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  • March 31, 2013

    That phony settlement excuse  

    What really happened in Jerusalem

    By Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post,March 28, 2013

      “I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those [Palestinian] kids, they’d say, ‘I want these kids to succeed.'”

      — Barack Obama, in Jerusalem, March 21

    Very true. But how does the other side feel about Israeli kids?

    Consider that the most revered parent in Palestinian society is Mariam Farhat of Gaza. Her distinction? Three of her sons died in various stages of trying to kill Israelis — one in a suicide attack, shooting up and hurling grenades in a room full of Jewish students.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:06 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 1,631 views

    If Holland is Becoming Antisemitic Where Else is it Safe?  

    By Barry Rubin

    A few years ago in Amsterdam I was shown the most popular manual published in the Netherlands, in Dutch, on how to raise one’s children as proper Muslims. The book included virulently anti-Semitic passages, based on Muslim holy texts. After the Jewish community objected, the authorities forced the publisher to put white tape over the offending passages. The tape could easily be peeled off by purchases so that these words could be read.

    Or consider what has just happened. A Turkish-Dutch researcher publicized systematic anti-Semitism among other Muslims in the Netherlands, including a dramatic video that showed teenage boys calling for genocide and praising Hitler.

    What happened? The researcher, Mehmet Sahin, had to go into hiding after being accused by others of being a Jew and a Zionist.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:22 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 11 Comments » | 1,668 views

    Is there oil on the Golan  

    Israel awards first Golan oil drilling licence

    by Rhonda Spivak, Winnipeg Jewish Review 20, 2013

    The Golan Heights, where I recently took an early morning drive recently is known to be filled with mine fields that the Israelis installed to deter Syria from ever sending troops and tanks through it. The Golan also is known for its wineries, but in the future could be known for its oil and gas. Up until now the only drilling on the Golan has been military drills but now there will be drilling for energy sourcesandif that drilling is successful, it could be a game changer.

    On February 20, the Globes reported that the Israeli government awarded the first license to drill for oil on the Golan Heights. The license covers half the area of the Golan from the latitude of Katzrin in the north to Tzemach in the south (This is the Southern Golan which borders with Jordan not the northern Golan which borders with Syria).
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:16 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 1,602 views

    Obama has acted to bring Hamas in from the cold since he was first elected  

    Shhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone: Hamas Won

    The administration spends far more time appeasing Islamists than killing terrorists.

    Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO

    Barack Obama brought enough Chicago-style community organizing to Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu knew what he would have to do. If he hoped to keep the tepid support of his country’s essential but icy ally, Israel’s prime minister would have to do what he’d spent nearly three years steadfastly refusing to do. Netanyahu would have to apologize to a state sponsor of terrorism that openly, notoriously, and enthusiastically supports Hamas.

    He would have to apologize to Turkey — to its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama’s close friend and confidant.

    He would have to apologize for military action taken in his country’s righteous defense against violent jihadists with close connections to Erdogan’s ruling party and, seamlessly, to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as al-Qaeda.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:16 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,251 views

    West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda  

    DEBKAfile Special Report March 30, 2013,

    The Western arms pipeline to the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad is starting to run dry since the discovery that some of the weapons are being resold and used by al Qaeda in its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders. French President Francois Hollande for this reason reversed his government’s policy. “We will not do it [send the Syrian rebel arms] as long as we cannot be certain that there is complete control of the situation by the opposition,” he said Friday, March 29.

    That day too, Ankara announced that Turkish authorities had impounded 5,000 shotguns, rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges in the village of Akcakale before they were sent across into Syria.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:03 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 890 views

    Obama still can’t be trusted  

    Op-ed: US president’s Jerusalem speech should have been addressed to young Palestinians

    bY Shoula Romano Horing, YNET NEWS

    After his trip to Israel, it is clear that President Obama’s strategy in regard to Israel has changed but his goal remains the same. He is still trying to convince the Israelis to take suicidal risks and agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 borders, which includes dividing Jerusalem.

    It is true that we are a nation that feels isolated, unaccepted, and hated in our neighborhood and are condemned and boycotted almost daily by the world. But are we so psychologically damaged and insecure as a people that after one speech and two days of flattery, adoration and reassurances by the president we are willing to give up all of Judea and Samaria and divide our capital for another Hamastan?
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:28 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » | 977 views

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