and France thought they had avoided war with Germany by appeasing Hitler's demands. England and France forced the Czechs to cede Sudetenland, the area of Czechoslovakia where the majority of the inhabitants were German speakers, to Germany. In doing so, they disregarded that Hitler had in earlier negotiations demanded autonomy for Germans in Poland and Hungary as well as in Sudetenland. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938, with Hitler agreeing to make no further demands. However, by March, 1939, Germany had incorporated Sudetenland and Hitler's soldiers moved into what was left of Czechoslovakia. England and France had to fight Germany anyway, a stronger and more confident Germany.

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Chamberlain holds up Munich Agreement, signed by both Hitler and himself, in 1938. (Wikimedia Commons)

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kerry as chamberlain

Another association comes to mind. While Rome burned, the Emperor Nero sang as he played the lyre. Nowhere have I read that Nero thought that were he to produce the right music, he could solve the problems of the Roman Empire. In contrast, Prez Obama is fixated on the notion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the linchpin of Middle East instability. And he thinks his tinkering will solve everything.

Avi Bell's essay on "The Facts Of Life In The Middle East" (http://www.israpundit.com/archives/56671) has the ring of truth to it. He writes:

If Israel refuses to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it refuses to negotiate.

If the Palestinians refuse to negotiate, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see negotiations with Israel are pointless.

If Israel makes preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because it is trying to avoid negotiations.

If the Palestinians make preconditions to negotiations, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians have to force Israel to be serious in the negotiations.

If Israel makes no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace.

If the Palestinians make no offer of peace, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because the Palestinians can see that making offers of peace with Israel are pointless.

If Israel makes an offer of peace and the Palestinians reject it, that proves Israel is not interested in peace, because Israel is not willing to make the kind of offer the Palestinians would accept.

There are variations on this, e.g.,:

If Arabs make war, but offer to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because the Arabs offered peace. (Thomas Friedman/Arab "peace" initiative)

If Israel makes war, but offers to end it, that proves that Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel made war. (Defensive Pillar, Lebanon II, etc.)

If Arabs attack, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel provoked the Arabs to attack.

If Israel attacks, that proves Israel is interested in war and Arabs are interested in peace, because Israel attacked.

If Palestinians carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians feel they have no choice but to carry out acts of terrorism.

If Palestinians try to carry out acts of terrorism, but Israel foils them, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because Israel is carrying out anti-terror actions against the Palestinians even while there is no terrorism.

If Palestinians don't try to carry out acts of terrorism, that proves that Israel is mistreating the Palestinians, because the Palestinians are good and innocent and Israel uses terrorism as an excuse to mistreat Palestinians.

The peace process is to be carried out by two groups, one of which has sworn to kill off the other. The Arabs have never swerved from their desire to rid the Middle East of Israel. So what's to negotiate? Whether the Arabs will be allowed to kill 50,000 Jews or only 5,000 Jews? Will the sides haggle on whether the land the Arabs take over will be turned into training camps for terrorists and factories for making explosive belts or just manufactories?

Does anyone see it as peculiar that Sec-State Kerry, the American "honest broker", praised the recalcitrant Arabs and was well — how shall I put this? — extremely undiplomatic with the Israelis? Even though the Israelis had been so cooperative they released Arab terrorists just to persuade Abbas to come to the table. I wonder what getting them to sit in the chairs will cost Israel?

This brings up another point: are the Arabs so sure of their standing with the American Administration that they don't need even to pretend to wish for peace? Instead, Abbas demanded the return of his heroes, killers of Jews, and Kerry, the toothy fairy, made his wish come true. To me. the ugliest consequence of each plunge by Israel into peace-seeking is that she slowly has become accustomed to sacrificing her children, her pride and her sense of integrity, as Daniel Greenfield says in an essay below, on the "alter of peace." Why can't Israel just say no to Obama? Other countries on the planet, large and small, powerful or with no real resources, have no trouble doing so. Being cooperative on the Peace Process isn't going to make Obama stop Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons. If the Israelis have been caving on concessions to the Palestinian Arabs in the hope that Obama will finally handle Iran effectively, they should by now recognize that it ain't going to happen. Obama will just keep stringing them along.

All in all, the focus on the Peace Process of 2013-14 makes little sense. I suspect it will make even less sense to future historians. Unless Israel makes the mistake of leaving Samaria and Judea to her enemies. Then it will be known as the beginning of the demise of Israel.


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WHY PRETEND? READ THE HUDAIBIYA TREATY

by Emmanuel Winston

Emanuel Winston wrote about an important point that Peace Process proponents ignore: signing a permanent treaty with infidels is against the Koran. Muslims are forbidden to keep to a treaty's terms for more than ten years. In the Islamic prototype of how to make and break an agreement, Mohammed "made that treaty while he was militarily weak so he could worship at Mecca. But, in two years he returned with a strong army, broke the 10 year treaty, brutally murdered and decapitated all the men, captured and enslaved the women and children of the Banu Quraizah Tribe." The treaty of Hudaibiya is still in force. Yassir Arafat told his Arab audience in Arabic he would break the Oslo Accord when he was stronger. He said this the same day he signed the Accord. Whenever a new regime takes over an Arab country, it is expected that all prior treaties will be broken. Egypt signed a cold peace with Israel after the 1973 Yom Kippur War when its invasion of Israel failed. When the Muslim Brotherhood finally took over after the Arab Spring, they voiced their determination to abrogate the treaty with Israel, which had netted them the whole of the Sinai. Even when treaties are not dramatically broken, the Arabs don't stick to the terms. They have gained many Israeli concessions over the years, but they remain committed to their holy war for Islam. Abbas still brags of his intent to destroy Israel, not making a real peace with it.

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REVISITING RESOLUTION 338

by Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman

Asaf Romirowsky and Nicole Brackman make the point that the Middle East has changed considerably since 1973, after the Egyptians lost the Yom Kippur War. The countries of the region are embroiled in their own problems and life-and-death conflicts. The splinter wars and the fallout from the Syrian civil war affect many countries in the region. Egypt is busy suppressing the takeover threat from the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptians and other groups engaged in fending off hostile groups or trying to overthrow some current government don't have the time even to pretend concern for their Palestinian cousins. As one Hezbollah fighter said, "Let the Palestinians liberate their country themselves." Actually, the IDF has been the major prop for maintaining both the Palestinian Authority and the throne of the Jordanian King, but it would be unreasonable to expect the IDF to fight for the "Palestinian" cause. The reality is that in the global media, the Palestinian liberation narrative is still important but in the Middle East, it is a known scam, having nothing to do with real life. The White House and its enthusiastic Secretary-of-State Kerry seem to be the last to know this. Maybe someone should tell them.

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THE KERRY FIASCO

by Jerold S. Auerbach

John Kerry has achieved something no other American secretary-of-state has. As Jerold Auerbach writes, Kerry's one-sided abominable behavior towards the Israelis and his multiple fiascos have made the Jew-hating Jim Baker, Secretary-of-State in the 1990s, look like a nice guy in comparison. Kerry ranted against the Jewish settlements and told the U.S. Senate to ignore what the Israelis were telling them. If he knows anything about the San Remo conference that gave Palestine Mandated land to the Jews, just as other Mandates created many of the Arab states, it wasn't reflected in his treatment of the Israeli delegation. His bellicose behavior set the right tone for a peace process that is not a peace process. "Most ominously", as Auerbach writes, "he now seems willing to sell Israel for a mess of Iranian diplomatic pottage."

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HARD CHOICES FOR ISRAEL; SOFT TREATMENT FOR THE PA

by David Gerstman

David Gerstman discusses how the media and Western politicians distorted the motivation and behavior of the principle parties involved in the Peace Process. They retroactively redefined what Israel's borders should be. They blithely accepted that the Palestinian state would be Jew-free. They painted an inaccurate — in fact, contrary-to-fact — picture of Netanyahu as hardliner and discounted Israeli concessions. But they accepted Abbas' actual recalcitrance as indication that he was protecting the Palestinian right of return. Why have another Arab state if the Arab refugees will not be citizens of the new state! They have ignored Israel's authentic claims and demonized the Jewish settlers in the Territories, whose presence there made it harder to give away the land to the Arabs. It was left to Israeli journalists to point out that idolizing murderers of Jews is not a sign of intent to forgo terrorism. In fact, the core problem — that the Arabs do not accept the Jewish state and are intent on destroying it — is softpedaled. In short, the press and politicians, including Sec-of-State Kerry, act as devoted fans of a particular ball team, cheering the Arabs on to victory.

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SACRIFICES OF PEACE

by Daniel Greenfield

As we learn from the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son,"G-d did not want human sacrifices. The peace process does." In this essay, Daniel Greenfield discusses the similarity between Israeli politicians who see the butchery of Jews as Israel's sacrifice for peace and the pagan worshipers of Moloch. Except, in the modern State, anyone might become a sacrifice at random" "Everyone," meaning Jews specifically, should accept "our measure of sacrifice and struggle," Prez Obama told Israeli students. To help the process along, he backed the Palestinian insistence that the jailed murderers of Jews be freed. It's all in the cause of peace. The Jewish leaders who collaborated with the Nazis also viewed sending Jews to die because the sacrifice of some was necessary to save others. As the Jews did then, Jewish politicians now do the work for their enemies. As in the concentration camps, each round of deaths weakens the community. Each peace process round makes the next round of sacrifices "save" a more diminished State, a more fractured country. Yet the politicians continue to delude themselves, acting as if they were the ones making the sacrifice. Their excuse: if we don't do something, they will. The notion of holding firm, of refusing to be the sacrificial lamb, seems never to occur to them.

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HOW THE U.S. SOLVED THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI CONFLICT

by John R. Miller

To quote from this article: "With the help of prognosticator John R. Miller — former U.S. ambassador-at-large on modern slavery, visiting scholar at the Institute for Government Studies at UC-Berkeley, and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute — we present this memo from the year 2016, which explains what misfortunes might have befallen the Middle East by then." I hope this is irony, not precog history.

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THE JEWISH SETTLEMENTS

From Oslo on, Israeli governments have not responded to Arab accusations that Israel is violating international law by building settlements in Samaria and Judea. They fear introducing reality into that long-playing fantasy: the Peace Process. More precisely, they fear being the ones to put a spoke in the mum-mum policy Western politicians cherish: making global peace by putting another Arab state inside Israel.

Recently, the Israeli government was handed a well-phrased current reiteration of some of what became international law at the San Remo Conference almost a hundred years ago: The Jewish people own Judea and Samaria (aka "the West Bank"). The Levy Report has affirmed that the decades-long presence of Israel in Judea and Samaria is not "belligerent occupation." Israel's situation is unique (sui generis) and Israel has the legal right to settle in Judea and Samaria. (See, for example, Restoring Israel's rights: the Levy Report.)

To emphasize that having and protecting Israeli communities in Samaria and Judea was far preferable to cleansing the area of Jews, Minister of Economics Naftali Bennett (A-7. 20nov13) reminded his audience at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of the Israeli's government's expulsion of Jews from Gaza in 2005 and the dreadful consequences. He said, "Leaving Gaza cost 1,000 times more than staying." He might have added that many of the 10,000 Jews forced out of Gaza are not yet permanently resettled and most aren't contributing to the economy as they once did. And this doesn't begin to describe the human misery and the psychological and physical assaults on the families that were made refugees in their own country. Yet the politicians are again playing their shuffle-and-swap games that include moving Jews out of Samaria and Judea or — an even more grotesque idea — leaving them undefended in a newly created Arab state. This policy could eventually make some 700,000 to 800,000 Jews homeless and an impossible drain on the economy.

A campaign has started to teach the truth to the Knesset and to the public (see Regavim.) It comes at a time, when the American administration is ignoring the crumbling of the fragile political structures in the Middle East and is, instead, using its power to eat away at land that legitimately belongs to Israel. This misguided mission is more than irrational when you consider it speaks quaintly of two people, Israelis and Palestinians, who need to share the same land, ignoring that new forces, more vicious and more recalcitrant than Fatah or Hamas, are acting as directed by the Koran to use any and all means to put the entire Middle East under Sharia law.


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FIGHTING BACK — THE LEGAL CASE FOR JUDEA AND SAMARIA

by Nadav Shragai

Dror Eydar has suggested that the "[t]he fight against our possession of those parts of Israel that are the most important to our identity as an ancient nation is a fight against the return to Zion (see here). Reducing the number of legal Jewish settlements while ignoring rogue Arab settlements will make an eventual Arab take-over of the land easier. In this essay, Nadav Shragai writes that, finally, some jurors are now counterattacking with the easily substantiated truth: Israel has historical and legal rights to the land. He quotes some of their arguments. Note that Think-Israel, among other blogs, has presented many articles on the Palestine Mandate and the San Remo Conference, which created an irrevocable internationally-guaranteed trust for the Jewish people's ownership of the Land of Israel.

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THE AL-QAEDA TAKEOVER

by Guy Bechor

Guy Bechor writes about America's ideas of what constitute security requirements for Israel — so that Israel can keep its peace partner from destroying it. These solutions were inadequate decades ago. By now, with more powerful weaponry, a more radicalized Arab population and the splintering of control of the Arab population among competing terrorist groups — some of whom make Hamas look moderate — America's security planning is ludicrous. Some of the new players are war-hardened and experienced al-Qaeda fighters, some are rising stars. All are imbued with strict Koranic Salafist ideology and immune to compromise. These are the groups that will take over Judea and Samaria a minute after the IDF relinquishes control and restructure the behavior and attitudes of the local population to conform to its Salafist mentality. Christian Arabs will not survive and the new Arab peace state, no matter what it promised, will become a secure place — to launch killer missiles into Israel.

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ARE SETTLEMENTS WORTH IT?

by Moshe Dann

The politicians might be forgiven for ignoring Israel's historic and legal claims to Samaria and Judea if these areas were a 'white elephant' that was expensive and contributed little to Israel's security or economy. But as Moshe Dann points out, the residents are productive; they serve as early-warning alerts and first responders when the Arab Salafists start another attack; and they protect Israel's water supply. The settlers say what the politicians are too timid to say: this is our land and we will live on it.

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THE DAY AFTER; BUILDING OUR HOUSE; NINTH GENERATION; OUT!; GLOBAL WARMING AND THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION ... and more

by Rachel and Moshe Saperstein

In these essays, Rachel and Moshe Saperstein write more of their transitional life that began when the Jewish community was forced out of Gaza in 2005 by its own government. They are finally seeing the start of a real house they are building. Sad to say, the introduction to their last set of essays is still applicable: "Rachel and Moshe Saperstein were among the 10,000 Gazan Jews that became refugees in their own state when, in 2005, the Sharon government expelled all the Jews living in Gaza in the bizarre belief that this would cause their terrorist neighbors to make peace. Left to their own devices and no longer monitored by the local Jews, the Arabs of Gaza used the extra elbow room to train terrorists and manufacture and/or assemble ever more sophisticated weaponry. It is bitter irony that all Israel is suffering from missile attacks from Gaza and this would never have happened if Israel hadn't kicked settler Jews like the Sapersteins out of Gaza in the first place." What is more incredible is that some politicians are eager to repeat the expulsion on a grander scale, this time using the hundreds of thousands of Jewish pioneers living in Judea and Samaria and in the east part of Jerusalem.

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LEIBLER ON SETTLEMENTS - RIGHT DIAGNOSIS, WRONG PRESCRIPTION

by Martin Sherman

Isi Leibler recently wrote (Jerusalem Post, December 21, 2013) that PM Netanyahu needed to create a policy about the settlements that said clearly Israel would build in those areas of Samaria and Judea that it will keep and it will not build in those areas that it is expected to give away. But, as Martin Sherman points out, agreeing that Israel will be giving away any of its land gives legitimacy to the Palestinian false claims. Moreover, consenting to giving up land only leads to fruitless and pointless concessions to "coax the Palestinians into a negotiated resolution of the conflict." These measures stiffen "Palestinian intransigence and hence, prolong the conflict, and promote pressures for even more Israeli concessions." Most importantly, tacit consent to a give-away policy is poor tactics that could lead to disastrous consequences: the loss of security for over 80% of the Israeli population, the creation of longer and less defensible borders, and the putting of Israel's main airport at an unacceptable risk of attack. As Sherman puts it, Israel has a simple choice: "between the river and the sea there can only — and eventually will — prevail either total Jewish sovereignty or total Muslim sovereignty."

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WHAT ISRAEL NEEDS TO DO TO SURVIVE

If we were to grade Israel: it does brilliantly in science and technology and in innovative ways to help humanity confronted by a natural disaster. It does less well in standing up for its national identification and its Jewish roots. It flunks in handling external political pressures and showing national integrity and pride. It has been hypnotized by the word "peace" to give up land and act as if it cared for the safety and comfort of terrorist Arabs more than it does for its own citizens. It appears traumatized by the fear of being "isolated" and unloved.

It is encouraging that Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken up clearly of the dangers of a nuclear-empowered Iran. Speaking of the interim agreement reached November 24, 2013, (http://imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62454, November 25, 2013) he said this:

"What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake. Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world.

For the first time, the world's leading powers have agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran while ignoring the UN Security Council decisions that they themselves led. Sanctions that required many years to put in place contain the best chance for a peaceful solution. These sanctions have been given up in exchange for cosmetic Iranian concessions that can be canceled in weeks.

This agreement and what it means endanger many countries including, of course, Israel. Israel is not bound by this agreement. The Iranian regime is committed to the destruction of Israel and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. As Prime Minister of Israel, I would like to make it clear: Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability."

It is unfortunate that Netanyahu continues peace talks with the PLO. They make Israel look weak and foolish. They waste time that would be better spent deciding how to deal with Iran decisively. Often, he still acts as if what he fears most is "European economic strangulation of Israel" [see Section 4, July-August 2013 issue of Think-Israel.org.] Unfortunately, Israel doesn't have the luxury of wasting time on stupidity and yet surviving Muslim-initiated political, military and social assaults, which have become bolder and nastier as time goes on. This section is about changing some of its institutionalized behavior and rethinking some of its policies.


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JEWISH CULTURE, REVELATION AND CONTINUITY

by Daniel Greenfield

Western Europeans and American Jewry are dying out, the Europeans because they don't breed near as much as their Muslim immigrant population and the Jews because they marry out and too many don't experience anything but a superficial and often boring version of Judaism. Daniel Greenfield writes on the traumatic fact that so many Jews are at best Jews in name only or who equate the current trends in practicing social justice as authentic Judaism. They have never experienced an unselfconscious living Judaism that permeates and gives meaning to their lives. As one reader commented, "Thank you for this excellent article. I grew up believing and still believe that without faith in Divine revelation and the convenant between G-d and Abraham, one could not be a Jew. Far too many supposed Jews are nothing more than Esaus who have cheated their progeny out of this priceless birthright."

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ISRAEL MUST STOP FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL

by Ari Sofer

Ari Sofer writes that it is time the State of Israel shed the habits of the galut, where surviving in a hostile environment was the primary necessity. Certainly, Israel needs to "decisively stamp out terror." But Israelis should start focusing on the liberating goal of redeeming their homeland. The Israeli population needs a change of mindset. As things are now, "those living in front-line communities are made fully aware that if they are ever stupid enough to defend themselves against Arab violence they will face the wrath of the legal system." To be given the means to fight back, they have to be heard by the government, and that means speaking up strongly in the hundreds of thousands. Israelis need to object strongly to the Israeli government speaking of security when they should "clearly and unashamedly insist on [Israel's] claims to this land." It is no wonder that the Arabs who unequivocally state it is their land are believed. A reader of the original posting, Austin, writes: "...This is the very best, the clearest, the most direct, both in the physical sense and the metaphorical sense, of any letter i have previously read in my whole life. What he writes is the very essence of what Israel should be,-but isn't..."

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ORGANIZED TREACHERY VERSUS ORGANIZED HYPOCRISY: A 35-YEAR STUDY OF ISRAEL'S DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT

An Interview With Paul Eidelberg By Wolff Bachner

Israel has no constitution but muddles along using a patchwork of laws from various eras and countries, a sense of peoplehood and ad hoc responses from crisis to crisis. In this interview conducted by Wollf Bachner, Professor Paul Eidelberg points out that "after witnessing the chaos and confusion that emanates from Israel's current political establishment, [he] authored detailed proposals for political reform and drafted the first Constitution for the State of Israel." It was generally well-received but was ignored by Israel's political elite, which prefers Israel's current system of fragmented proportional representation from among multiple parties. This allows the winning party to choose its coalition parties at will (in the last two elections there were 33 parties that gained some votes) rather than having to stick to policy enunciated ahead of the election. Ariel Sharon's "Likud Party won more than 70 percent of the votes in February 2003, when it campaigned against the Labor Party's policy of unilateral withdrawal from Gaza," yet in August 2005, it itself expelled all the Jews from Gaza. Arab terrorists took over the territory and launched more efficient terror attacks against Israel. Eidelberg points out that it would increase accountability were local representatives elected by local voters in district elections rather than by their place on their party's list. But making Israel truly democratic and politicians accountable is not a local issue. A constitution that ensures democracy is also one that ensures Israel's security and survival. As such, it is important to the West because, "Should Israel fall, there would be nothing to stop the establishment of a new Islamic Caliphate from the Mediterranean to Asia and the forces of tyranny would be poised to overrun Europe."

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ISRAEL'S NUCLEAR DOCTRINE NEEDS REEXAMINATION

by Prof. Louis René Beres

Israel has been ambiguous about its nuclear capability, neither bragging nor denying. Louis Beres asks whether "nuclear secrecy [is] necessarily in the best survival interests of the Jewish State?" This doesn't mean tell-all or say-nothing. He points out that the value of the bomb is mainly in deterrence, not revenge, and as such, "too much secrecy can sometimes be counter-productive." What is needed is a thorough assessment in Israel not only of how best to utilize its nuclear power but also how it will make its enemies aware of its policy. In today's environment, this means Iran must be clear that Israel doesn't just have first-strike capability but can deliver an adequate response that is invulnerable to an Iranian first-strike by its enemies. Or, Iran may be deterred by plausible threats of "regime targeting." Israel must also convince its enemies that it has the resolve to carry out its military decisions. What is needed is a reassessment of "the substantial security benefits to Israel of 'breaking' nuclear ambiguity."

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ISRAEL'S NEWEST TRADING PARTNERS

by John Reed

Europe has been Israel's major trading partner. As time goes on, however, the European Union has become sufficiently brazen to use its economic power to try to force Israel to denounce some of its own people and to declare that Jewish communities in Samaria and Judea are illegal. (See for example, Section 4, July-August, 2013, Think-Israel.) Such interference in a sovereign country's activities is not only outrageous, it can be easily countered, as the many suggestions in our previous issue indicate. However, PM Netanyahu seems to consider European trade highly essential. But, as John Reed writes, it is now looking for new trading partners in emerging economies, those who are interested in developing their economics rather than using blackmail to back up their political views. Thanks to Pres Obama using the EU to squeeze Israel — aside from his procrastinating on how to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions — Israel is beginning to question how much it can rely on the American administration.

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BRITTLE BORDERS AND SHIFTING ALLIANCES

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THE MAP THAT RUINED THE MIDDLE EAST

by Gabriel Scheinmann

The shallow Western intelligentia and their gung-ho students and Sabeel-ized main churches focus on the unfairness of the Jews being granted a tiny piece of the Middle East, part of the area that has been the keystone of their history and their identity for four thousand years. The same authority, the League of Nations, converted the rest of the 99.99% of the Middle East that had belonged to the Ottoman Empire into Arab states. In doing so they did not take into account clan and tribal affinities or history, as they had when allocating land to the Jews in the Palestine Mandate. We've read many articles suggesting how to split up Israel to make space for that non-people, the Palestinian Arabs. Few articles, to date, have considered redrawing the boundaries of the Arab states, created by other mandates at the same time the Jews were given Mandated Palestine as an irrevocable trust. In this essay, Gabriel Scheinmann suggests that the borders of the Arab states be allowed to be redrawn by current events — even if it means Balkanization of the area for a while. He does not examine what would happen at the U.N., already thoroughly corrupted by the block of 22 Arab countries voting as one.

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STRAIGHTENING THE DOG'S TAIL

by Ali Salim

While the West laments for the professional refugees, the Palestinians, "the funding and media support for the Palestinian cause has dried up in the Middle East." Ali Salim notes that "Arab and Muslim incitement to massacre — and the provision of arms and ideological support for most of the Islamist and Palestinian terrorist organizations — have almost completely disappeared while the Arabs are now busy destroying themselves." Millions of authentic refugees are homeless. Hundreds of thousands are dead. We may be making our biggest mistake ever by not stopping Iran's nuclear program while we still can. We could at lest get out of Israel's way so that she could do the necessary. Instead, the Obama Administration's only significant contribution has not been to world peace but to global warming. Sec-State Kerry flies back and forth to the Middle East to rekindle the burnt out Peace Process, a pointless enterprise that can have no significant effect on our current crises, except, probably, to make things worse.

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THE UNITED STATES IS LOSING THE MIDDLE EAST COALITION

by Mordechai Kedar

Mordechai Kedar writes that since the 1970s, the split between the countries that support the West — Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel and Turkey — and those that support the Soviets — Syria, Libya, Iraq and South Yemen — was stable. Now, "the pro-Western coalition has begun to crumble, and two key countries — Saudi Arabia and Egypt — are searching for a new political crutch." This is in part due to their perception that the Obama White House, by wooing Iran and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, is not concerned with their security. Israelis are also beginning to question the wisdom of pressuring Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria, leaving the area open to a terrorist takeover. Moreover, although Kedar doesn't allude to this, the USA, by leaking information about Israel's plans, has continuously thwarted Israel setting up an assault against Iran's nuclear weaponry development. All in all, it is not clear that the United States and the West any longer have a coalition in the Middle East.

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QUIETLY, ISRAEL AND THE GULF STATES DRAW CLOSER TOGETHER

by Jonathan Spyer

This is a sister article to the previous article by Mordechai Kedar that spoke of both Saudi Arabia's and Israel's disenchantment with Prez Obama's ineptness — if not actual refusal — in stopping the Iranian nuclear bomb program. In this article Jonathan Spyer makes the point that Obama's diplomatic activities, which effectively give the Iranians additional time in which to complete their program, have brought the two countries together in an unspoken alliance. To a Westerner, it is strange to see arch-enemies cooperate. But it is not unusual in the Middle East to be fighting with and against another group at the same time. The Saudis have worked with the Muslim Brotherhood on common educational and proselytizing projects; the Saudis have tried to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood because of political differences. Hamas, the child of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, has been off and on friendly with Syria, which is allied with Shi'ite Iran. As Spyer puts it, "On the face of it, any alliance between Jewish Israel and Salafi Saudi Arabia might appear an absurdity. Israel is a liberal democracy and a Jewish state. Saudi Arabia is a repressive absolute monarchy, based on a particular Salafi Muslim outlook which is deeply anti-Jewish and anti-Christian in nature...Saudi Arabia supports Salafi Islamist forces in both Syria and Egypt. Saudi money finds its way to Salafi elements among the Palestinians. But the areas of commonality are on issues of cardinal importance to both countries."

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SYRIAN SURPRISE: AL-QAEDA BRANCH KILLS REBEL LEADERS; INVADES OIL FIELDS

by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri writes about some happpenings that took place in Syria. The plot was simple enough: the heads of a gang were killed by a rival gang. Some of the first gang took over a Syrian oil field. What made this story so interesting is the set of players and their fractured loyalties. The killers were members of an al-Qaeda group that has taken over parts of Iraq — you know, the country we made safe for democracy. They used to call their territory the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) but now they are expanding into Syria so they call their turf the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two men who were killed were commanders in the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a multi-group organization that Prez Obama sees as good-guy rebels, so he sends them supplies to help them fight the Syrian regime. Some of the best soldiers fighting in the FSA are The Al-Nusra in Syria. They are part of a very large gang that calls itself Jabhat Al-Nusra. Al-Nusra is also al-Qaeda and very pious, very Salafist. This December, the FSA and its Al-Nusra contingent took over the Al-Omar oil field which is very large and very productive. This was a big win. They didn't blow it up. They started operating it "after entering into tacit agreements with the Syrian regime [supplying oil and gas to the regime that they are fighting against in return for a fee]." After all, they need the money to fight the regime.

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PROPAGANDISTS TIRELESSLY WORKING TO DISCREDIT ISRAEL

This section deals with some people and organizations that work tirelessly so that ultimately Israel will not exist. Shamefully, some are Jewish.


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THE BLOOD LIBEL FILM

by Dror Yemini

In this article Ben Dror Yemini examines the joining of Jihadists and Marxists to accuse Israel of racism towards the Bedouins. Steven Plaut described the context of this article this way: "The axis of evil, the alliance of jihadi Islamofascism with anti-Semitic Leftism, has a new cause and it is bashing Israel over its supposed mistreatment of the Bedouins in the Negev. Israel, you see, holds the racist opinion that Bedouins have to obey the law and cannot simply seize any parcel of land they want to own and keep it without paying for it. As you know, Israeli leftists believe Arabs should be exempt from obeying the law because they are gosh oh so oppressed. Enforcing any laws for Arabs is racist and discriminatory. Israeli Arabs held violent 'protests' yesterday, demanding that the entire Negev be turned over to the Bedouins, and they were joined by Jewish communists and Israeli Leftists for a Second Holocaust." Lyn Julius has commented that this is an "excellent article, pointing out the exploitation of 'human rights' in order to demonise Israel. The losers are the Bedouin themselves, who are denied an opportunity to move into planned developments. They are being sacrificed to propaganda." How true. In a broader perspective, it is another locale where resurgent Islam is trying to destroy Israel, which is a major block to its plans to dominate all other religions and ideologies.

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EDWIN BLACK'S NEW BOOK CONNECTS NIF TO FORD FOUNDATION ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISM

by Joshua Levitt

NGOs are a powerful force in manufacturing and choreographing grass-roots riots and in releasing supposedly accurate assessments of how poorly Israel handles human rights issues and how badly it treats the Palestinians. As para-UN organizations, they receive automatic respect and are assumed to be reliable. Joshua Levitt writes about Edward Black's new book, Fanning The Flames, which makes clear that many NGOs may talk human rights but their mission is to weaken if not to destroy Israel. In this article, he writes about Black's investigation of the New Israel Fund (NIF), and its damaging attacks on Israel and the IDF. The NIF is largely supported by foreign donations, particularly from the USA.

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A CRITIQUE OF IRSHAD MANJI'S 'THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM TODAY'

by Paul Austin Murphy

Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner College. She describes herself as a "reformist Muslim", but some of what she writes is a defense of Islam and a prescription to reform the non-Muslim world. Paul Murphy examines several statements from her book, The Trouble with Islam today. He notes that because a Muslim invented the guitar or cough syrup or algebra doesn't mean Islam per se was a factor. Moreover, algebra was developed long before Islam existed. As another example, her definition of itjihad has nothing to do with its actual meaning and even less to do with the Koran. In a related example, Murphy point out that Manji makes much of the fact that the Quran doesn't say whether Allah created Adam first, or Eve first. Murphy points out that this isn't a 'proto-feminist' narrative. Mohammad was illiterate and got most of his information about the Jewish and Christian bibles second hand. What is particularlly telling is a statement where Manji writes that "Suppressing Islam for the sake of 'progress' resembles tyranny." As Murphy writes, "That's precisely and the only the kind of 'democracy' that very many Muslims want - from hard-core Militants to Islamists and reactionaries."

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PALESTINIAN MYTHS: JERUSALEM IS OURS

by David Bukay

David Bukay writes of the recent propaganda by the Arabs that the Jews have no historic links to Jerusalem. He emphasizes two facts: (1) [except for the two ancient Jewish kingdoms and the State of Israel] "the Land of Israel has never become a politically independent entity with a distinct identity as a nation; and, ... [(2)] Jerusalem was never the capital city of any empire or any independent regime or nation, and was not even ever an important city to any of the empires that controlled it besides the Jews." As context for this article, Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote, "In his preposterous Christmas greeting, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed: 'Jesus was a Palestinian messenger.' He also used the opportunity to deny the right of the Jews and their State of Israel, to their 3,000 year-old capital city Jerusalem. Carried away by his efforts to delegitimize the Jews and Israel, Abbas went on to say, 'Our prayers are with the...mosques and churches (added emphasis) ... of Jerusalem which remind the world of the Arab identity of our occupied capital." Ehrenfeld added a note to readers: "we wish you a very happy celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the only Jewish settler whose right to call Bethlehem, home, has been never protested throughout the world (until now)."

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US POLICY: PRETEND TO SUPPORT ISRAEL, WORK AGAINST HER

by FresnoZionism

The blogger known as FresnoZionism suggests that the American administration "seems to see a nuclear-armed Iran as a fait accompli, and has decided to make the best of it by aligning itself with the Iranian regime rather than opposing it. ...the decision has been made to appease." Hence all the diplo and media activities — chiseling away at more of Israel's land and planning to create chaos in Israel proper by flooding it with Jewish refugees from Samaria and Judea — to weaken Israel and give Iran time to manipulate its nuclear weapons. Keep this context in mind next time the media try to embroil you in a pity-session for the deprived Palestinians. I disagree with FresnoZionism on one point. He believes Iran will not use its nuclear capability to attack Israel directly but will blackmail and terrorize it (and the other countries in the neighborhood). I don't think that the Iranian mullahs who send at least 100,000 Iranian children out to die as they exploded hidden field mines will worry about retaliation against Iran. They would reason that millions of Iranians should be happy to die to see Israel destroyed. The mullahs themselves of course will be protected in the bunkers.

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THE TSAR'S SCAPEGOATS: BEILIS, THE CHASSIDIM AND THE JEWS

by Eli Rubin

In 1913, Menachem Beilis was accused in Tsarist Russia of the ritual murder of a Christian child. Eli Rubin recounts the fascinating story of corruption where doctors, lawyers, academics, government officials, priests and police were easily persuaded to lie in court and to attest to the guilt of someone they knew was innocent in order to demonize the Jewish people. Despite a "false show of science and scholarship" and a stacked jury, Beilis was eventually found not guilty, but the accusation that Jews committed ritual murder was not condemned. As Rubin points out, "One hundred years later, the blood libel continues to fuel anti-semitic agitation in the former Russian empire, the Middle East and beyond. Now as then, our only weapons against prejudice, lies and hate are unity, truth and justice."

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KRISTALLNACHT NOVEMBER 9, 1938

from History.com

When Hitler came to power in 1938, he instituted non-violent repressive measures against the German Jews. KristallNacht, the night of the broken glass, refers to what is considered the start of violent assaults by the Nazis. Synagogues were burned, homes and businesses were destroyed and some 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps. FDR issued a statement condemning the violence, but "the U.S. refused to ease the immigration restrictions it then had in place, constraints that prevented masses of German Jews from seeking safety in America." From Kristallnacht on, conditions worsened. "During World War II, Hitler and the Nazis implemented their 'Final Solution' to the 'Jewish problem,' and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews (along with, by some estimates, 4 million to 6 million non-Jews) in what came to be known as the Holocaust."

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FDR USED THE IRS AGAINST JEWISH ACTIVISTS

by Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff recounts how FDR used the FBI and the IRS against Jewish activists. In the wake of the recent revelations that the IRS has targeted Jewish organizations such as Z Street (not to be confused with J street, a team member in Obama's war against Israel), we present a historic reminder that it takes more moral strength than most politicians have to resist using the powers of the Government for their own political goals. During World War 2, the Bergson Group developed an active campaign "to press the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration for the rescue of Jews from the Nazis." The FBI "eavesdropped on the Bergsonites' telephone conversations, opened their mail, went through their trash, and planted informants in the group to steal documents from Bergson's office." They found nothing criminal. "At the same time, the IRS launched a full-scale inquiry into the Bergson Group's finances, seeking to revoke its tax-exempt status." Medoff writes that "[i]n the end, the IRS investigators were unable to find evidence of any wrongdoing. In fact, as the IRS team became familiar with the group's work, they came to sympathize with it, and 'when they finished, [they] made a contribution between them—every one of them gave a few dollars.'" That wasn't repeated during the Obama administration.

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JONATHAN POLLARD: THE 'SPY' WHO IS STILL OUT IN THE COLD

by Cal Thomas

Some people become angry when others insist that Jonathan Pollard has already spent an inordinate amount of time in jail for spying. Their degree of anger is greater than their knowledge of salient facts. Jonathan Pollard was not actually tried for his crime and the government broke its plea agreement with him. He has been kept in jail far longer than anyone who has committed a similar or worse offense, mainly because of secret evidence that has not been properly assessed. The information he stole was about the military and nuclear capabilities of Israel's unfriendly Arab neighbors and not about American facilities. Nor did his spying lead to any American's death, as did spying by others. Pollard has served ten years in prison for spying and eighteen more because of political pressure. Cal Thomas reminds us once again it is time to release Pollard from prison.

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THE COUNTERFEIT ARABS

by Victor Sharpe

Victor Sharpe provides us with an excellent and concise history of "the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians." Far from being a unique people, they are no different from the Arabs in the states that neighbor Israel. And, in fact, almost all of their ancestors came into present-day Israel and the Territories after 1900 from these countries, after the Jews began returning to their homeland in large numbers. "[T]here is no such thing as a Palestinian people; no such thing as a Palestinian history; and no Palestinian language exists. There has never been any independent, sovereign Palestinian state in all of recorded history — let alone an Arab independent state of Palestine." What is remarkable is that, without a shred of evidence, they have convinced so many that they are the original inhabitant of the land and that the Jews, who are the indigenous natives, are occupying Palestinian land. Lest you discount this history because the author is Jewish, Sharpe provides statements by Arabs and other non-Jews that the Palestinians are not a people and descriptions of how desolate and underpopulated the land was before the Jews came to redeem their homeland.

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TWISTING JEWISH VALUES TO PROMOTE FALSE PEACE

by Matthew Hausman

Matthew Hausman describes the dismal history of the Oslo Accords. The Palestinian Authority hasn't renounced terrorism or stopped antisemitic incitement. In fact, it voices its determination to wipe Israel off the map. "The PA has consistently failed to honor its obligations under Oslo, minimal though they have been compared to the demands placed on Israel. In contrast, Israel has honored her commitments, even when doing so has threatened her security and national integrity." Hausman suggests it is time for "Israel to reject outside pressure in favor of alternatives that make better historical and strategic sense." One alternative that can be rejected is the notion of a two-state solution, which incorrectly "presumes that the conflict is about geography and can be resolved by the creation of yet another independent Arab-Muslim state." Hausman recommends following a course consistent with authentic Jewish values and notes that "any solution that sacrifices Israel's Jewish character is by definition inconsistent with Jewish values." Jewish values have often been twisted and mis-stated to pressure Israel to accept a 2-state solution where Israel loses land and the Arabs do not reform either their behavior or their perception of Israel as the enemy. He cautions that such "attempt[s] to force an unjust solution on Israel based on a false narrative will provide neither truth nor genuine, lasting peace." Israel must reject these fraudulent solutions. "She must not lose sight of the historical justification for her existence or the values that make her both a Jewish state and a vital democracy."

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November-December, 2013 Blog-Eds

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FEATURED STORIES

July-August 2013

What we are talking about in the July–August 2013 Issue

  1. STEALTH JIHAD USA (Fletcher, Ahlert, IBDaily, Gaubatz, Shulman, Wooldridge)
  2. WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT? LOOK AT EUROPE (Solway, Esman, Kern,Sabaditsch-Wolff, Bawer)
  3. ISLAMIC OUTREACH — THEIR TENTACLES ARE EVERYWHERE  (Warner, Deng, Solovieva, Guita)
  4. EUROPEAN UNION ATTACKS ON ISRAEL (Baker, Phillips, Murray, Jager, Lowe)
  5. ISRAEL AGAINST ITSELF (bat Adam and AFSI, Honig, Helprin, Beres, Pollard, Pruzansky, November)
  6. FAUX PEACE TREATIES, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE TERRITORIES (Rose, Lipsman, Honig, Mandell, Benari, Plaut, Fuah, Manison, Valdary)
  7. ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY (Lipkin, Merkley, Lopez, deJong, Salim)
  8. SOME GENERALITIES ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST (Greenfield, Al-Muhlim, Wagner and Cafiero, Rhode, Greenfield)
  9. SYRIA AND EGYPT (Palin, Luttwak, Gambill, Spyer, Lipkin, Rubin, Ajami)
  10. PUBLIC RELATIONS (Gimpel, Berzon, Hornik, Ben-Ari, Medoff, Lipkin, Illouz)
  11. HISTORY SECTION (Jacobovici, Mikanowskim, Ibrahim, Karsh, Julius, Mandel, Saranga)
  12. Blog-Eds. July-August Blog-Eds

STEALTH JIHAD USA

We seriously fought Salafist Islam from September 11, 2001 until a few days later when Pres. George Bush asserted Islam is a Peaceful Religion. Under Pres Obama, we've retrogressed even more. We are no longer not fighting Islam, we are aiding and abetting its mission to take over our country. Muslims with terrorist affinities are welcomed into the White House and our security agencies. Even though Muslims are responsible for most domestic terrorism, our security agencies are forbidden to spy on mosques, where most terrorist plots are initiated and developed. Muslims are allowed to pay elite universities to whitewash Islam and spread anti-semitism. K12 text-books portray Islam as peaceful. American courtrooms use Sharia law to try civil cases among Muslims; this guarantees that the mother in a divorce case will lose out. To write only incontrovertible facts about Islam's brutality doesn't shelter the author from criticism and harassment. Any criticism of Islam, factual or not, is considered islamophobic. Islamophilics have spent millions to make sure it as traumatizing as is being called a racist. And wot, I ask you, can be worse than that? Answer: being too squeamish to stop the Salafists from working to substitute Sharia law for the Constitution.


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THE AMERICAN CALIPHATE

by Jim Fletcher

Jim Fletcher reviews a new book by Michael Coffman and Kate Mathieson called Radical Islam At the Door In the House. It describes "how deeply radical Islam has penetrated not only the White House, but educational institutions, interfaith religious bodies, and with the introduction of Al-Jazeera, even media." It points out how the Islamic goal of turning America into an country ruled by Sharia has succeeded on many levels, from co-opting interfaith partners to do their bidding to making it alright for a cabdriver to refuse to take a seeing-eye dog in his cab because he considers dogs unclean. In many ways it underscores what factual blogs and books have warned for years: resurgent Islam is a well-funded, well-integrated, well-organized, dedicated movement to make Islam globally supreme. Perhaps this book will dissipate the benign haze through which the mainstream media and our own government have taught us to view Islamic infiltration.

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ERASING THE 'FACES OF GLOBAL TERRORISM'

by Arnold Ahlert

Respect for Muslim sensitivities triumphs over American security once again. Despite the long and unquestioned association of post offices and posters of criminals wanted by the FBI, Muslim terrorists require special handling. As Arnold Ahlert writes, "the FBI announced it will be pulling ads featuring wanted terrorists off Seattle-area buses. Muslims have complained the posters imply 'Muslims are the face of global terrorism.'" Taking down pictures of Muslim terrorists will not banish the fact that they are the face of global terrorism. "Sunni Muslims were responsible for 'about 70 percent' of the 12,533 terrorist murders committed in 2011." But the media much prefers focusing on White Supremacist terror — which accounted for 77 terrorist murders. As Ahlert points out, "Telling the truth about global jihad is becoming a riskier and riskier business." Speaking the truth about Muslim terrorists is no longer a God-given right. It is unacceptable when done by ordinary citizens. Radical Islamic ideology can not be criticized in polite society. And this non-speak is increasingly being reinforced by Government officials. What it doesn't stop is Islamic terrorism.

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OBAMA'S SNOOPING EXCLUDES MOSQUES, MISSED BOSTON BOMBERS

by Investors Business Daily

The Council on American Islamic Relations is an unindicted co-conspirator of the Holyland Foundation that supported Hamas. CAIR itself is a creation of the Muslim Brother (MB), for whom it acts as a front. It and other MB fronts are so well thought of by the Obama Administration that they were able to pressure the Government to purge its terrorist data bases so that Muslim and jihad are no longer linkable (see here and here). They also persuaded the Obama Administration to stop spying and carrying out sting operations at mosques. As this article reports, since October 2011, the Government has cut the FBI off from spying where most terrorist transactions take place: Islamic mosques. The NSA now controls an expensively guzzied up modern equivalent of J. Edgar Hoover's blackmail files on everyone. Rightwingers such as Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Prager don't like it but believe government invasion can save us from a terror attacks. Yet consider this: the majority of terror attacks are by Muslims. The radicalization of most Muslims takes place in or is initiated by people at mosques. And as this article tells us, mosques are where FBI agents are forbidden to snoop. So what good is the huge collection of NSA files, which can only tell you the complete history of everyone a particular person interacted with at particular times in particular places, what he bought, where he ate, what porno sites he visited, his thoughts, how he spends his leisure time, who his children hang out with, and so on and so on? Blackmail? Surely not. Our government officials would never stoop so low, would they?

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HATE FILLED, RACIST MANUAL FOUND IN AMERICAN MOSQUES

by Dave Gaubatz

Dave Gaubatz writes of a manual that is available in many Western mosques. It gives the lie to the notion that terror attacks in the West are perpetrated by individuals unaffiliated to major terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Rather, we should think of these individuals as they think of themselves — as Soldiers of Allah, acting "in full compliance with the Islamist movement in America." The manual provides budding terrorists with information on what to do and how to do it, should the FBI contact them or come after them.

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CAMPUS ANTI-ZIONISM IS WAR

by Richard H. Shulman

Richard Shulman writes of the inconsistency in American universities, where the school's administration allows hate-speech by anti-Zionist students — primarily Muslims and Marxists — by calling it free speech but allows anti-Zionists to harass Jewish students and prevent them from speaking freely or holding meetings. Anti-Zionism is a flimsy, easily-removed mask for demonizing Jews. Unfortunately there is no effective organized opposition. The BDS and other anti-Israel groups often set campus attitudes. "...most faculty members are not activists, except for those in the social studies departments, who are anti-Zionist. Anti-Zionist Jews speak out against Israel, while most of the rest are cowed or uninterested." Jewish Studies Programs are "scholarly and specialized;" they are not equipped to debate against groups that have been trained for years in disruptive tactics. Northeastern University (NU) is an egregious example of how pervasive Jew hate can be on campus. Shulman writes of some resistance that has developed to counter NU's campus anti-Semitism. NU's administration has been notified by ZOA that "schools receiving federal funding are required by the Civil Rights Act to ensure that hostility toward students of a particular religion must be remedied." But while Muslim activism has been full-blown at least since 2002, effective rebuttal is still in its early stages, politely pleading its case rather than making the colleges fear the consequences of not acting properly.

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THE TRAGEDY OF DETROIT: HOW IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURALISM DESTROYED IT

by Frosty Wooldridge

The great city of Detroit, the locus of America's auto industry, has gone bankrupt. John Hayward (see here) blames it on Detroit's "ruling class of politicians and union bosses [which] spent it into oblivion. Absurdly unsustainable pension plans created a towering mountain of unsustainable liability. The city treasury was looted for the benefit of officials and their very special friends, leaving municipal services at a Third World level. Taxes were raised, driving employers away. The auto industry collapsed under the weight of Big Labor's demands." In the current article Frosty Wooldridge adds an important reasons for Detroit's demise: the legal and illegal immigrants who swarmed into the city. They came for the generous freebies Detroit handed out but they had no intention of assimilating. Among them were a large number of illiterate immigrants from the Middle East, who took over neighborhoods where they imposed sharia law, while milking the welfare system. As Wooldridge writes, "Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life." Some say that bankrupt Detroit is a early version of what will happen to the debt-incurring Federal Government. There is of course a major difference — Detroit couldn't print funny money, which the Federal Government is happily doing.

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WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT? LOOK AT EUROPE

Daniel Greenfield has pointed out (see here) that Muslims are no longer an insignificant minority in Europe. Unlike the natives that don't have sufficient new births to sustain their numbers, Muslims have large number of babies and practice their religion to the hilt. Greenfield notes that "[i]n the UK more people attend mosques than the Church of England" and a Egypt-style church burning have been reported from Sweden. Mohammed was the most popular baby name last year, ahead of Jack and Harry. In France, in this generation, more mosques have been built than Catholic churches and in southern France there are already more mosques than churches. Mohammed-Amine is the most popular double name, ahead of Jean-Baptiste, Pierre-Louis, Leo-Paul and Mohammed-Ali...In Belgium, 50 percent of newborns are Muslim and empty Belgian churches are being turned into mosques. The most popular baby name is Mohammed and of the top 7 baby names, 6 were Muslim. A quarter of Amsterdam, Marseilles and Rotterdam and a fifth of Stockholm is already Muslim. The most popular baby name in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague is... Mohammed."

Their domination in other fields has been equally spectacular. They commit crimes out of proportion to their numbers, including rapes and brutal murders. In 2013, Muslims committed all the rapes in Norway. A thousand rapes were reported in Stockholm, Sweden, in the 7 first months of 2013 alone. Some 30% of the victims were girls under 15. 85% of the rapists were not native. In England, Muslims have finally been convicted of running child prostitution rings. They soak up welfare benefits. In Denmark, they are 5% of the population, and receive 40% of the welfare benefits. In German, 80% of the Turkish immigrants are on the dole. In Britain, half the working age Muslim population isn't working; they also had the highest disability rates of any group. They aren't grateful; they feel it is their due that dhimmis support them. Muslims demand halal meat and they demand that schools serve no pork. Many schools and hospitals now serve only halal meat. They have reset school curricula; the holocaust is no longer taught.

As their numbers grow, Muslims have increasingly demanded Europeans conform to their life style and to Sharia law. Most European political and intellectual leaders have responded by caving in to Muslim demands and joining them in vocal anti-Semitism. Simple common sense suggests they should be uniting with Jews and Sikhs every one else who has been subjected to Muslim arrogance to fight the Islamic takeover of Europe. Instead, invoking the nobility of multiculturalism, they are passive as Islam takes control. When Muslims becomes sufficiently strong, multiculturalism will go out of style and uni-cultural Islam culture will dominate.


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LIVING IN A BACKWARDS WORLD

by David Solway

David Solway has observed that many conservative writers and thinkers have started describing the world we live in as "a world turned upside down" As a variant of Garrison Keillor's 'If you da-de-da, you might be a de-da-de', our world might be described as upside down where "anti-jihadist freedom fighters Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are forbidden entry to the U.K. as disturbers of public order and social peace while avowed terrorists are welcomed into the country and allowed to live handsomely on the public dole." Englishmen, once proud of their individualism and freedom, enforce "the borders of these shariah-controlled zones, applying the rules laid down by the Islamic inhabitants." It's a world where the al-Dura hoax is protected by French courts and Philippe Karsenty is found guilty of presenting evidence of the hoax. Descending to truly black humor, "Iran chairs the UN Conference on Disarmament and Syria was recently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee." But then the U.N. has been an indecent joke for many years. Meantime, the Religion of Peace is slowly killing off individual freedoms, civility and multicultural tolerance for other religions. It's even having a go at homousian-heteroousian warfare among its own Salafist sects.

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DUTCH ISLAMIC SCHOOL'S LIES AND THREATS OFFER BROADER LESSONS

by Abigail R. Esman

Abigail Esman writes of the Ibn Ghaldoun Islamic school in Holland, where lying, cheating and stealing appear to be the norm for the administration, the students and their parents. Its directors used "subsidies earmarked for books and local educational school outings to take 200 students and their families ... to Mecca." After-school study groups were used to indoctrinate the children in radicalism and to reject assimilation. A group of its students stole "copies of the national final exam ... and were selling it over the Internet." Parents pressured teachers to pass failing students instead of flunking them. Esman suggests that self-inflicted illiteracy and refusal to assimilate have contributed to the high unemployment rate among Muslims in Holland. The take-home lesson from Ibn Ghaldoun is that "[t]he West must at last demand that its Muslim children be part of our cultural and moral fabric — starting in the classroom."

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BRITAIN: MUSLIM PRISON POPULATION UP 200%

by Soeren Kern

Soeren Kern points out that "[t]he rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts." Aside from underscoring that the Muslim population is not living up to the claim that they are productive citizens, there is the very serious problem "that British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization." There is an Islamic gang culture that controls the prison drug trade; there is forced conversion of prisoners who fear for their lives; there are al-Qaeda members who serve as role models for the younger inmates; there is the terrorizing of non-Muslim prisoners who don't conform because they eat pork or listen to Western music. As in the USA where radical imams are prison chaplains, little is being done in Britain to stop these practices.

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SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Like Geert Wilders who was tried in Holland for the crime of producing a documentary that used quotations from the Koran, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted in Austria for calling Mohammad a pedophile. In this essay she discusses European laws that "criminalize public incitement to 'hatred' against 'a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin'". Slander used to mean speaking or writing a malicious lie with intent to do someone harm. Now, European courts are free to redefine slander as Islam has always defined it in sharia law: slander is whatever is resented by a Muslim, whatever he feels harms him. Whether it is true or false is irrelevant. It can be a criminal offense in countries such as Austria, Sweden, Germany and Britain that don't have Constitutional protection for free speech. She makes the important observation that the Muslim Brotherhood "has been working assiduously since the 1970s to place members of its affiliated organizations in state, federal, and local government here in the United States, and within important transnational bodies and NGOs in the European Union." Under the guise of tolerance, anti-racism and diversity, they are redefining what can be written and spoken about Islamic practices and beliefs. In America, jihad and Islam were removed from the lexicon of FBI training manuals. In Europe, one can go to jail for criticizing Islam. She suggests some ways of fighting this insidious and dangerous trend.

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CELEBRATING FRENCH DHIMMITUDE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES

by Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer writes of a municipality in France, Roubaix, where the French administration actively contributes to the ascendancy of "Ilamo-leftism." It helps a "Palestinian charity that collected for Arab orphans; the money goes to children of suicide bombers. The town mosque is run by Salafists; there is a Muslim enclave, which is 'no-go' to non-Muslims. In sum, Roubaix is "a model of rank, shameless official dhimmitude. Roubaix has attained social harmony — if you want to call it that — by selling out completely to the proponents of sharia." What makes Roubaix a shining example of a world turned upside down is that the New York Times recently wrote about Roubaix and its disregard of French law and culture as if it were "some kind of triumph of multicultural concord." The Times reporter, Alissa Rubin, misinterpreted the many signs of Muslim control as indications that Roubaix "has made a point of embracing its Muslim population." Rubin praised Roubaix as "a role model for other French towns and cities" on how to live in harmony. Judging from how Roubaix succeeded, all it takes is to succumb completely to Islam's demands.

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ISLAMIC OUTREACH — THEIR TENTACLES ARE EVERYWHERE

Peaceful Islam. Let me count the ways:
Burning Christians in their churches in Egypt.
Shooting rockets at children walking to school in the morning in Israel.
Rebels eating the organs of someone they have just slaughtered in Syria.
Gang raping women in England and Sweden.
Setting explosives that amputate the feet of a young dancer in Boston.
Killing hostages in Russia and in China.
Detonating a bus full of tourists in Bulgaria.
There's no end to their peace-loving activities.
They fill the globe.


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JIHADISTS BOMBING THE BUDDHISTS

by Bill Warner

Apologists for Muslim savagery suggest "its victims as somehow deserving of the jihadist attacks... any Jews killed are payback for the purported Israeli persecution of the so-called Palestinians." This doesn't work when the victims are Buddhists, who are mostly pacifists. Apologists can't claim Buddhists have mistreated Muslims. Moreover, "Buddhism is the pet religion of the media, Leftists, Progressives and Liberals, and even those who are right of center find it hard to dislike Buddhism." Bill Warner speculates that the attacks on Buddhists might have negative consequences, making it more difficult to justify Islam's attacks on other religions. Some people might even rethink their defense of Islam's aggression.

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I WAS ONCE A SUDANESE SLAVE

by Simon Deng

Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, spoke at the U.N.'s Durban III Conference, which was held in NY in Sept. 2011. Although the Conference was called The Perils Of Global Intolerance, it was a continuation of the virulent anti-Israel lies and ugly distortions heard at the previous Durban conferences. In a remarkable action, Simon Deng spoke out against the real agenda of the Conference. He said:

"The people who suffer most from the UN anti-Israel policy are not the Israelis, but all those people who the UN ignores in order to tell its big lie against Israel; we, the victims of Arab/Muslim abuse: women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, homosexuals, in the Arab/Muslim world. These are the biggest victims of UN Israel hatred."

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EGYPT'S COPTIC CHRISTIANS FACE UNPRECEDENTED REPRISALS FROM THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

by Daria Solovieva

Daria Solovieva describes some of the more recent attacks in Egypt on the Coptic Christians: looting, burning churches, harassing nuns, killing people. The "reason" this time was Morsi's ouster from the Presidency of Egypt. No one is suggesting the Copts were responsible for booting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood out of the government, but the Morsi supporters needed some way to show their anger, didn't they?

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JIHAD ELSENWHERE

by Olivier Guitta

The news about the internecine fights between different colorations of Jihad has concentrated on Egypt and Syria. But the action is much more wide spread. Olivier Guitta writes about what's happening elsenwhere, including Europe, where Hezbollah has encountered little resistance in raising funds from sympathizers and by selling drugs

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EUROPEAN UNION ATTACKS ON ISRAEL

The European Union (EU) has decided that henceforth its member states are to boycott the three-quarters of a million Israeli Jews living in Samaria, Judea, the Golan and the eastern part of Jerusalem. Yori Yanover wrote in The Jewish Press (July 16th, 2013, here.) that Ha'aretz reported that "the European Union has published a binding directive to all 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to anyone residing in the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria and in East Jerusalem. In addition, the directive requires that any future deal to be signed with Israel must include an item that determines that the settlements are not part of sovereign Israel and therefore are not part of the deal."

This is not a sudden change in policy. It is a blatant statement of EU practices that have developed over time. These demands are consistent with EU prejudices. As Guy Milliere (see here) points out, "For more than four decades, several European countries, and the European Union itself, have established close and compromising relationships with various regimes in the Arab world. They have become prisoners of what is called Europe's 'Arab Policy' — with full support for the 'Palestinian cause' and 'anti-Israeli' activities and movements, regardless of how thoroughly detrimental these might be to their own survival — as so presented by Bat Ye'or in her prophetic book, Eurabia, published in 2005."

The sanctions themselves may end up as more limited than feared. Or the EU might cherrypick what "illegalities" to ignore and which to be virtuous about. But it is important to realize the intent is to humiliate Israel. Every time Israel signs an agreement with a EU country, it will be agreeing that Jewish settlements are illegal, a statement that is contrary-to-fact, as several papers in this Section discuss. The more general problem is that EU has flat out rejected that Biblical Israel belongs to Israel. The EU has capriciously decided that Israel has no title to land that is Jewish legally, historical, Biblically and by right of conquest.

Many have noted the irony of how the EU ignores Arab terrorism while slamming Israel for imaginary or minor faults. Peter Martino (see here) writes: "The Muslim Brotherhood is embraced as a friend and partner of Europe, but Jewish sportsmen, artists and scientists are considered a dangerous threat to peace in the Middle East. The EU's policies towards Israel and the Jews has become so vicious, dishonest and unfair, that it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the EU is an anti-Semitic organization. The sooner the 'political wing' of this organization is dismantled, and the EU returns to its origin as a free trade organization, the better." Emmanuel Navon (see here) put it this way: "For the European Union (EU), labeling Hezbollah as a terrorist organization amounts to a tough philosophical question. But labeling Israeli products from Judea and Samaria as non-Israeli entails no such travails. While there is no question that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, defining Judea and Samaria as 'occupied territory' is debatable at best."

Moran Azulay (see here) wrote that PM Netanyahu announced that "Israel will not sign additional agreements with EU such as a scientific cooperation agreement, due to the expected EU limitations on the settlements." But this hasn't been followed up by specifics. Nevertheless there is no reason to put up with this treatment, even if the politicians aren't to be trusted. Pleas and polite letters are useless. But there are effective ways to respond.

Caroline Glick (see here) writes that the EU "hopes to coerce Israel into abandoning its legitimate historic claims as the indigenous people of the Land of Israel to the lands allocated to the Jewish people under international law by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. It hopes to coerce Israel into surrendering its right to defensible borders and voluntarily transform itself into an indefensible strategic basket case wholly dependent on the goodwill of outside powers for its survival." She makes three major suggestions:

  1. the Knesset pass a "law requiring all Israeli entities that agree to operate under the EU's funding guidelines to register as foreign agents and report all EU contributions." "Those contributions," she added, "should be taxed at the highest corporate tax rate."
  2. As 'Area C' is the area of Judea and Samaria where Israel exercises most civil and military authorities. Israel should suspend all EU projects in Area C. Future EU projects should be subject to intense scrutiny by the civil administration. Israel's default position should be to reject, rather than approve such requests, given their hostile intent."
  3. "EU peacekeeping forces from Gaza to Lebanon to Syria have repeatedly proven not only their cowardice, but their willingness to act in ways that endanger Israel in order to protect themselves. Israel should bar European forces from further participation in armed forces in Israel. To this end, Israel should allow the mandate of the European-dominated Temporary International Presence in Hebron to expire when it next comes up for review."

David Lev (See here) expands on (2) and suggests boycotting some major European Union projects that features Israel as a central partner and funder — slated to provide some 600 million euros. "Among them is an 80 billion euro project to clean up the Mediterranean by 2020. Horizon 2020 'aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban waste water and industrial pollution,' the EU said when the project was announced in 2011. Israeli green technology is a centerpiece of the project, with Israeli researchers providing numerous systems to remove pollution from the shores of Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, and northern African countries. At least some of the technologies Israel is contributing to the project were developed by companies and academic institutions located in Judea and Samaria and in areas of Jerusalem liberated in the Six Day War. Considering the financial crisis in many Mediterranean countries, Israel's funding for the project may be a major issue for the continuity of the project. According to the new EU rules, Israel will have to pledge not to supply any of that technology to the project — removing a good chunk of the technology contributions Israel was slated to make."

There has been a rash of suggestions on the internet on the proper response to the EU dictum.

Political Acts:

Media Material:

What individuals and companies can do on their own:

NOTE: See also the video "The Spring of Judea and Samaria, produced by Ezra Ridgley" here.


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THE EUROPEAN UNION — HYPOCRISY, HOSTILITY AND BLATANT PREJUDICE

by Amb. Alan Baker

In this article, Alan Baker lays out in succinct fashion why the EU's recent directive boycotting Jews living in Samaria and Judea is legally and politically flawed. The EU has ignored the legal documents encouraging these Jewish settlements by the international community and has based its condemnation of the settlements on inappropriate documents such as the Geneva Convention, which are not applicable. Baker points out that "[t]he repeated use by the EU of the term 'occupied Arab,' or 'Palestinian territories' to refer to the area of Judea and Samaria has no basis in law or fact." These conclusions were also part of a petition he drafted for the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, which was sent to the EU. The petition was signed by 1100 jurists, rabbis and diplomats around the world urging the EU to shelve its "legally flawed and incorrect assumptions regarding both the legality of Israel's settlements and the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel's border." (see here). As Nachi Eyal, director of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, has said: "The world needs to understand that there is a deliberate deception is being perpetrated [by the EU] and that Judea and Samaria belong to the Jewish people by their historic right as well as by law."

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THE BASELESS HATRED OF THE EU TOWARDS ISRAEL

by Melanie Phillips

This article is, in part, a companion article to Ambassador Baker's more general refutation of the European Union's "case" against the Jewish settlements. Melanie Phillips focuses on the San Remo Treaty, which reaffirmed that the land was historically the homeland of the Jewish people, and the Geneva Convention, which the EU misapplied. Phillips calls this "an act of malevolence" "But," she adds, "the fault in large measure surely lies with Israel. For although some may find this incomprehensible, Israel does not make to the world the one case that matters — why Israelis are fully entitled under international law to build their homes in these territories; and exactly how Britain, the EU and the UN have grossly misstated and misapplied that international law." After all, as a reader, Mladen Andrijasevic, asks, "Is it really so difficult to read the San Remo Treaty of 1920, Article 6 of the Palestine Mandate, the UN Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80 and Article 49 of the Geneva Convention and see that Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are legal under international law?" Phillips suggests reasons why Israel has been remiss. Her assessment needs to be taken seriously. And the situation corrected.

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"OCCUPIED TERRITORIES": WHAT ABOUT CYPRUS, KASHMIR, TIBET?

by Douglas Murray

As Douglas Murray writes, "The European Union (EU) has again decided that it should dictate Israeli border and security policy." In this essay, he focuses on a particular aspect of this decree: the EU's double standard in that the EU has not taken such a stand on other disputed borders in the world. He writes in particular of Cyprus, a member of the EU, where Turkey illegally annexed the northern area over forty years ago. Even if one doesn't accept Israel's ownership of the Territories, unlike Turkey, it clearly has security and political justification for maintaining control. Yet, while the EU plans economic and academic shunning of Israel, "the EU does not consider it imperative that Turkey should disengage from the illegal occupation of an EU member state." Curious.

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NY FEDERATION HAS ITS OWN BOYCOTT OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA

by Ron Jager

There's a split in the American Jewish community, in that while some 55% oppose a Palestinian Arab state, other Jews, including organizations such as the American Jewish Congress, which should understand the Palestinian Arabs have no intention of being a peaceful neighbor, continue to promote the Arab cause. Left-leaning Jews have been inventive and creative in doing PR — against Israel. They are major suppliers and vindicators of the BSD (Ban, Sanction, Divest) campaign against Israel. The European Union is reprehensible in ignoring all evil in the Middle East and picking on the one democratic state in all of that vast area: Israel. But, as Ron Jager asks: why do American Jewish groups refuse to help Jewish citizens of Israel who live in Samaria and Judea? As he writes, "If New York Federation-funded agencies can so blatantly boycott children who have lost their parents and siblings to terror, why should we be so surprised when the Europeans adopt a similar policy of boycotting Jews?" There is an addendum on an article by Bill Narvey called "Is The Boston JCRCB Jewish Leadership Really From Boston Or From Chelm?" that wonders how interfaith Jews can join forces with Muslim groups that hate Jews and want to kill them.

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ISRAEL AS A GULF STATE

by Malcolm Lowe

It seems particularly stupid for the EU to antagonize Israel just as Israel is about to develop its newly-discovered offshore deposits of natural gas. Nevertheless, in split-brain fashion, while the EU is crowing about its plans to humiliate Israel by forcing it to pretend settlements are illegal, another group of EU officials, ignoring EU's righteous convictions, is talking to Israel about linking "Israel's natural gas fields to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline." It is not surprising, as Malcolm Lowe writes, that "the EU took vehement exception to Special Rapporteur Richard Falk's most recent report, aka baseless diatribe against Israel." European politicos are suddenly denouncing boycotts. European officials are reassuring Israel the EU guide lines don't mean what they say, and even if they sound nasty, they are very limited in what they can achieve, and even if they are legal, some European countries (more aware or less ideological) have denounced them. Thanks to the Trade Unions, the Protestant Churches, an anti-Israel press and Arab money, 40% of the Europeans believe Israel "is conducting a war of extermination against the Palestinians," but the working stiffs in the European governments see it in their national interest to work with Israel. Who will win out: the EU or the EU? Perhaps Israel needs to ask the real EU to stand up and take responsibility for its actions. As an aside, I don't think Malcolm Lowe need worry that with its new riches Israel will behave like a primitive Gulf State. The behavior of Jews, even not very religious Jews, is anchored in the Torah, and not on the mouthing of a 7th century primitive.

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ISRAEL AGAINST ITSELF


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GIVING AWAY THE NEGEV

Compiled from articles by Smadar Bat Adam and by AFSI

The treatment by Israel of the Negev Bedouins is a prime example that no good deed shall go unpunished. Israeli has given them the medical support to keep their newborns alive. Bedouin infant medical problems are still high due to long-term cousins marriages but this program has been so successful, it is estimated the Bedouin population will double in 15 years. For at least a half century, Israel has been coaxing the impoverished Bedouins — native to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Jordan — to live in permanent housing so that the young can receive an education and join the modern world. This has been partially successful. Mandatory education has reduced illiteracy from 95% to 25% in a generation, but higher education is still not a priority goal in the community. The Bedouin have responded to freebies without responsibility by illegally building on state and private land in a sprawling destructive fashion, including taking over public land set aside for parks. Some 40% continued to live in illegal villages, not entitled to electricity, water or trash pick-up. The government will now try the Begin-Prawer 5-year economic development plan for the Negev Bedouins to clear up the issue of land ownership, improve the condition of Bedouin women and ease the Bedouins into Israeli society. It allocates most of its Negev budget to the Bedouins, rather than helping Jews settle the Negev.

Currently, a major problem is that many Bedouins have been radicalized and where once they saw themselves as separate from the Palestinian Arabs, now they identify with them, so their taking over the Negev means they will want to assign it to areas controlled by the PLO. In July many of them rioted because they would have to move off the land they held illegally in the Negev and Galilee. Are they being treated unfairly? Yes. Jewish settlers have their legal homes demolished with no compensation and there are no plans to build new Jewish towns in the Negev, but billions of shekels are earmarked for the Bedouins. They are given thousands of dunam of free land but also resist giving up their illegal buildings. As one reader said, "Israel is a topsy-turvy world, where incredibly Arabs who seek to destroy the state have more rights than the Jews...Amazing!" Another reader, Stop the Insanity!!!!!!!!!, writes, "Only in Israel are the enemy housed and legalized.The PA has a policy of no Jews in their hoped for state.Why O Why does Israel not respond in kind - No Arabs in the Jewish State.Jewish morality can be our worst enemy at times like this.To rid Israel of this 5th column the Arab population must be 'Encouraged' to join their brethren in the Arab countries. Any foolish agreement Israel concludes with the 'non nation' the palestinians must include their transfer to their own lands."

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Bedouin Riot with PLO flags (Beersheva, July 15, 2013. Flash 90)

MK Moshe Feiglin recently spelled out what the Israeli Government is doing: "You gave up on the Temple Mount, you gave up on construction in Jerusalem, you have abandoned the Jews in the eastern section of the city, you have frozen construction in Judea and Samaria, and now you've given away the Negev."

The current article discusses both what an Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) group saw as they traveled through the Negev and the implications of the Israeli Government caving to the Bedouin land-grab of the Negev.

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WHERE CRAZIES THRIVE

by Sarah Honig

Israel has been invaded by a slew of Africans, posing as refugees but actually looking for an easier life than in their native countries. Most are not qualified to work. They have taken over a part of Tel-Aviv, where, as Sarah Honig writes, "[n]umerous murders, robberies and violent rapes are routinely reported in the city's dark seamy underside. Doubtless, way more go unreported." The influx into Israel has mostly been stopped, but, mainly due to the flak from a Marxist press, little has done little to expel a clear and obvious danger to Israeli citizens. As Honig writes, the irony is that the same Left that that wants to kick Israeli citizens out of Biblical Israel, "eagerly espouses whatever weakens Israel — be it yielding territory to ever-implacable enemies, importing hostile Arabs, opposing legislation to reduce the danger of being overrun by would-be annihilators or even undermining efforts to deport illegal (often Muslim) Africans."

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ISRAEL IS LETTING ITS GUARD DOWN

by Mark Helprin

Amir Rapaport (see here) has written of the IDF's new priorities: "the attainment of intelligence superiority, development of knockout fire delivery capability, active defense systems, cyber warfare, and border protection systems, while the ground forces are to be downgraded in importance and priority." Typically, historians complain that Generals seem always to be fighting the last war. But in this case, paradoxically, some experts are concerned that Israel's embrace of innovative new techniques, many of which are robotic, are not suitable if the enemy continues to fight the last war. In this essay, Mark Helprin reports that Israel is preparing for asymmetrical wars such as those Hezbollah and Hamas fight, because its military leaders believe that ground wars with regular armies encountering each other in specific places are a thing of the past. Helprin points out that "[t]he fallacy of this course is ...[that] the Arab confrontation states have coalesced at unlikely times and in unlikely circumstances." Reinforcing this viewpoint, Professor Avi Kober (see here) has written of "the troop-density paradox," in which "low-intensity challenges actually require more troops than high-intensity ones." This would mean that whether the enemy is a seasoned guerrilla force or a regular army fighting openly, men and material are necessary. It seems the wrong time to give up tanks and trained ground troops.

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PLEASE NOT AGAIN: RELEASING TERRORISTS FOR 'PEACE'

by Prof. Louis René Beres

Much of the response to Israel's releasing barbaric murderers from jail just to get some illegal and recalcitrant Arabs to come sit and talk yet again, has rightfully been emotional: indignation and anger and demoralization. Demoralized is a very textured word. People become fearful, despondent, uncaring, distraught, terrified, logy, inert, paralyzed, jumpy. A demoralized populace is the very opposite of a citizenry invigorated and full of determination to act: ready for battle, squashing problems as they arise, working around current blocks. And, in this sense, the Netanyahu Gov't, which I respect for helping Israel out of its solipsist socialist inertia into a phenomenally creativity under capitalism, is demoralizing Israelis. In this essay Louis Beres writes of another aspect of the prisoner release. He points out that not only is releasing terrorists "indecent, it is also unlawful." Moreover, in promoting this, the U.S., in the person of Barack Obama, "will be in violation not only of international law, but also the law of the United States. This is because international law is already part of US law (the 'supreme law of the land') by virtue of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, and also by virtue of a number of landmark Supreme Court decisions." And the worst of it is that Israel, aside from losing its self-respect, will gain nothing but more wide-spread terrorism from this "good-will" gesture.

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RESTORING ISRAEL TO GREATNESS

by Jonathan Pollard

Many have commented on the bitter fact that the Obama Administration successfully pressured Israel to release terrorists who murdered defenseless civilians but has itself refused to release Jonathan Pollard, whose espionage jeopardized no lives yet has been treated worse than spies such as Aldrich Ames, who was directly responsible for the death of Americans. In this article, Jonathan Pollard doesn't speak of the cruel and unusual punishment he has suffered. He argues, instead, that Israel "has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world so befuddled by moral ambiguity that it is willing to dishonor its dead, betray its bereaved, and disgrace its citizens for the sake of political expediency." And the facts are with him.

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BATTERED COUNTRY SYNDROME

by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

In this essay, Rabbi Pruzansky compares Israel's irrational entering "into negotiations with an enemy sworn to its destruction, when any outcome of those negotiations will redound to its detriment" to the battered wife who can no longer make rational assessments. "Just like the battered-wife blames herself for the violence, thinks she can improve the situation by making unilateral changes, lacks self-esteem, and therefore endures the violence, injury, emotional and verbal abuse and degradation that is her fate — so too Israel. ... Only a country that lacks self-esteem willingly surrenders its land to its enemies..." A reader, Phil, commented, "No argument with any of your statements, but if Israel had leaders who would answer the diplomats pressuring Israel by declaring firmly that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish Nation, and not one inch of it is negotiable, I think the pressure would eventually fade, as its futility became apparent. Peace negotiations? Sure. Land negotiations? Never. Not one inch. In this regard, Israel's leaders are indeed to blame, for suggesting that Israel will give up anything for even the chance to talk about peace."

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THE ENEMY AGENDA AND ISRAEL'S RULING INTELLIGENSIA

by Zvi November

Zvi November writes that Israel's leaders do not appear to have the smarts "to explain her legitimate rights, the justice of her cause and rebut the outright lies Arabs have succeeded in spreading worldwide." When they should assert sovereignty over the Territories, they waffle and use loser terms such as "disputed territories." They ignore simple truths that would allow them to set the terms of the discussion; e.g., assert that it is time for transfer the local Arabs to Jordon, which sits on land originally set aside for the Jews and has a Palestinian Arab majority.

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FAUX PEACE TREATIES, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE TERRITORIES

Some of the articles in this section capture the irrational loathing the world has been conditioned to feel towards the Jews who live in Samaria and Judea, which is Biblical Israel. (It's called the West Bank by those that pretend that there is no connection between the Jews and their ancient homeland.) The Jews living in towns in Samaria and Judea aren't demonized just by outsiders. They have become the Jews of the Jews and the designated victims of the police and judiciary, who don't put a foot wrong when it comes to actual criminals who are Arab.

They do this, despite the fact there are now many articles available that present factual evidence on how the League of Nations divided the Middle Eastern territory of the Ottoman Empire after it was defeated in World War 1. The Balfour Declaration, the San Remo treaties, and the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine reaffirmed that the ownership of Mandated Palestine belongs ONLY to the Jews, just as other Mandates written at the same time created many of the present-day Arab states. (Read an excellent summary here. and google the many articles in Think-Israel on Israel's legal ownership of Samaria, Judea, Gaza and the Golan. See also the Section on the Levy Report in the September 2012 issue here and the video "The Identify Of The Land" here.) Despite the clear evidence, sequential Israeli Governments have not claimed the land to which they have clear and unique title. It is unconscionable that Israel does not assert its legal, historic, Biblical and conquest rights, but passively allows the false assertions that the "Palestinians" own the land to persist. By their actions, Israeli leaders are following in the footsteps of the Europeans, particularly the Brits, who took up themselves the trust to help the Jews develop the means to reinstate their homeland, and instead, did all in their power to prevent the creation of a Jewish state.

Dror Eydar ( August 4, 2013, here) calls for a positive and persistent action. As he put it:

"Every diplomatic statement, press conference and political speech needs to emphasize, first and foremost, the historical, religious and moral rights of the Jews to their land. Mr. President of the United States of America, do you believe in the Bible? Do you believe in the promise of this land to the Jewish people? Almost 2,000 years before Islam came to this world, when the forefathers of MKs Zahalka and Tibi were worshipping idols in the Hijaz desert, our own forefathers were walking here and beginning to practice monotheism.

"One thousand six hundred years before Islam, we had a kingdom and Temple in Jerusalem. Twice we were destroyed and exiled, and twice we came back home. Four hundred years before the advent of Islam, the Romans changed the name of Judea to Palestine, after the coastal nation known as the Philistines, who had disappeared hundreds of years previously. The Romans sought to erase the connection between the Jews and their land. Now Arabs of the region call themselves Palestinians and say, 'We were here before you.' This lie must be exposed at every opportunity. Telling this truth is also our chance at achieving true peace."

What is as appalling is that Jews are not allowed to pray freely on their most sacred place, the Temple Mount. It is a morbid example of black irony. Anywhere else in the world (except in Judenfrei Arab countries, there would be an outcry, but here in the country of the Jews, Jews aren't allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, but Arabs may pray, play soccer and come and go freely. The Government is paralyzed for fear the Arabs will riot, and the global media will as usual condemn Israel. Clearly it is necessary to take the guardianship of Jewish holy places away from the Waqf and return it to the Jews. Israel might as well do it right. The world will scream just as loud at half measures or cosmetic changes. More generally, a proper solution, well stated by Alexis Worlock, ("My Answer To Jews Who Oppose Deportation Of The Enemies Of Israel" Facebook, July 12, 2013) is this:

"I'm offended by the sick double standard under which some Jews allow atrocities and outrages to be perpetrated against fellow Jews; and are willing to go so far as to say it's fine for Israel to uproot entire Jewish communities, some after 3 generations, including destroying not only homes and livelihoods but close, lifelong community relationships; destroy farms and greenhouses and synagogues; disinter remains from cemeteries...forcefully enter homes and carry out screaming children...[In August, 2005 — bsl] And all this, in response to these people having done NOTHING WRONG. On the contrary--the Jews of Gaza, who had built with their own hands beautiful, productive, close-knit communities, were evicted ONLY due to the genocidal hatred, acted out in violence, of THEIR NEIGHBORS--the ones who were allowed to remain in Gaza and are given immense financial assistance from Israel and the rest of the world! And once the Jews were forcibly removed from Gaza, it immediately became a launching pad for kidnapping, constant rocket attacks on civilians in Israel proper, and unspeakable acts of terror against any Jews that came within reach, and when they could no longer find Jews, against other Arab Gazans.

"So, when it comes to allowing outrages against fellow Jews...even when it comes to forcibly uprooting innocent and productive Jewish families...the voices of 'Jewish conscience' are oddly silent. But when one suggest that, rather than the innocent Jewish victims of genocidal hate, but the PERPETRATORS be uprooted — suddenly there are all kinds of cries of conscience. Jewish laws of 'kindness and compassion' are suddenly invoked. I'll quote you a Jewish law of kindness and compassion, from the Talmud: 'He who is compassionate to the cruel, winds up being cruel to the compassionate.' [...] The Nazis of today are suddenly presented as the "victims"! Because--while they are trying to massacre every last Jew from the face of the earth, for no crime except the fact of being Jewish... My relatives who were victims of the Holocaust would have loved, would have fallen on their knees in gratitude, to have had the possibility of being merely deported, instead of the unspeakable horrors that were actually done to them."]

To claim Israel's own property as Israeli is apparently a fearful act for the politicians, who don't seem to understand how it would free them from the periodic wastes of time spent negotiating peace with Arabs, who want to see the Jewish state destroyed; they don't want to create a state of their own.

Without Israel's strong assertion that she will not consider a give-away of Biblical Israel, John Kerry, the USA Secretary of State has been free to perform his own version of the Kerry Dance, where he plays the pipes while Abbas calls the tune. A serious question is whether the Peace Process is just stupid or malicious? Are we being danced around because the entire Obama administration has a limited repertoire of ideas and methods or is this just the latest resurrection of a decayed idea that haters of Israel have relied on to destroy the Jewish State? It is possible that the Obama administration is blackmailing Netanyahu — their Chicago-based method of operation is to blackmail or bribe or demonize. Integrity means nothing. Their objective is to further their aims. It may be that Netanyahu believes Israel needs a political settlement to survive. As Evelyn Gordon wisely said, "Once a prime minister convinces himself that the country's very survival depends on an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, the inexorable consequence is that almost no concession is too high to pay for a deal, or even for the faintest chance of one" (see here). It may be that Netanyahu is acting absurdly stupid because his overriding concern is defeating Iran before she drops — or threatens to drop — a bomb, and the USA administration has threatened to block him UNLESS he agrees to whatever nastiness the USA encouraged by Abbas can dream up, he's likely wasting precious time. Given Obama's previous history, he'll string the Israelis along and eventually default on his promises. If he's out to help kill off Israel, he's not going to do anything to help Israel bomb Iran, not matter what he promises and no matter how many terrorists Israel releases.

See also this prescription for an Isaiah State rather than a Pariah State. It is called "An Isaiah State Light To Nations" and features an interview with HaRav David Bar-Hayim entitled "Terrorists for Peace (Talks)."


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A HISTORY OF BETRAYAL OF THE JEWISH STATE BY THE BRITISH, FRENCH AND THE US

by Alex Rose

When the Allies won the first World War, the vast Middle East portion of the Ottoman Empire was divided by a set of Mandates into what would be a single Jewish state and many of the current Arab states. The Mandate for the establishment of the Jewish State was an irrevocable trust for the Jewish people. It was unique in that it was considered a reattachment of the Jews to their homeland. In this way, it differed from the the Arab states, where boundaries were drawn for geographic convenience rather than historic connection. As Alex Rose writes, the British betrayed their trust, and indeed, overtly helped the Arabs by allowing them open immigration, supplying them with arms and adding 80% of the Mandate land to the already enormous area gifted to the Arabs, while they closed Palestine to the Jews who in the 1930's and 1940's were fleeing from the Nazis. Just as in Israel currently, when the Arabs were displeased, they threatened mayhem and the authorities would exclude Jews from their property. The attitude and activities of the French and the US administrations over the years have been more sympathetic to the Arab demands than to the Jewish State, which, despite all, has succeeded in providing a good life and freedom for its citizens, an amazing accomplishment in a region suffering from the twin afflictions of rigidity and chaos.

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IT'S TIME TO JUNK OSLO

by Ron Lipsman

The new "peace" negotiations might be useful, were they to raise the return of Pollard as the price of releasing arab monster. Raising the issue of the return of Jewish property in the Arab countries or suitable compensation would be useful. After all the Arab invaders of the newly-created State of Israel created two sets of refugees. One, Jewish, was absorbed as fully empowered citizens of Israel, the other, Arab, was useful as the face of Arab "suffering" and seemed to have hit the jackpot in that our tax dollars have helped pay for their free food, education, medical care and housing. They didn't use their leisure time to create the infrastructure of a state but moldered in welfare status, with little incentive to work for a living and act independently. Ronald Lipsman reviews the sorry history of the Oslo Accords and the damage the agreement has done to Israel. He concludes that it is "time for Israeli leaders— indeed, for the whole nation — to recognize the futility of Oslo, declare it a dead letter, and pursue a completely different path. It is time for Israelis to recognize reality, stop acting like they lost all the wars that they have won, and initiate a new strategy." The fault for the Oslo failure and the initiative for success lies not with Israel but with the Arabs, who continue to dream of destroying Israel.

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SO THE WORLD IS AGAINST US

by Sarah Honig

To hear even many of the people who are friendly towards Israel, the Jewish settlements in Samaria and Judea are a singular shiny large-caret jewel radiating Israeli malevolence and needing no context and no factual explanation to arouse international anger. 'Jewish settlements are evil' is a mantra Jew-haters have succeeded in having added to the world's unquestioned set of incorrect beliefs. Ask people why these settlements are evil. It is so obvious to them, they are surprised you ask. Nevertheless, factually, by international law Jewish settlements in the Territories are to be encouraged and helped to develop. (Google San Remo Treaties and UN charter and view 'Gauthier On Jerusalem' here. Google "Think-Israel.org" for additional articles.)

Yet they are automatically rejected as a sign of Jewish unwarranted expansionism, but "Palestinian" Arab settlements that are indeed illegal invasion, constructed by a phony people claiming a country that never was, are acceptable. If the no-longer legal President of the PA. Mahmoud Abbas, can bluff his way into acquiring most of Samaria and Judea and Eastern Jerusalem, this would mean kicking out three-quarters of a million Jews from their homes because Abbas is not willing to have a single Jew on Arab turf. That is considered reasonable but let the Jews talk of exporting the Arabs to a place of their own in the vast lands bestowed on the Arab States, and the world screams in horror. In this essay, Sarah Honig suggests a non-trivial reason why this is so: it is the ancient refusal to accept a viable Jewish state where Jews can live as Jews.

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I AM THE REASON THERE IS NO WORLD PEACE

by Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell is the mother of Kobi Mandell, who skipped school to take a hike with his friend. They were beaten to death by Palestinian Arabs who then smeared their blood over the walls of the cave where they were found. In this essay, she makes clear the discrepancy between the fantasy that the Jews living in the Territories are the reason that there is no peace in the Middle East and the actuality, i.e., that their religious beliefs do not allow the Arabs to come to terms with a Jewish State, no matter what its size.

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'THEY SHOCKED HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN'

by Elad Benari

Elad Benari tells the story of Boaz Albert, a wine maker living in Samaria, who understands that Israel must reclaim its land, not give it away. This is not the operational agenda of successive Israeli administrations, who continue to act as if peace will blossom if only they give away another piece of tiny Israel. He has been harassed and even subjected to a taser attack by the authorities, who would never subject an Arab terrorist to such arbitrary treatment. In an Addendum, Boaz Albert explains why he must defy the authorities.

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GIVING UP THE TEMPLE MOUNT?

by Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut writes about the significance of the Temple Mount for Jews and for Christians. When the Jews reclaimed the Temple Mount in 1967, they stupidly allowed the Arabs to retain control of it. The Arab have taken advantage of the government's fear that Arabs will riot. More and more, with the Government compliance, they block Jewish access to the Temple Mount. Jews are frequently and capriciously banned from the Mount and they are never allowed to pray there. Jews who violate the odious restrictions on their rights to their Holiest Site in their Holiest City of Jerusalem are subject to arrest. Meantime, the Arabs destroy artifacts from previous Temple times to eradicate the ancient and continuous connection of Jews and the Temple Mount. As Plaut says, "the entire legal status quo for the Temple Mount, under which Israel relinquishes control to the Muslim religious authorities, serves as yet another reminder that Jewish self-abasement and cowardice do not win Israel any tolerance or goodwill. The time has come for Israel to make it clear that it will no longer seek peace via gestures of debasement of Jewish dignity nor by auto-suppression of the legitimate religious rights of Jews."

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SPECIAL REPORT: VIOLATION OF JEWISH RIGHTS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT

by Michael Fuah

This is a concise and precise report prepared by Michael Fuah on the shoddy treatment of Jews who are not allowed by the Israeli Government to access their most holy site. As unbelievable as it sounds, it is a fact that "Jews are barred from entry for weeks on end when demanded by Muslim clerics; that Jews are not permitted to pray, in any manner or form, even in a murmur; that Jews are not permitted to carry prayer books or any books of a religious nature; Jews are not permitted to bow or prostrate themselves; Jews are not permitted access throughout the day; Jews are not permitted to study text; Jews are not permitted to linger," while Arabs have full access to the Jewish Temple Mount. Arabs can pray there, have picnics and play soccer without restriction.

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IMPOSSIBILITY OF A TWO STATE SOLUTION

by Warren Manison

Every American administration in recent years that ran into political problems confirmed by low approval rates had an out. They promoted a major distraction that looked like a legacy-sized mission: let's make peace between the Arabs and the Jews. As Haim Shine (see here) points out, "In practice, that meant Israel conceded material benefits to the Arabs while losing self-respect and self-confidence. And making itself more an easy target for the growing Arab violence." Even if the brokers were honorable, even if Israel were to make itself into a basket case for peace — which she has seemed on occasion to be willing to do — and even if the Arabs, including its current spokesman Mahmoud Abbas, the quasi head of the Palestinian Authority, had not declared that the Arabs intend, sooner or later, to eradicate Israel, Warren Manison in this article tells us why the fantasy of two states, one Arab, one Jewish, living side by side in peace (or one inside the other, or one on both sides of the other) is an impossibility.

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THE PERNICIOUS PRICE OF CAPITULATION

by Chloe Valdary

Chloe Valdary writes that America upholds its good name and foundation principles. "[It] realizes that when it comes to its own self-interests, negotiating for peace with those who seek, indeed, live, to see their destruction, is a futile mission." Yet she pressures her most reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel — who also lives by high moral standards — to denigrate her sovereignty by making suicidal concessions to those who work to destroy her. As Valdary says, "It is not Israel's responsibility to convince the leaders of Western civilization to uphold its own standards of justice and truth, nor is it Israel's responsibility to be made to endure a trial and error process of being the 'better, naive' person, which as precedent has shown has only brought death and destruction." "[T]he idea which Israel must aspire to, indeed the idea upon which it was founded, is the national sovereignty of its own people and their right to live in their ancient homeland." Amen to that.

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ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY

This set of essays asks whether Islam, whose ideology advocates aggressive means to dominate over all other religions, rejects any criticism of Islam and treats women and minority groups as chattel or, at best, as dhimmis, is potentially compatible with democratic practices, which encourage inter-group tolerance and freedom for individuals to make their own decisions.


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ISLAMIC PRACTICES AND DEMOCRACY

by Bernice Lipkin

Despite all evidence to the contrary, "[t]here is an unshakable belief in many a Western heart that all humanity hungers after democracy." These optimists see the budding of democracy in the Middle East in the flimsiest of evidence. And yet, as Bernice Lipkin suggests, it may be that "the question whether Islam and democracy are compatible has already been answered. "Consider that the State of Israel has for over sixty years been conducting an unplanned field experiment in social relations. There is a large group of Arabs now living in Israel. Unlike so many of the Arabs in the rest of the Middle East who are illiterate, diseased and live in abject poverty, they receive higher education and health care as do all other Israeli citizens. They are given welfare for their large families ...They live in a country where living among others with different life styles without rioting is the norm. They walk without fear in public parks and gardens yet — except for shop keepers — they object when Jews tread on their turf, or what they claim as theirs, often resorting to violent attacks and murder to make their attitude clear." How much more evidence is necessary?

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HAS THE "PALESTINIAN CAUSE" BEEN DEMOTED IN THE HIGHER COUNSELS OF THE ARAB WORLD?

by Paul Merkley

The leaders of the Arab world have never encouraged the practice of democracy in their own land or in ours. They have emphasized submission to Allah and striven to eliminate Israel, which they perceive as a major block to their ambitions. In this essay, Paul Merkley points out that the global animosity to Zionism has been in large part the product of an expensive and long-term campaign the wealthier Arab leaders have waged militarily and through various educational and media conduits. It has no basis in history, but there is wide-spread and unquestioned belief that the Palestinian Arabs are an independent people, indigenous to Israel and the Territories; and the Jews stole their land. Now the Arab leaders are themselves in jeopardy and have a more important concern — their own survival amidst the chaos of civil wars and the overt theological war between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. I find it of interest that, although there is some talk about expanding participatory government, the major response to the chaos has been to bind the populace even more strictly to Islamic fundamentalism or to secular dictatorship, not to democracy. The good news is that "the issue of Palestine has, at least for the time being, lost its priority among the Arab governing classes. Paradoxically, 'the 'Palestine cause' is growing in potency ... among opinion elites and progressive activists in our part of the world." Why, with all the many critical and interactive problems in the Middle East that are time-sensitive and have a direct impact on America economically and politically, has the American administration chosen to devote its energies to the "peace process", which has been sitting on the sidelines for some time now?

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THE MOSQUE: CENTER OF RELIGION, POLITICS AND DOMINANCE

Clare M. Lopez

The Sunni and the Shia branches of Islam have been arguing theologically and often by open warfare since Mohammad's death about which one should head Islam. Inevitably, one or the other attacks a mosque important to the other side. As Clare Lopez points out, both groups are committed to a rigid authoritarianism, and because there is no possibility of either side backing down, there can only be an endless cycle of coup and retaliation. This is not about winning an abstract point of theology. Each side is aware that whichever side wins will, as Lopez puts it, "unleash holy genocide on every other group not aligned with it...There is no such thing as a 'win-win' concept in Islam." Even in Egypt, "[t]he foundational building blocks of civil society—individual liberty, freedom of belief and speech, genuine universal equality before the law, citizens' participation in their own governance that goes beyond a mere ballot box exercise—are simply not there and cannot develop there as long as so many in Egypt remain in thrall to Islamic law (shariah), to which such concepts are anathema." The mosque in the future will continue as it has since the first mosque in Medina as a political center. Mosques serve as "the central structure in an Islamic society: it is a gathering place, place of worship, and a place for teaching Islamic doctrine—but also a base of operations, military operations, the command and control hub for the commanders of the Islamic armies to plan their next offensives in the incessant wars of conquest." So like obituaries, journalists could compose articles now on mosques destroyed in the future, leaving space to inject the name and history of the specific mosque. The article will not go to waste.

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CAN ISLAM BE REFORMED? A RESPONSE ESSAY TO DANIEL PIPES

by Nikolaas de Jong

Nikolaas de Jong points out "democracy and rule of law have hardly taken root in the rest of the non-western countries," so it is surprising that scholars such as Daniel Pipes assume incorrectly that the current Middle East revolutions are similar to or will have the same outcomes as those that took place in the West. There are essential differences in Islamic and Western cultures that shouldn't be papered over. de Jong quotes Professor David Bukay, who has described Islam as a "tribal collective." As such, it "concentrates on the distinction between Muslims and 'the others', which is characteristic of all tribal peoples." "There are no human rights, no human dignity outside the tribe, and the only goal its members know is the expansion and prolongation of the tribe...In Islam, there are no concept of universal ethics." Only fellow Muslims are treated with respect. "Islam is a unique phenomenon in world history: it is a tribe of civilizational proportions, and its viciousness is to be explained by the tribal mentality that still utterly dominates its adherents." Islamism is not an aberration in Islam; secularism was and is; "a really secular and democratic strain of thought of course never actually developed within Islamic intellectual circles." The prognosis for Islam ever acquiring modern civilized mores is poor.

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BEGIN ON SATURDAY, FINISH ON SUNDAY

by Ali Salim

Ali Salim writes that things have soured since the heady days of the Arab Spring and the Middle East is again lagging behind the rest of the world "in social, economic and technological progress." Naturally, it can't be their fault, so they are asking who is responsible. The Saturday people, the Jews, are an obvious choice to blame just as they have been from Mohammed's time on. The Sunday people, Christians, are hated because they were the Crusaders, and "became the hated European imperialists and the hated colonialists," who made the Muslims feel inferior. The imams in the mosques complete the circle, "claiming that Islam's real enemies are the Christians, manipulated by the Jews who control them." They have also been successful in convincing many Western Christians that if they solve the Palestinian problem, "the entire Middle East will metamorphose into paradise and blossom, and everyone will live in harmony forever." "The radical leaders of political Islam ... do not trumpet their plan to take over the world and rule it as Allah's chosen people; instead, they recruit eager agents among the Christians to make life miserable for the Jews." They also recruit Muslims at home and in the West, who, "[d]ispatched by their imams, go on rampages of slaughter and bloodshed in the name of Allah." Salim warns that "the West's ... refusal to listen to and believe what the political Islamist leadership openly says — and its refusal to defend itself — will lead to catastrophe." "The Jews do not fear to show their determination and willingness to fight a life-and-death battle for their continued existence; it is that determination which has made the Islamists avoid confronting them for the present and target the Christians instead." He calls on America to "give up its dreams of a democratic happy ending for the Middle East and start looking reality in the face."

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SOME GENERALITIES ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

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THE SHAWARMA REPUBLICS ARE BURNING

by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield points out that since Mohammed's time, the Muslims haven't just conquered other civilizations, they have destroyed the histories and religions and ways of life of these non-Muslims. But this hasn't led to cohesion. Instead Muslim armies "quickly turned on each other. Edward Cline said of this essay, "It goes far in defining the reason why the Middle East, or at least the Muslim part of it, will always be in bloody turmoil." Greenfield responded that Lawrence Auster at View from the Right has an interesting take on this essay: "Islam cannot develop stable, reasonably humane societies because Islam consists of crushing everything but itself. From the beginning, the victory of Islam has meant the suppression of the culture, ethnicity, religion, and all other traditions of the Islamized country. The whole Islamic world thus consists of suppressed cultures/peoples struggling to live within the stranglehold of Islam. The only way this will-to-life can express itself is through eternal civil war against other cultures/peoples. Whichever group emerges victorious becomes the oppressor, using the fist of Islam to keep down all other groups."

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ARAB SPRING: MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

by Abdulateef Al-Muhlim

In an earlier article (see here), Abdulateef Al-Muhlim wrote, "The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people." In this essay, Al-Mulhim examines why the Arab Spring didn't lead to the betterment of people's lives but to increased hatred between groups in the Arab world and to Arab governments killing their own people.

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THE SIMMERING RIVALRY BETWEEN QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA

by Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero

Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero write about Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two countries in the Middle East that have much in common: they are both vastly wealthy; they both believe that Islam should rule the world and everyone should follow Sharia practices; they both give huge amounts of money to promote their ideology. They should be the best of friends, but they aren't. The Saudis had a bitter separation from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), who had previously often supplied the people skills to implement many a Saudi propaganda project. Qatar then began sponsoring MB, which angered the Saudis. They both support the Syrian 'rebels', but associate with different terrorist groups within the confederacy. In several countries in the Middle East, they spar for power and dominance, while working for common goals.

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THE SUNNI DIVIDE

by Harold Rhode

Harold Rhode writes of the issues that divide the Sunnis fighting against the Assad government and why Russia and China have chosen to help him. Rhode notes that the various groups of "Arabic-speaking Sunnis may loathe Syria's Assad, but they also hate and kill each other. Qatar and Saudi Arabia [both Wahhabi fundamentalists and both supporting the "rebels"] passionately hate each other and support different groups within the Islamic opposition groups in Syria. The Qataris, along with the now only nominally secular Turkish Republic, support the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudis support Salafi fundamentalists." Though they may disagree on the nature of the future Caliphate, the vast majority of non-fundamentalists still believe that Sunni Islam must rule and all others must know their place inferior to the Sunnis. Rhode suggests that because there is more of them, "Sunni fundamentalism, in the end, is much more dangerous than Shi'ite fundamentalism, because about 85% of the world's approximately 1.4 billion Muslims are Sunni." Maybe we in the West should just get tickets for a different ballgame.

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THE BROTHERHOOD'S CURRENCY OF BLOOD

Daniel Greenfield

President Obama, with consistently poor intuition and bad taste, has backed the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in Egypt's civil war, despite the fact that when the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate, Morsi, became president, his goal was to enforce Sharia law by any means rather than worrying that much of Egypt's population lives on the edge of starvation. Morsi's notion of statesmanship was to rid himself of all who had opposed the MB. Fundamentally, the Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, pursuing its objectives through any and all means. "In or out of power, the Brotherhood is murderous, intolerant and ruthlessly bent on absolute power." In this article, Daniel Greenfield uses the activities and attitudes of the MB to expand our understanding of what Muslim terrorist outfits are all about.

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SYRIA AND EGYPT

THIS SECTION FOCUSES ON SYRIA AND EGYPT, THE CURRENT ATTENTION GRABBERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

ARE WE GOING INTO SYRIA?

We seem confronted with the strong possibility that we're about to enter the deep and turbulent waters of another war. We might be going into Syria, after having been fed reasons so clumsy as to make conspiracy theorists of us all.

The object of our opprobrium is the Syrian government, which is in the stocks, accused of using nerve gas on its own citizens. I'm not sure if the gravamen is that it used nerve gas or that it used it on its own people. From all reports, we don't actually plan to get rid of the tons of poison gas, which can only be accessed by troops on the ground. And we have no plans to send in ground forces.

The Government and its media have us boxed in an information vacuum, where we get more reassurances than information, where we are told that the Syrian Government's gassing a couple of hundred civilians with neurotoxic gas is evil — and it is — but we are to ignore that the other side, the Syrian Al-Qaeda rebels, held up a bus and decapitated every one of the passengers, including a four week old infant. Admittedly, endangering American soldiers to help Al-Qaeda take over Syria makes me want to barf.

So why are we going into Syria? Because everyone else has tickets for the show? Not good enough. To send them a message? I firmly believe that if you want to send a message, use Western Union. Or a social network. If we are going into Syria to save Prez Obama's credibility, it's way too late for that. If we are going in to show the Alewites the proper way to murder children, we've already done that demo in Waco. All we have to do is send them some of the Waco Texas videos.

Maybe we just want to even out the playing field. In the last few weeks, the mostly Al-Qaeda splinter groups and other Salafists that make up the rebel forces have splintered and are squabbling among themselves, while still doing their thing — decapitation, mutilation and gorging on human organs. So it behooves us to weaken Bashar al-Assad's gang to level things out a bit. If Prez Obama could keep from pulling yet another Snowden and keep his big mouth shut about Israel's tactical plans, maybe Israel could use its pinpoint weapons to take out some of the weaponry the international community condemns.

If we actually want to stop Syria, should we not be in Iran, destroying the much more dangerous nuclear devices Iran is working on? Syria, without Iranian support, wouldn't last long. Otherwise, it does appear we are going into Syria for reasons of honor and celebrity spotlighting, with no effective plan except to kill some Syrians. No exit plan. Not even a Plan A and a half. If other countries, Russia for example, with their own game plans see this as an opportunity to make us waste our young soldiers and expensive high-tech weaponry, it might end up making the Vietnam debacle look like a wise, well-thought out military excursion.

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IS EGYPT ON A SEESAW, FLIPPING BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?

The nasty Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is fighting the nasty Egyptian military. Who are the bad guys? Thanks to the NY Times we know: it's — are you ready for this? — the Jooz. The headline in the NYT reads Ny Times Blames Israel And AIPAC For Prolonging Egypt's Agony (see here). So what did the Jooz do to create the turbulence in Egypt? They lobbied the American Congress. And it's also what they didn't do. It seems that the Israeli "military had close ties to General Sisi from his former post as head of military intelligence, were supporting the (military) takeover as well. Western diplomats say that General Sisi and his circle appeared to be in heavy communication with Israeli colleagues, and the diplomats believed the Israelis were also undercutting the Western message by reassuring the Egyptians not to worry about American threats to cut off aid." The Jooz, who haven't shown enough gumption to just say NO to Obama wanting them to give Biblical Israel to Abbas, an Arab who has no official position and is "acting" as PM four years after his term of office ended, control the American Congress. Wow. Who knew! And when it's Morsi vs the Military, according to the NYT, Morsi and MB are the good guys. I'll bet you thought the news media was corrupt only when writing about Israel.

In this set we present different opinions on the army takeover. It was probably the right thing to do to get rid of Morsi who was turning Egypt into a state completely dominated by sharia law. BUT it is unlikely to be a turning point to democracy. Fundamentally, the military wants what the MB wants, in perhaps an attenuated manner. But the reality is a totally overwhelmed populace, with an inadequate supply of grain and an unemployment rate that's even worse than ours. So the likelihood is that, sooner or later, unless Egypt regains some stability, the people will turn against this government. My guess is that we may see seesaw cycles, the surge toward believing in MB toggling with believing in military-style efficiency, until some complete crash.


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LET ALLAH SORT IT OUT

by Sarah Palin

This article is taken from Sarah Palin's Facebook comments on Syria and was posted by Dr. Eowyn, who wrote, "Palin's essay is the best, most intelligent, and most sensible I've seen on the alleged Syrian chemical attack, which Obama — who has done nothing but lie, and lie, and lie to the American people — claims to have been launched by the Syrian government."

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IN SYRIA, AMERICA LOSES IF EITHER SIDE WINS

by Edward N. Luttwak

To put it bluntly, as Edward Luttwak does, "At this point, a prolonged stalemate is the only outcome that would not be damaging to American interests." "Iranian money, weapons and operatives and Hezbollah troops have become key factors in the fighting," So an al-Assad regime victory would increase Iranian and Hezbollah prestige, "posing a direct threat both to the Sunni Arab states and to Israel." "But a rebel victory would also be extremely dangerous for the United States and for many of its allies in Europe and the Middle East." Now would seem the time to waffle and be indecisive. For a change, the American administration seems up to the task.

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ARMS FOR PEACE IN SYRIA?

by Gary C. Gambill

Gary Gambill argues against the notion that arming the 'good guy' Syrian rebels to win will "bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict." More likely, it will be, as in most civil wars, a war to the death, until one side or the other suffers defeat. Gambill lays out a utility model of war and peace for how the various players in the Syria war might react. But, he notes Syria will need a neutral arbiter when "all of the major players are willing to forgo many of their wartime objectives in favor of a compromise that salvages what is left of Syria's state institutions and economic infrastructure." Being neutral is certainly not the way American Administration acts in Israel, where it pushes on Israel to be the one to make concessions.

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THE RESURGENCE OF THE REGIMES IN THE ARAB WORLD

by Jonathan Spyer

Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won the election by a small margin and immediately began changing the country to conform to a harsh Salafist ideology, as it has been doing in other countries it now controls. The Egyptian army seemed to have stopped the spread of Muslim Brotherhood takeovers of military-style regimes just when it looked unstoppable. But instead of accepting its loss of control of Egypt, the Brotherhood fought back, by inciting the people to rebel, which would turn a power transfer into a chaotic civil war. The Army acted immediately, brutally and effectively. Jonathan Spyer points out the fight is about which particular Sunni group is in control. It is not over basic ideology — they are both strong on Sharia. Spyer doesn't believe it's even about the style in which the country is run, secular or overtly theocratic [I disagree with him -BSL]. As for the future, practically speaking, to hold onto power, the army needs Saudi Arabia to pay the bill for imported grain. Otherwise, the country will collapse and the people are likely to flip back to vote in the MB.

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THE BROTHERS BEDIER OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

by Bernice Lipkin

This article examines the activities of Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood and his brother, Amir Bedier. It examines a video interview Ahmed gave recently that is representative of how news can be presented in a subtly slanted fashion — in this case to evoke sympathy for the victims of the Egyptian army crackdown on "demonstrators". Prez Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood, so his media friends like them, too. The CBS video was hostile to the Egyptian Army and sympathetic to the Bedier brothers, who were not identified as members of the Muslim Brotherhood. We caught Ahmed Bedier out in a big lie, but it isn't known whether the interview was ordered by CBS or whether Ahmed just saw an opportunity and took it.

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REVOLUTIONARY SALAFI ISLAMISTS IN EGYPT: AN ANALYSIS AND GUIDE

by Barry Rubin

In this essay that was written before the Army takeover, Barry Rubin suggested that the future of Islamist rule in Egypt depended on "whether the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the more heterogeneous various Salafist groups can cooperate.The Salafists pull the Brotherhood to take stronger action more immediately and may have faith in the larger organization or consider it to have betrayed the revolution. The Salafists operate with a wide deal of autonomy, being able to take extra-parliamentary action ranging from terrorist armed struggle to violent attacks on Christians and other opponents of the regime. The fact that there are now four competing Salafi parties shows the different streams of ideology and strategy." Although the Army currently holds sway, this article shows the complexity of the interactions among the many Salafist groups in the country. And there is no guarantee that they will not again seize power as they have done before.

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EGYPT'S ISLAMISTS ARE OUT BUT NOT DOWN

by Fuad Ajami

Nonie Darwish has pointed out that "[t]his is the central problem in most Muslim countries: the difficult choice between a man-made, civilian, military, 'infidel' government, and a totalitarian Islamic theocracy." In this essay, Fuad Ajami argues that Gen. El-Sissi "can't solve the age-old troubles of Egypt that nourish political Islam. He can't heal the crushing poverty or herd into some modern utopia a country driven by a Darwinism that leaves the vulnerable without support." Alternatively, the Muslim Brotherhood's brand of all-encompassing Islamic practices is not trusted, although it has made deep inroads, partially by persuasion, partially by terrorist acts. Ajami doesn't believe the downfall of Morsi was due to "young, disaffected elements" but to the support of an "economic titan." Whatever the case, the country is now split in support between the two modes of governing. Egypt has a way to go before it can be pronounced as stable, let alone as economically viable.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS
Admittedly, Arab Hasbara is excellent. The world is convinced that Israel acts like the Nazis to the local Arabs. When all the evidence is raked up and sifted, all they can complain about is that Arabs are stopped at checkpoints. Jews are also stopped at checkpoints, and their pocketbooks are searched in movie theaters. But that is ignored. The Jews have been ineffective in making the case that the Land of Israel belongs to them. We can agree that the need for security is essential but it isn't debate-winning. Instead of letting the false claims of the Arabs go unchallenged, Dror Eydar (See above and see here.) writes that Israel should be emphasizing its political and legal claims, as well as its historic associations. A writer on Dr Steven Carol's website has suggested using the contrast between Israeli and Muslim practices." These items are based largely on his suggestions.

I would add that to be informative, they should also write about the personal bonding of ordinary people and their land. Several of the essays below do just that.


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ISRAEL ADVOCACY OR ZIONIST EDUCATION?

by Jeremy Gimpel

Elliott, a reader of the original article, said, "Great article! This really gets to the heart of the PR issue. We have a great product, we just need to sell it as well as we do Intel chips and Israeli tech know-how..." If we were to continue to describe what Jeremy Gimpel says in marketing terms, it would be that what is needed is not just being pro-Israel but being a passionate Zionist and making that clear to everyone. Israeli politicians talk about security when they should telling the world about their enthusiastic commitment to redeem their ancient homeland. Some promoters have even gone totally ahistoric and promote bikinis, beaches and surfing, as if those were Israel's reason for being. It is the passion that Israelis have for their Land that people need to hear. Then they will understand why Israelis are, despite the religion-based hatred of their neighbors and the mindless propaganda to demonize Israel, a people happy to be living in the Jewish state.

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PEACE? NOT A CHANCE

by Corinne Berzon

This is a very personal essay by an Israeli. Using her own history, Corinne Berzon provides us with a sketch of the complex world of the Israelis and how they have survived world-wide animosity and local bombings by their unfriendly neighbors. As Berzon writes, "The dichotomy between living in fear and living to the fullest is a very Israeli invention.This fatalism is our version of joie de vivre." Applied to the peace process, she writes, "These new peace talks will fail, just like all the others have. But we will keep smiling and living because the alternative is despair, and as Golda Meir once said: 'Pessimism is a luxury that no Jew can afford.'"

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CHOOSING LIFE IN ISRAEL

by P. David Hornik

David Hornik tackles the question why Israelis — attacked by hostile neighbors in periodic wars, attacked randomly by terrorists and live missiles, and attacked constantly by much of the world's media — are a happy folk. They say so in polls. They live with gusto. But it's not a hedonistic — live every day as your last — sort of happiness. Hornik suggests "the answer is likely to lie in the general Israeli Jewish culture...It is a truism that the Jewish religion and ethos are highly affirmative of earthly life and invest it with great significance." It is also the case that even many of the secular Jews have a Friday night family meal and they enjoy the holidays which aren't just fun but "embody meanings on a national level." As Hornik puts it, "It's not that Israelis feel themselves to be under the shadow of death; it's that they're carried along by the richness of life."

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INTERNATIONAL NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: "GLOBAL CONSCIENCE" OR POWERFUL POLITICAL ACTORS?

by Dr. Rephael Ben-Ari

Becoming an international non-government organization (INGO) gives a group instant and often unwarranted standing and respectability. Their reports are taken seriously by the media and tribunals, simply because they are a INGO. Rephael Ben-Ari points out there is no accreditation system and no regulations; nor are they accountable to the public. Too many INGO's "prioritize campaigning and advocacy instead of relief and charity" and don't even try to hide their extreme political biases. Some use their position to whitewash and act as a shield for terrorists, particularly Muslim salafists, while lambasting, even demonizing, democracies such as the USA and Israel. Because they can act without scrutiny they can make unsavory deals with local power brokers and terrorists that further their own mission but also prolong and/or expand local problems. All in all, too many of them are giving once noble terms such as peace and humanitarianism and civil rights and human rights and ethics a bad name.

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THE MAN WHO TOLD FDR ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

by Rafael Medoff

This is an account of what happened when, in July, 1943, FDR was told of the Holocaust by an eye witness, Jan Karski. Roosevelt already knew of what was happening to the Jews in the Warsaw ghettos and in the concentration camps, but he was no more swayed to rescue them than were the British Anthony Eden and Winston Churchill. It is ironic that Karski was recently posthumously honored at the White House by President Obama, who refuses to react effectively to Iran's openly-stated plans to destroy the Jewish state.

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A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY TURNS HIMSELF INTO AN OBJECT OF STUDY

by Bernice Lipkin

Bernice Lipkin writes of a case where a psychologist, Micah Leshem, has made himself into an object worthy of psychological study. He produced and published a cartoon where Jewish are hacking the body of a presumed Arab. Why the inversion? Arabs hack and mutilate. Arabs decapitate hostages. Arabs remove hands for trivial crimes. Why create a cartoon attributing such brutal practices to Jews? To make the situation still more bizarre, Leshem is himself a Jew. And he lives in Israel, which suffers from Arab barbarism. Whatever motivated him?

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WHY ISRAEL'S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY IS A FAILURE

by Dan Illouz

As Israel's image in the world keeps deteriorating, Dan Illouz suggests her supporters need to start using innovative methods to promote the nation's positive image. "Israel's current strategies in public diplomacy can be summarized into two different schools of thought: the defensive school and the positive school, ... which links it to the state's many great achievements." Illouz argues that "the rebranding that Israel needs is not as the creator of instant text messaging, but as a symbol of freedom in this world, as the consequence of historical justice being done." The Jews are in a position to redeem their ancient homeland. This bond is based on solid facts, not fantasy. He advices that "we start talking about the miracle of the restoration and the great universal values which Israel represents." A novel and sensible idea, indeed. I believe we should also point out that while the Mandate for Israel was seen as restoration, other mandates by the same international authorities created many of the current Arab states by drawing borders on a map, often without regard to tribal and clan loyalties. The Arab states created included Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.

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HISTORY SECTION


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PALESTINE: HISTORY OF A NAME

by Simcha Jacobovici

Simcha Jacobovici discusses how Judea acquired the improbable name Palestine. "The area of Judea erupted in a massive Jewish revolt against Rome in 66CE," and in the year 70 CE, the Romans succeeded in destroying Jerusalem and the Second Temple. The revolt was followed by other uprisings, until finally, "in 135 CE, the Romans exiled the majority of the Jewish people and renamed Judea 'Palestina' after the Plishtim, the "Sea People", who had come from the Aegean in the 13th Century BCE and settled along the Mediterranean coast. By the time Judea was called Palestine, the connection to the Plishtim was non-existent. There were no Plishtim. They had died out or been assimilated into the local culture some six hundred years before. Both the history and the misnaming of the region has current relevancy because of the publication of a recent book that has Jesus living in Palestine, a misrepresentation of the geographic and historic facts. As Jacobovici writes, "the people living in Judea at the time of Jesus — including Jesus and all his disciples — would never have referred to their country as 'Palestine'." Syria Palestine officially became a Roman province about a century after Jesus' death.

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YEMEN, THE CRUCIBLE OF AL-QAIDA, WAS ONCE A POWERFUL ARABIAN KINGDOM RUN BY JEWS

by Jacob Mikanowski

The Middle East before Islam was full of "complicated conflicts among Jews, Christians, and pagans." There was even a Jewish kingdom called Himyar in present day Yemen. Little was known about it for centuries; and scholars argued whether Himyar's monotheism was authentic Judaism. Thanks to new text and archeological findings, we now know that it begun at the end of the 3rd century CE with the conversion of some of Himyar's rulers and lasted some 150 years, ruled by a dynasty of Jewish kings. G.W. Bowersock, a historian and a classicist, has recently published The Throne of Adulis, in which he "shows the ways in which its[Himyar's] rulers attempted to navigate a course through the great-power conflicts of late antiquity and how their efforts ultimately ended in catastrophe. Along the way, he tells a story rife with intrigue, treachery, and ambition, underpinned by scholarly detective work of the most patient and demanding kind." "As in the Cold War in the 20th century, the rivalry between these superpowers was ideological as well as political, and it created allegiances and enmities with far-flung states." As they say, "the more things change ...."

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THE SIEGE OF BYZANTIUM

by Raymond Ibrahim

Since the start of Islam, Muslims have attacked shrines and religious sites of other religions, for religious, political and propaganda reasons. In a relatively short time, they overcame the Persian Empire and conquered Arabia and North Africa. By 717 CE, their only political rival was Christian Byzantium. Suleliman, the new Caliph of Islam, ordered a major offensive, a holy war, against Constantinople, the capitol city of Byzantium. What was then an enormous force, 120,000 infantry and cavalry and a naval force of 80,000, was assembled. The ground troops arrive at Constantinople, having terrorized the natives on route, killing the men and enslaving the woman and children. The walls of the city were impenetrable so the major effort was left to the navy. Ibrahim writes that "two important factors saved the empire: Arab inexperience at sea warfare and Greek ingenuity [using Greek fire]." The troops were also subjected to famine, freezing weather and harassment from local tribes. New reinforcements were sent out, including, Christian Copts, who promptly deserted, fleeing to Constantinople. Constantinople was saved and did not fall to the Muslims until 1453, "giving an inchoate Europe the needed time to mature, strengthen, and unify."

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SEVEN PILLARS OF FICTION

by Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh provides us with an unflattering but accurate portrait of Thomas Edward Lawrence, the man best known as Lawrence of Arabia. Much of what is accepted about the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire was, as Karsh puts it, an "extraordinary feat of historical deception" that Lawrence "single-handedly produced." (In point of fact, it was a complete fiasco.) Even a biographer such as Scott Anderson who was willing to take Lawrence at his word, acknowledged that "earlier than most, Lawrence seemed to embrace the modern concept that history was malleable, that truth was what people were willing to believe." Karsh assesses Lawrence as "an exceptionally gifted charlatan with a keen eye to networking and self-promotion, who successfully cast his spell on far more senior and accomplished contemporaries, such as Allenby and Winston Churchill..."

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HOW THE EU'S SETTLEMENT POLICY LEGITIMISES MASS DISPOSSESSION

by Lyn Julius

Lyn Julius writes of little known facts. For example, "at least 13 villas and public buildings around [Cairo's Tahrir] Square (including the present Swiss, German, Canadian, Russian, US, Korean, Bahraini and Algerian embassies) were once the residences of wealthy Jews - properties seized by the Egyptian state." "The World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries estimates that Jews living in Arab countries owned some 100,000 sq km of deeded property, equivalent to four or five times the size of Israel itself." The Jews were expelled in the 1940s and 1950s and never received compensation. In the so-called Arab East Jerusalem, "hundreds of thousands of Arab squatters live [rent-free] on land still owned by the Jewish National Fund" and private Jewish owners. The larger issue is that the European Union and pro-Arab propagandists have made the ethnic cleansing of Jews — and the stealing of Jewish land and real estate — acceptable in what they regard as Arab land, while ignoring the genuine claims of Jews to land illegally in the possession of Arabs in Israel and the Territories and in the hands of the Arab governments in Arab countries. Julius asks: who disposed whom? And why is Israel expected to make all the concessions?

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HOW IAN FLEMING MASTERMINDED THE INVASION OF SICILY

by Daniel Mandel

In WW2, the Allies fooled the Germans into believing their invasion of Southern Europe, scheduled to take place in 1943 in Sicily, was to take place elsewhere. The story reads like one of Ian Fleming's James Bond thrillers. It is in fact a true story and Ian Fleming, the author and an intelligence agent, was part of a group that created the illusion of a courier on a crashed plane who drowned, carrying papers that spelled out details of a landing in Greece and Sardinia. They created documentation authenticating the invented life and used an available corpse for the courier. Daniel Mandel tells the tale.

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60 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH: THE ISRAELI NAVY LAY THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A LONG TRADITION OF HUMANITARIAN AID

by David Saranga

Israel is among the first to offer effective medical and humanitarian aid when a country suffers a disaster such as an earthquake or when a nuclear facility leaks. It is an interesting fact that Israel began the practice soon after it became a state. David Saranga talks of the first such rescue mission; it was done off-the-cuff and without pre-planning or official policy. Greece had been hit hard by a series of earthquakes. By chance, the Israeli Navy, such as it was, was returning home from a training session in the Aegean Sea. The commander of the flotilla requested and received permission to turn back to Greece and do what they could to help. Starting another tradition, they were the first rescue group to arrive. They were able to provide on-the-scene medical assistance — performing surgery on fractures and delivering premature babies — as well as transportation to the mainland for the seriously wounded. Saranga has a special interest in the rescue operation: his late father, Eliyahu Saranga, was a junior commander on the INS Misgav.

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May-June 2013

What we are talking about in the May–June 2013 Issue

  1. The Legal Foundation of Jewish Sovereignty of the Land of Israel (Grief, Grief, Mehlman, Brand)
  2. Why Is The Israeli Government Ignoring Its Sovereign Powers? Why Do Jew-Haters Deny The Land Of Israel Belongs To The Jews? (Sherman, Bringer, Hausman)
  3. The Significance Of The Al-Dura Affair (Eytan, Rosner)
  4. Should Terrorists Be Tried By Military Or Criminal Courts  (Mukasey, Shefi)
  5. Americans, Your Government Is Listening To You — Just Like They Promised (Bamford, Rubin, Poole)
  6. Flubbing It In Syria And China (Ehrenfeld-Sanders, Berko, Freeman, Picali-Varulkar)
  7. History Section (Mikics, Miller)
  8. Blog-Eds May June Blog-Eds

grief in memoriam

We dedicate this issue to the memory of Howard Grief (1930-2013)


The Legal Foundation of Jewish Sovereignty of the Land of Israel

Howard Grief's book, "Legal Foundations and Boundaries of Israel under International Law" was one of the first and one of the most complete explanations of Israel's indisputable sovereign rights under international law to Israel, Samaria, Judea, Golan and Gaza. In his memory, we present two of Howard Grief's papers that appeared in Think-Israel. The first is entitled "Legal Rights And Title Of Sovereignty Of The Jewish People To The Land Of Israel And Palestine Under International Law" from the July-August 2005 issue. The original introduction read:

In this essay, Howard Grief brilliantly fulfills his objective "to set down in a brief, yet clear and precise manner the legal rights and title of sovereignty of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and Palestine under international law." This paper should be part of your armamentarium for the next time you are told that Resolution XXX of the U.N. guarantees the rights of the Palestinian Arabs to YYY.
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The second article is entitled "The Rights Of The Jewish People Over The Land Of Israel Under International Law" from the January-February 2012 issue. The introduction to the article read:

Howard Grief sets forth the firm legal foundation of Israel being the exclusive owner of the land designated as Jewish by the League of Nations. The Land of Israel — current Israel, Samaria and Judea (aka West Bank), the Golan and Gaza — was given to the Jewish people as a perpetual trust and handed in that condition to the successor to the League of the Nations, the United Nations. This is a clear presentation of the documents that preceded the document of ownership and some of the history of the time. Any whittling away of this trust is illegal, whether it is attempted by a foreign country, the Israeli government or the U.N. itself. The question that remains is why have successive Israeli governments not asserted their claim. For that matter, why woud a Jewish government allow control of the Temple Mount, its most holy site, by the Arabs?
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A LANDMARK WORK

by William Mehlman

This article was original posted in Think-Israel in the September-October 2009 issue. This was the original introduction:
William Mehlman begins his review of Howard Grief's recent book, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law: A Treatise on Jewish Sovereignty over the Land of Israel this way:

"With The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law (Mazo Publishers, Jerusalem) Canadian-born Israeli constitutional scholar and lawyer Howard Grief has given us a book that shatters every myth, lie, misrepresentation and distortion employed over the 61 years of Israel's existence to negate the sovereign rights of the Jewish People to their national home." This is exactly right. It should be required reading for every self-styled maven, journalist, politician, ethicist and humanist — including the Jewish leaders of Israel — who thinks he knows Middle Eastern political history, when his information is, more often than not, anectodal and received from dubious sources.

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ROOTS OF ISRAEL'S SOVEREIGNTY AND BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW: IN DEFENSE OF THE LEVY REPORT

Wallace Brand

Some years ago, Wallace Brand became interested in the Arab-Israeli conflict and particularly in the facts used to justify the contention that Israel has illegally occupied Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. To his surprise, he found "that instead of justifying the adjective occupied, close examination of the facts and relevant law resulted in a more accurate designation as liberated. In the current essay, he examines the legal basis of the Levy report, which concluded that Jewish settlements are legal. In fact, the legality of Israel's presence in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem was res judicata as of April 25, 1920, when [at the San Remo Conference] World Jewry received a beneficial interest in the political rights to Palestine that was intended to mature into a legal interest." The policy for the Arab States that were also established at around the same time by other Mandates was to deal with the current Arab inhabitants but the beneficiary for Mandated Palestine was World Jewry. The Mandate thus confirmed a living connection between the Jews and their homeland, extending over some 3700 years. Modern Israel was legally projected to be molded in two stages, where [1] "Palestine was legally recognized as the Jewish National Home as a prelude to [2] a reconstituted Jewish State," which would come into being when the Jews were in the majority. Great Britain was designated as the trustee. "This required Britain to give priority to the beneficiary's interest over its own economic and political interests," by developing the conditions for creating a Jewish state. Brand also provides us with the sorry history of Britain's actual performance: it did all in its power to prevent the Jewish state from ever coming into being. Its most contemptible act was to block Jews fleeing from Nazi-conquered Europe from coming into Palestine. None the less, Mandated Palestine is Jewish by international law. I find the current anti-Israel attitude of the U.N. curiously similar to Britain's, in that it ignores that it is trustee of an irrevocable trust with the Jewish people as beneficiary. (See Shifftan's article here.) For the legal ownership of Jerusalem, start with this interview with Jacques Gauthier here. (Google Think-Israel for additional articles.)

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WHY IS THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IGNORING ITS SOVEREIGN POWERS? WHY DO JEW-HATERS DENY THE LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS?


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MY PREDICTION: PLEASE HELP PROVE IT WRONG

by Martin Sherman

In recent months, Martin Sherman has taken up various aspects of a recurrent theme: what possesses a presumable intelligent people who have devised many common-sense solutions to economic, health, energy and technology problems to suicidal action for a chimera called "peace", where they give up land that bolsters their security for a peace that is impossible in the current Middle East. Why ever would they allow a terrorist group to control territory that legally belongs to Israel, especially land neighboring Israel's population centers?

Martin Sherman asked in a May 23, 2013 article, "Can the people trust the government?" He concluded that "almost four decades of successive Israeli governments [have frittered] away the fruits — both physical assets and international stature — of Israel's stunning military victory of June 1967." It started with PM Begin evacuating all of Sinai, which is now becoming "a jihadi emirate ... and is slowly evolving into a security nightmare." In 1993, PM Rabin accepted the Oslo Accords, whereby Israel allowed Yasir Arafat and his thugs to control much of the Territories and Arafat returned the favor by raising the slaughter of Israeli civilians to new heights. The next governments didn't bother with the pretext of gaining peace. PM Barak unilaterally left south Lebanon a vacuum that Hezbollah immediately filled, becoming so powerful that the European Union is afraid to declare it a terrorist organization; and in 2005, PM Sharon, in a totally goofy move, pulled all the Jews out of Gaza, leaving it under Hamas control and the terrorists even closer to Israeli population centers. Now, the current Israeli Government is showing symptoms of planning further give-aways of the Land of Israel, knowing full-well it will become yet another terrorist stronghold. As Sherman wrote,

"Given the mounting dangers to national security that the injudicious adoption of a policy based on political appeasement-cum-territorial concessions has precipitated in the South and North, it seems almost inconceivable that it is again being contemplated in the East — where its inevitable failure would have far graver ramifications than elsewhere. Could it be that a government headed by a premier, and composed of a bevy of ministers, senior officials and advisers, who built their political careers on warning of the perils of relinquishing the highlands of Judea and Samaria and control of the Jordan Valley, be the government that does precisely that? The people of Israel are confronting a crisis of credibility. Can they trust the people elected to lead them...?

In "The two-state psychosis: The Oslo Syndrome revisited," Sherman pointed out that "[f]orced to concede that virtually all the assumptions upon which the land-for-peace approach, and its derivative two-state paradigm, were founded, have been demonstrated to be totally without foundation, two-staters refuse to acknowledge error." Instead they developed new unproven, and contrary-to-fact slogans, such as "constructive unilateralism," as if the Gaza fiasco wasn't sufficient to making an IQ 80 understand that withdrawal from land was a bad idea. Nature abhors a vacuous mind.

Sherman wrote that "constructive unilateralism" is better described as "'preemptive surrender', where Israel acquiesces a priori to virtually all Palestinian demands for statehood, in return for absolutely nothing, but [would] shoulder the burden of financing much of their implementation." It will dismantle Israeli settlements, saddling the government with the necessity to relocate 50 times the number of Jews it kicked out of Gaza in 2005. It has not yet provided many of the only 10,000 Gaza Jews with permanent housing, nor are most of these Jews productive and contributing to the economy as they were when they were growing fabulous marketable vegetables and flowers. If in eight years the Government hasn't yet been able to reinstate 10,000 Jews into the economy, how are they going to handle 500,000?

Then came Alan Dershowitz's "Feckless Formula" of a tri-partite dissolution of Biblical Israel. (See also: "Rebut or retract: A public challenge to Dershowitz", May 9,2013,
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Rebut-or-retract-A-public-challenge-to-Dershowitz-312710) In the scheme of things, Alan Dershowitz is seen as pro-Israeli. Relative to such questionable Jews as Peter Beinert and Jews that don't even pretend concern for Israel but are 110% pro-Palestinian, he may well be. Sherman shows us why Dershowitz's arguments for a two-state solution are "puerile, prejudicial and paradoxical."

A common theme of self-proclaimed "friends of the Jewish state" is to show concern for the Jewish character of the State of Israel. They worry Jewishness would be lost if Israel holds on to land inhabited by Arabs. They don't worry that in giving up the land incrementally, sooner or later, there will be no Jews left to embody this Jewishness. None of them suggest that Israel should and could keep the Land that belongs to her and give up the Arabs, transferring them to someplace in the vast Arab land holdings, where they would feel right at home because it is home. Like time which runs only in one direction, they see only one course of action: keeping the rapidly growing number of Arabs in Israel and giving up the Territories. Yet, now and in the future, as Sherman writes, "Israel ... does not have the capacity to end the Arab siege, to force peace upon the Arabs. ... The Arab/Muslim hostility ... can only be placated by the Jewish state ceasing to be Jewish."

I find it ironic that in the Palestinian Arab community, which obviously doesn't have independence of life style or freedom, it is the man-in-the-street that is applying the pressure to demolish Israel and not make peace with it, whereas in Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, it is a small number of people — the Administration, and some academics — who espouse an unpopular give-away program that are running the show, even though they ran for office against such a program and know it is against the wishes of the majority.

In Deciphering delegitimization , Sherman asks why Israel "is far more reviled today than during the rigid 'rejectionism' of Yitzhak Shamir? This is not a question that should be flippantly dismissed as irrelevant. For experience has shown that continual concessions have proved disastrously counterproductive, while escalating Palestinian intransigence has paid handsome dividends." He points out that "if the legitimacy of a Palestinian state is accepted, then any measures incompatible with its viability are illegitimate... [while] any policy that is designed to secure Israel's minimal security requirements, will preclude the establishment of a viable Palestinian state." He concludes that legitimizing an Arab state on Israeli land can have only one consequence: delegitimizing Israel.

The current essay continues Sherman's exploration. He asks, if the Government planned to empty Samaria and Judea of Jews, how would they go about it? He creates a frightening, feasible way of shrinking Israel, demoralizing the people and making Israel's enemies even more confident of victory. Does the Netanyahu government plan anything like this? Their current actions in destroying Jewish villages and outposts in the Territories without due process are not reassuring.

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STEALING A STATE

by Gil Bringer

According to the Oslo Accords, some of Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank) was to be governed by the Palestinian Authority and some, Area C, by Israel. There is, however, an ongoing surreptitious effort by the Arabs to take possession of area C, where the Jews live. They have been establishing illegal "Bedouin settlements, while providing financial and legal support to the residents, who are increasingly identifying with the idea of a Palestinian state." The Israeli government, which ignored the Levy report that Jewish settlements were legal by international law, had done nothing to protect the Jewish residents and has turned a blind eye to the Arab encroachment. This is a fascinating article by Gil Bringer detailing his investigations into who is behind the Bedouin activity. Unsurprisingly, it is the Palestinian Authority, which, from the beginning has never given Israel the peace it promised, while taking advantage of Israel's generously fulfilling its contractual obligations. It is troubling that the Israeli government is not troubled that it is de facto losing control of some of its sovereign land, land that is both Biblical and historically Jewish, land it will need for defense when the Arabs feel ready to attack openly.

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NO EXCUSES, PROGRESSIVE ANTI-ZIONISM IS ANTI-SEMITISM

by Matthew Hausman

Matthew Hausman makes an unusual connection, which, once it is articulated makes good sense. He connects Judaism and Jewish nationalism, or rather, he examines the link between Anti-Judaism and the undermining of Jewish nationalist claims. Jew-haters (and this includes many who are Jews by birth) have to deny "that Jews are entitled to sovereignty in their homeland." They need to hack at the awesome stature Jews have as an ancient people that never totally lost contact with their homeland; over thousands of years, they retained their religion and national identity. Jew haters are in a sense forced to claim that Jews are illegal aliens in Israel, with no affinity to the land. This in turn "requires the suppression of Jewish history and acceptance of an incompatible national myth that has no factual foundation." To counter the wealth of archeological, textual and ethnographic evidence that Jews have lived in Israel since ancient times, Jew-haters have resorted to smashing Jewish artifacts, historical revisionism, blood libel and the ignorant assertion that it's all just Zionist propaganda. "The audacity of such claims is truly Orwellian." Hausman suggest that "[a]pologists who stubbornly cling to the fiction that anti-Zionism is not a form of bigotry need to examine the motivations of social and political activists who reject Israel's legitimacy. Those who deny Jewish history, promote a revisionist Palestinian narrative, or falsely accuse Israel of crimes that actually occur in Arab-Muslim society are not acting with purity of impulse."

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE AL-DURA AFFAIR

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never harm you. Really? How about a picture, a faked picture, which becomes a spiked club used to beat you? The picture of the frightened 12-year old supposedly shot at by Israeli soldiers for three-quarters of an hour before he was killed became the Palestinian Atlas holding together every anti-Jew calumny and vilification every imaginative Jew-hater could dream up. The boy's fright and his supposed death was used to justify slitting the throat of a Jewish baby in her crib and decapitating a Jewish journalist working on an assignment. It made it believable that Jews habitually seek out Arab children to kill. Ironically, swap Jews and Arab in the last sentence and you do have an actual fact. After the initial shock, many people soon found more holes in the story than bullet holes in the wall behind the young Al-Dura, but for the most part, seasoned journalists acted as naively as the proverbial country hick and swallowed the hoax whole. After 13 years, it has finally dawned on Israel that the dead child and his wounded father were a big part of the Palestinian victimization story and maybe it would be a good idea to get the truth out. It has done so in a Report that will certainly confirm the suspicions of those who early on wondered how come the bullet holes were circular as they would be if they came from a spot straight in front of the wall, not from the IDF position, or why there was no blood on the ground when the child was supposedly shot in the stomach, at least not until the next day, or why the camera man couldn't take better pictures when he was standing a few feet from the al-Duras? My suspicions didn't need the physical data on bullet track angle. I just knew that if it were my child, I'd be shielding him with my body and he'd be too busy complaining that I was suffocating him to be frightened.

The AlDurah Project is a storehouse of information. It has the raw footage on which the fairytale is based. See it for yourself. Watch the supposedly dead boy's arm come up as he peeks at the camera. Click here.

This next is an excellent video laying out some of the evidence that determined that the al-dura story was a fake.


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THE AL-DURA AFFAIR AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR MORALITY AND ETHICS IN FRANCE

by Ambassador Freddy Eytan

Freddy Eytan writes about the recent Israeli governmental inquiry into the al-Dura affair, an investigation made some 13 years after the incident happened. Eytan writes, "The report also glaringly reveals one among many examples of the sort of media coverage that is typical in an arena that is undoubtedly one of the most complicated, volatile, and sensitive in the world. The authors of the report have successfully demonstrated how a Palestinian photographer violated the basic tenets of journalistic work, and how a foreign reporter accepted his version of events and his photos wholesale without questioning their reliability for a moment. Clearly, this does not reflect on those reporters who do their work honestly in Israel. Such phenomena, however, exist and must be denounced and uprooted." Considering the current stonewalling and misleading accounts by many mainstream papers, it's going to take another thirteen years for them to come to terms with the truth.

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MY MUHAMMAD AL-DURA CASE JOURNEY

by Shmuel Rosner

When the Muhammad al-Dura story aired on TV some 13 years ago, Shmuel Rosner was working for Ha'aretz, an Israeli newspaper produced by Jews who don't much like Israel and are sympathetic to the Arab cause. Rosner believed the story unconditionally. He suspected the motives of those who didn't accept the story. It took time before the discrepancies started to sway him. He paid attention to the doctor who testified that the scars on the father weren't from IDF bullets but from an operation the doctor performed some eight years before. It says much about the power of the original image, that despite the footage that shows the boy moving his arm after he was "dead", Rosner is only at the point where he suspects he will probably end "with accepting the possibility that Israel might be in the right, after all."

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SHOULD TERRORISTS BE TRIED BY MILITARY OR CRIMINAL COURTS

The capture of the second Boston Marathon bomber again brings up the question whether to try terrorists in civil court or military court. Which way will maintain due process but get us results effectively and efficiently? If the choice is a civil court, another consideration is making sure interrogators are given sufficient time to use sophisticated, legal but possibly slow ways of gaining information about future plans from the terrorist before he is allowed to lawyer up. Closure for the suffering families of the victims also needs to be considered. The articles below discuss all these aspects.


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DEFINING 'RIGHTS' IN A TERROR CASE

by Michael B. Mukasey

When a terrorist is captured, usually much of the discussion centers on whether he should be tried in a civil court or a military court. In discussing the legal status of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, Michael Mukasey raises another important issue: why was Tsarnaev's interrogation handled as a criminal matter? There was a FBI-led High Value Interrogation Group (HIG) at his bedside to gather intelligence. Ideally, they would be given sufficient time to substantiate his information and ask follow-up questions. Instead, Eric Holder's "Justice Department order[ed] U.S. Marshals to bring a magistrate judge to [the] hospital to advise him of a right he did not have if he was being questioned for intelligence purposes, and to introduce him to a lawyer with no authority to advise him in connection with such questioning." As Mukasey points out, if "no admission of his or lead from information he disclosed was to be used in his criminal case, then he was no more entitled to a lawyer in connection with such questioning unrelated to his criminal case than he was entitled to a lawyer to close a real-estate transaction." Why was Mr. Holder in such a hurry?

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SHOULD TERRORISTS BE TRIED IN MILITARY OR CIVIL COURTS: A DILEMMA FOR DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES

by Brig. General (Ret.) Dov Shefi

Continuing previous practices, the state of Israel tried terrorists in a military court up to 1999; after then it tried people held for acts of terror in civil court. So it has familiarity with both practices. Dov Shefi, who served as an IDF JAG, notes that in a democracy, "one may expect Justice even in a military court," but there are procedural advantages in trying a terrorist in a civil court. But he believes the USA botched the interrogation of Zacharias Moussaoui, arrested in August 2011 and knowledgeable about the forthcoming 9/11 attack. "Once the investigators knew that Moussaoui attended a course of 'limited' flying (waiving lessons for take-off and landing), there could have been and should have been a much more sophisticated investigation without using force." He also believes the trials of the 9/11 al-Qaeda terrorists have gone on far too long. The families of the victims deserve closure. This isn't hypothetical for Shefti. He lost his son in the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center.

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AMERICANS, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS LISTENING TO YOU — JUST LIKE THEY PROMISED

There doesn't seem to be much likelihood that increasing the machinery to read a vastly increased number of emails will deal adequately with the problem of Islamic terrorism. First, the Government has purged its terror databases of links between Islam and terms such as terror or jihad. So it isn't easy — or maybe not even possible — to obtaining names of people whose emails might provide leads to future terror attacks. Second, the Government has ordered that there is to be no snooping on mosques, which eliminates many excellent leads to aiders, abettors, instigators and trainers of potential terrorists. So what is omnibase giganticus useful for? If you have a particular name or a couple of names, you will learn much about how often he/they communicate, where he/they send attached documents, who do he/they write to most frequently, where he/they write from, etc. — very useful information in learning about your neighbors, your enemies, and particular groups you don't like. And of course, it can be used positively. Suppose a member of CAIR — or of any other Muslim Brotherhood front group that, thanks to the White House, has access to the FBI, Homeland Security or the White House — learns from "casual" conversation that a particular group in the CIA is assigned to look at a particular MB affiliate. All it would then take is a single casually-vetted consultant who could search on the members of the CIA group and pass pertinent information on to the MB. Frankly, if we were to learn al-Qaeda networks have been apprised of moves that were to be directed against them, would we really be surprised?


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THE BLACK BOX: INSIDE AMERICA'S MASSIVE NEW SURVEILLANCE CENTRE

by James Bamford

This essay was published more than a year ago by James Bamford, who was one of a small group of writers who tried to alert us that "...for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it's all being done in secret." The information about NSA collecting private messages came from a former NSA employee, who went public because of the program's warrantless spying on private individuals. No one seemed to care. Maybe no one thought it applied to his private messages. Now, after an NSA contractor released some secret NSA documents to illustrate that anyone with access to the government servers can wiretap anyone, the public has finally reacted.

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WHY EXPANDED GOVERNMENT SPYING DOESN'T MEAN BETTER SECURITY AGAINST TERRORISM

by Barry Rubin

Barry Rubin asks whether bigger is better, security-wise. Specifically, does collecting everybody's emails, phone calls and social network tweets help uncover terrorists? Rubin reminds us it's not the quantity of data bits than counts. We need to understand the enemy and be willing to act on information about potential threats. What does need changing is our mind set. We need to adopt an attitude that is not politically correct toward those that would destroy us. As Rubin puts it, "Isn't it absurd that the United States can't finish a simple border fence to keep out potential terrorists, can't stop a would-be terrorist in the U.S. army who gives a power point presentation on why he is about to shoot people (Major Nadal Hassan), can't follow up on Russian intelligence warnings about Chechen terrorist contacts (the Boston bombing), or a dozen similar incidents must now collect every telephone call in the country?" It's not just absurd. It's useless.

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BLIND TO TERROR: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT'S DISASTROUS MUSLIM OUTREACH EFFORTS AND THE IMPACT ON U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

by Patrick S. Poole

In the context of stealth jihad, the March-April 2013 issue of Think-Israel includes material on Salafists who have been allowed into our security agencies and have even been invited to the White House. These Muslims have been successful in having counter terrorist experts dismissed from their jobs. Because of their complaints, American databases on terrorists are now purged so that Islam can not be associated with such terms as terror, jihad and other useful descriptors. Increasingly, their demands "include purges, blacklists, book bans, star chambers, speech codes, mandatory reeducation and official retaliation against federal employees, with the White House setting up a task force authorized to enforce these measures across the federal government." By analogy, it is as if the criminals get to decide which laws apply to them and who will be allowed to prosecute them, knowing that the judges will always back them up. In this essay, Patrick Poole expands on the theme of jihadist infiltration into our security agencies during the Clinton and Bush administration, and more extensively, in the Obama Administration. Perhaps infiltration is the wrong word, because they have been welcomed with open arms by the incumbent President, and our defense agencies have been forced to do the same. Poole's study "poses serious questions as to the efficacy and even security concerns about U.S. government outreach to Islamic groups, which often turn out to be Islamist militants, enemies of Islamic moderation, and even supporters of terrorism."

Since this study appeared, we have learned that NSA databases that collect communications from private citizens are not tightl