Israpundit Daily Digest

Animated Shorts

Human Rights Voices


Dry Bones

Dry Bones

Chit Chat

Recent Comments





Selected Israpundit Articles

Archive Calendar

November 2015
« Oct    




Please send checks payable to Ted Belman

Hagdud Haivri #1, Jerusalem, 92344, ISRAEL

  • November 27, 2015

    “Am I a Racist?”  

    By Howard Rotberg, FPM

    In the U.S., there is considerable opposition, especially on the State level, to high numbers of Syrian and other Middle Eastern migrants entering the country.

    But in Canada, with Justin Trudeau and his Liberals having recently defeated Stephen Harper and his Conservatives, it is a different story.

    Day after day, most of our Canadian media broadcast a message that anyone opposing the hurried entry into Canada of 25,000 migrants by the end of February from Syria and other dysfunctional Muslim Islamo-totalitarian states is clearly “racist.”   (Prime Minister Trudeau first promised to get all 25,000 into the country by Christmas, but has now slowed that down to the end of February.)
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 2:16 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 15 Comments » |

    Wafa Sultan is fearless and truthful  

    The most succinct, powerful indictment of Islam in the modern world that I have seen.

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:03 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    Column One: Lessons from the Pollard saga  

    By Caroline Glick, JPOST

    The American Jewish community’s response to Pollard’s self-evidently discriminatory parole terms has been muted.

    PollardEven before the dust settled on last Friday’s happy headlines proclaiming that after 30 years in federal prison, Jonathan Pollard was being released, we discovered that his release wasn’t the end of his sad saga.

    Pollard’s parole conditions are draconian. For the next five years he will be under curfew, barred from stepping outside his apartment after 7 pm. He is prohibited from surfing the Internet. Anyone hiring him will be required to allow law enforcement authorities full access to their computers. Pollard already lost one job due to this condition.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:54 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 13 Comments » |

    State Department says Iran NEVER SIGNED nuclear deal and it’s not ‘legally binding  

    tells Congress to butt out of Obama’s ‘political commitments’

    By J Taylor Rushing, DAILY MAIL UK

    The Obama administration has disclosed to Congress that this summer’s controversial nuclear arms agreement with Iran was never signed and is not legally binding, according to a new report this week.

    The State Department made the disclosures in a letter to Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, a Republican, who had written the department to inquire why the agreement as submitted to Congress in July did not bear the signature of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

    ‘The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,’ Julia Frifield, an assistant secretary for legislative affairs wrote Pompeo last Thursday.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:48 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » |

    Israeli ministers hold marathon meetings on chance of PA’s collapse  

    Netanyahu convenes security cabinet meetings after Kerry’s visit, with information that Abbas is planning new efforts in international arena; several ministers argue that the PA’s collapse could serve Israel’s interest.

    By Barak Ravid, HAARETZ

    The diplomatic-security cabinet held marathon discussions over the last two days about the possibility that the Palestinian Authority will collapse and how Israel would deal with such a development, according to three sources who either attended the meetings or were briefed on them.
    Several ministers argued that the PA’s collapse could serve Israel’s interests, so Israel shouldn’t try to prevent it, a senior official who attended the meeting said.

    The minister’s discussion of the PA began Wednesday afternoon and continued until late at night, then resumed yesterday evening for another several hours.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:36 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » |

    IDF airforce is cooperating with Russian airforce  

    Israeli Air Force holds week-long exercise amid regional tensions; Senior officer: We won’t shoot at Russian planes.

    By Yoav Zitun, YNET

    A senior officer in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) said Thursday after the completion of a major exercise simulating thousands of attacks within hours that there was very close coordination with the Russian Air Force. The officer added that there was no chance that an Israeli plane would shoot at or shoot down a Russian plane.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:15 am ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    Into the Fray: Immoral!  

    It is becoming increasingly egregious to persist with the shabby charade that any consensual resolution to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” is possible

    By Martin Sherman, JPOST

    Terror Israel

    Scene of attempted stabbing attack in West Bank.

    After years of counterproductive concessions and compromise, it is unlikely that the situation is still retrievable by consensual means… remedial measures will require coercive action on a wide scale… Unless the Jews convey the unequivocal message that any…challenge to their sovereignty will be met with overwhelming lethal force, they will increasingly be the victims of such force at the hands of their Arab adversaries – “Into the Fray,” The Jerusalem Post, November 13, 2014

    It was with these the words that I concluded my column written almost exactly a year ago. In it, I warned that the country was “on the cusp of carnage” – which was also the title of the column.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:00 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 11 Comments » |

    ‘No country can stand up to Israel Air Force’s firepower’  

    IAF’s Tel Nof airbase drills massive strike capability this week; “We can hit thousands of targets in a few days in a future war,” senior source says.

    By Yaacov Lappin, JPOST
    IDF drill

    Tel Nof Air Base central Israel, Tuesday: A siren wailed through the base, as soldiers, technicians, ground crews, and pilots scrambled, honing their responses to a mock air assault on this strategic target south of the city of Rehovot.

    It was only a drill, but an important one, simulating a full-scale conflict on the northern front.

    The drill enabled the base’s munition assembly crews to practice their critical role in any future war: putting together guided bomb kits and churning out hundreds of the precision- guided weapons per day.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:32 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » |

    November 26, 2015

    Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Ted Cruz  

    T. Belman. I am all in for Cruz. A month ago he was interviewed by Caroline Glick and this is what he said of the PA/ Israel conflict:

    I believe that nobody wants to see peace more than the Israeli people. The barrier to peace is not the government of Israel. The barrier to peace is Palestinians who refuse to renounce terrorism and refuse to even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

    As it regards to US policy, I think for far too long, American presidents have attempted to dictate the terms of a peace settlement. In my view, America has no appropriate role dictating the terms of a peace settlement.

    If Israel chooses to negotiate and reach a settlement with the Palestinian Authority, that is Israel’s right as a sovereign state, and America can help provide a fair forum for negotiations.

    But it is not the role of the American government to attempt to lecture the Israeli people or dictate terms of peace.

    No one has a greater incentive to seek peace than the people of Israel, who have lived with the daily threat of rocket attacks or knifings or terrorist bombs.

    Exactly what it should be.

    By David Goldman, PC MEDIA

    CruzA month ago I predicted a Cruz-Rubio ticket. Now that Cruz has overtaken Carson to run neck-and-neck with Trump in the Iowa Quinnipiac University poll, Cruz is looking a lot like a winner. Here are my top 10 reasons to back him.

    10. He really knows economics–not the ideologically driven pablum dished out at universities, but the real battlefield of entrenched monopolies against entrepreneurial upstarts. As Asheesh Agarwal and John Delacourt reported in this space, he did a brilliant job at the Federal Trade Commission: “Cruz promoted economic liberty and fought government efforts to rig the marketplace in favor of special interests. Most notably, Cruz launched an initiative to study the government’s role in conspiring with established businesses to suppress e-commerce. This initiative ultimately led the U.S. Supreme Court to open up an entire industry to small e-tailers.” Anyone can propose tax cuts. It takes real know-how to cut through the regulatory kudzu that is strangling America enterprise.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:04 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 14 Comments » |

    Iran won’t agree to a solution which requires them to lose their Syrian proxy  

    By Ted Belman

    Ted 4I listened to the debate in the UK Parliament today on whether the UK should join the coalition bombing ISIS in Syria. If you have the time, I highly recommend it to you. At one point, PM Cameron said we have to fight the ideology but didn’t expand.

    He said we can’t wait for an agreement to emerge between all the players on what to do with Syria to end the war.. But he did suggest that what Syria needs is a new government representing all the people and that this wasn’t possible with Assad at the head of it.

    Since the Alawites constiute only 20% of the population, it would mean that the sunnis would be in the majority. This would mean the end of the Iranian influence and Syrian support for Hezbollah. The sunnis in Syria would look to diminish the influence of Hezbollah in Lebanon.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:05 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    A rare look at PKK, the Kurdish rebel movement – very egalitarian  


    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:31 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    Tribal Israel is fighting triumphalist Islam for all of us  

    The universalists embrace self-abnegation while the tribalists embrace self-preservation

    By Richard Landes, TABLET

    Among the responses in Israel to the Paris Terror Attacks, there has emerged a divide that deserves attention. Depending on where you spend your political time, one or the other response will appear predictable (and lamentable).

    First, there are the self-referential Zionists who think, as they did after the attacks of Sept. 11 and the London bombings of July 7, 2005, and so many other moments: “Now, maybe they’ll understand our plight, and realize we have the same enemies,” and “We Israelis have a lot to teach you.” Their battle-hardened cousins further to the right reply, “Don’t bother trying, they’re all anti-Semitic and judge us by a double standard” or even “The West deserves what they’re getting, as a punishment for their hypocrisy.”
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 12:16 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    Meet the Anonymous IDF Source for Left-Leaning News: Maj. Gen. Roni Numa  

    Numa’s earlier fiasco took place in early August, when he was the anonymous IDF source who leaked to the media about “Jewish terrorists” who allegedly burned down a home in Duma village. No arrests have been made.


    Roni Numa receiving his appointment as Major General from former COS Benny Ganz

    Roni Numa receiving his appointment as Major General from former COS Benny Ganz

    On Wednesday, Ha’aretz and Ynet reported that Israel’s security apparatus had formulated a range of benefits for the Palestinian Authority which include providing additional weapons to the PA security services, and the release of Arab security prisoners, many of whom have been behind bars for decades. The reports named no official source for this information.

    It was a shocking story, which smacked of the failed policies of so many past Israeli governments, including, until very recently, Benjamin Netanyahu’s 4th term at the helm. And so the story reverberated for an overnight throughout the Israeli media, until Netanyahu’s office came out with a denial of the story stating clearly that there would be no transferring of weapons to the PA and no prisoner release. As to issuing new construction permits to PA Arabs, those had been conditioned by Netanyahu in his meeting with Secretary of State Kerry on approval for new construction in the Jewish settlements block.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 11:37 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 6 Comments » |

    Why America must say “no” to Muslim immigration  

    By Greg Richards, AMERICAN THINKER

    [..] Liberalism can liquidate a society.  It cannot build one.  The Syrian refugees are an opportunity for liberals to push further toward liquidation of the American Experiment.

    That is the result, but we still have to articulate the conservative argument: why is it a bad idea to welcome a migration of Muslims into America?  Conservative resistance to this is characterized by liberals as bigotry.  We know it isn’t that.  So what is it?

    The problem is that Islam is a culture alien to the culture of America.  Ours is a culture that has been built up:

    • over 3,500 years in terms of Judaism – i.e., the Ten Commandments;
    • over 2,000 years in terms of Christianity;
    • over 500 years in terms of Protestantism;
    • over 300 years in terms of the Scottish Enlightenment – i.e., the primacy of the individual over the state;
    • over 250 years in terms of America itself, of liberty and constitutional republicanism, of the rights of minorities in the face of the majority.

    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:36 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » |

    Jews Unite To Defend Policy on Syrian Refugees  

    T. Belman. I am adamantly against allowing the so-called Syrian refugees into the US or Canada for a multitude of reasons.

    1. Islamists will get in in significant numbers thereby posing a serious threat,
    2. 35% of Muslim migrants are supportive of the islamists to one degree or another,
    3. more than 50% of them want to be governed by Sharia law,
    4. They don’t want to assimilate
    5. They are not satisfied with reasonable accommodation, they want domination.
    6. More than half of them are not Syrian
    7. As their numbers increased they will transform our law and values just as they did in Europe.

    Only those who are prepared to accept our values and law should be admitted.

    The author of Muslim Immigration Now vs. Jewish Immigration. argues that the motivation to ban Jews from immigrating to Canada and the US then was antisemitism. No one thought the Jews were a danger to the host country. Today Muslim immigration poses a significant danger to America or Canada for the reasons I have set out and should be denied entry on such grounds.  

    To compare the two is to compare apples to grenades.

    By Nathan Guttman, FORWARD

    On the face of it, Morton Klein would seem to embody everything that has driven most Jewish communal organizations to oppose the current call to stop admitting refugees from Syria into America.Klein, who leads the right-wing Zionist Organization of America, was born in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany after World War II. He arrived in New York at the age of four as a refugee with his two Holocaust survivor parents.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 2:08 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » |

    Amid terror wave, UN adopts six resolutions – all anti-Israel  


    ‘Surreal’? Israel should hand Golan Heights to Assad regime, and has no right to sovereignty in Jerusalem, according to General Assembly.

    By Ari Soffer, INN
    UN General Assembly

    UN General Assembly

    In a move dubbed “surreal” by a leading UN watchdog, and as a campaign of daily Palestinian terrorist attacks continues to target Israelis, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted six resolutions – all of which bar none condemned Israel.

    Not a single mention was made of the Palestinian attacks, which have left 22 Israelis dead and hundreds wounded, nor did any other countries – even serial human rights violators such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and others – receive any of the General Assembly’s attention. More disturbingly still, five of the the UNGA resolutions were sponsored by the Palestinian Authority, while the sixth was sponsored by none other than Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:58 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » |

    November 25, 2015

    The Big Beautiful Negev  

    By Steve Kramer

    The ESRA Hiking Club ( ventured south to the hills of the northern Negev recently for one of the most beautiful hikes that I’ve done in Israel. We were heading towards the Yeruham Park and Lake, where there are green groves and a manmade lake in the middle of the desert. After years of neglect, a sewage recycling plant was finally constructed on the outskirts of Yeruham by KKL/JNF (Jewish National Fund), helping to revive the lake and make this park an unexpected pleasure.

    The Negev Desert accounts for more than half of Israel’s land mass. It was included in the territory allotted to a Jewish State in the 1947 UN Partition Plan and was hotly contested in Israel’s War of Independence. The Negev extends all the way to Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. Developing the sparsely populated Negev was the dream of David Ben-Gurion, the monumental Zionist figure and the first prime minister of Israel.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:26 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » |

    Collapsing Christianity, national identity, values, dignity – In name of what? to fight Islam  

    By Alexander Maistrovoy, CFP –

    “France is at war,” President Francois Hollande said after the Paris ISIS attack (as if Islamic terrorism hadn’t struck before:  – 9/11; Madrid in 2004; London in 2005; Boston in 2003; the Boston Marathon bombing’; countless acts of terrorism in Israel, Russia, Kenya, Nigeria, and finally “Charlie Hebdo”). Hollande is awakening from a dream, like the West is awakening in general. Similar to carefree and capricious Olympic Gods, the West has found itself in the epicenter of the storm and now repeats the same question feverishly and desperately: “How one can fight with ISIS?”. But the question is much more complicated and deeper: “For the sake of what one should fight?”. Such is the existential question of the Western civilization (with the exception, perhaps, of the Eastern Europe and Israel).

    People fight for certain ideals: the Motherland, national dignity, religion (as Muslims do today), ideology – in our case, Liberal values and Democracy.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:53 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » |

    To End Violence, Scrap PA Curriculum  

    By Evelyn Gordon, COMMENTARY

    In confronting the current onslaught of lone-wolf attacks, the tactics Israel has used successfully against terrorist organizations have so far proven ineffective. That begs the question of what it should be doing instead. I have no solutions for the short run, but there’s one obvious step Israel must take if it wishes to prevent attacks like these over the long run. That step emerges from two of the most salient features of the current violence: Permanent residents of Israel have committed a huge proportion of the attacks, but citizens of Israel have committed very few.

    The permanent residents in question are mainly east Jerusalem Arabs, and they have committed more than eight times as many attacks as Arab citizens have, even though Arab citizens outnumber permanent residents by more than 4:1. This enormous gap certainly can’t be explained by the popular fallacy that terror is motivated mainly by economic concerns; as permanent residents, east Jerusalem Arabs enjoy the same access to jobs, the same freedom of movement throughout Israel and the same health and welfare benefits that citizens do. Granted, Arab citizens are generally better off, but the difference isn’t dramatic enough to explain the dramatic gap in terrorist activity.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:18 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » |

    If Europe is sinking, let’s make sure Israel drowns first  

    As the EU buckles under the pressure of existential crises, the only unifying issue is the obsessive need to pressure Israel into accepting compromises and agreements which could jeopardize its existence.

    By Eldad Beck, YNET

    EU flagBERLIN – The obsessive welcome the European Union’s bureaucratic establishment has given the settlement product labeling issue in the past few years is very concerning.

    At a time when the EU is buckling under the pressure of existential crises – the terror threats, the euro crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the Greece crisis, the refugee and illegal migrant crisis, the undermined democracy crisis – the only issue which succeeds in creating almost complete unity is the obsessive need to pressure Israel and make it accept compromises and agreements which could jeopardize its existence. It’s like they are saying: If Europe is sinking, let’s make sure Israel drowns before us.
    (Read more…)

    Share Button
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:13 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » |

    « Previous PageNext Page »

    Site Membership


      Ted Belman

      tbelman3- at-


    MANTUA BOOKS (recommended)



    Politics and war


    Anonymous soldiers


    Iran islam





    Miscellaneous Info

      All Politic Sites