By Ted Belman
US official says ‘Israel must show Arab public it’s serious about peace’
This is a euphemism for must agree to share Jerusalem, to stop building settlements and to accept borders based on ’67 lines plus swaps. No thanks.
As long as Israel refrains from doing so, it can fairly be said that Israel is not interested in peace on those terms. But she is interested in peace on her terms namely she gets to keep Jerusalem, the settlements and a military presence in Judea and Samaria inter alia.
By Barry Rubin, PJ MEDIA
[The Executioner removes the Mad Hatter's hat in preparation for beheading him]
The Mad Hatter: “I’d like to keep it on.”
Executioner: “Suit yourself. As long as I can get at your neck.”
–Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”
Alan M. Dershowitz, GATESTONE INSTITUTE
The recent disclosure that Omar Misharawi, the baby son of BBC reporter Jihad Misharawi, was actually killed by an errant Hamas rocket rather than by an Israeli missile, should have absolutely no moral implications. Of course the baby was killed by Hamas. He would have been killed by Hamas even if the missile that ended his life had been fired by Israel. Hamas is totally and wholly responsible for this death, as it is responsible for every civilian death in Gaza and in Israel. It is Hamas that always begins the battle by firing rockets at Israeli civilians. Generally Israel does not respond. When it does, its rockets occasionally kill Palestinian civilians. That’s because Hamas wants Palestinians civilians, especially babies, to be killed by Israelis rockets. They want Palestinian babies to be killed precisely so that they can display the kind of photographs that were shown around the world: a grieving father holding his dead baby, presumably killed by an Israeli rocket. For years, I have called this Hamas’ “dead baby strategy.” The recent United Nations finding simply confirms the reality of this cynical strategy. (Read more…)
Andrew G. Bostom, AMERICAN THINKER
There is an intensifying, global campaign to impose Islamic blasphemy law on non-Muslims, including those living outside Islamdom, in non-Muslim societies.
What follows are ten key points on the doctrinal origins and practical implications of this global campaign:
1) According to the Sunna (the traditions of Muhammad and the early Muslim community), by using foul language against the Muslim prophet Muhammad, Allah, or Islam, the non-Muslim transgressors put themselves on a war footing against Muslims, and their lives became licit (such as the poet Kaab b. al-Ashraf, who composed poems denigrating Muhammad, and was assassinated). [see 1.1, 1.2, 1.3] (Read more…)
By Ted Belman (First published by American Thinker)
The peace process reached an impasse over four years ago if not a decade ago. The PA has refused to negotiate without receiving major concessions in advance. Pres Obama was not able to kick start negotiations even though he came out in favour of a settlement based on ’67 lines plus swaps. Nor could Israel do so, notwithstanding her ten month settlement freeze.
The prestigious Herzliya Conference which just took place in Israel, included a panel discussion on the question, is the impasse breakable”.
A keynote to the discussion was delivered by Tzipi Livni who will be Israel’s Justice Minister and chief peace process negotiator. The tenor of her remarks was that it is very much in Israel’s interest to achieve a final status agreement and that she was dedicated to the task. But most Israelis disagree.
By Lahav Harkov, JPOST
A coalition is on the way and Bennett’s party is en route to having a major influence on policy.
First, we have the economy. Though Bennett did not receive the Finance Ministry he so coveted, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry is the key place to pass a law to lower market concentration, which he touted throughout the campaign. He even changed the name of his portfolio to the Economic and Trade Ministry in order to get credit for reforms he is sure he will bring. On top of that, Bayit Yehudi has the uber-influential Knesset Finance Committee, which has the political cache and power of a ministry.
Second, we have settlement construction.
Israel’s self-proclaimed intellectuals will agree to grant you a certificate of intelligence only if you pledge allegiance to the two-state solution – and it was palpably evident at the Herzliya Conference – a Broadway show.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon, INN
Attending the Herzliya Conference’s panel on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like following Woody Allen’s therapy through his movies: you know that the patient is hopeless and that the new movie is going to be a mere repetition of the previous one, and yet you maintain the ritual out of snobbism. This year’s panel, however, was more like a flashback. I felt like I was watching the ending scene of Mighty Aphrodite, when the Greek tragedy turns into a Broadway show.
The panel included seven speakers: Tzipi Livni (chairperson of the “Hatnuah” party), Shlomo Avineri (a Hebrew-U emeritus professor), Robert Danin (from the US Council on Foreign Relations), Michael Herzog (from the Washington Institute for Near East Policies), Yoaz Hendel (chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategy), Nati Sharoni (chairman of the Council for Peace and Security), and Dani Dayan (former chairman of the Judea and Samaria Council). The moderator was Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent of Haaretz.
By: Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor
Shortly before the Knesset elections of 2006, Ada Ya’alon mailed a personal letter to dozens of her friends. It was a long missive of about 3,000 words, philosophical, ideological and incisive. She wanted to convince her friends, almost all kitbbutz members and part of Israel’s historical Labor movement, “to transcend the psychological barrier” and not vote for Kadima or the Labor Party in the upcoming elections. She tried to persuade them to commit the inconceivable and vote Likud
. She explained fervently and at length what had happened to the Israeli left
over the past few decades, and how it had fallen captive to the impractical, utopian idea of a permanent peace with the Arabs. By doing so, she explained, the left had sacrificed its real, humanistic values, such as women’s and minority rights.
By Ted Belman
Until recently I was not aware of the role Sara Netanyahu plays in our government. Evidently she was behind the rift with Naftali Bennett when he was an aide to PM Netanyahu. More recently she created a stumbling block to the deals Bibi had made with Bennett.
Who is this woman? Ben Caspit renowned journalist with leftist leanings and formerly with Maariv had this to say:
“Sara is the strongest person in the country. No-one is more powerful than her, including the prime minister himself. What she says goes. Her husband can’t meet people she doesn’t want him to meet. One of them is sitting opposite you. I’m a professor of Netanyahu studies. She has his operating system. Why did Naftali Bennett and his people leave Netanyahu’s bureau? Bennett told me, ‘We sit for months planning some measure with the prime minister, and then he returns from a weekend and says, Sara doesn’t want it, and cancels everything.’ In the end, he does what she says. She needs someone to send her an SMS every minute of the day to tell her who’s with Bibi. I have to have mercy on a thing like that?