An Interview with British Freedom Party Chairman, Paul Weston
by Jerry Gordon, New English Review (March 2012)
The United Kingdom, or as Daily Mail pundit, Melanie Phillips calls it, Londonistan, has been mired in massive demographic change and concomitant Islamization brought on by its recent “open door” immigration policy. This was graphically evident in the July 7, 2005 London underground and bus system attack by four British Muslim suicide bombers who took the lives of more than 52 innocent victims and injured over 700. It was also reflected in the condoning of the more than 85 Shariah courts by the UK legal system and controversial Church of England head, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Deeply disturbing has been the de facto creation of what former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali called “no-go areas” where native Britons are not welcome, especially if they happen to be homosexual or Jewish. (Read more…)
by Jamie Glazov, FPM
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dr. Richard Cravatts, a Professor of Practice and Director of the Master’s Program in Communications Management at the Simmons College School of Management. He is President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, a grassroots community of over 50,000 academics on more than 3500 campuses worldwide, and a board member of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, the Investigative Taskforce on Campus Anti-Semitism, and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. He is also the author of the new book, Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews (David Horowitz Freedom Center).
FP: Richard Cravatts, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Illuminate for us the jihad against Jews and Israel on the American campus.
Peace Now’s Lara Friedman relays her dissatisfaction with the failure of Arab officials to acknowledge Jewish rights to Jerusalem.
By Rachel Hirshfeld, INN
Americans for Peace Now’s Director of Policy and Government Relations, Lara Friedman, has expressed her discontent and dissatisfaction with the failure of Arab officials to acknowledge Jewish rights to Jerusalem.
While Friedman is vehemently against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, military action against Iran, and advocated on behalf of freeing the Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan from Israeli administrative detention, she nonetheless laments that the Arab League’s Conference on Jerusalem in Doha on Sunday did not give voice to Jewish perspectives.
THE DAILY STAR
BEIRUT: The head of the Syrian National Council was quoted as saying Monday that Syria’s main opposition group would not have any problem dealing with Hezbollah if the party supported a democratic change in Syria.
“There are no permanent enmities in politics as there are no permanent friendships. Alliances are built on goals. We want to achieve our goals.
If Hezbollah decided to support the democratic process in Syria, there would not be any barrier [to dealing with it],” Burhan Ghalioun said in an interview with the Algerian newspaper Al-Shourouq.
Reza Kahlili, DC
My sources inside Iran tell me that President Obama, seeking to protect the recovering U.S. economy and bolster his chances of being re-elected in November, apparently has entered into an informal agreement with Iran that he believes will defuse the nuclear weapons crisis and keep Israel from attacking the Islamic regime.
The agreement calls for the United States to acknowledge that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons, and for Iran to hand over its highly enriched uranium, which is necessary for nuclear weaponization.
Iran, for its part, though engaging Obama, has no intention of abiding by the agreement and is stepping up its nuclear enrichment program clandestinely, even as it prepares for a war it believes it can win.
By Mudar Zahran, STONEGATE INSTITUTE
Since the launch of Arab Spring, Obama’s administration has been supportive of the Arabs’ call for freedom and democracy. Such a graceful stance, nonetheless, has been hindered by the administration’s apparent tolerance of the succession of Islamists into power at the expense of emerging Arab democracies.
Apparently President Obama sees a point in accepting, and even welcoming, the arrival of Muslim Brotherhood members into power. Such a position will possibly soon prove a fatal one — and an example of the Islamists outwitting the US through the ballot box after failing with bombs and explosives.
The author thinks out of the box. While he says that Obama is pro-Iran which is shiite, he doesn’t explan why he is building up the MB and Turks who are Sunni. But then again the MB is the enemy of the Saudis. I just got started on an article to point out that Saudi and Israel interests are the same in Syria, Iran and in opposing the MB. I believe they are working together to oppose these common enemies, Ted Belman
Obama’s Iranian Nuclear policy can be summed up as “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” and Saudi Arabia is in even more danger than Israel.
Mark Langfan, INN
Remember, for one second, in January 2011, before even a dozen demonstrators were killed, a small herd of camel-riding Mubarakists rode into Tahrir Square trampling some protesters underfoot, and Obama immediately flew into an apoplectic rage, gliding close to personally claiming that Mubarak was a war criminal for attacking peaceful “democratic” demonstrators.
But in February 2012, after Assad has murdered over 10,000 Sunni mostly totally unarmed civilians by lobbing barrages of multiple rounds of artillery into Homs, why is Obama all but numbingly silent in-between his own barrages of multiple rounds of 18-hole golf?
The reason: the US President Obama has artfully and silently pivoted US Middle East Policy from a Pro-Saudi, Anti-Iran paradigm to a Pro-Iran, Anti-Saudi imperative.
By Barry Rubin
Much written and said about the Middle East has always been fantasy. But nowadays the proportion of fantasy to reality is higher than ever. And number one on that list is the war hysteria with Iran.
Israel may have to attack Iran some day. But not this week, month, or even year. That’s true for very good reasons.
Iran doesn’t have deliverable nuclear weapons. It is not about to have deliverable nuclear weapons. Israel is not about to attack Iran. The United States is certainly not about to attack Iran. The whole idea that the leaders of Iran are crazed suicide-oriented people who expect the twelfth imam to arrive next Thursday is simply not true.
by Khaled Abu Toameh, STONEGATE INSTITUTE
To avoid Palestinians erupting against both Fatah and Hamas, the two parties are working to direct the heat toward Israel.
Hamas and Fatah have lately ratcheted up their rhetoric against Israel in a clear bid to distract attention from their failure to end their power struggle.
By backing a “popular resistance” against Israel, Hamas and Fatah are hoping to distract attention from their failure to end their dispute and form a unity government.
Will Saudi Arabia Support an Israeli Attack on Iran In June?
One of the great cliches of war-craft is that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. This expression comes to mind in considering the plausibility of a claim made in my recent conversation with a weapons dealer. He thinks that this June, Israel will use Saudi Arabia as its base for an attack on Iran’s suspected nuclear site.
This weapons dealer has been traveling to Tel Aviv and Jeddah to meet with military leaders who are loading up on his specific weapon category in anticipation of a war with Iran. According to my source — who is planning another trip to both countries soon to sell more weapons – the military leaders are looking to launch the attack in June.
Why would Saudi Arabia support Israel instead of attacking it? The answer there is that Saudi Arabia is dominated by Sunnis; whereas Iran’s leaders are Shi’ite. My source believes that Saudi Arabia’s rage against the Shi’ites exceeds its dislike of its Jewish neighbors. (Read more…)
The reaction to an accidental Koran-burning was inexcusable.
By Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO
An anti-U.S. protest in Mehterlam, Afghanistan, February 23, 2012
The New York Times reports that President Obama has sent a formal letter of apology to Afghanistan’s ingrate president, Hamid Karzai, for the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base. The only upside of the apology is that it appears (based on the Times account) to be couched as coming personally from our blindly Islamophilic president — “I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. . . . I extend to you and the Afghani people my sincere apologies.” It is not couched as an apology from the American people, whose frame of mind will be outrage, not contrition, as the facts become more widely known.
Jonathan Kay, National Post
As Syrian towns are pummeled by their own government forces, Canadian “activists” will once again gather in Toronto to condemn Israel for the crime of existing.
In Syria, the Assad regime continues to rain artillery on rebel positions in the city of Homs, killing journalists and innocent civilians alike. Iran’s mullahs are set to execute a Canadian citizen for the crime of operating a web site they don’t like. The new Libyan regime is torturing Gaddafi loyalists. And Egypt’s rulers are prosecuting NGO leaders on trumped-up charges. And so next week, Canadian left-wing activists will congregate in Toronto to express their hatred of … you guessed it: Israel.
Inbari ads considerably to our knowledge about the SNC including who’s for it and who’s against it. Unfortunately he does not add a paragraph on one alternative, namely, the SDC which I wrote about in Why is Obame in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood. TED BELMAN
Jerry Gordon, my colleague at the New English Review and former Israpundit blogger posted my article on the NER with this introduction:
Ted Belman, a colleague at the blog Israpundit, has an important article up at the American Thinker, Why is Obama in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood? It is an indictment of the Obama Administration’s seemingly deliberate policy to further the cause and agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood. The answer to Belman’s rhetorical question was perhaps best articulated in a comment during our NER interview of last March with Ken Timmerman, author, columnist and Republican Candidate now heavily engaged in a primary fight in the Maryland 8th CD, “Obama Likes Radical Islamic Rule”.
Published last night, Belman’s article has garnered more than 92 comments so far. Clearly Belman’s dossier piece has struck a nerve. Rick Greenfield publisher of The Connecticut Jewish Ledger called it, “one gutsy article”.
Belman has effectively written a chronicle of how the Obama Administration has purposefully sabotaged Middle East policy deliberately tilting it to support of the Islamist alliance of Turkey, the Gulf Emirates and Saudi Arabia and deepening the web of Muslim Brotherhood relationships in the region and at home.
Of particular note is what Obama is doing to ensure that, should the repressive Baathist regime be toppled, the Muslim Brotherhood in the guise of the Syrian National Council (SNC) will be waiting in the wings to impose a theocratic form of fascism to replace the decades long secular one. As we have commented in an Iconoclast post with regard to the vast caches of Syria’s unconventional WMD: “Even more sinister elements like the Muslim Brotherhood leaders of the Syrian National Council could control the country should Assad be toppled.” That is, notwithstanding the contrived referendum vote on a new constitution for bloodied Syria, virtually guaranteeing another decade of corrupt brutality by Bashar al-Assad.
Note Belman’s comments with respect to the Obama Administration marginalizing the Syrian Democratic Coalition alternative:
By Pinhas Inbari, WJC ANALYSIS -
Over the weekend, Tunisia hosted a conference of the ‘Friends of the Syrian People’ group in Tunis. The conference came at a time of major disagreements within the international community and the Arab world about the proposed reaction to the atrocities committed by President Assad’s regime. The conference did not bear fruit. It did not issue a final communiqué and saw the Saudi Arabian delegation walk out before the official conclusion of the event. (Read more…)
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE OF ALL. YET IT IS ALSO THE HARDEST TO ACHIEVE. tHE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS FINDING COMMON GROUND ON WHETHER WE WILL HAVE A ZIONISTIC CONSTITUTION OR A UNIVERSALIST CONSTITUTION. AS FOR THE STRUCTURE, WE CAN DO NO BETTER THAT FOLLOWING THE MODEL OF THE US CONSTITUTION JUST AS IT TOOK ITS INSPIRATION FROM THE TORAH. TED BELMAN
By DANNY AYALON, JPOST
Israel’s electoral and governmental system is failing and moving us toward political paralysis. The writing has been on the wall for some time, and soon it may be too late to make the necessary change. During the early years of our state, the system was deemed convenient due to the special circumstances Israel faced, but for too many years now, the system has become less than useful and effective.
In Israel, there is no sufficient separation of powers. Around a third of the Knesset Members serve as ministers or deputy ministers and are thus forbidden to introduce laws or participate in committees. There are few apposite checks and balances, in fact, farcically, the opposite is true; as an MK, I am expected to conduct oversight of my role as Deputy Foreign Minister.
Biggest anti-Israel conference evah
J.E. DYER, HOT AIR
An International Conference on Jerusalem” is being held 26-27 February in Doha, Qatar. The conference was scheduled by the Arab League during its meeting in Sirte, Libya in 2010. Its purpose is to combat the “Judaization of Jerusalem.” In the words of the Global Muslim Brotherhood Report, which tracks Muslim Brotherhood activities, this month’s conference “represents an unprecedented coalition arrayed against Israel.”
This isn’t hyperbole. The conference is unusually well advertised in English, being referred to in the media regularly as a “conference on Jerusalem,” rather than sparsely as a “conference on al-Quds,” the Arabic (and larger Islamic) term for Jerusalem. Yousef al-Qaradawi, “spiritual leader” of the Muslim Brotherhood, has held a number of conferences on Jerusalem in the last decade, hosting them around the Arab world and flying largely under the radar in terms of his media posture with the West. Researchers on the earlier Qaradawi conferences were more likely to find them under “al-Quds” than under “Jerusalem.” But the February 2012 conference is simply billed – even in a number of Arab-world English-language media – as the “conference on Jerusalem.” (Read more…)
To draw Iran into nuclear talks, Obama avoids ousting Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2012, Tags:
Different policies, same goals.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal did not hide his anger before marching out of the Friends of Syria conference attended by 70 nations in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24 after they fell in behind US plans for avoiding direct action against Syria’s Bashar Assad. Filmed sitting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Saudi minister told a reporter that arming the Free Syrian Army was an “excellent idea” because they needed to defend themselves. Clinton remained frostily aloof on this obvious bone of contention.
By Emmanuel Navon
In his book The New Middle East, Shimon Peres wrote that “In Western Europe, particularist nationalism is fading and the idea of ‘citizen of the world’ is taking hold” (The New Middle East, Henry Holt, 1993, p. 98). It is sadly ironical that Peres wrote those lines at the height of a savage nationalistic war in the former Yugoslavia, and shortly after the replacement of Czechoslovakia by two separate nation-states.
Today, ‘Western Europe’ is hardly a continent where people abandon their national identity to become ‘citizens of the world.’ The fact that Cyprus became an EU member in 2004 did not mend fences between Greeks and Turks –if anything it convinced Turkey that it could get away with its occupation of the island. As for Brussels, it might host the European Commission but it also happens to be the capital of a dysfunctional bi-national state that was left without an elected government for nearly two years (between June 2010 and December 2011) because of nationalistic dissentions between the Flemish and the Walloons.
The National Republican Trust
The Associated Press is rigging polls again and is not disclosing the startling fact that its polling firm, GFK, has been granted federal government contracts since Obama has been in office. This is not a major surprise to our readers because we have come to expect very liberal bias from the so-called mainstream media, but this goes beyond business as usual and well into the area of inventing favorable news for Obama to help create the impression that his reelection is inevitable.
On the contrary, Bibi should meet with them. We are not disinterested bystanders. Of course we should support the party that best supports us. Ted Belman
OU to Netanyahu: Don’t meet GOP hopefuls on DC trip
By HERB KEINON, JPOST
Nathan Diament replies ‘yes and no’ when asked if he is concerned for Israel regarding second Obama term.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should not meet with Republican presidential candidates during his upcoming trip to Washington so as not to be perceived as taking sides in the campaign, Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the Orthodox Union (OU), said this week.
Netanyahu will be addressing the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington a week from Monday, the same day Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich is scheduled to address the gathering.