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The Limits of Liberalism

The flotilla fiasco forces us to ponder the ideology that compels America’s most liberal president ever to side with tyrants and theocrats.

The answers are disturbingly simple.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese-and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis. Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms. But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace .

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world. Other nations when they are defeated survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would be destroyed. Had Nasser triumphed last June [1967] he would have wiped Israel off the map, and no one would have lifted a finger to save the Jews. No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on .

There is a cry of outrage all over the world when people die in Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in Rhodesia. But when Hitler slaughtered Jews no one remonstrated with him. The Swedes, who are ready to break off diplomatic relations with America because of what we do in Vietnam, did not let out a peep when Hitler was slaughtering Jews. They sent Hitler choice iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his troop trains to Norway.

The Jews are alone in the world. If Israel survives, it will be solely because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources. Yet at this moment Israel is our only reliable and unconditional ally. We can rely more on Israel than Israel can rely on us. And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer [1967] had the Arabs and their Russian backers won the war to realize how vital the survival of Israel is to America and the West in general.

I have a premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.

Should Israel perish the holocaust will be upon us.

This was written in 1968 by Eric Hoffer, a non-Jewish, self educated, blue collar, working class longshoreman whose writings continue to offer a unique perspective unrestrained by the popular beliefs of academia.  By the time of his death in 1983, Mr. Hoffer had written ten books and a newspaper column and had received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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It Doesn’t Add Up

My friend Dave Weinbaum takes us on an important walk through Jewish history.  Highlights include the following Arabic-Jewish community demographics and statistics:

  • Algeria-140,000 Jews in 1948, less than 100 today.
  • Yemen-55,000 Jews in 1948, less than 200 today.
  • Egypt-80,000 Jews in 1948, less than 100 today. Twenty-five thousand Jews allowed to keep one suitcase each and forced to sign declaration “donating” their property to Egypt .
  • Iran-100,000 Jews in 1948, 25,000 today.
  • Libya-30,000 Jews before 1945, -0- today. In 1945, 140 Jews were murdered in Tripoli .
  • Iraq-150,000 Jews in 1948, less than 40 today. In 1941, 180 Jews were murdered in Baghdad pogrom.
  • Lebanon-30,000 Jews in 1948, less than 30 today.
  • Morocco-500,000 Jews in 1948, less than 700 today.
  • Syria-30,000 Jews in 1948, less than 100 today. Two-hundred homes shops and synagogues destroyed in 1947 in Aleppo .
  • Tunisia-105,000 Jews in 1948, less than 1,500 today.

Jews had vibrant communities in many of these countries 2,000 years before Islam was born.  Israel absorbed almost all of these homeless Jewish/Arab refugees. Currently, they and their descendents constitute over 50% of Israel ‘s population.

The value of Jewish property stolen by the above Arab/Muslim countries is $80 billion in today’s worth.

Jewish-owned land stolen by Arab/Muslim countries consists of 38,625 square miles. Israel ‘s total area is 7,992 square miles.

Yet the UN provides no compensation for these Arab/Jewish refugees and does compensate Palestinians.

And our president Obama publicly snubs Prime Minister Netanyahu in response to Israeli “intransigence.”  To read the whole article, click here.



Krauthammer on Israel

“Israel? Israelis have been looking for peace — literally dying for peace — since 1947, when they accepted the U.N. partition of Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state. (The Arabs refused and declared war. They lost.)

“Israel made peace offers in 1967, 1978 and in the 1993 Oslo peace accords that Yasser Arafat tore up seven years later to launch a terror war that killed a thousand Israelis. Why, Clinton’s own husband testifies to the remarkably courageous and visionary peace offer made in his presence by Ehud Barak (now Netanyahu’s defense minister) at the 2000 Camp David talks. Arafat rejected it. In 2008, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered equally generous terms to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Refused again.”

Read the whole article here.

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Paved with Good Intentions?

What does Barack Obama think he’s doing with his Israel policy?

It’s anybody’s guess.


What does Obama want from Israel?

From Jewish World Review, by Caroline Glick:

Obama’s ultimatum makes clear that mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not a goal he is interested in achieving.

Obama’s new demands follow the months of American pressure that eventually coerced Netanyahu into announcing both his support for a Palestinian state and a ten month ban on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. No previous Israeli government had ever been asked to make the latter concession.

Netanyahu was led to believe that in return for these concessions Obama would begin behaving like the credible mediator his predecessors were. But instead of acting like his predecessors, Obama has behaved like the Palestinians. Rather than reward Netanyahu for taking a risk for peace, in the model of Yassir Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, Obama has pocketed Netanyahu’s concessions and escalated his demands. This is not the behavior of a mediator. This is the behavior of an adversary.

With the US President treating Israel like an enemy, the Palestinians have no reason to agree to sit down and negotiate. Indeed, they have no choice but to declare war.

And so, in the wake of Obama’s onslaught on Israel’s right to Jerusalem, Palestinian incitement against Israel and Jews has risen to levels not seen since the outbreak of the last terror war in September 2000. And just as night follows day, that incitement has led to violence. This week’s Arab riots from Jerusalem to Jaffa, and the renewed rocket offensive from Gaza are directly related to Obama’s malicious attacks on Israel.

But if his campaign against Israel wasn’t driven by a presidential temper tantrum, and it isn’t aimed at promoting peace what explains it? What is Obama trying to accomplish?

There are five explanations for Obama’s behavior. And they are not mutually exclusive.

Read the whole article by clicking here.

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An Israeli officer describes the actions of Hamas

Speaking Arabic, this Israeli Captain exposes the commitment of Hamas to sacrifice its own people in order to bring harm to Israel. I’m told that YouTube wants to remove it, claiming low traffic (only 700,000 visits).

So take a look, and pass it on.

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Some compelling thoughts on Dr. King, Gandhi, and Zionism.


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The Peace Process Fantasy

Jeff Jacoby nails the fallacy of the United States’ approach to Mideast peace, backed up by four administrations-worth of failure.


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Why there won’t be Peace in our Time

This isn’t news; it’s been going on for decades. But that’s just why we need reminding.

Neville Chamberlain failed to understand that you can’t make peace with a megalomaniac.  Now Western leaders continue in their failure to understand that you can’t make peace with an entire culture devoted to your annihilation.

Jonathan Rosenblum reminds us how that culture has been cultivated among the Palestinians.