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  • March 2, 2013

    The Sequester and the Arab Spring  

    Like the sequester molesters, “Arab Spring” devotees have their own fantasy vocabulary.

    By Andrew C McCarthy, NRO

      The Arab Spring, instead, is the tyranny of Islamic supremacism cruelly masqueraded as the forward march of “freedom.”

    ‘Sequester” may be your word for the week, but it’s not mine. I’ve been diverted from the Beltway theater by an enterprise equally fraudulent, the “Arab Spring.” No, the plot line does not feature an Armageddon of budget slashing after which, somehow, Leviathan manages to land on his drunken feet and binge up an even higher tab this year than last. The Arab Spring, instead, is the tyranny of Islamic supremacism cruelly masqueraded as the forward march of “freedom.”

    On Tuesday, the dead-tree version of Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, my book on the subject, finally hit the bookstores after previously being available only as an e-book. Despite the digital age, people still love their paperbacks, so I’ve had the good fortune to spend this week talking about it.
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    Bibi is the enemy of the settlement enterprise  

    But for negotiations we would never know what is driving Bibi. The problem is not that Likud members did not support Likud in the elections but that Bibi is not responsive to the will of his MK’s or the people who support them. Had Bibi remained loyal to this constituency, they would have voted for him. I don’t see how Bibi can do this with Bennett in the government. Ted Belman


    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s emissaries at Friday’s coalition talks between Likud-Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi told the party that a moratorium would be placed on settlement construction immediately upon the formation of the new government, Channel 2 reported.

    The move was posed as “payback” for the practice among residents of West Bank settlements of joining Likud en masse in order to back hawks in party primaries with no intention of voting for the party in general elections. Likud officials have complained of the practice for years.

    Only a third of the settlers who joined the Likud for primaries actually voted for the party in January’s general election, according to Channel 2.
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    Settlement Construction Freeze Until Obama Goes Home  

    I totally reject the idea that Israel walk on eggs while Obama is here. It should be the other way around. We have major policy differences with Obama. These differences should not be hidden while he is here. When we hide them we are showing weakness and lack of resolve. Screw him. Instead, Bibi should be making speeches in his presence confirming that Jerusalem will remain united under Israel sovereignty. We should also be pursuing our sovereign right to build in Jerusalem in his face while he is here. Only that way will he get the message that we mean it. Especially when he is here to do us harm. Ted Belman

    By: Yori Yanover, jewish press

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the suspension of all new construction procedures in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria until after U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, on the eve of Passover, Makor Rishon reports.

    According to a directive that was passed from the PM’s office to the appropriate echelons at the defense and housing ministries, in the next few weeks no new construction bids are to be issued in those three areas. Also, plans whose planning phase has been completed will not move on to the deposit phase while all additional bureaucratic steps concerning their public offering are to be delayed as well.
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    Likud to Lapid: Your Bennett Pact Will Spoil Settlement Uprooting  


    A similar statement was attributed to Bibi himself during his chat with Yair Lapid.
    By: Yori Yanover, JEWISH PRESS

    At last, the Likud-Beitenu coalition negotiations team has pulled the biggest rabbit out of its hat, exposing in the process that on the two-state solution there’s no daylight between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and super-leftist Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On.

    As Yesh Atid negotiators have told the daily Makor Rishon, the Likud-Beitenu team threatened them on Thursday that their political pact with Habayit Hayehudi will end up thwarting the possibility of dismantling Judea and Samaria settlement as part of a future agreement on a Palestinian state.
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    GOP is/was Erratic in its Confirmation Strategy  

    By Diana West, Townhall

    One last question about newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.


    Why for nearly two months (a Washington eternity) did this nominee above all others galvanize GOP Senate opposition?

    I ask the question in genuine wonderment. After all, there was John Kerry with that giant bull’s-eye on his record for giving outrageous aid and comfort to America’s enemies by, among other things, entering into negotiations with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in 1971. How does a U.S. citizen tapped to lead the State Department not have to answer to U.S. senators for such treasonous behavior while a young but already noted public figure?
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    Frank Sinatra and the Jews  

    By coincidence, a week ago I watched Cast a Giant Shawdow for the umpteenth time and particularly noted all the great stars that acted in the movie including Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Angie Dickenson and Frank Sinatra. Then this email came along. Ted Belman

    Frank Sinatra and the Jews

    Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-1998) may have been one of America’s most famous Italian Catholics, but he kept the Jewish people and the State of Israel close to his heart, manifesting lifelong commitments to fighting anti-Semitism and to activism on behalf of Israel.

    Sinatra stepped forward in the early 1940’s, when big names were needed to rouse America into saving Europe’s remaining Jews, and he sang at an “Action for Palestine” rally (1947).

    He sat on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and he donated over $1 million to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, which honored him by dedicating the Frank Sinatra International Student Center. (The Center made heartbreaking headlines when terrorists bombed it in 2002, killing nine people.)
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    By John Hinderaker, POWERLINE

    Newt Gingrich met yesterday with some Republican Congressional staffers and gave them the memo below, which I obtained from a Congressional aide. It lays out Newt’s assessment of where the Democratic and Republican parties stand today. Much of it will seem familiar to readers of this site, but Newt sets forth the facts–many of them grim–with his customary panache. This is obviously a big topic, and I have just a few comments on Newt’s memo which I will save until the end. Here it is:

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    Erdogan Piles Up Those ‘Crimes Against Humanity’  


    I think “crime against humanity” has become a verbal tic for Turkey’s Islamic-supremacist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    In Vienna, at one of the UN’s nauseating “dialogues” between Islam and the West (you know, those conferences where Western leaders explain how much they admire Islam and Islamic leaders reciprocate by explaining how much they, too, admire Islam), Erdogan pronounced Zionism a “crime against humanity,” which he placed on a par with anti-Semitism. The latter is a subject Erdogan knows a thing or two about. As I recount in Spring Fever, The Illusion of Islamic Democracy (just released in paperback this week),:

      Erdogan first burst on the scene almost 40 years ago as the 20-year-old writer-director-star of a theatrical production called Maskomya. As Andy Bostom edifies us, Mas-Kom-Ya is short for Masons, Communists, and, yes, Yahudi — Jews. In Erdogan’s telling, these were evil subversive groups whose common denominator was – all together now! — Judaism.

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    Into the Fray: Surrendering sovereignty – again  

    By Martin Sherman, JPOST

      Definition of “sovereignty”:
      Supreme power or authority; the authority of a state to govern itself; complete power to govern a country; the state of being a country with freedom to govern itself
      – The Oxford Dictionary
      Our hope – a hope 2,000 years old – will not be lost: To be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem
      – From the national anthem, “Hatikva”
      You can take the Jews out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the Jews
      – A disparaging dictum of uncertain origins

    Just over a year ago, I wrote a column in this series titled “Surrendering sovereignty” (December 2, 2011), which I commenced with very similar introductory excerpts.

    Mughrabi fiasco

    In it, I severely criticized the government’s reversal of its decision to replace the Mughrabi Bridge, linking the Western Wall and the Temple Mount.
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