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140s for 11 March 2010

No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe, but…

SmileyJoe_INN_35719 He keeps saying the darndest things! Today United States VP Joe Biden is quoted in Israel National News as having told the Israeli people, in praise of Palestinian Authority President and terrorist organization Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen):

easter_bunny_stmarys President Obama believes in Abu Mazen.

find-santa-claus-10 All right, I know that’s a little out of context, but not much. The context of the statement was that the Prez has every confidence in Abbas as a stable national leader who is fully capable of entering into state negotiations with Israel. I’m not going to take the time to go into all the details here, but very little could be further from the truth. In all fairness to Joe and the Big O, though, I must confess that I also at one time did believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But I’m quite sure I’ve never believed in Abu Mazen.

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No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe – but he keeps getting in the way, dangit!

Ramat-Shlomo-WEB So, after his harsh condemnation yesterday of what is actually normal routine construction in a city over which he has no jurisdiction, he not only passes the buck today (saying, in effect, “I was only following orders”), but he performs further verbal gyrations by retroactively labeling his unwarranted meddling as somehow stating some sort of needed truth. Gosh, don’t you see that I’m your best friend, Israel, because “quite frankly, folks, only a friend can deliver the hardest truth,” he says. Well, Joe, there are those who beg to differ that what you’d said yesterday was at all true, let alone the least bit well intentioned.

Joe Biden under image of Arafat And didn’t you just say yesterday that you support a contiguous Palestinian state at the expense of Israel’s contiguity? That’s not something a friend would say, Joe.

If I live in a rough neighborhood, and gang members want to set up shop in my front yard and also have a clear path through my house, and you say you think they should be able to do just that, and I should just stuff a sock in it – well, Joe, I’m pretty sure that means you’re not really my friend. Not in the least.

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Well, what do you know – I’m finally able to get away from Joe! He’s off to Jordan next – hopefully he can stay out of trouble there.

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If you’ve been following the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheik Hassan Yousef, you may know that what led to his coming over to the Israeli side was witnessing the incredible cruelty and torture handed out by other jailed Hamas leaders against other Arabs whom they even remotely suspected of collaboration. That this sort of thing is not at all rare is confirmed in a BBC interview reported today in Ynet news. As the article relates,

Two former Palestinian prisoners, one from Fatah and one from Hamas, gave accounts of their experiences in Palestinian jail. The two unfurled testimonies of a web of serious abuse at the hands of Palestinian investigators, both from Hamas and the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian security services.

Read the details here if you’d like; I’d rather move on.

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Finally for today, this is not really new news, but it bears refreshing. While a certain emissary from the White House (whose name I’d rather not mention, but his initials are JRB, Jr.) has been running loose casting doubt on Israel’s sincerity with regard to negotiating for peace, this piece by Efraim Inbar in Jerusalem Post points out that the reality is quite the opposite. As he puts it,

BLAMING NETANYAHU for the current impasse assumes that the insatiable Palestinians must be placated at the expense of vital security interests, such as demilitarization of the West Bank and maintaining control over the Jordan Valley and Greater Jerusalem. Ascribing responsibility to Netanyahu for the impasse also wrongly assumes that the Palestinians have displayed flexibility in their approach to Israel. Yet it is they who insist on preconditions for resuming the talks. Even Netanyahu’s decision for the 10-month freeze on building in the settlements was rejected by the PLO.

As a matter of fact, it is the Palestinians who are dragging their feet in the peace negotiations. Abbas in his May 2009 Washington Post interview emphasized that he is in no hurry to negotiate and that he expects the Americans to force Israel to accept the Palestinian conditions. His prime minister, Salam Fayyad, announced a plan to unilaterally establish a Palestinian state in two years instead of a state emerging from negotiations.

Both “moderate” leaders honor suicide bombers as martyrs and provide their families with state pensions. They allow the PA-controlled media, education system and mosques to continue to promote rabid anti-Semitism. Both reject recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Unfortunately, Palestinian society in Gaza and in the West Bank is under the spell of Hamas, which has not accepted Israel’s right to exist. Consequently, the Palestinians are not moving in the direction of compromise and reconciliation.

Netanyahu’s government probably has no illusions about the ability of the Palestinians to reach an agreement and implement it in the near future, but Netanyahu keeps the option of negotiations open. In contrast, the Palestinians’ goal is to extract concessions without negotiations, hoping that Washington and/or the international community will pressure Israel into accepting Palestinian demands.

So, Joe, why don’t you bring this up with your buddy Abu some time, eh?

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140s for 23 Feb 2010

Cruella de Vil I think it was who said, “Imbeciles! I’m surrounded by imbeciles!” If she only knew! Prof. Barry Rubin recently had good reason to lodge a similar complaint with regard to some of the things which are currently being written about the Middle East by people who should otherwise know better. or, as he puts it,

Prof_Rubin_1I am reading material that simultaneously has no connection with the real world, is full of internal contradictions, and often seems deliberately tailored to misrepresent events in order to prove a false thesis. Fortunately, this stuff has not done actual damage in the real world–much of it has not been implemented in policy–yet but may in future…

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Speaking of Middle Eastern Insanity, Richard Cohen of the Washington Post has every reason to question whether Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is crazy like a fox, or just plain crazy. (Via World Jewish Daily.)

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Is Israeli Knesset run by Mossad? Was the assassination of al-Mabhouh a good deed?

3_a A heated debated arose in the Knesset House Committee on Tuesday, following a request to hold a plenum session on the "forged passports affair". Member of Knesset Talab El-Sana (United Arab List – Ta’al) asked if the Knesset was run by the Mossad, while MK Carmel Shama (Likud) called the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a "mitzvah".

The Knesset House Committee session was held following a decision by the Knesset presidency not to authorize the matter for discussion on the Knesset plenum’s agenda. El-Sana filed an appeal to the committee, which was also rejected.

"Why isn’t the Israeli Knesset holding a discussion?" El-Sana asked the committee. "Anyone trying not to hold a discussion has a reason not to hold a discussion… Does (Mossad chief) Meir Dagan decide which matters are discussed in the Knesset?"

Thanks for the info, Ynet (and a tip o’ the hat to tweeter MlleJacqueline), but can anyone please explain all that?

Oh, and pay no attention to the news that another arrest has been made in the investigation, not of an Israeli or anyone connected with Mossad, but of one of al-Mabhouh’s own aides. Thanks, again, WJD for the tip.

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Palestinian-Flag5 For a long while now, the Palestinian leadership has been saying it wants peace, as long as Israel will submit to its demands. Although obviously they haven’t been saying it quite that way. But now that Israel wants to do something to honor the cultural heritage of the Jewish people in the land, both Fatah and Hamas somehow decide that’s a pretty good reason to start a new war.

Israel finds all that, well, a bit off. I agree.

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Or, getting back to the vivid imagination of Iran’s leaders, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that Britain’s M16 isn’t out to get you via the BBC.

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And – just my two cents here – you can’t very well see where you’re going if you’re always looking over your shoulder.  Shalom, y’all, and good night.

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How long will it take us to catch on?

The “peace loving” Palestinian leaders are anything but. Peace loving, or leaders.

There is a whole lot of great stuff coming out of this week’s Fatah convention in Bethlehem (yes, Bethlehem).

They nearly tore each other apart, because, well, that’s what they do. The Saudis were begging them to settle down & behave, because they were giving the Arab cause a bad name. (Giving?) They are completely divided, they always have been completely divided, and there is no sign it will be anything different in our lifetimes. Yet the US government keeps telling us that they are all in one accord, and just want to make peace with Israel and have their own country and settle down and live happily ever after.

Umm – but what are they saying about their intentions?

Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned, clean of settlements and settlers

(Israel National News, Fatah: PA Will Take All of Jerusalem – by Peace or by Force)

See? This is the sort of thing I’m talking about. Of course, that’s also why they say things like,

Although we have chosen peace, we maintain the right to launch an armed resistance…

They do this because they know the drill – keep saying you want peace, in the same sentence you say the opposite, and the poor dupes in the western media will buy right into it.

But not all of us are dupes, are we?

Spread the word; block the lies.

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