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  • March 29, 2013

    Senseless & spineless: Speaking truth to power  


    Into The Fray: Israel’s abject apology to Erdogan conveys an unequivocal message to both friend and foe: If confronted with sufficient resolve, the Jews will capitulate.

      Shut up. Go back to Auschwitz!
      – Radio transmission from the 2010 Gaza-bound flotilla, in response to the Israel Navy’s warning that it was entering area under maritime blockade.
      God forbid we apologize. National pride is not just something people say on the street… it has strategic significance. If Erdogan goes around afterward and says that he brought us to our knees, he will appear as a regional leader…. He won’t leave it alone, even after we apologize.
      - Moshe “Bogey” Ya’alon, Haaretz, August 17, 2011 – then deputy prime minister
      You can take the Jew out of the ghetto, but you cannot take the ghetto out of the Jew.
      – A derogatory dictum of undetermined origins.

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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:01 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 26 Comments » | 2,095 views

    Bibi should not have offered this deal in the first place  

    [The issue is not whether Bibi got the deal that he first offered but whether he should have offered it in the first place.]

    Behind Obama’s Turkey Win
    How Bibi Netanyahu handed the American president a big trophy—and got what Israel wanted all along

    By Lee Smith|March 29, 2013 Tablet Magazine

    The reality is somewhat different than the official administration account. Jerusalem has long been looking to mend relations with its one-time strategic ally in Ankara. Contrary to popular narrative, it was Erdogan who was intransigent—not Netanyahu. Nor was Obama the prime mover here, “prodding” the Israeli prime minister to do his bidding. If anything, it was Netanyahu who used the commander in chief as something like a blunt instrument to force Erdogan to accept the same deal that his government had first put on the table at least 18 months prior: Israel would apologize; it would pay compensation; but it would not, as Erdogan had demanded, end the maritime blockade of the strip.

    From Netanyahu’s perspective, it’s all to the good that Obama is getting the credit for the reconciliation. Bibi got what he wanted from Erdogan and gave Obama a big trophy to put on his shelf. The Turkish premier, despite his bluster, has little choice but to swallow it, and the American president now owes Bibi a favor. Netanyahu—often denigrated as a clumsy politician and preachy ideologue—is in fact a much more adroit statesman than he is typically believed to be.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:29 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 10 Comments » | 1,067 views

    Jabotinsky railed against apologizing  

    Jabotinsky got it –102 years ago

    Ze'ev Jabotinsky with wife Yohana and son Eri

    Ze’ev Jabotinsky with wife Yohana and son Eri

    We know that “history is written by the victors,” and until recently much of Israel’s history was written by the Left. Begin, Jabotinsky and others were treated as marginal, extremist figures, sometimes even vilified by the socialist establishment.

    Israel underwent a political revolution in 1977 with the election of its first right-wing government, led by Menachem Begin, although vestiges of the old leftist establishment hung on in the arts, academia and media. Maybe for that reason the historical record is still unfair to Begin — whom some believe to have been the greatest of Israel’s Prime Ministers — and to Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, a remarkably prescient thinker and philosopher of Zionism. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:00 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 6 Comments » | 1,222 views

    Even if there were no right of return, the parties couldn’t agree on borders and Jerusalem  

    Ted Belman. The authors postulate that “Contrary to popular belief, the core of the conflict is not borders, Israeli settlements, or the status of Jerusalem.” but the right of return. I beg to differ. Even if the right of return was abandoned by the Palestinians or they accept Obama’s demand that they accept Israel as a Jewish state, they would in fact be abandoning it. Then the chances of Israel agreeing to a divided Jerusalem and uprooting 100,000 Jews east of the greenline, are less than the chances of the Palestinians abandoning the right of return.

    Mind you, if Netanyahu could apologize for Mavi Marmara, he could agree to dividing Jerusalem and uprooting over 100,000 Jews.

    The True Obstacle To Peace Between Israelis And Palestinians

    by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe

    With the completion of Barack Obama’s first Presidential visit to Israel, as expected there was a great deal of symbolism reinforcing the bond between the two allies. Yet still, doves on both sides acknowledge that peace is hardly around the corner.

    Understanding the true barriers to a comprehensive agreement is key to knowing where the pressure to compromise will be coming from. Contrary to popular belief, the core of the conflict is not borders, Israeli settlements, or the status of Jerusalem.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:46 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 9 Comments » | 1,188 views

    The Strategic Impact of Israel’s Export of Natural Gas  

    by David Wurmser, inFocus Quarterly

    The Sedco Express drilling rig above the Tamar gas field in the Mediterranean.

    In January 17, 2009, a team led by the Texas firm, Noble Energy Inc., discovered methane in a field (Tamar) now estimated to contain 275 billion cubic meters (9.7 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas—about half of what Europe consumes annually. A year later, the same team announced the discovery of monster gas field to the west of Tamar (Leviathan), which alone contains about as much gas as Europe consumes annually. There have been several other finds of smaller, but nevertheless substantial fields. In neighboring Cyprus, another field (Aphrodite) comparable to Tamar was discovered by Noble Energy, abutting and even slightly spilling into Israel’s waters. In short, Israel and its neighbor now sit atop roughly two years’ worth of European consumption.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:58 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 40 Comments » | 2,052 views

    Qatar aims to take over Jerusalem with billion dollar investment  

    By Dr. Mordechai Kedar..
    Middle East and Terrorism..

    One of the biggest complaints of the Syrian regime against the involvement of Qatar in Syria during the past two years is that the Emir of Qatar has been utilizing all of his wealth in fighting the wrong enemy: instead of fighting Israel, which is the true problem of Arabs and Muslims, the Emir of Qatar uses his strength and wealth in a fight against the “resistance” regimes, mainly Syria and Libya, who take a strong stand against Israel and Zionism. Qatar does not usually respond to accusations of this sort, because everyone knows that Israel has always been used to hide the real problems of the Arab and Muslim world, which center around corrupt, rotten, cruel and illegitimate regimes.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:34 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 1,388 views

    Rabbi Herschel Schacter Is Dead at 95  

    Cried to the Jews of Buchenwald: ‘You Are Free’

    via Yad Vashem

    Rabbi Herschel Schacter leading the Shavuot prayer service for survivors in the Buchenwald camp in Germany in 1945. More Photos »

    Published in NYT: March 26, 2013 49 Comments

    The smoke was still rising as Rabbi Herschel Schacter rode through the gates of Buchenwald.

    It was April 11, 1945, and Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army had liberated the concentration camp scarcely an hour before. Rabbi Schacter, who was attached to the Third Army’s VIII Corps, was the first Jewish chaplain to enter in its wake.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:08 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,134 views

    Israel ‘s ongoing public diplomacy fiasco  

    By David Isaac, Shmuel Katz Blog

    On Feb. 28, at a meeting of something called the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations, Turkey ‘s Prime Minister Tacip Erdogan called Zionism “a crime against humanity.” Another day, another vicious slur on Israel , in this case from the leader of a country that only yesterday had been its strategic ally in the region. All that was unusual was that this one actually drew a comment from Secretary of State John Kerry — “objectionable” — after it was exposed by the private monitoring group U.N. Watch, awkwardly for Kerry at the very time he was visiting Turkey . The episode underscores the worldwide no-holds-barred attack on Israel ‘s legitimacy and how little push-back this meets from Israel herself.

    A number of articles have appeared recently lamenting Israel ‘s public relations failures. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach writes in The Jerusalem Post on Jan. 7, “What good is having Apache helicopter gunships, or Merkava tanks, to defend your citizens against attack if you can’t even use them because the world thinks you’re always the aggressor?” On Jan. 11, in the same paper, Barry Shaw, author of “Israel — Reclaiming the Narrative,” says, “government-wise, we are barely on the battlefield for hearts and minds, while the Palestinians and their supporters seem to have endless resources and are succeeding to win the world away from us.”
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:25 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 774 views

    International media demonizes and deligitimates Israel  

    Op-ed: International media outlets covering Israeli-Palestinian violence accept lies as fact

    Riccardo Dugulin, YNET NEWS

    To many, the picture of a crying Arab father lifting his lifeless infant toward the sky will remain an image epitomizing Israeli injustice during the aggression initiated by Hamas in November 2012. The BBC reporter’s photograph depicting this personal tragedy has received an enormous amount of international attention leading to an almost unconditional outcry against the rules of engagement used by the IDF during Operation Pillar of Defense. Little has been said when a UN-mandated investigation concluded that the death of the young kid had been caused by a rocket misfired by Hamas that was originally aimed at Israeli civilian populations.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:58 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 806 views

    British justice denies Jewish self-determination  

    How British Justice Failed Ronnie Fraser

    By Ben Cohen, Commentary

    On Monday night, as Jews around the world sat down for the first seder of the Passover holiday, anti-Zionists in the United Kingdom and elsewhere held a very different celebration to mark the comprehensive dismissal of a discrimination case brought by Ronnie Fraser, a Jewish math teacher, to an employment tribunal in London.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:17 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 948 views

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