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Obama & Foreign Policy

Commentary Magazine writes on the Obama Team’s foreign policy:

"And how un-diplomatic was Joe Biden’s message of the following day. He told Barack Obama that things in Afghanistan will get worse before they get better, as Americans are soon to see an increase in the fighting. All this hardly seems like a new direction designed to highlight the “leading role of diplomacy.”

That’s because the most distinguishing feature of the new mushy realism is that it’s shamelessly fake. Hillary Clinton couldn’t possibly believe that, “The best way to advanceAmerica’s interest in reducing global threats and seizing global opportunities is to design and implement global solutions,” because she can’t even explain what that means.  Barack Obama does not believe (at least not now) that Iran can be talked out of the bomb any more than he intends to “end” the Iraq War, and John Kerry doesn’t think, “we have an opportunity to reshape the way the United States does business with the world.” These fakists have settled on a language to use in public and this is it. Global, interconnected, diplomatic, sustainable, endurable, smart, multilateral, non-ideological. You know — Obamese. The biggest change Barack Obama has brought to American politics is linguistic. Leaders are now required to create cuddly, meaningless word salads while continuing the implementation of aggressive policies.”

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Gaza Needs, Iran Wants

Photo courtesy of a wikipedia contributor, who made a still shot of Al Jazeera’s footage.


The Jerusalem Post reports on Gaza ceasefire:

"The IDF is concerned that Hamas and Iran will try to smuggle long-range Fajr missiles into the Gaza Strip. Fajr missiles, manufactured in Iran, have a range of 70 km. and if fired from Gaza would easily reach Tel Aviv.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that renewed weapons smuggling would be legitimate grounds for Israel to renew attacks against Hamas.

While the Fajr is large - 10 meters in length compared to the two-meter Grads - it is believed that it would be possible to smuggle the rockets into Gaza after it was disassembled into several components and via a tunnel dug especially large for the purpose.

Meanwhile Monday, the IDF prepared to withdraw its remaining troops from the Gaza Strip. Defense officials estimated that the IDF would pull the troops out by the time Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday.

The IDF believes that over 80 percent of the tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor have been destroyed and that Hamas has under 1,000 rockets left in its arsenal after it fired over 600 and the IDF destroyed another 1,200. Remaining rockets include several dozen Grad-model Katyushas.

On Monday, the Kerem Shalom, Karni, Nahal Oz and Erez crossings were opened to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza. Throughout the day 195 trucks laden with 4,946 tons of supplies at the request of various international organizations, donations from Jordan, Egypt and the Israeli charity organization Latet made their way to Gaza.

Following a successful pilot on Sunday, direct access from Egypt to Gaza was allowed and 10 trucks with an Egyptian donation of 198 tons of flour entered directly in to Gaza though Kerem Shalom.

Also, the Red Cross facilitated the transfer of 10 ambulances from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, in order to beef up the ambulance fleet in Gaza.

Further medical movements included 33 Palestinians that left Gaza for medical treatment in Israel.

Since the beginning of the operation, 41,937 tons of humanitarian supplies and 2,263,351 liters of fuel have been transferred to the Strip.”

In short, Iran’s desires for Gaza (and very likely Hamas’ desires for Gaza) are for Gazans to resume fighting as soon as possible. So far these are “military assessments”. But you can bet that these will become outspoken desires in a matter of days.

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Three Rabbis, One President

JTA reports:

"Three rabbis are reportedly slated to say a prayer at the National Prayer Service the morning after Barack Obama’s inaugural.

Reform Rabbi David Saperstein, Conservative Rabbi Jerome Epstein and Orthodox Rabbi Haskel Lookstein are scheduled to take part in the Jan. 21 event at the National Cathedral in Washington, according to The Associated Press.”

Despite all different denominations, our last names all end with “-Stein”. There’s hope for unity within the Jewish community.

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Picture: Buchbinder, “Rabbi Praying”
"We are all good people. We all want to reach our maximum spiritual potential. Yet, we sometimes move too fast for growth to last. How many of us leave Yom Kippur thinking we will never gossip again? And then that first violation happens when we aren’t thinking, and we give up.
We have to learn to move more slowly. We have to utilize patience in our spiritual growth. And we have to remember that it doesn’t matter how high up you are on the spiritual ladder - as long as you are moving up.” Aish.com on this week’s Parasha, Vaeira.

Picture: Buchbinder, “Rabbi Praying”

"We are all good people. We all want to reach our maximum spiritual potential. Yet, we sometimes move too fast for growth to last. How many of us leave Yom Kippur thinking we will never gossip again? And then that first violation happens when we aren’t thinking, and we give up.

We have to learn to move more slowly. We have to utilize patience in our spiritual growth. And we have to remember that it doesn’t matter how high up you are on the spiritual ladder - as long as you are moving up.” Aish.com on this week’s Parasha, Vaeira.

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The Literal Backfire of Good Will Gestures

There’s some truth in these words (via Israel is our Frontline).

"To those on the Left who sought peace, well, dear peace-lovers, peace brought this on. "Land for Peace" made this happen, as Land for Peace became Land for Jihad. "Painful Concessions" caused this war. "Goodwill Gestures" backfired. Want more "peace"? Give up the Golan Heights. Give up the entire West Bank. Give up Jerusalem. Imagine the "peace." As for those "innocent civilians" in Gaza, they were given a choice and they chose Hamas. They chose this pestilence.


As for those “refugee camps” - why are they “refugee camps” when Israel handed over all that territory for a nation to be built in peace and security alongside Israel? Why are all Palestinians automatically refugees even after they’ve been given a home? The only true refugees are the thousands of Israelis who were driven from Gaza and still live in trailer parks. No tears for them in this world that still dreams of Auschwitz.

On this day, in response to a column I wrote about Theresienstadt, someone responded that I was incorrect; that Theresienstadt was not a prelude to Auschwitz, but rather “a vacation resort.” I wrote back wishing this person a lifetime in such vacation resorts. I wish the same lifetime vacation resorts to all those parading throughout the streets of Europe with banners crying, “Death to Israel.”“

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Since I want to come to Israel soon, I was looking out for a nice hotel. I had heard of Hotel Cinema in Tel Aviv earlier already, but now it seemed a good idea to check back on it for trip planning. I was expecting a site with some nice pictures and info about location, fees etc.
But I got this. Yes, totally smart to hack-attack a hotel website. In contrast to Hamas controlled Gaza, Tel Aviv hotels serve to be a comfortable home for tourists not a rabbit hole for terrorists preparing an ambush.
Go to Tel Aviv. Stay at Cinema. 

Since I want to come to Israel soon, I was looking out for a nice hotel. I had heard of Hotel Cinema in Tel Aviv earlier already, but now it seemed a good idea to check back on it for trip planning. I was expecting a site with some nice pictures and info about location, fees etc.

But I got this. Yes, totally smart to hack-attack a hotel website. In contrast to Hamas controlled Gaza, Tel Aviv hotels serve to be a comfortable home for tourists not a rabbit hole for terrorists preparing an ambush.

Go to Tel Aviv. Stay at Cinema

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Sad, how the only reason for them to go to the streets is to demonstrate in favor of terrorism in their name.

Sad, how for some of these people the only things they know to say in German is “child killer Israel”.

Sad, how some of these flags and images (e.g. of Sheikh Yassin carried by a girl) can legally be paraded throughout Berlin, although they stand for oppression, terror, and jihad against infidels such as christians, buddhists, women, other muslims, baha’i, homosexuals… and Jews.

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German News Bias

I am closely following news from media inside and outside of Germany. However it is sometimes hard to find a news site that is not violently anti-Israel. Spiegel Online is up to date and has a few good commentators (very few), sometimes I check out faz.net (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). I wouldn’t know where to turn elsewhere inside Germany. Most British news sites (and most French) have become rally points for a whole range of pro-Hamas bias. So I stick with Jpost and Ynet. Sad enough that I had to go to an Israeli news site to pick up this article, which should have been in all German news outlets, because it reports the massive attacks that Germans who are pro-Israel (let alone Jewish) have to endure in voicing their opinion:

"A court in the German capital struck down an administrative ban on Hamas flags, clothing and banners on Friday, but left in place the ban on invoking Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar’s call to murder Israeli children worldwide.

The decision paved the way for supporters of the Islamist movement to march in anti-Israeli rallies on Saturday with pro-Hamas paraphernalia.

The German Peace Council and the Palestinian community in Berlin prevailed in their effort to revoke the administrative order issued by Ehrhart Körting, the Social Democratic Party commissioner for security in Berlin, that banned use of Hamas flags.

However, the court prohibited calls to murder Israelis at the demonstrations.

Körting told the Berlin Morgenpost daily “that because of their terrorist attacks, and especially their constant rocket attacks on Israeli citizens, Hamas has been on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations since September 2003. Support for Hamas in Germany through demonstrations justifies the rocket attacks on Israel and encourages Hamas to undertake further rocket attacks.”

Körting added that if a court permits support for “verifiably anti-constitutional and anti-Semitic organizations “due to freedom of speech protections, other ways must be found to restrict pro-Hamas activity.

Anti-Israeli demonstrations across Germany have been marked by calls to “kill, kill Israelis” and “kill, kill Jews,” as well as “Jews out” of Germany and Israel.

A political commentator in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger wrote a column titled “About looking away and forgetting” that “blatant anti-Semitism is blossoming. Germany is currently experiencing perhaps the largest anti-Jewish manifestations since World War II. Jews are called child-murderers, and Israel is compared with the Third Reich.”

Please read the full article at jpost

While some parts of this article, I had learned from German news sites, but jpost beats them all in finally showing the whole picture of the situation.

I do understand that there are a few brave souls who speak up against this bias, but they are greatly outnumbered. Not discussing the Gaza Operation, anti-Hamas protestors should undoubtedly be supported by all mainstream media – if they feel they are speaking in favor of democratic principles and western ideals. If not, they might as well donate their mastheads to the cause of global jihad.

May the following week be a week of safety for all Jews and Israelis, a week of victory for Israel, for the cause of peace for the people in Gaza, and a week of defeat for Hamas and their likes.

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Rabbi Isaacson on this week’s parasha, Shemot.

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From The Northern Front

Commentary's Michael Totten writes about Israel's northern battle front with Hizbullah-controlled Lebanon – and ultimately calls for the Lebanese unaffiliated with the terrorist organization to get a life and team up with what could be a chance for peace within a sustainable partnership. But not for now.

"Israel is floating the idea of a non-aggression pact with Lebanon. It isn’t at all likely to work. The odds are minuscule that Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah will go along. But Lebanon will hold an election in a couple of months, and the offer of a non-aggression pact should play well with Lebanese voters who are uncomfortable with or hostile toward Hezbollah’s vision of perpetual war with the “Zionist entity.”

Negotiating with implacable and inflexible enemies is foolish. No sensible person suggests that the United States negotiate with Al Qaeda, for instance. Peace talks with Damascus won’t get Israelis anywhere either. Syria’s tyrant Bashar Assad needs a state of cold war with Israel to justify the oppressive policies against his country’s own citizens, and bad-faith negotiations yield him some measure of international legitimacy he doesn’t deserve.

Hezbollah is “moderate” compared with the worst jihadist groups out there, but it simply cannot survive in its current form if it isn’t engaged in at least a low level of conflict. Almost every militia in Lebanon relinquished most, if not all, of its weapons at the end of the civil war in 1990. Hezbollah’s rationale for refusing is that its fighters are the only ones in the country willing and able to prevent another Israeli occupation of Lebanon. Without the perceived threat of another Israeli invasion, the justification for Hezbollah’s very existence collapses.

Israelis would therefore be naïve in the extreme if they tried to establish a pact with Hezbollah itself, or a pact with Beirut that required Hezbollah’s cooperation. Hezbollah doesn’t stick to agreements and is less trustworthy than even Yasser Arafat turned out to be, when the Oslo peace process fell apart with the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000. Hezbollahdoesn’t even pretend to want peace and will almost certainly gin up another shooting war on the border. “See?” Hezbollah will say to fellow Lebanese after violently provoking the Israelis to cross the border again. “We told you. You need us.”

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