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Turkey’s support for the uprising against Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has been challenged during the last week or so as Kurds in the north-east of Syria have taken control of several towns and cities.
The ploy, if it succeeds, will bring a further extension of Kurdish automony in the Middle East, complementing Iraq’s booming Kurdistan region, where 5 million Kurds govern themselves as a federal entity within Iraq and with minimal interference from the central government in Baghdad. (Read more…)
Gymnast Alexandra Raisman, 18, has made the all-around individual finals for the U.S. at the London Olympics. The Jewish athlete from Needham, Mass., advanced by performing a routine set to the music of “Hava Nagila,” a well-known Jewish song that has often been used in sports routines.
Raisman’s coaches are Romanians Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan, who had coached the Israeli national team in the early 1990s.
The fate of the Assad regime in Syria has been the main focus of media attention in recent months. Yet, another crisis has quietly developed on the sidelines of the Syrian calamity which may greatly affect the Palestinian refugees and the coveted “right of return”.
Over the past year, the Palestinians have challenged Israel by organizing mass marches of refugees to the Jewish state’s northern borders in order to breach its defenses and “return” to their homes. These attempts ended in a debacle, prompting the angry marchers, who felt betrayed by PLO organizers, to storm and set fire to the headquarters of Ahmad Jibril – one of the founders of the PLO – located in the Syrian Palestinian capital refugee camp of al-Yarmuk, situated in Damascus. The collapse of the “return marches” became the precursor of a process accelerated by the Syrian crisis, whereby the destruction of the refugee camps is leading to the dissolution of the right of return. (Read more…)
Laura: Mind you that the owner of Chick-fil-a is being crucified for merely opposing gay marriage, he doesn’t actually discriminate against gays. Yet the muslim owner of a luxury hotel in Santa Monica threw Jews out simply because they were Jewish. So where are the liberals in Hollywood? Why haven’t they called for a boycott of this hotel? Where are the Jewish liberal organizations? Do the Rabbis promoting interfaith outreach to muslims have anything to say? Imagine if it were muslims or blacks who were thrown out of a hotel or any other place of business. This incident happened 2 years ago yet is the first time I have heard of it. I have not seen this covered anywhere. Why are we welcoming people into this country with an ideology that does not respect equal rights under the law, which is what this nation is based on?
Pakistani-American Muslim Owner of Santa Monica Shangra-La hotel: “Get the [expletive] Jews out of my pool!” July 30, 2012, Quite Normal, (thanks to Howard)
If such a story were the other way around, or involved any other minority, every state-run news agency in America would be squawking in indignation. But as it involves Muslims being Muslims, America isn’t likely to hear much of anything about it.
The event happened 2 years ago, but is only now going to trial. continue reading
The government on Monday passed a sweeping measure to tighten Israel’s belt at a time when the world is facing another global financial crisis.
With a vote of 20 to 9, the Cabinet approved a package of austerity measures designed to raise some NIS 14.15 billion within a year, and reduce the budget deficit by 1.5 percent. Voting against the package were the Independence and Shas parties, as well as Likud Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon.
The measures include raising taxes, increasing fines and cutting budgets.
The point of this ironic story is that the Arab world does not need “weapons of total destruction”, since even without them the area is in total ruins. The situation in Syria these days illustrates this situation, and in live broadcast. With presidents slaughtering their own citizens in the thousands, and their capitals serving as a front in the battle against them, and the state’s military branches fighting against its people, when human dignity – especially that of women and girls – is openly trampled upon and these countries’ economies are collapsing, the Arab world is in an advanced state of systemic collapse, “total destruction.” (Read more…)
The underlying driving force behind this desperate desire to stop unpleasant questions is the elite’s fear that an honest discussion of radical Islamism will spin out of control. They fear if Americans fully understood how serious radical Islamists are, they would demand a more confrontational strategy.
The recent assault on the National Security Five is only the most recent example of the fear our elites have about discussing and understanding radical Islamists.
When an orchestrated assault is launched on the right to ask questions in an effort to stop members of Congress from even inquiring about a topic — you know the fix is in. (Read more…)
Growing number of countries flock to Israel to study construction of Egypt border fence; India to send delegation to review technologies for its fence with Pakistan, Bangladesh; US examining Elta radars for Mexico barrier.
The fence is 5 meters in height and layered with barbed wire. It is supported by dozens of radars that are deployed along the border to issue alerts about possible crossings while the potential infiltrators are still kilometers away. (Read more…)
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At first glance, it is hard to connect the tall, blonde beauty with a helicopter gunship. But when Maj. Maya enters the cockpit of “her” Cobra and starts the ignition, it looks like the most natural thing in the world. A rare interview.
“The most important thing is the mission that I was given,” says Maya.
She fired her first missile during the Second Lebanon War. Maj. Maya, the first woman pilot of a helicopter gunship in the Israel Air Force, hovered over a suspect vehicle deep inside enemy territory, and when the identification was confirmed, she fired directly at him from her Cobra. “I was excited. There was no time to be scared. I was focused on the mission. To tell the truth, the most exciting thing was going back to base. The technicians from the technical department, who had been welcoming pilots back from missions for 20 years, welcomed me there. They looked at the helicopter and saw that a missile was missing; and they are the sort who know very well what it means to come back for the first time without a missile. They embraced me with warmth and compliments. I thought to myself that if they, who saw me grow up in the fleet like a baby, were pleased, I’d done my job.”
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People on the Tel Aviv University campus, is more than a museum. This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary history of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identity. Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity. (www.bh.org.il)
Is the two-state solution doable? Dani Dayan, Chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, thinks not. Seth Mandel thinks otherwise.
The NYT published a strongly worded Op-Ed this week by Dani Dayan, under the title “Israel’s Settlers are here to stay”. Seth Mandel, in an article in Commentary Magazine, called his comments “wrongheaded”.
Mandel accused him of ignoring “both an accepted reality and the Palestinian people”. Dayan has every right to ignore or even reject, both. Mandel further complained that “two of his ideas contained in the op-ed would be, if accepted, detrimental to the American foreign policy doctrine that results in such steadfast American support for Israel.” I beg to differ for reasons set ?out below.
The most important international factor that influences the Syrian crisis is the politics of the United States and Russia. In the eyes of the majority of the American observers, the primary factor for the continuing bloodshed in Syria is the diplomatic and military support rendered to Assad’s regime by Russia.
Let’s take a closer look at the main arguments of the powerful group of observers and experts who tend to blame exclusively Moscow for the endless bloodbath in Syria. Some of those arguments are absolutely correct. It is true that one of the main reasons for the Russian attitude is the traditional close relationship between Moscow and Damascus that has lasted for decades. It is also true that the loss of this connection will deprive Russia of its only remaining ally in the area. In case of a regime change, Russia is about to lose Tartus, which is the only base of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean. (Read more…)
By Wednesday John Brennan, US President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism made a quick trip to Israel to discuss Hezbollah’s massacre of Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria last week.
Hopefully it was an instructive meeting for the senior US official, although his Israeli interlocutors were undoubtedly dumbstruck by how difficult it was to communicate with him. Unlike previous US counterterror officials, Brennan does not share Israel’s understanding of Middle Eastern terrorism.
Brennan’s outlook on this subject was revealed in a speech he gave two years ago in Washington. In that speech Brennan spoke dreamily about Hezbollah. As he put it, “Hezbollah is a very interesting organization.” He claimed it had evolved from a “purely terrorist organization” to a militia and then into an organization with members in Lebanon’s parliament and serving in Lebanon’s cabinet. (Read more…)
And we all thought that Jewish Federations were the focus of the American Jewish Community’s coimmitment of the Jewish State of Israel. However, we have seen over the past few years evidence of distancing of Federations’ from commitment to Israel.
That was reflected in underwriting Olive Tree Initiative trips for college students at UC Irvine in California to mistakenly meet Hamas Representatives on the West Bank in Israel by an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Orange County California. (Read more…)
Illegal Infiltration into Israel through Sinai has plummeted sharply in last two months, according to official statistics.
The number of illegal immigrants who have crossed the border thus far in July is 244. In June, the number of infiltrators was 928. In May it was 2,031. This means the rate of infiltration has dropped by over 85% in two months.
Unlike previous months, all of the immigrants crossing the border illegally have been arrested and detained. Before the government changed its policy on infiltration, the infiltrators were escorted by the IDF from the border and then put on buses to Tel Aviv, where they were released. (Read more…)
President Barack Obama supports the decision for Penn State University to take down the statue of Joe Paterno after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh showed the late football coach and other school officials ignored allegations of child sexual abuse, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Sunday.
The problem is that the Freeh Report’s content contradicts its findings, and another problem is Freeh’s track record of slipshod and incomplete investigative research. Obama’s approach to the Penn State issue is therefore similar to his (and the UN’s) approach to Israel: disregard the facts in favor of what is politically convenient.
If you know any Penn State alumni, please share this with them to help make sure Obama loses Pennsylvania and the general election with it.
Circumstances, as they unfold, are often interpreted according to a person’s particular worldview. The observer can veer between ecstasy and horror, depending on the lens they are looking through. However, this does not obviate the clear fault-line between right and wrong, or good vs evil. Nevertheless, it does afford one the opportunity to cheer or jeer, as events play themselves out. This dare not be a distinction without a difference.
In this regard, patriotic Americans are continually recoiling in disbelief as the Obama regime lurches from one anti-American disaster to another – domestic or foreign policy-wise.
Their swathe of destruction is vast and deep. But it is enough for us to concentrate on two glaring examples perpetrated by Barack Hussein Obama’s appointed underlings.
Laura: Mark Levin reveals that Michele Bachmann has been threatened by the GOP to apologize for her letter to the State Department or lose her position on the House Intelligence Committee. One outrage piles on top of another on a daily basis. Our government is protecting Huma Abedin and other potential muslim brotherhood operatives infiltrating our government. Both parties are protecting America’s mortal enemies. The GOP establishment is concerned about protecting their own hides, not in America’s national security. I hope Michele Bachmann stands her ground.