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  • September 4, 2015

    On peace and realism  

    By David S Weinberg, ISRAEL HAYOM

    This week, a nighttime Israeli security raid in Jenin went down bad, and the elite police anti-terrorist unit got into a firefight. One of our commandos was wounded, perhaps by friendly fire, and the wanted terrorist slipped away.

    We only heard about this raid because of the trouble it ran into. Most arrest raids on terrorists don’t make the news, Israeli or Palestinian, even though they take place every day and every night, 365 days a year, across the West Bank.
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    Oy Jerusalem  

    By Yoram Ettinger, ISRAEL HAYOM

    While the Jewish state enjoys a robust Jewish demographic tailwind of fertility and immigration, Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is burdened with a Jewish demographic headwind of emigration, which is eroding the current 66% Jewish majority.

    The growing, youthful Jewish emigration from Jerusalem is driven by the scarcity of jobs as well as costly and limited housing. It was triggered — beginning in the 1990s — by Israeli prime ministers who relegated Jerusalem to a lower national priority, in sharp contrast to their predecessors.
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    Is the Migration Crisis Killing the European Dream?  

    T. Belman. Murray suggested:

    “The first challenge might be to try to encourage migrants to stay nearer the countries they are fleeing. Professor Paul Collier recently suggested setting-up EU-sponsored work-havens in Jordan to ensure Syrian refugees (who comprise 40% of recent EU arrivals) have an incentive to stay in the region. This not only allows them a better chance of integration, but also makes it easier to return home if and when the situation improves. Similar projects might be considered in other areas.”

    This is akin to my suggestion in which I said the the US should support moving 2 million Palestinians to Jordan. Since the US is paying the bill for supporting both the Palestinians and Jordan, it could easily incentivize the Palestinians to move to Jordan. The Palestinians could build two cities there of one million each and the US could pay the costs. Thus the Palestinians would be earning their keep and the Palestine/Israel conflict would be solved.

    By Douglas Murray, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Migrants from the Middle East enter Hungary from Serbia, on August 26, by crawling under a temporary razor wire fence erected by the Hungarian government.

    The breaking-down of borders and the free movement of people were central visions of the European Union project. But look anywhere across the continent today and that vision is becoming a nightmare. The flood of refugees and migrants across the Mediterranean is affecting every country in Europe and creating troubling new realities.
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    Column One: A glorious defeat  

    By Caroline Glick, JPOST

    Some times you have to fight battles you cannot win because fighting – regardless of the outcome – advances a larger cause.

    Israel’s fight against the nuclear deal the major powers, led by US President Barack Obama concluded with Iran was such a battle.

    The battle’s futility became clear on July 20, just six days after it was concluded in Vienna.

    On July 20, the US administration anchored the deal – which paves the way for Iran to become a nuclear power and enriches the terrorism-sponsoring ayatollahs to the tune of $150 billion – in a binding UN Security Council resolution. Once the resolution passed, the deal became unstoppable.
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    Into The Fray: The Iran deal – More shameful than Munich  

    By Martin Sherman, JPOST

    No  British Government ever will, and ever can, risk the bones of a British grenadier… I did not believe that any sensible man in Germany wished for a new partition of Poland

    – Nobel peace laureate Sir Austen Chamberlain (half-brother of Neville), on the Polish Corridor, February 16 and March 31, 1925.

    How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.

    – Neville Chamberlain on the Czechoslovakia crisis, September 27, 1937

    The enemy did not reckon with my great strength of purpose. Our enemies are worms. I saw them in Munich.

    – Adolf Hitler, address to generals, August 22, 1939
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    NATO Allies Making It Easier for Iran to Attack Israel  

    by Burak Bekdil, The Gatestone Institute
    September 3, 2015

    PatriotsIn early 2013, NATO supposedly came to its ally’s help: As Turkey was under threat from Syrian missiles, potentially with biological chemical warheads, the alliance would build a mini anti-missile defense architecture on Turkish soil. Six U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries would be deployed in three Turkish cities and protect a vast area where about 3.5 million Turks lived.

    The Patriot batteries that would protect Turkey from Syrian missiles belonged to the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. In early 2015, the Dutch mission ended and was replaced by Spanish Patriots. Recently, the German government said that it would withdraw its Patriot batteries and 250 troops at the beginning of 2016. Almost simultaneously, the U.S. government informed Turkey that its Patriot mission, expiring in October, would not be renewed. Washington cited “critical modernization upgrades” for the withdrawal.
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    Iran funded Hamas military summer camps for UNRWA students  


    By David Bedien, Israel Behind the News

    Sept. 2, 2015 marked the first day that we viewed the footage that our crew filmed of this summer’s Iranian funded Hamas military camps for UNRWA students.

    The footage portrays the  human face of Iran’s conventional terror threat:

    1. Girl counselors interviewed about training young females to destroy Israel, and liberate both Palestine and Jerusalem, passionately speaking about an uncompromised ‘right of return’ to “their homes” that their grandparents left in 1948.
    2. Armed and uniformed boys interviewed as they march in goose-step in a quasi-military procession  in Gaza.
    3. Boys and girls brandishing the massive weaponry received from Iran.
    4. Hamas leaders rallying throngs of youngsters who scream in unison to renew the PLO war to liberate Jerusalem and all of Palestine, and   describe Jews as pigs who must be & thrown out of a Moslem entity.
    5. UNRWA students parading with huge signs for “right of return” and takeover of Al Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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    Israel passes law forbidding media bias  

    Public Broadcast Law passed overnight includes section that forbids being one-sided or interjecting personal views.

    By Gil Ronen, INN

    The Knesset passed the Public Broadcast Law before dawn Thursday in the final readings. The law, which replaces the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) with a new corporation and would force it to streamline its operations, was passed after the government agreed to delete a clause that calls on IBA immediately begin slashing NIS 10 million ($2.57M) from its budget every month.

    Instead of implementing the clause – which would have cost 430 jobs – the government and labor unions will negotiate over how many of the current IBA employees will migrate to the new broadcasting corporation that will replace the IBA. Another key section in the law abolishes the infamous annual Television Tax that Israelis in possession of television sets have had to pay for decades.
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    Who killed the Dawabshes, and why doesn’t the Shabak want to know?  

    by Vic Rosenthal

    Someone burned a baby and his father to death and severely injured two other members of the Dawabshe family a little more than a month ago on July 31, in the Arab village of Duma, southwest of Shechem (Nablus).

    Beginning on the morning after the murders, as the investigation was just beginning, Israeli officials and media began claiming that the perpetrators were “Jewish terrorists.” The murder was conflated with the vicious knife murder of a 16-year old girl and the wounding of several others by a crazed ‘religious’ fanatic at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade the same night. Two examples, it was said, of how we are the same as Arab terrorists. Two examples of our depravity as a culture.
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    The Two-State Solution Is in Stalemate. What Can Israel Do to Prevail?  

    T. Belman. Evelyn Gordon is a very important right wing journalist. After discussing the reality of the present impasse, she recommends a different strategy. I  don’t agree with everything she suggests but I appreciated that she started the conversation in this long but important essay.

    For two decades the Jewish state has sought, fruitlessly, to negotiate an end to the conflict. Needed is a new, viable strategy for coping with reality and winning out.

    By Evelyn Gordon, MOSAIC

    It’s a longstanding truism of international relations that “everyone knows” the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet today, after more than two decades of negotiations under several different Israeli, Palestinian, and American governments have repeatedly failed to produce the two-state agreement whose terms “everyone knows,” it is past time to put this false idea to rest. In fact, what the talks have shown is that even when there’s agreement on general principles, the remaining gaps are insurmountable—and often there isn’t even agreement on principles. What this means is that, for now and for the foreseeable future, a final peace is not achievable.

    To most Israelis, this isn’t news. Repeated polls have confirmed that while a stable majority still favors a two-state solution, an even larger majority doesn’t believe an agreement can or will be signed anytime soon—or that the Palestinians are serious about reaching one.
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    September 3, 2015

    AIPAC official: PM’s Congress speech hurt Iran deal opposition  

    T. Belman. I disagree with this official. Had Bibi done what the Democrats wanted the result would have been the same. Although he failed to stop the Iran Deal from being passed later in the month, Bibi did in fact get the Americans to agree with him by a margin of 2:1. Thus the American people will elect more Republicans in the 2016 elections and hopefully he also helped a Republican candidate like Cruz of Trump to become the next President.

    Member of pro-Israel lobby tells Israeli media that Netanyahu’s March address transformed Iran deal into partisan issue

    TOI Staff

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    An official from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobby in the US, on Thursday blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for harming the opposition to the Iran nuclear deal by insisting on addressing Congress on the issue in March.
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    Israel restricts who can get cultural funding  

    Ted Belman

    According to Culture Minister Miri Regev list of criteria published Wednesday night by Channel 2, cultural institutions who endorse the following will not receive state funding:

    – denying the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state;
    – inciting racial hatred, violence and terrorism;
    – supporting act of terrorism against Israel;
    – marking Independence Day as a day of mourning;
    – acting against an Israeli symbol;
    – boycotting or calling for a boycott of Israel.

    “I make a clear distinction between freedom of expression and freedom of funding,” the Culture Minister declared. “Freedom of expression is a supreme value in Israel. But, the state has the right not to finance factors that undermine its Jewish and democratic character.”

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    The Democrats Now Own Iran. They’ll Soon Wish They Didn’t  

    T. Belman. The Republicans are still paying the price for having defeated Iraq. The Democrats will now pay the price for strengthening Iran, I hope.

    By Jonathan S Tobin, COMMENTARY

    This morning, President Obama got what he’s been working toward all year. With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she will vote to support the Iran nuclear deal, the administration got its 34th vote in the Senate, thus assuring that the president will have enough support to sustain a veto of a resolution of disapproval of the pact. Mikulski was just the latest of a number of Senate Democrats to throw in with the president on Iran. The only suspense now is whether Obama will get to 41 and thus have enough for a filibuster and prevent a vote on the deal from even taking place.

    Leaving aside the terrible damage the deal does to U.S. security and the stability of the Middle East, the most far-reaching effect of the deal is that from now on Democrats own Iran. From this moment forward, every act of Iranian-sponsored terrorism, every instance of Iranian aggression and adventurism as well as the Islamist regime’s inevitable march to a nuclear weapon can be laid at the feet of a Democratic Party. With a few exceptions, the Democrats fell meekly behind a president determined to prioritize détente with Iran over the alliance with Israel and the need to defend U.S. interests. By smashing the bipartisan consensus that had existed on Iran up until this year, the Democrats have, in effect, become the hostages of the ayatollahs. This is a decision that will haunt them in the years to come.
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    Meet the Iran Lobby  

    In the fight over sanctions and the nuclear deal, how did the supposedly all-powerful pro-Israel lobby lose to the slick operatives of the National Iranian American Council?

    By Lee Smith|TABLET

    Trita Parsi, the Iranian-born émigré who moved to the United States in 2001 from Sweden, where his parents found refuge before the Islamic Revolution, should be the toast of Washington these days. As I argued in Tablet magazine several years ago, Parsi is an immigrant who in classic American fashion wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to reconcile his new home and his birthplace. And now he’s done it: The founder and president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC ), the tip of the spear of the Iran Lobby, has won a defining battle over the direction of American foreign policy. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action not only lifts sanctions on Iran, a goal Parsi has fought for since 1997, but also paves the way for a broader reconciliation between Washington and Tehran across the Middle East.
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    Iran Deal: The “Israel Lobby” is dead and Obama killed it  

    By Joel B Pollak, BREITBART

    On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)2% became the 34th Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support the Iran deal, handing President Barack Obama a veto-proof majority.

    In so doing, Mikulski drove the final nail into the coffin of the pro-Israel lobby, centered around the once-vaunted American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which had vowed in July to fight the deal “with the entirety of our institutional resources.”

    AIPAC’s loss proves that the so-called “Israel lobby” was never as strong as antisemitic conspiracy theorists said it was. But AIPAC was weakened even further, and deliberately, by the Obama administration, which cultivated a George Soros-funded left-wing alternative called J Street, which promoted appeasement with Iran and was inspired by John J. Mearsheimer and Steven M. Walt’s controversial 2007 book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
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    Netanyahu, Kerry want to restart PA-Israel talks, but why?  

    T. Belman.

    Ted 4Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently declared he was ready to resume direct talks with the Palestinians.

    “I believe there is a chance and I think it is imperative we have not lost sight of that issue,” Kerry said Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC.

    What are we to make of this?

    There is only one two-state solution envisaged by Kerry and the world, including AIPAC, and that is the one based on ’67 lines plus swaps and the division of Jerusalem. Nothing else is on the table or in the back rooms.  
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    Iran Army Commander: We’ll Keep Arming Until Israel Overthrown  

    Senior Revolutionary Guards general says Iranian forces would continue to ‘bolster’ until Israel ‘overthrown,’ replaced with ‘Palestine.’

    By Ari Soffer, INN

    One of Iran’s top military commanders has said the Islamic Republic will continue to bolster its military capabilities until Israel is destroyed and a Palestinian Arab state established in its place.

    Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, a senior commander in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was speaking to soldiers during a military drill in Tehran Wednesday.

    “They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” Kazzemeini said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
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    The truth about BDS movement  

    The Lawfare Project sent the following letter to the leadership of a labor union that recently adopted a resolution endorsing the BDS movement and its hateful and discriminatory goals and activities. The letter was co-signed by StandWithUs.

    Although we do not want to give this union any more media attention, we thought it important to respond publicly with the counter-message–the truth–and call attention to the hypocrisy of any labor association taking such a position.

    We will continue to combat BDS wherever it manifests, and to remind any organization and/or association considering BDS advocacy of the potential legal consequences of such action.
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    September 2, 2015

    Hillary-Sidney Emails Herald Demise of a Pro-Israel Democratic Party  

    T. Belman. The Democratic platform presented at the 2012 convention of the Party also heraled the demise.

    By Jonathan S Tobin, COMMENTARY

    The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails to be released is being scoured for classified information today. While the Clinton camp is taking solace in the fact that there was no “Top Secret” data in these communications, the large number of emails with classified information is just drawing more attention to the former secretary of state’s allergy to transparency and doing her presidential candidacy no end of harm. But there is more to be learned here than a reaffirmation of what we already knew about the Clintons’ passion for secrecy.

    The treasure trove of information about her work at the state department also gives us an inside view of her close relationship with Sidney Blumenthal. We already knew that Blumenthal’s role in Hillary’s life illustrated the conflicts of interest created by the Clinton Family Foundation since he was, at one and the same time, a paid consultant by the so-called charity, seeking business opportunities in Libya while also operating as an adviser to the secretary about topics in which he had a vested interest.
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    Very Good News Israel  

    Israel Can Prevent It

    I usually publicize the positive achievements of the Jewish State. This week, however, I want to illustrate that much of Israel’s work also goes into counteracting the negative side of life in the modern world.

    Disease prevention is a top priority of Israeli medical research.  Israel’s Avraham Pharmaceuticals has just announced successful interim results in a Phase 2b clinical trial of ladostigil, which prevents patients suffering mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from progressing to the more serious Alzheimer’s disease.  Meanwhile, New Jersey Department of Health has approved the OncoGxSelect diagnostic test for lung cancer developed by Israel’s Rosetta Genomics.  The test can help clinicians prevent the disease spreading by detecting genetic mutations responsible for the tumors.
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