DECEMBER 2014 MIDEAST OUTPOST

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‘Area C’ Blues William Mehlman

If should come as little surprise that Zehava GaL-On, the highly vocal leader of Meretz, the furthest Left of Israel’s ostensibly Zionist parties, was the first voice raised in response to a bill submitted to the Knesset by MK’s Yariv Levin (Likud) and Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) that would extend Israeli law to the 350,000 Jewish citizens of “Area C”, the 60 percent of Judea and Samaria under the full civil and military control of the IDF. With MK Gal-On’s de rigueur denunciation of the measure as a “malignant combination of annexation and apartheid” certain to be followed by a chorus from the “Center-Left” and studied indifference by the prime minister, it would beggar the courage of a Mississippi Riverboat gambler to put any money on its chances of passage.

Excepting Meretz, the Arab parties and Labor’s and Yesh Atid’s most afflicted doves, that fact should be sending chills down the spines of the rest of the Knesset’s members because Area C is in growing danger of a de facto Fatah takeover, generously financed by the European Union, the U.S. and the Persian Gulf Emirates. “Regavim,” the research-based think tank and NGO watchdog over Jewish national property rights in Judea and Samaria, is about to release a report that will blow the lid off the notion that Area C’s destiny is under Israel’s tight control. It will cite “tens of cases” in which the EU has “actively changed facts on the ground to unilaterally harm Israel in final status talks with the Palestinians.” In the coming weeks, avers Ari Briggs, Regavim’s International Director, “we will present evidence of over 90 structures that have been built by the EU in contravention of the Oslo

Accords and all international agreements. We have highlighted this to our government and call upon the EU to stop this blatant violation of Israeli sovereignty immediately.”
There’s been no response from either the government or the Israel Civil Administration (ICA) charged with implementing policy in Judea and Samaria to an “official letter” from Regavim specifying its findings. Their nature, however, can be surmised from the NGO’s previous exposure of construction activity, “legal” and illegal, by the Palestinian Authority and its international – predominantly European – patrons. To cite just four examples:
*An environmentally questionable landfill site in Area C for the collection of waste from Palestinian-controlled Areas A and B, funded by Deutsche Bank. Landfills are banned in Germany but the ICA has given this one a nod despite the filing of over 100 objections.
*The illegal expansion of the Arab town of Al-Bireh into Area C, accompanied by unauthorized roads intended to bypass Israeli checkpoints. The clear objective is the creation of a chokehold around Psagot, the central Jewish community of the Binyamin Regional Council.
*Retroactive ICA approval, under international pressure, of a Palestinian soccer stadium within a five-minute walk of Psagot.
*ICA approval of the new Palestinian town of Nu’ema in the Jordan Valley with a “gift” of 500 acres of state land, most of which has been incrementally stolen by Arab renegades over the past few years. This is the same Jordan Valley Israel regards as a sine qua non to its defense against invasion and terror infiltration from the east.

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From the Editor

Holding Pollard for Ransom

Pirates and terrorists still hold individuals for ransom. For political leaders to do so in this day and age seems unthinkable. Yet there is no plausible explanation for the refusal of the Obama administration to release Jonathan Pollard other than that it hopes to extract major territorial and other concessions from Israel in exchange for his freedom.
Eight former senior U.S. officials, each of them fully familiar with the classified documents in the Pollard file, including three former heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a former head of the CIA and a former National Security Adviser, have made public a copy of their letter to Obama strongly protesting “the unjust denial of parole to Jonathan Pollard” and “the deeply flawed process” by which the decision was made. A few excerpts:
“The Parole Commission decision document mischaracterizes Mr. Pollard’s actions and makes a patently false claim upon which it bases its denial of parole.
“The Commission’s allegation that Mr. Pollard’s espionage ‘was the greatest compromise of US security to that date’ is false; and not supported by any evidence in the public record or the classified file. Yet it was this fiction that the Parole Commission cited to deny parole.
“We have learned that at the parole hearing, the government relied heavily on a stale, largely discredited, 28-year old classified memorandum written by former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, without any scrutiny or rebuttal since Pollard’s security-cleared attorneys were denied access to the document and the Parole Commission is not cleared to review it.
“Weinberger himself discounted his original damage assessment of the Pollard case in a 2002 interview when he stated that the Pollard case had been exaggerated out of all proportion and that it was in fact ‘a very minor matter but made very important.’
“The unreliability of the 1987 Weinberger document was known to and ignored by the Parole Commission. Worse, the Parole Commission ignored all other documentary evidence that mitigates in favor of Mr. Pollard’s immediate release.
“As we have indicated in previous communications to you, Mr. President, Jonathan Pollard’s sentence is grossly disproportionate. All factors considered, including his comportment as a model prisoner for nearly three decades, Mr. Pollard’s unconditional release (let alone his release on parole, which does not address the disproportionality of his sentence) is long overdue. Copies of our previous letters to you, urging Mr. Pollard’s release were included in his parole submission and ignored.
“Denying a man his freedom based on a claim of damage that is patently false while ignoring exculpatory documentary evidence and hiding behind a veil of secret evidence is neither fair nor just, and it simply is not the American way.”

Eyes Fast Shut

Past President Shimon Peres not only spouts dangerous absurdities, he recycles them. This month he told Jewish diaspora leaders: “You have to close your eyes” to make peace. Over fifteen years ago he waxed lyrical on the same theme (Jerusalem Report, May 1, 1997): “In Argentina, the home of the tango, you know that in order to dance well you have to close your eyes and let the romance begin…Peace is a romantic process.”
Still absorbed in his shut-your-eyes, bathe in your delusions peace process, Peres expresses bewilderment to those same diaspora leaders: “Nobody in this world understands what are Hamas’ goals and why it continues to fire missiles.” Romantically tango-ing away, Peres has apparently never noticed he had no dance partner and never bothered to read the Hamas Covenant; if he had, he would have realized that why Hamas fires missiles into Israel is anything but mysterious.

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Israel Supporters Fight Back Against the Boycotters Nick Gray

(Editor’s Note: As England sinks into a bog of Israel-hatred and outright anti-Semitism–the House of Commons recently voted by a lopsided 274-12 to recognize the non-existent state of “Palestine”– it is important to note that Israel still has friends who stand firm. Just as in the darkest days of the Mandate, when a few staunch friends stood out, men like Josiah Wedgwood, Richard Crossman and Orde Wingate, so today people like Nick Gray, Director of Christian Middle East Watch, should be celebrated.)

The supposedly pro-Palestinian Boycott Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement frequently makes the news with its aggressive and counter-productive antics in stores and on the streets. But supporters of Israel, both Jewish and Christian, are fighting back.

It’s a common joke in the pro-Israel community that there are fewer and fewer things that BDS supporters can eat, use or be treated with without infringing their own “never buy Israel” mantras.
BDS purists have (or should have!) banned themselves from using mobile phones, receiving the best heart treatments in hospital or enjoying the delights of cherry tomatoes or Medjool dates (both of them yummy as well as healthy and produced in Israel).

Just so BDS supporters can check themselves on their way to go shopping, there’s now an app for that. “Am Israel Buy” (a play on the Hebrew phrase “the people of Israel live”) is a compendium of Israeli-sourced foods, cosmetics, clothing and even books about Israel, most of which can be ordered online from your phone (oops, sorry Mr BDS, you shouldn’t be using your Smart Phone with its Israeli-invented voicemail and SMS).

The Am Yisrael Buy app is available on most mobile platforms, so go buy.

While we’re talking apps, canny supporters of Israeli products can use the software boycotters themselves use as they avoid the same items! www.buycott.com is the home of the “Buycott” app, which allows you to scan barcodes with your phone to detect products you want or don’t want to buy.
Campaigns you can join include avoiding Chinese potatoes and Johnson’s Baby Powder (no, I don’t know why either) and, of course, a good number to either avoid or buy products from Israel or the settlements. Buycott is also available on most mobile platforms.

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) is one of the largest of the Christian pro-Israel organisations and hosts Israel’s biggest annual tourist event, the Christian Feast of Tabernacles. At this year’s event, attended by some 4,500 international delegates from 80 nations, ICEJ launched The Israel Buyer’s Guide, an annual publication in print or as a pdf download, in conjunction with the Israel Manufacturer’s Association.
At the launch, ICEJ Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Bühler said,

“In spite of all the challenges which Israel faces, it is rightly known today as the ‘Start-Up Nation’, making immense contributions to the world in the fields of medicine, science and technology, and serving as a major engine of the digital age… Through our new Israel Buyer’s Guide, we want to better inform Christians on how they can find and purchase Israeli goods and innovations abroad while also bolstering the Israeli economy.”

Dr Bühler also highlighted the Buyer’s Guide as a counter to the BDS Movement’s attempts to strangle Israel economically by persuading people to boycott Israeli products.
On another front HaTikvah Film Trust, a British Christian media organisation that makes documentary films, has produced a 23 minute expose (available on YouTube) of Britain’s betrayal of the Jewish people by abusing the Mandate given to her to encourage Jewish settlement in Palestine after World War One.

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In This Struggle, Israel Can Prevail Mordechai Kedar

During these difficult days of increasing terror, the most urgent question is: What can we do in order to cope optimally with the growing terrorist violence in Israel, knowing that behind the scenes there are several players who are expending intense efforts to bring about an explosion.

Leading the pack is Hamas, whose goal is to become the undisputed leader of the Palestinian Arabs at the expense of the Palestinian Authority – and, for good measure, giving Egypt’s Sisi something to remember.
Supporting Hamas is a coalition composed of Qatar and Turkey, with unlimited sources of funds.

The PLO, at the same time, is trying to hold on to first place and cannot allow itself to appear less extreme than Hamas, for fear it will be accused of cooperating with Israel. This is the origin of the two-faced behavior of the PA: on the one hand, it presents a cooperative face to Israel and on the other hand, it stabs Israel in the back, through incitement and education, on the street and in international forums.
Qatar bases its standing in the Arab world and the West by pouring oil on the fire, exactly as it does with Islamic State. Hypocritically, in the usual Qatari fashion, it funds Islamic state while, as part of the Western coalition, it expresses support for those who fight it.

Behind the scenes of the growing terror Israel faces stands Islamic State, the model for successful battles against the enemies of Islam: massacre the enemy, act with extreme violence and use fast vehicles that give the impression of Jihad’s sweeping, advancing victory. The murderers who entered the Jerusalem Synagogue did not bring long butcher’s cleavers for nothing.

The answer:
The time for politically correct euphemisms is over and the unpleasant truth must be told as it is.

1. Israel must say emphatically: the Palestinian Authority established on the basis of the Oslo Accords is an enemy entity, an enemy whose goal is establishing an Arab state in place of Israel, not alongside Israel, but on its ruins. That is the reason the Oslo Accords were violated so blatantly and thoroughly by the other side, resulting in them being declared null and void..
In addition, Israel must cease funding the PA on the basis of economic agreements derived from the Oslo Accords. There is no other country that funds an enemy entity, and there is no reason for Israel to be the only country that acts in such a delusional manner.

The government of Israel must condemn those among us who were instrumental in giving us the “New Middle East”, even those who once held posts of high honor.

2. Israel must announce as clearly as possible that Jerusalem is not a subject in any negotiations with anyone. It was never the capital of any entity connected to the Arab or Islamic world and was never ruled by a king, sultan, emir or caliph, so that there is no historical or legal basis for demanding that it be the capital of any state other than Israel.

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The Temple Mount: In Whose Hands? The Reason Jews Can’t Pray at Judaism’s Holiest Site Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

The irony went largely unnoticed. On October 29, an Israeli rabbi and tour guide was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt several steps away from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. On the entrance walls to that building, boldly emblazoned, are these stirring words by the man whose legacy the Center honors:
“Not by the right of might have we returned to the land of our forefathers but by the might of right. . . . And therein, all of its inhabitants, the citizen as well as the resident, will live in freedom and justice, in solidarity and peace.”

The victim of the attack has long advocated that both Jews and Muslims be allowed to pray, in freedom and peace, on the Temple Mount, a site sacred to both faiths and the locus of Jewish aspiration for millennia. In doing so, he has championed not might but right: in a Jewish state that serves as an island of liberty in the Middle East, why should Jews be the only citizens deprived of the right to pray at what is their faith’s holiest site?
Those who speak out on this matter have been labeled by some in the Israeli and Western media as “extremists” and inciters of violence. Meanwhile, the would-be assassin has been celebrated as a hero not only by Hamas, with which his family is connected, but also by the leader of the Palestinian Authority. Two days after the October 29 incident, Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, reaffirmed his support for what is known as the “status quo”—the arrangement according to which Jews are allowed to visit but forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount.

As the days pass and the situation in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel has become more volatile—and more violent—other government figures, including Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, have reiterated that in today’s tense circumstances, Jews should refrain from visiting the Temple Mount. Yaalon’s concerns are understandably prudential. Still, as this latest chapter in a dispiriting story continues, it may be worth setting the issue of prayer on the Temple Mount in context.

The story begins, oddly enough, at Israel’s most triumphant moment. On June 7, 1967, Day 3 of the Six-Day War, the exultant cry of Lt. Gen. Mordechai (“Motta”) Gur—“the Temple Mount is in our hands!”—rang throughout the land. At war’s end, with the whole city of Jerusalem reclaimed and reunited under Israeli sovereignty, authorities faced the question of what to do about the Mount.
At the time, religious management of the site had long been delegated to the Jordanian clerical leadership known as the Waqf. Although Jewish religious law (halakhah) forbids Jews from visiting certain parts of the Mount—the most sacrosanct areas associated with the original Temple of King Solomon—the northern and southern portions of the current space atop the Mount are much later extensions, dating from the time of Roman rule.

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Ambassador Prosor Addresses UN General Assembly

(Editor’s note: This speech by Ambassador Prosor to the UN has been rightly praised and widely circulated by friends of Israel. It is a rare rush of bracing air in the putrid atmosphere of the UN. It is a modern J’Accuse against the defamers of the state of the Jews that has the same power as the original J’Accuse which exposed the dishonesty and hypocrisy of those who defamed Dreyfus, a single Jew.

This makes it more the pity that the end of this wonderful speech undercuts all that has gone before. The last lines are false. The right of return is not “the major obstacle to any peace agreement.” That demand is merely a symptom of the fundamental refusal to accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish state–which Prosor himself has rightly identified as the central issue. In complaining of the “premature” recognition by Europeans of a Palestinian state, Prosor implicitly endorses the “two state solution,” which has endlessly failed for a reason: the Palestinian authority is determined to replace Israel rather than coexist with her. Prosor ends by calling on the UN to demand that the Palestinian Authority break with Hamas and return to the negotiating table with Israel, thus paving the way “to real and lasting peace.”

This is absurd. Earlier in the speech Prosor has rightly placed the Palestinian Authority in the same category as Hamas, accusing it of leading the campaign of incitement against Israel. So what is the point of yet another necessarily fruitless round of pretend-negotiations?

How should Prosor have concluded his speech? With what he had said earlier: “Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy?” He should have added that all UN members–not “some” of them–are pursuing this with their “consensus” goal of a two-state solution. Prosor should have concluded that there are no quick and easy formulas. The Middle East awaits is a total transformation of Islamic values and attitudes, and until such time as this occurs, Israel will defend itself and its borders. Prosor should have called on any members of the UN who value moral clarity to join with Israel in what is likely to be a prolonged existential struggle. R.J.I.

“I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside.

The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity. The result isn’t realpolitik, its surrealpolitik.
The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.

How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.

I stand before you to speak the truth. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a percent are truly free–and they are all citizens of Israel. Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court. Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms.

Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel.

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Baroness Cox Ruth King

The British are like the proverbial girl with a curl. When she was good she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was horrid. History is replete with examples of horrid behavior by England. In the Middle East her betrayal of the Mandate as well as her post war treatment of the survivors of the death camps struggling to reach Palestine rivals the cruelty and evil cunning of the worst of the Tudors.
However, when the British are good, they are magnificent. One thinks of Lord Balfour, Lord Shaftesbury, Lord Palmerston, Josiah Wedgewood, Lloyd George, Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson, Orde Wingate, George Eliot and Henry Lewes, to name only a few. For a more complete overview of Britain’s Christian Zionists go to zionism101.org.

Among contemporary British supporters of Israel, to whom we are all indebted, there is the Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the British House of Lords. The daughter of a prominent surgeon, Caroline Anne McNeill Love became a registered nurse before her marriage to Dr. Murray Newall Cox in 1959. She continued her studies, culminating in a master’s degree in sociology from London University. Her academic achievements are solid but it is her political courage and activism that make her remarkable.

During the Cold War she was an outspoken anti-Communist who defended the cause of prominent Russian dissidents. In 1975, with Keith Jackson, she co-authored “Rape of Reason- The Corruption of the Polytechnic of North London” exposing the growing communist activity and indoctrination at the university where she was head lecturer in Sociology.
Her peerage was announced in 1982 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 1985 she became Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, a position she retained until 2006.

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NOVEMBER 2014 MIDEAST OUTPOST

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Editorial Board: Ruth King, Rita Kramer

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ZIONISM 101 HERZL PART THREE

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