Archive for August, 2013

Gibraltar is British – but Judea and Samaria cannot be Israeli

Sunday, August 18th, 2013
This business of keeping territory after winning it in war: where do we draw the line?
Well, read Bret Stephens on the issue of Gibraltar, and it appears that no issue regarding territory taken in war is ever going to go to the UN for debate: not Gibraltar in Spain, not Tibet, not Ceuta and Melilla in Africa, not Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, not the Malvinas off the coast of Argentina, not Western Sahara, not the vast tracts of Algeria from which the pieds noir were unceremoniously ejected, not New Caledonia, not French Guyana, not Alsace, not Greenland.
There is only one territory won in a defensive war that occupies the minds, resources and time of the UN tsars and indeed the world community: that part of the Jewish homeland known as Judea and Samara from which Jews were “successfully” ethnically cleansed between 1948 and 1967.
The UN argues that because that ethnic cleansing was total and absolute and not one single Jew remained in those territories during that period after being forcibly evicted, the area is to be de facto declared as belonging to the nascent state of Arab Palestine.
A Palestine from which all Jews will be banned – by decree of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas. Abbas is the man with whom Israel is currently engaged in “peace negotiations”, following Abbas’s insistence that Israel first free 104 convicted mass-murderers and terrorists guilty of killing Israeli civilians for reasons of pan-Arab political ideology. This as a precondition for even sitting at the same table as Jews for the purpose of the US-demanded “peace talks”.
Against that background, now read Bret Stephens’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of territorial claims, wars and occupation, and see if you agree that there should be one law for the Jews (well, against the Jews actually) and another entirely different law for everyone else.

Hypocrisy at the highest level

Friday, August 9th, 2013

We live in interesting – and astonishingly hypocritical – times.
The US forces Israel to release 104 Islamist terrorists tried and convicted of terrorism against civilians in Israel, because their release will allow the current US government to curry favour in the Muslim world. Their release will strengthen the USA’s hand in whatever political, diplomatic, financial, industrial, commercial and other lucrative deals it has in the pipeline. It is therefore labelled a GOOD THING.
Simultaneously, the US is conducting drone strikes on suspected Islamist terrorists, most recently today in Yemen, where three suspected terrorists were killed. Note: these are not tried and convicted terrorists, as in the case of the 104 held in Israeli prisons who were duly given full legal representation at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer. No, these suspected terrorists (and countless others) were summarily executed by remote control via military drones. Without trial, without being convicted. They are people who are SUSPECTED of considering an act that may displease the US government in territories far beyond the US homeland. According to the US government their execution without trial is also a GOOD THING.
So, coercing other countries into releasing convicted terrorists serves a vital national interest if it is done at the behest of the US, depending of course on what the current US agenda may be on any particular day. And at the same time, summarily executing non-convicted terrorism suspects is also a vital US national interest, even when conducted on a continent thousands of miles away from the US homeland.
It all depends on whose personal political agenda is being served.
Blatant hypocrisy of the very worst sort. And no, this is not to be taken as criticism of domestic US politics or the Americans’ choice of President and Commander in Chief – it is simply a comment on the nauseating two-facedness of politics at the very highest level. The US administration, and the US electorate, deserve leadership with at least a semblance of principle, moral and even-handedness.

The Arab world is aflame – but the US, EU and UN focus on Israel

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Here’s a question: Why is it that there are no less than THREE Palestines? Three Palestines whose official policy is ethnic cleansing of Jews from their nascent territory.

Firstly there’s Palestine 1/aka Jordan, capital Amman, built on roughly 77 percent of the British Mandate area – the territory earmarked to be returned to the Jewish people as their rightful historic home. This thanks to such legally binding agreements as the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Resolution and the UN Partition Plan for Palestine. More than 70 percent of the population of Jordan is Palestinian Arab, yet power is in the hands of the minority Hashemite ruler, King Abdullah, whose family was imported from Arabia to form an immigrant royal dynasty in the part of Palestine that was designated for Arab rule (and the exclusion of all Jews).

Then there’s Palestine 2/The Gaza Strip, capital city Gaza City. Here the extremist Islamist terror group Hamas holds sway after having removed its main political rivals – literally removed, through the simple expedient of tying their hands behind their backs and throwing them off the roofs of tall buildings. Other political opponents were hogtied and dragged behind motorcycles on public streets to send the requisite message of mutual tolerance and political diversity…  Here too Jews have been ethnically cleansed – even Jewish graves were uprooted to create an Islamically pure environment for the Sharia aspirations of the proud Hamas regime.

And finally there’s Palestine 3/Most of Judea and Samaria, the historical heartland of the Jewish people, whose modern Arab capital city is Ramallah, Jewish capital city Jerusalem. This area is ruled by the non-elected rabid anti-Semite Mahmoud Abbas. He titles himself “President of Palestine”. Meantime, the Prime Minister of Palestine 1 is Abdullah Ensour, the Prime Minister of Palestine 2 is Ismail Haniyeh, and the Prime Minister of Palestine 3 is Rami Hamdallah. As recently as 2 days ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on his way to “peace talks” with Israel, reiterated his long-standing demand that the Arab state of Palestine will have no Jews in it whatsoever. It is interesting to note, by way of comparison, that about 21 percent of Israel’s population consists of Arabs, both Christian and Muslim Arabs.

But the Palestinian Arabs aren’t content with making up 21 percent of the population of the Jewish state, and they aren’t content with  having the vast majority of the physical territory – financially subsidized by the world community via the US, UN and EU. No, they also want to create Palestine 4 by taking over the Jewish state of Israel and its capital Jerusalem. And all with the political collusion and massive financial support of the UN and EU, led by the USA.

Yesterday’s CNN report revealed that the Arab world is understandably preoccupied with the bloodletting and carnage in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Libya, Iran’s fast-approaching nuclear weapons capability, the ever-clearer separation of Kurdistan from Iraq and Syria, the escalating sectarian/inter-Islamic wars being fought throughout the Middle East between Shia and Sunni Muslims, the threat of political collapse in Turkey and Jordan, so much so that the Arab street puts “Palestine” as its absolute lowest priority.

Nevertheless, the USA, EU and UN are focusing increasingly on Israel and the Palestinian Arabs because that is the only arena in which they can exert some kind of force, they can be seen to be doing something, anything. The USA, EU and UN are becoming increasingly irrelevant, increasingly impotent, everywhere else. Hence the bullying tactics – applied in an arena few Arabs care about, at the same time as the Arab world is crying out for genuine assistance to promote democracy. Meantime, of course, the USA, EU and UN are totally ignoring the onslaught of violent Islamism on Christians throughout the Middle East. A slow, inexorable ethnic cleansing of Christians in the birthplace of Christianity that is taking place to the accompaniment of excruciating silence on the part of the highly-paid bureaucrats in Washington, Brussels and New York.

And who pays the salaries of these highly-paid bureaucrats? Well, just check your monthly income-tax bill for the answer to that question.