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Pioneers of Tomorrow: Rabbit Wants To Eat Jews

Posted by Atilla89 on February 12, 2008

New stuff from Palestinian Media Watch. This time its a rabbit with an appetite for Jews! I mean, I never really knew I tasted THAT good. Plus, aren’t rabbits meant to be herbivores…? There previous character, the bee called Nahoul was killed because the evil Israelis stopped him from getting medical treatment. Anyway if you want to take a look at this degenerate trash its right here. Once again, I have to ask, does anyone think these people deserve a state? Hat tip to LGF.

 

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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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A Breath Of Hope: The Israeli Initiative

Posted by Atilla89 on February 6, 2008

Before I explain what this Israeli Initiative is and what the hell I am talking about, let me direct you to this video. It is a trailer for a non-existent Hollywood film produced by the Israeli Initiative called The Last Fanatic. I am sure you will be able to figure out the message behind it.

As you can see, the message behind it is that the Palestinians do not have to use the way of terror to achieve their goals, there are other ways. The lie of the resistance or the Intifada leads only down the path to destruction and death and not to statehood. The video itself has received media coverage from Israeli Channel 2 News, SKY News, The International Herald Tribune, The Jerusalem Post and on the Metacafe website. As well as this, more than 50,000 people have already viewed The Last Fanatic on YouTube.

Now, onto this ‘new’ concept of the Israeli Initiative (you can check out its site here), the leader of this concept is MK Binyamin Elon.

Elon has just been recently by FrontPage (I love this site) and you can view the article in its entirety here, however I will just be displaying the key parts of it and my reaction to it.

The Israeli Initiative proposes a viable alternative to the Oslo/Camp David/Annapolis accords. The Initiative consists of three main principles: Rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps, strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. Under these principles, UNRWA will be dismantled and Israel, the US, and the international community will recognize Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and Jordan will again grant citizenship status to the residents of Judea and Samaria.

I think that this is a brilliant idea. The Palestinians living in the West Bank under Jordanian rule had no problem with this (even though they were under occupation). This problem of Israeli ‘occupation’ will be finished as an obstacle to peace. I also want to point to another issue that many people don’t know about Jordan. People believe that Israel is the only country in the world with a law similar to the one called ‘Right of Return’, a law based on positive discrimination which allows for easier immigration by Jews (must be proven) around the world (called Aliya). Jordan has a similar if not same law which decries that Palestinians are allowed to immigrate to Jordan and obtain citizenship if they can prove that they are Palestinian. That law should have ended the Palestinian Refugee problem on the stop, I don’t know why it hasn’t.

FP: Ok, let’s get a bit specific. How would rehabilitation of the refugees and dismantling of the camps work exactly?

Elon: To begin with, Israel, the US and the international community will create a multi-year program to ensure the rehabilitation of the Palestinian refugees, while absorbing them as citizens in various countries. As part of the rehabilitation process, UNRWA, an organization which for tens of years has only perpetuated the status of the refugees, will be dismantled, as will the refugee camps. All residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel, with full citizenship rights and a generous rehabilitation grant.

This is similar to the deal offered by Ehud Barak which Arafat rejected without even considering putting on a counter offer.

Independent surveys carried out among the Palestinians clearly indicate that Palestinians are becoming increasingly convinced that living under Palestinian Authority control will not solve their problems. There are growing signs that the Palestinian population would be open to a true humanitarian solution that would enable them to rebuild their lives in other countries. For instance, a survey carried out by An-Najah University in Nablus in 2007 showed that 31.7% of Palestinians are considering rebuilding their lives in another country, while a survey carried out in 2004 by Ma’agar Mochot – a leading Israeli polling agency – in cooperation with The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, showed that 50% of Palestinian society did not rule out moving to another country providing that they had the means and the ability to relocate.

This is important because it shows just the conflict is not all about land. People are willing to compromise in return for peace and better living conditions.

FP: Just a second, the residents of the refugee camps will be offered a permanent place of residence outside of Israel. But in what countries? Where will the Palestinians go exactly?

Elon: According to the Israeli Initiative, the residents of the refugee camps will be absorbed in other countries, preferably the surrounding Arab countries.

Possibly Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will go to Egypt or alternatively, Egypt could annex the Gaza Strip, future debate will be needed with that. As for those Palestinians living in the West Bank, Jordan seems like the most logical option, don’t forget that rule and the amount of Palestinians that already live there.

The Arab countries will be encouraged by the international community to absorb and offer the Palestinian refugees full citizenship, and will also help fund the rehabilitation grants that will be given to the refugees, in order for them to move to other countries not as poor refugees, but as people with considerable means, say $100,000 per family. These funds will give a well-needed boost to the economy of the absorbing Arab countries in the region, and will supply these countries with international backing.

So that takes care of the argument that Arab countries are not wealthy enough to absorb that amount of refugees since it will boost .

FP: What will be involved in terms of strategic cooperation with Jordan and Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria?

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will invest in the long-term development of Jordan in order to restore and strengthen its economy. Israel and Jordan, together with Egypt, Turkey and the US, will create a strategic organization to halt the Islamic axis based in Teheran and to promote overall peace between Israel and Arab countries.

In coordination with Jordan, Israel will extend its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Arab residents of these areas will become citizens of Jordan (Palestine). Their status, their relationship to the two countries, and the nature of the administration in the populated areas will be formulated and set forth in an agreement between the governments of Israel and Jordan.

Israeli control of Judea and Samaria is necessary to ensure stability in the region. The IDF presence in Judea and Samaria is what has succeeded in almost completely eliminating suicide bombs within recent years and prevent it from being turned into “Hamasland”. This was not done, and cannot be done, by Abu Mazen’s weak forces.

FP: So Jordan will become the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians and the international community will recognize it as such? Please explain.

Elon: Israel, the US and the international community will recognize the Kingdom of Jordan as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, and once again, Jordan will grant citizenship to the residents of Judea and Samaria. [edit: The Palestinians] The Palestinian Authority will no longer be recognized as a representative body within Judea, Samaria and Gaza and all the weapons will be collected from armed organizations.

The Arab population that will continue to reside inside the new borders of the State of Israel will enjoy full human rights awarded by the State of Israel, but they will possess Jordanian-Palestinian citizenship, and their political rights will be realized in Amman.

This is an important point, it means that they will be voting for leaders in Jordan and not in Israel. This eliminates the possibility of Arabs taking over Israel through democracy.

The Arab settlements will have limited autonomy with day-to-day administrating being under Israel’s authority in a form which will be determined between Israel and Jordan.

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Israel Holiday: So Far, So Good, So What?

Posted by Atilla89 on December 21, 2007

I’m into the end of the 2nd week in Israel and right now I’m in a little place called Ra’anana near Tel Aviv on the west coast of Israel. Now to the important part of this post, here’s the lowdown of what I have been doing in Israel during these 2 weeks.

Day 1

After not sleeping for about 24 hours, I touch down in Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv in the morning and begin my day; needless to say, I am not in the best of moods. I spend the day going to Jerusalem and praying at the Western Wall and exploring the Jewish Quarter, (most of this stuff I do in Jerusalem I have done before on a previous trip). I took all the usual pictures and managed to get ripped off by about 10 Shekels by a street vendor (which did nothing to improve my mood).

Day 2

After catching some sleep, I realised just how long this day is going to be. We begin by going to the city of David located in the Old City of Jerusalem and explore the ruins and the Southern Excavation. All of which was a lot of fun. We head back to the Jewish Quarter and go to Mt Zion. After this, our group goes to King David’s Tomb, which was pretty boring, as all we did was gawk at what appeared to be a wooden box wrapped in velvet. After this, at around 6pm (it is now fully night in Israel), we explore the Kottel tunnels and the lower parts of the Western Wall, all of which are beneath the Arab Quarter. This was easily the highlight of the day as walked down through the narrow tunnels with the wall on our right. To make matters even more fun, when we reached the end of our tour, we had to walk back through the Arab Quarter at night to get to the meeting place. To be honest, it wasn’t that crazy, but I was a little bit nervous walking through incredibly dodgy markets, where everybody was sporting guns or a weapon of some kind.

Day 3

This day opened up with our group volunteering to help out at a soup kitchen. This involved preparing food, etc… So began one of the most pointless hour of my life as I was asked to sort through 25kg worth of rice to try and find the ‘bad ones’. Now I don’t know about you, but I have never known there was such a thing as ‘bad’ rice! I even have pictures of me doing this, just to prove it. From there, we took a bus to go and visited the Israel Supreme Court, where there was a court case going on about materials that were being used to build the separation wall. The building itself, was very interesting as it had a lot of symbolism behind it. From there we went and visited Nachlaut and finished the day 2 hours later.

Day 4

Since this day was Friday, we really didn’t do much except go to the Machne Yehoda market. These markets are the open air, store vendors yelling at the top of their voices type. They are very crowded with people constantly pushing each other; basically a haven for thieves and pick pockets. To cut a long story short, they were quite interesting. From there, our group got on a bus and went down to the Western Wall to be there in time for Shabbat. We prayed and danced around the wall for about an hour. The atmosphere was great, with everybody singing and dancing at the top of their voices. After that, since it was Shabbat, we had to walk back to our hotel, which took 2 hours!

Day 5

Shabbat, the day of rest. Most of this day was spent relaxing and playing games in the hotel. We went to shule in the morning for about 20 minutes (we were there for the experience). In the afternoon, we were introduced to a new game called ‘the kissing game’. It is very simple, yet a lot of fun. Basically you need about 40 people, everyone sits in a circle and is given either a number or a letter (letter for boys, number for girls). A volunteer sits in the middle, for example a girl. Both a number and a letter are called; the male who is called must kiss the girl in the middle while the other girl who has been called must kiss the boy (before the girl in the middle is kissed). If the male is kissed before kissing the girl in the middle he then sits in the middle. Obviously the roles are reversed when there is a male in the middle.
The game is a lot of fun and has quickly become the most popular game for our group. After this, we had Havdala and after that we had a famous academic called Neil Lazarus who I got a photo with.

Day 6

This is a very special day. Our group received our 8 soldiers from an intelligence devision. I quickly made friends with a Lieutenant called Shlomo who was softly spoken yet he could do the most amazing card tricks. He was very intelligence and spoke near perfect English; this was the last week in the army for him after 5 years! Next week on Sunday he will go to Thailand for about 4 weeks as a holiday. Today we went to a place called Caesarea which was a place built by King Herod to appease the Romans. We didn’t spend much time there as it rained out after 1 hour. From there we went to Osfia to experience Druze hospitality. The food there was absolutely beautiful, I loved eating every part of it.

Day 7

Today we finally went to Haifa, which in my opinion, one of the more beautiful cities in Israel. It has a beautiful deep water harbor and nice mountains (more like hills but whatever). Our first stop was the Hanging Bahaii Gardens. Let me say first off that these are the more amazing and beautiful gardens that you will ever go to. The view from the top was wonderful and gave a great view of the surrounding area of Haifa. From there, we explored the Arab section of Haifa, were I purchased a lovely type of sweet food. This food which is orange (if someone knows the name, please tell me) filled me up for about 4 hours!

Day 8

We started the day by traveling to Akko, a lovely little town near to Haifa. This turn is filled with history from old Mosques to a ‘hotel’ for the Crusaders who were in the area 800 years ago. The hotel consists of a stable and rooms. As well as this we went on a hike and were about 100 metres away from the Israeli-Lebanon border. We explored a bit of Rosh Hanikra before watching a beautiful sunset. When I returned back to the hotel, I knew that something strange was going to happen. We usually have night activities but there had been no mention of what they were for this night. My suspicion was multiplied when Shlomo, my room mate and the rest of the soldiers came into my room and told me to go down with everyone else to the bomb shelter (our group’s meeting place). About 20 minutes later, all the army guys came in wearing their uniform and started shouting at us. To cut a long story short, it was army night. After much shouting and push-ups, we got into army uniforms and were divided into 3 groups. We all had to learn some of the basic skills that raw recruits to an army have to learn. To put it bluntly, most of the night I was laughing or trying to laugh myself stupid after watching a lot of people trying (and failing) to do push ups. The girls were the funniest, with many of them upset that they had to put a little bit of camouflage on (some complained that it would cause a rash which turned out to be bull shit). At the end of the night we got a lot of special items from our soldiers who had clearly raided their base and took whatever they didn’t have to sign out 😀

Day 9

Today our group went further into the Galilee and arrived into Safed or Zfat. Safed is know as the city of Jewish Mysticism or Kabalah. The city is one of 4 holy cities in Judaism, each of the four representing a different element. Safed is air, Jerusalem is fire, Hebron is Earth and Tiberius is water. I have many an interesting story about Safed and it is easily one of my favourite cities in all of Israel, not in the least because there is a store which makes the best schnitzel. From there we went to a place called Rosh Pina and after that, back to the hotel. Later on in the evening, I got my results back from my HS, the last test you do at school, and found that I was able to do my course. To sum it up, it was a late night involving lots of alcohol.

Day 10

Today was a short day was we would be going to our relatives place for the week end later on. We went to a Kibbutz which doubled as a museum for those killed in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising called Lochamei Hagetaut or something like that. It was not a fun day and by the end of it, I was exhausted namely because I had such a late night partying. At the end of the day our soldiers left us, which was sad. Thank you so much for giving us such a great time!

At the moment I have a free week end and I am staying at my step Grandfather’ s place. On Sunday, I will spend days in the IDF doing a program called Gadna, which is basically the first week of basic training. I can’t wait to see the reaction on every girl’s face when they realise what they signed up for! I doubt I will be able to do another big post like this, it will probably come when I get home.

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The 2nd Annual Worst Quotes From The Daily Kos (2007 Edition)

Posted by Atilla89 on December 5, 2007

I am sure that everyone reading this would know about the blog, Daily Kos; for those that don’t it is a left wing blog in America and is argueably the most influential. Just to underscore this point, “Democratic members of Congress post on the blog, Democratic presidential contenders cater to them, and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas is considered to be a mainstream figure amongst Democrats. Keep all of that in mind as you read these excerpts and quotes, all of which come from the Daily Kos writers, not from commenters on the blog.” Well, LGF has got a post by John Hawkins that shows the very worst of Daily Kos, here’s a few, now go read the rest, enjoy!

10) “I wrote a diary a short time ago about how the Bush administration helped ruin my marriage. It wasn’t because my husband was a Bush supporter or anything…it was because of all the stresses from job loses, living without health insurance and getting sick, to my husband being forced to take a job where he wasn’t home much that helped ruin my marriage.” — angrybird

9) Islamic Countries Can Suck Jesus’s Chocolate Covered C***…Meanwhile, over here in this part of never, never land, the Catholic crazies are all freaked out over a chocolate Jesus. So what????????

I just don’t get it. I’m being literal. I don’t understand what’s offensive about a chocolate Jesus. Maybe I didn’t read the part of the Bible that talks about not making graven images of the Lord in chocolate (and it’s possible, since the Bible has so many other things that are institutionally nuts I wouldn’t rule it out). Why does anyone care that it’s in chocolate?

…The other part of this so-called chocolate Jesus controversy is his c*ck. Apparently he has one. Someone hide the children. It turns out humans have d*cks. No, you don’t say.

My guess is that if Jesus actually existed he would get a good belly laugh out of people being offended that he had a penis. Yeah, don’t worry about feeding the poor or anything. Just obsess over Jesus’s chocolate covered penis. I’m sure that’s what the good Lord would have wanted.

So, is the argument that Jesus didn’t have a d*ck?” — Cenk Uygur

8) “I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and (Ahmadinejad would) probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon…Okay, I admit it. Part of it is that he just looks cuddly. Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight. I think he kind of looks like Kermit the Frog. Sort of. With smaller eyes. But that’s not all…

I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.” — sallykohn

I would just like add that I wish Alex Horton good luck as he has now left the U.S. Army (and Iraq). His blog, Army of Dude, is pretty much a soldiers account of the war in Iraq, it is very good and I really recommend reading it.

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Annapolis Conference: A Complete Failure From The Start

Posted by Atilla89 on November 28, 2007

You know, I hate to say this, but sometimes Olmert has his good points. Yes, you read that correctly, now let me explain. Ehud (“Peace is achieved through concessions”) Olmert, has decided to get some backbone. At the start of the Annapolis conference he demanded that the Palestinians recognise Israel first and foremost as a Jewish State, something which the Palestinians, and indeed most of the Arab world have refused to do.

Breaking with his predecessors, Olmert has boldly demanded that his Palestinian bargaining partners accept Israel’s permanent existence as a Jewish state, thereby evoking a revealing response.

Unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as “a Jewish state,” Olmert announced on November 11, the Annapolis-related talks would not proceed. “I do not intend to compromise in any way over the issue of the Jewish state. This will be a condition for our recognition of a Palestinian state.”

He confirmed these points a day later, describing the “recognition of Israel as a state for the Jewish people” as the “launching point for all negotiations. We won’t have an argument with anyone in the world over the fact that Israel is a state of the Jewish people.” The Palestinian leadership, he noted, must “want to make peace with Israel as a Jewish state.”

Ok, now it shouldn’t be so hard to predict what the Arab response will be. This the reason why I believe any ‘peace agreement’ with the Arabs will NEVER work unless they modernise and reform.The Palestinian leadership responded quickly and unequivocally to Olmert’s demand:

* The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee in Nazareth unanimously called on the Palestinian Authority not to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
* Salam Fayad, Palestinian Authority “prime minister”: “Israel can define itself as it likes, but the Palestinians will not recognize it as a Jewish state.”
* Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee: “This issue is not on the table; it is raised for internal [Israeli] consumption.”
* Ahmad Qurei, chief Palestinian negotiator: “This [demand] is absolutely refused.”
* Saeb Erekat, head of the PLO Negotiations Department: “The Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel’s Jewish identity. … There is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined.”

Hey presto, no more conference. FrontPage goes on to show just how stupid Saeb Erekat’s statement is.

Saeb Erekat (left), head of the PLO Negotiations Department, with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Erekat’s generalization is both curious and revealing. Not only do 56 states and the PLO belong to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, but most of them, including the PLO, make the Shari‘a (Islamic law) their main or only source of legislation. Saudi Arabia even requires that every subject be a Muslim.

Further, the religious-national nexus extends well beyond Muslim countries. Argentinean law, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe points out, “mandates government support for the Roman Catholic faith. Queen Elizabeth II is the supreme governor of the Church of England. In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the constitution proclaims Buddhism the nation’s ‘spiritual heritage.’ … ‘The prevailing religion in Greece,’ declares Section II of the Greek Constitution, ‘is that of the Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ’.”

FrontPage then concludes this little article very nicely with a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with.

Arab recognition of Israel’s Jewish nature must have top diplomatic priority. Until the Palestinians formally accept Zionism, then follow up by ceasing all their various strategies to eliminate Israel, negotiations should be halted and not restarted. Until then, there is nothing to talk about.

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Hate literature found by Saudi Arabia easily found at UK mosques

Posted by Atilla89 on November 1, 2007

While the Saudi King Abdullah is welcomed into Britain to the sound of Vader’s Theme, Mosques in then UK founded by money are distributing Islamic hate literature. Now, my opinion on this, is even though there is freedom of expression, such book are influencing people to kill homosexuals and to view women in an inferior light. They may be acceptable to a country like Saudi Arabia but not to a free and western country like the U.K. Check out this video from LGF and this article from The Telegraph.

Extremist literature that encourages hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain’s mosques, according to a new survey.

Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claims it found the literature in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited.

Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and for unbelievers to be treated as second-class citizens wherever possible.

The literature also allegedly contained repeated calls for gays to be thrown from mountains and tall buildings and for women to be subjugated.

Policy Exchange said that among the documents were the anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, and other publications peddling bizarre conspiracy theories.

Anthony Browne, the director of Policy Exchange, said: “It is clearly intolerable that hate literature is peddled at some British mosques.

“I am sure the majority of moderate Muslims will be as horrified as everyone else that pamphlets advocating jihad by force, hatred for insufficiently observant Muslims, Christians and Jews, and segregationhave found their way into the UK’s mosques.”

The London Central Mosque

The London Central Mosque’s bookshop is not run by the mosque, as it is a franchise

Policy Exchange visited more than 100 mosques and other Islamic institutions and said it found the literature was accessible both openly and “under the counter”. Altogether some 80 books and pamphlets were collected over the course of a year.

Many of the institutions were among the best funded and most active of Britain’s 1,500 or so Islamic establishments. In several cases they had received official visits from politicians and even members of the royal family.

Dr Yunes Teinaz, of the London Central Mosque, said: “Any book or literature like this found in the mosque will reflect the views of the author and not at all the view of the mosque.” He added that the bookshop in the mosque was not run by the mosque, but was a franchise.

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From Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations to Russia with love (for Iran)

Posted by Atilla89 on October 18, 2007

I know I have said that I won’t post until the 7th of November, but I can spare a few minutes for this post. In the latest round of negotiating between the PA and Israel. Israel under Olmert (may he rot in hell) has decided that he would be willing to give the Arab quarter of Jerusalem to the Palestinians as part of a peace deal. I am totally against this, because exactly what have the Palestinians done to try and make peace, nothing! Even the supposedly ‘moderate’ PA wants to take over Israel, Hat tip to LGF.

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A clip broadcast by Fatah-controlled Palestinian television this week shows a map in which Israel is painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Israel turned into a Palestinian state.

The description of all the state of Israel as “Palestine” is not coincidental and is part of a formal educational approach throughout the Palestinian Authority. This uniform message of a world without Israel is repeated in school books, children’s programs, crossword puzzles, video clips, formal symbols, school and street names, etc. The picture painted for the Palestinian population, both verbally and visually, is of a world without Israel.

However, the funny thing about these negotiations is that Abbas rejected these terms and instead offered Israel that all the West Bank and Gaza go under future Palestinian rule (including Jerusalem), the Palestinian refugees are allowed right of return and Jewish settlements in the West Bank are removed, see here. Gee, I don’t know, maybe Olmert should REJECT that deal.

Anyway, the news is worse seeing as Putin has decided to forge an alliance with Iran in order for Iran to get the uranium needed to make nuclear reactors.

President Putin forged an alliance with Iran yesterday against any military action by the West and pledged to complete the controversial Iranian nuclear power plant at Bushehr.

A summit of Caspian Sea nations in Tehran agreed to bar foreign states from using their territory for military strikes against a member country. Mr Putin, the first Kremlin leader to visit Iran since the Second World War, insisted that the use of force was unacceptable.

“It is important . . . that we not only not use any kind of force but also do not even think about the possibility of using force,” he told the leaders of Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

The declaration of the five states did not specify a particular threat. Rumours have long circulated, however, that the US is seeking Azerbaijan’s permission to use airfields for possible military action to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

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The Long Arm of Iran

Posted by Atilla89 on October 2, 2007

An excellent article by Dan Senor which can be found here. It basically details why a nuclear Iran would not be the same as a nuclear U.S.S.R. The argument presented is always another reason why Jimmy Carter is wrong about most things in the world.

“I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel.”

–Jimmy Carter, speaking at Emory University, Sept. 19, 2007

On March 17, 1992, a suicide bomber crashed an explosive-filled truck into a building filled with Israelis in Buenos Aires. The bombing was so powerful that the destruction covered several city blocks–29 innocents were killed and hundreds more were injured. This occurred more than 8,000 miles from Tehran. Two years later, on July 18, 1994, Buenos Aires was again hit with a terror attack. This time the target was the Jewish community center in the center of the city–85 were killed.

Argentina was, understandably, rattled. The government launched a full-scale investigation. One of the key officials assigned to it was Miguel Angel Toma (later appointed by then President Eduardo Duhalde as secretary of intelligence from 2002-03). Mr. Toma is not a warmonger. And he did not approach his job with any ideological ax to grind. He concluded not only that Hezbollah carried out the attacks in Argentina, but that at least one of them was planned in Iran at the highest levels of the Iranian government, aided by a sophisticated sleeper-cell network in Latin America. He also concluded that the attacks were strategically aimed at punishing the Argentinean government.

Iran and Argentina had had commercial ties throughout the 1970s and ’80s valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and had entered into agreements to jointly pursue nuclear energy and missile programs. But by 1989, a new civilian government headed by Carlos Menem had come to power and canceled its prior agreements with Iran. As far as Iran was concerned, it was time to punish Argentina for the reversal and send a warning shot to the rest of Latin America. And by focusing on soft targets in Jewish communities, the operations would serve an additional objective: demonstrating to Israel that Hezbollah could hit anywhere at anytime.

Mr. Toma says–based on Argentina’s cooperation with intelligence agencies around the world–he’s certain of the date, location and participants in the decision by the Iranian government to execute the second Buenos Aires attack. He pinpoints it to a meeting that occurred in the holy Iranian city of Mashhad on Aug. 14, 1993. It was presided over by the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, then and now the Supreme Leader of Iran; and the Iranian president at the time, Ali-Akbar Rafsanjani. Following this meeting, Mr. Toma believes that Iran began working with Hezbollah in the planning, funding and staffing of the 1994 attack in Argentina. Indeed, Argentina has issued warrants for nine Hezbollah operatives and Iranian leaders, including Mr. Rafsanjani. Nobody has been arrested.

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The Joys Of The United Nations

Posted by Atilla89 on September 30, 2007

I have always said that the UN is now a redundant and useless organisation that indirectly and sometimes (in my view) directly supports rogue states and states that sponsors terrorism. It’s daughter organisations such as the IAEA and others are toothless and in some cases hinder investigation of Iran’s nuclear weapons. Perhaps my opinion better explained in this piece of writing by Ms. Bayefsky in New York’s The Sun.

The global platform which will be handed today to President Ahmadinejad by the United Nations is not as shocking as first meets the eye. The U.N. and the poster boy for state sponsors of terrorism have a long and cozy relationship — and one that threatens civilization as we know it.

Take, for example, the Iranian president’s single-minded pursuit of nuclear weapons. Over three years ago, the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency found Iran to have violated its Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty obligations. Ever since, the head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, an Egyptian, has assigned himself the role of running interference for Iran. He first focused on keeping Iran off the agenda of the Security Council, a delay tactic that worked for a few precious years. When the matter finally got to the Council, ElBaradei railed against sanctions. In January 2007 ElBaradei suggested a “time-out” on the “application of sanctions.” In July 2007 he concocted a deal between the IAEA and Iran “on the modality for resolving the remaining outstanding issues” — double-talk for keeping the development of another Islamic bomb within the family. Two weeks ago he again called for a “time-out” and a cessation of sanctions, breathing whole new meaning into the bored diplomatic concern that the U.N. might “talk us to death.”

Then there is the burgeoning rapprochement between the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, and Mr. Ahmadinejad. Ms. Arbour traveled to Tehran at the beginning of September to attend a “human rights” conference. She settled in to a front row seat to listen to Mr. Ahmadinejad announce: “We are against rule of the non-righteous individuals. … [R]evolutionary Iran aims at global government and a genuine Islamic culture so as to gain a loftier position worldwide.” Iran’s Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki called on conference-goers to “modify” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because the “Islamic world” wasn’t present when it was drafted. (edit: Are you for real? Does this mean that even though you weren’t there at the signing that you don’t agree with it? Interesting…) Ms. Arbour, at pains not to offend her hosts, called for the promotion of “Universal human rights … in a contextually sensitive way” since “Universality need not be considered in an inflexible and rigid manner.”

Needless to say, her Iranian hosts were thrilled with her visit and the very next day felt sufficiently empowered to give the world a display of the human rights “context” in Tehran — by executing 21 people, many publicly and stringing their bodies up for display. Under the flexible legal code in Iran, people are executed for charges like “enmity against God” or “being corrupt on earth.” A week prior to Ms. Arbour’s visit, the U.N. handed Iran a leadership role on the planning committee of the next global U.N. anti-racism conference — Durban II — notwithstanding that its president has called extermination of six million Jews during World War II “a myth.”

And this isn’t the only U.N. leadership role given Iran. Nuclear proliferator Iran is the vice-chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. Treaty violator Iran is a member of the U.N.’s Wider Appreciation of International Law Advisory Committee.

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