Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pondering the Wreckage from the Latest Gaza War


As President Obama proceeds with his courtship of "moderate Arab governments" for active roles in his anti-ISIS coalition, he is again ringing the changes on the long-disproved notion that a more hostile American posture towards Israel is needed in order to smooth the path towards ultimate peace in the Middle East. Again, President Obama and his team are screaming that Israel's government is poisoning the wells of diplomacy by building more housing for all of its citizens - Arabs Jews and others - in areas that the PLO insists have belonged exclusively to Arabs since time immemorial. Once again we are being told that surrender by Israel of its position on this and other disputed matters will win goodwill for Israel – that this goodwill will radiate in all directions, smoothing the way to solution of all the differences between Israel and its neighbors. In due course, as Israel surrenders her narrow Zionist vision in favor of grander possibilities, throughout the Arab world the grievances upon which ISIS feeds will be removed or vastly mitigated in the minds of all clear-thinking denizens of the region and the spirit of accommodation will reign. [more...]

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Netanyahu's Truth in a Den of Lies


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a powerful and sobering speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 29th.  He said he came from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of the Israeli people and to "expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and the brave soldiers who defend it. Truth must always be spoken, especially here, in the United Nations," the prime minister said to an audience of government leaders and delegates not used to hearing the truth spoken in the UN on issues relating to the Jewish state. [more...]

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Netanyahu's ISIS Moral Clarity


Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry. Unlike President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the threat and its animating ideology without rose-colored glasses. Addressing a conference of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Prime Minister Netanyahu described the repugnant vision as one of global supremacism. [more...]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The War at Home


As the Islamic State beheads a third hostage and the world recoils in horror and reassures itself that all this has nothing to do with Islam, it is useful to remember that jihad activity continues in the United States – although hardly anyone notices amid the rush to dissociate Islam from the mounting violence committed in its name and in accord with its literal teachings. Take, for example, a Muslim from Seattle, Ali Muhammad Brown who is "currently in jail on $5 million bail for the alleged murder of a college student in late June." He has "already been charged with gunning down two men at 29th and King Street in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood on June 1." And he is "now the prime suspect in a fourth homicide." [more...]

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama's Indifference to the Islamic State Nightmare


Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ("ISIS," also known variously as "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" or simply the "Islamic State") is metastasizing throughout northern and western Iraq and swaths of Syria. It won't stop there. Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and other parts of the Middle East are within its sights. Ultimately, its pathological leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warned, ISIS is after the United States. "Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam have prepared for such a day," he said last January. More recently, an ISIS spokesperson declared "we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House."

President Obama, after months of dithering, finally authorized air strikes against ISIS, which are helping to slow down their advance against the Kurds in northern Iraq and to provide space for urgent humanitarian relief to besieged minority groups under threat of genocide by ISIS jihadists. However, as welcome as this is, the president still views ISIS as a local Iraqi problem to be dealt with by instituting a more inclusive centralized government in Baghdad rather than seeing ISIS as part of a much larger global ideological threat. [more...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Palestinians’ Prize for Terror



Secretary of State John Kerry - who was heard last Sunday on an open mike between Sunday TV appearances disparaging Israel’s efforts to limit civilian casualties in Gaza - arrived in Cairo on July 21st to frantically cobble together an immediate ceasefire. Seeking the help of Egypt and the United Nations, and even the Hamas-friendly countries of Turkey and Qatar, Kerry is looking for some kind of consensus by the major players in the region for a peace-at-any price formula. He is insisting on a premature ceasefire before Israel is able to find and destroy all the tunnels built under Palestinian civilians’ homes, schools and hospitals, which Hamas is using to hide its weapons and as bases from which to sneak its jihadists into Israel for the purpose of abducting or killing its citizens. [more...]

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hamas's Nazi-Style Rocket Blitz


The Palestinian unity government, via its co-equal partner Hamas, is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity against Israeli civilians.  Hamas has launched scores of rockets from Gaza aimed at major Israeli cities covering more than half of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Caesarea. The attacks have escalated from 6 on June 27th to more than 160 on July 8th. This is Hamas's version of the Nazi-style air blitz, meant to terrorize the Israeli population into submission. Imitating Nazi tactics is a logical extension of the great esteem which Hamas leaders and their Palestinian forebears have held for Adolf Hitler. [more...]