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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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Israel exists because…

Akedah_Caravaggio_183X144 The Almighty decided it should be that way, and acted on His decision. An Arab “Palestinian” state does not exist for pretty much the same reason.

How do I know such things? Because the Almighty wrote a book about it.

Although, as I’ve said before, I usually try not to emphasize the “religious” aspects of the conflicts in the Middle East, sometimes I just feel that the eternal viewpoint is what needs to be expressed at the moment. I’ll still try in this post not to cite book, chapter and verse, so as to keep my tone a little more like what it has been; write to me if you want details.

I put “religious” in quotation marks because it really isn’t about religion; it’s about what God has done, is currently doing, and—as far as we can tell from the book He wrote—is going to do. And I do this also because (the way I read it), God is all about relationship, not religion. The animosity of the Arabs toward Israel is not really a religious issue (let alone a land issue, as some would have us think) but an issue of relationship.

The Jews as a nation (and Israel, like it or not, is a Jewish state) descend from Abraham son of Terah through his son Isaac and through his grandson Jacob. The Arabs in general, correctly or not, trace their descent from Abraham through Isaac’s older brother Ishmael. And therein lies the problem, at least through human eyes.

There’s a custom in many societies (European included) to reckon a rightful inheritance though a firstborn son, and then only secondarily, if at all, though younger siblings, particularly male siblings. And Ishmael, not Isaac, was Abraham’s firstborn son, so according to this custom he was the rightful heir of his father.

However, God (being God) chose to supersede this principle and pass the inheritance to the younger son. Houston, we have a problem. To make matters worse (again, from a human perspective), Abraham then tossed the firstborn son out of the house. So the firstborn son not only had his (perceived) rightful inheritance yanked from his grasp, but he became rejected, and fatherless. It’s not that Abraham didn’t love Ishmael–he truly did, and was grieved to let him go–it was just that God had other plans in mind, told Abraham about them, and… what’s poor Abe to do? When God (and He is God) tells you to do something, you’d better do it.

Now, can we expect Ishmael to understand all this, or any of it? Did anyone ask him how he felt about it? Not that we can tell from the aforementioned book.

I may be making this sound like God is being very unfair, but that’s not by intention. Actually, I don’t see anywhere in the book where God characterizes Himself as fair by our standards. He does characterize Himself as just, and whether you see the difference or not, you have to simply acknowledge that it’s His standard that counts in the end.

But from a natural perspective Ishmael has every reason to feel as resentful as all get-out.

Fatherlessness, as many sociologists will tell you, is one of the biggest problems we have today in Western societies, and I’m told by others that it’s seen in Middle Eastern societies as an even bigger issue than it is here. And I’m told that in Middle Eastern cultures (please correct me, anyone, if this isn’t so), that what happened to my father, or forefather, however many generations back, happened to me.

What all this boils down to is that if I’m an Arab, I may think I have every right and reason to be resentful, even homicidally so, against any and all Jews. From a human perspective, anyway. And for that matter, resentful against God Almighty, since it was all His doing in the first place.

Seeing it from this angle, it makes sense that every modern war fought by Israel has been in self defense against Arab aggression. And it goes a long way toward explaining why Israeli defense and security forces go far beyond customary standards in treating their enemies with what actually appears to be favor, or at least sympathy. Who else would do, or has done, such a thing?! And I think we all—even the Arabs–know that Israel has not “stolen” any Arab lands. Even the adopted title “Palestinian” tacitly acknowledges that the Jews were the occupants of the region thousands of years ago.

But it’s not about land, or even recent history. It’s about a relationship issue that has never been resolved by human standards, and cannot be resolved by military or political means. There is a solution which has been offered on a spiritual plane, but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.

abbas In a little over a month, the Arabs are expected to submit a plan to the assembled nations of the world asking them to acknowledge that yes they are entitled to a piece of land in the middle of the State of Israel from which to launch further and more effective aggression against the descendants of the man who they figure stole the birthright of their forefather. I don’t think the assembled nations of the world as a whole have a clue as to what’s really going on. And that goes also for the current administration of Israel’s one remaining ally having veto rights against such a decision. So I don’t know how it will go. Maybe Abu Mazen or whoever makes the presentation will get up there and just speak gibberish? Whatever he says, you can be sure it won’t have anything to do with the real problem.

But God—being God—will ultimately have His way. If we’re smart, we’ll read that book He wrote, with an open and sincere heart, and find out just what that way is, and get on board with it.

Can I hear a “God help us,” anyone?

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The Wheels of Injustice Grind Slowly, or, Israel Still on The Rack

gaza-flotilla-greece_200X133 I haven’t posted for a while; I’ve just been watching while the world tightens the screws on Israel. Or at least tries to—since I last wrote, there have been two amusingly failed attempts to embarrass Israel, the flotilla which never quite got underway from Greece, and the similarly failed “flytilla” attempt.

Of course the big thing coming up is the specter of the United Nations vote next month to officially recognize a “Palestinian” state in the territories occupied by Jordan and by Egypt from 1948 to 1967, but now under Israeli administration. Never mind the lack of a viable governmental structure on the part of the Arabs occupying those areas, or the likelihood that the whole endeavor will blow up in their faces, there exists nonetheless a “bizarre alliance against Israel” (as Michael Curtis at American Thinker puts it)–American and European observers remain blindly focused on imaginedSyrian-Massacre_200X121 shortcomings of the only viable Middle East democracy, ignoring the obvious problems (to put it mildly) of Arab countries. (For example the ongoing slaughter of the Syrian people by their own regime.)

Israel’s ace in the hole, as it were, is a promised US veto in the UN Security Council, but there are also subtle reasons to doubt that promise.

For reasons which I have stated before, I still think it will come out all right in the end. But just how close we are to the end is a little hard to tell.

So won’t you watch with me?

lineman

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Ah well, back to the down & dirty.

GIYUS definitely belongs on my list of truth lovers (and I hope to call your attention to more as time allows), but they get special treatment, being the group that keeps sending me the lists of nasties to act on.  Here is the most recent:

Help Israel and the IDF win the next fight with the Flotilla

 

In the year that passed since the terror organization IHH tried to "break the siege" on Gaza while attacking IDF Navy soldiers, the Turkish group has been plotting a rerun of the event. This time around, IHH plans to have many more ships from all over the world all trying to set sail into Gaza.

There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza and Israel delivers all goods through regular channels. If the flotilla was about delivering aid to Gaza Israel would gladly accept the aid and deliver it to the people in Gaza. But this flotilla is not about aid – it’s about hate towards Israel and about trying to create a provocation against Israel. It’s about denying Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

Jewish leaders across the world are pressuring European countries not to allow Flotilla ships to set sail. That pressure seems to be working as the French Flotilla group announced their ship will not sail to Gaza. Even Turkish Foreign Minister acknowledged that in light of the newly opened Rafah crossing the flotilla is not necessary and  urged the flotilla organizers to reconsider. The Turkish IHH group is scheduled to announce their decision within a few days.

While we hope the next flotilla will indeed be smaller, this is an ongoing battle. The battle field is online and social media is the weapon of choice.

If you’d like to help Israel in this time of terrorists provocations and help avoid the next attack on Israel please take a few minutes to look at the individuals listed below. These people are the global support base of the Flotilla movement. Giyus.org took the time to identify those that raise funds for flotilla activities, support terror organizations like IHH and Hamas and blindly act against Israel no matter what. They use their Facebook accounts to spread heir hateful anti Israel message.

These are the faces of the new web 2.0 antisemitism – please log into your facebook account and report these users for abusing Facebook to spread hate and antisemitism.

Click on each NAME link to reach the relevant facebook profile to report. Click on the report link on the bottom left hand side of the profile page. When you click on the report link a small window opens up. Please choose the "Inappropriate profile information" option and then choose the 2nd option in the drop down menu – "contains hate speech".

Time is of the essence here – the more complaints Facebook receives the more they’ll look into the issue and make it harder for these people to spread their anti Israel hate message.

Thank you for your support and for standing up and saying no to hate and antisemitism. To act on more issues and easily support Israel please sign up to our email updates – make a difference to Israel.

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Greta Berlin

Paul

Paul Larudee

Osama

Osama Alisawa

Adam

Adam Shapiro

Kevin

Kevin Ovenden

Amin

Amin Abou Rashed

Gharbi

Gharbi Anouar

Joe

Joe Catron

Dina

Dina Kennedy

Benji

Benji de Levie

Gail

Gail Coleman

Richard

Richard Reilly

Felice

Felice Gelman

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Kevin Clark

Mary

Mary Hughes Thompson

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Aymeric Picot

Nina

Nina Nervestad

Ronny

Ronny Kjelsberg

Georg

Georg Morland

Espen

Espen Goffeng

Thomas

Thomas Lie-Gjedldslett

Dror

Dror Feiler

Ali

Ali Awaisi

Greta

Griet Deknopper

Fatima

Fatima Elmo

Niamh

Niamh Moloughney

Fintan

Fintan Lane

Shawn

Shane Cormac Dillon

Fop

Fop Beal Feirste

John

John Hurson

Leti

Leti Moskis

Maria

Maria del Mar

Laura

Laura Arau

Ehib

Ehab Lotayef

Sandra

Sandra Ruch

Viviene

Vivienne Porzsolt

Raul

Raul Bassi

Andrew

Andrew Muncie

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And now, another exciting installment of — Hate Links to Report!

The folks over at Give Israel Your United Support have been hard at work in the trenches of the Great Cyber Wars, and have sent me another list of hate-site links to expose to the cold clear light of day. For my own reasons, I’m still keeping Facebook at arm’s length, so y’all will have to do me the favor of checking out those links, but I have every reason to be confident in GIYUS’ research. Meanwhile I did take a look at the Twitter links, and what I saw there was disturbing, to say the least.

Here is the cross post:

Last week on Nakba Day we saw the results of the intense social media campaign the Palestinians led on Facebook and Twitter.

Pro Palestinians are using social media to recruit anti Israel activists and call on them to attack Israel’s borders – these groups, profiles and causes are used to wage war on Israel’s right to exist.

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Palestinians climbing over the border between Syria and Israel

While Nakba Day is behind us, the fact that Palestinians were able to breach the border gives them confidence to move on. As Defense Minister Barak claimed Israel will be facing much more complex situations very soon.

Please take action and report the following Facebook and Twitter users for violating Facebook’s terms of service and waging war on Israel online.

Facebook

The following are organizations which opened personal profiles – according to Facebook’s terms of service only real people can open profiles, please log into Facebook, click on these links and click on report at the bottom left hand side. Choose the 2nd option "This profile is pretending to be someone or is fake" and then choose "Represents a business or an organization" in the reasons chart.

Facebook causes are often used to raise funds for charities helping make the world a better place. This cause however, blames the IDF for sexually harrasing Palestinian children without any substaintial evidence. Please click on report on the right hand side and send a message to Facebook asking to close down this hate spreading cause.

Twitter

The following are users which are using Twitter to spread information for Palestine solidarity activists. Some are using multiple accounts to spread their hate messages. Please login into your twitter account and click on any of these links. Click on the options button located on the upper right hand side Twitter button. Choose the 3rd option which would report that user to Twitter.

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While Bin Laden spins on the Great BBQ Spit below…

There’s been plenty of media spin revolving around last Sunday’s elimination of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden. (Just in case you hadn’t heard, US intelligence had finally pinpointed Bin Laden’s location at a secure compound in Pakistan, and US Navy Seals were compelled to implement the “kill” part of a “capture or kill” mission when he reached for a weapon—naturally.)

There has been praise and there has been condemnation from different ends of the geopolitical spectrum (notably, severe condemnation from the West’s so-called “peace partners” in the cold war against Israel); there have been ‘expert’ analyses, and there have even been the beginnings of a Bin Laden memorabilia industry.

BHO looking POd making OBL kill announcement 1 May 2011 One of my favorite entries in the Bin Laden coverage sweepstakes is this picture from the New York Post of President Obama announcing the successful operation after the news media (and the White House) were pre-empted by that upstart medium Twitter. He looks rather displeased with the whole thing, doesn’t he? It was noted in one news blog today (though I can’t say I know one way or another), that Obama had been carefully avoiding giving the go-ahead until he was “overruled” by the intelligence and military establishment. There may yet be hope for this country at the highest levels.

But the most bizarre take I’ve seen yet comes from Iran, saying that Bin Laden was in actuality a Zionist agent, in the dual employ of the US and Israel. Go figure.

My personal viewpoint is best expressed in this quote from an ancient Israeli author:

…you shall go down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  They that see you shall stare and closely watch you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth tremble, shaking kingdoms, making the world like a wilderness, and who tore down its cities; he did not open a house for his prisoners? All kings of nations, all of them lie in glory, each man in his house. But you are thrown from your grave like a despised branch, like the covering of the slain, those pierced by the sword, those who go down into the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled under foot. You shall not be united with them in burial, because you ruined your land; you have slain your people; the seed of evildoers shall never be named.

It is my understanding that, since no Islamic nation would accept their hero’s body for burial, the US Navy did the best they could under the circumstances, and fed what was left of him to the sharks.

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Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen-150x150 On another positive note, although my own congressmen has still not responded to my letters, there is at last a move in Congress to quit spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to finance the terrorists who condemn us for killing their leader. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is quoted as saying the Fatah-Hamas “unity government” agreement creates a situation in which US law requires a halt to support for the Palestinian Authority. US Senator Mark Kirk is also reported to be making moves in the right direction on this. It would be great if they’d move a little faster, but—hey—it’s a start.

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gaza_streetfights And one more comment on the prospects of a united, independent “Palestine” comes in the form of an analysis published in Defense Update. Read it for yourself and tell me if it does not become apparent that the whole concept is, as analyst  David Eshel calls it, a non-starter. Maybe the sky is falling, and maybe it isn’t. We need to keep our heads on straight, and we need to stay alert and watch.

Talk to y’all later,

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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