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Maybe, maybe not, but it’s a cool idea — or better yet, JUST SHUT THE PA DOWN

An alert reader said to me yesterday, “You need to make a lineman post.” Somebody noticed! I haven’t really been away, just watching. And there’s been a lot to watch; here are just a few snippets.

So what’s the “cool idea” in my title? An item in today’s Israel National News quoted the Palestinian Authority “Communications Minister” as claiming Israel was behind a widespread DoS attack directed against PA computers, coming from “more than 20 countries.” (Don’t ask.)

And what justification might I have for yelling that we should just shut the Palestinian Authority down? Well, aside from the obvious benefits to Israel and to world peace, they negated their own legal basis when they applied for UN membership last September. So if the world (and in particular, the UN) were to adhere to international agreements, the PA would be thereby dissolved. So if Israel is sabotaging their computer networks – so what? Just – shut – the – PA – down. Get it?

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foxnews_unesco While we’re on the subject of the UN, the latest circumvention of its own reason for existing (that’s French for raison d’etre) has been to admit the non-existing state of Palestine to UNESCO. At least in this case the US deserves acknowledgement for withdrawing its funding of that non-august entity. You see, it’s not allowed under US law to give money to any UN agency which admits that particular terrorist organization. So the US is abiding by one of its own laws at the risk of incurring the displeasure of the international mob. It’s a start, anyway.

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And oh by the way, how many of us realize that Israel itself has a solid basis, not only in history, but in international law, predating the UN itself by three decades? I’ve mentioned it before, but look again at the San Remo Agreement.

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WJD_israel-air-force_RS And is Israel getting ready for a pre-emptive strike on Iran? More than usual, I mean. Maybe, maybe not, but there have been a slew of media reports to that effect over the past couple of days. Some reports even fantastically suggest the UK may be planning something. Now wouldn’t that be fantastic!? I don’t mean to disappoint, but Barry Rubin gives several good reasons  to take it all with more than a grain of salt.

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And the ships of fools (“flotillas”) keep trickling out of Turkish ports. As always, they represent more noise than substance. This one says they can disprove the Palmer Commission findings on the 2010 flotilla fiasco. Or something like that.

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Now back to the subject of computer attacks—remember Stuxnet? (Did you think I’d never get back to that?) There has been a new computer virus making the rounds that some folks are speculating may be Son-of-Stuxnet. Maybe, maybe not.

There’s a whole lot more happening than I’ve been able to touch on here, but for the moment I have to stop writing go back to watching. TTYL.

lineman

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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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East is East and West is West…

…and never the twain shall meet? Well, hardly ever.

Yesterday I cross-posted a comment from a prominent leader pointing out that Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East.

Right away I was presented with a couple of qualifications to that statement:

1) Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East but it is the only stable, reliable, credible, capable, predictable, democratic and non-conditional ally of the USA in the area.

2) Israel is the only Western and pro-Western democracy from the eastern Mediterranean around to Australia.

Let’s bear that in mind.

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And not to muddy the waters, but the waters sure are getting muddy around here. The murder last week of Hamas lackey peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni called to attention the complexity of relationships between terrorists. It seems that terror organizations like Hamas have even more radical terror organizations nipping at their heels. An item in The Media Line details some of the problems super-fundamentalists known as Salafis are causing for Hamas in Gaza, as well as for the governments of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

And honor among thieves? Don’t even go there.

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Further complicating matters (but in a good way) is a recent poll showing that Palestinian Arabs are getting tired of the killing. According to the Palestinian journalism and research organization JMCC, the number of Palestinians who support military operations against Israelis went from about one half to one third between January 2009 and April of this year. That still leaves a lot of war mongers, but it’s a big step in the right direction.

It’s also consistent with numerous findings that Israeli Arabs would much rather remain Israeli Arabs than come under the authority of a Palestinian state, thank you very much.

Maybe if the Salafis and Wahhabis and Hamas can all wipe each other out, we can then have some peace. That may well be too much to ask, but there’s no harm in asking, right?

TTYL,

lineman

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PS: Thanks, Rodney, for the pic!

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Now, what was I saying about offense / defense?

Both Israel and diaspora Jews have to stop playing defence and go onto the offence. Israel has nothing to be defensive about or for which it needs to apologise. It is the enemies of Israel who are promoting injustice and the denial of international law and human rights. Playing defence intrinsically cedes ground to the enemy.

For years, Israel has been playing a defensive diplomatic game, which suggests inescapably that it has a case to answer. Such diplomatic cringing has badly undermined it and hugely strengthened its enemies, who are taking advantage of such weakness over and over again.

I couple of weeks ago, I posted some lengthy comments by respected author Melanie Phillips. She is one of a growing number of voices who are sounding the alarm for Israel and its defenders to take the initiative against, as she so well puts it, “a total inversion of truth evidence and reason.”

In routine, everyday discourse history is turned on its head; logic is suspended; and an entirely false narrative is now widely accepted as unchallengeable fact. This has led to a kind of dialogue of the demented in which rational discussion is simply not possible…

For the west to suck up to its enemies while bashing its friends like this is the diplomatic version of auto-immune disease. And eventually this disease will kill it…

If you need an example of a false narrative being presented as fact, just look at Hassan Ali’s comment to my post of December 9th. Or this list of perversion after perversion, going back several years (including an incredibly inventive narrative of how the Kotel is not actually the Kotel—thanks RubinReports!). In any event, please do read Phillips’ essay The challenge of public diplomacy vis-a-vis the delegitimisation of Israel.  At first I considered pulling out a few of her more striking points, but there are so many that I’d just end up reposting the entire article. My main point here is to call attention again to the glaring need, and thankfully the beginnings of a willingness to stand up and fight.

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Another fighter whom I’ve often quoted is Caroline Glick. She also gets some hits in on this issue, pointing out that it’s not just words, it’s warfare:

Information warfare is not simply a question of competing narratives, as it is often characterized in the West. Information war is a form of warfare whose aim is to use words, symbols and images to force people to take real action. These actions can involve everything from war to terrorism to surrender…

On May 8, 2001, a group of Palestinians from a village adjacent to the Israeli community of Tekoa in Gush Etzion got their hands on two Jewish children, Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran, from Tekoa. The two boys were bludgeoned to death with stones. The details of the butchery are unspeakable. The question is, what can make human beings butcher children? How can a person hurt a child the way that their killers hurt them? The answer is Palestinian television.

Glick goes on to outline how PA-TV is used for around the clock incitement, using doctored footage and other methods of deception.

The immediate context of Glick’s Jerusalem Post article is Hezbollah’s very real threat of a shooting war, dependent on the outcome of the Hariri assassination investigation. She uses this to underscore, as she concludes, that:

…information wars are not just about getting out the facts. Like kinetic warfare, they involve power plays, intimidation and the use of subconscious and visceral manipulation.

Israel has recently awoken to one aspect of information warfare. It has recognized the consequences of years of demonization of Israel in Europe and international organizations. But Israel has yet to awaken to the fact that it is a type of warfare and has to be countered with counter-information warfare.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that Israel should begin acting like its enemies. But what it does mean is that Israel must begin using more hard-knuckle techniques to defend itself. It must begin targeting people’s emotions as well has their minds.

For instance, when Israel is confronted by threats of lawsuits for acts of self-defense, it responds with defense attorneys… When Israel is accused of targeting Palestinian civilians, it responds by attaching legal advisers to combat units. What it should be doing instead is providing video footage of Palestinian children being trained as terrorists and exploited as human shields.

War is a dirty business. Information warfare is a dirty form of war. And if we don’t want to lose, we’d better start fighting.

I think we’ll be hearing more of this sort of thing in the near future. At least I hope so.

lineman

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Are we getting tired of talking about the talks yet?

The longer I wait to see what the current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are really all about (see my last two posts), the more I find out I’m not alone. I’d missed a great piece in Ynet a week and a half ago that referred to the affair as “theater of the absurd.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, I didn’t say it better myself. LOL, as they say.

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Although my main purpose in this blog is to expose & refute untruths (aka, lies) put out by those who attack Israel (they basically have to rely on lies because the truth will generally shut them down), it’s nice once in a while to note that there are other nations who support Israel, and are bold enough to say so.

Though this is unfortunately not being well reported in Western media, the Czech Foreign Minister has declared,

the Czech Republic does not conceal that it was, is and will be an ally of Israel in international politics and in Europe.

Small country, big integrity. Are you listening, USA?

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the-exodus-1947-haifa-july-1947_RS OK, back to business. You don’t need to be a learned historian to know that the British government was a primary source (if not the primary source) of coordinated opposition to the creation of the State of Israel sixty-plus years ago. But more of the nasty details have just come out in a new book  by British historian Keith Jeffery. Jeffery relates that Britain’s anti-humanitarian activities included planting hidden explosive devices on refugee vessels. Flotilla, shmotilla – do I detect some hypocrisy?

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One more item for today, just to leave y’all wondering right along with me. If we were to ask Russia at this point whether they’re for Israel, or against Israel, they might well answer, “No.” No, what? Well, in this case, it’s the on-again-off-again deal whereby Russia furnishes Iran with advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to fend off the threat of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear potential. At this particular point, it’s off again. Personally, though, I don’t think we should be trusting Russia any farther than we can throw them. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how far that is. Bye for now.

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Uh, tell me – why are we still pretending to be really talking?

In my last post, I was wondering aloud what’s up with the latest round of peace talks. Caroline Glick brings up an interesting point with regard to this: one of the serious effects of these shenanigans is to deflect attention away from Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Hey! Look over there…!

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Also, I was discussing caginess on the part of Netanyahu. It would be charitable to think that Abu Mazen is working the same angle by threatening to quit his job if the current round of talks don’t work, but he takes the wind out of his own sails by repeating this tactic every time he doesn’t get his way. Oh, well…

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Besides that, he’s already said the talks will surely fail, and it will be all Israel’s fault. So, when do we get to see him quit? I’m not holding my breath.

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Not to change the subject, but we’re still seeing reports about the myth of the Gaza siege. As I’ve mentioned before, the supposed privation of the poor Palestinians in Gaza (as purported to be caused by Israel’s embarg0) is just not happening. Now the International Monetary Fund confirms that the Gaza economy is thriving beyond what most nations can reasonably hope: 16% growth in the Gaza economy over the first half of 2010. This doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t any gap in Gazan society between the “haves” and have-nots.” It’s just that, as they themselves will tell you when they don’t have a gun to their heads,  the gap is created by the greed of the Hamas ruling class.

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All right, one more observation regarding the talks, once again exposing the dishonesty of the Palestinian side. Guess what! Yes, you guessed it–they admit publically that their participation is completely phony.  Well, not publically in the sense that anyone expects the Western media to pick it up, but Palestinian Media Watch reports today that they’ve come out and said so in the Arab-language media.

As reported in the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,

The PLO’s representative in Lebanon, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah, emphasized yesterday that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have started in Washington, are not a goal, but rather another stage in the Palestinian struggle… He believes that Israel will not be dealt a knock-out defeat, but rather an accumulation of Palestinian achievements and struggles, as happened in South Africa, to isolate Israel, to tighten the noose on it, to threaten its legitimacy, and to present it as a rebellious, racist state. He noted that Israel faces international isolation with doubt cast on its legitimacy, because of its actions and the war crimes which it has carried out. He added, ‘Many Israelis in senior positions are afraid to travel to European countries lest they be put on trial for their crimes.

I suppose that’s enough said for now. See y’all later.

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OK, so the world didn’t end last weekend – but what’s around the corner?

APTOPIX Mideast Iran Nuclear In my last post I asked the rhetorical question whether the world as we know it was about to end, specifically in reference to the potential repercussions of Iran activating its Bushehr nuclear facility on Saturday. Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton had earlier warned that the action would create a sort of point-of-no-return for Israel in terms of military intervention. Would Israel do something, or just sit by and let it happen?

Well, it happened, and is happening (the process is expected to take at least two weeks to complete), and the IAF remains on the ground.

Is that a surprise? No, not really. Was it a forgone conclusion? Not necessarily. But seeing no significant action on the part of Israel still leaves us wondering not only why not, but more importantly what comes next. To be sure, Israel issued a strongly worded statement, but even that came through a lower echelon spokesman (below cabinet level, anyway), as if to make the point that they know it’s not the end of the world.

GoofylookinAhmmadinnerjacketYnet Also, like a playground bully who didn’t actually beat anybody up but got his way anyway, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upped the volume a little on his whining warnings to the world that he’s going to beat everybody up.

But we are still ultimately left watching, and waiting, and when it comes right down to it, guessing. Even as established a publication as Atlantic Monthly ends up saying basically that.

The one thing that I saw on Saturday that offered a substantially different outlook was a report in DEBKAfile indicating that the nature and extent of Israel’s response (or lack thereof) may have been dictated by an earlier back room deal between Russia and the US over a UN vote on sanctions.

President Barack Obama in New York Or then also another version from DEBKAfile today reports that Obama had made a deal with Netanyahu tying US support of upcoming direct talks with the Palestinians to Israel holding back on Iran. A deal which Obama has since reneged on, so says the report.

So does the plot thicken? Are all of the world’s leaders just watching each other to see what the other guy’s next move is? Why do I have the unpleasant feeling that all we have here is the blind leading the blind?

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