Monthly Archives: September 2010

Keeping tabs on Bushehr…

I was wondering aloud late last month whether Israel was granting a free pass on the scheduled startup of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, even after John Bolton’s well publicized warning.

Then news appeared last week of a mysterious but amazingly powerful computer virus, raising the possibility of Israel (if they’re the source of the virus—and that’s still a big “if”) being able to shut down the nuclear plant without setting a foot in or flying an aircraft over Iran.

Numerous writers other than I have connected the dots on this one, though not all agree. But today’s lead story in World Jewish Daily reports that the startup has been delayed two months. The Iranians are blaming the weather. But there is also an acknowledgement that Bushehr has indeed been affected “by a computer virus.” But it’s really the weather, of course.

We’ll see.

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Why don’t we just call it “IDS” – ?

For “Israel Derangement Syndrome.” I addressed this issue last month, and last year before that, but I keep running across more explanations for this bizarre affliction.

The latest is suggested on page 119 of a marvelous book by the late Abraham Joshua Heschel titled Israel : An Echo of Eternity. Rabbi Heschel points out that Israel is the setting for, and focal point of, the most momentous encounters in human history. I’m not sure why, but I think this makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Odd, isn’t it?

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time_cover_sep2010 Also odd was the way Time magazine jumped on the anti-Semitic bandwagon a little over a week ago. I’m a little late in addressing this, but Time’s statements were so off the wall, it was hard to think they could be taken seriously. What was I thinking!? The world (or that part of the world—not everyone is like that, I gladly acknowledge) which loves to hate Israel will of course jump on any opportunity to distort the truth, no matter how absurd the distortion. Having said that, I couldn’t help but notice a small article in Israel National News pointing out that the Time writer admitted he was wrong, after receiving a tour of the areas he’d thought were the setting for Israel’s wrongdoing. He admitted it to the Israelis, anyway; there has yet been no sign of an apology or retraction in the more widely read magazine.

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story.robinad On another interesting note, it is reported that Barack Obama—wonder of wonders—actually admonished Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN this week. Granted, the subject of the admonition wasn’t Israel, but still it’s progress. Then again, it’s been suggested that the true motivation for the sudden appearance of a backbone has more to do with trying to make his administration look a little better for the sake of the upcoming elections. He stands to lose quite a large chunk of his Democratic congress, and many of the congressmen he’d like so desperately to keep are trying to downplay their connection to him. “Please, Mr. President, don’t campaign for me. That’s OK – thanks, but no thanks…”

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Then again, when he doesn’t think so many people are watching, he doesn’t mind sending ‘shovels full’ of US tax dollars straight into the hands of Hamas.

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And here’s one more intriguing development on the global scene: Iran’s computer infrastructure has been hit this week by extremely sophisticated malware.  It seems that someone has put in place remotely operated software capable perhaps of running Iran’s (nuclear?) power plants from outside the country. Which also means of course that whoever is doing this has also the capability of shutting down said power plants. And experts are also saying that the level of sophistication is so great that it would take a foreign nation to be able to come up with something like this; it would be too much for a private group or individual. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Israel? Oh, don’t be silly! Then again, why is it only Iran that is (so far) being targeted? I really don’t think Ambassador Bolton could have known about this when he issued his famous warning last month. I sure didn’t! We’ll see what happens…

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Are we getting tired of talking about the talks yet?

The longer I wait to see what the current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are really all about (see my last two posts), the more I find out I’m not alone. I’d missed a great piece in Ynet a week and a half ago that referred to the affair as “theater of the absurd.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, I didn’t say it better myself. LOL, as they say.

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Although my main purpose in this blog is to expose & refute untruths (aka, lies) put out by those who attack Israel (they basically have to rely on lies because the truth will generally shut them down), it’s nice once in a while to note that there are other nations who support Israel, and are bold enough to say so.

Though this is unfortunately not being well reported in Western media, the Czech Foreign Minister has declared,

the Czech Republic does not conceal that it was, is and will be an ally of Israel in international politics and in Europe.

Small country, big integrity. Are you listening, USA?

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the-exodus-1947-haifa-july-1947_RS OK, back to business. You don’t need to be a learned historian to know that the British government was a primary source (if not the primary source) of coordinated opposition to the creation of the State of Israel sixty-plus years ago. But more of the nasty details have just come out in a new book  by British historian Keith Jeffery. Jeffery relates that Britain’s anti-humanitarian activities included planting hidden explosive devices on refugee vessels. Flotilla, shmotilla – do I detect some hypocrisy?

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One more item for today, just to leave y’all wondering right along with me. If we were to ask Russia at this point whether they’re for Israel, or against Israel, they might well answer, “No.” No, what? Well, in this case, it’s the on-again-off-again deal whereby Russia furnishes Iran with advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to fend off the threat of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear potential. At this particular point, it’s off again. Personally, though, I don’t think we should be trusting Russia any farther than we can throw them. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how far that is. Bye for now.

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Uh, tell me – why are we still pretending to be really talking?

In my last post, I was wondering aloud what’s up with the latest round of peace talks. Caroline Glick brings up an interesting point with regard to this: one of the serious effects of these shenanigans is to deflect attention away from Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Hey! Look over there…!

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Also, I was discussing caginess on the part of Netanyahu. It would be charitable to think that Abu Mazen is working the same angle by threatening to quit his job if the current round of talks don’t work, but he takes the wind out of his own sails by repeating this tactic every time he doesn’t get his way. Oh, well…

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Besides that, he’s already said the talks will surely fail, and it will be all Israel’s fault. So, when do we get to see him quit? I’m not holding my breath.

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Not to change the subject, but we’re still seeing reports about the myth of the Gaza siege. As I’ve mentioned before, the supposed privation of the poor Palestinians in Gaza (as purported to be caused by Israel’s embarg0) is just not happening. Now the International Monetary Fund confirms that the Gaza economy is thriving beyond what most nations can reasonably hope: 16% growth in the Gaza economy over the first half of 2010. This doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t any gap in Gazan society between the “haves” and have-nots.” It’s just that, as they themselves will tell you when they don’t have a gun to their heads,  the gap is created by the greed of the Hamas ruling class.

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All right, one more observation regarding the talks, once again exposing the dishonesty of the Palestinian side. Guess what! Yes, you guessed it–they admit publically that their participation is completely phony.  Well, not publically in the sense that anyone expects the Western media to pick it up, but Palestinian Media Watch reports today that they’ve come out and said so in the Arab-language media.

As reported in the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,

The PLO’s representative in Lebanon, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah, emphasized yesterday that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have started in Washington, are not a goal, but rather another stage in the Palestinian struggle… He believes that Israel will not be dealt a knock-out defeat, but rather an accumulation of Palestinian achievements and struggles, as happened in South Africa, to isolate Israel, to tighten the noose on it, to threaten its legitimacy, and to present it as a rebellious, racist state. He noted that Israel faces international isolation with doubt cast on its legitimacy, because of its actions and the war crimes which it has carried out. He added, ‘Many Israelis in senior positions are afraid to travel to European countries lest they be put on trial for their crimes.

I suppose that’s enough said for now. See y’all later.

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As the world burns…

The reference to burning has to do with the recent revelation that Hamas has been shooting phosphorous bombs into Israel. Remember the big hullabaloo the world made over Israel’s use of phosphorous during Operation Cast Lead? Never mind that it was later established upon investigation that Israel was not directing phosphorous weapons at enemy combatants, let alone civilians–where is the world outrage at Hamas deliberately targeting civilian populations with this stuff?

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One of the reasons I haven’t posted much lately is that I’ve been waiting for some definite outcome from the ongoing face to face talks between PM Netanyahu and PA President Abbas, and trying to make head or tails out of it all. Is Netanyahu giving away the store, or just being cagey, or what? An interesting piece in Haaretz this week takes the caginess tack, and seems to be saying that any good world leader will follow just such a strategy. So is he, or isn’t he? I frankly don’t know. I’d like to think he knows what he’s doing, but some of my sources closer to the ground aren’t seeing it that way.

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Hillary_and_Bibi_The_Happy_Couple_Ynet On the giving-away-the-store side is this troubling report in Ynet. Is the PM honestly considering releasing more terrorists, and extending the construction freeze, and ceding territory in some vain hope of getting the Arabs to come along nicely? Is the US holding some leverage we don’t know about? A surprising item in Arutz7 about a sudden visit to Washington (one Tweeter said something about Obama saying “fetch”) could be seen as further submission to American arm-twisting. I still hope not; one of my sources said simply that Netanyahu is “smoking out” the opposition. I still don’t know—let me know if you do, would you?

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John_Holdren_Wikiped And one more thing to leave you wondering, though it’s not directly tied in to the Middle Eastern Mess: do you remember John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s “Science Czar?” As I had written about earlier, he’s the one who was advocating forced abortions, among other things, in the interest of the greater good. Now we read about a recent interview in which he reiterated another one of his odd beliefs: the need for “a massive campaign …to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.”

De-develop!? Now what do you think that means? This time, don’t tell me—I don’t really want to know.

See y’all around, Good Lord willing, and if our government doesn’t escort us gently back to the stone age any time soon.

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