March 27, 2009

Sympathy for the Devil

by Dr. David Lazerson

( The Rolling Stones' great hit - and title for this article - pretty much sums up those who continue to support Hamas in light of the recent war in Gaza. There is no moral equivalency between the Hamas terrorists and the Israeli Defense Forces. Hamas deliberately uses civilian areas, including schools and hospitals, to shoot their missiles into Israel. The IDF dropped thousands of leaflets warning civilians to leave before striking certain areas in Gaza. The tactic of Hamas is quite the opposite. They simply shoot at whatever they can, whenever they want, hoping, in fact, to kill and harm as many Israeli civilians as possible.

Let us remember that not too long ago, Israel gave up Gaza, kicking out the Israelis living there for the sake of peace. With Gaza now Judenrein, what possible excuse can the Arabs have for not turning Gaza into their own beautiful land? Isn't that what they supposedly wanted to begin with? But rather than work hard at building the positive infrastructure of a healthy society, the Gazans, under their own elected Hamas rulers, have instead turned the place into a battleground. They've used billions in international aid to secure weapons, build smuggling tunnels, as they inch closer to the very heart of Israel. Gaza has turned into a puppet of Iran and peace with such a neighbor seems utterly impossible.

Many countries in the world are starting to wake up and smell the coffee. Hamas' aims are part of a much larger war, one that militant Islam is ever hell-bent on - taking over Mother Earth. Israel is simply the canary in the coal mine - the "indicator species" of how it goes with militant Islam's goal of world domination. If, G-d forbid, there was never any Israel to begin with, would the fanatic Muslims be content with, say, holding on to the entire Middle East? Hardly. They'd set their sights on ever bigger targets, like Africa, Asia, Europe and good ol' America. In fact, this process has not only already begun, but the train is picking up steam and rolling along the tracks of Western slumber and political correctness.

Many political leaders have long pointed out that there is an ever-growing fifth column of militant Islam supporters in our communities. In Europe, the rapidly growing Muslim population is a voting force to be reckoned with. They persuaded England not to teach the "offensive" Holocaust curriculum in many of the schools. Oh well, so much for that line about those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. One wonders what's next on the chopping block.

After the terrorist slaughter in Mumbai, several Muslim cleric leaders pointed out that Chabad House was attacked since the movement believes Israel belongs to the Jews. The difference is, of course, that Chabad may indeed believe this, but they, like Israel, are prepared to live with others in peaceful coexistence. Apparently, just having the belief was more than enough of a reason to murder the rabbi, his pregnant wife and the Chabad House guests.

Truth be told, fanatical Muslims don't require too much of a logical reason to commit atrocities. Any non-Muslim, in their eyes, is fair game - by any means necessary. Even during the recent Gaza War, Hamas was still busy murdering members of rival Fatah, whom they deem to be not "real" Muslims.

In ways that would make Hitler rejoice, many supposed Muslim "leaders" and clerics continue to fan the flames of hatred and racial intolerance. They have become, in their own eyes of course, the new superior race. The rest of us on planet Earth, give or take a few here or there, are deemed infidels. The Muslim fanatics teach their cute kiddies in preschool to hate us, educating them that we are not even on the level of pigs and monkeys.

It is a branch of Islam that threatens all of us, including the more moderate Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan. The free world must rise to the occasion and stand up to this evil before it overwhelms us all and sends us back into the Dark Ages.

Now is not the time to show sympathy for the devil.

March 12, 2009

It's our history, stupid - Moshe Dann

March 5, 2009

The economy, terrorism and national defense are priorities for every country. But Israel adds an essential factor: historical memory.

Egypt has its pyramids; Rome has its Colosseum; Athens has its Acropolis - but, citizens of a modern state, the native populations feel little or no connection to their ancient cultures; their archeological sites are for tourists.

Jews, however, regard historical sites as confirmations of biblical references, providing intimate emotional links between present and past. Historical sites are bonds of identity, the reason that Jews are drawn to Israel, despite the difficulties, and why they struggle to survive in their homeland. Life may be more comfortable in other places; here, from the time of the Bible to modern times, it's where much of Jewish history happened. That is why this country is so meaningful.

Jewish national and religious consciousness - indisputably rooted exclusively in Eretz Yisrael - is the primary basis for the State of Israel's existence. The return of the Jewish people to its ancient homeland is the fulfillment of ancient prophesies and prayer - the core of its ethos and national identity and central to the process of redemption.

Confirmed by history, each new archeological discovery is a thrilling reminder of where and how Jews lived thousands of years ago. As if "beamed down," we are transported into that ancient world which lives again through us. The return of the Jewish people to Israel, the process of ingathering from around the world, the rebuilding and flourishing of a state is nothing less than a renaissance of the Jewish people.

But, as much as we are proud of our accomplishments, it fuels the enmity of our enemies. That our historical and legal claim to Eretz Yisrael is disputed by those who deny Israel's right to exist is understandable. Recognition of any part of that claim would undermine any alternative (Palestinian/Syrian) national/historic rights. Yet, some Jews, including Israelis, propose the abandonment of Judea and Samaria, the heartland of Jewish history, to form a second Palestinian state, which would be, of course, terror-based and Judenrein.

DENYING OUR sovereignty over any area of our ancient homeland negates our historic claims and our country's legal right to exist in any portion of its homeland. If it's "the occupation," then what's the difference between Tel Aviv and "the settlements," except location? And what makes one place holier than another? There is no authentic "Palestinian" archeology because there never was a coherent "Palestinian" ethnic, cultural or social group. Jews who lived in British Mandate Palestine used the term as a political reference; Arabs did not.

That Israel is a leader in high-tech, medicine and sciences, a nominally democratic country committed to the principles of egalitarianism, social and cultural freedom, a bastion of Western values is very nice; these are not, however, a reason to exist.

Israel's raison d'etre is its continuity as the ancient/modern homeland of the Jewish people. Without acknowledging that historical reference, Jews have no better claim to "Palestine" than any other group.

The issue is not simply over territory, or sovereignty, or the legal rights of the Jewish people in Eretz Yisrael, but to create a uniquely Jewish civilization.

That challenge must be defined, grounded in Jewish history, tradition and culture. Approached from the perspective of peoplehood, and contemporary political expediency, such efforts are doomed to irrelevancy.

To deny or distance oneself from one's history is self-rejection; to embrace one's history is affirmation. The great irony in the current debate over the nature of Zionism is that those who argue for secularism deny the legacy of the past; those who argue for a Torah-based state are in danger of exclusivity.

Attacked from all sides, physically by Arab and Muslim countries, and rhetorically by much of the international community, the UN and many NGOs, Israel's struggle as a nation is rooted in its connection to an authentic revealed history and its adherence to Torah values. Paradoxically, both religious and secular Zionism thrust Jews toward an engagement with history centered in the Land of Israel. Both cling to the uniqueness of Jewish history and it is precisely this link between the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and Torah that makes Zionism different from all other nationalisms. Israel's rebirth and flourishing prove that we are not at the end of history, but rather its continuing relevance, meaning and hope for all mankind.

The writer, a former assistant professor of history, is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem.

Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty 30 Years of "Bad Peace"

Below is the Preamble to the Treaty. Perhaps Israel can sign bad peace agreements with the other Arab/Islamic Countries and work out the details later?

The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Government of the State of Israel;


Convinced of the urgent necessity of the establishment of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338;

Reaffirming their adherence to the "Framework for Peace in the Middle East Agreed at Camp David," dated September 17, 1978;

Noting that the aforementioned Framework as appropriate is intended to constitute a basis for peace not only between Egypt and Israel but also between Israel and each of its other Arab neighbors which is prepared to negotiate peace with it on this basis;

Desiring to bring to an end the state of war between them and to establish a peace in which every state in the area can live in security;

Convinced that the conclusion of a Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel is an important step in the search for comprehensive peace in the area and for the attainment of settlement of the Arab- Israeli conflict in all its aspects;

Inviting the other Arab parties to this dispute to join the peace process with Israel guided by and based on the principles of the aforementioned Framework;

Desiring as well to develop friendly relations and cooperation between themselves in accordance with the United Nations Charter and the principles of international law governing international relations in times of peace;

Agree to the following provisions in the free exercise of their sovereignty, in order to implement the "Framework for the Conclusion of a Peace Treaty Between Egypt and Israel";

March 11, 2009

Freeman Withdraws From Intel Position

By Walter Pincus
Charles W. Freeman Jr. withdrew yesterday from his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council after questions about his impartiality were raised among members of Congress and with White House officials.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair said he accepted Freeman's decision "with great regret." The withdrawal came hours after Blair had given a spirited defense on Capitol Hill of the outspoken former ambassador.

The National Intelligence Council oversees production of national intelligence estimates and shorter assessments on specific issues, tapping experts from among the 16 intelligence agencies. The chairman's position does not require Senate confirmation.

Freeman had come under fire for statements he had made about Israeli policies and for his past connections to Saudi and Chinese interests.

One of the first congressmen to raise questions about Freeman, Rep. Steven Israel (D-N.Y.), said yesterday that he spoke of his concerns last week to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and later sent him materials about the former ambassador's statements and associations. Israel, a member of the House Appropriations Committee's Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, said in a phone interview, "As I was leaving the White House this afternoon, they told me of Blair's statement" of Freeman's withdrawal. "I think Blair's defense of Freeman was indefensible, and people in the White House realized that."

The congressman said Freeman's withdrawal "preserved the impartiality of U.S. intelligence," and he expected Blair would move on and "will find someone who is unimpeachable of intelligence matters."

Freeman had been ambassador to Saudi Arabia and deputy chief of mission in China.

Since 1997, he has presided over the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that is funded in part by Saudi money. In that role, Freeman has occasionally criticized the Israeli government's positions and U.S. support for those policies. In 2007, for example, he said, "The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending," adding, "American identification with Israel has become total."

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) questioned Blair about the appointment yesterday when the intelligence chief came before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Lieberman cited Freeman's past relationships and statements which, the senator said, "appear either inclined to lean against Israel or too much in favor of China."

Blair forcefully defended Freeman, saying the intelligence community needs people with strong views because out of that come the best ideas. But, he added, the job of the intelligence community is not to make policy but to inform it with ideas and that Freeman, "with his long experience, his inventive mind will add to those strongly."

Blair said Freeman's statements had been taken out of context, and he urged members "to look at the full context of what he was saying."

Lieberman countered that he feared that Freeman might not be able "to separate his policy views from the analysis," adding, "whether I disagree or agree with them, he's very opinionated." Blair responded that he could do a better job as DNI "if I'm getting strong analytical viewpoints to sort out and pass on to you and to the president than if I am getting pre-cooked, pablum judgments that don't really challenge."

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) later praised the way Blair defended Freeman, saying the danger of centralized intelligence was the lack of divergent opinion, as was seen in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Since 1997, Freeman has presided over the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that is funded in part by Saudi money. In that role, Freeman has occasionally criticized the Israeli government's positions and U.S. support for those policies. In 2007, for example, he said, "The brutal oppression of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending," adding, "American identification with Israel has become total."

Freeman has also been faulted for statements about the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. Critics have said complained that he faulted the Chinese for not acting earlier in putting down the demonstrations, but Freeman said the remarks were actually his assessment of how Chinese leaders had seen things.

Sen. Christopher S. Bond (Mo.), the intelligence committee's vice chairman, and the six other Republicans on the panel wrote Blair yesterday to raise "concerns about Mr. Freeman's lack of experience and uncertainty about his objectivity." His appointment, they said, would result in "even more oversight scrutiny to the activities of the NIC under his leadership."

The White House had been largely mum on Freeman's appointment. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked last week about the objections, but he ducked the question.

Opposition to Freeman's appointment has been led by several pro-Israel groups and advocates in the United States, joined by some members of Congress. Last week, nine House Republicans, including Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and two intelligence committee members, joined Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley (Nev.) in asking DNI Inspector General Edward Maguire for a comprehensive review of Freeman's past and current financial, commercial and contractual ties to the Saudi government. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), a member of the House intelligence committee, wrote a similar letter to Maguire.

March 10, 2009

Violent Intruders Attack Brooklyn Synagogues

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( For the second time in less than a week, a packed Brooklyn, New York, synagogue has been the target of threats of violence by intruders.

On Monday, according to Yeshiva World News, an Arab man in his mid-30s entered Boro Park's 'Sephardish Shul' and began making proclamations of jihad. Members of a Jewish volunteer security organization, the Shomrim, apprehended the threatening individual. They held him until police officers arrived at the scene, arresting the suspect. Detectives spoke with the "Middle Eastern man" at a station house near the synagogue.

Police officials reminded the community, "If you see something, say something." Security in Brooklyn's heavily Jewish Boro Park area has been stepped up during the Purim holiday.

Just two days earlier, a man wielding a butcher's knife burst into a Kerestir Chassidic synagogue in Williamsburg. He initially turned up unarmed and began throwing soda cans at the gathered worshipers, which hit one of them, and returned shortly thereafter with the bladed weapon.

The attacker was prevented from using the butcher's knife on anyone by a young man, described as a "friend" of the knife-wielding intruder, who then fled together with him.

The recent attacks come just over a month after Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn was targeted in a series of English-language jihadist videos posted on the Internet. The videos and accompanying texts singled out "770," but also intimated that all Orthodox Jewish organizations were equally worthy of attack by Muslims. The threatening material included images of the 770 synagogue and study house, pictures of the police van out front, and indications of which parts of the building are crowded at what times.

The source of the thinly-veiled threats, a group called Revolution Muslim, is domestic to the United States.

March 9, 2009

Chag Sameach!! Purim is here!!!

Purim is here and it is a very nice time to go to see the Purim play, hear the Megillah and try to put yourself in at least one persons part that so very long ago.

Seduction. Sedition. Scandal and Celebration. A 6 MONTH Party!!!

127 Provinces is lot for a King to rule over, especially when drunk all of the time.
What was it like to be Esther or Vashti? the time were so different we can't possible examine the events with a 21st Century eye and expect to understand what these people were thinking.

Haman wanted to exterminate all of the Jews.....Mordechai urged Esther to save them or die trying.

March 5, 2009

March of the Living Tuesday, April 21 - 2009

The March of the Living is set to coincide with the Durban II Conference.

Ynet news said 10,000 youths—Jewish and non-Jewish—will be at the gates of Auschwitz on Tuesday, April 21, to give the next generation a strong platform to "Say No to Hatred Today." The march will include a three kilometer march from Auschwitz to the death camp at Birkenau where over 1.5 million Jews perished. Most of the participants will then visit Israel during the week of that nation's Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The event will commemorate several important milestone dates: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II and the 60th anniversary of the ratification of the International Human Rights Declaration.

Time to go home?

Do you feel impending disaster. Does anyone believe Rush?

"We call upon the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to unite with us in our homeland by making Aliyah, by building the land, and by taking part in the momentous undertaking of the redemption of the Jewish people, which has been the dream of generations."

Spikes in our eyes....

Arabs out now!

Now more jobs for Arabs in Israel.

They must go.

Right wing leadership knows this....

Enough already,

Numbers 33:55

But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the Land from before you, then those whom you leave over will be as spikes in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they will harass you in the land in which you settle.

March 3, 2009

Clinton is blinded by the fight.

Hill still thinks a 2 state solution exists. It is dead. Finished.
Nobody can even fold the road map back up and put it away.

The Arabs have pushed the process to a destination, a cemetery.
They are to evil, vile and unethical to ever be considered a good neighbor.
To H*ll with them, either on their terms or Israel's.

Hill is to little to late, as usual. She has not noticed that the playbook she has is outdated. Perhaps she is also. The former first lady has a limited credibility, since she thought Obama could not answer the phone at 3AM and now she works for him. Political hypocrisy is an old theme and she is doing nothing new.

"Not only is this not the only solution, it is a bad solution," former general and national security adviser Giora Eiland wrote in an opinion piece in Yedioth Ahronoth daily. "And it is unlikely that it will ever be possible to achieve it."

Hill sees a quick solution from the most recent situation and fails to understand the history of the "conflict". She either just follows Obama 44 day old policy and choose not to go back to "a" 1948 beginning or just doesn't care...I choose the later. Her 2 state solution has as much chance of success as her failed attempts at Health care reform when she was first lady.

I am not going to tell her what needs to be done. Perhaps she will conference with Mr. Jimmy Carter (worst President in at least recent history).

I have no faith that she is of any value. She has no experience on this job...

Lets bailout the rocket launchers in Gaza!

Nearly 1 billion dollars to the people who voted Hamas into power.

Currently Gaza is free of any foreign government, so why do they not declare that they are the country of "Palestine"? Why?

Then they could do their begging themselves.

Gaza is nothing but a land mass full of parasites:

They produce nothing. they are users and abusers.

The USA is going to support the Arabs in but one more show of weakness.

Behold...the redemption is coming. Obama is the wind of change.

Democrats Bailing Out Wall street?

I thought trickle down was a Republican philosophy. So far by bailing out A.I.G. and their ilk, nothing has been done for those in default on mortgages because of unethical lending practices. Who in their right mind would get a variable rate mortgage
to save 1% or less on their mortgage rate? Whe it was at 5%, it could really only go up. These people need to have their mortgage rates restored to what they thought they agreed to.

The bailout of wall Street must be a mentality of trickle down. Perhaps the Dems agree that by helping these bankrupt lenders they will restore their lending ability and they will suddenly act like good citizens!

Errrr! Nope!

Obama needs to let the bankrupt companies expire and give the "bailout" $ to the solvent ones that offer fair lending practices. Perhaps the credible fair companies could be given the opportunity to run the bankrupt ones.

Perhaps many of the "bad" loans could easily be rehabilitated by some cushion money or time and the changing of mortgage length etc.

To bail out wall Street and failing companies is simply a recipe for more trouble.

These agencies should also have to pay a fee to have regulation and inspections regulary.

March 2, 2009

Verizon Must Drop Islamic TV Network

Petition to Verizon demanding they stop broadcasting Bridges TV

Verizon broadcasts the radical Islamic TV network created by Muzzammil Hassan throughout the U.S. through the Verizon Fios TV system. Muzzammil Hassan beheaded his wife in the Bridges TV offices outside Buffalo, NY on February 12, 2009.

Bridges TV is a thinly veiled propaganda operation with questionable ties and funding sources and has been linked to CAIR.

A petition to Verizon demanding that they stop broadcasting Bridges TV is now online:

Please sign the petition and encourage others to also sign.

Thank you.


Don't forget to enjoy....

By Chana Weisberg

We are walking together. Hand in hand. Me and my youngest daughter.

A forty-something year old and a four year old.

It's Shabbat morning and we're walking from our home towards our synagogue. The walk is about ten minutes, but the heavy snow slows us down. A new thick layer has just fallen last night. Both of us are bundled up warmly.

We have begun from the same point and we're heading to the same destination, but along the way our routes are diverging.

I am determined to choose the fastest, easiest course to our location. She chooses the most enjoyable one, relishing in every nuance along the way.

I stride purposefully and quickly, huddled in my coat, impatiently asking her to hurry along. She is delaying, frolicking, jumping and giggling. She savors the outdoors and experiments with the snow with her gloved hands and booted legs. Time constraints are clearly not a part of her agenda.

I direct my daughter to a well trodden path. I am looking to follow in other's footsteps—to trace the paths that those ahead of me have already tried and tested. She, on the other hand, delights in stepping where the snow has just fallen and is freshest. She is intrigued by her unique imprints and by forging her own new path where no one has stepped.

As we turn the bend, I ask her to join me along the cleared sidewalk, where the trek is least taxing, where the path is smoothest. Yet she is determined to climb the highest mountains and snow beds along the way. She embraces the exertion with joy. And the victory of reaching the peaks and standing tall in victory is a sufficiently intoxicating reward.

As we walk, ever so slowly, she points out to me the many sparkles in the snow. To her, these are precious gifts to behold, diamonds glistening in the sunlight. To be honest, I have barely noticed these shimmers. They have disappeared in my view of the encompassing dull whiteness, as I stride quicker and quicker.

We are walking along the very same route, my young daughter and I. But our paths are diametrically divergent.

Not literally but figuratively.

Maybe it's the four decades that are between us that cause each of us to veer towards a different direction, and to see reality through a different lens. Or maybe she is experiencing the joy and challenge of life while I am merely trudging through it.

It was a relatively short walk.

But maybe along the way, there was something that a forty-something year old learned from the innate wisdom of a four year old.

Israel Apartheid Week Nutjobs

This "Israel Apartheid" operation is both a campus outreach and a threatening display of muscle flexing. By calling this travesty Israel Apartheid Week our enemies have made it a comfortable fit with the Jewish Defamers of Israel.
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Israel an Apartheid State??! How can we counter such a colossal untruth?! Even though the facts prove it to be untrue, when a lie is big enough you can't really counter it.Want to know why? Here's the reason as explained by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf:

"in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying."

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Your thoughts?
-Dry Bones- Israel's Political Comic Strip Since 1973