Shimon Peres – controversial visionary and failed peace architect

September 28th, 2016 by ilyameyer

It’s a sombre day of reflection for Israel as the nation commemorates the passing of Shimon Peres.

He held many political positions in his long career, not least as Prime Minister, President, Foreign Minister and Deputy Defence Minister.

Having said that, he will possibly be best remembered for the one role that he represented in no official capacity – that of peace minister.

The deeply flawed Oslo Accords of which he was co-architect may have been enthusiastically (albeit amateurishly) envisioned, but they were poorly executed because there never was any requirement for Israel’s so-called “peace partners” in Ramallah to honour the accords they signed. In the non-existent execution of those much-lauded but largely hollow peace accords, Shimon Peres is perhaps largely to blame for not ensuring a more robust mechanism for their enforced implementation.

Those failures and that naivete aside, there is no doubting his principles, his ethics, his commitment to the idea of peace and of compromise for achieving that peace.

Hopefully Israel’s purported “partners for peace” in Ramallah will sieze this landmark event, the coming together of world leaders to honour the achievements of Shimon Peres at his funeral on Friday, to make one last final attempt to put peace on the achievable political horizon.

Of course that is not very likely as peace is in fact a direct threat to everything Mahmud Abbas believes in and wants. Hopefully, however, other world powers including pragmatic leaders of various Arab and other Muslim states, will drag him to the negotiating table as a mark of respect in honour of Shimon Peres, the Jew who put his political life and his nation’s survival on the line to give Muslim Arabs the independence they claim they want despite the machinations of their leaders in Ramallah.

Because if this opportunity is lost on Friday, there most likely will never be another. Deeply flawed or not, there is no other political figure on the Israeli scene who would even consider making the extensive outreach gestures for which Shimon Peres was noted.

Not in the poisonous climate of distrust and hate that Abbas has deliberately created, despite the best efforts of Shimon Peres.

Shimon Peres, co-architect of the abysmally failed Oslo Accords, did not live to see those accords implemented. And that’s probably a good thing. But the ideas behind them – of peace, security and prosperity for EVERYONE in the region irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political affiliation – will ultimately have to be realised in one way or another.

The only question that remains is this: how much more is Mahmud Abbas, busy counting his personal fortune of EU- and UN-donated billions, willing to force his people to forego as they avoid the legacy so painfully built up over a quarter of a century of Fatah lies, racism, terrorism and corruption? And there’s the accompanying increasing despair of Arabs throughout the Jewish provinces of Judea and Samaria – the Jewish territories that the Arabs demand as their judenrein, ethnically cleansed Palestine – who see their leaders grow fatter as they themselves continue to live on UNRWA handouts.

Which would make this “Palestine” the 23rd non-functional Arab Muslim state in the region.

Not the vision that Shimon Peres nurtured.

Jews, Christians and Muslims united against Islamism.

July 15th, 2016 by ilyameyer

As we soon approach Shabbat, we have to sum up the last 24 hours in some way.

The word “terrible” is apparently what springs to mind.

Not the word “terrorism” – Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström cannot use that word to describe the event last night in Nice, France, in which 84 people died (so far) and another hundred or so were injured. She prefers “terrible”.

According to various Swedish and other newspapers (the New York Times springs to mind with its headline “At least 84 killed in France after truck plows into crowd“) one might get the impression that it is trucks that are the problem. Especially white trucks. Trucks somehow (perhaps owing to the advanced electronics in today’s vehicles?) seem to have decided to attack innocent passers-by. It’s not the people deliberately driving the trucks into pedestrians, it’s the trucks themselves that are at fault.

It’s why Margot Wallström cannot bring herself to condemn yesterday’s mass killing in Nice as an act of terrorism, but simply as an event that was “terrible”.

We are soon entering Shabbat, and in the Jewish world we will be praying for those killed in yesterday’s terror attack, as well as for those injured in yesterday’s terror attack, and for the families of those killed, injured or otherwise affected by yesterday’s attack. We will also be praying for good minds to guide the words and actions of the French authorities who are now faced with dealing both with the aftermath of another terrorist attack, and the tactics needed to hopefully prevent further atrocities such as yesterday’s terror attack.

You see, in the Jewish and Israeli worlds, we have no problem referring to yesterday’s atrocity against innocent civilians – including young children – as a terror attack. We have been through so many such attacks, and we continue to experience countless such attacks on a daily basis.

We have understood that the most fundamental rule for handling such atrocities is to first identify what we are up against.

We are up against terrorist attacks.

Then we must make sure we understand who is perpetrating these terrorist attacks.

We are facing terrorist attacks inspired, funded and carried out by radical Islamism – a political ideology bent on global hegemony that shields itself from scrutiny and criticism behind the first five letters of its political dogma: I S L A M. Because this violent political ideology shares those five letters with a religion, a religion which it must be said has always had an uncomfortably close relationship with violence as a means of spreading its word, the political ideology of Islamism has made itself untouchable.

But in the Jewish and Israeli worlds we understand who and what we are up against.

We are not up against Muslims. Nor do we feel that we live in a world that is mutually incompatible with Islam.

But we most certainly are engaged in an existential battle with Islamism.

In that battle, we count on our Muslim neighbours and friends and relatives to separate themselves and their religion from the vicious political ideology that is Islamism.

So that we can target Islamism and wipe it out.


Because in the Jewish and Israeli spheres, we have absolutely no difficulty acknowledging that our enemy is Islamism.

Wherever it exists. Political correctness be damned.

This is because Islamism is utterly incompatible with democracy, human rights, indeed life.

84 prematurely terminated lives in Nice testify to that.

We are entering Shabbat now. We will reflect on the tragedy that yesterday befell so many innocent people in Nice and say prayers for those that lost their lives.

And as Shabbat ends and a new week starts on Sunday, we will all need to sit together to express our mutual support for the sanctity of human life – and our absolute determination to enlist our Muslim communities in the existential battle to root out Islamism from their midst and ours.

So that we do not suffer any further terror attacks of the sort that Swedish FM Margot Wallström and the New York Times cannot bring themselves to mention.

You see, we have no problem mentioning the “T” word. Because our lives depend on correctly identifying what we are up against. Because we aren’t interested in getting re-elected or selling more copies of undistinguished newspapers. Instead, as long-suffering citizens unwillingly put on the front line by incompetent European politicians and colluding media, we are honest, we want to do our best for ourselves and our fellow human beings.

84 extinguished lives demand in Nice that we start working together. Sikh, Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim – all in perfect harmony against Islamism.

Of course, that also means we will have to work together against our politicians and media…

After the Islamist atrocity in Nice: either combat terrorism – or suffer its consequences

July 15th, 2016 by ilyameyer

Either you combat terrorism, or you suffer its consequences.

There’s no other way, no middle ground, no condoning terrorism overseas on the one hand while condemning it at home.

The latest Islamist terrorist atrocity against innocent civilians – this time in Nice, France – is to be condemned outright. No ifs, no buts. Just like all Islamist terrorist atrocities everywhere.

But it is so sad, and so revealing, that US president Obama immediately and unconditionally condemns this vicious Islamist attack which also killed and maimed several children among the dozens of other randomly selected innocent victims – yet the same Obama would not equally promptly or unequivocally condemn the vicious Islamist murder of a 13 year old Israeli girl by a terrorist responding to incitement by Mahmud Abbas a mere fortnight ago.

And that little girl even had US citizenship…

Until the world community and it’s self-delusional leaders correctly identify Islamism as a threat to world peace and stability, and correctly state that ALL terrorism is equally reprehensible – even when it’s victims are “only” Jews or Israelis – Islamists will correctly draw the conclusion that they have a green light to cherry-pick their targets at will and can even operate freely in countries that only pay lip-service to anti-terror measures.

Like France, which wants to fight terrorism at home, but at the same time rewards terrorists in Ramallah with diplomatic support and massive funding. Islamists see this and – again correctly – draw the obvious conclusion that terrorism works.

Terrorism against civilians will continue until there is no daylight between the world’s democracies on fighting it everywhere with equal determination.

The key term here is “equal determination”.

How hard can it be to understand something so simple, ‪#‎PresidentObama‬ and ‪#‎PresidentHollande‬?

(For more information about the financial incentive programme for Abbas devotees to go out and kill Jewish children, and the child abuse involved in brainwashing children in the Palestinian Authority, read here, here, here, here and here.)