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  • America’s Shiny New Palestinian Militia

    03/16/2010 11:09:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies · 757+ views
    NRO ^ | 3/16/10 | Daniel Pipes
    No matter how events play out, this story ends with U.S.-trained soldiers pointing their guns at Israel. ‘The stupidest program the U.S. government has ever undertaken” — last year that’s what I called American efforts to improve the Palestinian Authority (PA) military force. Slightly hyperbolic, yes, but the description fits because those efforts enhance the fighting power of enemies of the United States and its Israeli ally. First, a primer about the program, drawing on a recent Center for Near East Policy Research study by David Bedein and Arlene Kushner: Shortly after Yasir Arafat died in late 2004, the U.S....
  • Hammer the Jews

    03/16/2010 1:42:56 PM PDT · by sofaman · 18 replies · 500+ views
    Ynet ^ | 03.16.10, 18:08 | Michael Fenenbock
    A “Sister Souljah moment” in American politics occurs when a politician chooses to loudly rebuke a traditional ally to show they’re not beholden. The Biden dust-up is such a moment. Israelis are right to be insulted by the unequal and coerced treatment they have received at the hands of the Obama Administration. President Obama’sintentions are public and on the record. His Administration’s hostility toward the Jewish State is embedded in their agenda.No amount of hand wringing will change the facts. No amount of “Hasbara” will deflect their enmity. No amount of “explaining” will alter the Administration’s animosity or change their...
  • Iran's Nukes In, Israel's Houses Out

    03/16/2010 2:20:23 PM PDT · by jazminerose · 1 replies · 138+ views
    www.joytiz.com ^ | 3/16/10 | Joy Tiz
    Kurtz was referring to Rashid Khalidi, close friend of Barack Obama and Bill Ayers. Khalidi is the former spokesman for Original Terrorist, Nobel Prize winner, and inventor of the suicide bomb, Yasser Arafat. Following the traditional career trajectory of washed-out radicals, Khalidi went from terrorist advisor to academia as a professor at the University of Chicago. He eventually would take over from Edward Said the Middle East studies program at Columbia, described as a “bubbling cauldron of anti-Semitism.” Details are scant about Obama’s time at Occidental College in California and Columbia University. We know that at Columbia, Obama studied under...
  • From bad to worse-Why can’t Obama simply ask Mahmoud Abbas to stand up and deliver

    04/25/2010 7:12:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-25-10 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Why can’t the Obama administration simply ask Mahmoud Abbas to stand up and deliver, as Netanyahu did at Bar-Ilan last year, a ‘two states’ speech? Sixty-two has been a lousy year for American-Israeli relations, and all the signs are that the coming 63rd year of modern Israel is going to be worse – notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s warm Independence Day message. On the personal level, many people on either side of the bitter divide acknowledge a fundamental lack of trust between our two nations’ leaders. Much worse, there is acknowledgement that each side believes the other to be plain wrong-headed....
  • OBAMA AND ISRAEL

    08/17/2012 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies
    No previous American president has had so strained a relationship with Israel as Barack Obama. As Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in 2010, “Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 ... a crisis of historic proportions.” Author and scholar Dennis Prager concurred, “Most observers, right or left, pro-Israel or anti-Israel, would agree that Israeli-American relations are the worst they have been in memory.” In the spring of 2011, David Parsons, spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, said: “There's a traditional, special relationship between America and Israel that Obama is basically throwing out the window...
  • Biden condemns new Israeli settlement plan

    03/09/2010 7:54:08 PM PST · by Gabrial · 35 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | March 9, 2010 | ARON HELLER
    Vice President Joe Biden condemned an Israeli plan to build hundreds of homes in disputed east Jerusalem on Tuesday — a disagreement that tarnished a high-profile visit that had been aimed at repairing ties with the Jewish state and kickstarting Mideast peace talks.
  • Blundering toward disaster

    03/22/2010 3:51:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 511+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-22-10 | DAVID HOROVITZ
    Clinton underlined profound US doubts about Netanyahu’s commitment to peace. WASHINGTON –They applauded her entrance. They applauded intermittently throughout her speech. The loudest and most sustained ovation, predictably, came when she demanded that “Gilad Schalit must be released immediately and reunited with his family.” Overall, the reception, if not euphoric, was warm. But most importantly, even though just 10 days ago she had apparently questioned, in her ground-shaking 43-minute telephone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, whether Israel was truly committed to its bilateral relationship with the United States, not a soul among the 7,500 American pro-Israel activists who gathered...
  • Emperor has no clothes: Mainstream Jewish groups driven by need to placate leftist donors

    05/06/2010 9:26:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 398+ views
    Y-Net News ^ | May 7, 2010 | Michael Fenenbock
    AIPAC is a parody of itself. AIPAC's donor base is left-wing Democrats. Its chairman is a dyed in the wool supporter of President Obama. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is an antic joke. Their chairman has raised millions for various Obama campaigns and projects. In a moment of prideful boast he publicly assured those of us with doubts that President Obama would be "the first Jewish president." The emperor has no clothes. Of course, the actions of mainstream Jewish organizations and their leadership are not necessarily intended to benefit the Jewish state. They are most often...
  • Over to you, Mr. Abbas

    11/15/2010 5:41:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/14/2010
    PA president should come under pressure to compromise – and to take positions that give his people, and ours, the opportunity for genuine reconciliation. The Israeli government is moving toward accepting the Obama administration’s request to renew the building freeze in Judea and Samaria for another three months. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s support for the measure and Shas’s willingness to abstain in a vote would likely yield an approval of the plan in the appropriate cabinet forum. This is a necessary step, not principally because the US has sought the extension in return for a package of security incentives, various...
  • What makes Obama different?-No other US leader has drawn a line in the sand about Jews in Jerusalem

    03/31/2010 5:25:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 507+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-31-10 | JONATHAN S. TOBIN
    The humiliating treatment accorded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his recent visit to the White House and the 13-point diktat that he received from President Barack Obama have brought relations between the US and Israel to a point of crisis. But however this particular dispute is played out in the days and weeks ahead, observers must ponder what will follow during the rest of the Obama presidency. Though much of the focus of Obama’s foreign policy has seemed to be a fixation with making nice with rivals and enemies, it has also been accompanied by what appears to be a...
  • On Israel, Obama Playing the Mideast Game Wrong

    04/23/2010 3:44:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 404+ views
    US News ^ | April 23, 2010 | Mortimer B. Zuckerman
    The Middle East peace process is stalled thanks to a second deadlock engineered by the United States government. President Obama began the process with his call for a settlement freeze in 2009 and escalates it now with a major change of American policy on Jerusalem. The president seeks to prohibit Israel from any construction in its capital—in an exclusively Jewish suburb of East Jerusalem. This, despite the fact that all former administrations had unequivocally understood that the area in question would remain part of Israel in any final peace agreement. Objecting to this early phase of the planning process for...
  • 'Israel planning to destroy al Aksa' 17/03/2010 03:18

    03/17/2010 4:47:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 470+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-17-10 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Martyrs Brigades calls on PA to release jailed "fighters" to "defend J'lem." The armed wing of Fatah, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, on Tuesday called on the Palestinian Authority to give back the weapons it had confiscated from the group’s gunmen so that they could participate in the “Jerusalem Intifada.” The call came as both the PA and Hamas continued to accuse Israel of planning to destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. “We call on all the Palestinian security services in the West Bank to release all Palestinian fighters from prison and to give them back their weapons...
  • Would Muslims Surrender Mecca? Should Catholics Give Up The Vatican?

    03/18/2010 12:01:27 PM PDT · by anotherview · 93 replies · 906+ views
    Zionism and Aliya (blog) ^ | 18 March 2010 | Caitlyn Martin
    Would Muslims surrender Mecca? Should Catholics give up the Vatican? These may seem like ridiculous questions. The answer to both by any sane person would be "of course not." Why on earth would the answer to "Would Jews ever surrender Jerusalem?" be any different? The answer is simple. It shouldn't. With the exception of a seven year period in the sixth century when the Persians restored Jewish sovereignty, the Jewish people were denied a homeland from 70 C.E. until 1948. During that time the Jewish people suffered pogroms, expulsions, mass murder, persecution, and assorted other forms of denial of basic...
  • Obama, a 'Strategic Catastrophe' ("I am a muslim" Obama says to Egyptian FM)

    06/14/2010 4:31:10 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 48 replies · 2,132+ views
    IsraelToday.co.il ^ | May 2010 issue | Aviel Schneider
    Although Israeli officials publicly play down the crisis in relations between Jerusalem and Washington, privately the language is much different. Sources close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describe Obama as a “strategic catastrophe” for Israel. Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, speaking on condition of anonymity to the nation’s top newspapers, see the Obama administration as a serious threat to the future of the State of Israel. On the record, Israel and the US have a “strategic partnership that is unbreakable”; off the record, the terminology is blunt to say the least. “President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...
  • 'Construction in e. J'lem will push on'

    05/10/2010 6:07:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 183+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/10/10 | ap and jpost staff
    Construction of new housing for Jews in east Jerusalem will press forward, Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser illustrated in a statement on Monday. This drew Palestinian accusations that the plans could undermine newly relaunched peace talks. "Building is expected to begin soon in Har Homa ... and Neve Yaakov, where (construction) bids have been issued," Hauser told Army Radio, referring to two east Jerusalem neighborhoods. "Building in Jerusalem is continuing according to its regular pace."
  • Amr Moussa: Talks on hold

    03/10/2010 8:23:26 PM PST · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 157+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 11, 2010 | JPost.com staff, Khaled Abu Toameh and Herb Kei
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not enter indirect peace talks with Israel as planned, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said overnight Wednesday, due to the approval of plans to build 1,600 housing units in Ramat Shlomo in east Jerusalem. “The Palestinian president has decided that he does not intend to enter negotiations at this stage,” Moussa said at a press conference in Cairo. A senior PA official in Ramallah had said Wednesday that the PA would resume talks with Israel in the coming days, despite the threats and strong condemnations coming from Ramallah. The official’s comments came after visiting...
  • Column One: Obama’s war on Israel

    03/20/2010 9:14:20 AM PDT · by Tigen · 14 replies · 650+ views
    Jpost ^ | 3-19-10 | CAROLINE GLICK
    Obama himself claims that he has launched a political war against Israel in the interest of promoting peace. But this claim, too, does not stand up to scrutiny. On Friday, Obama ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to present Netanyahu with a four-part ultimatum. First, Israel must cancel the approval of the housing units in Ramat Shlomo. Second, Israel must prohibit all construction for Jews in Jerusalem neighborhoods built since 1967. Third, Israel must make a gesture to the Palestinians to show them we want peace. The US suggests releasing hundreds of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons. Fourth, Israel must...
  • Israelis protest costly housing – but not cost of settlements. Why?

    08/12/2011 8:42:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | August 12, 2011 | Joshua Mitnick
    A worker is seen on a construction site in the neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem, Thursday, Aug. 11. The Israeli government, facing public protests over the soaring cost of housing, announced on Thursday it is advancing plans for thousands of new homes in contested East Jerusalem. The Israeli government, facing unprecedented public protests over the soaring cost of housing, yesterday announced it is advancing plans for thousands of new homes in contested East Jerusalem. The announcement, which drew pointed criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations, and the US, highlights an issue that has been largely avoided by the...
  • Angry White House seeks to 'modify' Israeli regime

    03/20/2010 4:36:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 49 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2010 | Adrian Blomfield in Ramat Shlomo and Alex Spillius
    President Barack Obama's team hope to push Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu into a coalition which will put peace talks on track. For Jewish settler families, there is nothing controversial about the plans to erect 1,600 new homes. But for Washington they represent an insult that has reduced relations between the United States and Israel to their lowest ebb in a generation. The friendship that has been a cornerstone of American foreign policy for 40 years and sustained a small democracy in a perilously hostile neighbourhood has moved on to novel, shaky ground. Rather than peace process, the new buzz phrase...
  • PM, Clinton still due at AIPAC parley

    03/17/2010 5:08:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 229+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-17-10 | HERB KEINON AND HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    Group calls Washington’s statements on Israel “a matter of serious concern.” Though the crisis with the US over construction in east Jerusalem continues to percolate, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu still plans to travel to Washington next week to participate in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, sources in his office said Sunday night. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also still expected to address the pro-Israel group, hours before Netanyahu on Monday, according to US officials, despite her tense phone call to the prime minister on Friday berating him for an Interior Ministry panel’s approval of the...