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Peres: “It would be very hard to reach an agreement”

Posted by Atilla89 on July 6, 2008

Yes this is your one-time burst of sanity from the Israeli government. Shimon Peres, the peacenik that everyone believes he is, actually said something that might be considered intelligent today. He decided that he agreed with ‘…a well-known “dovish” attorney, who said Israel had no chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership.’ How could this happen to the most famous of all Oslo participants? Maybe he is becoming a little more realistic in his political views?

Well you would be half-right if you believed that. Peres, however, ignores the elephant in the room once again and dismisses the Palestinian Authority National Charter, which believes that:

‘The Palestine National Council, in the name of God, and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, hereby proclaims the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian territory with its capital Jerusalem (Al-Quds Ash-Sharif).’

And instead of bringing this up, Peres said ‘…Abbas had no support among his people, no power to carry out security agreements and that any agreement Israel and the PA made crumbled a day later due to the PA’s weakness.’ These reasons that are suggested are all true, but it would not be correct to say that they are the main stumbling blocks in the many negotiations that happen between the PA and Israel. What Peres is missing is the fundamental reason why these negotiations will fail. It is not because the PA has no security forces they can deploy in the West Bank or any other similar problems, this can be fixed. It is because their fundamental beliefs and ideals are against it.

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Daily Kos Hits Earth’s Core, Digs

Posted by Atilla89 on May 14, 2008

Sorry guys for the large break. I’ve had a lot of work to get through, but know the worst is over, yay! Israel has made it to her 60th birthday which is something to celebrate, even if there those who can’t appreciate it, here and here, hat tip to LGF.

My favourite of these links is the Daily Kos one, just read this and laugh.

It thus emerged as a major power and a formidable challenger of existing Arabic powers that will decide the fate of the world, coordinated assassination of President Kennedy which unnaturally led to the hasty re-evaluation of American foreign policy for adjustion that align with the interests of Israeli state for total compatibility in irreversibly entangled alliance.

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A Look At Two Sides: The Issue Of The Concept ‘Blood On Their Hands’

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

While I was waiting for my flight back to Australia at the Ben Gurion airport when I was in Israel last month; I walked into a store and bought the Jerusalem Report, a political magazine printed in English about Israeli politics. I was looking through the magazine and found a section called ‘Viewpoint’. You can find an extract of the article called ‘Blood on Their Hands 2’ found within ‘Viewpoint’ here; I can not find an extract of the other one. The quotes are from the Jerusalem Report: February 4, 2008, page 46-47. The section basically consists of two opinions from, usually from different sides of the political spectrum; two different people about one issue. The topic of this issue was the negotiation of captured Israeli soldiers and what price Israel was prepared to pay for them. The first viewpoint was Avshalom Vilan, a Knesset member of the Meretz party.

Portrait of Avshalom Vilan

Avshalom Vilan

He believed that the first goal of the Israeli government should be to get these soldiers back, naturally I agree. However it was his methods that troubled me. It is true that he believes the first way to do that should be through “…high grade intelligence and/or military operations…” However he also said that if those were unsuccessful then “…we should conduct negotiations [with those that have our soldiers]…” Furthermore, Vilan argues that:

I have no doubt that a day will come when Israel will free Marwan Barghouti, who was sentenced to five life terms for ordering the killing of Israelis, but who might one day lead the Palestinians to a compromise agreement with Israel.”

I personally think that is a disgusting thing to say. Israel would never let someone like Barghouti free, a person, as it says above, who killed that many people. If Israel where to ever do that, I would have lost faith in the justice system of Israel. Vilan continues his argument by stating that:

“…Israeli leaders should be conducting intensive negotiations for the release and return home of our prisoners. Even if the price is as high this time as on previous occasions when prisoners with blood on their hands were released…”

I am sure you can see after reading this why Vilan is part of the Meretz Party and a founding member of the Peace Now movement. What he is saying, if it were to be put in practice in the present situation is that terrorism works and yes we will give in to your demands.

Portrait of Effie Eitam

Effie Eitam

Now in contrast to this, on the other side of the political spectrum, you have Effie Eitam who is a Knesset member of the National Union party. He starts off his response by posing a question to the reader:

“As negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by Hamas since June 2006, progress, two questions arise: Should Israel free terrorists with blood on their hands? Should it ease the definition of blood on the hands to close a deal?”

His answer to this, and also incidentally mine is as well, is a no. Eitam explains this by stating that:

“The aim of terror is not only to kill people, but ultimately to destroy the machinery of statehood. And when, through extortion, terrorists succeed in freeing hundreds of people convicted of murder, they render the state’s judicial system meaningless. If Israel were to free someone like Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment, the message would be that there is no longer a system of justice in the country.”

This ties in directly with what I was trying to say earlier. Give in to terror and you should only expect more terror. As well as this, freeing criminals like Barghouti starts to change the definition of the word murderer. If Barghouti can walk free because of a deal, why shouldn’t criminals with ‘less’ or even ‘more’ blood on their hands not walk free as well? Eitam also addresses this important point.

“Worse: If the government were to change the “blood on the hands” definition, in other words give formal imprimatur to the assertion that murder is not murder but something else, it would eat away not only at the system of justice, but at the country’s moral core. We would not only be freeing murderers, which is bad enough, but the murderers would no longer be murderers. And that kind of ethical haziness constitutes an even higher degree of moral corruption.

No state should sacrifice its morals on the basis of freeing three of their own soldiers, which as I have repeatedly said before only encourages more kidnappings as a tactic. For me, when countries start to engage in negotiations like that, especially with prisoners with blood on their hands, I start to lose all respect for their sense of justice and responsibility. However, there is an even bigger problem that revolves around Israel’s security, besides the obvious of setting terrorists free, Eitam explains:

“If this is indeed what happens, there could be immediate consequences in the field. Many of the soldiers sent to capture terrorist killers won’t be prepared to take the risks involved. They will say to themselves, “If those murderers are going to be freed anyway, why should we endanger our lives to capture them?” The result will be a significant erosion of morale.”

Imagine that, Israeli soldiers refusing to carry out operations because of a lack of faith of the government. How would Israeli society react to something like that? Worse still, a situation like that can quickly get out of control. The IDF is already suffering from a 25% draft-dodging rate, how could its own morale survive if IDF soldiers are refusing to carry out their missions? As Eitam correctly points out, cold-blooded though it may sound:

“We have great respect for Gilad Shalit and his life. But in a very profound way, the moral issues involved are more important.”

He continues by saying that:

That does not mean that we abandon soldiers in the field. On the contrary. But instead of negotiating with the other side and bowing to its dictates, we should be doing all we can to pressure Hamas to release our soldier. For example, we should warn Hamas that unless they release Shalit, we will kill Ismail Haniyeh and the rest of the Hamas leadership and turn off the supply of water and electricity to Gaza, not for eight hours, but for good. Then perhaps they would come to their senses and free Shalit.

That is the sort of rhetoric that needs to be applied against Hamas and organisations like Hezbollah. Anything less is meaningless for these people. All they seem to understand is violence. Personally if violence is what they want, then violence is what they will get. Hamas can end the situation they are in very easily, release the Shalit, stop launching rockets into Israel. Just by fulfilling those two wishes they would be able to start the first step in the peace process with Israel. I don’t know why there is talk about hostage negotiation in the first place with Hamas, especially after seeing what they are capable of. Eitam continues with his point:

“So far we have done nothing to make them think that holding Shalit is too costly, and it would be better to let him go…Even assuming we were to take out the Hamas leadership and in revenge they killed Shalit, the end result would by this: They would abandon the practice of abducting soldiers because it would be so clearly not worth their while. They would know that holding an Israeli soldier exacts an intolerable price, and brings no reward.”

And this is where the hammer falls. The last nail into Vilan’s argument has banged in. By refusing to give into demands and by destroying the Hamas leadership, Hamas would have no benefit in this tactic of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. Terrorist organisations go by the philosophy of sticking with whatever works to get their demands and as Eitam has said, so far they have no reason to not keep kidnapping Israeli soldiers and lobbing rockets at Israeli civilians.

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Israel set to release 87 Palestinian prisoners by Monday afternoon

Posted by Atilla89 on October 1, 2007

What are you doing Olmert? Why are you doing this to Israel? More from Haaretz.

Israel was set Monday to release 87 Palestinian prisoners in a move designed to bolster moderate Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The prisoners were expected to released around midday, according to Prisons Authority spokesman Yaron Zamir. The release had initially be planned for 9 A.M.

Most of the prisoners are from the West Bank, which is controlled by Abbas and his government of moderates. Around one-third is residents of the Gaza Strip, which has been ruled by Abbas’ rivals from the Islamic group Hamas since they defeated the forces of Abbas’ Fatah movement in June.

Monday’s scheduled prisoner release, the second in recent months, is an Israeli move meant to support Abbas in his power struggle with Hamas. The prisoners are mostly members of Fatah movement, along with several who are members of smaller Palestinian factions. None belong to Hamas.

Israel is holding around 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, and their release is a central Palestinian demand.

So in order to progress onto a peace agreement with have to release terrorists? Exactly what do we get in return? A stop to the violence, at least temporarily? No such thing. It is almost certain that at least some of those released will continue their terrorist ways.

One of the comments I found on the talk back section was good. Here it is by Marc Hamil

First I must correct the article because it refers to Abbas` government of “moderates”. What is “moderate” about his government? That they are willing to receive money and land from everyone with out giving or doing anything? I prefer to Hamas for at least you know where you stand with them (hint:does not smell good).

Secondly, Already about 200 additional Jews and Arabs have been killed by Palestinian Arab freed from Israeli prisons. Does Olmert and Peres want 200 more dead innocents because of these freed terrorist roaming free? Do not make this very big mistake AGAIN!. Thank you!

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New Film about Israeli Jails – Hot House

Posted by Atilla89 on August 10, 2007

This film is disgusting. What really bugs me is that it could be used for so much good. It dispels the myths of Palestinians ‘languishing’ behind bars for years on end. But no, all the film does is give a platform for terrorists to spread their messages. Read it for yourself.

No compassionate state would subject a mother to such torture. No sane government would help a cold-blooded mass murderer ascend a cinematic soapbox, spew her venom and get her smiling, glamorous promotional picture in the international papers.

But Israel, in the throes of an existential war on terror, saw no reason to deny Ahlam Tamimi – the person who planned the Jerusalem terror massacre that killed my daughter – that privilege. She and dozens of other Palestinian terrorists were allowed to star in a documentary film that has sold out theaters.

Shimon Dotan, the Romanian-born former Israeli who made “Hot House,” says the Prisons Service freely admitted him to half a dozen prisons across Israel over the course of a year. The authorities deserve a “certificate of honor,” he says, for their permissiveness, adding: “It is difficult for me to say that, and I don’t want to brag about it.”

His film exposes astonishing aspects of life behind bars in Israel where convicted Palestinian terrorists enjoy country-club-like conditions. They all have access to Israeli and Palestinian radio, television and newspapers. Cells, shared with terror-group cronies, are equipped with their choice of colorful rugs and wall hangings. Cooking facilities allow them to indulge their personal culinary tastes. They enjoy bi-weekly family visits. They are free to hone their political skills, conduct internal elections and nurture their political careers. Prison garb is waived; women sport Islamic attire, down to the colorful silk scarves my daughter’s murderer favors. Prayer halls are available for the free practice of the very faith that inspired their crimes. And as the film points out, many of them earn, at the Israeli citizen’s expense, university degrees. In Israel, the death penalty is never applied to terrorists.

No one in the Prisons Service challenges this absurd state of affairs.

“Hot House” could have been used to counter the rampant disinformation about Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners. Yet nothing was farther from the producers’ minds.

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Anti-Semitism in Britain on the rise: The War on Britain’s Jews

Posted by Atilla89 on July 11, 2007

Here’s an excellent, deeply troubling documentary on the rise of a new antisemitism in Britain, from UK Channel 4, in six parts. The documentary is called The War on Britain’s Jews.

Thanks to LGF

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Che Guevara

Posted by Atilla89 on June 28, 2007

I hate this Che, he was a Communist and a mass muderer, yet people still wear his face on T-shirts. Does that mean I should wear Stalin or Mao on a T-shirt? Both were Communists and mass-murders, they fit the profile, yet no one wears them. Why? I can tell, it is because Che is percieved to be the ultimate rebel, the renegade. Thumbs his nose at the establishment, listens to rock n roll, and when pushed creates a revolution in another country to show the society that he loves. Movies such as the Motorcycle Diaries have helped this image take hold over popular imagination for today’s youth. So I think that people should read this article called ‘Turning the page: The real Che’.

http://www.muckraked.com/wordpress/2007/06/07/turning-the-page-the-real-che/

“He’s the ultimate symbol of radical chic but was Che Guevara really a homophobic, racist square who personally ordered the jailing and executions of innocent men, women and children?That’s according to Humberto Fontova, the author of “Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him,” who claims that Guevara probably would have imprisoned or punished most of his celebrity fans, from Johnny Depp to Angelina Jolie.

Among the book’s claims:

– Twice, Che plotted terrorist attacks against New York City. In November 1962, the FBI cracked a terrorist plot by Cuban agents who targeted Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s and Grand Central Terminal. They planned to blow up those landmarks with 12 incendiary devices and 500 kilos of TNT the day after Thanksgiving. Several months before visiting New York in December 1964 and being feted by the toast of the city’s intelligentsia, Che hatched a plan with the Black Liberation Army to blow up the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument. The plotters were infiltrated in 1965 by a sharp-eyed NYPD cadet.

– Che detested rock and roll and railed against “long hairs,” “lazy youths,” and homosexuals. At one point, he wrote that the young must always “listen carefully – and with the utmost respect – to the advice of their elders who held governmental authority.”

– Che sidelined black Cubans and mocked those who were part of the revolutionary movement. He once told radio host Luis Pons, “We’re going to do for blacks exactly what blacks did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”

– Che personally ordered 700 executions by firing squad, which he supervised at his jungle headquarters in Cuba. He also hosted book burnings, torching thousands of books owned by suspect intellectuals and librarians.”

I personally like this comment in the comment section:

Morgan
June 8th, 2007 00:34

“Whether this is true or not (I believe it is and is likely not a surprise to his fans), the ubiquitous red t-shirt will for decades serve as a simple way to tell if you’re looking at a moron or not.”

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10 Myths about the Iraq War

Posted by Atilla89 on June 27, 2007

First video posted on blog, yay! Anyway watch this as it is very interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYOYutoB4Xw

Note: This video will take a while to load for some reason, be patient, it is worth it.

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First Post

Posted by Atilla89 on June 27, 2007

This blog will be about politics and occasionally stuff about me. Enjoy!

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