Monday, August 3, 2015

Again--Jewish Israeli politicians demonize Jews


On Friday, July 31, 2015, fire in an Arab village near Ramallah killed an Arab baby and wounded four Arabs (Tova Dvorin, “Politicians Shocked at 'Jewish Terror': 'We Are at War'”, Arutz Sheva, July 31, 2015). The circumstances of the fire might suggest that Jews didn’t commit this attack (Hillel Fendel, “'Settler' Pays Troubling Condolence Visit to Arab Village”, Arutz Sheva, August 3, 2015). In addition, someone had scribbled Hebrew grafitti on a wall near or at the site of the fire—and one of the graffiti appeared to have Arabic calligraphic elements (ibid).

Nevertheless, before any investigation could be completed, politicians across Israel instantly condemned the attack as ‘Jewish terror’.  No one waited for evidence.

For example, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said, "The fire and the murder of the Palestinian toddler is an act of terrorism…We will not allow terrorists to take the lives of Palestinians" (ibid).

When was the last time Ya’alon declared, ‘we will not allow terrorists to take the lives of Jews’?  Can you remember?

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid issued a fiery declaration. He said, "Whoever burns a Palestinian baby has declared war on Israel. Whoever attacks with a knife our youths at the Gay Pride [parade] has declared war on Israel…Whoever burns churches has declared war on Israel. Anyone who threatens to attack the Supreme Court with a D9 [bulldozer] has declared war on Israel…”

No one had actually threatened to attack the Supreme Court with a bulldozer. But a Member of Israel’s Knesset did recently say that a controversial High Court ruling to bulldoze several Jewish homes in a Samarian community suggests that bulldozers should be used a second time--to knock down the Supreme Court’s own building. Lapid called that a ‘war against Israel’.

These and other politicians were incensed at what they termed this ‘Jewish terror’. This ‘terrorism’, they said, had to be stamped out immediately.

They’ve rarely—if ever--spoken this way about Arab terror attacks against Jews. They’ve never railed this way against the Arab war to destroy Israel.

Zionist Union chairman and Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog even called for security forces to “redouble and investigate the attack with all of its resources, including a wave of arrests and interrogations until the perpetrators are brought to justice" (ibid).

Arabs in a car fired shots at Jews travelling in their own car (Ari Yashar, “Arabs Conduct Drive-by Shooting in Apparent 'Revenge'”, Arutz Sheva, July 31, 2015). Less than an hour after that, Israel news reported that Arabs in Jerusalem’s Old City had thrown rocks and bottles at police, injuring one policeman (“Old City, Jerusalem: Arabs Attack Security Forces”, Arutz Sheva, July 31, 2015).

After these Arab attacks against Jews, no politicians in Israel declared, ‘whoever throws rocks at Jews declares war against Israel…whoever shoots at Jews declares war on Israel, etc. No politician called these Arab attackers terrorists. No politician in Israel demanded that security forces ‘redouble’ their efforts to catch the Arab perpetrators of these attacks. No politician in Israel dared to call for Israeli police to use ‘a wave of arrests and interrogations until the perpetrators are brought to justice’.

No Israeli politician would dare speak of Arab terror with such words. No one would dare call for mass arrests and/or interrogations of Arabs.

These Jewish leaders reserved such special words only for the Jews of Israel.

This is how politicians and police work in Israel: typically, when Arabs attack Jews, police and politicians are silent. They speak in neutral terms about of ‘an assault’ or ‘a stabbing’. Rarely will they speak of ‘Arab terror’.

 But when the rare Jewish attack unfolds against Arabs, you’d think the world had just ended. The horror and revulsion expressed by politicians, government Ministers, police and the media is beyond one’s imagination. The impression such rage gives seems to be, how dare Jews attack Arabs!

The impression they give is that Israel belongs to Arabs. The impression they give is that these Arab ‘owners’ of Israel must be defended at all costs against the fiendish Jew.

In Israel, Jews who attack Arabs almost always act alone. There is no organized, repeated incitement against Arabs. There are no calls to kill Arabs.

By contrast, Arabs who attack Jews are almost always incited to act by Arab politicians, clergy, media, social media, Arab-language school-books and after-school programs, including summer ‘camps’. Arabs attack Jews because the entire Palestinian Authority enterprise marinates in a swamp of vicious and unrelenting Jew-hate.

Israeli politicians rarely speak of this Jew-hate. The Israeli media rarely rails against it. They cry only when Arabs are harmed.

When it comes to the rare Jewish assault against Arabs, they don’t speak of ‘attacks’. They shout, 'Jewish terror'. They demonize Jews. They criminalize Jews even before evidence has been collected and processed.

They imitate the Jew-hating gentile world with great skill. They become better Jew-haters than the real Jew-haters.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Today was the worse day ever


A reader sent this to me. You may have seen it. It’s from Shabbat.com. The writer is reported to be an 11th grader, Chanie Gorkin. It’s a poem titled, “Worst Day Ever?” The posting on Shabbat.com appears to have no date.

The writing seems stilted—but after you’ve read it, you’ll understand why. Take a look. It’s very short. But it speaks for itself.

 

Today was the absolute worse day ever

And don’t try to convince me that

There’s something good in every day

Because, when you take a closer look,

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.

And it’s not true that

It’s all in the mind and heart

Because

True happiness can be obtained

Only if one’s surroundings are good

It’s not true that good exists

I’m sure you can agree that

The reality

Creates

My attitude

It’s all beyond my control

And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that

Today was a good day

 

Now re-read—from bottom to top.

 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How dare Mike Huckabee say that!!!!


While being interviewed on Breitbart News Satuday, on July 25, 2015, probable Presidential candidate (he’s made no formal announcement yet) and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee dropped a news bomb. He said that, with this horrible Iran deal, US president Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” (Robert Wilde, “Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to ‘Door of Oven’”, breitbart. com, July 25, 2015).

That ‘oven’, of course, refers to the crematoria of the Nazi concentration camps of app 1935-45, where 6 million Jews were murdered and then incinerated like so much trash simply because they were Jews. Huckabee’s comment suggested that the Iran deal was so bad it was tantamount to marching Israel to its death.

Why would anyone suggest that? Well, for one thing, Iran has made no secret of its desire to wipe Israel off the map. Iranians won’t stop chanting, ‘Death to Israel’. In the middle of the negotiations, Iran declared that it has a Divine mission to destroy the Jewish state (David Daoud, “Top Khamenei Advisor: We Have Divine Permission to Destroy Israel”, The Algemeiner, May 12, 2015). Therefore, any US-driven deal that could help Iran get a nuclear weapon—or help fund more terror activity--could indeed be considered enabling Iran to kill Jews.

The world doesn’t want to hear such an inconvenient truth.  MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski was so shocked when she first heard the ‘oven’ comment she couldn’t respond (Louis Dore, “Mike Huckabee's Holocaust comments have almost everyone in America lost for words”, i100independent, July 28, 2015). Jon Stewart was left speechless (Lauren O’Neil, “Jon Stewart is literally speechless over Mike Huckabee's Holocaust comments”, cbcnews, July 28, 2015). Republican presidential aspirant Jeb Bush rebuked Huckabee (Jonathan Martin, “Jeb Bush Scolds Mike Huckabee for Holocaust Comment”, New York Times, July 27, 2015). President Obama called the remark ‘outrageous…ridiculous if it weren’t so sad’ (“Obama attacks Mike Huckabee over Israel 'oven' remarks”, BBCNews, July 27, 2015). 

Politically correct America found the Huckabee comment to be extraordinarily offensive. Huckabee’s openness had violated the public gospel: he’d spoken the unspeakable. He’d suggested that the leader of the free world was facilitating the ultimate Nazi dream of annihilating the Jewish nation.

Was Huckabee wrong to make such a connection? The answer is, no-- and yes.

He certainly wasn’t wrong about Iran’s plans for Israel (“Would Iran use the bomb?”, iranintelligence, no date). Israel represents the infidel. According to Iranian religious leaders, the most important task of life is to confront the infidel and prepare the world to receive the Islamic messiah, the twelfth imam (ibid). The Jews in particular need to be fought against "and forced to surrender to prepare the way for the coming of the Hidden Imam" (ibid).

He wasn’t wrong to suggest that Iran’s goal is the Nazi goal (Lee Morgan, “'Kill all Jews and annihilate Israel!' Iran's Ayatollah lays out legal and religious justification for attack”, dailymail, February  8, 2012). This ‘deal’ was never about peace (Ezequiel Doiny, “The Iranian nuclear program and the Final Solution”, Jewish Press, July 30, 2015). It’s about carrying out a modern version of the Nazi’s anti-Jewish vision (“Iranian Military Chief: We Must Annihilate Israel”, Arutz Sheva, March 31, 2015; and, “Netanyahu’s response to nuke deal: It will fuel Iran’s efforts to destroy Israel”, Times of Israel, July 14, 2015).

Huckabee certainly wasn’t wrong about Obama’s attitudes towards Israel (Tova Dvorin, “Diplomat: Obama Seeking 'Revenge' on Netanyahu”, Arutz Sheva, March 24, 2015; and Ben Shapiro, “A Complete Timeline of Obama’s Anti-Israel Hatred”, breitbart, March 20, 2015). He wasn’t wrong to suggest that Obama’s worldview is closer to a supremacist Iran than the democratic Israel (“Obama and Iran”, discoverthenetworks.org, no date; and “Netanyahu voices outrage that nuclear talks go on while Iran vows to destroy Israel”, Arutz Sheva, April 1, 2015).

Huckabee's problem was, he’d let the proverbial anti-Jewish cat out of the proverbial bag. He’d declared, ‘the emperor has no clothes’; that is, he’d announced what everyone knows: this deal advances the Iranian plot to annihilate Israel—and this deal is a script that has Obama’s fingerprints all over it.

There’s nothing more politically incorrect than to embarrass the leader of the free world, especially one who embraces such anti-Jewish machinations. It doesn’t matter if Huckabee’s words ring true. What matters is, he revealed what should have remained hidden—that, through this ‘historic’ deal, the West would tighten the noose around the Jews’ neck. That noose hasn’t been this tight since Nazi Germany. If everyone had kept quiet, the Jews--so eager to self-delude—would have convinced themselves yet again that the noose was a necklace.

The Jews had done that in the 1930’s with the Nazis—deluded themselves into accepting Nazi policy. They’d already begun to do it again in the 21st century—with the so-called ‘two-state solution’.  Many Jews were ready to do it here with Iran.

The new Final Solution had been proceeding smoothly. The attacks at the UN, the unrelenting pressure from the EU, the inroads made by dozens of anti-Israel NGO’s, the Arab drive for another state, the attacks of the Obama administration—and now the promise of a nuclear Iran: the pressure was perfect, the results satisfactory, the progress undeniable.

The Jews were on the run, their ‘homeland’ feeling the heat of hate. Then, Huckabee opened his big mouth. He made the grand connection: Iran-Obama-the ovens.

How dare he do that!!!

 

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jewish women who may be role models for today’s Jewish woman


Ronn Torossian has compiled an intriguing list of Jewish women (“The Top 10 Living Jewish Women Role Models”, The Algemeiner, July 23, 2015). You might want to take a look at it.

Yes, I’ve left off some names. I’ve also made some changes to his essay, to fit my format. Still, consider these women. See if you can tell what values Torossian feels are important.

Sheryl Sandberg: The Chief Operating Officer of Facebook has been credited by Forbes Magazine as having “overhauled Facebook and helped make it the most popular social network in cyberspace.” Forty-five years old, she has spoken of the importance of Judaism in her life. Her best-selling book “Lean In” made her a household name and helped her to further earn the respect of women world-wide, as she detailed a balanced life -with tremendous professional success and a loving family. Recently, with the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg, Sandberg mourned her loss very publicly. She spoke of the importance of sitting shiva, and of the power of the shloshim period, the 30-day mourning period after the burial of a close relative. This woman showed the power of strength even in pain – her resilience and strength of character are inspiring.

 

Ayelet Shaked: Israel’s Minister of Justice is only 39 years old, and has quickly proven herself to be a valiant woman making a difference for the Jewish State. She’s hard-working, eloquent, and fights for what she believes is right. A secular leader of a religious party, her heritage is an amalgamation of Ashkenazi and Sephardic lineage. A charismatic leader, she rightfully pronounces “that public diplomacy is the new battlefield and that money and resources must be invested to repulse the wave of incitement and lies spread about [Israel] around the world. The battlefield of public diplomacy is far more important today to the existence of the State of Israel than a tank battalion or an Apache squadron.” 

 

Miriam Adelson: Miri Adelson is a medical doctor, businesswoman, and philanthropist who owns 26.9% of Las Vegas Sands, one of the largest gaming companies in the world. The life – and business – partner of Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the native-born Israeli comes from modest beginnings – and continues to work daily conducting research and working with patients on medical issues. The Adelsons are the most prevalent Jewish philanthropists in the world, funding important causes like Yad Vashem, Birthright, and Ariel University. This is an intense, strong, committed, ideological woman.

 

Miriam Peretz: She became a household name in Israel through tragedy – two of her sons were killed protecting Israel in the Israel Defense Forces. Displaying strength, faith, and courage, she spoke to the nation with passion and charisma about dedication to G-d and to the Jewish people. As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We are amazed by the mother’s strength, Miriam, the mother of the sons. The entire nation draws strength from her courage.” Today, Ms. Peretz speaks often on Israel’s behalf all over the world.

 

Nitsana Darshan Leitner: As founder of the Israel Law Center, Nitsana has long fought for terror victims worldwide. Inspired by the Southern Poverty Law Center, her lawsuits on behalf of terror victims have taken on terrorists anywhere who would harm Jews and Israel. This lady fights in both the court of law and the court of public opinion to see that terrorists are not rewarded, but held accountable. Ms. Darshan Leitner has won billions in judgments against terror states and organizations in courts worldwide.

 

Miriam Levinger:  The native New Yorker led a group of women and children to reclaim the Jewish community of Hebron in 1979, one of the holiest cities in Judaism, where the Cave of the Patriarchs is located. She’s a registered nurse, who has helped lead this community, together with her husband Moshe Levinger (who passed away earlier this year). This city marks the roots of Jewish existence.

 

Ruth Lichtenstein:  Ms. Lichtenstein is the very strong female publisher of the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hamodia; it is the largest Jewish daily news venue in the world. She is a Jerusalem-born educator and a prominent Holocaust historian. Her non-profit, Project Witness, is a leader in Holocaust curriculum for schools worldwide. Ms. Lichtenstein is a pillar of faith in Judaism and her book “Witness to History” offers a remarkable, unique country-by-country history of the Holocaust. A Haredi leader, she commands respect, and epitomizes compassion, faith, and absolute dignity.

Torossian offers three honourable mentions:

- Cherna Moskowitz of The Irving & Cherna Moskowitz Foundation. The Moskowitz family are pioneers committed to ensuring that Jerusalem remains Jewish. They have devoted their lives to ensuring the safety and security of Israel.

- Rachelle Fraenkel, whose son was kidnapped and murdered in June 2014. The Jerusalem Post said, she “remains, a symbol of the period of unprecedented social unity, prayer and faith, a period that carried on into the rocket-racked days of Operation Protective Edge.”

- Daniella Weiss, who since the 1970s has served as a leader of the settlement movement, ensuring Jews can live freely throughout the land of Israel. She was Mayor of Kedumim for many years, helped establish a number of communities, and with charisma, charm, and chutzpah, has long raised a voice of moral consciousness for Jewish pioneers in Israel.

 Make up your own list. Which living Jewish women would you include? Torossian felt that his list contained women who had strong Jewish values.

Who would you name?

Of course, you should read the original article. Take a look at his complete list.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What’s wrong with the Iran deal


US president Obama has signed a nuclear agreement with Iran (July 14, 2015). He loves it. He says it will make the world safer. He says it will block every pathway to an Iranian nuclear weapon.

Others disagree. They say this deal is flawed. They say these flaws are serious.

Here’s a review of some of those flaws.

In the beginning, some 13 years ago, the ‘deal’ was supposed to be based on a straight trade-off: America (and its partners) would end nuclear-related sanctions when Iran ended its domestic nuclear program (Robert Satloff, “What's Really Wrong with the Iran Nuclear Deal”, New York Daily News, July 14, 2015). But that didn’t happen. What happened was, the US started to retreat:

One: the US conceded to Iran the right to have its own nuclear reactors--but not to enrich nuclear fuel (Satloff). Then, the US conceded to Iran the right to enrich but under strict limitations (Satloff). Then, the US conceded to Iran that the strict limitations on enrichment would expire at a certain point in the future (Satloff).

Two: the ‘inspections’ which have been set up to verify that Iran is complying with the agreement aren’t exactly ‘inspections’. For example, the agreement concedes to Iran a 24 day delay should Iran object to an inspection. While it certainly may take more than 24 days to scrub clean a massive underground enrichment facility, there is nonetheless a lot of illicit activity that Iran can hide with 24 days’ notice (Satloff).

In addition, the world’s most competent inspectors, the Americans, will be banned from Iran (Sara Malm, “US inspectors will be banned from all Iranian nuclear sites under controversial deal amid warnings 'only American experts can tell if they are cheating'”, dailymail, July 17, 2015). The US conceded to this even as some claim that only the Americans can be trusted to verify accurately that Iran is in compliance (Adam Kredo, “Iran Bans U.S. Inspectors from All Nuclear Sites”, Washington Free Beacon, July 16, 2015).

This is ironic. The US led the negotiations. But the US is the only country among the negotiators banned from inspections (Kredo). Given the reputation of the American inspectors, what might their banning suggest?

Then, there’s the public behaviour of the Obama administration regarding inspections. In April, 2015, deputy National Security advisor Ben Rhodes declared there would be ‘anytime, anywhere inspections’ in Iran—because that’s how we’ll know the Iranians remain honest (Shoshana Weissmann, “Ben Rhodes Misled About 'Anywhere, Anytime' Inspections of Iran's Nuclear Program”, The Weekly Standard,” July 15, 2015 ).That now turns out to be false. Yes, the administration did spread what now turns out to be a ‘rumour’ that Iran compliance would be verified by ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections; but when the agreement came out, there was no such provision (Daniel Greenfield, “Obama "We'll Have 24/7 Access to Iran's nukes", Obama Adviser, "We Never Said That", FrontPageMag, July 14, 2015). As Greenfield said about this rumour/denial: “You can trust these guys [the Obama administration] on the Iran deal-- Almost as much as you can trust Iran” (ibid).

Inspections will not be all-inclusive. Inspectors will not have access to Iran’s military sites. A top advisor to the Ayatollah Khamenei has recently reiterated that all inspectors will be banned from all military sites (“Iran vows to bar international inspectors from military sites”, Times of Israel, July 5, 2015). Since the development of a nuclear weapon will at some point be intimately linked to ‘a military site’, banning inspectors from such sites doesn’t bode well for the ‘verification’ promise the US says is built into the agreement.

Three: the agreement renders irrelevant any attempt to punish violations. You see, there appears to be only one penalty for any infraction, big or small -- taking Iran to the UN Security Council for the "snapback" of international sanctions (Satloff). That is like saying that for any crime-- misdemeanor or felony--the punishment is the death penalty (Satloff). In the real world, that means there will be no punishments for anything less than a ‘capital crime’ (Satloff).

Four: the ‘snapback’ provision has been gutted. Let's say that the UN Security Council orders the re-imposition of sanctions. It appears from the agreement that all contracts signed by Iran up until that point are grandfathered in (Satloff; emphasis mine). They’re immune from sanctions (Satloff). That means one can expect a stampede of state-to-state and private sector contracts -- some real, many hypothetical -- all designed to shield Iran from the impact of a possible re-imposition of sanctions, thereby weakening the impact of the punishment (Satloff).

Five: the agreement says that, should sanctions be re-imposed, Iran will have the right to free itself immediately from all commitments and restrictions under the deal (Satloff). In other words, a violation would have to be really, really significant for the Security Council to blow up the entire agreement in order to re-impose sanctions (Satloff). That effectively gives Iran a free pass on all manner of small to mid-level violations (Satloff). This ‘bailout’ provision makes the 24-day notice (above) important: 24 days could be enough time to scrub a major violation down to a mid-level violation, or lower.

Six: secret agreements. There are two kinds of secret agreements in this deal (Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, “Congress Alarmed by Iran Pact's Secret Understandings”, Bloomberg View, July 26, 2015)--those secrets that are known to Congress but not to the US public; and those secrets not known to Congress or the public (Lake, Rogin).

There are at least six secret agreements known to Congress that deal with the more ambiguous parts of the agreement (Lake, Rogin). They hide from prying eyes exactly how those ‘more ambiguous’ provisions actually work. These documents also explain the commitments other countries have to provide Iran with research and development assistance on its nuclear program (Lake, Rogin). These agreements include protecting Iran from attack and sabotage, a concept most interpret as a protection against the one nation most likely to attack Iran--Israel.

Why would the world want to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities from attack? Does it protect anyone else’s facilities in this way? Given the fact that this deal allows Iran to achieve a nuclear weapon (after a maximum of ten years), why protect Iran at all when Iran continues to chant, ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’? Wouldn’t a threat of an attack be a great motivation to Iran to comply in a fully transparent manner, so as to prove that its nuclear work is as truly non-military as it claims?

There are at least two additional secret agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran (Lake, Rogin) which are hidden from both Congress and the public (Lake, Rogin). These agreements are particularly important because they deal directly with the inspection of Iran’s nuclear program. They address the question of whether the IAEA would be able to inspect the Parchin military complex, and how the IAEA and Iran would resolve concerns about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program (Lake, Rogin). While the US State Department dismisses concerns over these secret agreements with the statement that these agreements simply cover ‘standard procedures for technical aspects of inspections’, one Republican Senator said it was his understanding that one of these secret agreements allowed Iran to take its own environmental samples at Parchin (Lake, Rogin). Another Senator compared this particular arrangement to the NFL allowing athletes suspected of taking steroids to mail in their own urine samples (Lake, Rogin).

To allow the Iranians to collect their own samples is absurd (Fred Fleitz, “What Kerry and Obama Tried to Keep from Congress and the Public: Iran Will Collect Its Own Samples for the IAEA”, National Review, July 24, 2015).  It goes against years of IAEA practice and established rules about the chain of custody for collected physical samples (ibid). As Senator James Risch (R-Idaho) said, “Are we going to trust Iran to do this? This is a good deal? This is what we were told we were going to get when we were told, “Don’t worry, we’re going to be watching over their shoulder and we’re going to put in place verification[s] that are absolutely bullet proof”? We’re going to trust Iran to do their own testing? This is absolutely ludicrous” (ibid).

US Secretary of State John Kerry, when questioned about these secret agreements didn’t answer questions satisfactorily. Kerry told a hearing he hadn’t seen the secret documents. That prompted one Senator to say that Kerry had essentially told them, ‘the Ayatollah knows what’s in the deal but we don’t’ (Lake, Rogin). This suggests that the US has wilfully blinded itself to details it’d rather not know about.

That’s a serious red flag. It’s enough to cut the heart out the deal.

Seven: the deal doesn’t guarantee that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. It just delays it by a maximum of ten years (Caroline Glick, “How and Why to Kill the Iran Deal”, RealClearPolitics, July 24, 2015). In the Islamic war to conquer, ten years is nothing.

Worse yet, the original plan for this deal was that no sanctions would be lifted until Iran revealed what progress it had already made in its nuclear program. Iran steadfastly refuses to comply with this requirement. Therefore, no one knows how close Iran has gotten to a bomb, nor—as things currently stand—will anyone ever know. Given the number of centrifuges this deal will leave intact, experts believe that the exact time Iran needs to get a bomb isn’t 10 years; most estimates suggest that Iran needs something like 7 months to 3 years to get a bomb.

Eight: Iran can wait for its bomb because this agreement means that more than 100 billion dollars of frozen Iranian assets will be released to Iran. Iran is the world’s biggest supporter of terror. If Iran wants to cause havoc in the Middle East and across the world, it doesn’t need an atom bomb. It can do almost as much damage much sooner with 100 billion dollars of new money for its terror proxies.

There’s much that’s wrong with this deal. There are many other flaws. You’ve seen only some of them here.

Altogether, the flaws emasculate the deal. As someone has already said, these flaws create a hole big enough to drive a truck-bomb through.

Remember: Obama said this deal will make the world safer. If we’re supposed to be safer, what is Iran’s Supreme leader doing (after the deal was signed) expressing in a speech such hostility towards the US that members of his audience begin to chant, ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ (Arnold Ahlert, “Iran Still Chanting 'Death to America'”, frontpagemag, July 22, 2015)?

Where do you think that’s going to lead?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Obama’s legacy: deliver Israel and the world to Islam


US President Hussein Obama has a goal for his Presidency. He seeks a signature accomplishment, one that will be remembered long after he leaves office.  He seeks a legacy.

He’s tried multiple times to create that legacy. But so far, he’s failed every time.

For example, he created a national healthcare plan called, ‘’Obamacare’. But it’s not as cheap as promised. It’s not as comprehensive as promised. It’s not as all-inclusive as promised.

He tried ‘freedom’ in the Middle East by promoting the so-called ‘Arab Spring’. That failed.

He tried peace in the Middle East by hyping a ‘two-state’ solution between the so-called ‘Palestinians’ and Israel based upon 1949 borders for Israel. It failed.

Now, He’s completed a nuclear deal with Iran. He’s selling this deal as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime chance’ to bring stability to the Middle East (Victor Beatle, “Obama: Iran Deal ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Chance”, voa, April 6, 2015). He calls this deal, ‘historic’ (George Jahn and Mattew Lee, “Obama heralds historic Iran nuclear deal”, The Globe and Mail, July 14, 2015). He claims it will make the world safer (Dave Boyer, “Obama says Iran nuke deal will make world safer while Iranians chant ‘death to America’”, Washington Times, July 28, 2015).

His critics don’t agree. They say it won’t make the world safer. It’ll make the world more dangerous (Tom Wilson, “There was a credible alternative to the Iran deal. Obama just chose to ignore it”, The Spectator, July 20, 2015).

They say the deal will give Iran more than 100 billion dollars to spread its terror (Jeff Jacoby, “Iran can buy a lot of terror with $100 billion”, Boston Globe, July 26, 2015). They claim it contains secret agreements that will allow Iran to cheat (Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, “Congress Alarmed by Iran Pact's Secret Understandings”, BloombergView, July 26, 2015).

Obama doesn’t care what his critics say.  He’s happy because, you see, he has a plan.

It’s a two-in-one plan: he will become the man who will spread Islam to the West as no one before him; he will be the man who delivers Israel to Islam (James Lewis, “Obama's Next Move is to Gang up on Israel”, The American Thinker, July 21, 2015).

He will use Iran to do it. Through Iran, he will squeeze the Middle East (Robert Fisk, “Iran nuclear deal: America has taken Iran's side – to the fury of Israel and Saudi Arabia”, independentvoices, July 15, 2015). Through Iran, he will squeeze Israel (Keyan Milanian, “Iran nuclear deal threatens Israel's existence, Benjamin Netanyahu tells President Obama”, express, April 3, 2015). Through Iran, he will squeeze the world (Mark Dubowitz, “Path to disaster: Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran puts the world’s safety at risk”, qz. com, April 3, 2015).

We saw a hint of the Israel-squeeze last week. We learned that the Iran deal doesn’t shut down the Iran nuclear program. It protects that program (Patrick Goodenough, “Deal Would Help Iran Defend Its Nuclear Facilities Against 'Sabotage'”, cnsnews, July 20, 2015). The agreement includes a provision which commits the international community to help Iran protect itself against both sabotage and physical attack (Goodenough, ibid). While no specific country was named in the provision as the potential aggressor, the one country most likely to attack Iran’s nuclear program is Israel.

The US makes sure this deal protects Iran. For Obama, that’s not just anti-Israel. It’s profoundly pro-Iran, pro-Islam and anti-West.

Also last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry raised Israel from by-stander to target.  First, he said any Israeli attack against Iran’s program would be a ‘huge mistake’ (David Rutz, “Kerry: Unilateral Action by Israel Against Iran Would Be ‘Enormous Mistake,’ Could Give Regime ‘Reason’ For Pursuing Nuclear Weapons”, Washington Free Beacon, July 24, 2015).

Then he said, if Congress rejected the deal, Israel would suffer (Adam Kredo, “Kerry: Israel Will Be ‘Blamed’ If Congress Rejects Iran Deal”, Washington Free Beacon, July 24, 2015).

His not-so-subtle message was that if this deal failed, the blame will be placed on Israel. The US would see to it.

The Iran deal is a watershed event. It shows the United States of America embracing an anti-West, Islamic Jew-hating dream. 

Obama uses his position and power to embolden that dream. Archimedes once said he could move the world with a lever. For Hussein Obama, Iran is that lever.

Obama gives Iran a pathway to a nuclear weapon (American Thinker, above, ibid). He gives Iran billions to fund an Islamic foreign policy based on conquest and Jew-hate. He protects Islamic Iran from the Jewish Israel. With this deal, he even allows the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guards to operate in the EU (Benjamin Weinthal, “Analysis: Europe to drop sanctions on Iranian terrorists and entities”, Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2015).

Hussein Obama comes out of the closet. He believes in Iran. He believes in an Islamic ‘Palestine’ which will erase the Jewish Israel from the world map. He believes in the supremacy of Islam.

Through Iran, Obama will move the world. His legacy strategy is a terrorist’s dream (American Thinker, ibid). He will deliver Israel and the world to Islam.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The sword of Tisha B’Av cuts both ways


The Jewish Day called, Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) commemorates Jewish national tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. It’s the day when, more than 3,300 years ago, the Jewish ‘spies’ came back from a scouting mission to Israel, to report what they saw to Moshe and the Jewish nation. They reported Israel couldn’t be conquered. They said the land devours its inhabitants.

They failed to believe HaShem’s Promises. They rejected those Promises.

On that day, upon hearing that report, the Jewish nation cried. They didn’t trust HaShem’s Promises. They wailed. They mourned. They’d never be able to enter the land!

As a result of that false mourning that long-ago day, the ninth of Av has been forever marked with tragedy.

On the ninth of Av, the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. Jewish blood ran in the streets of Jerusalem.

On the ninth of Av more than 600 years later, the second Holy Temple was destroyed. More Jewish blood ran in the streets of Jerusalem.

On the ninth of Av, Jews went into an exile that lasted more than 1,900 years, until 1947 and the birth of modern Israel.

On the ninth of Av, we mourn those—and other—Jewish tragedies. But those tragedies contain an embedded lesson for those who would destroy Israel today. You see, Tisha B’Av isn’t just a story about Jews. It’s also about non-Jews who, after all, perpetrated the Tisha B’Av tragedies. It’s a story of what happens when any nation rejects, scorns and defiles HaShem.  

In 2015, Tisha B’Av falls on Sunday, July 26th. On this day, Jews everywhere read Kinot, the poetry of Tisha B’Av’s mourning. The words of the Kinot may have been written originally to describe the destruction of the two Jewish Holy Temples and the fate of Jews during that destructon. But these words also describe the modern reality of Arabs in the Middle East who seek to bring a modern Tisha B’Av to modern Israel. The Kinot describes the current fate of Jew-hating Arabs:

-They unsheathe their swords against their own camp.

-They make war upon themselves. They destroy the gates of their own ramparts. Their tents fill with (their own) blood.

-Their leaders prophesy phantoms and deceits. They replace good with evil.

-They are cursed. Their vineyards wither into dust (as Israel blossoms).

-Their lawlessness leads to their own devastation.

-Their wells run dry. Their rains turn to dust.

-Instead of blessings, their land turns to iron.

-They are cursed. They know only despair. They wreak havoc among their own multitudes.

-They have no peace. Their city is a graveyard. They hurl their children into the abyss. Their evil consumes them.

-They destroy their own judges.

-Their counsel is a perversion. Their crookedness leads them to bitter waters.

-Their glory is ruined by the carnage of their sword.

-In their land, there is no peace.

The fate of Jew-hating Arabs has been foretold with their own words: destruction, fire, flames of hate. They have spoken it. Now those words pour down upon them, not the Jews.

Look around the Middle East. All that you read above is real—for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and most parts of the Palestinian Authority.

Haven’t you wondered why the desertification of the Middle East which everyone laments doesn’t come to Israel? Haven’t you wondered why the prosperity and accomplishment you see in Israel doesn’t occur among Arabs who curse Israel and the Jews?

The answer is simple: he who curses the Jews is cursed. You see that all over the Arab Middle East.

Tisha B’Av is a day of tragedy. But that tragedy cuts two ways. It punished Jews who rejected HaShem. But it will also punish those who seek to destroy HaShem by destroying the two things in this world He loves most—the Jewish people and the Jewish Israel.

The Tisha B’Av tragedy is a warning. It warns that, if you seek to destroy the Jewish nation, you will yourself be destroyed in the same manner you plot against Israel.

What today’s current events teach us is how that promise of punishment unfolds in real time: those who curse Israel will not just be cursed themselves. Their curses will pour down upon their own people.

Those who hate Jews hate their own multitudes. Those who would exterminate Jews exterminate their own people. Those who would behead, rape and enslave Jews, behead, rape and enslave their own kind.

The curse cuts twice. The one who curses Jews is the one who will be cursed. The one who would destroy Jews will destroy himself.

The G-d of Israel has a Story for you. It’s the Story of the Final Jewish Redemption. You don’t see how today’s growing Jew-hate will play a part in that Story?

Stay tuned.