Europeans, Hit by Terror, Exalt Palestinian Master Terrorist : David Hornik

On Tuesday July 26, terrorists broke into a French church, murdered an 85-year-old priest, and severely wounded another person. On Friday of that week it was reported that several French municipalities had initiated the granting of honorary citizenship to jailed Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti.

Arrested by Israel in 2002, in 2004 Barghouti was sentenced to five terms of life imprisonment on five counts of murder. Leader at the time of the Tanzim militia, he is seen as the mastermind of the most vicious sustained terror assault in history—the Second Intifada (2000-2005), which, in a country one-tenth the size of France, killed over a thousand people in five years.

As the Israeli ambassador to France, Aliza Bin-Noun, wrote in an open letter on Thursday: “Barghouti is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. At a time when Western countries should unite against the threat of terrorism, the French support for Barghouti in fact legitimizes his actions.”

Barghouti’s popularity in France is of long standing. From 2007 to 2010, a dozen French municipalities made him an honorary citizen. In 2013 another municipality, Bezons, gave him that distinction along with Majid al-Rimawi, who took part in the murder of an Israeli cabinet minister in 2001.

And in December 2014 the Parisian suburb of Aubervilliers conferred the honor on Barghouti, three months after another Parisian suburb, Valenton, had done the same.

In all or most of these cases, the municipalities paying homage to the Palestinian terrorists were Communist-led. In recent years the French Communist Party’s fortunes have declined, and today it holds only a small minority of legislative seats and runs only a small minority of municipalities.

So far the reports on last week’s new round of moves to honor Barghouti don’t say whether the municipalities in question are Communist-led ones. But even if Barghouti’s fan club in France is not that large, he is a cause célèbre elsewhere in Europe as well.

Late in 2013, it was the Italian city of Palermo that made Barghouti one of its citizens. Meanwhile, in the current wave of Islamic terror in Europe, France has been the hardest hit. What happened in Brussels last March 22—32 killed in three terror bombings—makes Belgium the second hardest hit.

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The Turkey-Russia-Iran Axis : Kenneth R. Timmerman

A tectonic shift has occurred in the balance of power in the Middle East since the failed Turkish coup of mid-July, and virtually no one in Washington is paying attention to it.

Turkey and Iran are simultaneously moving toward Russia, while Russia is expanding its global military and strategic reach, all to the detriment of the United States and our allies. This will have a major impact across the region, potentially leaving U.S. ally Israel isolated to face a massive hostile alliance armed with nuclear weapons.

Believers in Bible prophecy see this new alignment as a step closer to the alliance mentioned in Ezekiel 37-38, which Israel ultimately defeated on the plains of Megiddo.

Today’s Israel, however, is doing its best to soften the blow by patching up relations with Turkey and through cooperation with Russia.

Here are some of the moves and countermoves that have been taking place in recent weeks on a giant three-dimensional chessboard with multiple players and opponents.

Russia-Turkey: It now appears that Russian intelligence tipped off Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan just hours before the planned coup against his regime. When the coup plotters got wind of the Russian communications with Erdogan loyalists at the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), they moved up the coup from the dead of night to 9 PM, when the streets were packed.

For Erdogan, the Russian warning came just in the nick of time, allowing him to flee his hotel in Marmaris minutes before twenty-five special forces troops loyal to the coup-plotters roped down from the roof of his hotel to seize him.

With streets in Istanbul full of people, Erdogan’s text and video messages calling on supporters to oppose the coup had maximum impact.

After purging the military and government of suspected enemies, Erdogan’s first foreign trip was to Russia, where on August 8 he thanked Putin for his help. “The Moscow-Ankara friendship axis will be restored,” he proclaimed.

Two days later, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blasted NATO for its “evasive fashion” of responding to Turkish requests for military technology transfers, and opened the door to joint military production with Russia.

Cavosoglu accused NATO of considering Turkey and Russia “to be second class countries,” and pointed out that Turkey was the only NATO country that was refusing to impose sanctions on Russia for its annexation of the Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has also been in talks with Turkey to base Russian warplanes at the NATO air base in Incirlik, Turkey, where some 2400 U.S. personnel have been quarantined since the failed July 15 coup attempt as Turkey continues to demand that the U.S. extradite alleged coup-plotter Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania.

These talks have alarmed the Pentagon, which on Thursday reportedly ordered the emergency evacuation to Romania of the estimated 50-70 nuclear B-61 “dial-a-yield” gravity bombs stockpiled at the base.

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A Sloppy Hit on Israel Review: Milton Viorst, ‘Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal’ David Isaac

Go to a library and toss a coin at the Israel shelf. You’re almost certain to bounce it off a title critical of the Jewish state. The latest contribution to this death by a thousand books is by journalist Milton Viorst. At the heart of this book is the assumption that Israel is wholly to blame for the conflict between Jews and Arabs.

Though himself a Jew, Viorst veers into racist-sounding rhetoric when he asks whether “the Jewish DNA contains an immunity to peace.” Given Israel’s many attempts to achieve peace, the question isn’t whether Jews are immune to peace but whether they are immune to reality. Viorst clearly is. Otherwise he could not declare that Israel adheres to the “Begin doctrine,” a “diplomatic principle” that purportedly maintains that if a small state “offers concessions at a time of pressure, it only invites more pressure upon itself.”

The manifold problems with this theory begin with Menachem Begin himself, who gave up the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1978 in return for a peace treaty, few provisions of which Egypt honored. In 1993, Yitzhak Rabin handed over large swaths of the West Bank to Yasser Arafat, the man known as the “founder of modern terror,” who showed his gratitude by launching a wave of suicide attacks. In 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak didn’t even bother getting an agreement before pulling Israeli troops out of southern Lebanon, paving the way for Hezbollah to turn it into a launching pad for rockets into northern Israel. Similarly, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon uprooted over 8,000 Israelis from their homes in the Gaza Strip, declaring “I am convinced in the depths of my soul and with my entire intellect that this disengagement … will win the support and appreciation of countries near and far… and will advance us on the path of peace with the Palestinians and our other neighbors.” It did neither, as “the world community” became ever more hostile and Gaza became another launching pad for rockets.

In 2008, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made Israel’s most far-reaching proposal, offering even to forgo sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site. Olmert proposed that Israel keep 6.3 percent of the West Bank (areas close to the pre-1967 armistice borders now densely occupied by Jews) but compensate by giving the Palestinians an equal amount of land that had been within the borders of pre-1967 Israel. Mahmoud Abbas was not interested.

Viorst examines the lives of eight Zionist leaders, from Herzl to Netanyahu, to answer his own question: “How did Zionism, over the course of a century, evolve from the idealism of providing refuge for beleaguered Jews to a rationalization for the army’s occupation of powerless Palestinians?” This question is based on a false premise. Israel’s purpose was and remains what Herzl set forth in The Jewish State: “We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and die peacefully in our own homes.” Zionism has not a glimmer of oppression in it, which explains the Jews’ many efforts to find a solution to the conflict. Those whom Viorst calls “powerless Palestinians” enjoy the support of all Muslim countries, as well as Europe, the U.N., and the world media. Many of them are determined to annihilate Israel, indoctrinating violence in their young people, who then go out and slaughter children in their sleep, gun down families on the road, and ax rabbis at prayer. Those who commit these crimes are hailed as martyrs, and their families are given stipends. When Palestinians hear of a successful attack against Israelis—or Americans for that matter, as on 9/11—they hand out candy to children. A far better question Viorst might have asked is: How is it that the Jews have managed to keep their humanity in the face of such inhumanity?

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A Perspective on Refugees: Ruth King

In 1924, after decades of free immigration from Europe, America enacted the Johnson-Reed Immigration Law which limited groups considered racially and ethnically “undesirable.” These were code words for Jews, Southern and Eastern Europeans, Africans, Arabs and Asians. When President Coolidge signed the law, his words were “America must remain American.”

It was scrupulously enforced on July 6, 1938 when an international conference convened in Evian, France to deal with Jewish refugees desperate to flee the racial laws of Germany and Austria which sought to make their nations judenrein– free of all Jews. But Jewish refugees found no succor from Western nations. With the British blockade of Palestine, Europe’s Jews were trapped and one of every three Jews in the world died during the Nazi genocide.

After World War II millions of people fled or were expelled from Eastern Europe. Many fled the Soviet controlled Communist tyrannies. Others, such as the displaced surviving Jews, found no welcome when they returned to their previous homes. Millions of Germans–even those that had lived in Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, Rumania and Czechoslovakia long before the war–were expelled. It has been estimated that in the peak year of 1946, about 14,000 people per day became stateless refugees.

Europe was devastated by the death and destruction wrought by the war. Food and housing were scarce and throughout the continent refugees and survivors were kept in displaced persons camps. American policy in the immediate post-war period limited immigration to those who had friends or relatives who could sponsor them and guarantee they would not become dependent on government assistance. This policy changed in 1948 when restrictions were eased by the Displaced Persons Act which offered sanctuary to refugees from Communist nations of Eastern Europe.

Restrictions were further relaxed in The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and The Refugee Relief Act of 1953. By 1959 one million European refugees had been absorbed by free European countries, 476,000 had been accepted by the U.S. and another half million by Latin America and Asia. The bulk of Jewish refugees found a home in a liberated and independent Israel.

World Refugee Year, in 1959-1960, was designed as a ‘clear the camps’ drive. By the end of 1960, all the refugee camps of Europe were closed.

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In Memoriam Irving Moskowitz

Irving Moskowitz held nothing more lovingly to his bosom than the charge of enemies ranging from Time Magazine to the Cana’anist Gush Shalom that he was the mover and shaker, beyond compare, in the “judaization” of eastern Jerusalem. Unflaggingly determined to bolster that accusation, Moskowitz, through the foundation bearing his name, spent millions of the dollars he’d earned in California real estate realizing his dream of a re-empowered Jewish people living anywhere in their glorious capital and its eastern environs they chose.

Thousands of Jewish families in the Old City, David’s City, the Yemenite village of Shiloach, the neighborhoods of Shimon Hatzadik, Kidmat Zion, Abu Tor, Beit Orot and Ma’aleh Hzeitim bear witness to his success. In audaciously creating “facts on the ground,” Moskowitz bought the palatial eastern Jerusalem quarters of arch pogromist and Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin el Huseini, turning it into a yeshiva, and pried open the Western Wall tunnels to millions of tourists over the hysterical objections of the Wakf.

Cherna, Moskowitz’s dedicated wife and partner, will continue to carry the torch he lit, but Irving will be missed. He was a rare gift.

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The German Question : William Mehlman

Angela Merkel, by any measure, is Israel’s nearest thing to an identifiable defender in a European Union increasingly defined by hectorism in most matters concerning the Jewish state. The breadth of what’s become known as Jerusalem’s “special relationship” with the German chancellor, however, its restraining power against a coalition partner eager to be relieved of the Israel “burden” and Merkel’s personal vulnerability to a tide of resentment precipitated by her open door to 800,000 Muslim immigrants over the past two years, is still to be tested.A less than comforting prognosis has most recently been underscored by a piece in Der Spiegel, Germany’s most influential news magazine, referencing an alleged belief among members of Berlin’s defense and foreign ministry establishments that a reassessment of the Federal Republic’s “unconditional” commitment to Israel’s security might be in order in light of the latter’s “instrumentalization” by Prime Minister Netanyahu to cover Israeli behavior in the “West Bank” inimical to a two-state solution of the Palestinian problem.

. Given that Germany is second only to the United States as a supplier of major Israeli war materiel, a “reassessment“ would be no laughing matter. Its ramifications were reflected in Germany’s provision and assumption of a third of the cost of four Corvette “Saar 6” class warships to Israel, the largest and most powerful in the IDF’s fleet, to serve as guardians over the Jewish state’s Mediterranean Sea natural gas rigs. This was preceded by the integration into its fleet of the Israel Navy’s fifth “Dolphin” class “INS Tanin” submarine out of Germany’s shipyards, with a sixth, the “INS Rahav,” scheduled to be delivered sometime next year. These top-of-the-line vessels, with evasive and missile- delivering capabilities previously undreamt of, go for $500 million a copy. Germany is assuming a chunk of the cost.

Quick to respond to the Spiegel story, Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold, in Berlin for talks with Christoph Huesgen, his German opposite number, said he could find no evidence to support the magazine’s claim of a brewing reassessment. Huesgen, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, appeared to back him up but a certain degree of uneasiness remains. Most of the chatter circulates around Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s foreign minister and head of the Social Democratic Party — the SPD — Merkel’s chief coalition partner. He has referred to Netanyahu’s criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as “very coarse” and in contrast to Merkel, has welcomed the EU labeling of Israeli products emanating from beyond the Green Line. Steinmeier appeared morally unconstrained in meeting in Tehran with either Holocaust denier Ali Larinjani, Iran’s parliamentary president, or with former Iranian president Hasten Rafsanji, who speaks casually about dropping an atomic bomb on Tel Aviv. A still unlikely but possible Steinmeier-led SPD victory in next year’s German national elections could amount to a whole other ballgame for Israel.

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From the Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

Can Brexit Save the EU?

The conventional wisdom is that in taking out England, Brexit does the EU a damaging blow. What is overlooked is the possibility that Brexit may provide the EU with a much needed wake-up call. The Brussel elites move confidently to their own drummer, paying no attention to the opinions of the broad publics in the (now) 27 individual component states. That may no longer be possible if Britain’s example energizes anti-EU movements on the continent. The most potent issue is immigration which is inextricably bound up with the issue of national identity. On the BBC one pundit mentioned that in the supermarket he asked a woman how she planned to vote. She responded “Leave” and when he asked why said “Why did we fight World War II?”

As far as the EU elites are concerned, the ultimate moral arbiters are the so-called human rights NGOs (the joke is that there is nothing more morally corrupt than those NGOs—witness their behavior toward and in Israel). For these NGOs it is a given that nothing can be done about the vast hordes of young Muslim men invading Europe but welcome them. On this premise, the EU’s only “solution” is imposed quotas on individual member states.

If it dawns on the EU’s leaders that they could be collectively out of a job if they fail to address the issue, it is at least possible that they might ignore the indignant shrieks of the NGOs to find a solution. A real solution, not the bizarre one Angela Merkel has come up with of holding out hope of speeded up accession to the EU to Turkey (with the potential of adding umpteen millions of Moslems to Europe) in exchange for stopping a certain number of other Moslems from coming. EU leaders might find that they themselves could actually close the EU’s external borders. From a human rights point of view such an action might even save lives. If migrants were promptly turned back at sea or on shore, far fewer would risk their lives on the journey.

Why are the European states obliged to accept millions of immigrants in search of a better life? (See the article by Daniel Greenfield in this issue which underlines the extent of the folly.) Yes, there is a human obligation to help those displaced by war, but this need not be in Europe. Thanks to Brexit, the EU might actually consider this simple proposition—and bolster its future in the process.

What “Even-Handed” Means

In Mosaic Edward Alexander excoriates Bernie Sanders for his call for greater “even-handedness” in American Middle East Policy, most recently exemplified by his appointing well-known Israel-haters to two of the five slots on the Democratic Party’s platform committee he was allowed to select. Sanders constantly repeats that all he desires in American Middle East policy is greater “even-handedness,” i.e., less “favoritism” on behalf of Israel. Alexander observes that what this really means is that Israel must be deprived of its single powerful ally in the UN and in world affairs generally.

Alexander writes: “On May 25, for example, the World Health Organization voted for a UN resolution to single out Israel as the only violator of ‘elemental, physical and environmental health’ in the world, and commissioned a WHO delegation to investigate and report on ‘the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory.’ The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, and other European Union states voted ‘Yes’ to singling out Israel as the world’s only violator of human decency in medical matters. The UN assembly did not address Syrian hospitals being bombed by Syrian and Russian warplanes, or millions of Yemenis denied access to food and water by the Saudi-led bombings and blockade; neither did it pass a resolution about Venezuelan citizens being starved by their (Sanders-style) ‘democratic socialist’ government. Out of 24 items on the meeting’s agenda, only one, Item No. 19 against Israel, focused on a specific country. For good measure a WHO delegation was commissioned to investigate health conditions in ‘the occupied Syrian Golan.’ No doubt these same nations would much prefer that ISIS take charge of the Golan inhabitants’ health and well-being.”

The Jewish Population of the “West Bank”

The annual statistics on the number of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria, based on the Population Registry of Israel’s Interior Ministry, have been released. As of Dec. 31, 2015 there were 406,302 Jews living there, and this does not include the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem (Pisgat Zeev, Ramat Shlomo, Ramot, Gilo, Ramat Eshkol etc.) which are home to an additional 360,000 Jews. Could even a future radical peace-processing Israeli government contemplate removing over 760,000 Jews from their homes? And could Israel’s Palestinian Arab “peace partners” even pretend to settle for less?

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The Muslim World is a Permanent Refugee Crisis : Daniel Greenfield

Forget the Syrian Civil War for a moment. Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.

The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.

Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.

No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn’t going away.

The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.

The Muslim world lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.

Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn’t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life. At best they’ll hand out subsidies for bread.

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

Either you fight and take what you want at home. Or you go abroad and take what you want there.

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Please, Don’t Tell Me : Rael Jean Isaac

Tuvia Tenenbom’s forthcoming book is called Don’t Quote Me, but the reaction in the English speaking world has been “Don’t Tell Me.” Melanie Phillips in The Jerusalem Post reports on the difficulties Tenenbom is encountering—despite his record as a best-selling author—in finding an American publisher for what she describes as a “savage, disturbing, comical and important book about how Americans think.”

His new book, to be released in Germany in September, follows what has become Tenenbom’s modus operandi–he wanders the country for six months posing as a non-Jewish German. First it was Germany (I Sleep in Hitler’s Room), then Israel (Catch the Jew!), now the United States. One of the ugly truths Tenenbom unmasks in his new book (which he also laid bare in Catch the Jew!) is the role of Jewish leftists in spreading Jew-hatred (in the guise of “human rights”). Phillips is doubtless right in believing this is a major factor in his problem finding a publisher for Don’t Quote Me, given the large role Jews on the left have in the U.S. publishing world.

A taste of what English-language publishers don’t want readers to hear can be gleaned from a recent radio interview with Tenenbom by Ari Fleisher in Jerusalem. Tenenbom describes openly-voiced anti-Semitism, now familiar in Europe, coming to America, among the millennials especially and of course in the colleges. He even heard slogans of “Free Palestine” in Republican states like Montana. And as in Israel he found, except among the Orthodox, a substantial number of Jewish self-haters, harboring a passionate commitment “to point a finger at the rest of the Jews for how bad they are, occupiers, racists and whatever.…Look at a person. If everyone hates that person and wants to kill him and that person wants to kill himself, what’s going to happen?…If you want to die and I want to kill you and we meet in the same room, we’ll make a deal. Too many Jews are self-hating and in the outside world too many people hate the Jews and the only thing that’s changing is in America it’s happening now.”

It is not only Tenenbom’s findings that many Jews find uncomfortable to hear. They avoid recognizing that major Jewish organizations have collapsed just when they are most needed. The Anti-Defamation League, which one would expect to find in the forefront of the battle for Jews and Israel, is not merely missing in action, but in crucial areas ranged on the opposing side. There is no greater long term threat to the welfare of Jews in the United States than Muslim immigration. The threat is not only to Jews: as Kevin Williamson has pointed out “the plain conclusion to be drawn from the European experience is that if a Western country does not already have a large, poorly assimilated Muslim minority population, it would do well to not acquire one.” But Jews are the most severely and immediately threatened, for if there is one cultural trait Muslims—especially those from Syria– bring with them, it is hatred of Israel—and contempt for Jews. It does not take prophetic powers to realize that changing demographics mean a shift in the electoral landscape. The Democratic Party already shows dramatic signs of a shift against Israel. Universities, where Muslims combine with the left to demonize Israel, will become even more unwelcoming places for Jewish students. Yet eleven major Jewish organizations, the ADL in the forefront are urging acceptance of even more Syrian refugees than Obama proposed.

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