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The screws turn a notch, but nobody’s crying “uncle.”

In an earlier post I noted one subtle indication from Washington that the US may not veto the expected UN bid for statehood by terrorist party Fatah (Palestinian Authority) next month.

Now comes another hint from the Obama administration, not quite so subtle, but still not as blatant as it could yet become. (Not-so-cleverly hidden, by the way, in comments regarding last year’s flotilla incident.)

And PM Netanyahu just says no.

It’s slowly coming to a head-on between superpowers. (Yes, Israel is a superpower, albeit tiny in geography and population. Something to do with the backing they have from the Super Power, imho.)

Baby, it ain’t over!

Watch with me.

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Obama is still driving blind, and still thinks he owns the freeway.

US President Barack Obama was blindsided by the “Arab Spring” revolts as much as anyone else was, yet somehow he acts like he is on top of it all, and like he knows how he can use the events to his advantage. Why is that?

Short answer: he’s a megalomaniac, as became horribly apparent even during his election campaign. (Or if that is too wild a term, compare his behavior with the DSM-IV definition of narcissistic personality disorder, aka NPD.)

I don’t know of anyone, world leader or otherwise, who claims to have foreseen the past four months’ tumult in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, or Syria. There are some now who offer ideas as to where it’s all going, and I can’t say I’m in a position to evaluate the various scenarios being set forth, but neither do I for one minute believe that President Obama has any more of a clue than my next door neighbor.

Benjamin-Netanyahu-to-address-joint-session-320x206 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the US Congress next week, and there is pretty much nothing that Netanyahu can do that Obama will like. So Obama is doing the best he thinks he can by trying to get in a speech of his own before Bibi can get to the podium. From what I’m reading currently, Obama plans to praise the Arab uprisings (as if they’re one unified movement, which they certainly are not), and perhaps somehow morph that into an admonition to Israel that it had better surrender to its enemies while it still has a chance to do so.

Dear Mr. President, you had nothing to do with the Arab movements, and you certainly don’t control them, so what makes you think you can use them as leverage against Israel? And anyway, haven’t you heard that in a war of words, it’s to one’s strategic advantage to speak last? So why do you want to go first?

Narcissus_Caravaggio_Crop_Wikipedia The only rational explanation that comes to mind is that the President of the United States is indeed afflicted with NPD. That’s anything but comforting to me as an American, but somehow we’ve survived the first two years of his rule, so maybe we just need to hang on.

(Added note: I’ve expressed a few times privately since the 2008 election the hope that, if push comes to shove, our top military brass will somehow find a way to avoid implementing an order from the Commander-in-Chief which would clearly destroy the nation.  We may have seen something close to that with the recent hit on Osama Bin Laden. An unnamed White House insider reports that Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, and Hillary Clinton were successfully able to overcome Obama’s unwillingness to authorize the hit, by staging what the source has called a “temporary coup.” That’s a pretty fantastic claim, but the beauty of it is that it makes the three look pretty good in the eyes of the American people, and that Obama doesn’t dare punish them, since that exposes his unwillingness to defend this country against its former public enemy #1. Maybe he has a lick of sense after all. Of course, he could use a good deal more than a lick, or even two, but there’s always hope. TTYL – lineman.)

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PA murders another Israeli citizen; US taxpayers continue to foot the bill.

The Honorable Xxxx Xxxxxx

United States House of Representatives

XXXX Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Xxxxxx,

I wrote to you last month asking you what you were going to do to immediately remove the U.S. financial support of the Palestinian Authority.

Since the murder of the Fogel family in Israel, a second event has occurred directly involving PA policemen in the murder of an Israeli citizen.

I find it unconscionable as an American citizen that we are paying to support terrorist activities overseas.

Please, Mr. Xxxxxx, what are you doing about this?

110426_josephtomb Last month the Palestinian Authority was implicated in the murder of five Israelis, including a three month old infant. This week we find that the Palestinian Authority police directly fired on several Israeli citizens, killing one.

And a Palestinian Authority spokesman says, in effect, ‘we owe no apology—they needed killing.’

And the United States continues its financial support of the Palestinian Authority.

So doesn’t this make us accessories to murder? Do we have a legal excuse because we don’t mean to be supporting killers, it just works out that way? I wrote my Congressman a second time today to ask what he’s doing to correct this situation. Have you written to your Representative yet?

Talk to y’all later; I’ve got a letter to mail.

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I just wrote my Congressman to defund the PA. Now it’s your turn.

At last, something we can do, not just talk about.

Talk is cheap. I’ve been doing a lot of talking in this blog, and yes, it’s a free blog. But I’ve also found something I can do: put pressure on the US Congress to defund the Palestinian Authority.

In the wake of the recent murders of the Fogel family, and the arrests of officers of the Palestinian Authority in the ongoing investigation, the error of The US funding of that organization and its security apparatus has become more glaring than ever. Not that our funding has suddenly become an error, but the error has been brought into high relief by the murders.

I often quote Caroline Glick in this blog, and I hope she doesn’t mind if I do it again. In one of her recent columns she points out:

…following the Palestinian massacre of the Fogel family, [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu highlighted the fact that the PA routinely glorifies terrorist murderers and pays them and their families handsome pensions for their illegal acts of war. He also highlighted the genocidal anti-Jewish incitement endemic in Palestinian society.

While all of this is useful, talk is cheap. It is time to make the Palestinians pay a price for their depravity and to put their international supporters on the defensive.

Specifically, Netanyahu should ask the US to cut off all US economic and military assistance to the PA. Two PA intelligence officers were arrested as part of the Fogel murder investigation.

The US is training and equipping the Palestinian intelligence services. This should stop.

Two days after the massacre in Itamar, the PA dedicated a public square in El-Bireh to terror commander Dalal Mughrabi. Mughrabi commanded the 1978 bus attack on the coastal highway in which 37 Israelis – including 12 children – were murdered. The PA previously named a street, a dormitory, a summer camp and a sports tournament after her. Several popular songs have been written to glorify her crimes.

The US is underwriting the PA’s budget. This should stop.

Were the government to go after international aid to the PA, not only would it begin a debate in the US and perhaps Europe about the nature of Fatah specifically and Palestinian society generally, it would force the Palestinians’ myriad supporters to justify their support for a society that is defined by its goal of annihilating Israel.

So as just one US citizen, I can do something to begin putting pressure on the US Congress. And I just did. Now it’s your turn.

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Obama’s Unofficial In-house Jihadist

Well, he’s not unofficial as far as high ranking, uh, officials in the Obama administration go – it’s just that he’s not officially the White House jihadist yet; give it a few days.

Cropped for LM brennan_from_fox I’m talking of course about the top counterterrorism official in the White House, John Brennan. According to this NY Times article his official designation is “assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism,” but that was apparently just something they came up with to get around the need for Senate confirmation. (If you’re wondering why, keep reading.) I think maybe we should just call him “terrorism czar;” it’s an easier handle to use, and more descriptive of his actual function within the administration.

4LM_Final_day_of_the_war_sees_Katyusha_rockets_in_Haifa So anyway, whatever we should call him, Brennan first came to my attention as having said last week, basically, that Hezbollah is not really such a bad bunch, after all. That we should be paying less attention to the admitted terrorists dominating the organization, and begin reaching out to the “moderates.” As many have pointed out since that statement, Hezbollah is an organization dedicated to the complete destruction of Israel (and anyone else who gets in its way), by means of terror, aggressive military action, mass extermination of civilian populations, or whatever else seems handy at the moment, and saying that the group contains moderates is, well, to put it mildly, an oxymoron of the highest caliber. And to say we should be “reaching out” a hand to them is to say we really would like to be left with a bloody stump, or probably worse.

Ok, we could at this point give the man the benefit of the doubt and just say he’s an idiot (don’t bother asking why an idiot is occupying a top level position in the Obama administration – that’s another topic), but he’s not stopping there. A few days after the news of his fondness for the Hezzies came out, it also came to light that he thinks of Jerusalem not as Jerusalem, but as Al-Quds. For those of you who don’t follow such matters (and perhaps I should begin to wonder why I do), Al-Quds is the Arabic name for the capital of Israel, and as one observer put it,

No one refers to Jerusalem in the English language as Al-Quds, unless they have a specific political, anti-Israel agenda – in this case, pandering to Israel’s enemies, who will draw comfort from the use of the term Al-Quds by a senior U.S. government official.

Or, simply, whether one uses “Jerusalem” or “Al-Quds” is simply a matter of preference and loyalty, not stupidity.

So now, if we haven’t yet caught on, we should be really wondering where this guy’s loyalties lie, and whether he might perhaps be dangerous to not only Israel, but to the US as well. Well wonder no more! His latest revelation is that jihad is not actually a program of ongoing warfare against western society, but sort of a self-improvement program for Muslims. What a lovely thought! Now we can relax all of our defenses and welcome Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, and all these other armed to the teeth hell-bent on destruction self-help groups to come help themselves to ourselves and everything we have or stand for. Maybe we can even invite them to a guest appearance on Oprah before they behead us.

In case you’re wondering if maybe Brennan has a point there, here is what the Quran itself has to say on the matter:

The hadiths of Bukhari and Muslim contain entire books on jihad, and the Qur’an is littered with verses devoted to it. It’s not a pretty sight. The first verse of the Qur’an that deals with jihad is 002.190, for which the Qur’an translated by Al-Hilali and Khan provides the following footnote:

Al-Jihâd (holy fighting) in Allâh’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars (on which it stands). By Jihâd Islam is established, Allâh’s Word is made superior (His Word being Lâ ilaha illallâh which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh), and His religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihâd (may Allâh protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihâd is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfill this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.

(Many thanks to Droog’s Concise Guide to Islam for that brief but authoritative description!)

4LM from NYT John Brennan, the top White House counterterrorism adviser meeting with Obama in May. So we really should not be wondering at this point which side Brennan is on. I think it is not stretching the point at all to refer to him as the unofficial jihadist for the White House. (Or as one eloquent tweeter put it, Ambassador for Al Qaeda to the United States.) And as I said at the start of this post, give it a few days & maybe it will become official.

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140s – the few, the fantastic, the overdue.

I haven’t posted anything very twitterific for a while, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening. Here’s a sampling of what’s been going on while I’ve been gone:

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs published an alarming comment today with regard to the Lebanese Armed Forces receiving shipments of weaponry from both Syria and the US. A UNIFIL officer is quoted as saying  "Lebanon is a sovereign country, and the donors took seriously the requests made by the government." The problem, as JINSA points out, is that Lebanon is not effectively a sovereign country at all. Especially troubling is that Hezbollah constitutes a significant part of the government. Are we helping our “friend” Syria indirectly furnish arms to Hezbollah? Should Syria even be our friend in the first place?

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Not alarming, just disappointing, though not surprising, is that the Western media blithely ignores the fact that Israel sends thousands of tons of aid weekly through its Gaza border crossings to the residents of Hamastan. Maybe they ignore the fact because it disproves their assertion that there is an Israeli blockade of Gaza, slowly choking the life out of its people. There is a blockade, all right, but it’s a blockade of war materials. In case you forget, Hamas maintains a constant state of war against Israel. And if you think the life is slowly being choked out of Gazans, you may be right – if you consider that Hamas is the one doing the choking.

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Speaking of the Palestinian Arab people themselves, as separate from their corrupt leaders, just whose side are they on, anyway? It is interesting to note that a recent poll by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion found over 72% of residents opposed to another intifada against Israel. Too bad neither Fatah nor Hamas allow their people any say in their destiny.

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The US has been trying for a while to make a connection between Palestinian demands on Israel, and Iran’s nuclear threat. As if that has actually worked (or maybe because it hasn’t), now we try to say eliminating Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the key to solving the problem with Iran.  I’ll say here what I said in my tweet: we’re not just fools, we’re stupid fools, if we think hobbling Israel will make Ahmadinejad  go away!

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keystonekops Speaking of stupid, the way we’re addressing the very serious matter of Islamic terrorism in general may be summed up thus: Obama National Security Policy: Hope Their Bombs Don’t Work. Noted columnist Ann Coulter writing in Human Events has a few things to say on the subject which you may find amusing, or maddening, or both.

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Saeb_Erekat_l I’m not sure – does US President Barack Obama continue to say that he’s on the side of our only democratic ally in the Middle East, or at least maintain that he’s trying to act as an impartial mediator? Not so, according to this report. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says he has a letter from Obama which says that “he views Israel as the obstacle to peace and will approach further peace efforts from that point of view.” I really don’t think we can believe either Saeb or Barack, so only time will tell. God help us.

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ICEJ News Special Commentary – Behind Obama’s battering of Israel

Here is something that came in my mail box this morning which has not yet made it onto the web, as far as I can tell. International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is an emissary of the church which exhibits a great deal of respect and support for the people and nation of Israel. I previously reprinted some first hand observations on the matter of apartheid by its executive director here. Today I received a special commentary written by its media director David Parsons. In it he raises several key points regarding the Obama Administration’s current antagonism toward the Jewish state, among them:

It is apparent that President Obama unjustly questions Israel’s desire for peace, “even while Palestinian Authority leaders are avoiding peace talks like the plague.” Palestinian Authority officials from Mahmoud Abbas on down have refused to talk to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. If called to task on the matter, they have a constant supply of pretexts, happily supplied by Washington itself.

Parsons also cites instances of dishonesty toward Israel on the part of the Obama Administration: such as Secretary Clinton disowning an agreement the US made with Israel, for which she voted in Congress, or of Clinton criticizing an action as having been committed by Hamas, when it was in reality  done by our supposed “peace partner” Fatah.

There have also been indications coming from chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel that this Administration has secretly set an objective to declare a Palestinian State before the end of Obama’s first term in office.

First term? This is just my opinion, but let’s pray to God that it’s his only term, and that at least some of his more damaging objectives remain unrealized.

Here is David Parsons’ special commentary:

Behind Obama’s battering of Israel
-by David ParsonObama has been leaning on Netanyhau while watching Abbas's back (AP) s

After one year in office, it seemed US President Barack Obama had learned some lessons in conducting foreign policy and was ready to back off some of his heavy handed tactics in dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It had become all too obvious that Obama had blundered by hammering away at Israel on settlements, while giving the Palestinians a free pass.

Thus, US Vice President Joe Biden paid a solidarity visit to Jerusalem in March to reassure Israeli leaders on Washington’s balanced approach to peacemaking with the Palestinians. But then the Obama administration deliberately ratcheted up the pressure again over the issue of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem and relations soured once more.

It has been manifestly unfair for the US administration to treat its closest democratic ally in the region and arguably the world in this manner. Obama has gone so far as to question Israel’s desire for peace, even while Palestinian Authority leaders are avoiding peace talks like the plague. When Netanyahu came into office last spring, PA officials from Mahmoud Abbas down unanimously said they would not talk to him “in a thousand years.” All their subsequent preconditions to talks are merely pretexts, often conveniently supplied by Washington, which has yet to hold them accountable for their intransigence.

Besides being unfair, the Obama administration has also been dishonest in its dealings with Israel. Early on, for instance, Netanyahu reminded the new Administration of the letter delivered in April 2004 by former US President George W. Bush to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon containing key American commitments to Israel regarding the Palestinian track. But US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brushed the letter aside as no longer binding, even though as a US Senator she had voted for a joint congressional resolution which endorsed the Bush letter as official US policy.

Poster of PLO commando Dalal Mughrabi: Why would Hamas want to honor a Fatah heroine? (AP)Another clear example of the dishonesty can be seen when Clinton went before the annual AIPAC policy conference in March and criticized Hamas for its incitement against Israel. Yet her comments on the incitement issue had actually been prompted by the Israeli government specifically complaining to the US State Department that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas and prime minister Salaam Fayyad were honoring PLO terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of the notorious “Coastal Road Massacre” in 1978. Clinton is now trying to correct the record by finally confronting the PA about its own incitement, but only after being caught in an embarrassing fib.

All this has left many wondering what exactly is Obama up to with his heavy pressure on Netanyahu while coddling the Palestinians. Besides courting favor with the wider Arab/Islamic world, one commentator close to Obama recently chalked up the festering quarrel over Jewish housing in east Jerusalem to the White House wanting to bring the more dovish Opposition leader Tzipi Livni of Kadima into the coalition. That may be a welcome outcome of the arm-twisting, but the ultimate goal is two-fold.

Will Obama continue to commit blunders in the Middle East?First, the Obama administration is sending a message of “no adventurism on Iran.” By making Netanyahu sweat over a manufactured issue like the Ramat Shlomo housing approvals, Obama is signaling that Netanyahu is being kept on a short leash, meaning any unilateral Israeli actions regarding Iran will n ot be tolerated. If the Netanyahu government deems it necessary to pre-empt the growing threat of Tehran’s renegade nuclear program, no one should expect America to cover its back in trying to manage the global fallout from such actions.

Secondly, the Administration is unnecessarily battering Netanyahu in a bid to soften his opposition to a Palestinian state, which they hope to declare within Obama’s first term in office. White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel said as much to an American Jewish leader last year, according to Yediot Aharonot, and I don’t think it was a slip of the tongue.

In this regard, Obama and his team have misread the Israeli public. Obama believes Netanyahu does not truly represent the views of most Israelis, but he does. They have been conditioned by years of violence, terror and foreign pressure into being ready to give up the West Bank for peace. Yet they remain highly skeptical that there is a peace partner on the Palestinian side who can keep their end of the bargain. Obama will make an even bigger blunder if he persists in thinking the Palestinians are currently ready for a state that would live at peace with Israel.

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