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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


t`s open season on Israel

Israel Harel - Aug 28, 2009

Avigdor Lieberman is a nuisance - a nuisance to those who hide their heads in the sand and deny that a storm is raging around us. Lieberman broke official Israel`s conspiracy of silence in the face of the worldwide smear campaign being waged by various media outlets and countless nonprofit organizations (including Israeli ones), which are preparing public opinion - and the governments that follow public opinion - to see the Jewish state as a virus that endangers world peace.

Only due to the uproar that Lieberman fomented did the public become aware of the anti-Israel zealotry of many of these nongovernmental organizations, which are financed, inter alia, by donations from Arab oil powers, huge western foundations like the Ford Foundation, countries such as Britain, the Netherlands and Switzerland, and the European Union.

The assault on the Israel Defense Forces by a Swedish newspaper is part of a worldwide blood libel campaign. When this campaign`s participants include organizations that present themselves as global guardians of human rights, it stops being merely absurd (the IDF traffics in organs and kills women and children waving white flags), and becomes another link in the chain of depredation.

Millions of people worldwide are deluged morning and evening with a flood of libelous op-eds and reports, broadcasts full of crude lies, and hate-filled caricatures. The language used to criticize the globe`s worst tyrannies does not even come close to the hate-filled language used against Israel.

If a Swedish newspaper, albeit a tabloid, decided to publish this libel about organ trafficking, that means the author and the editor deem it conceivable that it really happened. If the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by an Israeli who urged a total boycott of his own country, there is only one possible conclusion: A global boycott of Israel would be perfectly legitimate.

Indeed, since the reports issued by Breaking the Silence (an Israeli organization) and Human Rights Watch (an international organization) include allegations of crimes against humanity committed by members of a nation that was itself a victim of such crimes just 70 years ago, it must be proper to impose a boycott. In the past, before the demonization had gained a foothold even in the serious press, no American paper would have dreamed of publishing an op-ed like this.

Lieberman`s response in the affair of the Swedish paper was not the opening shot of a comprehensive campaign against the dehumanization of Israel. It seems doubtful that his statements will succeed in breaking the conspiracy of denial about the gravity of the problem, even within his own ministry. The Foreign Ministry, even if the minister assigns it this task, is not built - primarily due to lack of motivation and deep faith in the justice of Israel`s cause - to wage a multipronged strategic campaign against the numerous tentacles of organizations whose main goal, and perhaps even their only one, is to bring about Israel`s collapse. Fact: It is not the Foreign Ministry, with its hundreds of employees, that has gathered most of the information we have about these organizations, but NGO Monitor, a small nonprofit headed by Prof. Gerald Steinberg, which obtained this information via patient, diligent footwork.

Words, screamed Peace Now earlier this week, can kill. That is true. And what about the millions of words denouncing Israel that this organization, and others like it, export overseas, where they serve as weapons of propaganda against Israel? (In 2007, to take one example, the British government donated more than NIS 4 million to radical leftist organizations like Peace Now and Breaking the Silence in order to fund these words. And that is on top of the money from private donors, the European Union and various foundations.) Can these words not also kill?

As far as is known, Military Intelligence and the Mossad have not identified the globalization of anti-Israel hatred as a strategic threat. Nor has the "sextet" of key cabinet ministers ever dealt with this issue, even though each one of them personally understands that the de-legitimization of Israel undermines the rest of the world`s motivation to stand up to Iran`s rulers over that country`s nuclear program. Maybe now that the National Security Council, under Uzi Arad`s leadership, is assuming both an authority and a strategic vision that it lacked before his arrival, there will be someone capable of correctly identifying the magnitude of the threat. But merely identifying it is not enough.


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“...has turned its back on long-term U.S. debt in favor of shorter maturities. Between August 2008 and March 2009, China bought $171.3 billion of bills, debt that carries a maturity of up to a year, compared with just $22.9 billion of longer-term notes and bonds with a maturity of two years or more. It also sold $23.5 billion of long-term agency debt.”

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Netanyahu's Success

by Daniel Pipes
Jerusalem Post
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Almost unnoticed, Binyamin Netanyahu won a major victory last week when Barack Obama backed down on a signature policy initiative. This about-face suggests that U.S.-Israel relations are no longer headed for the disaster I have been fearing.

Barack Obama officiates between Binyamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel (left) and Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority.
Four months ago, the new U.S. administration unveiled a policy that suddenly placed great emphasis on stopping the growth in Israeli "settlements." (A term I dislike but use here for brevity's sake.) Surprisingly, American officials wanted to stop not just residential building for Israelis in the West Bank but also in eastern Jerusalem, a territory legally part of Israel for nearly thirty years.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the initiative on May 27, announcing that the president of the United States "wants to see a stop to settlements – not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions," adding for good measure, "And we intend to press that point." On June 4, Obama weighed in: "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. … It is time for these settlements to stop." A day later, he reiterated that "settlements are an impediment to peace." On June 17, Clinton repeated: "We want to see a stop to the settlements." And so on, in a relentless beat.

Focusing on settlements had the inadvertent but predictable effect of instantly impeding diplomatic progress. A delighted Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority responded to U.S. demands on Israel by sitting back and declaring that "The Americans are the leaders of the world. … I will wait for Israel to freeze settlements." Never mind that Abbas personally had negotiated with six Israeli prime ministers since 1992, each time without an offer to stop building settlements: why should he now demand less than Obama?

In Israel, Obama's diktat prompted a massive popular swing away from him and toward Netanyahu. Further, Netanyahu's offer of even temporary limitations on settlement growth in the West Bank prompted a rebellion within his Likud Party, led by the up-and-coming Danny Danon.

Poster showing Barak Obama in Arab headdress, seen in downtown Jerusalem on June 14, 2009.
The geniuses of the Obama administration eventually discerned that this double hardening of positions was dooming their naïve, hubristic plan to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict within two years. The One's reconciliation with reality became public on Sept. 22 at a "summit" he sponsored with Abbas and Netanyahu (really, a glorified photo opportunity). Obama threw in the towel there, boasting that "we have made progress" toward settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offering as one indication that Israelis "have discussed important steps to restrain settlement activity."

Those eight words of muted praise for Netanyahu's minimal concessions have major implications:

* Settlements no longer dominate U.S.-Israel relations but have reverted back to their usual irritating but secondary role.
* Abbas, who keeps insisting on a settlement freeze as though nothing has changed, suddenly finds himself the odd man out in the triangle.
* The center-left faction of the Obama administration (which argues for working with Jerusalem), as my colleague Steven J. Rosen notes, has defeated the far-left faction (which wants to squeeze the Jewish state).

Ironically, Obama supporters have generally recognized his failure while critics have tended to miss it. A Washington Post editorial referred to the Obama administration's "miscalculations" and Jonathan Freedland, a Guardian columnist, noted that "Obama's friends worry that he has lost face in a region where face matters."

In contrast, Obama critics focused on his announcing, just one day after the mock summit, that "America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements" – a formulaic reiteration of long-established policy that in no way undoes the concession on settlements. Some of those I admire most missed the good news: John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, stated that Obama "put Israel on the chopping block," while critics within the Likud Party accused Netanyahu of having "prematurely celebrated" an American policy shift. Not so. Policy winds can always change, but last week's capitulation to reality has the hallmarks of a lasting course correction.

I have repeatedly expressed deep worries about Obama's policy versus Israel, so when good news does occur (and this is the second time of late), it deserves recognition and celebration. Hats off to Bibi – may he have further successes in nudging U.S. policy onto the right track.

Next on the agenda: the Middle East's central issue, namely, Iran's nuclear buildup.

Mr. Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford


Thursday, August 27, 2009
Let's Pretend We're Making Arab-Israeli, Israel-Palestinian Peace.

by Barry Rubin

Here’s one of my favorite stories explaining how the Middle East works. It was told by Muhammad Hussanein Heikal, the famed Egyptian journalist. Like all Heikal’s stories, it may or may not be true, which is also part of the lesson being taught.

When Muammar Qadhafi first became Libya ’s dictator, Heikal was dispatched to meet and evaluate him by Egypt ’s ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser. After returning to Cairo , Heikal was quickly ushered into the president’s office.

“Well,” said Egypt ’s president, “what do you think of Qadhafi?”

“He’s a disaster! A catastrophe!”

“Why,” asked the president, “is he against us?”

“Oh no, far worse than that,” Heikal claims to have replied. “He’s for us and he really believes all the stuff we are saying!”

The point was that the Egyptian regime took the propaganda line out of self-interest that all Arabs should be united into one state under its leadership, all the Arab monarchies overthrown, Israel wiped off the map immediately, and Western influence expelled, but it knew itself incapable of achieving these goals and to try to do so would bring disaster. Indeed, when Nasser had tried to implement part of this program in 1967, he provoked Israel into attacking and suffered his worst disaster.

Come to think of it, Arab regimes are still playing this game of systematically purveying radicalism, hatred, and unachievable goals to distract their populace, excuse their own failings, focus antagonism against foreign scapegoats and seek regional ambitions.

Western governments do this kind of thing a bit differently.

In this regard, recent statements by a number of leaders including President Barack Obama, prime ministers Gordon Brown and Benjamin Netanyahu, and others, establish an important principle:

Actually achieving Middle East peace is of no importance. The only thing that is important is saying that progress is being made and that peace will come soon.

I don’t mean that as a statement of cynicism but as an accurate analysis of what goes on in international affairs at present. What’s achieved by pretending there is progress and there will be success? Some very real and—in their way—important things:

--World leaders are saying that they are doing a great job, doing the right things, remaining active and achieving success.

--By saying peace is near, the issue is defused. Why fight if you are about to make a deal?

-- Israel (and anyone else from the region who joins in—see below) shows that it is cooperating so others should be patient and not put on pressure.

--Since the West is taking care of business, Arab states supposedly will feel comfortable working with it on other issues, like Iran for example.

I want to stress that this behavior is not as silly as it might seem. Often this is how indeed politics do work. Moreover, pretending is better than a sense of desperation which would lead to very bad mistakes being made by energetically doing stupid and dangerous things. Certainly, it inhibits strong pressure or sanctions against Israel .

The freeze on construction within settlements is a scam. If Israel gives something on this issue, the Western governments declare victory and go home, so to speak. That doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons for not doing so, but the virtually open cynicism of the U.S. and European strategy is striking.

When the U.S. president portrays the possibility of two tiny states, Oman and Qatar, letting one-man Israeli trade offices re-open as a major triumph in confidence-building , despite being his sole achievement after months of top-level diplomacy, what can one do but snicker?

Finally, since Israel-Palestinian peace is not within reach, pretending it is while knowing the truth is not such a bad alternative. It is certainly progress since the Obama administration came into office and originally pursued a policy based on the idea that it could achieve peace in a matter of months.

What is the downside here?

There are three problems. The first is if Western leaders believe their own propaganda. Because if peace is “within reach” but isn’t actually grasped, then someone must be blamed. That someone will, of course, be Israel .

Why? Because if the West blames the Palestinians, leaders presume that Arabs and Muslims will be angry and not cooperate on other matters. There could be more terrorism and fewer profitable deals and investments. They gain nothing.

But if they insist that everything is going well there is no need to blame anyone. This is the phase we are now entering.

The second problem, however, is that neither the Palestinians nor Arab regimes will join in the optimism. Their line is: The Palestinians are suffering! The situation is intolerable! Something must be done! And since we will make no concessions or compromises, the only solution is for the West to pressure Israel to give more and more while getting nothing in return.

Since this is not going to happen too much if Israel resists, they fall back on their alternative approach. Ok, so since you aren’t forcing Israel to give us what we want you have to give us other things, like money and you cannot demand we help you.

The best outcome is that certain Arab states, since they have other interests at stake, will downplay the conflict altogether and focus on more pragmatic needs. The radicals—principally Iran and Syria —will never do so, of course, and will claim that the situation shows how the West cannot be trusted and must be defeated.

What’s the third problem? That certain actions which might promote regional stability, or even Arab-Israeli peace, are not taken. These include two especially important tactics:

--More energetic efforts to overthrow the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. As long as Hamas is running about half the Palestinian territories and outflanking Fatah in militancy, there won’t be any peace. Keeping Hamas from taking over the West Bank , isolating it, and maintaining sanctions against it is a good policy and can preserve the status quo. It is not, however, the best policy and the pressure on Hamas could erode over time.

--More pressure on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to moderate and compromise. The PA and its positions are the main barriers to peace. As the PA possibly becomes more radical, the likelihood of violence increases. Thus, while in the short- to medium-run the “feel good” and status quo policy may work, it also has risks and limits.

Still, it is the best that can be expected at present.

Barry Rubin

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Wear It With Pride03 September 2009

The White House's Racist Israel Policy Evolves

As if Marack Pajama's racism toward the Jewish homeland wasn't enough, his administration of stupid zombie leftist idiot morons is taking the racism to the next level...paternalism. Arutz Sheva quotes a senior US official who went on record with Politico's Ben Smith saying:

"Netanyahu's at a pivotal moment. Depending on what he decides, he could wind up with a very strong relationship with President Obama and potentially become a historical figure in Israel."

In other words, if Bibi is a good little Jew boy, lets the PLO cut out the heart of the land of Israel, and withdraws to borders that Abba Eban referred to as "The Auschwitz Lines," Papa Barry will give him poisoned candy. That would certainly put Bibi in the history books; as one of the greatest betrayers of Israel and the Jewish people. I hardly think that's what he's going for, but that is how he will be recorded if he makes the deal with the devils.

What would be historic would be for Bibi to tell the White House to take their freeze and their Palestinian state and park 'em where the sun don't shine.

So, just so we're clear, Bibi is supposed to submit to the suicide of Israel so that Papa Poison will be good to him and pat him on the head before he shoves us into the line of fire of Arab rockets from all sides.

It is now coming out that Papa Lying Jew Hater not only wants Israel to cease all construction in the portions of Jerusalem that were liberated from the Jordanian army in 1967, he wants little Jew boy Bibi to stop demolitions of illegally built Arab housing, and evictions of illegal Arab residents. In the real world we call that racism. From the evidence provided from the White House, the only opinion I can render is that Marack is a Jew hating racist (not that I haven't thought that since last year as long time readers know).

Not only that, but the Jew Hating Racist White House Resident is doing absolutely nothing about Arab "incitement" against the Jewish people and Israel. The Jew Hating Racist White House Resident has given a lot of lip service on this issue, but has applied no pressure at all; unless transferring $200 million dollars into the PA's coffers is now passing as pressure. Here's a little slice of how the Arabs are responding to the Racist Jew Hater's "demands":

I have said repeatedly that if Bibi does not end this process, openly name Marack as a Jew Hating Racist, openly declare a rejection of a settlement freeze, expulsion of Jews from Yesha, and the notion of a Palestinian state west of the Jordan, then he should be removed from power.

Marker after marker passes, and still Bibi engages the White House. I don't give a crap about what Yossi Peled says he heard. I think that story was a load of crap. The Jew Hating Racist's agenda is clear, as is the will of the Israeli people. Bibi is not exercising the will of the people of Israel. He is not exercising the Likud platform, protecting the people of Israel from Iran, or from the White House's racism. If he will not enforce the will of his party, which is the will of the people, then he must go. When an Israeli Prime Minister fails to stand up against anti-Jewish racism they are declaring themselves unfit to lead the nation.

I understand the desire of Likud MKs to rally the people, and the party, to shore up Bibi's spine, to help him withstand the pressure. But in the end, this pressure is nothing more than words. The US can cut off the money. The EU can demand sanctions. None of these things have halted brutal regimes like North Korea, Iran, or pre-war Iraq. A democracy like Israel with strengthening ties with economic power houses like India has nothing to fear by doing what it has had to do since it was born: stand on her own two feet. She has done it before. She will do it again. What will make a greater difference is when Jews of America wake up, realize what time it is...time to go home.

Posted by Shtuey at Thursday, September 03, 2009

Nunly said...

I just don't see it...there's no way in hell he'll submit to Obama. Obama is not that good of a leader, heck..he's NO leader. I'm sure Bibi sees that by now. What would Bibi gain from getting in bed with an ineffective dufus who can't even keep his own Democratic party from destroying themselves?

I have the feeling the White House is doing nothing but blowing smoke, you can't believe anything you hear coming from them. It's propaganda on steroids over there.

Hang tough, kiddo.
September 3, 2009 9:53 PM
Shtuey said...

Actually, it's starting to look like that's exactly what is going to happen. There are headlines now that a partial agreement has been reached. It could be a rumor, but as my next post will point out, Likud MKs are taking it seriously and are preparing to rally.

If the freeze happens, bulldozers will be next. In the end I have faith in the words of the Naviim, but going this way will mean a lot more blood will be shed before the land is redeemed. I think the only hope now is that Likud can elect a new party leader like Moshe Feiglin or Moshe Yaalon, who will not sacrifice Yesha and give it over to the Arabs so they can kill us from our highlands.
September 3, 2009 10:00 PM
Shtuey said...

BTW Nunly, I know your blog has been back in service. I'm sorry I haven't gotten over there yet. I will soon.
September 3, 2009 10:01 PM
Anonymous said...

Great Article. I must say that my biggest let-down since moving to Israel has been Bibi. There was a time when I was fooled by his speeches--he is truly a good speaker and can raise the flag with his talks on the history of the Jews. But, sadly it is just talk. He needs to be replaced with someone who can stand up for Israel, not sell it down the river.
September 5, 2009 1:52 PM

01 September 2009
From Bibi's Mouth to Yossi's Ears
Yossi Peled, at a gathering of Likud Party activists in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, said that he heard Netanyahu say that there was no agreement on settlements:

"I heard the prime minister say with my own ears that he has no intention of freezing construction in the settlements or in Jerusalem. He said there is no agreement to freeze construction in the settlements. I am telling you this first-hand."

This was confirmed by officials close to Netanyahu.

Now, it's great to hear this from Yossi Peled. But we haven't heard it from Bibi, the only mouth that really matters.

Is it possible that this is true, that this is Bibi's stance? Of course it could be true. But this is politics in Israel. It is also just as possible that Bibi told Peled to address his antsy Likud activists, that he knows are lining up, and preparing to take him on and take him down if he agrees to the freeze, or giving up Yehuda and Shomron and any part of Jerusalem, in order to placate them while he caves behind closed doors and see who will stand by him and who will not.

It is also possible that he did in fact say it, meant it, and had Peled say it in order to assess just how strongly his MKs would support him, while sending a message to Washington, Europe, and the rest of the world. Bibi got to say it, without actually having to say it.

Tzipi Hotovely rocked the boards as usual:

"The Likud campaign promised no more withdrawals. Don't delude yourself into thinking the world is talking to us about outposts. It is talking about our core, about Jerusalem. We need to maintain our platform and not allow the Likud to become a second Kadima."

Hotovely has been outspoken in her support of Yesha, and maintaining the Likud's integrity and dedication to the platform they ran on. It is well known that she and a handful of other Likud MKs hold the keys to Bibi's staying in power. It all rests on how he handles Yesha and Jerusalem. Though she is only in the Knesset for six months, she has shown that she is tough, smart, shrewd, and that she knows how the game is played. An observant Jew with all this, and an unwavering dedication to Israeli sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael? Is it any wonder why I think she's the bee's knees?

She knows the best course for Israel, and Likud, is to stand on their principles; the principles that put them in office:

"I'm sure the prime minister is a partner to our path. We will do everything possible to preserve the Likud's ideology. We will tell the prime minister, 'We stand behind you in the face of international pressure and will help you tell the world that we won't surrender.'"

Likud MK Yariv Levin a said:

"We won't let what happened in the past happen again," Levin said. "We got the mandate. The Likud must reign."

Knesset speaker Reuvin Rivlin, in comments apparently directed at Marack Pajama, said:

"No one can prevent the people of Israel from exercising their sovereignty in the land of Israel. Next year in an undivided Jerusalem."

Considering all that is riding on this, Bibi had best not even attempt pulling a Sharon on Yesha. Manhigut Yehudit is waiting in the wings should Bibi crack. After the failure of "land for peace," in the wake of the betrayal and destruction of Gush Katif, the refugees of which are still without homes, there is no way Israel, a country where Marack has a lower approval rating than Nancy Pelosi has in America, is going to accept a settlement freeze and evacuation of Yesha in the name of giving up the land of Eretz Yisrael to a bunch of blood thirsty, Jew hating maniacs like the PLO and Hamas.

I pray this is for real, and not some b.s. diversionary game. And I wonder what Danny Danon thinks of all this? I hope Hotovely and the other nationalist Likudniks are able to strengthen Bibi's spine. With a hostile dingdong douche like Marack in the Oval Office this is not the time for party games and no confidence votes.

The message to the world must be clear and unwavering. The Arabs had their chance for peace. Sixty-one years they had. No more negotiating with these genocidal PLO idiots. They showed their face in Beit Lechem. The peace process sham is over.

There's already a Palestinian state. It's called Jordan. Let the PLO go to war with the Hashemites for it. It couldn't happen to bigger bunch of scumbags.
Posted by Shtuey at Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Mary Ellen said...

It's impossible to make peace with terrorists and that's exactly what the PLO are. I always shake my head when I hear our government trying to negotiate with those clowns, you can't negotiate with terrorists. If Mexicans or Canadians were coming over our border with bombs strapped to themselves as they blow up innocent people on buses or in restaurants, we would not try to "negotiate" peace with them. We'd bomb the living crap out of them. No?
September 2, 2009 1:05 PM
SwanSpirit said...

September 2, 2009 9:53 PM
1 August 2009
We Don't Need No Education
Looks like Gideon Saar's plan for remodeling the Israeli education curriculum has really got the Arabs in a snit. Saturday night and Sunday I blogged on how Hamas didn't want the Holocaust being taught in their schools, and how Arabs in Israel don't want Jewish tradition and culture taught in school. Now it looks like Arabs in Israel are getting bent out of shape at the thought of the "Nakba" (the Catastrophe), the phrase Arabs use to refer to Israel declaring her independence, being dropped from their curriculum.

From JPost:
"In the past five months since its formation, the government, along with the Education Ministry, has announced a number of dangerous decisions," the head of the Follow-up Committee on Arab Education in Israel said at a press conference. "Such as a prohibition to commemorate the Nakba of the Arab people in schools, the changing of road signs, forcing the singing of the 'Tikva' national anthem at schools and setting the promotion of military service or national service as a criterion for rewarding schools and staff."

"We reject these decisions outright," Atef Moaddi said. "And we stress that if an attempt is made to carry them out in Arab schools - the response will be refusal and civil disobedience."

Committee members vowed to continue to fight "for the rights of half a million Arab students to an education that respects their national and cultural uniqueness." They promised to continue to commemorate "central historical events such as Nakba Day, the Kafr Kassem massacre, Land Day and the October 2000 events."

So, the Arabs of Israel, who have the highest degree of civil rights and political freedom of any Arab population in the Middle East (name an Arab country where anyone has the freedom to protest proposed changes in the schools) consider it their right and heritage to refer to the country that provides them with all these benefits as a catastrophe. It's such a tragedy to you? Here's an idea: GET OUT.

Seriously, leave.

If you have a problem with equitable distribution of resources, funding, municipal services, etc, by all means, petition the government, protest, make your concerns heard. But if you are going to expect the government of the Jewish homeland to fund the education of its Arab population with anti-Israeli propaganda you are...what's the word...STUPID. So please, if the existence of Israel is such a catastrophe, get out so the government can stop wasting its money on teaching your kids to hate Jews and Israel.

But take heart; the stupidity of the Arab expectation that this practice should continue is equally matched by the stupidity of Israeli leftists who spend money to promote the belief that the existence of their country is a catastrophe.

See? There is common ground. Let's negotiate!
Posted by Shtuey at Monday, August 31, 2009

30 August 2009
Hamas Just Says No To The Holocaust
Hamas is mad at the UN. Incredible isn't it? But what else would you expect from the genocide loving, bestial slave masters of Azza when rumors are flying that UNRWA, supplier of textbooks to Hamas run schools laden with Jew hate, was going to supply textbooks to 13 year olds containing a chapter on the Holocaust?

The reviews are in. The terrorists aren't happy:

"We refuse to let our children study a lie invented by the Zionists."

"Regardless of the controversy, we oppose forcing the issue of the so-called Holocaust onto the syllabus, because it aims to reinforce acceptance of the occupation of Palestinian land."

[The Holocaust is] "a lie invented by the Zionists."

So like H(A)FUC that doesn't want Israeli schools teaching Jewish history and culture, Hamas doesn't want Arab kids in Azza learning about the Holocaust.

I have a great idea! Let's give Hamas a their own state so they can live side by side with Israel in peace and harmony. Then the magic pixies will come out and sprinkle faery dust and it will be sunshine lollipops and rainbows for everyone!

I bet it'll be just like this...

Whoops! Wrong video. I meant like this...
and this...Clearly the problem is not a lack of Holocaust studies in Hamas UNRWA schools. What these kids really need is a choreographer.

So really I can understand why Hamas doesn't want the Holocaust being taught in the classroom, when their intention is to carry it out themselves. I guess they'd rather teach Holocaust studies with a "hands-on" approach.

So, ya think Ban Ki Moon is getting the picture yet?

Nah, me neither.
Posted by Shtuey at Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mary Ellen said...

Oh geez, Shtuey---those videos made me cry...those children being taught about killing and hate. And that last video, the only thing that came to my mind was Obama wanting to protect those animals,even though they preach about hatred towards Americans. How can our government be so blind?

And then there is this....

"Regardless of the controversy, we oppose forcing the issue of the so-called Holocaust onto the syllabus, because it aims to reinforce acceptance of the occupation of Palestinian land."

"So-called"?????? Hate blinds and destroys the soul of those who harbor it. I'm so sorry, Shtuey, that you have to write about this stuff...but who else will put out the truth?

Thank you so much for this blog.
August 31, 2009 6:06 PM
Shtuey said...

This is why it is ludicrous to talk peace with these people. Israel requires a leadership that is not afraid to use its military, not to weaken Hamas, but to destroy it. The same is true of Fatah, the PFLP, etc. There will never be peace without victory.

Israel, contrary to popular belief, has never won a war against the Arabs. It beats them nearly to submission and then accepts a ceasefire.

Against an intractable, genocidal enemy, victory is the only way to secure peace. We've tried everything else.

Denying the Holocaust serves two purposes. They believe, just like jackass Obama, that Israel's existence is due to the Holocaust. If they remove the Holocaust from the scenario, in their idiot minds there is no reason for Israel to have come into being in the first place. The other reason to deny it is this allows them to deny our suffering as a means of further dehumanizing us. If we are the victims of the greatest single act of genocide in history then it means we suffer, and that we are not the unthinking, unfeeling, inhuman blood drinking dogs they portray us as.

In the wake of Education Minister Gideon Saar's announcement that, starting in 2010, grades 5-9 will have classes on "Jewish Tradition and Culture" ), Arab Israeli lobbyists are raising objections. This course of study is one that has been a long time coming. After all, Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people. But apparently there are some Arabs in Israel who don't think this is such a good idea.

Shocking, I know.

The High (Arab) Follow-Up Committee is threatening to strike if Zionism is to be taught in Arab schools. Committee members have declared that Arab parents will not send their children to school. The study of Zionist leaders is one of the proposed topics to be covered under this new curriculum.

Apparently HFUC (people really should look at the names of their groups before bloggers like me start calling them HFUC) has forgotten that they live in the Jewish homeland. It has been for more than 3000 years. UN Resolution 181 defines it as a Jewish state. The League of Nations recognized that all the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean is the Jewish homeland, a notion endorsed at the time by the House of Saud.

So while HFUC was okay with Israeli schools teaching about the so-called "naqba," the "tragedy" of the revival of Israel, teaching about leaders of the movement that helped make that revival possible just ain't kosher. Ironically, Arabs enjoy a higher degree of civil liberties, and political freedom in the "naqba" than any Arab run country. What a tragedy.

But what really has me puzzled is what makes the Arabs of HFUC higher than other Arabs. Is it genetics? Stilts? Platform shoes? Lifts?

Maybe they are standing on boxes in a trench.

Posted by Shtuey at Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nazi Fetishist Suspended by HRW

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Last week we reported on the outing of Human Rights Watch's Marc Garlasco as a collector of Nazi memorabilia. To recall, Garlasco has appeared regularly in the media, touted as a military "expert". Garlasco played a prominent role in promoting the 2006 Gaza Beach Libel, which wrongly blamed Israel for a "massacre" of Palestinians. (See HonestReporting's interactive Big Lies presentation for more on this story.)

Initially, HRW used every means available to defend Garlasco, including, as revealed by Harry's Place blog, resorting to creating a fake "activist" with a Middle Eastern sounding name to post comments defending Garlasco on various blog sites.

Mark Gardner of the CST blog addresses HRW's response, which involved attacking Jewish and pro-Israel organizations rather than the very legitimate concerns arising from Garlasco's collecting of Nazi memorabilia.

Garlasco himself wrote a piece for The Huffington Post defending his bizarre "hobby". Even associates of HRW, however, such as Helena Cobban, who sits on HRW's Middle East advisory board have been suitably disturbed.

HRW has finally succumbed to pressure by suspending Garlasco (pictured here wearing a Nazi-themed sweatshirt) with pay "pending an investigation," according to HRW's associate director Caroll Bogert. "We have questions about whether we have learned everything we need to know," she said.

The New York Times, however, adds its own bias in its report:

The suspension comes at a time of heightened tension between, on one side, the new Israeli government and its allies on the right, and the other side, human rights organizations that have been critical of Israel. In recent months, the government has pledged an aggressive approach toward the groups to discredit what they argue is bias and error.

As in the case of the Gaza Beach libel, many of HRW's reports that Garlasco wrote or contributed to have been found to be academically unsound and methodologically faulty, as documented by NGO Monitor. Concern over this issue should not be dependent on one's political views. Yet the New York Times continues to muddy the waters with the implication that genuine concerns over Garlasco's professionalism as well as his extra-cirricular activities are driven solely by a right-wing agenda.

The NY Times continues by interviewing not those organizations that have expressed these concerns but a left-wing academic who states:

he did not believe that Mr. Garlasco's interest in memorabilia could support allegations of "premeditated bias." He said, however, that Human Rights Watch's credibility might have been wounded because Mr. Garlasco's hobby "has armed the right-wing fanatics" who "work day and night to demonize any individual or organization that raises questions about the military practices of Israel when they end up even with unintended civilian casualties."

The NY Times is a prime example of a media outlet that has supported and followed HRW's lead without question. Could this attempt to smear those organizations that have questioned HRW and Garlasco be the NY Times's way of deflecting the real question for the newspaper - its reliance and support for potentially discredited anti-Israel sources?

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Human Rights Watch and Marc Garlasco demonstrate the dangers of treating such organizations and figures as infallible or beyond reproach. Such is the case with the United Nations, particularly the politicized and institutionally anti-Israel Human Rights Council.

The lengthy report of the Goldstone Mission set up by the UNHRC, puporting to examine allegations of human rights violations during the Gaza conflict, has just been released at a hastily convened press conference in New York and accuses Israel of committing "war crimes."

An initial reaction to the report has been released by Israel's Foreign Ministry:

The unbalanced nature of the resolution establishing the Mission was the reason that so many States on the Council, including all member states of the European Union, Switzerland, Canada, Korea and Japan, did not support it, and why many distinguished individuals, including former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, refused invitations to head the Mission.

Notwithstanding its reservations, Israel will read the Report carefully - as it does with all reports prepared by international and national organizations. Israel is committed to acting fully in accordance with international law and to examining any allegations of wrongdoing by its own forces. To date, the IDF has opened investigations into over 100 allegations regarding the conduct of its forces during the Gaza Operation. While most of these investigations were closed because the allegations were found baseless, 23 criminal investigations were opened and are still pending.

HonestReporting will be releasing responses to the Goldstone Report within the next 24 hours. Stay tuned and be prepared to react to what will undoubtedly be a major story in your media.


The New York Times, along with many other media outlets, has consistently refused to call Palestinian terror by its name, preferring terms such as "militants" or similarly weak terminology.

In a feature article on Israeli settlers, the NY Times does use the word "terror":

Jewish terror is not new. A religious student assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and a settler, Baruch Goldstein, killed 29 Muslims at prayer in Hebron in 1994.

Thankfully, the examples cited above were acts of violence that stand out precisely due to the unususal scenario of Jews initiating such acts. But while the NY Times refers to "Jewish terror", the thousands of acts of violence carried out by Palestinians against Israeli civilians are carried out by "militants," "fighters" or "gunmen" according to the newspaper.

Where is the consistency?

In addition, the article itself discusses the potential for violent resistance should settlers be evacuated by Israeli security forces (concluding that this would be unlikely). So, while Palestinian acts of violence against Israeli civilians are not "terror" according to the NY Times, this term is abused to describe a scenario where it loses its real meaning.

Ask the New York Times whether or not its reporters have checked the definition of the word "terror" in their dictionaries - - and read our most recent Long Term Analysis of the New York Times's Mideast coverage.


HR's successful campaign to allow residents of the Golan wishing to write "Israel" in the Hometown section of their profiles was covered by The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Not everyone was pleased however.

Syria will launch a campaign demanding a boycott of Facebook according to a report in Arab language newspaper Al Quds al Arabi. Damascus will also deny its citizens access to Facebook as part of the protest, the newspaper reported.

While HR and other organizations prefer to campaign through debate and engagement, we were struck by the Syrian reaction that mirrors that of so many of Israel's enemies - a boycott and an assault on freedom of expression. Do some so called "human rights" activists who call for boycotts, divestments and sanctions on Israel have more in common with the anti-democratic and authoritarian Syrians than they would care to admit?

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Daddy's Poem.....

Her hair was up in a pony tail,

her favorite dress tied with a bow.

Today was Daddy's Day at school,

and she couldn't wait to go.

But her mommy tried to tell her,

that she probably should stay home

Why the kids might not understand,

if she went to school alone.

But she was not afraid;

she knew just what to say.

What to tell her classmates

of why he wasn't there today.

But still her mother worried,

for her to face this day alone.

And that was why once again,

she tried to keep her daughter home.

But the little girl went to school

eager to tell them all.

About a dad she never sees a dad

who never calls.

There were daddies along the wall in

back, for everyone to meet.

Children squirming impatiently,

anxious in their seats

One by one the teacher called

a student from the class.

To introduce their daddy,

as seconds slowly passed.

At last the teacher called her name,

every child turned to stare.

Each of them was searching,

a man who wasn't there.

"Where's her daddy at?"

She heard a boy call out.

"She probably doesn't have one,"

another student dared to shout.

And from somewhere near the back,

she heard a daddy say,

"Looks like another deadbeat dad,

too busy to waste his day."

The words did not offend her,

as she smiled up at her Mom.

And looked back at her teacher,

who told her to go on.

And with hands behind her back,

slowly she began to speak.

And out from the mouth of a child,

came words incredibly unique.

"My Daddy couldn't be here,

because he lives so far away.

But I know he wishes he could be,

since this is such a special day.

And though you cannot meet him,

I wanted you to know.

All about my daddy,

and how much he loves me so.

He loved to tell me stories

he taught me to ride my bike.

He surprised me with pink roses,

and taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,

and ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see him.

I'm not standing here alone.

"Cause my daddy's always with me,

even though we are apart

I know because he told me,

he'll forever be in my heart."

With that, her little hand reached up,

and lay across her chest.

Feeling her own heartbeat,

beneath her favorite dress.

And from somewhere there in the crowd

of dads, her mother stood in tears.

Proudly watching her daughter,

who was wise beyond her years.

For she stood up for the love

of a man not in her life.

Doing what was best for her,

doing what was a right.

And when she dropped her hand back

down, staring straight into the crowd.

She finished with a voice so soft,

but its message clear and loud.

"I love my daddy very much,

he's my shining star.

And if he could, he'd be here,

but heaven's just too far.

You see he is an American Soldier

and died just this past year.

When a roadside bomb

hit his convoy and taught

Americans to fear.

But sometimes when I close my eyes,

it's like he never went away."

And then she closed her eyes,

and saw him there that day.

And to her mother's amazement,

she witnessed with surprise.

A room full of daddies and children,

all starting to close their eyes.

Who knows what they saw before them,

who knows what they felt inside.

Perhaps for merely a second,

they saw him at her side.

"I know you're with me Daddy,"

to the silence she called out.

And what happened next made believers,

of those once filled with doubt.

Not one in that room could explain it,

for each of their eyes had been closed.

But there on the desk beside her,

was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And a child was blessed, if only for

a moment, by the love of her shining star.

And given the gift of believing,

that heaven is never too far.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person,

an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them,

but to them an entire life to forget them.

Saturday, September 26, 2009




General Praise for Netanyahu`s Historic UN Speech

Hillel Fendel - Sep 25, 2009

( Rare wall-to-wall praise was heard in Israel and abroad for Netanyahu’s historic speech in the UN on Thursday - though Hamas didn`t like it.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who was present in the hall, was restrained in his praise: “It was a very persuasive speech, the hall was filled, there was great interest, and he did it well.” Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was also there, was more effusive: “The prime minister’s speech was a speech that will be imprinted in the world’s consciousness. He knows how to do it. The photograph of him with the plans for Auschwitz will be carved into international memory.”

President Shimon Peres and many government ministers called Netanyahu immediately afterwards to warmly congratulate him, and it took him some 40 minutes to exit the building because of all the well-wishers. He even received an embrace from a long-time guard at the UN who said he remembered Netanyahu from his days as Israel’s Ambassador from over 20 years ago.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Michael Oren, called the speech, “Successful and even historic.” Oren told Army Radio that the speech received across-the-board support in the UN, adding, “In general this was a good week for Israeli diplomacy. Netanyahu had a very full and successful week – a historic week in terms of American-Israeli relations.”

Netanyahu was applauded twice during his speech: When he said that though the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People, and despite the historic links between them, Israel is willing to allow a demilitarized PA state to be formed there; and when he concluded with quotes from Churchill and the Prophets.

Some criticism was leveled, both in Israel and in New York, at the fact that Netanyahu saw fit to go to such lengths to rebut Iranian President Ahmadinajad and prove the veracity of the Holocaust. On the other end of the spectrum, a Hamas spokesman lambasted Netanyahu`s "crooked logic" and said he was merely trying to recruit the UN in his "Zionist-terrorist agenda."

The Palestinian Authority delegate walked out of the hall when Netanyahu spoke about Gaza, the thousands of rockets fired by Hamas, and Israel’s restrained response.

Netanyahu: We Have to Know if We Should Take Risks
Netanyahu blasted the international community for encouraging Israel to leave Gaza, and then condemning Israel in the Goldstone Report when it responded to the rocket attacks that resulted: “This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists? We must know the answer to that question now, and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.”

The Mattot Arim grassroots organization did not like that implication: “A thousand risks have already been taken, a thousand Israelis have already lost their lives, and the Netanyahu government must not repeat this pointless approach.

Please share this letter from Brigitte Gabriel

Remembering a Fallen Soldier…

Remembering What We Are Up Against
and Why We Must – and Will – Prevail

by Brigitte Gabriel

Dear Batya,

I don’t believe I’ve ever written a letter quite like this to you before. Indeed, it is difficult to write this without tears welling up in my eyes.

It started as a rainy Friday morning in late August. I was flying from my presentation in Springfield, Missouri, to my next destination connecting through Atlanta. Little did I know that what I was about to experience that day was going to shake me to the depth of my soul, inflame my passion for our country (I didn't think it was possible to be more passionate) and remind me why ACT! for America is so important to our security and the future of America.

I looked out my window at gloomy Atlanta as the plane took off, closed my eyes and pictured home and my loving family meeting me at the airport with open arms, smiles and kisses, waiting to whisk me off to Outback Steak House for dinner as planned.

It was a quiet, uneventful flight. No beverage service. No announcements from the captain — until we landed at our final destination:

"Welcome to "......." . Ladies and Gentleman we have a special request to ask of you. We are carrying on this plane today a fallen soldier brought home from Afghanistan. His body is accompanied by Sgt. "......". Please kindly allow Sgt. "...." to deplane first so he can do his job in escorting the body below. We will leave the seat belt sign on until the body has been taken off the plane. Then when the seat belt sign is turned off, you can deplane."

The plane continued slowly down the runway as the captain’s shocking announcement reverberated among the passengers. As we taxied closer to our gate, tears began to flow as we saw a police car, a military hearse, and a team of Marines standing in formation waiting to carry the body.

And the saddest scene of all — his family, wife and children, all lined up against the wall waiting for him.

Burning tears were flowing down my face as my heart sank into utter pain and agony at such a sight. We always hear about this on the news and feel sad but to experience it in person is completely different.

We pulled up to our gate and Sgt. "...." stood up in all his gloriously decorated uniform, opened up the overhead compartment carrying a folded American flag and a back pack, and started walking out of the plane amid the clapping and tears of all of us on board.

No one in the plane even touched their cell phone. People were transfixed, staring out the window, sharing our respect and sorrow. At that moment we were not Democrats, Republicans or Independents. We were Americans soberly watching one of our own come home in a coffin draped with an American flag.

As they removed the body from the plane, two men holding his wife started walking towards the plane as the wife covered her face and began sobbing. She was followed by her children. The Marines walked in formation and carried his body to the hearse.

We started getting out of our seats and deplaning without a word from anyone except the sounds of crying coming from different people looking out the window as they walked out of the plane.

As I entered the airport, people were standing in lines and rows facing the window watching all this.

Some men were saluting the body. We all stood next to each other, honoring this soldier until his body was finally in the hearse and he was driven off the tarmac.

It was the most sobering, heartbreaking, and patriotic scene. As I cried for the following few hours sitting with my family at home eating Chinese take-out for dinner (I just wasn’t up to going out for dinner), I was reminded of why we need to continually remind Americans that we are at war.

Our men and women are fighting and dying overseas to protect America from an enemy who is not only fighting us across the globe but also advancing here at home.

Just because we have not been successfully attacked at home doesn't mean our enemy has forgotten about us. Their tactics have become more sophisticated. They not only wish to attack us militarily, they are moving at full speed in the advance of their cultural Jihad invading America.

Islamic foot-washing basins in airports; Shariah finance being introduced by American banks; college campuses designating Islamic prayer rooms for Muslims only; Islamic compounds practicing Shariah law springing up across America; public schools using our tax dollars to indoctrinate American students into Islam; demands by Muslim parents that their children be provided private prayer rooms in their public schools; Muslim workers demanding special workplace accommodations no other religious person would ask for; and the list goes on.

As history demonstrates, only organized resistance will stop this. Unopposed by organized resistance, the advance of cultural Jihad in Europe has proceeded to the point that many think a full-blown “Eurabia” is inevitable and irreversible.

And even if we win the war against Islamic terrorism, but lose the struggle against cultural Jihad here at home, we may protect our safety but lose our liberties and our way of life. I just don’t believe this young man who fell on the field of battle would consider that a victory.

“Freedom” is not just freedom from the physical harm our Islamist enemies want to inflict on us. It is freedom from the tyranny and oppression of shariah Islamic law and the supremacist political ideology our enemies are determined to impose upon us.

So, just as that soldier was on the front lines of this war overseas, we are on the “front lines” here at home. That soldier was part of the “organized resistance” in Afghanistan. We are part of the “organized resistance” here in America.

We cannot afford to fail in our military missions overseas. Failure would embolden and empower Islamists throughout the world.

We also cannot afford to fail here at home.

This is why I appeal to you to take heart and help me continue building ACT! for America. We are the only nationwide organized resistance to this threat. As I said, we are the front lines here at home.

Our families, our communities and our nation are depending on us, even though many do not yet realize it.

For instance, two years ago ACT helped pass the bill in Congress that protects every citizen from lawsuits when they report suspicious activity in public places.

How many Americans know this happened? Very few. Yet they are now protected from lawsuits, which means America is safer as a result.

I know there are other issues right now, such as health care and the economy, that are dominating the attention of the American people. And I understand why that is.

But for those of us, you and me, who grasp the seriousness of the threat of radical Islam, we must continue to do everything we can to make sure that the reason 9/11 occurred is not forgotten. That the reason we are fighting in Afghanistan is not forgotten.

We must continue to push forward, to inform, organize, and ring the alarm bells, even when it feels like a lot of people aren’t paying attention right now or don’t seem to “get it.”

Because there are many good Americans out there ready to respond to our message, if we can only get it to them.

Because we are the modern “Paul Revere's,” the messengers who are warning America even when a lot of America is preoccupied with other matters. It is estimated that over 2/3 of the colonists either were loyal to Britain or were indifferent to the political struggles the colonies were experiencing in 1776.

Yet, through the leadership and sacrifice of the remaining colonists, independence was declared and Britain was defeated.

How I wish I could be standing in your presence this very moment, to grasp your hands, look into your eyes, and say “be encouraged!”

We will win this struggle against radical Islam. It won’t be tomorrow, or next year, but we will, in time, prevail — so long as good, patriotic Americans like you do not lose hope and keep taking action.

We are winning victories, and we will continue to win more – and bigger – victories, so long as good, patriotic Americans like you do not lose hope and keep taking action.

Let’s remember how far we have come together. In less than two years we have built the largest grassroots organization in America dedicated to combating the threat of radical Islam, with 62,000 members and 315 local chapters.

Be encouraged!

I want to close with this. Last week, when Guy Rodgers and I were at the EMP conference in Niagara, NY, the president of a national security organization sat down with us and thanked us profusely for what ACT! for America is doing and has already accomplished.

I wish you could have seen his face and heard his words. This is a man who has served at high levels of government and been around Washington politics for decades.

His message to us – and ultimately to you – was that ACT! for America is KEY to all our efforts to defeat radical Islam. He has watched us grow, witnessed our activism, and rejoiced for our victories.

So I’ll say it again. Be encouraged!

Always devoted,

Brigitte Gabriel

Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
David Ben-Gurion


How to perpetuate the conflict in one easy move

Evelyn Gordon - Sep 17, 2009
The Jerusalem Post

As of this writing, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is still refusing to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. And given recent media reports about the Obama administration`s planned peace initiative, one can understand why: If they are true, he has no reason to bother negotiating with Netanyahu. All he has to do is sit and wait, and in two years, the international community will give him everything he wants on a silver platter.

The plan in question was first broached publicly by the European Union`s foreign policy czar, Javier Solana, at a speech in London in July. The international community should set a deadline for negotiations, Solana said, and if no agreement is reached by this deadline, the world should immediately recognize a Palestinian state, admit it to the UN and announce its own solution to all outstanding issues (borders, refugees, Jerusalem, security arrangements), along with a binding timetable for implementation.

Washington never publicly endorsed this idea. But this week, it was reported that Solana floated his trial balloon with backing from "the highest levels of the US administration," and that the US indeed plans to adopt it - with some twists that make it even worse.

Specifically, Washington will announce a two-year deadline for talks that will focus mainly on borders. If no agreement is reached by then, the US and EU - and presumably the rest of the world, too - will recognize a Palestinian state with borders "based on" the June 4, 1967 lines.

IN OTHER words, Abbas will receive international recognition of the borders he has consistently demanded, the 1967 lines - and by implication, also east Jerusalem, which was not Israeli pre-1967. The announcement will say the parties "may" alter the border via territorial exchanges, but that is up to them: The world will not insist.

And in exchange, he will have to concede absolutely nothing - not the settlement blocs, not Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, not the Western Wall, not security arrangements, not the "right of return," not recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Some of these will be awarded him outright; others, like the refugees and recognition, will be left to future negotiations. But he would obviously have no incentive to compromise in these future negotiations, since the only thing Israel has to trade is land, and the international community will already have awarded him every inch of that.

In contrast, even an EU diktat would have mandated Palestinian concessions on some issues, like the "right of return." Moreover, Solana`s original plan stipulated that implementation of the international diktat would constitute a definitive, internationally recognized end to all Palestinian claims. This version does nothing of the sort, since it leaves major issues like the refugees up in the air.

Thus from Abbas`s perspective, this is a dream come true: He receives international recognition of a state in his preferred borders without having to make any concessions in exchange. Even Hamas could this embrace this deal. They could simply pocket their gains and move on to their next demands.

But if merely doing nothing for two years would produce such a bonanza, why would any sane Palestinian leader bother negotiating? Granted, the fact that this plan was reported in the media does not mean it is true. First, journalists` sources always have their own agendas, and the European sources behind this report could easily have presented an idea that is merely being considered as settled policy - either with Washington`s consent, as a trial balloon, or without such consent, in an effort to pressure the US to adopt it. Second, even if Obama does favor this plan, wiser heads within his administration might yet prevail.

NEVERTHELESS, THERE are reasons to fear it might be true. First, Washington has not denied it. Second, it accords with Obama`s known desire to create a Palestinian state within two years, thus assuring him of one foreign policy success in what otherwise looks likely to be an unbroken string of failures. Third, it would appease his left-wing base, which is currently furious at him over issues ranging from the "surge" in Afghanistan to his apparent willingness to make concessions to moderates on health care reform. Fourth, it would please the EU and the Muslim world, and Obama has made better relations with both a major goal of his foreign policy.

Finally, he has even found a way to avoid alienating his big-ticket Jewish donors: The media reports market the plan as being based, inter alia, on ideas presented by Israel`s very own president, Shimon Peres. What Jewish donor could possibly object to that? That Peres`s proposal actually called for a Palestinian state in temporary borders - which, until a deal was finalized, would comprise only part of the West Bank and would exclude east Jerusalem - is a mere bagatelle.

Indeed, the plan has only one drawback: Far from bringing peace, it would perpetuate the conflict for all eternity. If 16 years of deadly terror combined with refusing to budge an inch on any of their demands could produce such stellar results, why would any Palestinian want to abandon these successful tactics?

Thus they will continue the terror, and Israel will continue its counterterrorism operations. They will continue refusing to make concessions on the settlement blocs, Jerusalem and the refugees, and Israel will continue refusing to evacuate tens of thousands of settlers with no quid pro quo. They will continue teaching their children that the Jewish state has no right to exist, and Israeli attitudes toward the Palestinians and the "peace process" will continue to harden.