140s for 16 Feb 2010

Someone said to me the other day, “Israel needs a Reagan.” It didn’t take much thinking on my part to answer “Israel has a Reagan. His name is Benjamin Netanyahu.”  Of course, as soon as I say that, my mind supplies all sorts of potential counter arguments, not the least of which being that I don’t live there, and what do I know? So it brings me some degree of pleasure to point out that Bibi has done a rather nice job of changing the Russians’ minds for them.

Israel National News reported early Monday that the Russians had already turned down Israel’s anticipated request for cancellation of its sale of advanced S-300 air defense missiles to Iran, even before the Prime Minister arrived in Moscow. Never mind that Iran’s possession of advanced weaponry threatens not only Israel, but the entire region, if not the world. Then today, lo and behold, Haaretz reported that the Russian President assured  Netanyahu that it would hold off on its contract with Iran. Something was said in the report about Iran’s possession of advanced weaponry threatening the entire region. Huh!

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A little more on the ongoing Goldstone Traversty. I mean, travesty. I’ve written a couple of times already about the patently false input supplied to the infamous Goldstone report by retired Irish officer Desmond Travers. I try not to mince words, but you just gotta love the way Alan Dershowitz characterizes the situation:

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Desmond "Up Yours" Travers When Irish Colonel Desmond Travers eagerly accepted an appointment to the Goldstone Commission, he was hell-bent on revenge against Israel based on paranoid fantasies and hard left anti-Israel propaganda. He actually believed, as he put it in a recent interview, that "so many Irish soldiers had been killed by Israelis," with "a significant number who were taken out deliberately and shot (in southern Lebanon.)" This is of course complete and utter fantasy, but it was obviously part of Col. Travers’ bigoted reality.

Travers came to the job having already made up his mind not to believe anything Israel said and to accept everything Hamas put forward. For example, Israel produced hard photographic evidence that Gaza mosques were used to store rockets and other weapons. Other photographs, taken by journalists, also proved what everybody now acknowledges to be true: namely that Hamas, as its leaders frequently boasted, routinely use mosques as military munitions depots. When confronted with this evidence, Travers said, "I don’t believe the photographs." Of course not; they don’t comport with his politically correct and ideologically skewed world-view…

And that’s just part of it. Read the rest here.

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J-St-protesters_2 Speaking of not mincing words, Israel National News gets my vote again for how it talks about the way “pro-Israel” (but deeply anti-Israel) J-Street is sponsoring a visit by five Democrat US Reps to meet with “key regional leaders, including Jordanian King Abdullah II and [Palestinian Authority] Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.”

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It’s a little early yet today, but I’d like to end on at least a somewhat positive note. You are probably aware of the incident last week at England’s Oxford University, where a student shouted “slaughter the Jews” in Arabic during an appearance by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

dannyayalonoxfordMr. Ayalon said in a response today that “We have learned how to defend ourselves from [physical] terrorism and now we are leaning how to defend from verbal terrorism." Yes, they have learned a great deal. May we in this country also learn from their experience, and not have to learn the hard way, as they have.  Shalom, y’all.

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