Sunday, December 17, 2017

"Moderate" Jordan Keeping Matter Calm (Not)

Straight from the official news site of the Kingdom:

Extremist settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Ramallah, Dec.17 (Petra) -- Groups of extremist settlers Sunday continued their provocative storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque yards/ Haram Al Sharif, a Palestinian official source told Petra.

The Director General of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra's reporter in Ramallah that extremist Jewish settlers continued their storming into the Muslims' holy shrine entering from the Bab al Magharebah Gate under heavy protection of Israeli forces and police.

Al-Khatib stressed that settlers provocatively toured the Al-Aqsa yards and listened to explanations on the alleged "Temple mount". Muslims worshippers placed in different parts of the mosque protesting against the settlers provocations and started chanting "Alah Akbar" God is the Greatest, he added.

"Settlers' provocations created a state of tension anger prevails inside the compounds of the Muslim's holy shrine, Al-Khatib explained.

Article 9 of the Jordan-Peace Treaty?

Why doesn't Israel's Foreign Ministry say something?

Jewish Snakes and the Temple Mount

The Al-Araby {The New Arab} web site goes anti-Semitic with Jews as snakes:




Also this (h/t):



It gets other anti-Semites going:



Snakes are jinns or non-believers.

And this:


Palestine’s blessing is linked to destruction of the center of global corruption [Jews of Israel], the snake’s head. When the snake’s head of [global] corruption is cut off, here in Palestine, and when the octopus’s [Jew’s] tentacles are cut off around the world, the real blessing will come with the destruction of the Jews, here in Palestine, and it is one of the splendid real blessings in Palestine.”
[Palestinian cleric, Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 13, 2008]
and this.

The Temple Mount - A Muslim View

Excerpted and translated (via Google Translate) from Al-Bawaba, written by one Suffian Shawa:-


Israel will not demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque but will build the Temple in Jerusalem ..?     December 15, 2017 (also here and note the photomontaged picture with a Haredi Jew and also here)



Al Quds Al Sharif [Odd. Not Ah-Haram Al-Sharif?] is one of the holiest places in the world. It is a light that shines in the night and in the day. It is the heavenly melody, which is raised by the angels and the birds sing it until the people of the earth hear it. It increases their faith and increases their determination to hold on to it and not to give up any part of it. Upon one's arrival at the high gates of the holy city of Jerusalem, his sins are washed away and strengthened in the presence of the Lord, which is sacred to all the owners of the three heavenly religions.
The Jews occupied Palestine with the help of England as a national homeland for the Jews, aided by British colonialism, and in particular by the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Balfour, in 1907 (sic!), where he issued the ominous promise. Then the Jews emigrated to Palestine (!) and established the small colonies first and then established the State of Israel in 1948 and occupied part of Jerusalem and then completed their occupation of Jerusalem in 1967


...Of course, the recognition of Trump is contrary to international law and to Security Council resolutions. It is not an American city to be given to whoever it wants. It is a Palestinian Arab city built by the Canaanites in 5000 BC. There is no right for the Jews at all.


Trump's decision goes back to the religious dimension of the Christian and Evangelical Christians who believe that the establishment of Israel and the rebuilding of Solomon's temple represent the foundation for Christ's return. They agree with the Jews in this difference with the Jews believing in the Messiah on condition that he be among the children of Israel.


What is important in this article is that Israel, according to the beliefs of their rabbis, who brought it from the tributaries of history, believe in a superstitious belief that Solomon's Temple was built by King Solomon to be a temple for the Jews and a dwelling place for the Lord Yahweh, who believes in the Jews after he is tired of dwelling above the clouds. (as if the Al-Buraq winged creature was real) They also claim that the Holy Mosque was built on the ruins of the Temple of Solomon, which was built in Jerusalem or Jerusalem, and that they insist on rebuilding the third Temple. 


Under the auspices of the Holy Mosque, the Holy Mosque, the Holy Mosque in the Koran and honest conversations in the Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) the Mosque of the Holy Mosque in Mecca, God ordered our master Adam built it and the second is the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (!)...before any other building, whether Solomon's temple or other.

...The Qur'an states: "It is darker than those who forbid the mosques of Allah to mention His name and seek their destruction. . Al-Baqarah. This is a strict prohibition in preventing the demolition of mosques. Those who seek to destroy it are sinning against Allaah in this world and in the Hereafter it is a great punishment. This applies to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds Al-Sharif especially since it is a holy mosque. Jerusalem.

...[Solomon] said: "In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful. We spent the Book to the Children of Israel, to be scattered twice in the land, and to proclaim a great height. If the promise of the first came, we sent upon you." We have sent you the ball over them, and we have given you money and children, and we have made you more obnoxious. You have done well for yourselves, and if you have come to them, then the promise of the others comes to you, and to enter the mosque as they entered or once, And the interpretation of these verses as interpreted by Imam Al-Shaarawi Hama...

...Since we have chanted the ball to them, that is, God has returned the ball to the children of Israel and given them money. Now they are the owners of the sons and daughters of Russia and others. They are all in the army. We made you more obnoxious and alienation means begging the power of others. This is what Israel is doing with America. And Russia. If the promised promise is the time that the Lord has left open to the Muslims to return to the worshipers of God loyal to him religion then they will defeat the children of Israel and they will drag their faces in the dirt and then enter the Aqsa Mosque and entered the first time of the Amir of believers Omar bin Khattab .. And this is the word of God, and it shall not be revealed For him, Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain without demolition, God willing, because the Muslims will enter it as they entered it for the first time.

Anti-Semitism.

Historical mythology.

Radical political theology.

Anti-scientific.

You tell me how to make peace based on compromise with this outlook.

It's mainstream thinking.

Even 'moderate' Daoub Kuttab is published there.

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Completely Out? They Were Never In Ever

Published:

President’s spokesman: We won’t agree to any changes on the 1967 borders of Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, December 16, 2017 (WAFA - Official PLO news agency) – The Palestinians will not accept any changes to the 1967 border of East Jerusalem, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Saturday.

Abu Rudeineh was reacting to statements attributed to a White House official saying that the United States considers what Muslim refer to as Al-Buraq Wall, while Jews call the Wailing or Western Wall, as part of Israel.

“This American position proves once again that the current US administration is completely out of the peace process,” said Abu Rudeineh.

I am going to suggest that the Palestinian Authority, whether or not it has reconciled with Hamas-Gaza, is completely out of everything.

If it wasn't for the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] and its Fatah terror arm founded in 1964 (after the fedayeen failed and brought about the 1956 Sinai Campaign) trying to "liberate" Israel in the pre-1967 period, there would have been no war and Judea, Samaria and Gaza would not have been in Israel's hands as a result of that defensive war against Arab aggression.

They do not negotiate. They reject.

They do not properly rule their own populace.

They do not conform to the Oslo Accords.

They incite.

They fund terror.

Their educational system avoids all reference to peace and coexistence and compromise.

They maintain myths and historical untruths about their past, sites and events and promote anti-Jewish sentiment.

Out?

They were never in.  Ever.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Let's Rewrite That Poll's Results For Clarity

A new study and poll out, it is claimed, suggest that "Anti-Semitism Rare But Anti-Israel Talk Common On Elite Campuses".

The story reads

The study, conducted by Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute, surveyed Jewish and non-Jewish students at Brandeis, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.

The strong majority of Jewish students at all four schools said that they had not been exposed to anti-Semitism on campus and that their schools were not a hostile environment for Jews. The number of students who felt their schools were hostile to Jews ranged from 2% at Harvard to 21% at Michigan.

At all four schools, over 95% of Jewish students felt safe on campus.

A majority of Jewish students — ranging from 63% at Penn to 75% at Michigan — said that they had heard hostile remarks towards Israel. But most students at the three private schools studied said that their universities did not have “a hostile environment toward Israel.” An exception was Michigan, which has been the frequent site of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel. There, 51% of students said that their school was hostile towards Israel.

A friend of mine rewrote it and it seems, in this new version, to be completely out-of-touch with reality. Could the Jewish version also be out of whack?


Racism Rare But Anti-African Talk Common on Elite Campuses, Study Finds
 
A new survey of Black students at some of America’s most elite universities has found that they rarely experience racism but that most have been exposed to anti-African hostility.
 
The study, conducted by Brandeis University’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute, surveyed Black and non-Black students at Brandeis, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
 
The strong majority of Black students at all four schools said that they had not been exposed to racism on campus and that their schools were not a hostile environment for Blacks. The number of students who felt their schools were hostile to Blacks ranged from 2% at Harvard to 21% at Michigan.
 
At all four schools, over 95% of Black students felt safe on campus.
 
A majority of Black students -- ranging from 63% at Penn to 75% at Michigan -- said that they had heard hostile remarks towards Africa. But most students at the three private schools studied said that their universities did not have "a hostile environment toward Africa." An exception was Michigan, which has been the frequent site of Boycott Africa! (BA!) campaigns against Africans. There, 51% of students said that their school was hostile towards Africa.
 
However, the study found that support for an boycott of African academic institutions and scholars, one of the main demands of BA! campaigns, had very limited student body support. Brandeis had the highest support for that measure of the four schools, and that was only at 12%. "These results suggest that campus BA! resolutions may not represent the view of a majority of students on campus, but rather the agenda of a vocal minority," the authors wrote.
 
Most Black students do not find Black or African issues to be the most pressing concern on campus, with topics like sexual assault and mental health taking higher priority.

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Trying to Understand a Quranic Passage

In Sura 26, the Quran retells its version of the Exodus from Egypt by the Israelites*. Verse 59 is quite forthright, the Children of Israel are "caused to inherit" the Land of Israel ("goodly dwellings", M. H. Shakir; "a fair estate", Muhammad M. Pickthall.)
by Allah.

Here is one discussion of the verse 59 which mixes up a country, "Palestine", which didn't exist at the time, with the historic Jewish Homeland to where the Israelites were going:

The relevant verses of Surahs Al-Baqarah, Al-Maidah, Al-Aaraf and TaHa confirm that after the destruction of Pharaoh in the sea, the Israelites did not return to Egypt but proceeded towards their destination (Palestine) and then, till the time of Prophet David (973-1013 B.C.) all the major events of their history took place in the lands which are now known as the Sinai Peninsula, northern Arabia, Transjordan and Palestine. As such, in our opinion the verses mean this: On the one hand, Allah deprived the people of Pharaoh of their wealth, possessions and grandeur, and on the other hand, He bestowed the same on the Children of Israel in Palestine, and not in Egypt. This same meaning is borne out by (verses 136-137 of Surah A1-Aaraf): Then We took Our vengeance on them and drowned them in the sea because they had treated Our signs as false and grown heedless of them. And after them We gave as heritage to those who had been abased and kept low, the eastern and the western parts of that land, which had been blessed bountifully by Us. The epithet of the blessed land has generally been used for Palestine in the Quran as in (Surah Bani Israil, Ayat 1); (Surah Al-Anbiya, Ayats 71-81); and (Surah Saba, Ayat 18).

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[26:16] "Go to Pharaoh and say, 'We are messengers from the Lord of the universe.

[26:17] "'Let the Children of Israel go.'"

[26:18] He said, "Did we not raise you from infancy, and you spent many years with us?

[26:19] "Then you committed the crime that you committed, and you were ungrateful."

[26:20] He said, "Indeed, I did it when I was astray.

[26:21] "Then I fled, when I feared you, and my Lord endowed me with wisdom and made me one of the messengers.

[26:22] "You are boasting that you did me a favor, while enslaving the Children of Israel!"

[26:23] Pharaoh said, "What is the Lord of the universe?"

[26:24] He said, "The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and everything between them. You should be certain about this."

[26:25] He said to those around him, "Did you hear this?"

[26:26] He said, "Your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors."

[26:27] He said, "Your messenger who is sent to you is crazy."

[26:28] He said, "The Lord of the east and the west, and everything between them, if you understand."

[26:29] He said, "If you accept any god, other than me, I will throw you in the prison."

[26:30] He said, "What if I show you something profound?"

[26:31] He said, "Then produce it, if you are truthful."

[26:32] He then threw his staff, whereupon it became a profound snake.

[26:33] And he took out his hand, and it was white to the beholders.

[26:34] He said to the elders around him, "This is an experienced magician.

[26:35] "He wants to take you out of your land, with his magic. What do you suggest?"

[26:36] They said, "Respite him and his brother, and send summoners to every town.

[26:37] "Let them summon every experienced magician."

[26:38] The magicians were gathered at the appointed time, on the appointed day.

[26:39] The people were told: "Come one and all; let us gather together here.

[26:40] "Maybe we will follow the magicians, if they are the winners."

[26:41] When the magicians came, they said to Pharaoh, "Do we get paid, if we are the winners?"

[26:42] He said, "Yes indeed; you will even be close to me."

[26:43] Moses said to them, "Throw what you are going to throw."

[26:44] They threw their ropes and sticks, and said, "By Pharaoh's majesty, we will be the victors."

[26:45] Moses threw his staff, whereupon it swallowed what they fabricated.

The Experts See the Truth
[26:46] The magicians fell prostrate.

[26:47] They said, "We believe in the Lord of the universe.

[26:48] "The Lord of Moses and Aaron."

[26:49] He said, "Did you believe with him before I give you permission? He must be your teacher, who taught you magic. You will surely find out. I will cut your hands and feet on alternate sides. I will crucify you all."

[26:50] They said, "This will not change our decision; to our Lord we will return.

[26:51] "We hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, especially that we are the first believers."

[26:52] We inspired Moses: "Travel with My servants; you will be pursued."

[26:53] Pharaoh sent to the cities callers.

[26:54] (Proclaiming,) "This is a small gang.

[26:55] "They are now opposing us.

[26:56] "Let us all beware of them."

The Inevitable Retribution
[26:57] Consequently, we deprived them of gardens and springs.

[26:58] And treasures and an honorable position.

[26:59] Then we made it an inheritance for the Children of Israel.

[26:60] They pursued them towards the east.

[26:61] When both parties saw each other, Moses' people said, "We will be caught."

[26:62] He said, "No way. My Lord is with me; He will guide me."

[26:63] We then inspired Moses: "Strike the sea with your staff," whereupon it parted. Each part was like a great hill.

[26:64] We then delivered them all.

[26:65] We thus saved Moses and all those who were with him.

[26:66] And we drowned the others.

[26:67] This should be a sufficient proof, but most people are not believers.


[26:68] Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.

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Temple Mount, April 1948

Solomonia excerpted this retelling of the funeral of Abd-el Khader El-Husseini, killed by the Hagana at the Qastel on April 8, 1948, which took place at the Temple Mount from John Roy Carlson's 1951 work, Cairo to Damascus and I selected this section:

...Husseini's coffin, covered with a red, black, and green flag, was carried to the square below the Dome of the Rock, where Arab chiefs spoke their eulogies. All this took place within sight of the Wailing Wall...

...I was now before the entrance to the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam's holiest shrines. Standing near by was a short, plump, round-faced man with a magnificent spade-shaped white beard and an enormous white turban, who was the custodian, Sheikh Ismail el Ansary...

...Historically the rock was actually a jagged slice of Mount Moriah, the hill on which Abraham offered to sacrifice Isaac. The Jews prayed on it long before the Moslem dome covered it.

Solomon built his magnificent Temple here and housed in it the Jewish holy of holies, the Ark of the Covenant. The entire area of the mosque, and the spacious stone courtyard surrounding it, were built on the site of the ancient Israel courts, where Christ preached and drove away the money-changers. Hardly a square inch here was without some direct connection to ancient Hebraic or Christian history.

None of these Hebraic-Christian origins, however, could be mentioned to Sheikh Ansary...

...After I had gained his confidence, El Ansary proved unusually outspoken. "Look here" -- these were the only English words he knew -- "whenever I pray, I pray to Allah to destroy the Jews. I pray to Allah to punish President Truman because he has been on the Zionist side. I used to pray against President Roosevelt, a very bad man. Now I pray to Allah that he destroy Mrs. Roosevelt because she is behaving very badly toward the Arabs."

"You sound like a Moslem Republican," I said.

"Look here, I pray against them for different reasons. Against Balfour and his family I pray that Allah confine them all to hell. The English are like sarratan [cancer]. May Balfour and Roosevelt take first place in hell. Allah, Allah, may this be done."

Propriety demanded that I say: "Insh'allah."

Despite his sixty-eight years, the man was as vigorous as an ox. "Look here, I will fight for Palestine to the last minute of my life," he said, with eyes blazing. "No Moslem is afraid of death. If he dies for Palestine that is a satisfying way to die. His parents are happy he fell in the Jehad. If we cannot win any other way, all the sheikhs in all the mosques in all the Arab countries over all the world will climb the minarets, and call on every Moslem to join the Jehad against the Jew in Palestine."

I turned the conversation to the Mufti.

"Look here," said El Ansary, "he is of the same blood as Mohammed. He is respected for his many good deeds. I pray for the Mufti in all my prayers to Allah."

I thanked Sheikh el Ansary for his courtesy and according to decorum, wished him long life and the blessings of Allah on him, his family, and his heirs. Bowing, I salaamed by placing my fingertips first to my heart, then to my lips, my forehead. He did the same in token of his respect toward me. "I shall remember you in my prayers to Allah," he said.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Abbas Talks, Medad Comments (UPDATED)

Excerpts from Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and my brief comments:

1.
I salute our Christian and Muslim people inside and outside the walls of the Old City, the protectors of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Church of the Resurrection, the guards of the walls of Jerusalem

No Jews. There are no Jews in his concept of a "Palestine".

2.
President Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel...is a flagrant violation of international law and signed agreements, especially Security Council resolutions,

International law and Security Council resolutions do not go hand-in-hand and if Arabs rejected 181 in 1947 and the city's internationalization, you can't claim it is relevant today. 

3.


We will remain together and calmly defend Jerusalem and support your steadfastness with all our potential. The plots that target our city and the capital of our state,

Even if Abbas thinks he rules a "state", "Arab Palestine", how can he declare Jerusalem its capital while at the same time deny that Israel cannot do the same?

4.
It is a Palestinian Arab Muslim Christian city, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine

See point One.  "Arab Palestine" i an racist and apartheid intended state-to-be.

5.
Our role in the fight against terrorism in our region and the world is known to all. 

After the Mufti, the Black Hand (al-Kaff al-Aswad), Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the Terror Bands of 1936-39, the Fedayeen, the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, et al., to portray the Palestinian Authority which incites to terror and fighting against is perversion.

6.
Israel...invaded our land, expelled our people, destroyed more than 400 Palestinian villages and towns, and violated all international resolutions, including resolutions 181, 194, 

So the conflict isn't a post-1967 one but an historical confrontation stretching back over centuries. It is not about territory but existence and Jewish national identity. 

7.
We will continue our efforts to build our national institutions

Since 1993 (at the minimum if we start at Oslo), the PA has been "building institutions".  That's some 24 years.  Nothing really to be proud of.  In comparison, review what the Jewish Yishuv did 24 years after the League of Nations decision in 1922. We had a state, fully functioning.

8.
recognizing the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital

Thereby limiting, as was done between 1948-1967, Jewish rights to visit our holy places, be secure in a city that has been Jewish for 3000 years and in which Arabs expelled Jews, ethnically-cleansing the city of its Jewish residents, destroying synagogues and grave tombs and more.


Thanks to IsraellyCool, I need to add one more point as I notice that my source was the "unofficial translation", in other words, the edited one:

Abbas also said


Yes, women and men believe in our right and God's promise to us, that this holy Palestinian city and since it was founded by the Canaanite Jebusites five thousand years ago were not and will not be other than the capital of our independent state and the sovereign the State of Palestine; 

Arab so-called Palestinians have nothing to do with Jebusites, Canaanites, Hittites or whatever.

But there's also this:

 “I don’t want to discuss religion or history because they are really excellent in faking and counterfeiting history. But if we read the Torah it says that the Canaanites were there before the time of our prophet Abraham and their [Canaanite] existence continued since that time, this is in the Torah itself. But if they would like to fake this history, they are really masters in this and it is mentioned in the holy Quran they fabricate truth and they try to do that and they believe in that but we have been there in this location for thousands of years.”
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chanukah Archaeology at Tel Shiloh

New finds at Tel Shiloh (in Hebrew).

Remember Emek Shaveh's wars and campaigns against Israel's archaeology administration beyond the Green Line, but not only?  We have news for them (below, keep scrolling).

Remember this?

Mizrachi also cites the Tel Shiloh and Sussiya archeological sites in the West Bank as problematic because they are run by settlers instead of a neutral body of experts.
“These sites have been handled very badly by settlers who use them to justify their settlements there and have ignored many layers of archeological evidence to focus on the Bible regarding their finds,” he says.
“We regularly criticize the way their finds are being presented because it’s always linked to the settlement. Now, I’m not saying that there is no Jewish history at these sites – we do believe Jewish history is there – but we are saying you cannot only focus on this period and ignore the whole story.”

These things and also these unnerve them to insanity. 

And these events:

Searching for the Lost Oil Lamp





Chana's Prayer

Dance Festival


Well, now the news.

See that spot?



Well, that was formerly a Hellenistic period non-Jewish dwelling area.  It's preserved.  Tel Shiloh people don't destroy or hide things.  The pottery and other artifacts attest to its identity.

And in the 2nd century BCE, during the time of the rule of Antiochus IV, it was razed by a conquering force.  It was a violent act.  And it was done by the Hasmoneans during the revolt against an oppressive rule.

Yes.

The Chanukah story.

The archaeology excavation was supervised by the Civil Administration's Archaeology Unit headed by Hanina Hizami and conducted by Reut Livyatan Ben-Aryeh.

The Hebrew Yedioth Ahronot item with a lamp and a coin from the period of Antiochus III:





There is evidence of a fire, smashed jugs and ballista stones.  Other evidence included a fish bowl and handles of wine containers:








The site then became the residence of Jews. The proof for that are mikvaot, coins of the Hasmonean dynasty, the Herodian dynasty as well as from the period of the Great Revolt against Rome, 67-70CE.

Archaeology - from then to today.

And there's this at Susiya, too.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rabbinical Students So Wrongheaded

In a publicly released statement, thirteen self-proclaimed rabbinical students of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary express disagreement with the decision taken by US President Donald Trump on Jerusalem.

Besides a bit of theology and morality, I found these examples of their political thinking:

...the president [who] called for a continued hope for a two-state solution...he has done nothing to show honest dedication to advancing such a goal...we expect the Jewish state to govern with this holy mandate of equality and humanity for all peoples in mind. We therefore envision a Judaism...and a State of Israel that heeds the cries of our Palestinian brothers and sisters who currently live with neither a path to citizenship nor self-determination.

That is just so wrong.

Trump visited the region, talked to Abbas, spoke with him in Washington, set up a special team - all to no avail.  Abbas doesn't want to compromise, doesn't want to negotiate and initiates moves that undermine the Oslo Accords as well as continuing to incite. 

Governing Israel does not mean that enemies gain equality while enemies.

Arabs who refer to themselves as Palestinians and who throw rocks, firebombs and shoot to kill are not brothers and sisters.  This statement allow Arab terrorists to be off the hook. They have no responsibility.  There is nothing in this statement that urges the Arabs to do something, to adopt a different position than what they have held for the past century.

This is shameful as a moral, ethical and religious stand not taken by these students.

And is is untrue that these Arabs have no path.

They were awarded an Authority in Judea and Samaria. Israel withdrew/disengaged from Gaza. Has terror halted? Has economic and social development been furthered? Have funds been devoted to improving their lives or endangering Jewish lives?

They were offered in 1977 a self-governing authority which, if accepted, would probably have led to s state by now.  They could form a confederation with Jordan, itself a Palestinian state territorially. They have options.  They could have not left Ehud Olmert's map on the table.  They could have accepted 97% of area at Camp David II.

If this is their knowledge of political and diplomatic history, I fear for their future congregations.

Their names:


Maya Zinkow 
Blair Nosan
Deborah Megdal
Abigail Weber
Jonathan Posner
Deena Cowans 
Margo Hughes-Robinson 
Kevin Peters
Viktoria Bedo
Shani Abramowitz 
Ben Freed
Jess Belasco
Raanan Mallek

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Did The CIA Do A Wet Job on Israel?

I went to this location on the CIA web site to search for a map of Israel.

And what did I find?

No Israel -




Huh?

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Arikat of the Press Room

There is, in the State Department press room, a representative of the Palestinian media.

Said Arikat.

The Washington Bureau Chief for the Jerusalem-based Palestinian newspaper al-Quds.  And he lectures at an university.  And he was Former UN Spokesman, Iraq.

His job seems mainly to be pushing an agenda.

Last Thursday, he was at it again at the briefing by Under-Secretary of State David Sauterfield, but his first attempt to grab the narrative went awry:

QUESTION: So on --
MS NAUERT: Hold on, hold on.
QUESTION: On the issue of East Jerusalem --
MS NAUERT: Excuse me, Said.
QUESTION: On being from East Jerusalem --
MS NAUERT: Excuse me, Said. I’ll just call on the questions, okay, since he doesn’t know anybody. Elise, go right ahead.
Eventually, he got his chance:

QUESTION: My name is Said Arikat. I just want to follow up on East Jerusalem because it is really – it’s not clear at all. Not in my mind. So what happens to the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem? Do they now become automatically Israeli citizens, would have full rights, and so on? What happens to 300,000 Palestinians?

AMBASSADOR SATTERFIELD: Said, the President’s proclamation yesterday, his decision, have no impact on those issues. He is recognizing a practical reality. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. And all of the other aspects – boundaries of sovereignty – we’re not taking a position. It’s for the sides to resolve.

QUESTION: So if you’ll just bear with me for a second. So why not say West Jerusalem? I mean, the Russians have done that. It did not cause any problem and so on. Or why don’t you say that this part, East Jerusalem, as been negotiated as you yourself have been involved for so many years, this portion is designated to become the capital of the Palestinian state?

AMBASSADOR SATTERFIELD: Said, the President’s decision speaks for itself. There are many words that are in his statement, in his remarks; there are words that aren’t. We recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. He didn’t go beyond that, and I’m not going to go beyond that.

And then was shut down:
QUESTION: Can you – can you share with us --

MS NAUERT: We need to move on (inaudible).

QUESTION: -- just one last thing?

MS NAUERT: Said, (inaudible).

QUESTION: Could you share with us, sir --

MS NAUERT: Said, (inaudible).

QUESTION: -- one national security interest of the United States that this recognition has served? Can you identify one national security interest of the United States that this recognition has identified?

AMBASSADOR SATTERFIELD: The President is committed to advancing a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. In his view upon reflection, this step, he believes, assists in that process. Full stop.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Eight Points on Jerusalem

Let's be concise:

1. No other people or nation has ever considered Jerusalem their capital city except the Jews.

2. The city is Jewish-connected for over 3000 years. In ancient history, all the foreign nations recognized that.

3. That Jewish connection is historical, religious, cultural and legal. There is a Biblical commandment to make a pilgrimage to the city.

4. The city was never divided - except under an illegal Jordanian occupation (which no one really complained about, oddly) and then for but 19 years. An "Arab East Jerusalem" is a fiction.

5. Despite a loss of political independence, Jews always either lived in the city whenever possible despite decrees banning such a presence or at least visited it.

6. By 1860, the city's majority population was Jewish.

7. Every facet of Jewish life, every central event is connected to Jerusalem, from weddings to Passover seders.

8. Even the infamous internationalization plan in the Partition recommendation of 1947 stipulated that after ten years, a referendum would take place so that the city's populace could decide to belong to the Arab or the Jewish state.

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