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  • June 30, 2012

    Unexpected turn in eligibility case: ‘Put it on record!’  


    The attorney in a publicized challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president told WND the Florida case took an unexpected turn in court yesterday, one he says “pulled the rug out” from Obama’s lawyers and should force a quick answer from the judge.

    Attorney Larry Klayman told WND he had expected an “uneventful” hearing in the ongoing case, which returned before Judge Terry Lewis yesterday, but instead found a legal tangle that he believes means Lewis will “have to make a decision, have to put it on record.”

    Klayman originally filed the challenge to Obama’s eligibility for the ballot on behalf of Michael Voeltz, who identifies himself as “a registered member of the Democratic Party, voter and taxpayer in Broward County.”
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:44 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 34 Comments » | 1,904 views

    Introduction to Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party  

    For those of us who are disappointed with the Likud Party, Jewish Home looks like a great alternative. I intend to be there and see what they have to say.

    Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel Are Running For Knesset!

    Ari and Jeremy are on a mission to revitalize the Zionist Movement and change the way the way the world sees Israel! After years of travelling the world, speaking to thousands of people across the globe and reaching millions through television and social media, they have decided to make an even bigger difference and run for Knesset!
    At this special event to launch their official campaign for Knesset, Ari & Jeremy have invited the 3 candidates who are running for the head of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Party to help you understand the Party platform and the ideology behind the party. It will also be inspiring, entertaining, and educational!

    The 3 candidates for Chairman of the party are:

      NAFTALI BENNETT: High-Tech success story, officer in Israeli’s Elite Sayeret Matkal and Benjamin Netanyahu’s former Chief of Staff.

    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:05 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 2,062 views

    Growing China-Israel ties  

    In A Few Years China Will Likely Be the Second-Most Important Country for Israel

    By Barry Rubin, GLORIA CENTRE

    There is a remarkable amount of interest in China about Israel and Jews, as I discovered during a trip to China sponsored by SIGNAL, the Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership.

    The most obvious reason is that the Chinese–one important official called it the “little superpower–perceive that Israel in particular and the Jewish people in general have been success stories. Ten or twenty years ago this would have been less unique in the world. But now, sad to say, it stands out more because the United States and Europe, perhaps only temporarily, are not working very well.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 2:20 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » | 1,416 views

    About those Jews…  

    By Caroline Glick

    So it works out that Iran’s vice president really hates Jews. In fact, he hates Jews so much that even The New York Times reported it. On Tuesday, the Times published an account of Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi’s speech before a UN forum on fighting drug addiction in Tehran.

    Rahimi claimed that Jews control the illegal drug trade. We sell drugs, he said, in order to fulfill what he said is a Talmudic writ to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews.”

    He said that our conspiracy is obvious since, he claimed, there are no Jewish drug addicts.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:04 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 28 Comments » | 1,430 views

    NIF, Naomi Chazan and international law  

    I have published many articles highly critical of Naomi Chazan, the President of the NIF. Two of them are here and here. The Forward recently published an article by her that my friend Salomon Benzimra took exception to. Benzimra is the author of the best seller The Jewish People’s Rights to the Land of Israel. The Forward, not wishing to confuse its readers with the facts, refused to publish his rebuttal. Here it is. Ted Belman

    By Salomon Benzimra

    Naomi Chazan was deputy speaker of the Knesset and the dean of the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Given her credentials, one would have thought that she would have a good grasp of politics and law. But in a recent article published in The Forward, she stated that “Israel’s settlement enterprise…violate[s] international law” because “colonizing occupied land is illegal [based on] the Geneva Conventions,” notwithstanding the contrary opinion expressed in “the contortions of a few right-wing legal scholars.”

    Well, I am no legal scholar but I’d rather be on the side of those right-wing “contortionists” than on Ms. Chazan’s, whose sympathy for the “Palestinian cause” – lamely cloaked in “human rights” – is quicker than her comprehension.  Here are a few legal scholars, including eminent ones, whom Ms. Chazan dismisses offhand, and whose so-called “contortions” strongly confirm the legality of the “settlements” and support the legitimate rights of Israel in Judea and Samaria: (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:42 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 6 Comments » | 1,221 views

    June 29, 2012

    Barack Hussein Obama: A view from Israel  

    By Martin Sherman

      Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The truth is that America and Islam are not exclusive. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings – Barack Obama, Cairo, June 4, 2009
      ‘Brotherhood’ invited to Obama’s speech by US….The administration insisted that at least 10 members of the Muslim Brotherhood… be allowed to attend his speech in Cairo – The Atlantic, June 3, 2009

    Let me begin with two apparently contradictory statements. First, I must say that I am not one of Barack Obama’s most vehement critics. Indeed, at times I find some of the criticism hurled at him both distasteful and unpersuasive.

    That said, I am convinced that his reelection for a second term is liable to be a disaster of epic proportions – with incalculable, probably irreversible, repercussions for both Israel and for US interests, at least as they have been commonly perceived.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:35 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 19 Comments » | 2,226 views

    Syria’s Kurds – the screw in the regime’s coffin?  

    Magdalena Kirchner ORSAM Visiting Researcher

    The election of the Syrian Kurd Abdelbasset Sieda as president of the Syrian National Council (SNC) brought the question of the position of the estimated 2 million Kurds in the ongoing war in Syria back on the agenda.[i]

    [..]In 1962, 120,000-150,000 Syrian Kurds were stripped of citizenship (only partially reinstalled in 2011) and between 1963 and 1976, major resettlement policies took place in order to Arabize Syria’s Northeast. The subsequently increased territorial dispersion further enhanced the Kurds’ historical fragmentation and weakened their economic and societal position. Hafez al-Assad limited the political cooptation of Kurds, in contrast to other minorities, to a handful of secular leftwing politicians like the Communist Party leader Khalid Bagdash. By securing the predominance of secular ethno-nationalist groups in the Kurdish political arenalike the Union Democratic Party (PYD) and given the prominent role of political Islam among Arab opposition forces, the regime was so far able to prevent an alignment along confessional lines between Kurdish and Arab Sunnis (making out some 75% of the total population).
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:08 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 955 views

    Now, how is Bibi going to enforce it?  

    Bibi opts for equality: Hareidi and Arabs must share the burden

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned members of the Keshev Committee on Thursday that unless it instituted mandatory national service for the Arab sector, he might decide not to bring the committee’s recommendations to the Knesset for a vote.

    The Keshev Committee, tasked with drafting proposals to replace the “Tal Law,” announced earlier Thursday that it had decided instead to institute a recruitment target for national service in the Arab community, of at least 6,000 recruits per year by 2016.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:37 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,098 views

    Moshe Ya’alon: Strategic thinker and leader  


    Candidly Speaking: Ya’alon is perhaps the most understated minister in the government and is considered a highly untypical Israeli leader.

    VICE PREMIER Moshe Ya’alon

    A recent interview by journalist Ari Shavit with former IDF chief of staff, now vice premier, Moshe Ya’alon, provides a fascinating insight into the thinking of one of Israel’s most sophisticated political leaders and covers the crucial challenges facing the nation. It deserves to be widely read.

    Ironically, the extensive interview was published in the weekend magazine of Haaretz, the Israeli daily notorious for promoting the very views which Ya’alon’s interview devastatingly demolishes.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:09 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 1,195 views

    June 28, 2012

    Ya’alon, IDF chief of staff-turned-vice premier: ‘We are not bluffing’  


    Moshe Ya’alon tells Ari Shavit he is preparing for war. He suggests you do the same.

    By Ari Shavit HAARETZ

    [..] In a very accurate and concentrated way, the vice premier describes a harsh reality. That is why he agreed to give this unprecedented interview. Ya’alon believes the time has come to narrow the gap between what he knows and what we know. He believes it is time to tell the people of Israel what they are up against.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:45 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 19 Comments » | 1,934 views

    Powered by Hate: Racist Content from Dreams from My Father  

    by Bill Levinson
    Originally published in the American Thinker

    Numerous urban legends circulated about the content of Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father during the 2008 election. The concept of falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus (false in one thing, false in all) means that people who read enough proven lies about the book will then not believe the truth. It is therefore important to circulate the truth as widely as possible, and with page numbers for easy verification.

    The following quotes are from the paperback edition from Three Rivers Press (New York), ISBN 978-1-4000-8277-3. The content is also verifiable from Google Books. It is important to state up front, and reiterate later, that the racist content of Dreams from My Father is 100 percent consistent with Mr. Obama’s open association with hate-mongers like Jeremiah Wright and Al Sharpton. (Read more…)

    Posted by Bill Levinson @ 7:29 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » | 3,037 views

    Yisrael Beytenu Quits Plesner C’tee over Pro-Arab Bias  

    Whatever happened to the “equality” part? Just imagine how big the problem will be when we annex Judea and Samaria. Ted Belman

    Jewish Home, too, says it will leave “Equality in Service” committee after committee says it won’t punish Arab service evaders.

    By Gil Ronen, INN

    Yisrael Beytenu, a major partner in the governing coalition, has announced it is quitting its membership in the Plesner Committee that is hashing out a new formula for enlistment of hareidim to the military and national service.

    The reason is that the committee has said it will not demand punishment of Arab citizens who shirk from service, recommending sanctions only on hareidi service evaders.

    Yisrael Beytenu said in a statement that it believes all citizens must serve equally at age 18, including Arabs. “Yisrael Beitenu believes in the principle established in the Scroll of Independence, according to which all Israelis are equal in rights and duties, regardless of religion, race or sex, and this must be honored,” the party insisted.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:25 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,045 views

    IDF Prepares for a Hostile Southern Border  

    If any leftist complains about what the settlement enterprise is costing Israelis, remind them what all the withdrawals are costing us. There is no comparison. Ted Belman.


    The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.

    Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:42 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 1,003 views

    Rabbi Ariel Under Criminal Probe, ‘Banned Indefinitely’ from Temple Mount  

    The Arabs destroyed all our synagogues and holy places at the end of the War of Independence besides killing the local Jewish inhabitants and driving the rest out of Jerusalem during the war. We on the other hand wiped the floor with them in the ’67 War only to give them the keys to the Temple Mount as a show of magnaminity. They repaid the kindness by preventing us from going there and our government makes it a crime to do so. As victor we should dictate the terms. But no, the leftist sickness continues. Ted Belman

    By: Yori Yanover, JEWISH PRESS

    Rabbi Ariel (the bearded paratrooper on the left) bringing his teachers The Nazir and Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook to the Kotel soon after its liberation.

    Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the 78 year old founder of the Temple Institute and a former Israeli paratrooper who took part in Israel’s liberation of Temple Mount in 1967, has been banned from entering the holiest Jewish site by Israeli Police.

    Ariel was informed of the ban last week after attempting to visit the site. Although an official reason was not given at the time, the Rabbi was told by police officers that he was banned indefinitely.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:31 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » | 1,537 views

    The Al Qaeda-Muslim Brotherhood Coalition  

    by P. David Hornik, FPM

    Not long ago the Arab Spring was seen as a harbinger of democracy. It turns out that, instead, it’s creating breeding grounds for international terror—and safe havens for al-Qaeda itself.

    That is not just a polemical opinion but the somber assessment of the director-general of Britain’s MI5 internal security agency, Jonathan Evans. The Telegraph reports that Evans, in a rare lecture this week in London, warned that

    Today parts of the Arab world have once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaeda.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:51 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | Comments Off | 801 views

    Obama and Abbas both play the UN card  

    By Ted Belman

    Will Mahmood Abbas have a nother shot at obtaining UN recongnition of Palestine this fall?

    Jonathan Schanzer in his article, If at first you don’t succeed…, in Foreign Policy seems to think its possible.

      According to Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, the PLO, which is leading the charge to Turtle Bay, is now following the lead of a different regional player: Qatar. In late March, Erekat announced that the Palestinian leadership had reached an agreement with Doha to try again at the U.N. Other Palestinian insiders confirm that the Qataris are leading the charge, and one former official says they’re even funding the legal effort for the PLO, producing analysis on the costs and benefits of the statehood initiative.

    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:14 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 101 Comments » | 1,565 views

    Syria’s Kurds in Play as Turkey Ponders Options  


    The startling news about Syria’s downing of a Turkish aircraft last Friday has overshadowed the reality of a larger, longer-term pattern of Syrian-supported lethal attacks against Turkey: the rising number of assaults inside Turkish territory by the militant nationalist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime supports the PKK, which the United States officially considers a terrorist organization, both directly and indirectly through its Syrian Kurdish affiliate, the PYD. In recent weeks, skirmishes between Turkish troops and PKK irregulars inside Turkey have greatly intensified, taking dozens of lives on both sides. And armed confrontations inside Syria between the PYD and local Kurdish groups opposed to Assad’s regime have also accelerated sharply.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:30 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 954 views

    June 27, 2012

    The Evils of the Muslim Brotherhood  

    Evidence Keeps Mounting

    by Raymond Ibrahim, Investigative Project on Terrorism

    Egypt’s longtime banned Muslim Brotherhood—the parent organization of nearly every subsequent Islamist movement, including al-Qaeda—has just won the nation’s presidency, in the name of its candidate, Muhammad Morsi. That apathy reigns in the international community, when once such news would have been deemed devastating, is due to the successful efforts of Muslim apologists and subversive agents in the West who portray the Brotherhood as “moderate Islamists”—irrespective that such a formulation is oxymoronic, since to be “Islamist,” to be a supporter of draconian Sharia, is by definition to be immoderate.

    Obama administration officials naturally took it a step further, portraying the Brotherhood as “largely secular” and “pluralistic.”
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:09 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 19 Comments » | 1,235 views

    Judicial lynch at Ulpana  

    Op-ed: Top institutions use power arbitrarily, without due process to prevent settlement expansion

    By Moshe Dann, YNET

    In 2011, the State Prosecutor’s Office asked the High Court to remove a few buildings in Beit El which it said had been built illegally on “private Palestinian land.” The Court accepted this request and ordered the buildings removed by July 1, 2012.

    No court, however, heard evidence or adjudicated the question of landownership in Beit El.

    Despite ample evidence of serious flaws in the judicial process, High Court judges, having made its decision, rejected further appeals for reconsideration – and there is no way to appeal their decision.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:38 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 12 Comments » | 877 views

    6 in 10 Palestinians reject 2-state solution, survey finds  


    73% of 1,010 Palestinians in W. Bank, Gaza agree with ‘hadith’ quoted in Hamas Charter about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees.

    Only one in three Palestinians (34 percent) accepts two states for two peoples as the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an intensive, face-to-face survey in Arabic of 1,010 Palestinian adults in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip completed this week by American pollster Stanley Greenberg.

    The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, was conducted in partnership with the Beit Sahour-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Israel Project, an international nonprofit organization that provides journalists and leaders with information about the Middle East.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:20 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 850 views

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