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The L-rd spoke to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the people of Israel. Say to them: The L-rd bless you and protect you! The L-rd deal kindly and graciously with you! The L-rd bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace! Thus th



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2011-11-02T07:01:42.168-05:00

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Cheshvan 3, 5772, 10/31/2011

It's time to halt the Arab rocket fire.

Arab rocket fire against Israel has gone on for far too long. It's time for Israel to take bold action against the terror groups and, this time, finish the job.
As a journalist, I've covered Kassam attack after Kassam attack and Katyusha attacks in the North and the South. No other counrty in the world would tolerate any group attacking its citizens in such a manner, why should Israel?

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NATO squeezes Assad: A Syrian uranium enrichment plant "discovered"

2011-11-01T22:00:00.923-05:00

NATO squeezes Assad: A Syrian uranium enrichment plant "discovered" November 1, 2011, 1:21 PM (GMT+02:00) Aerial photo of Hasaka plant in Syria The disclosure Tuesday, Nov. 1, by the International Atomic Energy Agency -that a spinning factory built in the northeastern Syrian town of Hasaka in 2003 was in fact designed for developing nuclear weapons from enriched uranium - had a purpose: It was intended to crowd Bashar Assad into talking to the leaders of the revolt against him instead of slaughtering them. debkafile's intelligence sources report that Syria procured the enriched uranium and equipment for the plant from Iraq when its ruler Saddam Hussein in early March 2003 when he decided to dispose of the bulk of his nuclear plant and weapons of mass destruction by spiriting them out to Syria, then his closest ally. The IAEA sources revealed that the Syrian government worked on the secret Hasaka complex with Abdel Qader Khan, father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, basing it on the same technology he designed for Muammar Qaddafi's nuclear bomb project. Khan also provided Iran and North Korea with the basics for their nuclear weapons programs. They also disclosed correspondence between Khan and a Syrian government official Muhidin Issa after Pakistan's nuclear test in 1998 requesting scientific cooperation and asking to visit Khan's laboratories. debkafile sources add: The cottonspinning plant at Hasaka could have been used as a facility for uranium enrichment by centrifuges. Yet the IAEA inspectors who visited the site two years ago found no traces of nuclear activity there. Aerial photos accompanying this article show long, disused structures standing at a distance from the factory alongside water pools, which would not be used for cottonspinning. This group of buildings, which look like ammo stores, would confirm the presence of a large military complex at the site which may well have served a secret uranium enrichment project run in parallel to the clandestine plutonium reactor which Israel demolished in 2007. The timing of the nuclear watchdog's revelations points to two objectives: 1. A broad hint that the atomic agency has more information about the Hasaka site which it is holding back for now. If it reacts to the disclosure, Damascus may give away more than it intends. 2. To squeeze Bashar Assad into bowing to the opposition's demands for democratic reforms and a share in government. He was given to understand that further damaging disclosures about his illegal nuclear activities will be calibrated according to his continuing rejection of political dialogue and abuses. They will pave the way towards tougher sanctions. Sunday, Oct. 31, the Syrian ruler threatened to "burn the Middle East" if the West intervened in Syria. Monday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said firmly: "NATO has no intention [to intervene] whatsoever. I can completely rule that out."According to the information reaching debkafile's military and intelligence sources, this negative applies to the alliance as a body, not its individual members. Turkey for example is directly involved in supporting the Syrian revolt against the Assad regime by laying on weapons and training and allowing rebel leaders to operate cross-border command centers on its soil. Qatar, which is not a NATO member but was closely associated with the alliance operation in Libya, is a major purveyor of arms and funding for Syria's anti-regime fighters. In the operation against Muammar Qaddafi, the Qataris became expert in the management of revolts against Arab dictatorships and accustomed to working in close sync with NATO intelligence and military arms. Whether or not NATO intervenes in Syria is no longer a question. It already has, in one way or another. The question is when will Assad decide thatWestern intervention has reached a level warranting delivery on his threat toburn the Middle East? Tags: Syria Bashar Assad IAEA nuclear bomb NATO[...]



Israel National Radio Format Change - Live News Daily (excluding Friday and Shabbat) From Israel - Starting November 01, 2011

2011-11-01T18:19:59.276-05:00

Tishrei 29, 5772, 10/27/2011 For You: ALL NEW RADIO - Nov. 1st! by Tamar YonahI have been out. Neglected the blog, and took hiatus from my own radio show, all to work behind the scenes on developing a band new, user friendly and efficient radio broadcast schedule for our Israeli and worldwide listeners. Many people have been complaining - and rightfully so, that we have not been able to cover some of the more pressing news that happens in Israel in a timely fashion. Running a radio station in Israel can be difficult. Trying to run a station that is way out in Bet El (about half an hour's drive from Jerusalem) also makes things more difficult. And trying to service people in Israel as well as around the world with LIVE shows that will fit easily into their time zones, is also a BIG challenge. However we at Israel National Radio [INR] are going to be trying to beat these odds. Our new broadcast schedule will be offering a LIVE show every day of the week Sunday through Thursday at 9pm Israel time, 2pm New York/EST time and 11am Pacific time (excluding Friday and Shabbat) . This daily LIVE show will be called, News, Views, and Call-In and will be hosted by veteran Arutz 7 journalist Gil Ronen, and my self. The daily news will be covered, we will give you our views, have interviews, and take your calls! Our toll free number for all our listeners in North America & Israel is: 1-800-2670-4288. The Tamar Yonah show will also continue and air for 2 hours on Sundays from 3-5pm Israel time/8-10am New York/EST. In addition, Israel National Radio will be offering NEW shows for our listeners. We will be having an 'Ask the Rabbi' show, where Jews as well as Gentiles can ask the rabbi about Judaism, religious law, mysticism, Jewish belief, relationship/family issues, etc... All questions should be sent to Rabbi Shimshon Nadel at: RabbiNadel@gmail.com Other NEW shows include: Tshuva w/Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi - Rabbi Mizrachi proves through science and reason, that the Torah is true. He is a great speaker, is very entertaining, funny, and sometimes 'terrifying', but he has the best stories that he shares with you from real life. You won't want to miss his show! The Jewish Home & Family Show is hosted by Marriage and Family Therapist, Leora Mandel. Leora has a soothing voice, and coupled with her wisdom, will be covering everything from family dynamics, to Holidays in the home, to child rearing and marriage tips! Rabbi Lazer Brody will be doing radio shows specifically geared to Arutz 7 listeners, called LAZER BEAMS. He is also re-starting his blog on our A7 blog page: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/Josh Hasten is reformatting his show and entitling it, 'Reality Bytes' and he will be talking about the case for Israel and sharing his personal 'bytes' from life. Shows that will be returning to INR are Light Unto the Nations with Ari & Jeremy, The Noahide Nations Show, and my show, the Tamar Yonah Show. If you are a fan of all our current classic shows, most of these will continue as well. Check our broadcast schedule to find the times when all our shows will be aired. In the upper right corner of that page, you can plug in your own time zone to know exactly when to listen! In addition, our LIVE stream will be presenting many nice surprises with possible 'Breaking News' reports interrupting our regular broadcast when something important happens. Also, we are planning on doing a piece called, 'News for Jews' where a Jewish comedian will come on and give us a short hilarious news broadcast. Wouldn't it be nice to hear GOOD news once in a while, even if it is only a 2 minute comedy break? Contests, prizes and other surprises will be incorporated in as well, in the future, and we would love to hear from our listeners with feedback, comments or questions at our contact page http://www.israelnationalnews.com/More/ActivePage.aspx/Contact Just choose RADIO from the drop down menu list there, and send us in your comments. Remember, Nov. 1st i[...]



US pulls Unesco funding after Palestine is granted full membership

2011-11-01T16:17:31.007-05:00

Controversial move endorsed in UN cultural agency vote despite US threat of withholding £50m in funds.Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem guardian.co.uk, Monday 31 October 2011 09.11 EDT Article history Unesco vote on Palestine membership gets angry response from US Link to this video The United States has cut off funds to Unesco as a punitive action after the Palestinian Authority was accepted into the UN agency as a full member in defiance of American, Israeli and European pressure.The overwhelming backing for the Palestinians' bid to join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was a huge boost for their campaign for international recognition of an independent state, and a blow to Israel and the US, who had opposed the move.Members voted by 107 votes to 14 to accept Palestine as a full member state to loud cheers from delegates in Paris. Fifty-two countries, including the UK, abstained.Within hours, the US announced it would withhold its huge contribution to Unesco's budget as a result of the vote. State department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the US had no choice due to a 21-year-old law prohibiting the payment of funds to any UN body accepting the Palestinians as full members.A $60m (£38m) transfer that was due later this month would be halted in a move that will have serious consequences for Unesco activities. The US contributes 22% of the agency's annual budget.Unesco's decision was "regrettable, premature and undermines our shared goal to a comprehensive, just and lasting peace [between Israelis and Palestinians]", said Nuland.Israel also hinted at punitive measures. A statement from the foreign ministry said it would "consider its further steps and ongoing co-operation" with Unesco following the decision. The move was a "unilateral Palestinian manoeuvre which will bring no change on the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement", it added.Nimrod Barkan, Israel's ambassador to Unesco, described the vote as a "tragedy". "Unesco deals in science, not science fiction. They forced on Unesco a political subject out of its competence," he said.Palestinian officials, who described the vote as historic, were jubilant. "This vote will erase a tiny part of the injustice done to the Palestinian people," foreign minister Riyad al-Malk told the Unesco gathering in Paris.The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said the vote "represents support for freedom and justice".In a statement to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, he said: "This vote is for the sake of peace and represents international consensus on support for the legitimate Palestinian national rights of our people, the foremost of which is the establishment of its independent state."Some ridiculed the US response. "You would think we were asking to be accepted by al-Qaida," senior official Nabil Shaath said before the vote.The swift action of the US in withdrawing funding is likely to increase cynicism among Palestinians about the credibility of the US as a mediator between them and the Israelis.Membership of Unesco is largely symbolic, although it will allow the Palestinian Authority to seek world heritage status for historical sites. Israel would be expected to vigorously object to applications for sites in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem currently under its control. The Palestinian Authority is expected to seek Unesco world heritage status for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.A nomination attempt was rejected earlier this year because the Palestinians were not a full Unesco member. The nomination of other sites is expected to follow.The vote was the first taken in a UN body since the Palestinians embarked on their campaign for recognition of an independent state in the internatio[...]



A War We Can Not Afford To Lose

2007-11-07T12:52:51.135-06:00

I promised in my last post to give you a more detailed accounting of my recent activities which have kept me away from my blogging, for the past two months, and here it is, in part.

Let me begin by saying, we're in big trouble. When I say this, I am referring to both America and Israel. I am fully aware that this is not what people want to hear, nor is it what I would like to report, but it's the truth, and the truth is what we must face, if we are to survive.

I am, by nature, a very optimistic person, a "the glass is always half-full" type individual, so you can be sure that when I say, we're in big trouble, I believe it, passionately. I would love to tell you that the future looks bright, but I must call it like I see it, and it's not good. I believe fervently, as I stated in my earlier post, that America and Israel have both reached a fork in the road, and our destinies will be determined by the choices we make now. The good news is that there are people, intelligent, dedicated, and informed individuals, (like all of you, my faithful blogging friends), on the front lines of this battle, who are fighting the good fight, and with G-D's help, it's a war that we will win.

We must sound the alarm. We must awaken a complacent, self-serving, spoiled population, that has become fat and lazy, so-to-speak, accustomed to ease, and lulled to sleep by the false prophets of our day, namely, the leftist media, fat-cat, self-promoting politicians, liberal universities, and the corporate machinery, which fuels them all, bent on achieving their globalist agenda. This fight will be broad, much broader than the struggle between those on the right and those on the left, Republican or Democrat, religious or secular. To break it down to a least common denominator, the war we must fight is the original struggle, that of good verses evil, and it's a war that we can't afford to lose.

Over the past two months, I have been neck-deep in political muck, in preparation for next year's presidential election, here in America. I have spoken with representatives for all of the lead conservatives, in the Republican party, and with just over a year remaining before the election, I remain undecided in my choice of candidates. I have received, no less, than three, on some days, upwards of seven calls, per day, from Washington, D.C., from leading conservatives, and I have yet to receive any definitive answers to the issues of paramount concern to me. Politicians are expert at giving indirect answers to direct questions. I want direct answers, to direct questions. Is this so much to expect? I don't think so, and I'll be breaking-down the questions I asked of them, and some of the answers I received, candidate-by-candidate, but enough for now. I'll share more details from my recent discoveries as I outline them, in upcoming posts.

We have been given a great opportunity, as bloggers, to be on the front lines of this war, and hopefully to impact it's outcome. I am greatly humbled to be included in this very tight circle of brave soldiers, my fellow bloggers, my good friends, and my comrades in battle. Remember the pen (or, in this case, the blog), is mightier than the sword. All of you are my heroes. Your posts are far more eloquent and powerful than mine, and I am honored to know you all, and in my simplistic way, I will attempt to be worthy of the encouragement and support you have all given to me. Together we will fight the good fight, and we will win, with G-D's help.



To All My Faithful Friends

2007-10-03T06:22:36.555-05:00

Well, I'm back. I really don't know where to begin. I never intended to be away so long, but circumstances dictated it. I apologize to all my faithful readers, and I want to thank you all for your patience and loyalty. I would like to especially thank so many of you who continued to come by during my extended absence. Among those I would like to personally thank are, my good friend, Freedom Fighter, over at JoshuaPundit, John (of "This Ain't Hell, But You Can See It From Here" blog fame), my good friend, Mr. Bagel, from way down under, Rav Rafael, over at, El Blog de Rafael V. Rabinovich, Kobayashi Maru, and to my good friend, Ha-Mikdash, also to everyone else who faithfully came by Aaron's Rod. Your loyalty and friendship were most encouraging, and you will never know how very much it meant to me.

I had thought, and posted, that I would be back before the New Year, but I had posted to quickly. Circumstances, as I said, prevented it. In that earlier post, I had promised to fill you in on the details of my absence, and to "take-off the gloves, and come out swinging", well, the gloves are about to come off, and I can only hope you will still love me when they do. I promised more details of just what I've been up to over the past two months, but for now, I can only ask that you trust me. I'm not free to reveal all of the details at this time, but soon, I hope to.

Those of you, my friends, who have followed my blog, know of my tremendous love and concern for Israel, and of my dedication and patriotism for America. I find myself constantly torn between these two great loves. I sometimes think my body is in America, while my heart is in Israel, but I remain totally devoted to both. Over the past two months, I have been trudging through a political muck. With the presidential election approaching next year, I have devoted my energies and most of my time, toward the political arena here in America, but at the same time, incorporating my pro-Israel agenda into my conservative politics. It is with the gravest concern, that I write this, my first of many up-coming posts intended to herald an alarm for both America and Israel. It is with great conviction that I say this, both, America and Israel, have arrived at junctions, which depending on our choices over the course of the next several months, may determine our destinies. Does this sound too dramatic? I only fear that I may not state my concerns dramatically enough to awaken a public, that has been systematically and intentionally lulled to sleep.

I am still very pressed for time today, so this short post will have to suffice as a teaser until my next, when I will attempt to elaborate further.

Again, thanks to all my wonderful friends for your encouragement and loyalty during my absence. Your the best.



J O S H U A P U N D I T: Olmert Evicts Jews From Hebron

2008-12-09T01:08:05.000-06:00

Will someone please tell me this is NOT happening.This is wrong, so very wrong.How many more forced evictions must there be before we shout from the rooftops .......OLMERT, STOP THIS INSANITY !!!NOT ONE MORE "PIECE" OF ISRAEL FOR THIS PSEUDO "PEACE" YOUR PEDDLING !!!ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!NO MORE !!!Please read the heartbreaking post by Freedom Fighter over at JOSHUAPUNDIT below:Tuesday, August 07, 2007Olmert Evicts Jews From HebronThis has to be one of the more despicable acts in Jewish history ...... an Israeli government collaborating in the racist notion that parts of the Holy Land need to be `Jew free' for the sake of `peace' and using people sworn to defend the country to forcibly evict their fellow Jews.Today, the expulsion of two families from their homes in the Shalhevet neighborhood, built on the site of the former Hevron marketplace, was completed. Three thousand Border Guard officers, Yassam special forces and IDF soldiers forcibly evicted the families as well as hundreds of their supporters in an operation that began in the cover of early morning darkness.The marketplace, by the way, is on land originally purchased by the Jewish National Fund and confiscated by Jordan after 1948...when any Jews in Hebron, or for that matter in all of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) including the Old City of Jerusalem were ethnically cleansed by the Arab Legion and their British officers.The Olmert government chose Shalhevet as an example of its willingness to confront the so-called `settlers' and to bend over backwards for an imitation of peace...just like Oslo.The IDF and the police demolished all of the homes built in the neighborhood, named for Shalhevet Pas, the Little Flame z"l. Hevron Jewish community spokesman Noam Arnon said Jews would return to the Hevron marketplace, built on top of the ruins of the city's old Jewish Quarter, the site of the 1929 massacre. "We will return to the Shalhevet neighborhood and the families will be back in their homes," he vowed.It's worth noting that Army officials made a deal a year and a half ago with the eleven families who lived in Shalhevet, saying they would be allowed to return with legal status on the condition they left the premises peacefully. Nine of the families bought that, and left .... and then Olmert's Attorney General Menachem Mazuz quickly reneged on the agreement. Today's festivities represents the forcible eviction of the other two families.Thirteen people were arrested during the expulsion, accused of attacking police and throwing stones. It was not what could be characterized as a peaceful event, and the protesters and residents did not go quietly.Professors for a Strong Israel strongly condemned the expulsion efforts. "We are dealing with stores that were built on the ruins of Hevron's Jewish Quarter, whose residents were murdered and their property looted exactly 78 years ago, said a statement by the group. "The expulsion of Jews once again from property that is Jewish is the fulfillment of the intentions of the rioters who sought to uproot any Jewish presence in Hevron as the first step in ridding all of Israel of Jews."In fact, the Olmert government didn't get it all their own way.A dozen IDF soldiers from the Duchifat Battalion including two squad leaders refused to participate in the eviction of their fellow Jews, and the indication is that the IDF is trying to hush up and hide a much larger incident by focusing on these twelve soldiers as an example. They all received brig time and fines.According to one source,an entire battalion of the Kfir Brigade refused to participate in this travesty. And a number of other soldiers and police went on sick leave to avoid explicitly refusing orders.This will not end here....and if the Olmert government continues with its grandiose plans to evict the rest of the Jewish population from most of Judea and Samaria, today's resistance is a mere taste of what may be i[...]



In Memory of Kimberly

2008-12-09T01:08:05.166-06:00

This post is a bit different from my usual post topics, but not really. It concerns an issue which I hope we can all agree is of paramount concern, that of our children's safety and well-being.Recently I received an urgent "HEADS-UP" from a well known and respected conservative blogger asking if I would consider weighing-in on the subject of his recent post, "Court Order: 'Keep 10 Yards Away From All Kids' . TexasFred had sent this heads-up to conservatives who had joined his blogrolls, of which I was just one of countless others to receive this message, "You might want to drop a comment on this one ... I'd really appreciate it if you did ... TexasFred". After having read the post, I felt I had to share my own family's experience. TexasFred did not know, but he had awakened terrible memories from years past, that I have only shared with a few people. I share them now with my faithful readers, in the hope that they will move others to take action on this most horrific and inhuman crime, being perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our society, our children. It was February 09, 1978. I was only fifteen when it happened. A young innocent girl, only a child of twelve, was taken from her junior high school, in Lake City, Florida, by force, during the middle of the day, by one of this nation's most monstrous sexual predators, and infamous serial killers, Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy, only a few days before she was to be her school's "Valentine Princess". The child's name was, Kimberly Diane Leach, Ted Bundy's last victim. No one ever saw Kimberly alive again after that tragic day. She never got to reign as "Valentine Princess". She never got to grow-up, to finish school, to fall in love, to get married, to have children of her own to love. She never got to do anything, ever again, because on that fateful day, she was abducted, raped repeatedly, and then monstrously murdered. Her throat was slit, and she was left naked and dead, in a pig's sty. Many of my readers may remember her, most will certainly remember the monster, Ted Bundy, but few know of the pain and agony endured by her family and friends during and after the two months, it took before her body was finally discovered. I know, because she was my cousin. My father's favorite cousin was Kimberly's grandmother. I was nearly four years older than Kimberly, and her father had moved the family from Tennessee to Florida, so I never actually met her myself, but my father visited her grandmother often. They were first cousins, and I remember her very well. I KNEW Kimberly through her and through other family and friends, and I remember vividly the shock and devastation of the family when word came of her abduction. It was not known at first who had taken her or why, and hope was held out that she could still be alive. After her body was discovered the horrid details were made known. The nation soon knew the horrifying truth, the killer was none other than the monster, Ted Bundy. How could this have happened to such a sweet innocent young girl ? The family mourned this senseless act of unfathomable evil, and a nation wept with us. Ted Bundy was tried and convicted of Kimberly's murder. He was sentenced to death by electrocution on Florida's death row. This was his third death sentence, having already been tried and convicted for the brutal slayings of two other Florida girls, college students, whom Bundy had murdered only a short time before killing Kimberly. **While on death row, and awaiting his execution, at Raiford Prison, in Florida, Bundy was housed in the cell next to serial killer Ottis Toole, the suspected murderer of Adam Walsh,** another child who was abducted, and murdered by yet another sexual predator. Another innocent child who never got to grow-up, never got to do anything ever again, because some pedophile randomly chose him, abducted him from a crowded mall, and then [...]



Reject the U.N.: United Nations Seals the Condemnation of Israel#links

2008-12-09T01:08:05.827-06:00

This is scary, very scary. It's so outrageous, I don't know what to say.When are we going to WAKE-UP ??? Please read the following posted over at Reject the UN, cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook United Nations Seals the Condemnation of Israel Very Clever Photo courtesy: NewsCorp Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton's insight into the corrupt and loathsome workings of the United Nations, has proven spot-on, once more. This from the Heritage Foundation:The United States was one of only four countries that voted against the U.N. General Assembly reso­lution that created the council.The U.S. cast its vote out of concern that the new council would lack safeguards against the problems that afflicted the CHR. Regrettably, this concern has proved to be well founded.... The blacklist of human rights abusers has just been officially whitewashed. Under first-year leadership of the new U.N. Human Rights Council, Cuba and Belarus are dropped from the the list of countries under scrutiny for human rights offenses, but Israel, according to UN Watch, is blatantly targeted for "permanent indictment under a special agenda item." Anne Bayefsky, writing for the Wall Street Journal and Eye on the UNThe political lesson here is that the U.S. and Canada don't have the power to push the council to protect human rights, and the European Union would rather sacrifice Israel and hide its own weakness by joining the consensus. Under this "special agenda," the Palestinians are the only people to receive recognition as "abused":Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, which includes Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories; and "Right to self-determination of the Palestinian people.Israel holds the distinction of being the only country on the planet that the U.N. deems a human rights abuser:...not genocide in Sudan, not child slavery in China, nor the persecution of democracy dissidents in Egypt and elsewhere. The investigations of Israel, under the "special agenda" will continue "until the end of the occupation," and the new Council has deemed the "investigation" not to be worthy of review, at any time. How does a newly formed Council, charged with protecting the world's human rights, gain the power to point its accusatory finger at democracies and ignore profound human suffering at the behest of Kings and dictators? Bayerfsky sheds some light:The U.N. General Assembly created the council without specifying membership criteria, such as, say, actually respecting human rights. The council now includes the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Less than half of its members, using the Freedom House's yardstick, are fully free democracies. And after a successful take-over bid of regional blocs within the council, the Organization of the Islamic Conference now dominates it.Other "not free" countries elected to the Council are Algeria, Cameroon, and Tunisia, and others are suspect, or as Freedom House labels them: Nations at a Crossroads. It can be noted that the U.N. Human Rights Council consists of 13 seats for African states, 13 seats for Asian States, 6 seats for Eastern European states, 8 seats for Latin American and Caribbean states and 7 seats for Western European and Other states. Jackson Diehl's Washington Post piece is, perhaps, the deepest I've found, and it is worth reading. Here's an excerpt:The European Union includes countries holding eight of the council's 47 seats. It has made no serious effort to focus the council's attention on the world's worst human rights violators. According to a report by the independent group UN Watch, the European Union "has for the most part abandoned initiating any[...]



J O S H U A P U N D I T: Fred Thompson Makes A Serious Error

2007-07-31T04:03:01.920-05:00

In my previous post I stated my reasons for no longer supporting a bid by former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, for President, in the upcoming 2008 race. I see others have also made this same decision.I wanted to share with my readers, just one more post, by another respected blogger on this important and disappointing turn-of-events.Please read the following post, and then ask yourself,"Was this just simply a matter of bad judgement ??"Or, something much more dangerous ???Living in Tennessee, and having supported Fred Thompson in his Senate race, I was very saddened, and deeply concerned, to learn of his recent selection of Spencer Abraham, former Senator from Michigan, as his campaign manager.It just didn't make any sense to me, why he should do such a thing, and after many days of investigation, unanswered questions, and frankly, a good dose of self-flagellation, that I could have been so fooled by this man, I did the only thing that I could do, I openly stated my objections, and then publicized my withdrawal of support for Fred Thompson, stating that I can no longer trust either his judgement or his loyalties.A good friend and fellow blogger, with a sharp eye, and keen insight, had already arrived at this same conclusion, and had posted his assessment of Fred Thompson's actions over at JOSHUA PUNDIT.I would encourage everyone to read what Freedom Fighter had to say in his post dated, Thursday, July 26, 2007, then to ask yourselves the same difficult questions that Freedom Fighter and others like myself asked, and then come to your own conclusions as we have done concerning Fred Thompson and his choice of Spencer Abraham as his new campaign manager.Please read Freedom Fighter's post below:Thursday, July 26, 2007Fred Thompson Makes A Serious Error By his works ye shall know him ....Up until now, I've had a `wait and see' attitude towards the candidacy of Fred Thompson, in spite of his light resume. The fact that a lot of people, especially in his home state seem to have a fairly high opinion of him was reason enough for me to keep an open mind, pending further data.That's no longer true. Fred Thompson just revealed a lot about himself by picking, of all people, ex-Michigan Senator Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager.I'm actually quite familiar with Abraham. As Michigan's senator, he was a major proponent of open borders and actually received a major award from The National Council of La Raza in 1997 for his sterling work in obstructing any kind of control of immigration.And as Michelle Malkin reveals here, Spencer Abraham was also instrumental in preventing the implementation of two different tracking databases–one for foreign student visa holders and the other for all temporary visitors mandated by US law. On September 11, 2001, neither of those databases was in place, and they remain incomplete as I write this.Even worse, Abraham, an Arab-American of Lebanese decent has consistently come down on the wrong side when it comes to Islamic terrorism, consistently voted against Israel and was actually a lobbyist for Arab nations after he stepped down as energy secretary under President George W. Bush's administration.Blogpal Debbie Schlussel, who knows him quite well has the details here,including Abraham's being one of only two Senators in the U.S. Senate who refused to sign a letter calling on President Clinton to condemn Palestinian terrorism and Yasser Arafat, at the height of the homicide bombings in Israel in the last part of Mr. Bill's second term, and his shilling for CAIR, and other questionable Islamists, as well as his sponsorship of USAid grants fro aid to Hezbollah controlled South Lebanon to the tune of over $200 million. No one who's serious about winning the War Against Jihad would want a tool like Abraham anywhere near him.Either Thompson was ignorant about[...]



Gates of Vienna: Those Ripping Sounds You Hear…

2008-12-09T01:08:06.104-06:00

After much investigation, and soul searching, I have arrived at a decision which has been very difficult for me.As many of my regular readership are aware, I have openly supported Fred Thompson for a presidential bid in 2008.I thought he was both a Conservative, and a friend and supportor of Israel, both of which are central to obtaining my support in the upcoming race for President.It now appears, due to a recent shake-up in the Thompson camp, that my faith in him was mis-placed.He could not, I feel, have been unaware of Spencer Abraham's Islamic connections, and therefore, is not the man I had hoped he was.He either is unaware (which would mean politically blind), or he actually is fully aware and does not consider Abraham's affiliations to be a problem (in which case, he too would have to be a sell-out to Islamic interests, and therefore, a danger to both America, and to Israel).In either case I have decided to withdraw my support and to remove all Thompson related blogrolls and links from my site.Please read why I have taken these drastic steps below. I no longer feel I can trust Fred Thompson's judgment, or where his loyalties lie. It's as simple as that, and it is very dis-heartening to me.Please read the post from Gates of Vienna below ....Original post: Gates of ViennaGates of Vienna: Those Ripping Sounds You Hear…Saturday, July 28, 2007Those Ripping Sounds You Hear…by DymphnaDarn. He sounded so good for awhile. Then Fred Thompson made a fatal mistake for anyone concerned with the infiltration of this country by Islamists. He hired Spencer Abraham as his campaign manager:Although Abraham, of Lebanese descent, is a Christian, he is a career water carrier for Islamists of the most extremist stripe and made that the cornerstone of his failed, one-term Senate career and equally lousy tenure as Energy Secretary.As a Senator, he took marching orders from James Zogby of the pan-Islamist Arab American Institute, opposing profiling of Arabs, the use of secret evidence against Muslims (at the behest of Muslim groups), attempting to repeal the Clinton counterterrorism package, refusing to fund computer tracking of student and other foreign aliens, giving millions in our tax money right to Hezbollah, and putting CAIR on the map on Capitol Hill (taking the group’s officials around to meet other Senators and Members of Congress). He took campaign contributions from the relatives of Hezbollah-backed top Lebanese officials after he got the group millions in our tax money.It gets worse…Spence was one of only two Senators in the entire U.S. Senate who refused to sign a letter calling on President Clinton to condemn Palestinian terrorism and Yasser Arafat. This was at the height of a series of homicide bombings in Israel in 1999 and 2000.As Energy Secretary, he gave top secret tours of nuclear facilities, as well as detailed information on how we secure them to Muslim nations who are our enemies. And he gave out undue post-9/11 awards to Al-Qaeda money-launderers . . . at the White House. The money launderers were raided by U.S. Customs Service agents.After he left the Bush cabinet, Spence became a lobbyist for Mid-Eastern Muslim countries that practice the Arab boycott of Israel and don’t really like us too much either. He took their money and until the Thompson race, did their bidding.Then there’s Jamal Barzinji. Abraham enlisted him to find parties who helped and reached out to Muslims after 9/11, with Abraham hosting an awards ceremony for them. Problem is, Barzinji is an officer and/or director in SAFA Trust, Mar-Jac Poultry, and International Institute for Islamic Thought, all raided by Customs in March 2002 for laundering over $1.7 billion to Al-Quaida and Islamic Jihad (through indicted University of South Florida professor and alleged Islamic[...]



A Tour of the Temple Mount (OneJerusalem.org)

2007-07-17T04:46:04.320-05:00

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OneJerusalem.org has produced this wonderful video presentation, "A Tour of the Temple Mount."

Please watch, and as you do, remember to, "pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

As yet another Tisha B'Av approaches, contemplate the significance of these immortal words.

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm 137, 5-7).

You will find an enlightening post pertaining to the Temple Mount, and the desecrations being perpetrated by Arab Muslims (those who have been entrusted with it's preservation, ironically), over at, "Yid With Lid", please read more at the link below:

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2007/07/if-i-forget-thee-o-jerusalem.html

Also, please visit OneJerusalem.org to learn of ways YOU can make a difference:

http://www.onejerusalem.org/blog/index.asp




I've Been Tagged

2007-07-09T04:33:01.681-05:00

My good friend and fellow blogger,Mr. Bagelhas tagged me with a meme:Here's how it works:Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.8 things you didn't know about Elaine:So here goes ........1. I was born during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The last thing my mother remembers hearing my father and a neighbor of ours discussing, just before they came in to wheel her down to surgery (I was also very stubborn even at birth, my mother had to have a C-section), was that there might not be a tomorrow, but then I arrived, at exactly 5 minutes until midnight, and everything got better !!2. When I was about eight years old, my father promised me that if I would catch a skunk (some folks here-abouts call them poll-cats), he would take it to the vet for me and have it de-scented, so I could keep it as a pet.So, I went looking and found one, and I caught it. I managed somehow to get it home, (touting it by it's tail) without being bitten, (but, it sprayed me numerous times on the way to the house). I placed it inside an old rabbit pen that I had, and went to tell my father. He was, to say the least, shocked !!I didn't get my pet though. Somehow it escaped (I thought), from the cage I had it in. I have spent most of my life believing that a skunk could escape through very small holes. It wasn't until recently, that my mother told me the truth about the skunk. My father had lifted the lid and let it go (using a pole about ten feet long) !! I kept my end of our deal, but he had not !! It was probably for the best though, I had to take several bathes in tomato juice before anyone could stand to come near me !!3. When I was about eleven, I piloted my first plane. It was a small single engine plane, and I was with my cousin, (a professional pilot). He asked if I would like to take the controls, and I said, "Sure" !! I followed his instructions and we flew for about an hour, needless to say, he took the controls when we landed, but it was so exciting and I loved it !!4. I know it's frowned upon, but I actually met, and married, my best friend when I was only fifteen. We have been happily married now for almost thirty years. We have three grown children, two boys, and our daughter (the baby) now 21.Although I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, our early marriage worked out great for us. Not only are our children grown, but our two sons have given us four grandchildren between them, (our daughter is still single and about to graduate college next spring), while I still have the energy to keep-up with them !!5. I began public speaking when I was only ten, by 18, I had given a speech before our governor and his cabinet. It was a spur of the moment thing and had I had the time to get nervous, I'm certain I would have, but it happened so suddenly, that I never had time to think about it. I opened with a joke and before I knew it, I had given an impromptu speech and had received a standing ovation. Just goes to show what you can do when your put on the spot.6. In 2004, our middle child, Daniel, was in a terrible accident. It happened when he and his older brother, Gerry, and baby sister, Sarah, had gotten together and gone swimming, at the lake. After several hours of fun and swimming, Daniel suddenly cramped-up and disappeared beneath the surface. His brother tried to get to him in time, but could not. Daniel was under water for between 15 and twenty minutes (in warm summer waters, not frigid), before they found him [...]



John Smeaton: The BBC tribute

2007-07-05T02:22:43.604-05:00

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John Smeaton: The BBC tribute

In a day and age when we are confronted with a scourge of global terrorism, we must make some difficult decisions. Will we cower before the enemy, or will we stand and fight?

This video celebrates an average person, not unlike you or I, who chose the latter, and has been hailed a hero by many.

John Smeaton, of Glasgow, a baggage handler, by occupation, and a very modest man, is the subject of this BBC video.

When suddenly faced with the choice, to become a part of the solution, or to stand idly by, and to do nothing, this man chose to get involved, and for that, we hail him a hero.

Just ask yourselves for a moment, what would happen if we all chose, as John did, to get involved, to put aside our own self interest, and to fight against this modern day plague called "terrorism" ??

I, for one, salute Mr. Smeaton, for his valiant stand, and I would hope that, placed in a similar situation, I would choose, as he did, without hesitation, to get involved, to fight against this evil, and to become a part of the solution, instead of a part of the problem.

In a day when evil masquerades as good, and good is judged to be evil, we need more men (and women), like John Smeaton, to take a stand against this evil, to choose to fight, to say, "We're not going to allow this evil to go on any longer" !! It is then that we, just might, see things begin to turn around.

Terrorism breeds fear, that is what it is intended, by it's perpetrators, to do !!

Fear makes us vulnerable and weak, but we can choose not to let fear control us. We can control our fears. We must, if we are to win over these monsters. They want us immobilized by fear. We must not let our fear prevent us from becoming involved. We must overcome fear, if we are to win, and win we must !!

Please watch the video, and ask yourself, "What would I have done in his situation" ??

There is a truth that the terrorists don't want us to realize, and that is, good is stronger than evil, and right does make might !!

Let the actions of John Smeaton, and two other brave individuals at the Glasgow airport bombing, (a cabbie, and another man returning home from holiday), challenge us all to greatness !!




Jerusalem Chumash celebration - Maor Chaim cheder

2007-07-04T04:05:58.670-05:00

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Lazer Brody: A Rare Glimpse of Chassidic Jerusalem

With so much troubling news from day-to-day, we need to be reminded of the good, on a daily basis.

I was so encouraged by this video, that I felt I just had to link it.

Rabbi Lazer Brody posted this video of his grandson, and the other precious children, as they celebrated the start of their Torah study.

Torah is so powerful to lift us to great heights of joy and awe, but especially so, when we hear the sacred text from the mouths of these precious children of Yisroel.

The energy can be felt so powerfully, and emuna is the result, lifting us for the moment out of this world of uncertainty and fear, and into the world of emuna, where all things are possible.

Watch this wonderful video above, and let your hearts be encouraged, as mine was, by these precious children of Yisroel.

Original post: Rabbi Lazer Brody; of Lazer Beams:

Date: Monday, 02 July 2007

Lazer Beams: A Rare Glimpse of Chassidic Jerusalem

Emuna Outreach invites you to take part in a Chumash Seuda, the celebration when our five year-olds are already reading fluently and begin learning Torah. This off-the-tourist-track clip was filmed live at the Maor Chaim cheder un Jerusalem. The little guy with the eyeglasses is Brody-grandson Yitzchok, the son of Rabbi Ben-Tzion Brody. Enjoy!

Posted at 12:02 AM

The original post may be read at:
http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/2007/07/a-rare-glimpse-.html

Be sure to read more of Rabbi Brody's powerful, emuna inspiring posts at:

http://lazerbrody.typepad.com/lazer_beams/







YID With LID: Terrorist Lessons Still Not Learned

2008-12-09T01:08:06.281-06:00

In this post, Yid With Lid, does a wonderful job of pointing-out the tremendous danger awaiting us if we fail to learn the lessons of our recent past.We have all heard the refrain, "Those who fail to learn from history, are destined to repeat it."I have also, always liked the quote, "FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU ..... FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME."Any great military leader will tell you, the first rule of warfare is to, "know your enemy."These are the reasons why we are losing ground in the "war on terrorism." We have not applied these pearls of wisdom, without which, defeat is inevitable.When we know that our enemy views diplomacy and concessions as weakness, why then do we continue in these practices, which only encourage our enemy to believe, victory is within their grasp ??When will we learn ??How many more concessions, how many one-sided deals, how much land, how many tears, how many sons, fathers, mothers, daughters, grand-parents, neighbors, co-workers, and friends ...... Tell me, please ...... how many are, too many ????Please read the original post below:Original post: Yid With LidOn: June 21, 2007YID With LID: Terrorist Lessons Still Not LearnedThursday, June 21, 2007Terrorist Lessons Still Not Learned9-11-01 is a date that should be branded on the psyche of Americans forever. It is the day that our world changed---a massive attack on our own soil. Just eight years earlier there was a momentous date in Israeli history that should be branded on the collective souls of Israelis, 9-13-93, the day that the Oslo Accords were signed. Drunk with the prospect of peace Israel went on a "peace at any cost" ramage, throwing caution to the wind and leaping at the chance to go to sleep at night, without having to worry who was going to blow up their children tomorrow.Peace is a noble cause--and it is to be pursued, but not the way Israel did, with their eyes shut. After Oslo came the second intifada, Bill Clinton almost comic attempt at leaving office with an Israeli-Palestinian pact as a legacy and the withdrawal from Gaza. All attempts at peace failed and all for the same reason---Arab nations do not make peace with equals-- they make peace with their conquers. If they perceive that there is a possibility of defeating you on the battlefield, that is their preferred option. That is the lesson still not learned after withdrawal from Lebanon and Gaza, playing Hezbollah to a tie, and not protecting towns like Sedrot from the constant shelling by Hamas---that is the lesson still not learned.Next week Ehud Olmert will be going to Egypt for a "peace" conference. Will he continue the failed policy of unilateral concessions? Or will he finally learn the lesson. Chances are the Master Politician take the wrong road once again. For as Moshe Arens reminds us, the Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions.The road to hell By Moshe ArensIf you want to know what hell looks like just take a look at the recent pictures of the carnage in Gaza. It might be comforting to say that this has nothing to do with us in Israel, but this would only be another of the many escapist delusions that capture Israeli minds so frequently. Not only will the Hamas takeover in Gaza affect us in the years to come, but there is little doubt that Israel's flawed policy in past years bears a good share of the responsibility for what is happening there now. These Israeli policies were no doubt motivated by the best of intentions - a desire to arrive at peace and do justice to the Palestinians - but as is well known, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.Who likes to be told "I told you so"? Most certainly not those like Yossi Beil[...]



This Ain't Hell: How the Inmates Began Running the Asylum

2007-06-21T03:20:15.011-05:00

Once again, I couldn't resist linking a post by John Lilyea, of legendary blog fame's, "This Ain't Hell, but You Can See It From Here".It contained almost all of my own pet annoyances, Hamas, Palestinians, Fatah, Hugo Chavez, and my all-time favorite pain in my "posterior", JIMMY CARTER.Jimmy Carter is an ardent anti-Semite, an embarrassment to America, and an all around idiot. To state it more plainly, I wish he'd have stuck with raising peanuts. The world would be a much safer place today, if he had.A peanut farmer with a "peanut" brain, now there's a dangerous combination, when he is allowed off the "farm" (funny farm), and into the arena of global politics, that is."Old peanut farmers never die, they just 'sprout' horns."Please read this most informative post, by John Lilyea, below ....Original post:John Lilyea, of "This Ain't Hell, but You Can See It From Here"Dated:June 20, 2007How the Inmates Began Running the AsylumWhat a nutty week, huh? We have Palestinians from the Gaza Strip begging the Isralis to let them into Israel so they can get away from other Palestinians and human rights organizations demanding that Israelis treat injured and ill Palestinians. From the AP by way of the Wall Street Journal;Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the army on Wednesday to allow into Israel any of the hundreds of Gazans holed up at a fetid crossing who might desperately need medical treatment.A teenager with leukemia was on his way through shortly after, the military said. Additionally, Israeli officials allowed all foreign nationals in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to cross over to Israel.In related news, Israel’s Supreme Court was hearing a petition Wednesday by a human-rights group, demanding that Israeli authorities offer immediate medical treatment to 26 critically ill Palestinians hospitalized in Gaza.Israeli aircraft, meanwhile, fired missiles at two rocket launchers in northern Gaza, in the first aerial attack since Islamic Hamas militants took over the coastal strip late last week. No injuries were reported. Earlier in the day, Israeli tanks entered southern Gaza, and four people, including at least two militants, were killed in an exchange of fire, Palestinian hospital officials said.And of course, Jimmy Carter, being the dumbass country hick playing diplomat, blames the Bush Administration;Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was addressing a human rights conference in Ireland, also said the Bush administration’s refusal to accept Hamas’ 2006 election victory was “criminal.”“Criminal”. And, of course, Carter doesn’t stop there. He claims that the murderous Hamas organization, a group of thugs masquerading as politicians (although that’s very thin line to begin with, I suppose) were elected fairly and democratically - by other terrorists;Carter said Hamas, besides winning a fair and democratic mandate that should have entitled it to lead the Palestinian government, had proven itself to be far more organized in its political and military showdowns with Abbas’ moderate Fatah movement.Except that Hamas has been terrorizing the Fatah government, and dragging it’s opponents into the street and gunning them down - I guess that’s a more effective way of winning the next election - would Jimmy call that fair? All of Hamas’ opposition in the graveyards?Here’s a story of Carter’s heroic Hamas from Conflict Botter;They surrendered. A Hamas gunman shot one of the 12 soldiers in the leg and told the rest to run away. As they fled, they opened fire, Iki said, shooting them all in the legs as they tried to run away. A Hamas gunman ca[...]



Free Gilad Shalit: Noam Shalit fears son's fate in light of Gaza chaos

2007-06-20T20:42:28.157-05:00

Please read original post below:Original Post: Free Gilad ShalitPosted By: Baleboosteh Original Post Date: Thursday, June 14, 2007Father of kidnapped IDF solder Gilad Shalit, who has been held in Gaza for almost a year, says family has not received any information regarding his son.Internal clashes between Fatah and Hamas in Gaza have aroused concern for the fate of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.Gilad's father, Noam told Ynet on Thursday that his family was completely in the dark regarding his son's well-being."We did not receive any information regarding the stance of the organizations that are holding him, if they are even still relevant," Shalit said, adding that he did not get any information from sources who have been holding negotiations with the kidnappers, such as Egypt.June 25 will mark one year since Shalit was captured by terrorists who infiltrated Israel and attacked an IDF post in the southern Gaza Strip, near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.Over the past few days, the situation in Gaza has continued to intensify, with Hamas taking over all the buildings overlooking Fatah's Preventive Security Service headquarters in Gaza City, and claiming to have taken over part of the compound on Thursday.Over three weeks ago, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that negotiations for the release of Shalit were put on hold, due to the shaky security situation and the violence in the Gaza Strip."Talks were put on hold for now, following internal Palestinian complications and tensions that were created," Aboul Gheit said.Reference:Ynet news: Noam Shalit fears son's fate in light of Gaza chaosBy: Ahiya RavedFree: Gilad Shalit: Gilad Shalit * Gilad and Israel * Gilad * Jewish Soldier and Gilad * Kidnapped Soldier * Justice * Hostage * Kidnapped Israeli * Noam Shalit * IDF* Terrorism* Jewish * Hamas * JewPosted by: BaleboostehOn: Thursday, June 14, 2007[...]



Gentile Warrior: Fault lies at the feet of the "Palestinians"

2007-06-19T16:07:23.198-05:00

Gentile Warrior, does an excellent job of pointing-out the obvious truth, (obvious that is to anyone willing to hear the truth), of the so-called, "Palestinian" struggles, and just who is "really" to blame for their situation. THEY are to blame, not Israel, or the United States, or any other outside entity. The blame for the current "Palestinian" situation is their own fault, and it's past time that the world must acknowledge this truth.Original post: Gentile WarriorOn: Sunday, June 17, 2007Please read the original post below:Fault lies at the feet of the "Palestinians" Sunday, June 17, 2007Many people more educated than me have tried to parse up the blame for the current situation in the Gaza Strip. European, American, and Israeli policies and actions are sharing the blame for the "plight of the Palestinian". To do otherwise would be to place oneself into the status of bigot, xenophobe, and close minded. Decrying any Middle Eastern history prior to 1900 and focusing on hand picked events after the Balfour Declaration is all that is applicable to the modern situation. This is how the modern popular analyst and educator approaches the violence and hatred within "Palestinian" and islamic lands. This has become the new definition of pragmatism.Israel withdrew from Gaza and left an infrastructure in place that the "Palestinians" should have been able to step right in and get running. Millions of dollars were donated by outside sources to ensure that this infrastructure would be workable. Millions of dollars given by sympathizers of the "Palestinian cause". How was the appreciation displayed? Within days of the withdrawl everything left behind had been looted and destroyed. I felt that the unilateral withdrawl, let alone any withdrawl, from the area would be a disaster. I had no reason to believe that the "Palestinians" would put down there weapons and commence building a modern workable society. They proved me right. However, despite what I had learned from the history of the region, the "Palestinians" were still given a viable chance to prove to us nay-sayers that we were wrong. They had an opportunity to start their trek into the modern world. They have proven that they lack the desire and the skill to do so.The Bible tells us that Ishmael was the father of the Arabs. Ishmael would be a wild man. His descendants would continue this tradition. Nothing in the time since Ishmael would indicate otherwise. Modern Arabs live up to this expectation wholeheartedly. There is nothing the West or Israel could do that would change this. It is not the fault of the West or Israel that these fellow human beings live in a world of hatred and violence. Both of these "characteristics" are part of the human condition. In the west we do our best to temper these characteristics. By and large we have come to terms with it and have mildly controlled it. In the Middle East, these characteristics appear to be something that is manipulated and glorified.The west, and a portion of Israelis, attempt to solve Middle Eastern problems in a Western manner. Unfortunately, these fellow human beings don't think like we do. They don't act like we do. They don't love like we do. Outside of being of the same species, we have very little in common. This has been the major fault in the wests approach. This approach can be deemed ignorant. I would label it naive. It replaces truth and fact with hope. This is a self defeating approach. The "Palestinians" rely on the fact that the West is compassionate, and in their minds, lack the resolve to defeat their [...]



Free Gilad Shalit: Hamastan Roundup

2007-06-20T21:13:51.370-05:00

A most insightful, and informative read, posted by, Meryl Yourish, on Sunday, June 17, 2007. Original post: Meryl Yourish, on the newly launched, FREE GILAD SHALIT blogRead post below:Free Gilad Shalit: Hamastan RoundupYou have to appreciate the irony of this, especially since I've been saying all along about them much of what the Pals are now saying about each other:Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday rejected a request by the head of the Arab League to meet with supreme Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, an Abbas aide said.Abbas received a call from Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who offered to arrange such a meeting, said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.Abbas vehemently turned down the offer, the aide said.Earlier Saturday, Abbas adviser Yasser Abed Rabbo told a news conference that the president will not engage in a dialogue with killers, referring to Hamas.It was just peachy meeting with Hamas when they were only the killers of Jews. But now that they are the killers of Palestinians, well, that's a different story.And the truths just keep on coming. Hamas has suddenly discovered the means to release BBC reporter Alan Johnston, whom they've been holding in the first place.The captors of kidnapped journalist Alan Johnston have promised to release the British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent within 24 hours, a source close to the negotiations said Friday.Hamas' armed wing issued a statement Friday, saying it was in an advanced stage of negotiations and "begun practical steps to secure [Johnston's] release."In Damascus, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal said he was in contact with Hamas operatives in Gaza to secure the release of Johnston.[...] Johnston, 45, was snatched in Gaza three months ago by a group believed to have links to Hamas, and a message purporting to be from his captors has demanded the release of Islamic prisoners, including a cleric being held in Britain.Translation: "Holy crap, our PR is bad after murdering all those Fatah guys and civilians. Let's throw the infidels a bone to shut them up."Meantime, the West Bank Palestinians apparently look down their noses on the Gazan Palestinians. Wow. Even the Pals don't like the Pals.Ramallah residents Thursday dismissed the possibility of Hamas taking over the West Bank. In Gaza, "there are tribes and clans like in the Jahiliyyah [pre-Islam] era," said one, Qassem. "Here, in the West Bank, we're more civilized, educated. It's a different nation, not like in Gaza."And here is a comment on the Hamas military methods (along with that infamous mercy, justice, and tolerance thrown in):"They're using the same methods as the Israelis, and even worse," a senior Palestinian source said. "They declare an area a closed military zone and shoot anyone who goes out into the street. Hamasniks strip Fatah men they capture, humiliate and beat them. They go from door to door with lists to hunt down Fatah people and execute them."Fatah's military defeat was mainly caused by the split in the organization, he said: "All the forces are identified with Fatah, but each force fought independently against Hamas, which was united and better trained."Fatah officials in the West Bank spoke with contempt about Hamas in Gaza. "Let's see how they manage now, after they've won, running things like water and power from Israel," one official said. "How will they cooperate with Israel over the border crossings?"Yes, the world is going to wait for Gaza to sink into the mire. But here's the thing: Hamas has already prove[...]



The American Israeli Patriot: Syria Continues War Preparations

2007-06-17T23:45:41.612-05:00


Are we missing something here ???

While all eyes are turned toward Gaza, what's going on in Syria ???

I think we should keep a close watch on this one !! There's something funny going on, and Israel needs to keep both eyes wide open !!!

Read the original post by, The American Israeli Patriot below:

Date posted: Friday, June 15, 2007

The American Israeli Patriot: Syria Continues War Preparations

While the media focuses on Gaza, Syria continues to prepare for war. This from Hana Levi Julian for INN ;

(IsraelNN.com) A Qatari newspaper, Al Watan, reported Friday that Syria is making concrete preparations for war with Israel, saying that the Syrian government has removed the Government and State Archives from the Damascus area. According to the paper, this move indicates preparations for war.

Syrian parliament member Muhammad Habash confirmed on Al-Jazeera Arabic world news satellite TV last week that Syria is indeed engaged in active preparations for a war with Israel. The conflict, said the Syrian MP, is expected to break out during the summer months.

Officials close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reported Sunday that their efforts to begin negotiations with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have gone unanswered. They also said that Mr. Assad’s failure to reply signaled that his claims of wanting peace were not honest and were meant to improve his own status in the international community.

Now that Hamas has complete control of Gaza, Israel finds itself surrounded by three Iranian proxies; Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas. Syrian President Assad finds himself in the strongest position he has ever known. Does he know how to play his hand in his quest for the Golan Heights?



Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and Daniel Ortega of Nicararagua - It's Time For America and Israel to, "CALL YOUR BLUFF" !!!

2008-12-09T01:08:06.583-06:00

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !! I SAY, IT'S TIME WE TAUGHT THESE GUYS A LESSON !!!They keep pushing and pushing for this, and I think it's time we, "CALLED THEIR BLUFF" Original article: DEBKAfileJune 10, 2007Read article below:DEBKAfile reports: If attacked, Tehran will strike US and Israeli interests worldwide, says an Iranian official. Oil may hit $250.June 10, 2007, 8:44 PM (GMT+02:00)Iran’s deputy interior minister on security, Mohammad Bager Zolghadr, issued this warning Sunday, June 10, with an eye on the joint US-Israel air maneuver which began the same day in the Negev. The unusually explicit threat by a senior Iranian official was prompted, say DEBKAfile’s Tehran sources, by his government’s interpretation of the seven-day Negev exercise as a preparatory step for a US-Israeli air attack on their nuclear sites.His threat to send oil prices skyrocketing to $250 a barrel hinted that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz to oil exports from the Gulf.Last week the American carrier USS Stennis and its strike group practiced fending off small fast boats carrying explosives, torpedoes and missiles in the strategic strait, after Tehran announced the expansion of its fleet of small vessels.Exercise commander Lt. Kevin Ralston said the threat was real. “We all remember the USS Cole [rammed by suicide bombers in a fast explosives-laden boat in Aden Port seven years ago].Speaking to a gathering of Iranian internal security units, Zolghadr remarked that Iran had spread sabotage networks across the world capable of striking US and Israeli interests at any point on the globe. They may take the offensive, he said, but they will not keep control up until the end, and the damage they suffer will be harsh and painful.Iranian leaders have also taken to heart transport minister, Shaul Mofaz’s remark, after his strategic talks in Washington last week, that no options can be ruled out, including the military option.DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources have learned that the Islamic Republic’s rulers have been sounding out “revolutionary” Latin American governments about creating joint anti-US terrorist cells for attacks in North and South America. The subject came up in talks with Nicararagua’s Daniel Ortega when he arrived in Tehran Sunday and in discussions with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.Neither is enthusiastic about getting involved in violent terrorist activity against the United States, although not averse to stepping up anti-US propaganda.Ortega took off for Tehran, Israeli parliamentarian Effie Eytam visited Managua and cautioned Nicaraguan lawmakers about the detrimental implications of close relations with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran. However, Ortega is angling for economic aid from Tehran. On arrival at Khomenei airport, he said he is looking forward to fruitful ties of cooperation with Iran in the war on poverty.[...]



Mr. Bagel: Father Orders Daughter's Brutal Death

2008-12-09T01:08:06.784-06:00

An unbelievable account of Islamic insanity, originally posted by; Mr. Bagel, of "Bagel Blogger" blog fame.When is the world going to wake-up and do something to stop this from happening to other women ??? Many of the victims are just children !!!Father Orders Daughter's Brutal DeathOriginal post: Mr. Bagel, of "Bagel Blogger"On: June 12, 2007Please read his post below:The men accused the young woman of shaming her family by ending an abusive arranged marriage, becoming too westernized and falling in love with a man who did not come from their Iraqi village. The Kurdish family came to Britain in 1998 when Banaz Mahmod was just 11."She was my present, my future, my hope," said Rahmat Suleimani, 29, Banaz Mahmod's boyfriend.More than 25 women in Britain have been killed by their Muslim relatives in the past decade for offences they believe have brought shame on their family. More than 100 other homicides are under investigation for potential honor killings.Some Muslim communities in Britain practice Sharia law, or strict Islamic law."We're seeing an increase around the world, due in part to the rise in Islamic fundamentalism," said Diana Nammi with the London-based Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization.During the three-month trial over Banaz Mahmod's murder, prosecutors said the girl's father began beating her at an early age for using hairspray and becoming too westernized.Her uncle once told her that she would already have been "turned to ashes" if she were his daughter and had shamed the family by becoming involved with the Iranian Kurd, her sister 22-year-old Bekhal Mahmod testified.Banaz Mahmod ran away from home when she was a teenager, but was later sent an audio tape in which her father warned he would kill her sisters, her mother and himself if she did not come home, her sister said.She returned home and was later hospitalised after her brother attacked her, her sister testified. The brother said he had been paid by their father to finish her off, but in the end was unable to do it, but in the end was unable to do it, the sister said, testifying in a full black burqa. She said she still feared for her life.The years of Banaz Mahmod's abuse were compounded by officers who repeatedly dismissed her cries for help.She first went to police in December 2005 when she suspected her uncle was trying to kill her and her boyfriend. She sent the police a letter naming the men who she thought would later kill her.On New Year's Eve, she was lured by her father to her grandmother's home and believed she would be attacked after he forced her to gulp down brandy and approached her while wearing gloves. She escaped by breaking a window, and was treated at a hospital.Police dismissed her claims. One officer, who is under investigation, considered charging her with damages for breaking her grandmother's window.Laying in her hospital bed after the escape, Banaz Mahmod recorded a dramatic video message saying she was "really scared".The videotape, taken by her boyfriend at the hospital, was shown to the jury during the trial.The boyfriend feared it could be the only chance she would have to detail her fears.After she was released from the hospital, she returned home and tried to convince her family she stopped seeing her boyfriend, according to court documents.But friends told the family they spotted the couple together on January 22, 2006.Soon after, a group of men allegedly approached her boyfriend and trie[...]



Pro-Israel Rally, In Washington, D.C. To Counter Anti-Israel Rally Held There Yesterday

2008-12-09T01:08:07.740-06:00

This is the Pro-Israel / Anti-Anti-Israel Rally.Read the sign calling for the condemnation of Iran for Holocaust Denial and nuclear threats.I really liked this sign, "Israel is on the map to stay." This is another pic from the Pro-IsraelAnti-Anti-Israel rally, taken by John.Here we see several of the pro-Israel groupwho came to show their support for Israel.Now, we come to the "bad guys", the Anti-Israel rally.This is a long shot of the Anti-Israel group.Not nearly as "big" as they had boasted it was going to be. Only a small crowd of arounda thousand or less.This jerk is holding a sign that reads, "TheBible is not a land deed." They couldn't have an anti-Israel rally without a "Pally" flag now could they ??Whenever they hold an anti-Israel rally, allof the lefties come crawling out of their holeslike snakes. Note the "Green Party" sign in theleft center of this pic. Many thanks to Jonn Lilyea , (an editor and writer in Washington, DC.) , of "This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here", blog fame, for this report, and the accompanying photos above, taken at the Anti-Israel Rally held in Washington, D.C., yesterday, June 10, 2007. Atlas Shrugs also carried the story, her post can be read at: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2007/06/anti_israel_ral.htmlThanks to Pamela Geller Oshry, of Atlas Shrugs fame, for her post on the D.C. rally.Read part of John's original post below, and view some of the pictures he made during the day, above. The pictures are of, not only the Anti-Israel Rally, but also pictures that he made of the Anti-Anti-Rally which was also held in response to the Anti-Israel Rally.The anti-Israel rally in DCPosted by: Jonn Lilyea @ 4:53 pmJune 10, 2007We went to the rally against Israel this afternoon. We got there at about 2:30 and went by the pro-Israel group first (I had to get my bearings and I knew where the good guys were going to beAll-in-all they were a small, rational group; ..... Read complete post at:http://thisainthell.us/blog/2007/06/10/the-anti-israel-rally-in-dc/[...]