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What Would Muhammad Do?

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It looks like John Kerry, our esteemed Secretary of State, is working hard to earn his money – shuttling back and forth trying to return the Israelis and “Palestinians” to peace negotiations. It would be impressive if this meant something, but I guess he needs something relatively useful to do with his time.

For negotiations to be successful, one must assume that the partner with which they are negotiating with is actually trustworthy – otherwise, the whole thing is an exercise in futility and a farce. Of course, that is what these negotiations are.

Just this week we’ve seen Israeli Arab Knesset minister Ahmed Tibi threaten another intifada (I assume with requisite bus, pizza and cafe bombings) if talks didn’t produce results – even before negotiations have resumed. How’s that for blackmail? Treason?

What is even better is what was reported yesterday. A Palestinian Authority minister compared the upcoming negotiations with Israel and assumed subsequent treaty to the peace treaty Muhammad made with the Quraish tribe – one that was disregarded by Muhammad after he became strong enough to defeat them.

[Religious Endowments Minister Mahmoud] Habbash then compared the decision of the PA leadership to negotiate with Israel to the agreement of the Prophet Muhammad on a 10-year truce with his rivals in the Quraish tribe of Mecca, known as the Treaty of Hudaibiya, reached in the year 628 CE.

“The hearts of the Prophet’s companions burnt with anger and fury … this is not disobedience [of God’s command], it is politics. It is crisis management, conflict management … in less than two years, based on this treaty, the Prophet returned and conquered Mecca. This is the example. It is the model.”

Really?! This is the model? Is this an example of negotiating in “good faith” – that treaties are meant to be broken?

There is absolutely no reason for Israel to negotiate with these “people” – especially after this revelation, it would be stupid of them to do so.

How Netanyahu Could End Up Helping the Romney Campaign

Rumor has it that before summer’s end, Israel will have a new government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to call an early election, in presumably in preparation for the elections here in the U.S. He is gearing up for the possibility that Obama will win a second term. Netanyahu apparently perceives our current administration as his greatest adversary, primarily over his handling – or not handling – the Palestinian question.

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Netanyahu’s Likud party, while unlikely to garner a majority in the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – remains at least a little popular if only because of its stance on the question of recognizing a Palestinian state. Couple this with problems in the opposition party, Kadima, and it is easier to see why Israel is looking at early elections this year.

But beyond political maneuvering in Israel, there are other issues in the region to consider, at least to understand why this all could play out to the advantage of the Romney camp. If you couple Netanyahu’s desire to double-down on his current Palestinian policy with the fact that interest in the issue is apparently flagging in the Arab world, this could be yet another reason for the Romney camp to focus on Jewish voters here. As economic issues take the forefront for many in the Arab Spring nations, the question of an independent Palestinian nation is less important – a case of personal needs trumping ideology.

Back to Netanyahu, he knows it’s likely that Obama would focus on Palestine in a second term. It is foolish to assume that he would not consider reaching out to Jewish voters in the U.S. himself, albeit unofficially, and gently suggest that it would be better for Israel if Obama didn’t get a second term. And it would be foolish for the Romney camp to not point out these issues. But that requires focusing on issues, as opposed to fluff.

The World’s Sliding Scale of Moral Values

Imagine a world where destruction of historic and archeological sites is dismissed as unimportant and irrelevant by the World Community. Imagine a world where the murder of innocents gets a moment of silence but is otherwise ignored by that same World Community. Imagine again, that this is not a make-believe world, but truly the one we live in. The World Community seems to be quite a tolerant bunch depending on what group you belong to. Perhaps they’ll even admit you into their little organizations – despite or perhaps because of past ‘activities’.

Let’s start with the UNESCO vote to allow the “Palestinians” into their agency. UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. I wonder if anyone could list what the “Palestinian” contributions have been to humanity at large up until this point? Anyone?

Aside from the fact that the “Palestinians” deny Jewish history – denying that the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem ever existed, denying that modern day Jews are the descendants of those Jews of 3000 years ago, denying 3000 years of Jewish existence in the Land of Israel, and even denying the Holocaust – is the fact that the “Palestinians” actively destroy Jewish historical artifacts and sites.

One would imagine that actively destroying anyone’s historical artifacts and sites would be frowned upon by UNESCO – but I suppose that it depends on who is doing the destruction. The “Palestinians” seem to be exempt.

Here are just a few examples of important Jewish holy sites being attacked and destroyed:
* In Septemer 1996, Palestinian rioters destroyed a synagogue at Joseph’s Tomb in Schem/Nablus.
* Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem has been repeatedly attacked since 1996.
* In October 2000, Joseph’s Tomb was torched after the Israeli garrison guarding it was temporarily withdrawn. It was subsequently rebuilt as a mosque.
* Also in October 2000, the ancient synagogue in Jericho was destroyed by arson and a second historic synagogue was damaged.
* The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism, home of the First and Second Temples, has also seen tremendous destruction of historical artifacts. From 1996-2001 historic parts of the Temple Mount were destroyed to make way for underground mosques.

In November 1999, the Islamic clerics opened what they called an “emergency exit” to the new mosque. Over three days and nights, the “exit” expanded into a gaping hole, 18,000 square feet in size, and up to 36 feet deep. Thousands of tons of ancient fill from the site, subsequently found by Israeli archeologists to contain artifacts dating as early as the First Temple period, were dumped into the Kidron Valley.

In February and March 2001, an ancient arched structure built against the eastern wall of the Temple Mount enclosure was razed by bulldozers in order to further enlarge the “emergency gate” of the new mosque at Solomon’s Stables.

Furthermore, without any archeological supervision, approximately 6,000 square meters of the ancient surface level of the Temple Mount were dug up by tractors, paved, and declared to be open mosques. The previous director of the Antiquities Authority has called this “an archeological crime.” No Israeli official has seen any plans or has set limits on the work being carried out.

One would imagine that the destruction of a 3000 year site would stop a world body from allowing these “people” from joining the ranks of those who care about history and the preservation of ancient artifacts. But again, I suppose it matters who is doing the destruction and whose property is being destroyed.

I also suppose that we shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. World organizations seem to like to reward egregiously destructive behavior such as those demonstrated by the “Palestinians”.

The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta saw the “Palestinians” participate in the Games for the first time. Only 24 years after the Munich Olympic Massacre of the Israeli athletes – unarmed civilians there to complete on the world stage, the “Palestinians” were welcomed to compete as well. Once again, it matters who is doing the murdering and who is being murdered. The “Palestinians”, of course, again get a pass.

So which world organization is next to admit the “Palestinians”? Would it be the World Heath Organization (WHO)? Perhaps using ambulances (Red Crescent and UNRWA) to transport bombs and terrorists would be sanctioned by WHO. Is this scenario really so far fetched?

Everything seems to be morally relative when it comes to the “Palestinians”. Destroy historic artifacts and sites, holy sites not withstanding, and get admitted to UNESCO. Murder innocent Jewish athletes at the Olympics, and be admitted to those same Games a few years later. All is forgiven. Moral relativity at it’s best – all dependent on the parties at hand. The World at large seems to have a sliding scale of standards, but then again, no surprise there.

Sarkozy and Obama deride Netanyahu

The French News site Arret Sur Images has reported that due to a technical mishap, a very private conversation between French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and American President Barack Obama was accidentally relayed to the press.

Apparently, the two heads-of-state moved to a private area after having been on the stage at the G20 conference. One or both of their wireless microphones were allegedly left on for almost three minutes.

The conversation is reported to have immediately started on the topic of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou.

La conversation a ensuite dérivé sur Benyamin Nétanyahou, le Premier ministre israélien. Sûrs de ne pas être entendus, les deux présidents se sont lâchés. “Je ne peux plus le voir, c’est un menteur”, a lancé Sarkozy. “Tu en as marre de lui, mais moi, je dois traiter avec lui tous les jours !”, a rétorqué Obama..

Translated (my French being what it is):

The conversation next turned to Benyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister.  Thinking they would not be heard, the two presidents talked freely.  “I can’t stand him, he is a liar”, began Sarkozy.  “You think that’s tough, I have to deal with him every day!”, answered Obama..

Obama’s pushing-away of Israel is nothing new. His 1967 lines speech was the first obvious hint that he would not be taking sides with one of America’s most-trusted allies.

Sarkozy’s handling of Israel is not much better. In October, yNet published a story that revealed the French PM’s thoughts on Israel as a state:

“It is silly to talk about a Jewish state,” Sarkozy said while referring to the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state. “It would be like saying that this table is Catholic. There are two million Arabs in Israel.”

To be consistent, there are a large number of Arabs in France, perhaps we will soon hear that France is also no longer a French state.

There are reports that say that the press agreed to keep the comments private due to their secret nature making corroboration difficult. The last paragraph of the Arret Sur Images post does say that they received independent confirmation of the quotes and that the journalists did indeed agree to not report on them.

CDNews has also not yet been able to ascertain what comment or fact that Sarkozy feels Netanyahu falsified.

update: Reuters is confirming the report about the open-mic, comments and the agreement by representatives of the press to keep it quiet.

The conversation was not initially reported by the small group of journalists who overheard it because it was considered private and off-the-record. But the comments have since emerged on French websites and can be confirmed by Reuters.

State of UN and the State of Palestine

Today the “Palestinian” leader Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally requested full recognition of Palestinian statehood from the United Nations.  Of course the United States raised their half-hearted objection.  The essence of President Obama’s oratory to the esteemed assemblage was “Please don’t Let the Palestinians ruin my re-election?”

Benjamin Netanyahu, of Israel gave an impassioned and reasonable speech which lasted 36 minutes.  He made sense and demonstrated to the crowd of closed minded ambassadors of the world that there ought not be a “Palestinian” state unless they were willing to pursue peace rather than Israel’s annihilation.

Rest assured the the congress of international fools ignored reason, demonstrated that Obama has no world stature, and gave the Abbas and is assassins and terrorist a nod of approval and a round of applause.

I opened as I did to assure that nobody mistakes where I stand on this issue.  But, let me offer some objective information for the three reasonable people that remain in the universe.

One of the four original tenants contained in the United Nations Charter states “To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”  This charter was adopted in the late 1040s.  It has been tucked in the back of the diplomat’s lockers under their dirty sweat socks for over fifty years.  It is stained, faded, folded and mutilated, but certainly not a guiding principle of that institution.

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When Middle East Policies Collide

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 will prove to be a very busy and interesting day.  On that day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United Nations general assembly, followed soon after by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Both men will outline the state of affairs between the two peoples who reside in a very contentious region.  Their perspectives, however, are very different, and in the end, only one of them is right.

Netanyahu will start out the day in an effort to defend Israeli policy and practice.  The reception, however, is likely to be very chilly, to say the least.  The U.N. General Assembly has been known for its blatant anti-Israel stance, so Netanyahu’s message is more of a matter of record than of sway.  He simply wants to get everything out there for the world to hear, even if it’ll all fall on deaf ears.

Abbas has different motives.  He is seeking a U.N. Resolution, preferably from the Security Council that declares, unilaterally, the existence of a State called Palestine.  He wants full U.N. membership and representation, and his goal is to force Israel’s hand by having the U.N. outline the borders.  The Palestinian Authority is intent on securing borders from prior to the 1967 war.  At least, that’s the border they want to start with.

Israel, however, has argued that those borders are indefensible and negotiations must be undertaken to choose different borders.  Israel also insists that Jerusalem not be re-divided and remain the capital of the Jewish State.  One other thing that Israel wants, however, is something that the Palestinians are unwilling to give:  a declaration that Israel as a Jewish State has a right to exist.

The P.A. won’t resume negotiations until Israel stops building settlements in the so-called occupied territories.  That, of course, is a straw man being used to further the Palestinians’ goal.  They’d prefer to have the world exert pressure on Israel through the United Nations by painting themselves as the good guys.

The P.A. is undertaking this move by saying they are just copying what the Israelis did in 1948.  An article ran in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 29th in which Sonja Karkar distorted history and portrayed it as fact.  He said:

“Israel’s own unilateral move in declaring statehood after the UN’s intention to partition historic Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state cannot be avoided. It underscores that Palestine was never a land without a people and that Israel’s existence was imposed on Palestinians, robbing them of their homes and land and destroying their proud and millenniums-old society.”

What Mr. Karkar fails to mention in his first sentence is that when Israel declared independence, they did so within the U.N. partitioned borders in good faith.  The Arab League opposed the plan.  They argued that the U.N. lacked the authority to divide the land and they viewed the division as being unfair.  On the day Israel declared her independence, the surrounding Arab States declared war with one purpose in mind:  the obliteration of Israel.  They wanted to push the Jewish infestation in Arab lands into the sea.

The Palestinians in the region at the start of the war were urged by the surrounding Arab States to leave their homes.  They were promised prime land, once Israel no longer existed.

Mr. Karkar’s reasoning again is faulty by his assumption that the “Palestinians” were actually a distinct society.  There, of course, have always been people there.  Those people come from all different sorts of backgrounds and cultures, but never once has there been a nation of Palestine that was run by the people who call themselves Palestinian.

The Arab confederation lost this war.  Several more military campaigns would be waged over the years and each time the result was the same:  Israel was victorious and the surrounding nations were clueless.

In 1949, the land that the U.N. had partitioned for the Arab State was firmly in the hands of the Jordanians and Egyptians.  It remained in their hands until 1967.

In those 18 years, no effort was made to establish a nation of Palestine according to the U.N. plan.  The only thing the Egyptians and Jordanians did was plan their next war.  In 1967, they lost the now so-called “Occupied Territories”.  Egypt also lost the entire Sinai Peninsula.

On the eastern side, Israel had taken the West Bank of the Jordan River along with East Jerusalem from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria.

Israel reunited Jerusalem, but under treaty with Jordan, left the temple mount under Jordanian control.

In 1979, Egypt and Israel signed a Peace agreement that formally ended 30 years of war.  As part of the deal, Israel gave Egypt back the Sinai Peninsula and wanted to give Egypt the Gaza Strip at the same time.  Egypt did not want Gaza.  They viewed the residents there as being problematic and preferred to leave the problem in Israel’s hands.  Once again, no effort was made by the Egyptians to secure that land, which they could have then turned around and ceded to the Palestinians.

Over the course of time, the Palestinian Liberation Organization evolved from a purely terrorist organization to a “respected” representative of the Palestinian interests.  Various accords have been signed and Israel has withdrawn from large portions of the land.  The exception would be the settlements that are being constructed in the West Bank.

This is where the racist aspect of the Palestinians comes clearly into view for those of us who want to look.  The Palestinians have no interest in having any Jews live in what will be their State and so they oppose, often violently, any Jewish settlements in those areas.  This sort of apartheid is condemned elsewhere, but for some reason, is not only accepted in this region, it’s promoted as the only way to have “peace”.

The truth is there won’t be peace in the region because there are two peoples in one region that both want the same land and refuse to live together and work together.

With the exception of re-dividing Jerusalem, Israel is more than willing to share the land with the Palestinians, side by side.  They just want to make sure their borders are wide enough to be defended.  The Palestinians, however, only view such an existence a stopgap to their goal:  A Palestinian State that extends from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States wants to stop Abbas from making his demands, and Netanyahu wants to make sure the world knows why.  If both efforts fail to change the course the world is on, September 20th could prove to be a very busy, perhaps even bloody, day, indeed.

Allen West Talks With CDNews on Debt, the Economy and Foreign Policy

Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend twenty minutes with Congressman Allen West (R FL-22) and ask him about the outcome of the debt-limit negotiations, the current state of the economy and U.S. foreign policy. Once the pleasantries were exchanged, we got right to the questions.

Rich: Moody’s cut the U.S. economic outlook for 2011 and people are still struggling to find jobs. What would you like to see done on to fix the economy?

Rep. West: I think One of the things that has to happen is the government has to set the conditions to incentivize long-term, sustainable economic growth in America. When we continue to talk about bigger government and tax hikes, that’s not how we do it. I think when you look at the corporate tax rate in America, which is the second highest in the world, very simply let’s take that tax rate and cut it down to 20-21% and remove all the loopholes, strategies and subsidies and give our corporations and businesses a competitive tax rate. For the individual tax rate, since many businesses operate as sub chapter S corporations, let’s flatten that out to somewhere between 13% and 16% and only have two deductions: the child tax credit and the mortgage interest deduction.

For clarification, I repeated what I’d heard and got even more insight into how the Congressman would kick start the economy. He mentioned that not only would he be in favor of the lower corporate tax rate, but would favor making it retroactive to January 1st of 2011. As Rep. West put it, it would allow companies to recalculate their liabilities and realize additional assets that could allow them to invest, expand and hire.

Rep. West also mentioned the repeal of Sarbanes-Oxley, the set of financial regulations intended to prevent market losses like those experienced due to the Enron scandal. Unfortunately, Sarbanes-Oxley is expensive to implement and lacks any real or perceived benefits. It has done little more than to burden American companies with complex regulations that make it difficult to compete in the global economy.

Stressing that the “Keynesian model just doesn’t work” Congressman West mentioned that instead of more “pie-in-the-sky gimmicks” like stimulus spending, we should be looking at real plans like the new legislation he has in the House Ways and Means Committee – H.R. 1663 is titled  “The Small Business Encouragement Act” which, according to the Republican Study Committee, would:

The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow small businesses who hire an unemployed American, a work opportunity tax credit, saving employers up to $12,000 a year per hire in some areas of the country. To qualify, small businesses must have gross receipts in the preceding taxable year not exceeding $20 million, or they must employ less than 100 full time employees. The tax credit will double for employers hiring unemployed Americans in counties with an unemployment rate that is higher than the national average, which is currently just above 9 percent.

In the RSC blog post Rep. West was quoted as saying, “The Small Business Encouragement Act is a simple, effective solution to putting people back to work by encouraging the very backbone of our economy, the small businesses.”

Rich: In addition to the economy, what other issues would you like to see the House take up after the current recess?

Rep. West: I wish we had our tails back up there in Washington, D.C. right now. We have 12 appropriations bills that we have to pass through the House and get over to the Senate. We’ve only done 6 in the House so far and I think that the Senate has only taken up one of those.

We shouldn’t be waiting around for this joint committee of Congress to get going on finding spending cuts. We should get back up there and immediately implement the $300 Billion in cuts to duplicative and redundant government programs that the GAO (Government Accounting Office) report identified earlier this year.

I think we should be very concerned that China has rolled out it’s first aircraft carrier and the United Nations (U.N.) have a unilateral vote on Palestinian statehood in September.

The Congressman also expressed that while it was fantastic to get to speak with and meet his constituents, the prevailing feeling he was getting was that voters would rather Congress was in session getting these things done.

Rich: The news yesterday mentioned a “trial balloon”-style rumor that Obama may seek to solve our jobs dilemma by creating more government – The Department of Jobs. How do you feel about that approach?

Rep. West: That’s one of the most insidious things I’ve ever heard. Look, we have some government agencies that I don’t know why they exist. Why do we have a department of labor if we need a department of jobs? Why do we have a Department of Energy, that was originally created to make us energy independent and we still don’t have a diversified energy resource portfolio in the United States of America. When I hear the President speak, all I hear is a big government, liberal, progressive, socialist that does not understand that his policies that he has tried to implement over just less than three years has brought us incredible debt and increased our trillion dollar plus deficits over the last few years.

Even the liberal-leaning Huffington Post has an article that agrees with the Congressman on the silly nature of the President’s rumored idea. HuffPo’s Ken Blackwell points out not only the redundancy that Obama’s Dept. of Jobs would have with the Labor Department, but also the Commerce Department:

Then, of course, we have the U.S. Commerce Department. The Mission Statement of this department makes it sound like it, too, is a Jobs Department.

The U.S. Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development and improved standards of living for all Americans by working in partnership with businesses, universities, communities and our nation’s workers.

We then changed the subject to the recent debt limit negotiations and outcome.

Rich: You voted for the negotiated debt-limit deal, correct?

Rep .West: Yes I did.

Rich: Out of all the plans and frameworks presented – the Ryan plan, Connie Mack’s Penny plan and cut, cap and balance, which was your favorite?

Rep. West: The Cut, Cap and Balance plan was my favorite and that was the one that 70-some-odd percent of the American people were behind. I think it’s reprehensible that Harry Reid, playing politics, tabled it. But the important thing is that you just don’t quit. The worst case situation is that the Democrats, that had no plan, no vision whatsoever, enabled a perceived or manufactured  crisis to occur. Then they turned to the blame game and the next thing you know we have to succumb to their wild and crazy economic schemes.

The final debt agreement was not the 100%. It was probably a 70-75% solution for me. The cuts in spending are not great, but at least we don’t have tax hikes. It’s also the first time ever that we’ve had a debt limit increase along with cuts in spending.

Congressman West was also quick to point out that this sets a precedent. Debt limit increases are not going to come free and easy anymore. He also was not fond of the Joint Committee, but felt it would be something they could work through.

Rich: The negotiated deal also contains, as a trigger provision, significant cuts to defense spending if deficit reductions don’t happen. Considering all that our young men and women in uniform are asked to do, are you concerned about that provision?

Rep. West:  What I found is really horrible is that we have to have this nuclear option hung over our heads as if we can’t do the sensible and the right thing and find the $1.5 trillion in additional cuts over the next ten years. I don’t think anyone wants to be there and say that “I decimated the defense structure of the United States of America on my watch”. You can best be sure that I will do everything possible on my side to make sure that this Joint Commission of Congress performs their duties. I sit on the Armed Services Committee, I have many a friend and also a nephew that is still serving. I am not going to allow them to be sent into a combat zone without the proper levels of readiness.

With the debt-limit situation covered, foreign policy was up as the final topic.

Rich: Considering the three conflicts that the U.S. is currently engaged in – Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, which, if any do you believe we should be fighting?

Rep. West: Libya we should not be fighting at all. On this I have been very vocal. I believe the President is violating statutory law and going against the War Powers Act of 1973. I was one of the first to go into Iraq in 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division. Now it’s going to be drawn down on the 31st of December of this year. I do have some concerns on the resurgance of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Mahdi army which is supported by Iran. I believe that when you look at Afghanistan we got off-focus in being more concerned with nation building and occupation-style warfare instead of focusing on the enemy and his sanctuaries. On the tenth anniversary of 9-11,those attacks emanated out of Afghanistan, I don’t want to just pull tents and run away without having defeated the enemy to some measure of success.

Rich: There was a video put up by The Shark Tank that showed you discounting Representative Ron Paul as a serious candidate based on his foreign policy views, specifically on Iran. How would you like to see the United States deal with Iran?

Rep. West: The last thing I want to see us do is to take the Neville Chamberlain type of perspective and believe that we can compromise, appease and negotiate with Iran. You know, we’ve been in contention with Iran ever since the fall of the Shah, the rise of the Ayatollah and the hostage crisis. I believe there is going to come a time when we will have to take action against the military capability of Iran. Iran is supporting actions against our men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan. For anyone to sit and say that they want to be President of the United States of America, understanding that the most important title for the President is Commander-in-Chief, and say that they would not have problem with Iran having a nuclear device because everyone else has it – shows that person does not understand mutually assured destruction theory (M.A.D.). The religious fanatics that are truly in control in Iran – if they get that device, they’re going to use it for the purposes of having an apocalyptic event so that they can conceivably bring back the 12th Imam – the Mahdi.

Rich: Obama has stressed our relationship with one of our closest allies – Israel. There is mounting pressure for the U.N. to grant statehood to Palestine and this administration seems to be doing little to prevent it. What is your stance on the statehood of Palestine?

Rep West: I’m headed over to Israel this Saturday for a week. I think the most important thing is for the President, [U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.] Susan Rice, and Secretary of State Clinton should do is to come out, have a press conference and unequivocally state that they will not support a unilateral creation of a Palestinian state by the United Nations. We need to vote against it in the General Assembly. We definitely need to veto it in the U.N. security council. There should not be any quibbling about where we stand.

Congressman West expounded upon his answer by explaining that he had real concerns about a Palestinian government, Fatah,  that has reconciled with Hamas – a known terrorist group that has in its charter the destruction of Israel. Hamas does  not recognize Israel as a nation and now the U.N. would consider recognizing Palestine as a state. He also mentioned that if Palestine somehow were granted statehood, that the United States would respond by providing, “absolutely no funding to an illegitimate Palestinian State”.

Representative West is running for re-election in 2012 and you can keep up with his work in the House at west.house.gov or at his website: www.allenwestforcongress.com/

Interview Note:
There was much more from the interview, but I’ll be releasing that in separate articles as those questions were from unrelated topics. I thank Representative Allen West and his dedicated team for making this interview possible.

Israel and the Art of Self-Preservation

Israel Territory-Six Day WarIt has finally happened.

“In a dramatic policy shift, Israel’s prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fire line that marks off the West Bank, a TV station reported Monday.”

In other words – Israel will go back to pre-1967 borders before the Arab World attacked it. Why? Supposedly this offer will stop the “Palestinians” from going to the United Nations and unilaterally proclaiming a state.

It’s truly amazing to me. Jews are supposedly a smart people. We have Nobel Prize laureates in biomedical, chemistry, economics, physics and literature reaching back more than 100 years. No one out there doubts that Jews have excelled in all areas – except, I would argue, one. Self-preservation when we are responsible for it.

G-d preserved the Jewish People in exile for more than 3000 years in order to return us to the Land of Israel in order to create the modern state. And here we are in 2011 being blackmailed into giving away our inheritance.

If we had a guarantee that these lands wouldn’t be used as a launching pad to attack Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Be’er Sheva – we could conceivably assume that returning to a 9 mile wide border might possibly be a gamble that we would be willing to take. But there are no guarantees and we know what assuming gets us.

Considering the “Arab Spring” that sprung a few months ago, we have seen the Middle East neighborhood change – and not for the better. Iran is showing more influence in the region than they ever did before. The Gaza Strip – an experiment in “Palestinian” self-rule is a disaster. Rockets from Iran still rain daily upon civilian populations within Israel. Syria, a close ally of Iran, still supports Hezbollah in Lebanon – attacking Israel from the north. Egypt is no longer the close friend it used to be under Hosni Mubarak (not a pleasant fellow, but Israel could trust him). The military running Egypt allowed Iranian ships through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea for the first time. They no longer attempt to control what weapons come into the Gaza Strip through the smuggling tunnels. As Egypt gets ready for their first real election in years we wonder about the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood as they are being allowed to join in the process.

The Middle East is a scary place for a little democracy full of Jews and other minorities. The Arab Middle East is a vast 6,145,389 square miles (the USA has about 3.8 million sq.miles) while Israel has under 8,000 square miles which doesn’t include Gaza, Judea/Samaria or the Golan Heights (which doesn’t improve the numbers by much). Israel is tiny.

The “Palestinians” still do not recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state and they never will because they don’t believe that the Jews have any right to be there. When they are unable to acknowledge a “Jewish” state, it proves the point that it is not ‘Zionism’ as they proclaim to be the problem – but Jews and Judaism as the problem.

The point is not that the “Palestinians” need a “homeland” – they don’t. It is that they don’t want the Jews to have a homeland period. The Arab World could have solved the “Palestinian” question years ago – they have the money and the space. They didn’t want to – why should they? The “Palestinians” are a thorn in Israel’s side – a way to delegitimize the Jewish State, branding the Jews as usurpers when in truth it is the other way.

When Israel accepts the pre-1967 “Auschwitz” borders as a precondition for negotiations with people who are unable to recognize her existence as a Jewish state, when they themselves will unapologetically proclaim another Muslim state, it is mind boggling. When Israel accepts a 9 mile wide border as a precondition when surrounded by people who hate and wish them dead, it is mind boggling. When Israel hopes that proclaiming the pre-1967 borders as a legitimate starting point for negotiations in the hope that the United Nations, full of dictators and rogue states, will not recognize a new “Palestinian” terrorist state – it is mind boggling.

One hopes that G-d, who has protected the Jewish People over the last 3000 years to bring us to today, will again look kindly upon us and save us from ourselves.

A Fact Check of Washington Post’s Fact Check of Netanyahu .. or something

The Washington Post published a fact check piece attempting to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements before a joint session of Congress by brushing over them with the stain of “world opinion”. We fact-checked their fact-checking and found it .. lacking.

As all left-leaning media will do, WaPo’s writer spent the entire article using European leftist “we know better for you than you do” innuendo to create a false moral equivalence between the Israelis and the Hamas and Fatah- led Palestinians.

NETANYAHU: “You don’t need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.”

THE FACTS [According to WaPo]: Israel is a leading recipient of American foreign aid, including more than $1 billion in military assistance each year.

The real facts:

In the quote the author used is the truth. Netanyahu said that no American troops were needed in Israel. Turning around and saying that giving money and putting boots on the ground are the same thing is not only dishonest, but an insult to the fine men and women of the United States and Israeli armed forces.

NETANYAHU: “In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India. We are not the Belgians in the Congo.”

THE FACTS [According to WaPo]: While the West Bank, or Judea and Samaria, is promised to the Jewish people in the Bible, the international community considers the West Bank occupied territory.

The real facts: The international community does not have the right to revise 4,000 years of Jewish history and change the status of the Jewish homeland on a whim. As Egypt, Syria and Jordan created the situation out of which the 1967 lines appeared, perhaps Jordan should be asked to give up some of it’s land to the Palestinian state. Anyone that references the U.N., E.U, World Bank and I.M.F. (aka “the international community”) as sources of morality and decency has moral compass issues.

NETANYAHU: “You don’t need to export democracy to Israel. We’ve already got it.”

THE FACTS [According to WaPo]: Israel does give its Arab minority full civil rights, including participation in elections. But Israeli Arabs suffer from systematic discrimination in housing and the workplace. Also, more than 2 million Palestinians living in the West Bank do not have Israeli citizenship and therefore cannot vote in Israeli elections.

The real facts: Also a quote from the very same speech, “..of those 300 million arabs, less than one half of one percent are truly free – and they are all Isreali citizens”. Of course the Washington Post glosses over those references. Missing the point that Israel is the home of more free Arabs than any other country, the writer simply says – that’s not all that great.

Oh and the farthest reach of all. Here the writer tries to clean up Hamas’ image by twisting Netanyahu’s words then disproving the false message. All too typical lefty-styled “build a straw man and take it down”.

NETANYAHU: “Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of al-Qaida.”

THE FACTS[According to WaPo]: While Hamas and al-Qaida have killed hundreds of people in religious holy wars, they have no connection, and Hamas has in fact come under criticism from the global terror network for being too moderate. Al-Qaida preaches global jihad. Hamas says its struggle is solely against Israel, not the West at large. In its Gaza stronghold, Hamas has violently clashed with smaller armed groups that claim inspiration from al-Qaida.

This is the second time the post’s creator opts to disprove something that Netanyahu didn’t say. The prime minister made the claim that Hamas is the Palestinian version of Al-Qaida. He never said that they were related or part of that terrorist organization. It’s clear that Netanyahu was labelling Hamas a terrorist organization – one that is bent on genocide – one that acts and works much like Osama bin Laden’s group.

Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad Suffers Heart Attack in Texas

Salem FayyadAustin, TX – The Prime Minister of Palestine, Salam Fayyad, is resting in a Texas hospital after having suffered a heart attack.

Fayyad was in Austin to attend the graduation of his son Khaled Fayyad from college. On Sunday, the prime minister started experiencing severe chest pains and was taken to the hospital where he then suffered a heart attack. Catheterization, a procedure that opens coronary arteries using a tiny balloon, was performed successfully and Fayyad is resting.

Fayyad is in jeopardy of losing the Prime Minister’s seat that he gained in 2007. His independent views will likely not agree with President Abbas’ new partners – Hamas.

Allen West Rebukes Obama’s Shift on Israel

Allen West(WASHINGTON)—- Congressman Allen West (R: FL-22) released a scathing rebuke of President Obama’s shift of American foreign policy on the Isreali-Palenstinian conflict:

“Today’s endorsement by President Barack Obama of the creation of a Hamas-led Palestinian state based on the pre-1967 borders, signals the most egregious foreign policy decision his administration has made to date, and could be the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state.

From the moment the modern day state of Israel declared statehood in 1948, to the end of the 1967 Six Day War, Jews were forbidden access to their holiest site, the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, controlled by Jordan’s Arab army.

The pre-1967 borders endorsed by President Obama would deny millions of the world’s Jews access to their holiest site and force Israel to return the strategically important Golan Heights to Syria, a known state-sponsor of terrorism.

Resorting to the pre-1967 borders would mean a full withdrawal by the Israelis from the West Bank and the Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.  Make no mistake, there has always been a Nation of Israel and Jerusalem has been and must always be recognized as its rightful capital.

In short, the Hamas-run Palestinian state envisioned by President Obama would be devastating to Israel and the world’s 13.3 million Jews. It would be a Pavlovian style reward to a declared Islamic terrorist organization, and an unacceptable policy initiative.

America should never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority- which has aligned itself with Hamas. Palestine is a region, not a people or a modern state. Based upon Roman Emperor Hadrian’s declaration in 73 AD, the original Palestinian people are the Jewish people.

It’s time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes.  I have questions for President Obama:  ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?’ and ‘Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’

President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations.  The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”

 

Palestinian: A People Or A Marketing Term?

After today’s literal fall from grace in the eyes of God Almighty due to President Obama betraying the nation and people of Israel, the social media outlets blew up like wildfire! There were so many tweets coming through that I literally could not keep up with them. I re-tweeted many, I posted many, I wrote an article… in the midst of all of this, my heart was literally breaking for this once great nation. Yes, I say once great nation, because we will fall quickly by taking a national stand against God’s chosen people!

One tweet came across that caught my eye and I retweeted it. I’ve thought long and hard on it throughout the afternoon. It is my firm belief that this tweet is absolute truth. However, I think it is very important to lay out some facts to prove it as truth.

The tweet was sent by Hope d’Amore :

“PALESTINIAN” is a marketing term. YRU calling 4 creation of a nation out of whole cloth? The ISRAELITES WERE THERE 1k yrs BC.

As I began researching this topic for actual facts I found an abundance of half-truths woven in with outright lies.

We have reached yet another milestone in our day and age with technology that was foretold in prophecy thousands of years ago.

But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” Daniel 12:4

It does not take a genius to realize that we have reached the time that God speaks of to Daniel in this passage. On a minute-by-minute basis people all around the world are “going here and there” by way of planes, trains and automobiles.

We now have the sum of human knowledge at our fingertips in the Internet.

However, knowledge does not necessarily mean it is truth. Just because it is written or spoken does not mean that it is fact. I can tell you that the grass is blue but that does not make it so. There are just some things that go beyond simple “perception”. Dictionary.com defines “propaganda” as:

prop·a·gan·da
–noun
1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.

This is exactly what I have found in doing my research. I had just about decided I was going to have to go to the actual brick and mortar building of my local library to find some history books to give facts for this article. While I have numerous writings here at home I do not have exactly what I am looking for and need for this article. That will change, as more than ever before I want to make I am armed with the facts of Israel in history. Facts…. not opinions or perceptions- or propaganda.

So much of what I found is nothing but outright propaganda.

What is being spread by the liberal main (lame) stream media today is an organized idea spread world-wide to harm- or their ultimate goal- kill the people of Israel.

It’s very interesting how the physical world is so intertwined with the spiritual world- so much so that we do not even realize it! What we are witnessing is what has been going on for thousands of years. We have a ring-side seat to one of the largest spiritual battles of all time. It is a battle between good and evil.

God’s Word tells us that Satan is the “Father of lies”:

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

So it only makes sense that this spiritual war is being waged with outright lies.

I finally found this website that answers this question: “Are the Palestinians Descendants of Jews who Converted to Islam?” by Dr. Rivka Shpak Lissak.

The popaganda that is addressed at the very beginning is:

“…that the present Jews are not the descendants of the ancient Jews who lived in the land of Israel 2,000 years ago but descendants of coverts. Since they are Jews by religion, but not by ethnicity, they have no rights for a state on this land, and the Arabs who have lived year for generations are the true owners of this land.”

Dr. Lissak calls it was it is from the very beginning- propaganda. Just because people world wide are propagating this idea as fact does not make it true. You can call a monkey an elephant but that doesn’t make it so!

Rather than quoting half of the information from this website, I urge you to go to the site and read word for word what the truth- the history- the actual FACTS are! There are additional links on the bottom of the page that will give you much more information. In fact, I will be spending a great deal of time in the coming days combing through this site and reading as much information as I can find.

This quote sums up the true purpose of the propaganda and those who spread the lies about Israel:

“The Arabic- Palestinian narrative as well as Zands’ thesis are efforts to rewrite history for political considerations: To eliminate the Jewish state.

The thesis of this article is that there is no evidence that thousands of Jews converted to Islam.”

You cannot get more clear than that!

I cannot speak for every word on the site, but I have not yet found anything that causes my alarm bells to go off. And believe me, after the research I’ve delved into today and into this evening, warning bells have not stopped going off in my head!

Ultimately, The Holy Bible is THE ONLY TRUTH there is! However, history proves God’s Word is Truth. Facts, not propaganda, are what we must stand for.

There is one misconception among many for those who do not support Israel in regards to how they view those of us who do stand with Israel. It is often “understood” that by supporting and standing with Israel that we choose to look past the things that the people of Israel- the Jews- have done wrong. This is simply not true. We are all human. We all fail at one point or another… most of us at least one time a day if not more! None of us are perfect! However, to expect the people of Israel to not protect themselves from the continuous onslaught of violence is ridiculous!

The “Palestinian” propaganda has served to twist facts- changing them completely in many instances.

This site- The Bible On Jewish Links to the Holy Land – is one that I found the most informative for what I wanted for this article. Remember what I said- The Bible is THE source of Truth that we must base all of our arguments on. Abraham was promised the land of Israel by God Almighty Himself almost 4,000 years ago. Here is a quote from this site that debunks the propaganda of “Palestine”:

“Israel is known by a number of names, including Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Zion, or simply as ha-aretz, meaning “the land,” a sign of its belovedness and significance. It is the Holy Land, par excellence. God promised Abraham that he and his descendants would inherit the land of Israel as an eternal possession.”

I went to dozens of websites researching this topic, and time after time the land was referred to as “Palestine”. Palestine is NOT one of the names that the Holy Land is called! God promised the Holy Land- Israel (ie Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Zion, ha-aret, the land) to Abraham and his descendants as an ETERNAL possession! To use more common words to make this crystal clear for those who refuse to accept this fact:

God promised the Holy Land- Israel- to Abraham and his descendants- the Jewish people- FOREVER!

If this is still not clear enough, I invite you to visit the thesaurus.com to see the other synonyms listed for eternal.

The propaganda machines can deny it all they like, but again, just because something is said or written doesn’t make it fact. You have to have FACTS to back up your argument.

This fact alone makes the argument

“Jewish rights to the land were always part of the very fabric of Creation.”

Of course I know there are those who will say that is not true, but facts are facts. We know that this is fact rather than propaganda because

“the Hebrew verb used in the Scriptures is natati, meaning “I have given” (past tense). This passage implies that God had already given the land to the Jews at some earlier time, though this is the first record of such a promise. Rabbinic commentators suggest, however, that God had set aside the land of Israel for His people already at the time of Creation.”

Language is a funny thing. It is factual. There have been movies made in foreign languages that are no longer spoken (“The Passion of The Christ” and “Apocalypto” to name two of them). How do we know that the words that were spoken in the movie were of the specific language of the time recreated on film? Simple. Facts. You cannot argue with facts.

I could spend the rest of my life writing on this topic, but I would simply be quoting other people. I am no scholar- Biblical or otherwise. But I do know fact from propaganda.

Israel belongs to the Jewish people- descendants of Abraham.

Twist the facts or lie if you will… that does not make it true.

Israel- and I mean ALL of Israel as outlined in the Bible, and represented by this map, belongs to the Jewish people!

Source: Files From Toni

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Another Great Source of Facts: Israel’s Legal Right To The Land

Jews have a legitimate claim to the whole of Israel. They are not the “occupying force” as misinformation suggests.

Zephaniah 2:8-11

“ I have heard the reproach of Moab,
And the insults of the people of Ammon,
With which they have reproached My people,
And made arrogant threats against their borders.
Therefore, as I live,”
Says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
“ Surely Moab shall be like Sodom,
And the people of Ammon like Gomorrah—
Overrun with weeds and saltpits,
And a perpetual desolation.
The residue of My people shall plunder them,
And the remnant of My people shall possess them.”
This they shall have for their pride,
Because they have reproached and made arrogant threats
Against the people of the LORD of hosts.
The LORD will be awesome to them,
For He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth;
People shall worship Him,
Each one from his place,
Indeed all the shores of the nations.

Taking A Stand May Mean You Lose Friends

I was put in the position just a couple of nights ago where I had to take a stand. You know the saying, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”

As a very solid supporter of Israel I write articles, tweets, and speak out very boldly of my support for Israel. I had a friend who is a liberal, who as it turns out is atheist, but her parents are Muslim. Obviously we are as different from each other as night and day in our beliefs.

However, we had found a way to remain friends without letting our difference cause issues. I had to draw the line with her a couple of times and tell her certain things were not up for discussion. I was never disillusioned enough to believe I could change her mind or beliefs and I know for certain she was not going to change mine.

That all changed night before last when I posted the link to my article “Come Hell Or High Water I Will Stand With Israel“.

I doubt very seriously she even took the time to read the article. Instead, she started ranting that while she could sympathize with Israel it was not right that they go “bulldozing down homes.” This was just the beginning of the rant.

Israel is one of the topics that was off-limits for us. I warned her, as nicely as I possibly could, that I would not discuss this issue with her as I refused to do in the past. She persisted. I told her I was giving her one last warning. I drew my line in the sand. The topic of Israel just was not up for discussion with her. Still she persisted. So I blocked her from my twitter account.

That was the last thing I wanted to do. However, she did not respect me and my stand. She refused to let it go. She continued to bait me. I stood strong. A friendship was ended.

It is sometimes tough to take a stand. These days, it is often very difficult to take a stand, most especially if it involves supporting Israel. However, if you don’t stand for something, you WILLfall for anything! Not I, says the Lady Warrior who knows the Blessings of Freedom! I will fight forever- until my dying breath, if that is what it takes! To paraphrase my favorite movie, “Braveheart“, they may take my life, but they will NEVER take my freedom!

America, we must be prepared. I strongly believe that the actions of President Obama today will bring down the wrath of God Almighty on this nation. He has turned his back on Israel. He spat in the face of God’s chosen  people. God will not take this lightly!

I stand united with you, Oh Israel! Lift up your eyes unto the heavens. Yes, as Glenn Beck just said, I do most certainly believe the very gates of hell have just opened up against you! But I also believe just as Glenn Beck just stated that the very gates of heaven are standing wide open for you! YOU, OH ISRAEL, are the apple of Sovereign God’s eye! Do not despair! He is with you always. My heart and prayers will continue to be with you, Israel! May God bless you and keep you always!

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