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DECEMBER 2015 MIDEAST OUTPOST ONLINE

We wish all our supporters and readers and friends a very happy holiday season with anticipation that a new year will bring better news to America and Israel.

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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:

“Ben-Gurion Part 1: Small Beginnings” depicts the early years of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. It is the first of a 4-part series on Ben-Gurion. As part of our ongoing work to present a first-rate educational resource on Zionism, we are redoing our “Founding Fathers” course in order to raise the quality to the level of our subsequent films.

You can see it directly via the following link:
http://zionism101.org/NewestVideoVimeo.aspx

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A Blow for the ‘People’s Trust’ by William Mehlman

Moshe Dayan famously remarked upon assuming southern district command of the disparate forces that had snatched a victory for Israel in its 1948-49 War of Independence that he was going to “beat the cleverness” out of its seat-of-the-pants warriors and turn them into a “real army.” His subsequent checkered career notwithstanding, the patch-eyed valedictorian of Orde Wingate’s 1930s academy of young sabra “lions” succeeded at this task with exemplary virtuosity.

Lt. General Gadi Eisenkot, the Israel Defense Forces’ feisty new Chief of General Staff, hasn’t billed himself as the second coming of Moshe Dayan. However, with his public release of “IDF Strategy,” a 33-page manual detailing the furthest-reaching redefinition in decades of the strategic aims of the Middle East’s premiere fighting force, he appears to have been channeling the man who set the tone for that force 60 years ago.

Perusals of “IDF Strategy” have tempted some experts to regard it as a kind of “declaration of independent judgment” on the part of the military. While duly underscoring the IDF’s subordination to the will of a democratically elected civil governing authority, Eisenkot is viewed by YNet News’ Alex Fishman, among others, as being simultaneously engaged in a ground-breaking effort to convince Israel’s political echelon to “see things his way.” The document significantly proffers no elucidation of which “way” the chief of staff might be going in response to a nascent nuclear Iran, limiting itself, perhaps for security reasons, to a description of the Islamic Republic as an exporter of terror and Hezbollah’s puppet- master. It pulls no punches, however, in respect to the other threats Israel faces over the next five years and the kind of IDF needed to deal with them. Moreover, Eisenkot appears to have won his case. “The IDF,” Fishman avers, “received a de facto green light to pursue its strategic vision the moment the document was approved [for publication] by the prime minister and the defense minister.”

In context, “IDF Strategy” projects the transformation of the IDF into what Amir Rappaport writing in Israel Defense has termed a “technological war machine” grounded in state-of-the-art communications networking capable of linking resources in the air, at sea and on land. Eisenkot will be assigning top priority to an overhaul of an IDF ground army long neglected in the rush to build a submarine-based navy, the most powerful fleet of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (drones) in the Middle East and an air force financially capable of taking delivery of up to 50 copies of the world’s most sophisticated fighter airplane, the stealth-endowed F-35. “The old order in the Middle East has collapsed,” Eisenkot asserts. Faster, indeed, than anyone would have imagined as the “Arab Spring” of 2010 has morphed into the unrestrained chaos of 2015. The massive land wars of armies against armies, tanks against tanks, nations against nations are history. The enemy is no longer a barely recognizable Syria, an Iraq in denominational self-destruct or an Egypt trying to regain some semblance of economic equilibrium while dealing with a terrorist affiliate running amok in the Sinai. The enemy is now ISIS, Jabba al-Nustra, Bakr al-Baghdadi and whatever free-floating menace tomorrow may bring. They make Hamas and Hezbollah look almost stable by comparison.

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From the Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

Eagles of Death Metal

The title of this U.S. rock band is not the most fortunate, given what happened at their performance at the Bataclan. But the group has thus far been commendable for its political courage—these days apparently the hardest kind to muster. Defying BDS pressures rampant in the entertainment sector, the band performed in Tel Aviv last July and promised to return this summer. Frontman Jesse Hughes told the Israeli audience that the band had received a letter from former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters asking them to keep away. Hughes’ response: “Ain’t nobody gonna keep me from my people here in Tel Aviv.”

Hungary Says No to EU
Yes, Hungary’s Victor Orban is not a favorite among Jews. But while the EU gangs up against Israel to force special labels on products from outside the 1949 Green Line, Hungary is a lone stand-out. Its Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has called the EU guidelines “irrational” and declared it will not conform to them.
There is much to praise in Hungary’s refusal to bow to suicidal EU policies. Szijjarto singled out mass migration as “the greatest challenge that the EU has had to face since its foundation.” And he doesn’t define the challenge, as so many of Europe’s leaders do, as being how to embrace or distribute the migrants. The challenge cannot be addressed because of political correctness, says Szijjarto: “This is not a refugee crisis. This is mass migration with an unlimited supply.” He notes there are currently 30 to 35 million people living in war-torn areas, in poverty and under dictatorships “who could suddenly hit the road.” Hungary has been under bitter attack by the EU for building fences with Croatia and Serbia, but as a result it is the rare EU country that controls its borders.
Europe does not even have any way to deport large numbers of failed asylum seekers. Richard Fernandez points out in PajamasMedia (Nov. 14) that a migration summit in Malta ended in farce after African countries rejected a plan to take back such migrants even though EU leaders offered them more than a billion euros in aid to do so. Fernandez sums up: “The dilemma the West now faces is that it cannot survive on the basis of the platform which its elites have carefully constructed since World War II. They are being beaten to death with their own lofty statements….The good news is that the West must soon squarely face choices it has been avoiding until now. The bad news is that nothing will escape unscathed.”

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The Litman Murders: The Untold Story Of An Empty Wedding Hall by Varda Epstein

The media is a heartless and fickle lover, capable of dismissing the heartache and drama of one story over another, because of the way the winds of opinion blow or because the scale of one story is enough to eclipse the smaller one.

Yes. A coordinated attack on three places in which over one hundred people are killed is going to trump a story in which only two people are killed in a place where terror is par for the course, the dues Jews pay for living in their ancestral homeland.
And yet, it is a terrible thing that happened here in Israel and in a way, the intimate story of what happened to two could and would grab the heart in a way that the death of over one hundred anonymous people never could, if only the facts were known. If only the media chose to broadcast what happened on a late Friday afternoon on the roads of Judea to one Jewish family.

But they never would.

Which is why it falls to me to try and convey the details, if only the world would listen for the short time it will take me to tell this story.
This is the story of the heinous double-murder of Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his 18 year-old son, Netanel. The car was filled with members of the Litman family, seven all told. They were on their way to Metar, where their daughter Sarah’s groom-to-be, Ariel Biegel, the rabbi’s son, would be called to read from the Torah on his last Shabbat as a single man. Candies would be thrown at him by the joyous congregants, wishing him a long and sweet life with his bride. There would be singing, two families getting to know each other over shared meals, and lots and lots of mazal tovs.
But it was not to be.

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The Campus Uprisings, Israel, and the Downfall of Larry Summers by Edward Alexander

The Wall Street Journal of November 14-15 carried an astute article by Roger Kimball (editor of the New Criterion) entitled “The Rise of the College Crybullies.” The lethal mixture of trembling sensitivity and mob ruthlessness in these student insurrectionaries has turned the country’s universities into a vast bedlam with a thousand wards. He tells how “the crybully…has weaponized his coveted status as a victim” with two calling cards: race and gender. He uses these to exploit to the fullest extent what Joseph Epstein has called “the unassailable virtue of victims.”

The past month alone has seen the humiliation and forced resignation of assorted faculty members, deans, and even university presidents. Some schools have run up the white flag of surrender even before they were invaded, or tried what might be called preemptive action to ward off the wrath of the new brownshirts by appointing presidents and provosts who proclaim their unswerving devotion to diversity training; or to appointing (more) deans of equity; or to fighting “minoritization” and “marginalization”; or to celebrating gay marriage and transgenderism; or to requiring “trigger warnings” about dangerous books; or to implementing race quotas; or to realizing all the other countless desiderata of campus radicals.

At NYU, for example, “Students of Color” currently list no fewer than 28 “demands” but encouraged the submission of still more. Their counterparts at Brandeis (as of this writing) lag behind with only 13, but are more peremptory and menacing about deadlines by which their demands must be met. Yale’s revolutionaries complain that their uprising against the school’s administration has come “at great expense to our health and grades,” and expect to be compensated accordingly. UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union and its satellites want allocations of money, black faculty, and black psychologists to bring them up to the achievement levels of Asian students at that noble institution. So far Mitch Daniels of Purdue University seems to be the sole exception in the entire country to the rule of presidential surrender to these campus insurrectionaries.

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Host Countries, Beware of Islamic terrorism by Yoram Ettinger

Islamic terrorists – not only ISIS and Al Qaeda – systematically and deliberately target civilians, and stab the back of their Muslim and “infidel” host countries, abusing their hospitality to advance 14-centuries-old megalomaniac aspirations to rule the globe, in general, and to reclaim the Waqf (Allah-ordained) regions of Europe, in particular.

Europe has underestimated the critical significance of this 14-century-old anti-Western Islamic history and aspirations in shaping contemporary Islamic education, culture, politics and the overall Islamic attitude toward Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and other “arrogant infidels.” For instance, “infidel” France has been the prime European target for Islamic terrorists (eleven reported attacks in 2015), irrespective of France’s systematic criticism of Israel and support of the Palestinian Authority, dispelling conventional “wisdom” that Islamic terrorism is Israeli or Palestinian-driven.

Europe has ignored the significant impact on contemporary Islamic geo-strategy of crucial milestones in the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, such as the 7th century Hijrah (Islam-driven emigration). Muhammad emigrated/fled from Mecca to Yathrib (Medina) – along with his loyalists – not to be integrated and blend into Medina’s social, economic or political environment, but to advance and spread Islam through conversion, subversion and terrorism, if necessary. Asserting himself over his hosts and rivals in Medina, Muhammad gathered a critical mass of military might to conquer Mecca and launch Islam’s drive to dominate the world.

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Syrians are a Nation of Terrorist Supporters: 10,000 Syrian Refugees mean 1,300 ISIS Supporters. by Daniel Greenfield

Syria is a terror state. It didn’t become that way overnight because of the Arab Spring or the Iraq War.
Its people are not the victims of American foreign policy, Islamic militancy or any of the other fashionable excuses. They supported Islamic terrorism. Millions of them still do.
They are not the Jews fleeing a Nazi Holocaust. They are the Nazis trying to relocate from a bombed out Berlin.

A 2007 poll showed that 77% of Syrians supported financing Islamic terrorists including Hamas and the Iraqi fighters who evolved into ISIS. Less than 10% of Syrians opposed their terrorism.
Why did Syrians support Islamic terrorism? Because they hated America.
Sixty-three percent wanted to refuse medical and humanitarian assistance from the United States. An equal number didn’t want any American help caring for Iraqi refugees in Syria.
The vast majority of Syrians turned down any form of assistance from the United States because they hated us. They still do. Just because they’re willing to accept it now, doesn’t mean they like us.

If we bring Syrian Muslims to America, we will be importing a population that hates us.
The terrorism poll numbers are still ugly. A poll this summer found that 1 in 5 Syrians supports ISIS. A third of Syrians support the Al Nusra Front, which is affiliated with Al Qaeda. Since Sunnis are three fourths of the population and Shiites and Christians aren’t likely to support either group, this means that Sunni Muslim support for both terror groups is even higher than these numbers make it seem.

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A Great War Correspondent’s Report on the Palestinian Refugees, From a Half-Century Ago: The Arabs of Palestine by Martha Gellhorn

Editor’s Note: Martha Gellhorn was a famous war correspondent and journalist and at one time the wife of Ernest Hemingway. Her lengthy 1961 report on the “Palestinian refugee problem” was based, as very few media reports have been, on actual visits to a series of camps. We recommend that you read what Gellhorn wrote in its entirety, as reprinted in October’s Mosaic Magazine. It can be read online. Here we offer an excerpt focusing on her visit to a refugee camp composed only of Christians. Next month’s Outpost will include an excerpt on her visit to Arab camps. Little would seem to have changed since she wrote: there are more people in the camps and the education in hatred is even more virulent.

In the so-called “host countries,” Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt, UNRWA runs fifty-eight refugee camps. The camps in Egypt are not in Egypt but in the Gaza Strip, which is Palestine; Egypt is the de facto mandatory power, the land and the government of the Gaza Strip are Palestinian. The majority of camps in Jordan are also on what was the territory of Palestine, now annexed to Jordan.

UNRWA has never yet been allowed to make a total proper census of its refugee population, so statistics about the number of ex-Palestinians are nothing except the best estimate possible; UNRWA itself says this. UNRWA calculates that, at the end of June, 1960, 421,500 refugees were living in their camps, almost double their camp population ten years ago. The advantage of living in a camp is that life there is rent free; and for the poor, the standard of housing and sanitation in an UNRWA camp is better than that of the native population.

Of UNRWA’s fifty-eight camps, I visited eight–in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and Jordan. The plan and facilities of every UNRWA camp are alike; they differ only in size and are better or worse depending on whether they are newer or older and on the character of the people who live in them. Each camp has its clinic and school (or schools), warehouse center for distributing rations, “supplementary feeding station,” where hot meals are served to those who need them, village bazaar street with small shops, market booths, cafés. The bigger the camp, the bigger the bazaar. I also went round two hospitals, two vocational training schools, and was received in two private homes, having been invited by refugees.

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Israel’s Blindness to Jihad – The Blight unto the Nations Ruth King

Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion proclaimed: “History did not spoil us with power, wealth, nor with broad territories or an enormous community: however, it did grant us uncommon intellectual and moral virtue, and thus it is both a privilege and an obligation to be a light unto the nations.”

These are hollow words from Ben Gurion who ordered the June 20, 1948, attack on the Irgun ship Altalena where sixteen Zionist patriots were killed and scores of other injured. But that’s another story for another time .

The self-righteous notion that it is Israel’s “privilege and obligation to be a light unto the nations” inspired Israel’s early stifling socialism and a pathetic and decidedly immoral policy of self-criticism, appeasement, and abrogation of its religious and historic patrimony.It also contributed to Israel’s blindness to Islamic jihad. For it was easy to reason that the “enlightened” people who had been persecuted for their own religion could not possibly impugn another religion.

Nonetheless, while refusing to blame Islam for the unrelenting vitriol and hatred of Arab/Moslem nations, Israelis blandly accepted descriptions of patriotic and observant settlers as “ultra-orthodox messianic fanatics.”

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

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