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NOVEMBER 2015 MIDEAST OUTPOST ONLINE

Outpost
Editor: Rael Jean Isaac
Editorial Board: Ruth King, Rita Kramer

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Herbert Zweibon’s Last Project:

A new video has gone up at Zionism101.org:

“Israel’s War of Independence Part 3: Victory” depicts the period from the first truce on June 11th, 1948 to the war’s end. From the moment the truce ends on July 8th, the initiative passes to Israel’s hands. The ensuing battles will lead to victory but at great cost.
You can see it directly via the following link:

http://zionism101.org/NewestVideoVimeo.aspx

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Kitchen-Knife Intifada : William Mehlman

The notion across much of the political spectrum that Benjamin Netanyahu is bereft of a “strategy” for dealing with the murderous crusade being waged against Israel’s citizenry by knife-wielding Arab juveniles is entirely misinformed. In fact, the prime minister’s strategy should be clear by now to everyone. He is determined to snuff this fire out with a blanket of overwhelming police and IDF force and as few casualties as circumstances will allow while employing every economic and political lever against the perpetrators and their families. These include loss of all state welfare benefits, child allowances and ultimately citizenship for the Israeli Arabs among them. And for the Palestinians caught in the police-IDF net, a ban against any further employment in Israel. That’s known as getting their attention.

Putting it in sports jargon, an obvious second element of Netanyahu’s strategy is “playing out the clock.” The “clock” in this case is the 12 months to a November 4, 2016 U.S. national election that should substantially limit the ability of even the most agenda-driven administration to encumber its successor with policies and positions it may not ascribe to. Hopefully, it will never ascribe to Secretary of State John Kerry’s outrageous suggestion that alleged expanded Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria helped trigger the knife and hand gun assaults that (at this writing) have killed nine Israelis and wounded more than 30 others. First of all, Israeli housing construction in Judea and Samaria is at an all-time nadir. Secondly, in trying to walk back his remarks, Mr.Kerry only underscored them by reverting to the tried and patently untrue “both sides” moral equivalency hokum that has characterized his tenure at the State Department.

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From the Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

We Don’t Run
Hats off to Jon Bon Jovi, who not only defied the boycotters to perform in Israel but dedicated a song to Israel whose title summed up his sentiments–We Don’t Run. Even as terrorists were stabbing a Jewish toddler in the latest outburst of Arab violence, Bon Jovi told the audience: “This should be the fight song for Tel Aviv. It’s chorus is:
We don’t run
I’m standing my ground
We don’t run
And we don’t back down
There’s fire in the sky
There’s thunder on the mountains
Bless each tear and this dirt I was born in, (run)
We don’t run
We don’t run

There was more welcome push-back against the boycotters as 151 members of Britain’s cultural and political elite, among them Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and 14 members of Parliament, signed a letter to the editor on October 23 denouncing boycotts of Israel in the Guardian. (The Guardian, formerly the Manchester Guardian, whose editor was Chaim Weizmann’s chief champion in furthering what would become the Balfour Declaration, has become an anti-Israel hate-sheet so it must have pained the editors to publish the letter.)

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Mama Merkel and the Immigration Invasion of Germany : Rael Jean Isaac

On Oct. 20, months after the “immigration invasion” of Europe began — whose long term impact goes far beyond temporary obsessions like email servers and Benghazi — one of the Wall Street Journal’s chief pundits finally addressed the subject. Bret Stephens wrote an op-ed, “In Defense of Christendom.” The reason for the long silence is not hard to guess. The Wall Street Journal has long been wedded to the notion of open borders. Never mind that Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the paper almost twenty years ago “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.” The Journal has remained deaf to Friedman’s irrefutable argument that in a redistributionist state, unlimited immigration, with its unlimited demands on the public purse, at minimum will destroy limited government.

So how should the socially conservative editorial page react to open borders in action? In theory this was fine. Yet there was something deeply troubling about millions of Muslims invading Europe’s richest welfare states, with no end in sight. As the King of Siam would say, it was a puzzlement.

Stephens finally ended the embarrassing silence. He ignored the economic impact and focused on what is in truth the most important danger to which this migration contributes: the destruction of European civilization. Stephens treats the immigrant invasion as what he calls “a stiff breeze” in a civilization that has already lost its moral compass. No longer believing in the sources from which their comfortable beliefs in human rights, peace, progress, spring — Judaism, Christianity, the Enlightenment, capitalism, etc. — they have lost the capacity for what Pope Benedict called “self-love.” Stephens is by no means the first to make this point. Nobel Prize for Literature winner Imre Kertesz more than a decade ago identified “suicidal liberalism” as Europe’s dominant set of values, leaving it “wide open to Islam.”

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If There is a Third Intifada, We Want to Be the Ones Who Started: It Edward Alexander

“The most ghastly incident was at Hebron. There was a Jewish population there of over 700 people, an ancient community centred on a Talmudical college. Armed bands intent on slaughter reached Hebron on the 24th [August 1929]. The police were Arab and they stood passively by while their fellow Moslems moved into the town and to deeds which would have been revolting among animals. There was an inn…where some Jews had fled for safety. The Arabs killed and dismembered 23 of them with daggers and axes in an upper room, so that, according to a witness, blood ran down the stairs and soaked through the ceiling… This was not half of the crime…” (Christopher Sykes, Cross Roads to Israel: Palestine from Balfour to Bevin [Collins, 1965], pp. 118-19.)

Since one explanation of the recent “knifing intifada” is that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has encouraged (if not actually started) the killing — in order to extract from Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama every concession imaginable from an administration that believes “settlements” are not only “Illegal” but also the sole and always justifying cause of Arab and Muslim violence against Jews — in Israel and also across Europe, it is time for a history lesson.

In 1929, there were no “occupied territories” or “illegal settlements.” Indeed, there was no Jewish (or Arab) state in British Mandatory Palestine at all, and the Jewish population of Hebron was largely a non-Zionist one. Nevertheless, Arab hysteria about “the Wailing Wall” — as the British authorities called the Temple Mount area, Judaism’s holiest site — had ignited Muslim fury against the Jews.

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The Two-State Solution Is in Stalemate. What Can Israel Do to Prevail? Part 2 : Evelyn Gordon

Editors note: This is the second part (slightly edited) of Evelyn Gordon’s article which appeared in Mosaic Magazine of September 2015.. The first part was in last month’s Outpost.

But selling yourself is only half the public-diplomacy battle; the other half is discrediting your opponent. You’ll never hear Palestinian officials talk about Israel’s peacemaking bona fides, let alone about Israeli rights; Palestinians talk only about their own rights, while consistently accusing Israel of every crime known to mankind. Once again, however, Israel frequently does the opposite. Israeli leaders speak constantly of the need to “end the occupation” and the Palestinians’ “right” to a state; they also routinely laud PA President Mahmoud Abbas as a “partner for peace.”
This habit has badly undermined the credibility of Israel’s own case and has inevitably led much if not most of the world to place blame for the lack of peace on Israel’s doorstep. After all, if both sides agree that the PA wants peace, the Palestinians must be right to point the finger of blame at Israeli malfeasance. And even when Israel does try to call out the PA’s misbehavior and repeated bad faith, its inconsistent messaging makes it hard for people to take it seriously. Why, for instance, would anyone believe the (accurate) contention that Abbas has fled every proposed deal when Israel itself has repeatedly proclaimed him sincere in his desire for peace?

Similarly, and more damaging, most of the world now regards Israel as occupying stolen Palestinian land. And why not? For two decades, Israel has downplayed its own legal claim to the West Bank and Gaza in order to promote Palestinian statehood there. This is a critical issue, because if Israel is a thief, it has no right to retain any of its stolen land or impose conditions on the return of that land to its rightful owners. By contrast, were it to be seen, rightly, as generously offering the Palestinians some of its own territory for the sake of peace, it would be in a better position to defend its right to retain certain areas for the sake of its security or impose conditions on their transfer.

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Sweden Close to Collapse : Ingrid Carlqvist

Sweden is fast approaching a complete collapse. More and more municipalities are raising the alarm that if the migrants keep coming at this pace, the government can no longer guarantee normal service to its citizens. In addition, ominous statements from government officials have left Swedes in fear of what tomorrow may bring. If the migrant wave keeps coming, in 10-15 years, Swedes will be a minority in their own country.

At a press conference October 9, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said that Sweden is in a state of crisis. However, when asked to clarify what he meant by this, Löfven was unable to produce a single coherent sentence.

“Yes, well first of all we, we are in the middle of what I mean seriously when I’m saying, when I express a, a big thank you to all the people doing such a great job, because it is a humanitarian effort, it’s just as the Minister for Justice and Migration just said. What we are actually doing is that we are saving lives when people who come from bombs, from, from killing, from oppression, their lives are shattered. We, we help them and that is a, that is a great humanitarian effort,. and of course now that we can see the number of people who need it… And that we are facing a crisis situation, that is in part why I, we are outlining today that we are also preparing for a situation where we may need to house people in tents, because we stand up with the humanitarian refugee policy, right of asylum, but we can now also see that we cannot close our eyes to the fact that there are more coming than ever in such a short time, and we need to provide a roof over their heads. Then it is — other things may be required.”

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In Praise of a Great Man: Ruth King

Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), (originally Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl), was a Hungarian-born journalist who became the founding father of modern political Zionism. The narrative of his life gives the lie to the ahistorical canard that Zionism evolved from the ashes of the Holocaust.

In 1882, Herzl, a secular and cosmopolitan Jew, encountered anti-Semitism while a student in the University of Vienna and withdrew from his fraternity when it took part in an anti-Jewish demonstration.

Becoming a successful writer and playwright, he only became preoccupied with the fate of the Jews a decade later.

It was the Dreyfus trial that would bring Herzl to the Zionist solution. In 1894, in France, in a gross miscarriage of justice, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island in French Guiana for allegedly communicating French military secrets to the Germans. He would remain there for five years.

Herzl covered the trial as a journalist and was initially neutral. But when he saw the trial, learned that evidence of Dreyfus’s innocence had been suppressed, and heard shouts of “Death to the Jews” coming from French citizens, he understood that “egalite and fraternite”, the slogans of the French Revolution, did not extend to Jews.

Outpost

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

Outpost is distributed free to
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