Palestinian Leaders don’t want Peace – Never Have – Never Will

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Well, it’s been one heck of an exciting week and one heck of a run-up to Christmas.

Two major and very consequential events occurred, with the signing into law by President Trump of the YUGE Republican tax bill, and of course the tour de force performance by Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations.

Although I was glad to see a tax plan finally ironed out, which should help almost everyone, the no-nonsense approach our Ambassador took with the rabble at the U.N. was a fist-pump moment.

I must say that I don’t recall a time when I was prouder of a United States Ambassador to the U.N. in my life. Even more so than John Bolton or Jeane Kirkpatrick.

I’m sure that all who truly understand the make-up of the U.N. applauded her take-no-prisoners speech. I recall simply saying out loud – “It’s about time.” read more

Has Trump Shifted His Position On Israel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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I said it before he was elected – I said it shortly after, and I’ll repeat it again. Although I was not a supporter, I did vote for President Trump and I gave him a clean slate to work with. I will praise him when he does right (in my view), as he has done on a number of occasions already, and will criticize when I feel it necessary.

Well, I feel it necessary. Some of the most important issues I felt comfortable with Trump were immigration, repeal of Obamacare, energy and unyielding support of Israel.

Thus far, and I realize it’s very early, he has not disappointed on immigration and the border wall – energy related issues and at least his take on Obamacare – not withstanding the utterly spineless stance of Congress and the Senate.

However, I was stunned to read the statement from the White House Press Secretary regarding the seeming shift of policy regarding Israel. And I’m not the only one.

Following the election the Washington Times reported on the elation of Israel’s Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, who exclaimed “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause.” He added that, “This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple. The era of a Palestinian state is over.” read more

Will Trump Blow Up the Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Well, let’s hope so.

The left in America, and I’m sure worldwide, is not pleased that Trump has tapped attorney David Friedman to be the next Ambassador to Israel. It is said that Friedman does NOT support an Israeli-Palestinian “two-State” solution. This only adds to the status-quo thinkers’ angst over Trump, as he has also promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem. The loony left contends that this will only serve to anger Muslims.

And we wouldn’t want to anger the Muslims. If we make them mad, they might begin to lob rockets into Israel and attack its citizens. Oh wait…they’re already doing that.

The Fiscal Times quoting the “liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz, says that Friedman promised in a video address to Trump supporters in Jerusalem a few weeks ago that ‘a Trump administration will never pressure Israel into a two-state solution or any other solution that is against the will of the Israeli people.’”

The left is pointing to Trump buddy and fellow billionaire, Sheldon Adelson for this reversal of longstanding and utterly dimwitted American policy. Adelson “is passionately opposed to the formation of a Palestinian state, which he has compared to playing ‘Russian roulette’ with Israel’s existence.” His is 100% correct. read more

My WND Weekly Exclusive

Is it time for Israel to kick them all out?

 Frankly, if it were up to me, I’d kick them all out. It’s evident none of the Arabs who surround Israel want peace with the Jewish nation, and all at one time or another have refused even to recognize its existence.

Since its founding in 1948, the state of Israel has always wanted peace with its Arab neighbors. It is the Arab nations who have been threatening, provoking or outright warring with them.

To prove this to be so, one need only ask him or herself: If the Arabs all laid down their arms tomorrow, what would Israel do? Of course, nothing. They would live in peace. Now ask yourself if Israel did the same, what the Arabs would do. They would attack the following day, if they waited that long. This is all one needs to know about the dynamics of the region. read more

Leftist Hamas Cheerleaders

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Sure, they cannot come out and say that, but by both their spoken and written opinions, one can conclude nothing else.

Evidently the history of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians began the day Israel attacked Gaza. Decades of terrorist strikes against the tiny nation are apparently not allowed to be considered.

Yesterday, reporter Chris Doyle of the left-leaning UK telegraph wrote of the Palestinian plight  in the West Bank and Gaza.

He concentrated on Gaza, due to the Israeli counterattack on Hamas there. Actually, he didn’t describe it as a counterattack or counter offensive.

He wrote: “How much more of a pummeling can Gaza take? The fatality count mounts to around 750 Palestinians and 35 Israelis. The civilian infrastructure in Gaza is creaking under the Israeli assault.”

As lefties always do, he goes on to praise the commencement of diplomatic efforts by John “Lurch” Kerry and fellow Israel hater, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (pie), because diplomacy always work so well when dealing with terrorists, such as Hamas.

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Soros Sets His Sights On Israel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Liberals hate Israel. We all know that. They do so because the dopes on the left, Wordwide, have bought into the myth that Israel is oppressive and is the single source of all that is wrong in the middle east. They are the sole source of misery to the poor Palestinians; those dirty Jews, stealing their homeland. Taking by force what is rightfully the Palestinians’.

Everyone hates Israel. Maybe even more than conservatives, if that’s possible. I suppose it is, being that conservatives are but the enemy of America and the Jews are evidently the worlds foe.

Even self-hating Jew, George Soros (yes, he’s a Jew) is underwriting groups that work against Israels interests.

When asked about anti-Semitism in Europe, Soros, who is Jewish, said European anti-Semitism is the result of the policies of Israel and the United States.

So let’s see if this is right. Jews are so evil that they themselves, cause anti-semitism.

That’s like a rapist saying she deserved it because she was dressed a certain way and everyone agreeing.

Oh, and as usual, it’s also the fault of the United States. Why? Our policies. What policies, you may ask? Well, it doesn’t matter, because no one will ever ask Mr. Soros which American policies cause the hatred of the Jews and Israel. I guess just being known as a ally is reason enough. read more

Ohio Invests In Apartheid

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Imagine this. You have been appointed Treasurer of an American state, a heavily populated one. One of your most important duties is looking after the states money. For most if not all states that can be millions or billions of dollars every year.

Well some of that money must be invested to achieve not only safety but growth. It’s an awesome responsibility. Invest the states money in the wrong vehicle and you could lose some or all of the investment.

States have guidelines and rules where and how such money can be invested. The state legislature normally sets the guidelines. Maybe they decide the treasurer can only place the money in historically safe and highly rated funds. They might decide the treasurer can only invest domestically or internationally with trusted allies. These rules are made so the treasurer’s don’t invest in blood diamonds or the Russian Mafia fund.

Most state treasures take this charge very seriously. Such it is with Josh Mandel, the treasurer for the state of Ohio.

By all accounts Mandel has done a pretty good job for the state. This state has earned a AAA credit rating on Ohio’s multibillion-dollar STAR investment fund. They have also achieved an upgrade in rating on their Enterprise Bond Fund. The first in a decade.

There’s only one problem. Josh Mandel is one of those dang “Jews”. And do you know what that “Jew” has been doing? He’s been investing the state of Ohio’s money in Israel Bonds!

He purchased $42 million of Israel Bonds just a few months ago. That brings Ohio’s total holding of Israel bonds to $80 million.

Some are not so pleased with his purchases. Can you guess who they might be? If you guessed radical pro-Arab Palestinian groups, you win the prize. Extra credit if you also guessed skinhead white supremacist groups.

The Palestinian groups sent off a letter to the state explaining how evil Israel is and that it is a human rights violator. The groups called Israel an Apartheid state that “humiliates Palestinian men, women and children… shames the state of Ohio and poorly reflects upon the character of its citizens”.

So investing in Israel has all of a sudden become a pox on the citizens of Ohio, despite the fact that the state has been investing in Israel bonds since 1993.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that Israel bonds have yields 3 to 4 times that of U.S. Treasuries.

Treasurer Mandel had a response to the pro-Arab letter: “In the Ohio treasurer’s office, we make decisions on what’s best for our taxpayers, not based on what radical Islamist groups want us to do.” Awesome! How many “public servants” would have the guts to say something like that? Very few.

“Unity of Nobility”, a white supremacist group simply stated that” Ohio Just Got Jewed”.

Maybe next go round Mandel can purchase shares of the Neo Nazi Trust or Hamas/Hezbollah Bond Fund with a yield of rockets and mortars.

Antisemites, Alive and Well

Arab Jew-hate and the western media

by: The Warped Mirror

As much as the media like to report and opine on Israel, they usually do so in a way that presents Arab and Muslim hatred for the Jewish state as an ultimately understandable reaction to Israeli policies. The intense hatred for Jews that is so prevalent throughout the region is a topic that is rarely broached, leaving western audiences oblivious to the fact that in today’s Middle East, antisemitism is as acceptable – and perhaps even more popular – as it was in Nazi Germany.

 

However, it seems that the usual reluctance to report on Arab and Muslim Jew-hatred was deemed untenable when MEMRI recently posted some video clips from 2010 that showed Egypt’s current president Morsi delivering antisemitic rants.  But while this story has by now been widely covered, initially nobody was really eager to report it – as Jeffrey Goldberg highlighted when he entitled a related blog post “Egyptian President Calls Jews ‘Sons of Apes and Pigs’; World Yawns.” Goldberg also linked to a fascinating Forbes story by Richard Behar, who actually took the trouble to monitor how Morsi’s remarks were (not) covered in most of the western media for several days.
As Behar rightly notes, “the demonization of Jews is commonplace and de rigueur in the Arab media (although most Americans wouldn’t know that because they are not being made aware of it).” Behar tried to do his part to counter this lack of knowledge late last November, when he published an article highlighting the “continuous, venomous stream of hate messages disseminated by the PA [Palestinian Authority] through its media and social and education systems.”
In a follow-up to his recent story on the media’s reluctance to report Morsi’s antisemitic rants, Behar notes that eventually, even the White House got around to condemning Morsi’s vile views, and he suggests that this might justify the hope that “the media world (and Washington) may be waking up from its collective stupor–specifically, the timeworn and tiresome routine of ignoring anti-Semitic hate speech by Islamist officials as if it’s to be expected of them, and thus not newsworthy.”
While I don’t share Behar’s optimism, I sure wish he was right, because this would certainly be a most welcome development that would enable many people around the world to have a much better understanding of the Middle East and the reasons for the lack of peace between Arabs and Israel.
This point was emphasized in a related post by Walter Russell Mead, who observed:
“Morsi’s anti-Semitic views are not surprising in themselves; indeed they are completely mainstream and unobjectionable in the Egyptian context. Not many people in Egypt would disagree with the statements in question, and Morsi is more likely to be attacked for being too soft on Israel than for venting his spleen. But these statements, and the widespread support for them, should remind everyone just how slim the chances are for real peace between Israel and its neighbors.
There are a lot of illusions out there about how the exercise of power will moderate the Muslim Brotherhood and similar groups. To some degree, Morsi’s record in office shows a pragmatic willingness to maintain a treaty he deeply loathes with the ‘sons of apes and pigs.’ But we would do better to think of this as caution rather than moderation. If a real opportunity presented itself to destroy the Jewish state, there can be little doubt that Morsi and the members of his movement would think it their duty to act.
For Israel, the lesson is obvious. For the foreseeable future it must depend upon strength rather than trust if it intends to survive.”
Since I asserted above that in today’s Middle East, antisemitism is as acceptable – and perhaps even more popular – as it was in Nazi Germany, let me close with two recent examples that illustrate this point.
The first example comes from the speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to mark the recent anniversary of Fatah commemorating the group’s first terror attack against Israel on January 1, 1965. As rightly noted in an analysis of this speech by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Abbas used this opportunity to espouse a radical political doctrine:
“Abbas reinforced his uncompromising message with a pledge to continue the path of struggle of previous Palestinian leaders, mentioning the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who forged a strategic alliance with Nazi Germany, and heads of Palestinian terror organizations who were directly responsible for the murder of thousands of Israeli civilians, including Halil al-Wazir Abu Jihad (Fatah), Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (Hamas), Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi (Hamas), Fathi al-Shikaki (Islamic Jihad), George Habash (Popular Front), Abu Ali Mustafa (Popular Front), Abu al-Abbas (Arab Liberation Front), and Izzadin al-Qassam (leader of the jihad war against the Jewish Yishuv and the British in the 1930s).”
A translation of the relevant passages of the speech by MEMRI shows that Abbas named Husseini – widely known as “Hitler’s Mufti” – as one of Palestine’s “pioneers.” Given that Abbas has faced much criticism for his Ph.D. thesis that questioned the Holocaust and claimed collaboration between the Nazis and the Zionist movement, he surely knew what he was doing. (And presumably Germany’s Social Democrats know what they are doing when they declare that they have “common values” with Fatah.)
The second example illustrates how this kind of nonchalant embrace of prominent Nazi-collaborators is reflected and amplified on popular social media sites: the Facebook page of “Palestine News” boasts more than 425,000 “Likes,” and when I checked it out just now, it registered “86,142 talking about this.”
A few days ago, this image with a supposed quote from Hitler was posted on the page:
Palestin News Hitler
This posting garnered 1853 “Likes;” the accompanying text is basically the same as a purported Hitler quote provided in a popular “Hitler quotes” app “I could have killed all the Jews in the world, but I spared some of them so you know why I killed the rest.”

No Peace

Shimon Peres: Israel’s government does not want to make peace with Muslim world

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Intervening in the country’s general election campaign, Israel’s elder statesman warned of the perils of his country isolating itself from America.

President Barack Obama was “not convinced” that Israel’s current leaders truly wanted peace, he said.

“If there is no diplomatic decision, the Palestinians will go back to terror. Knives, mines, suicide attacks,” Mr Peres said in an extensive interview with the New York Times Magazine .

“The silence that Israel has been enjoying over the last few years will not conrocket attackstinue, because even if the local inhabitants do not want to resume the violence, they will be under the pressure of the Arab world. Money will be transferred to them, and weapons will be smuggled to them, and there will be no one who will stop this flow.” [ The Silence that Israel has enjoyed? Really? In 2012 alone, over 2200 Palestinian rocket and motar attacks have rained into Israel. Nice silence Mr. Peres. ]

Most of the world would then blame Israel for the violence and brand it a “racist state”, warned Mr Peres. [ Most of the world already has been convinced they are a racist state by the politically correct left and the Islamic radicals ]

Israel’s current government has offered peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, but has also expanded Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Indeed in recent weeks Mr Netanyahu has angered the US by announcing plans for more than 6,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Mr Peres said this policy risked losing US support by undermining Washington’s belief in Israel’s desire for peace. [ Let’s clear this up once and for all;  Israel does not “Occupy” the West Bank. Israel specifically told King Hussein of Jordan that if his country stayed out of the 1967 war, Israel would not fight against him. Hussein ignored the warning Hamasand attacked Israel in 1967. While fending off the assault and driving out the invading Jordanian troops, Israel came to control the West Bank. Had Hussein heeded the warning, the Palestinians of the West Bank would in all likelihood be living as Jordanian citizens.  By rejecting Arab demands that Israel be required to withdraw from all the territories won in 1967, the UN Security Council in Resolution 242 acknowledged that Israel was entitled to claim at least part of these lands for new defensible borders.]

Asked if Mr Obama believed that Israel shared his ambitions for peace in the Middle East, Mr Peres replied: “Of course he’s not convinced. He demanded an end to settlements and got a negative response, and they [members of Mr Netanyahu’s government] are to blame for the ongoing activity in the settlements. President Obama thinks that peace should be made with the Muslim world. We, the State of Israel, do not appear to be thinking along those lines. [ THE COVENANT OF THE HAMAS (1988): ‘Israel will exist and will continue to  exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.’  Yes, Mr President, the Muslim World wants peace. Right! ]

“We must not lose the support of the United States. What gives Israel bargaining power in the international arena is the support of the United States.”

He added that standing alone from the US, Israel would be “like a lone tree in the desert”.

Mr Peres, 89, became president in 2007 after a 50-year career in the center-left of Israeli politics during which he served as prime minister three times. His comments will draw accusations from Mr Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beiteinu bloc that Mr Peres is breaking the convention that the ceremonial president should remain above party politics. Israel will hold an election on Jan 22 and the polls suggest both that Mr Netanyahu will be re-elected – and most voters are pessimistic or apathetic about the prospects of peace.msg from hamas

Mr Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with the then prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, for jointly forging the ill-fated Oslo agreement. [ Says a lot for the Nobel prize, that the terrorist Arafat won one. Something to be proud of ]

In his series of interviews with the New York Times Mr Peres told the Israeli journalist, Ronen Bergman, that Mr Netanyahu was not providing positive leadership.

“I think that if the people of Israel heard from the leadership that there is a chance for peace, they would take up the gauntlet and believe it,” he said. “There are two things that cannot be made without closing your eyes – love and peace.” [ Quote from a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood: “Every night when I go to bed, I pray to wake up the next day to see Israel is wiped off the map” ]

Although Mr Netanyahu publicly committed himself in 2009 to the principle of Palestinian statehood, he has been dismissive of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and the leader of the moderate Fatah faction. The two men have not met for more than two years. Mr Peres, by contrast, said he had met Mr Abbas several times with Mr Netanyahu’s knowledge and described the Palestinian as an “excellent” negotiating partner. [ Moderate Fatah? You mean the moderate Fatah that has aligned with the Hamas? That one? ]

Mr Peres alluded to Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons by claiming credit for creating hamas-fatah-unity-flagthe country’s nuclear program. “I do not think there are many people in the world who can say they managed to create a nuclear option in a small country,” he said, while reciting the achievements of his long career. Israeli leaders have always held to a policy of “strategic ambiguity”, neither confirming nor denying the possession of an atom bomb.

Mr Netanyahu renewed his attack on Mr Abbas on Thursday by criticizing him for meeting Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader, in Cairo this week.

“Abu Mazen [Mr Abbas] embraces the head of a terrorist organization that declared only last month that Israel must be wiped off the map,” said the prime minister. “This is not how someone who wants peace behaves.” [ Bully for Mr Netanyahu! At least someone has the stones to tell the truth!  There can never and will never be peace with islamists. They must be defeated at all cost. Only then would there be peace. ]