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Abu Mazen’s bizarre imaginings revealed in the mud-splattered walls of the UN General Assembly.

Giyusgirl_AbuMazen_23_Sept_2011_248X198 Did y’all miss that? I’ve been watching quietly for quite a while now, awaiting “Palestinian Authority President” Mahmoud Abbas’ anticipated presentation to the United Nations of a request for full membership in that august body. So the fateful day—looked for as a showdown of sorts by some—came and went last Friday. And–it seems to me at least–it came and went, not with a bang, but a whimper–a whole lot of whimpering, to be honest with y’all. And a lot of whining, and quite a bit of weaseling. 

I just finished reading the Ha’aretz transcript of Abbas’ speech, and I can’t quite bring myself to believe that anyone in their right mind and with the right information could take what he said seriously.

But there’s a saying I’ve heard that sometimes folks will throw mud at the wall to see if some of it sticks. Translation: people will sometimes make outrageous, unbelievable, unjustifiable claims against someone else, and just maybe there will be somebody gullible enough to buy it. Well, it’s true—mud happens.

And right now there are great globs of mud stuck to the walls in the UN.

At first I thought I might try taking Abbas’ diatribe apart lie by lie, but I soon saw that really the whole thing was one big lie. He starts out by making the broad false statement that there actually is a nation called “Palestine”  acknowledged by various existing UN agreements and resolutions, and that he, as the president thereof, is merely coming to solidify the standing of that nation as a full member in the United Nations organization.

There is no such thing as a nation of Palestine, and there never has been. There is an entity known as the “Palestinian Authority”  which is correctly characterized as an “interim administrative body” having limited administrative authority over defined territories which have been successively occupied over the past 100 years by the Turkish Empire followed by the British Mandate for Palestine under the auspices of the League of Nations, followed by military occupations by the Kingdom of Jordan and by Egypt, followed by Israel, but never a Palestinian national entity.

There have been many documents issued by the UN which have addressed matters of conflict between various parties involving Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and other legitimate nations, but never any acknowledging the existence of a Palestinian national entity.

faisal-weizmann-map_RS One point worth noting here is that the standing legal document acknowledged by the UN Charter which establishes legal right to the territories in question was generated in San Remo, Italy in 1920 and specifies that the area being claimed by “the Palestinians” be designated and recognized as the Jewish National Homeland. The group which Abbas claims to represent has absolutely no historical or legal right, under UN agreements or any other stipulation of international law, to the areas they are attempting to usurp.

Oh, and for the extent of Abbas’ legitimate representation, it is correct that he was appointed “president” of the “Palestinian Authority” in 2005—but his term has long since expired.

So you have a charlatan posing as a representative of a “nation” that doesn’t exist coming to the United Nations with a bucket of mud hoping to foist off the fantasy that it’s time for the UN to acknowledge and instate his imaginary domain.

But you know what—the UN is full of gullible leaders of state who want nothing more or better than to do just that. A whole gallery of dignified men and women who are even now gazing at the muddy walls of their institution and admiring the dirt.

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On top of the overreaching falsehood of Abbas’ basic assertion are a few more outrageous claims that are too astounding to let go.

89px-Woman_nakba_dress_jug One is that the whole source of the problems he is (ever so humbly) attempting to correct is what he calls the “Al-Nakba,” or the forced expulsion of the Arabs living in the area in 1948. Well, OK, there was an expulsion of the Arabs, but not by the Jews—it was the Arab leaders themselves who forced their peons (including, apparently, Abbas’ family) to leave. Which fact Abbas himself admitted in 1976(!) The Jews actually entreated the Arabs to stay and help build a new country with them. But we don’t want to look at facts now, do we?

I’d almost be ready to think that Abbas believes his own lies, but he’s just too smug about it.

There’s another term Abbas introduces which is more of an obfuscation than an outright lie. Twice he calls the security fence (which has dramatically reduced terrorist attacks from the territories over which Abbas claims authority) the “annexation wall.” Excuse me, but what is an annexation wall? To annex is to join something to something. A wall separates. So how do you join by separating? Or separate by joining? Or—oh, never mind! Up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right, mud is truth, in Abbas La-la-land.

By the way, on the topic of annexation, it’s really not a bad idea. There’s even a move currently in US Congress to encourage Israel to consider just that. See Caroline Glick’s cogent comments on the matter here.

But perhaps the biggest, saddest whopper of the day was when Abbas claimed that they (his party Fatah, the competing party Hamas, and who knows what other “peacemaking”—yes, remember up is down–terrorist groups he meant) were just (cough! gag!) “defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans.”

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Giyusgirl_Bibi_23_Sept_201_302X249 Ah, but this brings us to the one bright spot in the whole affair—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s follow up speech. His tone was, as always, conciliatory, continuing to extend Israel’s hand of peace to its mortal enemies (OK, maybe I don’t completely agree with this approach, but I’m not here to argue against it, either), however he also proceeded to address at least a couple of the more blatant falsehoods put forward by Abbas. One of which was the aforementioned denial of anything but peaceful means on the Arabs’ part. The PM graciously acknowledged their “hopes and dreams,” but went on to point out what everyone knows but many are loath to admit, that those dreams are augmented by “10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya, and from elsewhere.” Way to go, Bibi!

But will a dab of truth clean off the mud? One can hope, but one should not hold one’s breath. An already oft-quoted line in Netanyahu’s speech rightly pegged the UN as “the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament [and] …Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.”

Look for the mud to stay where it is for a while, and maybe even get smeared around some.

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Thanks as always are due to my friend at GIYUS for her input and photos which I’ve used here. Please read her blog entry, Leaders appear to lose faith – Is there still hope for peace in the Middle East? for some key points I did not take the time to address.

I could have taken a lot more time and space tonight to cover many additional aspects of this event and its ramifications—goodness knows I’ve been skimpy on comments lately—but  for I just now wanted to get across my sense of wonderment at the bald faced audacity of terrorist Yasser Arafat’s successor before the most important body of statesmen and stateswomen in the world.

The world is ‘way down a sad road when it honors men like that in the ways it appears to be doing.

Oh—did I mention that Abbas funded the 1972 Munich massacre and praised it’s perp?

God help us, is all I can say.

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“No Love Boat:” PM Netanyahu’s Statement on Flotilla Incident

In my earlier post today I pointed out that a crucial aspect of this week’s attempt by Islamist forces to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza coast (and Egypt’s blockade also, by the way – another oft neglected component) is the critical interest which Iran has invested in the continued presence of Hamas in that area.

Here is the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the incident. Notice his references to Iran.

Statement by PM Netanyahu

“No Love Boat”

Once again, Israel faces hypocrisy and a biased rush to judgment. I’m afraid this isn’t the first time.

Last year, Israel acted to stop Hamas from firing thousands of rockets into Israel’s towns and cities. Hamas was firing on our civilians while hiding behind civilians. And Israel went to unprecedented lengths to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties. Yet it was Israel, and not Hamas, that was accused by the UN of war crimes.

Now regrettably, the same thing appears to be happening now.

But here are the facts. Hamas is smuggling thousands of Iranian rockets, missiles and other weaponry – smuggling it into Gaza in order to fire on Israel’s cities. These missiles can reach Ashdod and Beer Sheva – these are major Israeli cities. And I regret to say that some of them can reach now Tel Aviv, and very soon, the outskirts of Jerusalem. From the information we have, the planned shipments include weapons that can reach farther, even farther and deeper into Israel.

Under international law, and under common sense and common decency, Israel has every right to interdict this weaponry and to inspect the ships that might be transporting them.

This is not a theoretical challenge or a theoretical threat. We have already interdicted vessels bound for Hezbollah, and for Hamas from Iran, containing hundreds of tons of weapons. In one ship, the Francop, we found hundreds of tons of war materiel and weapons destined for Hezbollah. In another celebrated case, the Karine A, dozens of tons of weapons were destined for Hamas by Iran via a shipment to Gaza. Israel simply cannot permit the free flow of weapons and war materials to Hamas from the sea.

I will go further than that. Israel cannot permit Iran to establish a Mediterranean port a few dozen kilometers from Tel Aviv and from Jerusalem. And I would go beyond that too. I say to the responsible leaders of all the nations: The international community cannot afford an Iranian port in the Mediterranean. Fifteen years ago I cautioned about an Iranian development that has come to pass – people now recognize that danger. Today I warn of this impending willingness to enable Iran to establish a naval port right next to Israel, right next to Europe. The same countries that are criticizing us today should know that they will be targeted tomorrow.

For this and for many other reasons, we have a right to inspect cargo heading into Gaza.

And here’s our policy. It’s very simple: Humanitarian and other goods can go in and weapons and war materiel cannot.

And we do let civilian goods into Gaza. There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Each week, an average of ten thousand tons of goods enter Gaza. There’s no shortage of food. There’s no shortage of medicine. There’s no shortage of other goods.

On this occasion too, we made several offers – offers to deliver the goods on board the flotilla to Gaza after a security inspection. Egypt made similar offers. And these offers were rejected time and again.

So our naval personnel had no choice but to board these vessels. Now, on five of the vessels, our seamen were not met by any serious violence and as a result, there were no serious injuries aboard those ships. But on the largest ship, something very different happened.

Our naval personnel, just as they landed on the ship – you can see this in the videos – the first soldier – they were met with a vicious mob. They were stabbed, they were clubbed, they were fired upon. I talked to some of these soldiers. One was shot in the stomach, one was shot in the knee. They were going to be killed and they had to act in self-defense.

It is very clear to us that the attackers had prepared their violent action in advance. They were members of an extremist group that has supported international terrorist organizations and today support the terrorist organization called Hamas. They brought with them in advance knives, steel rods, other weapons. They chanted battle cries against the Jews. You can hear this on the tapes that have been released.

This was not a love boat. This was a hate boat. These weren’t pacifists. These weren’t peace activists. These were violent supporters of terrorism.

I think that the evidence that the lives of the Israeli seamen were in danger is crystal clear. If you’re a fair-minded observer and you look at those videos, you know this simple truth. But I regret to say that for many in the international community, no evidence is needed. Israel is guilty until proven guilty.

Once again, Israel is told that it has a right to defend itself but is condemned every time it exercises that right. Now you know that a right that you cannot exercise is meaningless. And you know that the way we exercise it – under these conditions of duress, under the rocketing of our cities, under the impending killing of our soldiers – you know that we exercise it in a way that is commensurate with any international standard. I have spoken to leading leaders of the world, and I say the same thing today to the international community: What would you do? How would you stop thousands of rockets that are destined to attack your cities, your civilians, your children? How would your soldiers behave under similar circumstances? I think in your hearts, you all know the truth.

Israel regrets the loss of life. But we will never apologize for defending ourselves. Israel has every right to prevent deadly weapons from entering into hostile territory. And Israeli soldiers have every right to defend their lives and their country.

This may sound like an impossible plea, or an impossible request, or an impossible demand, but I make it anyway: Israel should not be held to a double standard. The Jewish state has a right to defend itself just like any other state.

Thank you.

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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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A counter-snub, or just plain smart?

Two weeks after the shameful treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by US President Obama, we hear that Netanyahu has decided at the last moment not to attend an upcoming nuclear security summit in Washington. The conference was being billed as a discussion of ways to deal with the danger of terrorist groups or states having  access to nuclear weapons, but the PM’s office caught wind of plans by Egypt and Turkey to turn it into another occasion to pick at Israel, rather than addressing the issues.

And Noah Pollak in Commentary Magazine raises the larger question of why didn’t Obama, as host of the conference (let alone as a respected national leader) put a stop to any such shenanigans in the first place. Pollak suggests

There are two possible explanations, and I’m not sure which is more disturbing. Obama either welcomed the prospect of another humiliation of Netanyahu, or he was afraid to stand up to two Muslim leaders. Perhaps both are true.

So is Netanyahu snubbing Washington, or is it just prudent not to attend another bash-Israel fest? I have a good friend who loves to state both/and questions as either/ors, to which the obvious answer is supposed to be “yes.” So, to answer my own question – yes. However, Israel will be well represented at the conference. Just not Bibi.

By the way, as a reminder that a great many Americans continue to support Israel and its current administration, a related report cites Liz Cheney, daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, as saying

President Obama is playing a reckless game of continuing down the path of diminishing America’s ties to Israel.

This was in addressing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where the announcement of Netanyahu’s decision not to come to Washington was met with a healthy round of applause.

BBL. Lineman.

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Bibi, baby – what are you thinking?

Iraq_1st Sorry I’m late folks! I was away last week visiting number one son as he was being honorably discharged from Fort Carson, Colorado, after two Iraq tours and additional overseas service in Germany. Ok, so I’m letting my proud papa colors show a little. I hope you don’t mind. And, all right ok, the real reason for the visit was to spend Thanksgiving week with him and his darling wife and three girls. So that’s my excuse for not being here for a while.

WB_Const_JPost_Satellite My access to news was limited while I was gone, but I couldn’t escape noticing the one big item coming out of Jerusalem — the 10 month settlement “freeze” announced by Prime Minister Netanyahu. I was actually a little surprised that the stuff didn’t quite hit the fan as I would have expected. Sure, the settlement movement is putting up a fight as it ought to do, and the more right-sided elements within the political structure are voicing apt concerns, but it otherwise appears as though this thing is going through without too much trouble. What’s wrong with this picture? Has Bibi finally knuckled under Obamaniac pressure? But he was doing so well!

I don’t think we know the whole story yet, as is so often the case with Israeli affairs, and with Mr. Netanyahu in particular. I’d like to think he has some cards up his sleeve, but I have to watch myself that I don’t get to the point where I start to think that he’s simply incapable of blowing it. Perhaps this editorial in the Jerusalem Post comes as close as anything to laying out just how convoluted the whole matter is.

And it’s easy for me as an American to be a sidelines quarterback (did I just invent a new oxymoron?) and not have to decide what, if anything, to do about it. But it’s also difficult for me as an American to ignore what happens in Israel, since the direction we’re headed is becoming more & more linked to the direction we take with regard to that ancient land.

Am Israel chai.

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