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World Jewish Congress Open Letter to President Obama

Obama-Arab via WJD Every so often I lay aside all thoughts of originality, and present a significant statement from a respected public figure. Today I follow the lead of Israel National News, World Jewish Daily  and others in reprinting the full text of an open letter from World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder to U.S. President Barack H. Obama.

For those of us unfamiliar with the WJC, it is an organization respected world wide, credentialed by the United Nations and other major institutions: “Founded in Geneva in 1936 to unite the Jewish people and mobilize the world against the Nazi onslaught, the WJC is the representative body of Jewish communities and organizations in over 80 countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe across six continents. It seeks to foster the unity and creative survival of the Jewish people while maintaining its spiritual, cultural and social heritage.”

Here, then, is Mr. Lauder’s letter to Mr. Obama:

15 April 2010
Dear President Obama:

I write today as a proud American and a proud Jew.

Jews around the world are concerned today. We are concerned about the
nuclear ambitions of an Iranian regime that brags about its genocidal
intentions against Israel. We are concerned that the Jewish state is being
isolated and delegitimized.

Mr. President, we are concerned about the dramatic deterioration of
diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel.

The Israeli housing bureaucracy made a poorly timed announcement and your Administration branded it an “insult.” This diplomatic faux pas was over the fourth stage of a seven stage planning permission process – a plan to
build homes years from now in a Jewish area of Jerusalem that under any
peace agreement would remain an integral part of Israel.

Our concern grows to alarm as we consider some disturbing questions. Why
does the thrust of this Administration’s Middle East rhetoric seem to blame
Israel for the lack of movement on peace talks? After all, it is the
Palestinians, not Israel, who refuse to negotiate.

Israel has made unprecedented concessions. It has enacted the most far
reaching West Bank settlement moratorium in Israeli history.

Israel has publicly declared support for a two-state solution. Conversely,
many Palestinians continue their refusal to even acknowledge Israel’s right
to exist.

The conflict’s root cause has always been the Palestinian refusal to accept
Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. Every American President
who has tried to broker a peace agreement has collided with that Palestinian
intransigence, sooner or later. Recall President Clinton’s anguish when his
peace proposals were bluntly rejected by the Palestinians in 2000.
Settlements were not the key issue then.

They are not the key issue now.

Another important question is this: what is the Administration’s position
on Israel’s borders in any final status agreement? Ambiguity on this matter
has provoked a wave of rumors and anxiety. Can it be true that America is
no longer committed to a final status agreement that provides defensible
borders for Israel? Is a new course being charted that would leave Israel
with the indefensible borders that invited invasion prior to 1967?

There are significant moves from the Palestinian side to use those
indefensible borders as the basis for a future unilateral declaration of
independence. How would the United States respond to such a reckless course of action?

And what are America’s strategic ambitions in the broader Middle East? The
Administration’s desire to improve relations with the Muslim world is well
known. But is friction with Israel part of this new strategy? Is it
assumed worsening relations with Israel can improve relations with Muslims? History is clear on the matter: appeasement does not work. It can achieve the opposite of what is intended.

And what about the most dangerous player in the region? Shouldn’t the
United States remain focused on the single biggest threat that confronts the
world today? That threat is a nuclear armed Iran. Israel is not only
America’s closest ally in the Middle East, it is the one most committed to
this Administration’s declared aim of ensuring Iran does not get nuclear
weapons.

Mr. President, we embrace your sincerity in your quest to seek a lasting
peace. But we urge you to take into consideration the concerns expressed
above. Our great country and the tiny State of Israel have long shared the
core values of freedom and democracy. It is a bond much treasured by the
Jewish people. In that spirit I submit, most respectfully, that it is time
to end our public feud with Israel and to confront the real challenges that
we face together.

Yours sincerely,
Ronald S. Lauder
President
World Jewish Congress

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Whee, what a ride! Or, from Blunder to Blunderbuss!

I am aware that I haven’t made my presence known here for a few days. But it’s not like I’ve been sleeping or something. On the contrary, there has been so much going on, who could possibly get any rest, metaphorically speaking? Someone yesterday said it’s as though world events have been speeded up. And I’m still trying to keep the focus of this blog relatively narrow, not delving into things like the sudden increase in frequency and intensity of earthquakes all over the planet, or the Iraqi elections, or the sinking of a South Korean Naval vessel near the  border with North Korea. Which, by the way, may have been by enemy action, or maybe not;  as of this writing nobody seems to know yet, or at least they’re not saying. But that could change very quickly.

John_Holdren_Wikiped Neither have I had much to say about the biggest item lately in domestic news: the passage of “Obamacare” (misleadingly called health care reform by the Obama administration and by mass media). I still don’t have much to say about that, other than mentioning that this event brings renewed importance to earlier concerns about rationing of care, “end of life services” (a.k.a. death panels), and even the specter of forced abortions and other means of enforced population control in this country. These are pretty wild things to be saying, I know, but just go back and take a look at my earlier posts on White House “Doctor Death” Zeke Emanuel, and “Science Czar” John Holdren, and please do follow the links I’ve inserted in those posts for further information and corroboration.

No, I haven’t been addressing those matters here, and still don’t intend to so very much. There has been more than plenty happening, and very rapidly, in the area of world and U.S. opposition to Israel, and particularly with reference to the misinformation and disinformation spewing out from the world media and from the White House. As I said when I first created this blog, I still intend to specialize in this area, but even with that there have been so many new developments that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up.

biden_bibi_together At the leading edge of that, as most of you know, is the amazing transformation of what had been presented two weeks ago as a minor diplomatic blunder, into a crisis of immense proportions. U.S. VP Joe Biden openly accepted PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s public apology for the faux pas in question, so why then did Hillary Clinton call back a few days later to ream the Prime Minister out for 43 minutes straight?  I will note here that PM Netanyahu as the leader of a sovereign nation – a leader among nations at that — was not by any stretch of diplomatic courtesy obligated to accept or tolerate such aberrant behavior from someone of lesser rank in another government, let alone anyone of any rank. But, unlike Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Netanyahu is a class act, and chose not to answer in kind. And if the whole incident was precipitated, as the U.S. claims, by a diplomatic discourtesy, how can we explain or justify such extreme, unacceptably  discourteous treatment by Mrs. Clinton?

The simple answer is – we can’t. And that also calls into focus the (as I just named it)  amazing transformation part of the entire affair. It’s not about a diplomatic blunder. Neither is it, as further claimed by the U.S., about an impediment created thereby to the hope of further peace negotiations. It’s about the U.S. seizing on the opportunity to ratchet up pressure on Israel to give up fighting for its survival and give in to the demands of its enemies.

Jerusalem-Apartments3 The specific issue initially cited was the poor timing of an announcement of building permits for construction of more housing units in Jerusalem. That issue itself is a complete non-starter. Construction of housing in Jerusalem has been going on for decades. Or millennia, depending on how you look at it. Israel was building homes in Jerusalem when Hillary Clinton was a starry-eyed college hippie. And more importantly, the U.S., including the Obama administration, has been aware of this process. As proof that this has been no surprise to the U.S., take a look at other very public recent attempts by Mr. Obama to put a stop to it, or to at least hinder it by any means available.

And, if it was the announcement itself which was a monkey wrench thrown into the peace process by offending the sensibilities of the Palestinian hierarchy as potential negotiating partners, then why didn’t Joe Biden simply side-step it, not calling attention to it at all?

And why also has the U.S. administration simply ignored blatant provocations on the part of the Arabs which can only serve to dash any hope of peace? Everything from near-declarations of renewed “holy war,” to the very in-your-face honors accorded to a mass-murderer terrorist by the  Palestinian Authority, publicly ballyhooed at the same time as Israel’s so-very-offensive announcement of building permits. Was Hillary deliberately twisting the facts when she called the dedication of a public square to terrorist heroine Dalal Mughrabi an insult to decency on the part Hamas, the natural enemy of “peace partner” Fatah, covering up the fact that the offense was committed (and gloated over) by Fatah itself, not by Hamas? Or maybe she was just a little confused as to the facts of the case. If so, why was she confused when the rest of us knew quite well what was going on. What did you say her job was? Secretary of what? For whom?

Obama-Pointing Again, a short answer: it’s not at all about building permits, announcements of building permits, or even the horrifying prospect of Jews having more homes in Jewish neighborhoods of the Capital of the Jewish Nation of Israel. It’s about the continued drive to exterminate the Jewish Nation by whatever means comes to hand. The housing issue is just the latest one to handily present itself to the twisted minds of Mahmoud Abbas, Hillary Clinton, Ismail Haniyeh, and Barack Hussein Obama.

I had intended as I began this post to make it a catch-up on my “140s” category, citing smaller items like  US softens sanctions on Iran (while at the same time hardening opposition to Israel). Or, “Arab summit angry over ‘Judaizing’ of Jerusalem.” (To which again, the Obama administration does not have any apparent objection – so I suppose we should similarly oppose the ‘Americanizing’ of Washington D.C., or the ‘Anglicizing’ of London, or – oh, never mind.). And as I look over my various news feeds and friends’ tweets, there is more than enough fodder for several pages of such comments.

But I have an overriding concern which I’ve stated before as an American that my country is headed for an awful cliff in its opposition to the “apple of God’s eye.” Someone said the other day that they were concerned that the next step on our part might be to send in troops to bring our ‘wayward friend’ back in line. That would be a very, very bad move indeed, but not something that I see as imminent, if for no other reasons than not only is the American public still solidly behind Israel, regardless of what our President or his inner circle say, but 75% percent of the U.S. House of Representatives just yesterday issued a letter to the Secretary of State saying, in effect, and in necessarily polite terms, back off, lady!

So it isn’t over by a long shot, nor do I even think it’s reached a peak. It’s still in crescendo mode, and “the fat lady,” as Yogi would say, is not even on stage yet. So keep watching with me, if you will, and if you want to join me on the line, that would be just fine as well.

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140s for 20 March 2010 (and another personal note).

I left off yesterday rattling around in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. FM Lieberman has come up with a good one I wish I’d thought of: the Palestinians’ stubbornness in refusing to come to the table hurts them more in the long run than it does Israel. Give that some thought for a while, Mahmoud. But you’d better not let your own people find out about it.

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A couple of astute articles appeared yesterday in my Unity Coalition for Israel newsletter. 

In one, William Katz of Political Mavens points out that, even if President Obama is not Muslim by religion, his behavior certainly identifies him with the Muslim culture, and is thereby personally at odds with American interests, goals, and ideals:

Obama-in-Rhiyad2GETTY-WEB The Obama administration is distancing itself from American allies for reasons of culture. This president barely tolerates his own country. He has little use for its allies, many of which share Western values and ideals. The president, despite his denials, is a man of the Third World. He sees countries like Britain as colonialists, even though the colonial era ended many decades ago. While he is not a Muslim by religion, Obama is a man with a Muslim cultural background, giving him an affinity for nations that have traditionally been hostile to the United States. His speech last year in Cairo contained more groveling than Neville Chamberlain’s remarks at Munich.

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In another item from UCI, The Spectator’s Melanie Phillips takes it a step further by asking if we might actually be seeing the beginning of an “Obama intifada.” Discussing what I think I’ll just call ‘Bidengate’ (if I may be forgiven for coining a term), she points out that,

Obama’s deliberate decision to escalate what was at most a tactless but minor diplomatic blunder by Israel makes America an accessory to the violence that is now taking place and may get worse.

And that’s putting it mildly. Ms. Phillips has a good deal more to say on the subject, and says it well. Go read her here.

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UCI also passed on a warning from Jihad Watch that, in what an unnamed U.S. official is quoted as calling “a political decision,” President Obama has ordered a shipment of “bunker-buster” smart bombs diverted from slated delivery to positions in Israel. The writer of this bit of information also mentions a forthcoming book called The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War On America. Don’t I wish that were far-fetched!

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And, with a hat tip to alert Tweeter SaveIsraelNow, here’s another one of those it’s-about-time-somebody-said-this things. A Jerusalem Post column yesterday by Caroline Glick pointed out that Obama’s recent ultimatums to Israel make one thing perfectly clear: mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not a goal he is interested in achieving.

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dayton_PFlag The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs also reported yesterday on The Folly of America Training the Palestinian Army. I mentioned the Dayton Force on my “About” page, and it now appears that military control of  the Fatah forces is even now being slowly removed from what little US oversight exists under Lt. Gen. Dayton. As if we couldn’t see that coming. JINSA did see it, and said something about it at the time; we should pay more attention to these people.

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In this column, Charles Krauthammer asked why President Obama chose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations. After briefly going over the history of Israel’s repeated overtures in behalf of peace and the Arabs’ repeated rejections, he questions…

…is it because Obama fancies himself the historic redeemer whose irresistible charisma will heal the breach between Christianity and Islam or, if you will, between the post-imperial West and the Muslim world — and has little patience for this pesky Jewish state that brazenly insists on its right to exist, and even more brazenly on permitting Jews to live in its ancient, historical and now present capital

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Getting back to my UCI mailbag, Judith Nusbaum of Rishon Lezion, Israel published this short but sweet – or not so sweet – letter to the Jerusalem Post earlier last week:

Sir,

I am furious at US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their unjustified, disgusting and way-over-the-top reaction to our announcement that we are planning to build housing units in our capital, Jerusalem (“Clinton terms Ramat Shlomo project ‘insulting,’” March 14). What nerve! What chutzpa!

Prime Minister Netanyahu, I implore you to disregard their threats. They are out of line. If Israel is to be a sovereign state, then let it be one and act in its

I came on aliya over 30 years ago with my children because I was and am a Zionist. I believe that we, Jews, have a destiny, and it is not to be the whipping boy of the US.

We must stop saying West, East, North, South Jerusalem.

It is one Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish State of Israel.

Period.

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I’ve often said to friends that Israel now is like the U.S. used to be: one of the smallest but gutsiest nations on the planet. I don’t know when we started to lose our guts; political historians may say one thing or another, but our current administration is sadly making us the gutless-wonder laughing stock of the world. William Katz may really be on to something when he suggests that Obama’s personal makeup is simply not that of an American.

But America is not done for. I really do not believe that a majority of Americans agree with or truly support the current occupant of the White House. To me it’s not whether the polls say so or not; it’s the people I know and speak with daily. I’d even hazard to guess that most of you who are reading this now feel the same way. Unless and until Obama succeeds in his quest to abolish the U.S Constitution, we still have the ability to stand up and speak, and to retake the direction of this country within legal means.

So will we? I’m not a good enough historian to tell you how many crises we’ve weathered as a nation that were worse than this one. But we can all certainly think of one, and as much as we may want to complain about the current situation, it really doesn’t compare to what we went through 150 years ago. Not yet, anyway.

But every day brings a fresh challenge, if I may risk the cliché. We can’t go around being afraid that tomorrow the world will end just because of whatever may have happened today. Neither can we go to bed tonight in some misguided serene confidence that everything will be all right tomorrow just because we wish it so. I have a personal sense that we are fortunate to be living in such an historic time, but I don’t usually see the integral part I have to play in this as being all that historic. But I can still write, and speak, and vote. I’m still an American.

And sometimes the best thing I can do is to just hold the line.

lineman

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Quick 140ish for 16 March 2010, before moving on.

Bibi_on_the_offense_INN_03162010 I missed my 140s posting yesterday. Not that there wasn’t anything going on; on the contrary, the fan was busier than ever with the sh stuff that was hitting it over the US-condemns-Jerusalem-future-construction flap. What ostensibly began as a diplomatic faux pas has become the biggest US-Israel crisis in decades.  There are some that say this was all a deliberate ploy on the part of Israel to ‘entrap’ poor, unsuspecting Joe Biden (never mind that at least one advocate of that theory also refers to Jerusalem as a “settlement:” hardly a fitting label for a several thousand year old city), and on the other side there is a reasonable suspicion that Hillary & Co. have taken Machiavellian advantage of the situation to try to pummel Israel.

Whatever the design, if any, the effect has been to firm up the response of Benjamin Netanyahu, and re-solidify backing within his own party. Not to mention galvanizing the widespread support of pro-Israel Americans.

Attention has also rightly been called to the current propensity of the US to  snuggle up to terror regimes while condemning one of our best friends in the world. As one commenter points out,

The verb “condemn” is customarily reserved by U.S. officials for acts of murder and terrorism — not acts of housing.

And there was more today, but that will have to wait. Meanwhile, I want to share something from my mailbox.

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140s for 13 March 2010, and a personal note.

Picture credit: takeastandagainstliberals.blogspot.com Just when I thought I could leave all thoughts of Joe behind, my daily email newsletter from Unity Coalition for Israel contained several well spoken commentaries on his most recent escapade. You know, the one where he proclaimed his undying love for Israel while applying the knife forcefully between the shoulder blades.

The first of those was from Daniel Greenfield, titled The Middle East Peace Scam. You really ought to go read the entire thing, and then proceed on to a comment by Joel Katzman, wherein the question is raised whether the next phase for the Jews, if they can be forced out of Jerusalem by Obama, Abbas, & Co., might be another nice train ride and shower.

Next, Leo Rennert of American Thinker writes about how The Biden Trip Reveals the Ominous Side of Obama’s Treatment of Israel. More well placed American thoughts on the betray-me-with-a-kiss-why-don’t-you theme.

A third piece by Gerald A. Honigman is an open letter to Joe, being “a short guide to the Middle East—and the hypocritical world.” Don’t miss it!

There is also a post by Barry Rubin called “Look Out!” The first line goes, “Watching the Obama administration handle Syria and Iran is like watching a horror movie where a monster is creeping up behind someone.” You may think you can figure out the rest, but go read it anyway.

And to tie it all up with a not-so-pretty ribbon is Ambassador John Bolton with a dire warning taken from a radio interview with Aaron Klein of World Net Daily.

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You know, sometimes I wonder if the things I write here may give people the impression I’m truly frightened with regard to Israel’s future. I certainly am very disturbed by what I see happening, but I should note that fear is not what I’m experiencing.

That’s not to say I’d feel the same way if I were living in Israel, having the constant threat of mayhem at my doorstep. My life and the lives of my family are not presently being physically threatened, as are the lives of those who have taken the bold step to take back what was stolen from them so long ago.

And what if I had the opportunity to join them? Right now, if I had that opportunity, that is what I’d want to do. Whether it would be the right thing at the right time would be a matter of details, but there is a drawing to the land that even we Gentiles can sometimes feel. It has been suggested that I may have some Jewish DNA, and that may be why I feel that way, but for now that is not my focus. Nor do I have any inclination to convert. And even if I did, I understand there’s a Rabbi somewhere in the wings waiting to talk me out of it.

I say all this to put into some perspective what I do feel about the land and the people, and why the matters I write about here are so important to me. I tried to say something about this on my “About” page, but today I found this in some materials I’ve had tucked away for some thirty-odd years:

Dominion_of_David_and_Solomon The people of Israel have had the most unusual and dramatic history of any people in the world. No other ethnic group has risen to such highs and fallen to such lows so repeatedly—coming to the verge of extinction many times but never being entirely destroyed. No other ethnic group has been politically and religiously persecuted as intensely and survived thousands of years without a native tongue, without a homeland and without a means of unity within the group, only to be restored to full nationhood. No other nation was able to endure such long periods of dispossession and yet maintain and preserve its own identity, character and culture. And, most important, no other people have been singled out by God so early in mankind’s history to represent God’s name, to be called the people of the Lord, to maintain the faith in the one true God and to be a light to the nations, a sign to the rest of humanity.

No other people, no other nation, indeed. About 100 years ago, the “sun never set” on the British Empire. But then not long after that, Britain began to renege on a promise she had made to Israel, the modern state not having even been reinstituted yet. Now Britain is a mess, if you’ll pardon my saying so. The United States of America has for some time been, and still is, if only barely, the greatest nation on the planet. But one thing I do fear is that my country is heading down the path of destruction solely by turning from being a friend to Israel – sometimes, it has seemed, Israel’s only friend – to an enemy.

Israel will, by the favor of the Almighty, prevail. All his enemies will fail; you can count on that. I do not wish to be found an enemy of Israel, and I want to warn as many of my fellow Americans as I can of the danger into which we are beginning to place ourselves. So I continue to hold my place on the line.

Oh, by the way – I’ve read the Book all the way through, and I know who wins in the end. Just so you know.

lineman

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To believe, or not to believe – you always have to ask yourself the question.

I haven’t posted for a few days, largely because the major news surrounding Middle Eastern issues has been in more of a flux than usual, if that’s imaginable.

cokelore_santa_1942 You’ve got the al-Mabhouh  assassination – the latest wrinkle appears to be that now Dubai is issuing an arrest warrant for Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu; never mind that the organization to which the assassinated assassin belonged is saying no, no, see – it was Jordan. Or maybe Egypt. And it was probably Fatah. And Iran says it was Europe. So yeah, sure, lets go arrest Bibi. That will put a stop to all this nonsense. Yes, Virginia, the world is nuts.

Kerry-Bibi-GETTY But I’ve also noticed several developments since Monday that, if taken at face value, and without digging beneath the surface, appear amazingly positive. First, U.S. Senator John Kerry came out “solidly behind” Netanyahu’s call for truly tough sanctions against Iran. I’ve never been a fan of Kerry, but his statement on its own is positive; whether the man is sincere is really not for me to say.

And then yesterday it was reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Lebanon, in effect, don’t expect us to protect you from Israel if you keep letting Hezbollah bring in more arms. Now maybe you think this is not news – that the current U.S. administration has supported Israel’s right to self defense from the get-go, but to me, this is news. And  whether the woman means what she says or not, at least in this instance, I’m not here to say. At least not today.

Shalit-Israeli-Arabs And now it’s beginning to look like the Arab world is having second thoughts about its opposition to Israel. Say what!? Well, at least the Arab League is now saying it’s OK to talk. That might not seem like much, but it does represent a shift.  And here’s something that we didn’t expect (although it’s only right): Israeli Arabs demonstrated in front of the Egyptian Embassy in favor of the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Actually, this isn’t all that shocking, considering the little known fact that the vast majority of Arabs living in Israel do actually support the Israeli government. But it bears repeating.

ap_Muhammad_Tahir_ul_Qadri_100302_mn Now this is strange: the leader of a global Muslim movement has issued a strongly worded fatwa against terrorism. I don’t have a problem with that, do you?

And regarding anti-Semitism overseas? Well, there’s not much good news there – except Canada’s Ontario Legislature just passed a resolution condemning the annual anti-Israel event known as “Apartheid Week.” I might have mentioned this before, but, to summarize the words yesterday of Washington Post writer Richard Cohen, Israel is not South Africa.

Yet we still must – I repeat, must – have more sense than to blithely accept everything at face value, pleasant or unpleasant; we simply have to, as a matter of survival, roll up our sleeves and dig beneath the surface in all things. And that takes work. I truly hope my readers don’t think that I have a lot of answers here. I don’t carry the ball – I just try to say “whoa” once in a while when I see something coming that’s just not right. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Israel this week. During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Biden was presented, as I recall, as a supporter of Israel. Maybe he is, in some ways. But take care – read these beneath-the-surface observations by respected columnist Caroline Glick during an interview published today in Israel National News.

In some words written several centuries ago, test and prove all things until you can recognize what is good, and then hold on tight to that.

Shalom, y’all.

lineman

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140s for 24 and 25 Feb 2010

I just discovered a neat trick: whenever I miss a day, cover up, uh, I mean, make up for it by merely including the missed dates in the current post title. Cool, huh?

0114-mehsud-drone-pakistan_resize Ok, so I’m not fooling anyone – but who in the world do we think we’re fooling when we cry bloody murder (more or less literally) if we even suspect that Israel has taken out a military enemy by what we term ‘extra legal’ means, but we can do something similar as many times and in as many places as we very well please? Such as in Afghanistan or Pakistan, for instance.  Mr. Gerald M. Steinberg has quite a bit more to say on the matter here.

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RachelsTomb_LG I said something earlier about Israel’s proposal to create a list of locations significant to the nation’s Jewish heritage. Judging by all the violent opposition, it must be a really good idea. Now the latest objection (as of this writing – who knows what will come next?) is that the list includes only Jewish places. Now let me get this straight, Mr. Abbas – you vehemently object to a list of Jewish heritage sites, but you are even further offended that it doesn’t include non-Jewish sites. Would you be happy, Mr. Abbas, if we changed the list to include locations having nothing to do with its purpose? You would? Whom do you think you’re fooling?

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It doesn’t look like I’m going to get very far way from this who-are-we-fooling thread today – regarding all the “hand-wringing over forged passports” (as Mr. Steinberg puts it), we might well note as that Mr. Mabhouh used the same technique as part of his stock in trade. Why am I not surprised? Thanks, Intellicept 3!

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Sadaam_NYY_Cap Ah, but allow me to end on an enlightening observation. It gives me a sort of wry pride as an American to note that the more people dump on Israel, the better we like the feisty little country. Maybe it’s that root-for-the-underdog thing. The latest Gallup poll as cited in Arutz-7 news shows popular American support for Israel is currently near its highest level in 20 years.  The last time it was this good was when Ol’ Saddam was shooting Scuds at her during the First Gulf War. And oh, by the way, Mossad T-shirt sales have skyrocketed. I don’t suppose Europe will ever quite get it, do you? How about them Yankees!

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