Archive for November 2014

The Palestinians: It’s Time For Them to Leave

by Jerrold L. Sobel
November 24, 2014
Earlier this month, a young 20 year old Israeli kid in the air force, Amog Shiloni succumbed to multiple stab wounds inflicted by a Palestinian terrorist.  His heartbroken twin brother, Sahar wailed, “he just wanted to get back to the air force base he was on leave from.”
Within a few hours of this incident an Israeli woman, Dalia Lamkus was later stabbed to death near the Alon Shvut Jewish settlement in the West Bank.  The assailant was shot by a security guards.  Predictably, as a result of his death Palestinian Arabs throughout towns and villages in Judea and Samaria began to riot and hurl stones at security people.
To the families of these victims one tragedy does not supersede another but on October 23rd a particularly gut wrenching event occurred.  Chaya Zissel-Brown, a three month old baby girl was killed and seven other people were wounded when Abdel Rahman al Shaludi, a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem drove his car on the tracks of a light rail flush into disembarking passengers.
Say this for the Palestinians both in Gaza, Judea/Samaria, and within Israel itself, when you think they’ve reached the nadir of uncivilized barbarity they manage to take it down another layer.  This past Tuesday they substantiated this argument.
To the delight of of revelers in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria, during morning prayers, two Palestinians burst into an ultra Orthodox Synagogue in Jerusalem and with guns and axes savagely butchered four Rabbis; Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg.  Eight others were also wounded including a policeman that later died during the shootout which killed the attackers.  At this point, few can deny, when it comes to inventive ways of maiming and killing people the Palestinians have no equal.
From the bombing of the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001 which resulted in the death of 13 Israelis and one pregnant American woman, to the massacre of 19 people the following year at a Passover service in Netanya, to the slaughter of five members of the Fogel family in 2011.  The carnage goes on, and on….and on.    It’s easy to glean, the methods have changed but the deadly results remain the same:  The amount of Innocent Jews killed and maimed from Palestinian terror since Israel’s inception in 1948 is mind boggling and by their rhetoric things look to get a lot worse.  Some question, why now?
The answer:  Palestinian society has been generationally indoctrinated against Jews by successive leadership, in the home, in the Madrases, throughout the educational system, in the Mosques, and in the media.  Their doctrinal hatred is so pervasive it goes without question.  Their ingrained disdain of Jews far precedes the creation of the state of Israel and in fact the 20th century itself.  Like their supporters in BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction)  movements throughout the world, the Palestinian leadership in all their terrorist splendor do not preach anti-Zionism, not even anti-Semitism.  To coin a phrase they are imbued with “anti-Jewishism” in all aspects of their lives.  It’s to this backdrop that Israel is being vilified by the EU, the United Nations, and absurdly cajoled by the Obama Administration to make peace with a people that have no inclination to do so.
 Fanning the flames of this deep seated malevolence is none other than Israel’s imposed “partner for peace,” Mahmoud Abbas. Following what he feels to be the wind at his back due to increasingly greater support by the Europeans;  overwhelming backing at the United Nations, and a clueless Obama administration, the old terrorist has ignited this latest spate of acrimony.
Continuing a history of incitement, his call to arms would have made co-founder of the PLO, Yasser Arafat proud.  In total prevarication he has called upon his people to “prevent the desecration” of the Al-Aksa Mosque.  To him Jews praying at the Temple Mount compound (part of the second Temple and Judaism’s holiest site)  is tantamount to desecration.  Inspiring hordes of rock and Molotov cocktail  throwers he’s accused Israel of changing the status of Muslim Holy sites by allowing Jews to pray there.  Prime Minister Netanyahu responded by saying:  “Instead of telling the truth, he is disseminating lies.  As if we intend on acting in any way to change the status of the holy places.  That is a lie and falsehood.”
The usual questions of the progressive left in both Israel and the United States continue ad nauseum:  What motivates the Palestinians to so much violence?  What can we do to co-exist peacefully with them?  Would the creation of a Palestinian state imposed upon the 1967 armistice lines placate their anger?  Along with the canard of two states living side by side in peace, such questions are increasingly falling upon deaf ears within Israeli society.  A majority of Israelis seem more reflective of the aforementioned Sahar Shiloni, the brother of the slain Air Force Sergeant when speaking of his brother said:
“It just can’t be like this. There are soldiers and people getting hurt, being stabbed in the streets. You can’t go out in this country alone, you can’t go out into this country quietly. This is our state, we fought for it.”   And fought for it they did….and won.  A fact that seems forgotten by the Europeans, the United States, and even some in Israel.
If not morally, if not by historic claim to the land, Israel won this land fighting and winning four wars and countless terrorist  attacks since 1948.  She has at least as much right to fly her flag over her capital Jerusalem and the rest of Judea/Samaria as the United States does in the Southwest of this country and certainly as much as England has flying a variant of the Union Jack in the Falkland Islands.  Her citizens, like others democratic, sovereign nations throughout the world are entitled to protection from enemies within and outside her borders.
Unfortunately, An Iron Dome can not protect a Jew from being stabbed in the street or a psycho from driving his car over a baby in a stroller.  Barricades  and walls, effective for many years preventing bombings of buses, restaurants, and day care centers are useless against these new murderous tactics.  As we have seen, a solution to one depravity by this insidious enemy is always countered by a new one.
For 66 years the Jewish people in Israel have not had a moment’s respite from incessant war, terrorism, and intimidation.  Now more than ever it is un-mistakingly clear the status quo if allowed to continue guarantees more of the same for generations to come.  What’s needed today if Israel is to survive as the homeland of the Jewish people is a complete separation from its hostile Arab population.
Separation?  I can hear the cries reverberating as I type.  You can’t do that, it’s ethnic cleansing.  Isn’t that what the Nazis did? To begin with it would be a separation from its “hostile Palestinian Arab population.”  To those wishing to remain in Israel (Judea/ and Samaria included) an oath of allegiance would have to be sworn to the Jewish state.  Those which refuse to do so would be offered fair market value for their property and unlike the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab lands in the 1950’s and 60’s they would be allowed to leave with all their possessions and compensation.  But leave they must.  Where would they go?
England, Sweden, France, Spain are just a few of the nations in Europe that have expressed sympathy for the Palestinian cause irrespective of their recalcitrance to compromise, refusal to even recognize Israel as a Jewish state and their deep rooted hatred of Jews.   Gaza would also be a suitable point of deportation to the more militant individuals and factions.
To those making an analogy to the Nazis it should also be remembered the Holocaust did not occur because Jews were bombing, stabbing, or gassing Germans.  They were victims of Nazi genocide, a professed genocide a majority of Palestinians and their leadership would impose upon Jews given the chance to do so.
Would this bring peace to the region?  Absolutely not.  What it will do is offer peace to a Jewish mother wheeling a stroller down the street in Jerusalem; a soldier on his way back to base from leave, a family of five sleeping in bed, and a Rabbi praying in a Synagogue.

State Department’s War on Israel Exposed

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State Department’s War on Israel Exposed

Last week, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, exposed the hypocrisy of Obama administration officials who criticized Israel for taking insufficient care to avoid harming civilians during the war in Gaza this past summer. But the State Department isn’t backing down. Despite Dempsey’s statement that Israel gone to “extraordinary lengths” and had done what they could to spare innocents, when asked about the issue on Friday at the daily State Department press briefing, spokesperson Jen Psaki simply dismissed Dempsey’s avowal as irrelevant to the administration’s agenda.

Here’s the full exchange with Matt Lee of the Associated Press:

MATT LEE, ASSOCIATED PRESS: Yesterday, the ICC made its decision that there was no case to prosecute for war crimes in Gaza. But also yesterday – and you spoke about that very briefly here. But also yesterday, General Dempsey, who is no slouch when it comes to military things, told an audience in New York that the Israelis went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage during the Gaza war. And I’m puzzled, because I thought it was the position of the Administration – or maybe it was just the position of the State Department and the White House – that Israel was not doing enough to live up to its – what you called its own high standards. Back on August 3rd, there was the statement you put out after the UNRWA school incident, saying that the U.S. “is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling.” And that was some pretty fierce criticism. How do you reconcile these two apparent divergent points of view? When this statement came out, the United States was appalled? Did that just mean the State Department was appalled?

JEN PSAKI, STATE DEPARTMENT: No, that is the position of the Administration; it remains the position of the Administration. As we made clear throughout the summer’s conflict, we supported Israel’s right to self-defense and strongly condemned Hamas’s rocket attacks that deliberately targeted civilians, and the use of tunnels, of course, of attacks into Israel. However, we also expressed deep concern and heartbreak for the civilian death toll in Gaza and made clear, as you noted in the statement you pointed to, that we believed that Israel could have done more to prevent civilian casualties, and it was important that they held their selves to a high standard. So that remains our view and position about this summer’s events.

LEE: Okay. But I’m still confused as to how you can reconcile the fact that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – who knows a bit about how military operations work, I would venture to guess; I don’t know him, but I assume that he wouldn’t be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if he was – if he didn’t –

MS. PSAKI: Correct.

LEE: — says that the Israelis essentially did the best that they could and lived up to – by extension lived up to their high standards by taking – by going to, quote, “extraordinary lengths” to limit the collateral damage.

MS. PSAKI: Well, I would point you to the chairman’s team for his – more specifics on his comments. But it remains the broad view of the entire Administration that they could have done more and they should have taken more – all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.

This stand tells us two things about the Obama administration.

The first is that facts played no part in its attacks on Israel at a time when thousands of rockets were raining down on Israeli cities and terrorists were using tunnels to cross the border to attempt kidnappings and murders of Jews. Hamas did its best to hide behind civilians in Gaza, something that was aided and abetted by an international press corps that was either too intimidated by the Islamists to report on their activities or to shoot videos of photos of armed terrorists or missile launches. But, as Dempsey rightly concluded, the Israelis were cautious about firing at positions embedded among civilians and adopted various strategies to keep collateral damage to a minimum. The fact that the U.S. Armed Forces sent a delegation to learn about the Israel Defense Forces’ policies so as to help Americans to improve their own record speaks volumes about the Pentagon’s views about criticisms of the Israelis.

Yet the State Department and the White House both sought to hammer the Israelis for every incident in which civilians were killed. The fact that the Israelis were every bit if not more scrupulous about this concern than American forces operating in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, or Syria is not in dispute, certainly not by their U.S. commander.

The reason for these criticisms, which continue despite being contradicted by Dempsey, has to do with politics, not the ethics of war. The president and his foreign-policy team are determined to besmirch Israel and undermine its democratically elected government no matter what the circumstances. If the allegations are not supported by the facts, that doesn’t deter Psaki and her masters from continuing their broadsides since the objective is not to actually change the policies of the Israel Defense Forces. It is to pressure the Jewish state’s government to forgo the right of self-defense that she says the U.S. supports and to make concessions to the Palestinians that would make another round of even deadlier violence even more likely.

The second thing this bizarre clinging to discredited positions tells us is that there is little respect for military realities or the opinions of the country’s military professionals within the Obama administration. This has been reflected in the president consistently ignoring their advice in abandoning Iraq and planning to accelerate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as well as to his insistence on the idea that scattered bombing will stop ISIS.

Such a disconnect between the military and the administration is forgivable in peacetime. Though he has sought to flee from it, Obama is a wartime president. But, as this episode reveals, the war he prefers to fight is the political one against Israel, not the real one Islamists are waging against the United States and its allies.