Thursday, May 24, 2018

Israel's Foreign Ministry: clueless in Jerusalem



A report has appeared in Israel's news marketplace: Israel's Foreign Ministry representatives around the world were on the job during the Gaza fence riots, we have been told (Ralph Ahren, "Israeli diplomats dominated media during Gaza riots, Foreign Ministry says", timesofisrael, May 23, 2018).  During the more than six weeks of Gaza border riots that began March 30, 2018, Israel's Foreign Ministry says, our overseas diplomats didn't stand around just gawking at all the anti-Israel headlines they saw. Those overseas officials got in front of news cameras. They defended Israel. They gave more than 160 press appearances world-wide (ibid).

Certainly, it is good to hear that Israeli Ambassadors, Deputy Ambassadors and spokespeople for overseas Diplomatic Missions were not barricading themselves in their offices while their home country was getting trashed in local (overseas) news accounts. It's good news that our country was defending itself. It's good news that we were telling our side of the 'Gaza fence riot' story.

But when you look at the details surrounding these 160+ press interactions, the news isn't so good. The details suggest that Israel failed to defend itself properly.

The numbers tell the tale. We have no reason to doubt that Israeli officials gave more than 160 news appearances around the world. But those 160+ appearances were spread  across six+ weeks of sometimes daily anti-Israel news reports and condemnations. Were 160+ press appearances enough to blunt all the anti-Israel headlines?

 Dig deeper into the numbers. Here's how often Israel presented its story in one of the most anti-Israel environments--Europe. First, less than half the Missions there reported to Jerusalem that they interacted with the press at all (only 17 of 35 Missions told Jerusalem they'd had press interactions.18 reported no interactions at all) (ibid). That's not good. Second, these 17 Missions held a total of 69 press interactions (ibid).

That's not good, either. It's appalling.

The article above (timesofisrael) seemed to suggest that this (69 press interactions) was a strong showing for Israel. It might have been, especially if in the past the number of overseas Israeli press interactions was, by comparison, much lower. 

 But the nasty truth is, 69 press interactions in Europe wasn't nearly enough to  blunt the flood of anti-Israel headlines. The Gaza riots--and the anti-Israel headlines those riots generated each week-- lasted more than six weeks. For Foreign Missions to defend Israel in a powerful way, you'd expect each Mission to get to the press--in one way or another, through radio, TV, newsprint and online outlets--at least four times a week every week. 

Ask anyone in the public relations business how many times a client facing a hostile public has to beat its drum to sell its side of a controversial story. How many times does a client have to fight back when he's looking at 4-6 days per week of hostile headlines and news reports?

Those 17 Missions in Europe conducted a total of 69 press interactions for the entire six+ week period. That's just about four interactions per week--for the entire 17 Missions. 

That's less than one interaction per week per Mission! The math is stunning: 0.677 interactions per week per Mission times 17 Missions times 6 weeks equals 69 total press interactions. 

To compete against the kind of repeated hostility Israel faced then and still faces in Europe, it should seem obvious that Israel should want to see at least four or five headlines per week per Mission to defend Israel, not less than one-per-week-per-Mission. 

The strategy should be simple: for every day a Mission sees a hostile headline, it should get its own press interface so as to answer that headline, to present Israel's story.  

If each of the 17 Missions in Europe got to the press four times a week, that would add up to a total of 68 press interactions (17x4) each week in Europe. The riots lasted six+weeks. So, 68 weekly press interactions times six+ weeks, adds up to more than 400 pro-Israel press interactions for the full six+ weeks, not the 69 interactions reported.

Given the hostile environment Israel faces in Europe, 69 interactions over six weeks doesn't make the grade. The pro-Israel statements made by our Diplomats would more than likely have been drowned out completely by the number of headlines bashing Israel.

North America is also a hostile/somewhat hostile environment for Israel. How did the Israeli Missions do in North America? 

According to the timesofisrael report, Israel has 13 Missions in North America. Across six+ weeks of those Gaza fence rioting, Israeli Missions in North America held a total of 31 press interactions (ibid). This adds up to app 5 press interactions per week--for all 13 Missions. That adds up to app 0.4 press interactions per week per Mission. 

Do the Math. 0.4 press interactions per week per Mission times 13 total Missions times 6 weeks equals a total of (app) 31 press interactions. As Israel was facing headlines screaming 'bloodbath' and 'massacre', it seems completely unprofessional to average less than 1 press interaction per Mission per week--and expect to win the PR war against North America's anti-Israel zealots. 

Om May 23, 2018, the timesofisrael printed a second story about Israel's PR effort during those six+ weeks (Judah Ari Gross, "Israel lost the PR battle over Gaza. Was it unwinnable or just mismanaged"). I don't know if this PR battle was winnable. But it certainly seems to have been grossly mismanaged by Israel.

No one in Israel should be boasting about such an amateurish effort. Compared to those who demonize us, we are still in a PR kindergarten. Apparently, the Foreign Ministry still doesn't have a clue how defending ourselves works.







Monday, May 21, 2018

The world of lies vs G-d's treasure

(Last update: May 22, 2018)


In the early 1970's, the celebrity journalist Hunter Thompson wrote, "...there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms" (Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing: on the campaign trail '72", Popular Library Edition, 1973, p. 48). That was more than 45 years ago. We no longer speak about journalism with such cynicism.

Today, we are far beyond 'no objective journalism'. With the reporting we have seen regarding the recent May 2018 Hamas-sponsored rioting at the Gaza-Israel fence, we have  even gone beyond last year's favorite journalistic trope--'fake news'. Today, journalism has become --purely and simply--all about lies.

How else do you describe last week's headlines about 60 Palestinians killed during those fence riots on May 14th? What was reported had nothing to do with truth.

The facts told a gruesome story: Hamas officials had sworn to use these riots to kill Jews (see the Daniel Greenfield source, below). Hamas had also said the riots--intended to rip out Jewish hearts--would be 'peaceful'. 

Nobody wondered aloud how 'ripping out hearts of Jews' and 'peaceful' went together. Nobody cared to know.

World headlines--and UN officials--preferred a simpler approach: Israel was killing innocent civilians. Report-after-report repeated that lie. 

Now, just after those 60 had been killed at the fence on the 14th, we got  some truth. A Hamas official said in a TV interview that 85% of those killed that day were Hamas operatives (here).

One inference to be drawn from this claim was that Israel had been right all along--that the riots were 'war against Israel by other means'. The 'peaceful' stuff was a lie.

Did journalists care that Hamas itself had just revealed the truth, that its intentions were to get terrorists through the fence? No. 

The Hamas revelation was simply ignored. The world of news and professional journalism had already made up its collectively anti-Israel mind. To hell with truth. The riots were peaceful. The riots weren't riotous. 

Hamas helped these journalists. The same Hamas official who had revealed that the 50 of those 60 dead on May 14 had been part of Hamas had also said these operatives hadn't been armed (ibid). 

Did any journalist or major news editors ask for any evidence from Hamas to support that claim? No. No one asked. 

Where was the proof these 50 Hamas operatives were not armed? No proof was offered.

No proof was necessary. You see, when it comes to the Arab-Israel war, the accepted journalistic standard these days is, if Hamas says it's true then, by golly, it's true.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights added his own "High" anti-Israel opinion. He condemned the "appalling, deadly violence" in Gaza. But the High Commissioner for Human Rights didn't blame Hamas for those deaths. For the UN, those deaths had nothing to do with Hamas terrorists intermingling with civilians and, using those civilians as human shields, trying to break through a border fence to get into Israel with hand grenades, molotov cocktails, knives, butcher cleavers and hand guns in order to attack and kill Jews. Why in the world would anyone anywhere even suggest such a thing?

Rather, the UN High Commissioner followed the lead of the 'journalists'. He ignored the fact that these 50 Hamas operatives were terrorists. He suggested instead that they were innocents who had been killed by an appallingly evil Israel (Bill Chappell, "With  60 killed in Gaza, UN Rights Commissioner criticizes Israel", npr, May 15, 2018--here).

That's certainly how NPR reported the news that day. NPR, always the eager propaganda shill for Hamas, saw nothing wrong with such a characterization.

Pro-Israel advocates, meanwhile, displayed an unusually sharp outrage at such blindly vicious anti-Israel characterizations. David Weinberg couldn't believe how insane the headlines were. His vocabulary was singular: ...it is, he wrote (here), unmitigatingly maddening to see the West succumb to Hamas' lies. He was infuriated that the West, so supposedly committed to human rights, should be so willing to ignore Hamas' murderous intentions against Israel.

David Collier (here) spoke of how the West has been basically silent in the face a truly genocidal Arab-Arab war in Syria that has so far killed 500,000 people and, at the very same time, appear so loudly on the verge of collectively tearing up because some 50 Hamas terrorists had been killed while cynically using their own citizens as cannon fodder for covering terrorist attacks against Jews.

Daniel Greenfield was, in my estimation, livid as he described, with some sarcasm, how the Gaza fence riots have been treated by the West. Referring to how the West has repeatedly reported the rioters as peacefully demonstrating, he wrote (here):

Hamas supporters in Gaza held the world’s first peaceful protest with hand grenades, pipe bombs, cleavers and guns. Ten explosive devices were peacefully detonated. There were outbursts of peaceful gunfire and over a dozen kites carrying firebombs were sent into Israel where they started 23 peaceful fires. And Israeli soldiers peacefully defended their country leaving multiple Hamas attackers at peace.
"We will tear down the border," Hamas Prime Minister Yahya Sinwar had peacefully vowed. (here) "And we will tear out their hearts from their bodies"...
The Hamas mob chanted, “Allahu Akbar” and the genocidal racist threat of, “Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud," a reference to the primal Islamic massacre of the Jews".
The world and the UN couldn't report often enough how the rioters at the Gaza border fence with Israel were really peaceful civilians, completely unarmed. The accepted gospel was, these people were just demonstrating their rights to express their free speech in peace and dignity (see the Richard Kemp reference, below). But that was a lie. 

You can read more about that lie from Stephen Flatow (here), Richard Kemp (here), Jonathan Tobin (here) and Adam Levick (here), among others who have been angered by such reporting. 
On the holiday of Shavuot we have just celebrated, we read of the giving of the Torah to the Jewish nation. As HaShem prepared to give His Torah to us, he declared, "...you will be to Me the most beloved treasure of all peoples...you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation"  (Shemot, 19:5--6).
Hamas rejects this idea. Hamas sees the Jewish nation as filth, not holy. Apparently, the West prefers to stand with Hamas, not Israel.
Clearly, it's not a far stretch to suggest that the West sees nothing holy or treasured about the Jewish nation.
Stay tuned. This Western support for what Hamas believes, does and wants, will not be forgotten. 
If you wonder what that means, do yourself a favor. Read the Jewish Tanach.
It's all there.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Those peaceful Gaza fence demonstrations


Since the end of March, 2018, there has been violent rioting along a fence that separates Gaza from sovereign Israel. The riots occurred, on schedule, each Friday between March 30, 2018-May 11, 2018, inclusive. 

Hamas, which organized the rioting, termed these weekly 'gatherings' a 'March of Return'. Hamas claimed that, by the time the riots ended, Gazans would be walking through the Israeli border fence and 'marching' to Jerusalem.

No 'March of Return' occurred. Only border fence riots occurred.

The riots attracted weekly crowds ranging from 7,000-40,000+ Gazans. These participants were conveniently gathered, organized and bused to the chosen riot sites. The bus rides were free. According to Israeli sources, those who brought their families to the riots were paid for coming. 

The rioting didn't stop with the seventh Friday, May 11th. It kept going, Saturday the 12th through Tuesday, May 15th. 

May 15, 2018 was the rioting high-point. It's a special day, May 15th. It's 'Nakba Day'.

Nakba Day is the 'day of catastrophe'. The first 'day of catastrophe' occurred in Israel's 1948 War of Independence. As you may remember, that war began when Arabs initiated a war of annihilation against the newly reconstituted Jewish Israel. 

The Arabs lost that war, badly. Ever since, they celebrate that catastrophe every year. Each year, they blame that catastrophe on the Jews.

Arabs who call themselves 'Palestinians' might be the only people in history who have created a day each year to rage against a lost war. These Arabs do not rage against the Arab leaders who betrayed them by leading them into this catastrophic war. They rage instead against the victims they failed to kill.

On Nakba Day 2018, 'Palestinians' were raging. The numbers of rioters at the Gaza fence swelled to 40,000+. The number of Arabs dying at the fence skyrocketed. 

During the full seven weeks of rioting before May 15th, a total of some 58-60 Arabs died during the riots (Hamas' numbers). On Nakba Day alone, another 60 died.

 According to Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza with an iron, totalitarian-religious fist, these 'demonstrations' would be 'peaceful and non-violent' (Khaled Abu Toameh, "Hamas calls for peaceful 'March of Return'", timesofisrael, March 29, 2018--here). Mainstream media (msm) around the world picked up on this description. 

Over the course of the  next seven weeks, despite decidedly unpeaceful rioting, msm didn't alter a letter of this description in its news reporting: the rioters were peaceful, these reports suggested, just as Hamas had said. 

The narrative was simple. The protest was peaceful. The Israeli soldiers on the Israel side of the fence, however, were not peaceful. They, that narrative said, were killers.

The world's mainstream media, along with diplomats and national leaders, saw no reason to question such an image. 

Using the Hamas-inspired story-line, human rights organizations denounced the violence at the riots. The violence they denounced wasn't the violence of the rioters. It was "the killings by Israeli forces of dozens of Palestinians and injuries of thousands exercising their right to peaceful demonstration" [emphasis mine] (here).

The killing of Palestinians began with the first riot, on March 30, 2018. That day, 16 Palestinians (of app 30,000 demonstrators) were killed by Israeli soldiers guarding the Israel-side of the fence. These soldiers were indeed vigilant because a Hamas leader had come to the riot that day and declared that those 'besieging' Gaza (the Jews of Israel) needed to be careful because the people of Gaza might be ready to 'eat their (the Jews') livers' (here).

Israelis did not view this metaphor as peaceful. The world, however, did.

The world reacted with 'concern'. The EU expressed 'concern' that Israel was using "lethal force for crowd control" ("EU expresses concern over Israeli use of live fire for crowd control", timesofisrael", April 4, 2018--here). The United Nations admonished Israel that "demonstrations must be allowed to proceed peacefully [emphasis mine]" ("UN expresses concern as Israel, Gaza gird for fresh Friday violence", timesofisrael, April 5, 2018). --here). Others, including the UK, Germany and France followed suit.

But were these 'demonstrations' really peaceful?

In case you might have forgotten what a peaceful demonstration looks like, here are some images of  'peaceful' demonstrations (see more here):




Greeks flood Thessaloniki seafront to protest FYROM bid to be called 'Macedonia'. About 500.000 people protested in front of the statue of Alexander the Great. Thessaloniki, Greece. January 21 2018



Occupy Central protest movement in Hong Kong royalty-free stock photo




Thousands Junior doctors protest in London royalty-free stock photo












Now, take a look at those 'peaceful' Gaza fence demonstrations (the first picture--Israeli soldiers watching fires at the  Gaza fence--is from Getty images; the second is from EPA;  third photo is from reuters. The last picture--showing Palestinian flags with a Swastika flag--is from the IDF:
          Israeli soldiers walk amidst smoke from a fire in a wheat field near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on May 14, 2018

A Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli troops during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip





Palestinians throw rocks during protests in Gaza (credit: Mohammed Salem/ Reuters)
Palestinian flags flank a swastika in the midst of smoke during protests in Gaza


Can you tell which of the above protests are peaceful and which is marked by violence? Is it really that difficult to discern the difference? (Continue  below)

To understand how Hamas defines the 'peaceful' nature of these riots, here is a 'March of Return' compilation of speeches collected by MEMRI, a website that monitors Arabic sources (here). This compilation appeared on the website, powerlineblog. The speech excerpts you see here mostly took place during the seven weeks of rioting. They all refer, either explicitly or implicitly, to the fence riots, and to Hamas intentions. Taken together, these speeches explain how 'peaceful' the Hamas rioting was.








Monday, May 14, 2018

Historic day for Israel: US embassy comes to Jerusalem



On the Jewish calendar, the month of Iyyar has become a month of history for Israel. It's the month when the eternal heart and soul of the Jewish homeland--Jerusalem--has returned to its proper place as the 'crown jewel' of Israel.  

On the 28th day of Iyyar in the secular year, 1967,  Jerusalem returned to Jewish hands. In that year's existential war of survive-or-die, Israel's army liberated Jerusalem from Jordanian occupation. For the first time in millenia, Jerusalem became a unified Jewish city. 

But as much as Jews in Israel have wanted Jerusalem to be their capital city, the world has had a different idea: Jerusalem cannot be the capital of Israel. 

Traditionally, every nation chooses where foreign  embassies are to be located. Virtually all nations choose their own capital cities. 

Except Israel. The world has rejected Israel's connection to Jerusalem. It has rejected Israel's right to choose its capital city or to choose where foreign embassies are to go. 

That's all changed. Today, on the 29th day of Iyyar in the secular year 2018, the world's most powerful nation rejects that unwarranted prejudice. Today, on the 29th day of the Jewish month of Iyyar, the United States of America officially moves its foreign embassy to Jerusalem. It declares--by word and deed--that the United States embassy will be in Israel's capital city--Jerusalem.

It is a day that will be remembered in Jewish history. 

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital--and moving embassies there--is no immoral or hostile act. It is a recognition of historic truth. It is a recognition of reality. It is a recognition that brings the world's moral compass back to 'true north'.

Mazal Tov, Israel. Mazal Tov, Jerusalem.

For more on Jerusalem, the US embassy and history, please check out Miriam Ellman here

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jerusalem Day 2018


(Last update: May 14, 2018)


Today is Sunday May 13, 2018. On the Jewish calendar, May 13, 2018 is the 28th day of the Jewish month called, Iyyar. It is a day we in Israel call, Yom Yerushalem--Jerusalem Day.

Because of differences between the Jewish and the  Gregorian calendar (which the Christian world follows), the 28th day of Iyyar, 1967, occurred on June 7th of that year. 
June 7,1967 (Iyyar 28) was the day during Israel's Six Day War when Israeli paratroopers entered the 'Old City' of Jerusalem and captured it from Jordan.

Jordan had seized the Old City during Israel's War of Independence in 1948. At that time (1948), beginning almost immediately after capturing the Old City, Jordan made some changes. It destroyed the Jewish Quarter of the Old City (here). It committed ethnic cleansing by driving out all Jews from the Jewish Quarter of that Old City (ibid). It set about destroying 58 synagogues, some hundreds of years old (ibid). It turned Jewish religious sites into chicken coops and animal stalls (ibid). 

Then, Jordanians ransacked the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, which lay just outside the walls of the 'Old City'. Jews had been burying their dead on the Mount of Olives for  close to 2,500 years (ibid). But Jordan didn't care to respect this cemetery. It was, after all, a Jewish cemetery. So Jordanians took thousands of Jewish tombstones from the cemetery and used them for paving highways and for latrines (ibid). 

I9 years later, in May, 1967, Arab nations surrounding Israel decided to war once again against the Jewish Israel. The anti-Israel rhetoric Israelis heard on their radios that month was horrifying: the Jews were to be driven into the sea. The Jews were to be exterminated. There would be no survivors (see below). 

For almost an entire month, Arab Rage filled the air in every Jewish home that had a radio. Every Jew heard that rage. Every Jew heard the hate. 

Worse, every Jew also heard that no nation would stand to help Israel. Arab hate echoed everywhere, unchallenged.

What were Israel's Jews to think? They were, quite literally, surrounded. The Arabs around them made it perfectly clear: Jewish blood would soak the earth until every Jew was gone.  

Here is a short video. Its title is Drumbeats of war (Survival of a Nation). It was first published on youtube May 3, 2017.  It explains how terrified the Jews of Israel were as war approached. It explains how terrifying the Arab rage was. It puts the staggering miracles that occurred at that time into perspective.





Today in Israel we celebrate how miraculous was that 1967 victory. We celebrate the Divine Hand that guided our soldiers as they moved house-to-house, corner-to-corner in the Old City. 

Today, we dance in the streets. We parade through the Old City draped in Israeli flags.

Thousands upon thousands gather at the Western Wall. They sing the Hallel (an extended prayer-song of praise to HaShem). They dance yet again. 

On this day of celebration, we remember the mind-boggling miracles that saved us. 

We rejoice over how Jerusalem's Temple Mount was returned to Jewish hands once again. We rejoice that we buried so few Jews. We rejoice with hearts filled with thanks to HaShem--because only He stood with us.

This is how we in Israel treat Jerusalem Day. We dance. We sing. We thank HaShem for saving us. 

Jews in exile, however, too often don't treat Jerusalem Day this same way. Too many Jews in exile ignore Jerusalem Day. They ignore the miracles HaShem did for us during that War. 

They do not rejoice. They refuse to sing Hallel--a public song of thanks and praise. They act as if HaShem had done nothing for His people on this day.

Perhaps this short film you've seen above will prove to be instructive. Perhaps it will reveal to some of our Jews still in exile that such a rejection of so many miracles may be less than appropriate. Perhaps this short film might also suggest that the Jews of exile could be quite wrong to dismiss the Heavenly miracles so many in Israel saw during that Six Day War. 

We should remember that the call to annihilate Israel has not passed. The call to exterminate Jews has not passed. 

The need for HaShem's protection has not passed. The need to show gratitude to HaShem when He does protect us has not passed. 

What message do we want to send to HaShem our Protector on Jerusalem Day--that we rejoice when He saves us, or that we really don't much care when He saves us?

Think about that.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Gaza fence riots: what's the truth



Today is May 11, 2018. It's Friday.

If this is Israel--yes, it is--then Friday is riot day. It's the day of the week (since Friday, March 30, 2018) when thousands of Gazans get bused to the the border fence that separates Gaza from Israel. There, paid assistants from Hamas coordinate riot activities. These activities include burning tires, sending up kites with firebombs trailing behind to be carried by the wind into Israel, throwing stones at IDF soldiers with long slingshots, hurling  molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers and trying to rush the fence to cut it, hack at it with large  butcher knives and, if lucky, to burst through and rush towards a nearby Israeli kibbutz.

 Hamas leaders claim the riots are 'peaceful'. But then, they add that the riots do tend to spin out of control, so who knows where that could lead? (here).

Below is a brief video from honestreporting. Honest Reporting is a website that reports on anti-Israel bias and inaccuracies in new coverage of the Arab-Israel conflict.This video is called, "IDF's defense at the Gaza border: what's the truth". The speaker in the video is Daniel Pomeranz, website Senior Editor. The video is dated May 10, 2018:





How many Arabs will Hamas bus to the Gaza fence this weekend? How many will burst through the fence? 

The weekend has just begun--and remember, because Tuesday, May 15th is 'Nakba Day', a 'Day of Rage' for anti-Israel Arabs, this particular weekend will last at least five days.

How many Arabs will riot at the fence? Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The difference between Israel and the Palestinian Authority



Today, those who live in a Westernized nation live an extraordinary life. America is responsible for that life. 

However much you may dislike America, it is still the one place that has taught us all how a market economy, combined with political freedoms, can create more wealth for more individuals than any other political-economic system. 

Israel has learned this lesson. It has learned that capitalism and freedom are the foundations for becoming extraordinary. 
Today, Israel is extraordinary. It has built a successful nation-state on private enterprise, political freedoms, innovation and the power of 'sweat equity'.   
                                        
The Arab neighbors of Israel who call themselves 'Palestinians' have also had opportunities to become extraordinary. Remember, Israel and its Arab neighbors are historical twins. Both  began their political, social and economic lives in 1948, when the United Nations created the original 'two state' solution.   

But Israel and its Arab-'Palestinian' neighbors have taken very different paths to their respective futures. Since 1948, Israel has chosen to develop freedom and a culture of innovation.The Arab neighbors of Israel have chosen totalitarianism, political coercion against its own people and a culture of Jew-hate. 

You can see where each path has led. Israel has freedom, opportunity and wealth. The Palestinian Authority has hate and poverty.  

Israel has created a society of wealth and freedom--even for Arabs, who have more freedoms in Israel (and wealth-from-work) than in any Arab country. By contrast, Israel's Arab-'Palestinian' neighbors have created for themselves a society of oppression.

Israel is one of the wealthiest 35 countries in the world. It ranks as the 11th happiest country in the world--ahead of America.

The Palestinian Authority teeters on failure. It offers no future to its citizens. It blames Israel for all its ills. It won't use the foreign financial aid it gets in order to build its economic engine. It uses almost 50% of that aid to provide a lifetime monthly income, not to support business enterprise or science innovations, but to support those who murder Jews in a massive scheme dubbed, 'pay-to-slay'. 

Palestinian leaders then takes another chunk of its foreign aid to line their own pockets. As a result, Palestinian see little of that foreign aid. Their leaders do little to build a future for their own citizens. But these despotic leaders do live like potentates. 

Israel knows how to succeed. It focuses on enterprise, innovation and hard work. 

The Palestinian Authority, however, doesn't focus how to succeed. It focuses on victimhood. It focuses on hate. 

That's not a recipe for success. It's a blueprint for murder, 'Days of Rage' and tyranny.

That's the difference between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It's a difference that highlights how one people succeeds and why another fails.