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They say that life is what happens while you’re making other plans; I say that stuff is what happens while you’re just trying to live your life.

I might suppose that I owe my readers an apology for not having posted for over six months, but one thing about anonymous blogging is that you don’t really have a relationship with your readers, and apologies are for relationships.

But in case I’m wrong about that, I do apologize, and I’ll just say that a lot of stuff has come between me and blogging since last March. Nothing to write home about—just stuff.

But by the same token, it hasn’t seemed to me that there has been much new stuff going on with regard to Israel and its relations with the world, which is what I write about here. Not that there hasn’t been anything going on—just nothing strikingly new.

But maybe it’s all right to just keep reminding the world of what is going on.

The official IDF blog says that September was a busy month, with the usual rocket attacks and cross-border raids. But what nation should be expected to regard these kinds of things as normal?!

World media continue to do stupid little things like trying to deny Israel the right to designate its own Capital. And even the Democratic Party of the United States got in on the act last month, though I now read that they’ve reconsidered their inanity.

The big news this past week has been of course Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s UN speech, replete with a cartoon drawing of a bomb, as if to drive home the point that the world (or at least the UN) needs to be addressed at a level of less than adult intelligence in order to get the point across that Iran must be stopped. By way of contrast, the UN tirade by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas served mostly to call attention to his increasing irrelevance.

Also increasingly irrelevant are the Gaza “flotillas.” The latest one is reportedly somewhere in Italy and appears to be generating not much more than a collective yawn. Maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on myself for thinking there hasn’t been much to write about.

On the positive side, my co-laborers in promulgating the truth have continued to publish articles here and there laying out the facts of Mideast life, like this one from Front Page Magazine explaining in great detail why it is a lie to claim that Jewish settlers  are living on land stolen from Palestinian Arabs.

Or check out this video series from Zola Levitt Ministries on eight reasons why you need to support Israel. Yes — you.

 

TTYL.

lineman

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Back from the South 40 for a few 140s

LAF_Sniper_view It’s been a busy week, for sure. I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks, and it looks like the world got a little impatient without me.  OK,  it doesn’t have anything to do with me, but somebody sure got impatient.

The Lebanese army apparently became particularly impatient to score. The biggest news item out of the Middle East this week was the sniper attack by the LAF on a brush clearing operation of the IDF. You can read the details here, as well as other places, but the upshot is that at least one LAF sniper took well-aimed potshots at two IDF officers, killing one & severely wounding the other.

Plenty of better armed bloggers than I have posted on this, so I’ll just mention it here in passing that somehow the nations of the world forgot to scream at Lebanon in outrage, as they surely would have screamed at Israel for a much lesser infraction, had it been the other way around.

At least the UN representative did give a surprisingly honest statement.

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One of the odder aspects of the incident is the possibility that, astounding as it sounds, anti-Israel news media had reps in place to oversee the operation. Not to mention they of course misrepresented the facts in their initial reporting. Maybe they’re so accustomed to fooling the world, that they figured it would be just another piece of cake to do it again. Maybe the world is catching on—that would be great, wouldn’t it?

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As I’ve mentioned before, the idea behind this “140s” post category was the wonderfully rapid fire way that information travels over Twitter. One of the oddities of Twitter is that sometimes little flame wars break out, or short of that, people begin to follow each other not in a friendly way, but in order to snipe at another tweeter.

Something like that came my way a few days ago: I had the honor of being “listed” as one of the enemy by an anti-Israel site. Wondering who else I shared the honor with, I found an interesting essay on the Palestinian Authority’s own version of apartheid, and how it involves ethnic cleansing (of Jews, naturally).

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Another intriguing analysis that turned up on Twitter is an essay published in American Spectator speculating that Barack Obama’s apparent need to please the Arab world stems from early childhood rejection issues. And that these issues may eventually lead to a US attack on Iran. I’m not saying (not right here anyway) whether taking military initiative against the Iranian nuclear threat is or isn’t a serious consideration at this point, but it is a matter of grave concern that the reasons may have more to do with our president’s aberrant psychological needs than with matters of, oh, say, national security.

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Way over on the opposite end of the spectrum of gravity (so to speak) is the latest news of – get this – Arabs placing fake graves in a Jerusalem neighborhood. It had something to do with laying false claim to property that wasn’t theirs, if I’m understanding it correctly. Fortunately, due to alert action by Arutz7 news, the local authorities found out about it and laid the whole matter to rest. Hopefully. Should we stay tuned on this one?

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Obama Administration feels the heat as more internationally honored Israel supporters have their say.

I  noticed in today’s Israel National News a comment that

Obama-Pointing “United States administration officials have expressed harsh criticism over advertisements in the American press favoring Israel’s right to sovereignty in Jerusalem.” 

"All these advertisements are not a wise move," said an unnamed “senior American official” as quoted in the leftist daily Haaretz.

The “advertisements” drawing the administration’s ire are the open letter by WJC President Ronald Lauder which I reprinted last week, and an eloquent essay in support of Jerusalem by world renowned author, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Considering the favorable response by readers to my presentation here of the Ronald Lauder letter and a similar one two days ago from the America-Israel Friendship League, I figure I can do no better than to also give you Mr. Wiesel’s statement without further comment. Am Israel Chai,

eliewiesel It was inevitable: Jerusalem once again is at the center of political debates and international storms. New and old tensions surface at a disturbing pace. Seventeen times destroyed and seventeen times rebuilt, it is still in the middle of diplomatic confrontations that could lead to armed conflict. Neither Athens nor Rome has aroused that many passions.

For me, the Jew that I am, Jerusalem is above politics. It is mentioned more than six hundred times in Scripture — and not a single time in the Koran. Its presence in Jewish history is overwhelming. There is no more moving prayer in Jewish history than the one expressing our yearning to return to Jerusalem. To many theologians, it IS Jewish history, to many poets, a source of inspiration. It belongs to the Jewish people and is much more than a city, it is what binds one Jew to another in a way that remains hard to explain. When a Jew visits Jerusalem for the first time, it is not the first time; it is a homecoming. The first song I heard was my mother’s lullaby about and for Jerusalem. Its sadness and its joy are part of our collective memory.

Since King David took Jerusalem as his capital, Jews have dwelled inside its walls with only two interruptions; when Roman invaders forbade them access to the city and again, when under Jordanian occupation, Jews, regardless of nationality, were refused entry into the old Jewish quarter to meditate and pray at the Wall, the last vestige of Solomon’s temple. It is important to remember: had Jordan not joined Egypt and Syria in the war against Israel, the old city of Jerusalem would still be Arab. Clearly, while Jews were ready to die for Jerusalem they would not kill for Jerusalem.

Today, for the first time in history, Jews, Christians and Muslims all may freely worship at their shrines. And, contrary to certain media reports, Jews, Christians and Muslims ARE allowed to build their homes anywhere in the city. The anguish over Jerusalem is not about real estate but about memory.

What is the solution? Pressure will not produce a solution. Is there a solution? There must be, there will be. Why tackle the most complex and sensitive problem prematurely? Why not first take steps which will allow the Israeli and Palestinian communities to find ways to live together in an atmosphere of security. Why not leave the most difficult, the most sensitive issue, for such a time?

Jerusalem must remain the world’s Jewish spiritual capital, not a symbol of anguish and bitterness, but a symbol of trust and hope. As the Hasidic master Rebbe Nahman of Bratslav said, "Everything in this world has a heart; the heart itself has its own heart."

Jerusalem is the heart of our heart, the soul of our soul.

– Elie Wiesel

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Huckabee the Maccabee

 

“My question is how would the government of the United States feel if Prime Minister Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan, which could live in Queens, and say, ‘We only allow certain people to live in those neighborhoods,’” he said. “How would that go over? It wouldn’t go over very well.”

Former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee has been in Israel most of this week, and he has come out as an unabashed supporter of Israelis’ right to self-determination, more so, it appears, than the Israeli government itself. 

“I’d like to think that the rights of Jewish people in their own homeland would be the same as the rights of American people in their homeland,” Huckabee said. “We take our rights very seriously.”

I also read something in Arutz7 (Israel National News, which does a great job of more detailed reporting  than some) which I hadn’t thought of before, something that was brought to the forefront through this visit:

Maaleh Adumim is a city just to the east of Jerusalem with nearly 40,000 residents. Huckabee visited the city this morning, and met briefly with Mayor Benny Kashriel…

“As you can see,” the mayor told the former governor, “the land is desolate, and we are not pushing out any Arabs from their homes…”

Uh, yeah.  I hadn’t considered that.  The settlers are not “occupying” or displacing previous residents.  They are developing unused land, bringing with them jobs and money.  Which is a big part of the reason that the locals we never hear about quietly support these activities. 

And also related to why the vast majority of Israeli Arabs, given the choice, would rather remain Israeli Arabs, according to a recent Harvard study.  Blasphemy, you say?  Well, it’s doubtless a good topic for another post, but in the meantime, you can also read about it here.  Or here.

Enough digression, but it’s worth saying that I should have thought of this already.  We all should have.  Which again calls attention to why I created this blog: we need to be informed of these things which the mainstream Western media consistently avoid or cover up.  Or outright lie about.

I’m thankful that most of the Israeli media have been giving Huckabee’s visit good coverage, in Ynet and Jerusalem Post, as well as in Israel National News.  I encourage the reader to check it out; it is not my intention to duplicate the coverage here.  But I haven’t seen all that much reporting on it here in the States.  Some, but not what it deserves. So I want to shout it out a little.  Maybe somebody who doesn’t read JPost will see this here. 

If so, I’d like to think I’ve done my job; I’m just a lineman.

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Presidential Bethesda checkup needed soon.

This is from an email pass-along, but it’s priceless!

Subject: Quote of the year…….

“On a more serious front, I sincerely hope that when the president goes in for his annual check-up, the doctors at Bethesda will do a brain scan. Surely something must be terribly wrong with a man who seems to be far more concerned with a Jew building a house in Israel than with Muslims building a nuclear bomb in Iran.”

Columnist Burt Prelutsky

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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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Sheikh Jarrah dispute – so much more than meets the eye

I noted yesterday while most of the world was crying “bloody murder” over those big, mean, old Israelis evicting those poor, little, innocent Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, that one thing that was being overlooked by the western media (or buried, more like it) was the solid legal claim the Jewish owners had to their property. Those who were so vehemently condemning the action were presenting it as though the Arab squatters were being dispossessed of their legitimate rights. Not true, of course. Block that lie!

But today I ran across an in depth analysis of the situation and the history behind it published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and cited in a Jerusalem Post editorial, and saw something I had once known but had forgotten – that during Israel’s War of Independence, seventy-eight doctors, nurses and others were murdered by Arabs in this area when their convoy was attacked en route to Hadassah Hospital.

Now, here is something that no doubt the forces of deceit would like to keep under wraps as long as possible! Not that it has anything to do with the matter, of course. Well, nothing but putting the entire affair solidly in a clearer historical context. Very recent history, for that matter.

Now that’s some real bloody murder for you! Busted!

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