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William Mehlman:Out of the Fog of War

“The Jihadists do not hate the West because of Israel,” George Weigel, Senior Fellow at Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center observed in his brilliant 2009 updated book Faith, Reason, and The War Against Jihadism. “They hate Israel because it is part of the West, hence that standard Jihadist trope, ‘Zionist Crusaders.’“ If the unprovoked direction of 3,500 rockets – and counting — at Israel’s civilian population has failed to get Weigel’s message across, the West and the civilization it has created are in for a very rough ride.

In lockstep with ISIS, the malignant buds of a resurrected 7th Century Caliphate metastasizing its murderous way across the Middle East, we are stumbling into the “World War IV“ former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz warned about in his much criticized book of the same name. And for the second time in less than a century, the Jews, first as a sovereign-less mass spread across Europe, now as the nation-state of Israel, have been designated as stand-alone, stand-ins for a West ready to storm the barricades of delusional appeasement rather than lift a finger in its own defense. Israel, instead, is to face condign punishment for having defended itself against Hamas and Islamic Jihad, its self-anointed liquidators, by a Kangaroo court under the gavel of the United Nations Human Rights (sic) Council, which has, for all intents and purposes, already decided it is guilty of war crimes. This is the same body that put its imprimatur on the nefarious “Goldstone Report” following the 2008 conflict in Lebanon with Hezbollah. There are no plans at this writing for a UNHRC criminal investigation of either Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
Spain and the UK have already responded to Israel’s exercise of its right to strike back at the rocketeers in Gaza by terminating, in Spain’s case, all arms, and arms-related materiel to the Jewish state and severely limiting, in the UK’s case, shipments of ammunition and spare parts for some of the British tanks in the Israeli armada. France has laughingly countered Muslim and far-Left anti-Semitic lynch mobs threatening French Jews on the streets and in their synagogues by labeling the fledgling Jewish Defense League a “provocation.”

For its part, instead of leading an international effort to disarm the Iranian forward operating base known as Hamas, the Obama-Kerry team at this juncture appears to be focused on a back-door revival of the defunct “peace process” by spotting Mahmoud Abbas and his kleptocratic Palestinian Authority as trustees over the restabilization of Gaza and the curtailment of further deadly mischief on the part of its Hamas marriage partner. This, of course, Is tantamount to sending in the jackals to stand guard over the wolves. That it is favorably regarded by Justice Minister Tsipi Livni, whose staunch support of Security Council Resolution 1701 in 2006 was a factor in Hezbollah’s amassment of 100,000 rockets in Lebanon under the nose of UNIFIL, gives pause for thought about the ability of some in Israel to ever learn from past errors.


Rael Isaac: From the Editor

Kicking the Can Down the Road
Israel has agreed to a ceasefire. Negotiations are to proceed on Hamas’s demands for a seaport, an airport and the release of prisoners and on Israel’s demands for demilitarization of Gaza. Israel has already said it will not agree to a seaport and airport (avenues to flood Gaza with more lethal weaponry) without demilitarization. As for release of prisoners, Israel is always releasing terrorists so there Hamas should have easy sailing. Should Israel back down on the seaport and/or airport, Operation Protective Edge will have been a clearcut victory for Hamas, with all that means for destroying the remnants of Israeli deterrence.
Regarding demilitarization, a terror organization abolishes its raison d’etre? The only way that is going to happen is if Israel takes over the territory, i.e. it is clearly not going to happen.
So for those Israelis who will be told all is clear, head back to your homes in the south, the question will be “How long until the rockets fly again?”

Who is “Exploiting” the U.S.?
The U.S. is now demanding White House and State Department approval of hitherto routine munitions requests by Israel on the grounds—as reported in The Wall Street Journal—that Israel is exploiting (in the words of one official “playing” and “manipulating”) the United States.
This spurious accusation is the more striking when contrasted with the real exploitation of the American taxpayer by Afghanistan. Here are just a few of the details provided by the London Telegraph:
1) More money has been poured into “rebuilding” Afghanistan than into rebuilding Europe after World War II.
2) About 80% of the country is beyond reach of U.S. government monitors and large additional areas will also be off limits due to base closures and troop withdrawals according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.
3) A U.S. army analysis made public in April said: “Corruption directly threatens the viability and legitimacy of the Afghan state.”
4) Senior members of the Afghan government, including members of President Karsai’s family, have accrued vast wealth since 2001.
5) Despite $7.6 billion spent on counter-narcotics operations, opium production is now at record levels.
6) America and the EU spent over $3 billion building up the Afghan police force, yet 54,000 of these policemen are “ghosts,” paid each month, but non-existent.


Moshe Sharon: There is Nothing to Talk About

Editor’s note: This useful overview of the dangers facing Israel (and the West) was written prior to the current war with Hamas and the rise of ISIS (which is a rebranded and reinvigorated Al Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups to which Sharon refers in this article). The new developments only underscore the validity of Sharon’s title. Nonetheless negotiations will go on, to the detriment of Israel and her ability to survive in an intensely hostile environment where the commitments of the Arab-Muslim side are meaningless.

1. The trap
Two rings of mortal danger have been closing on Israel:
The narrower is the Middle Eastern Arab ring and the wider is the Islamic ring. These two rings, which share a common purpose, interact with each other and enjoy almost unlimited financial resources.

2. The Islamic ring

The Islamic ring is chiefly led by two states – Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia – and has offshoots in the form of terrorist organizations which appear under various names: among them are the Hezbollah, the Hamas and Al-Qaeda. These are only the currently best-known names, representing prongs of the Islamic offensive on Israel in the narrower ring and on Western (Christian) civilization in the wider one.
The Hezbollah and the Hamas (the first Shiite, the second Sunni) are only two of the organizations directly connected with Iran and share with it the goals of the rest of the Islamic terrorist organizations, a few of which are an integral part of the Palestinian Authority (like the Tanzim, the Aqsa Brigades, and many others). Of these organizations, the Hamas is the strongest, the most organized, most popular, and best equipped.


Matti Friedman:An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important. People were killed, most of them Palestinians, including many unarmed innocents. I wish I could say the tragedy of their deaths, or the deaths of Israel’s soldiers, will change something, that they mark a turning point. But they don’t. This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last. The Israeli campaign was little different in its execution from any other waged by a Western army against a similar enemy in recent years, except for the more immediate nature of the threat to a country’s own population, and the greater exertions, however futile, to avoid civilian deaths.

The lasting importance of this summer’s war, I believe, doesn’t lie in the war itself. It lies instead in the way the war has been described and responded to abroad, and the way this has laid bare the resurgence of an old, twisted pattern of thought and its migration from the margins to the mainstream of Western discourse—namely, a hostile obsession with Jews. The key to understanding this resurgence is not to be found among jihadi webmasters, basement conspiracy theorists, or radical activists. It is instead to be found first among the educated and respectable people who populate the international news industry; decent people, many of them, and some of them my former colleagues.

While global mania about Israeli actions has come to be taken for granted, it is actually the result of decisions made by individual human beings in positions of responsibility—in this case, journalists and editors. The world is not responding to events in Israel, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations. The key to understanding the strange nature of the response is thus to be found in the practice of journalism, and specifically in a severe malfunction that is occurring in that profession—my profession—here in Israel.


David Isaac : Chasing Peace- A Review of Caroline Glick’s Book “The Israeli Solution”

Caroline Glick is well known for the sound analysis, strategic thinking, and mental toughness she brings to her op-eds in The Jerusalem Post—which makes the title of her new book The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East all the more startling. It suggests a solution to a problem the tough-minded tend to view as insoluble.

Glick’s book is divided into three parts. The first delivers a stake through the heart of the near universally accepted “two-state solution.” The second—to this writer the most problematic—puts forward her own solution. The third argues the likely responses to that solution.
The author nails the chief problem with the two-state paradigm: The Palestinians don’t want it. They do not seek to live side by side with Israel. “Rather,” she writes “their principal goal has always been the destruction of Israel. For this reason, no amount of U.S. pressure and no Israeli concessions will bring peace.”

She offers a dramatic case in point. When Prime Minister Ehud Barak and subsequently Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered to return to the 1949 borders with only minor changes—offers so generous no future Israeli government could outdo them—the Palestinian leadership walked away in both cases.

Glick devotes a chapter to the supposed challenge of Palestinian demography, one of the key arguments of supporters of the two-state solution, and shows how this threat has been overblown, based on falsified numbers from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. Proportionately, it’s as if the U.S. Census Bureau grew the U.S. population by 162 million people, Glick writes.
The demographic analysis is crucial because Glick’s “solution” is to apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria (essentially annexing these territories) and she is prepared to offer the Arabs of Judea and Samaria Israeli citizenship. She admits this will “doubtlessly cause a host of difficulties for Israel” but, she says, unlike the two-state policy, “it is a viable, realistic option, not a pipe dream.”


Ruth King: Iam Loqui Latine (Speak Latin)

Latin was spoken throughout much of the Roman Empire for upwards of five hundred years. It was the language of orators, poets, playwrights and historians. Yet today the only large organization that retains Latin is the Catholic Church where it is the official language of the Holy See and spoken in masses, and rites. Latin is the primary language of the Roman Rota, the highest appellate court of the Roman church. And, by the way, Vatican City has the world’s only ATM with instructions in Latin.
However, as the language of daily life, Latin has ceased to exist.
Imaginare! What if a Catholic intellectual and philologist (philologist comes from the Latin philologia, a love of learning) suddenly decided to renew Latin as a vernacular language to be spoken by all Catholics?

Nequeo (Latin for impossible) you say?

Well something just as improbable was actually done with Hebrew.

Eliezer Ben Yehuda ( b. Lithuania 1858–d. Jerusalem 1922) was the driving spirit behind the revival of Hebrew in the modern era.
In 1858 Hebrew was mostly relegated to the reading of the holy books. By 1922, when Ben Yehuda died, it had become the recognized language of Palestinian Jews.
Today 8,000,000 people, including Israeli Arabs, speak, read, write, bicker, joke, shop and perform all diurnal duties in Hebrew.

Please see David Isaac’s outstanding series “Zionism 101”http://www.zionism101.org/,and its episode on Ben Yehuda . Also read Norman Berdichevsky’s Modern Hebrew, the Past and Future of a Revitalized Language
Ludei (Latin for Jews) should be mighty proud of this miraculous achievement.


Ruth King: Short Memories And Willful Ignorance – Jihadist Brutalities

James Foley’s brutal beheading shocked us, but should not have surprised us.

In 1977, a Saudi princess forcibly married to an older man committed adultery with a young Saudi boy and was sentenced to death by her grandfather. She was shot and her lover was beheaded in a public square in Jeddah. In 1980 the tragedy was made into a documentary “Death of a Princess.” The film aired in Great Britain, and almost immediately Riyadh expelled the British ambassador and implemented boycotts of British products.

In America, the documentary was also shown in 1980 and oil companies and State Department Arabists including John West, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, made yeoman efforts to suppress it and stop distribution.

In February 2002, only months after 9/11, Daniel Pearl, an American journalist was kidnapped in Pakistan and beheaded in a taped video.

Nicholas “Nick” Berg was an American businessman who went to Iraq after the US invasion. He was also beheaded in a taped video in May 2004.

“Honor” killings, equally brutal and performed by close relatives, have been performed by Moslem families here in the United States, not to mention worldwide.

For a few days in August, the media was focused on the Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar in Northwest Iraq. The Yazidis are an indigenous, pre-Islamic religious minority whose syncretic beliefs derive, in part, from Zoroastrianism. The humanitarian crisis was shocking, but, again, hardly surprising. Seven years earlier, in August 2007, suicide bombers killed at least 500 people in two villages almost entirely populated by Yazidis. Guardian journalist Michael Howard described the atrocities at the time:

“’The Islamic terrorists had made it very clear that they wanted to see rivers of Yezidi blood,’” said Prince Tahseen. But no one, least of all the US army, which is nominally in control of the region, was listening. ‘I’m sure it will happen again unless we take steps to protect ourselves,’ he said. ‘We are a peaceful people. We don’t have force of arms. The only protection for all the Yezidis is to be part of the Kurdish self-rule zone.’”


Editor: Rael Jean Isaac
Editorial Board: Herbert Zweibon, Ruth King

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