Stop Blaming Israel and Wake up: The Black Flag of Jihad is the Real Threat to the World : Douglas Murray

Those who lazily blame Israel for the problems in the Middle East are deluded.

Jews are attacked here in Britain, they are blockaded into a synagogue in Paris and the chant ‘Death to the Jews’ is heard in Germany for the first time in 70 years.
But too few people seem to want to notice this or admit what it means. They think this is just about Israel, or just about Jewish people. It isn’t. It is about all of us.
The decision by the Israeli government to respond to Hamas rocket-fire from Gaza is the response any government would choose if rockets were fired at its citizens. The Israeli government has the right– as does any government – to stop the bombarding of its people.

However, it has become plain that much of the world expects a different response from Israel. They expect Israel not to fight for the safety, security and survival of its people, but to lie down in front of the Islamic extremist enemy.

The UK government has even – disgracefully–stopped selling some arms to Israel just when the country needs such weapons most. But in expecting Israel to behave differently from the rest of us, our societies and governments reveal far more about our own state than the State of Israel.

Because the truth is that behind the demands for Israel to lie down in front of its enemies is a fatal unwillingness of our own to face the problem which is in our midst.
The brutal murder of James Foley by ISIS underlines the real threat to world peace.
The ambition of the jihadists – from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and more – is to subjugate the entire world

There are those who think that Israel is somehow the cause of the world’s problems, or that in defending themselves from Islamic extremists Israel is somehow causing Islamic extremism. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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18 Rules for Combat From the Wise Men of Chelm So That Your Enemies Will Die Laughing Jack Engelhard

It is a settled matter that the IDF are tops in bravery and ethical warfare. Give them any job, and it’s done. But when politicians run the war, Chelm is likely to happen – Chelm being the town inhabited by those fabled “wise men” loved by tradition for their well-meaning but bumbling ways, like the following rules for conducting combat.

1. Advise your enemies to get ready for a surprise attack. Make sure to remind them where the surprise will take place and precisely what time it is to begin.
2. Shower the place with cautionary leaflets to make sure that every single enemy combatant finds safety. We do not want terrorist barbarians getting hurt.
3. Wait till the coast is clear before striking. Kill as many buildings as you can to prove that you really mean business.
4. Tip off your enemies when a “surprise” attack is about to come; this alone could kill them as they die laughing at your stupidity.
5. Make sure to remind the world that no other nation is so respectful towards its foes. The world admires you and adores you for this. Look around.
6. Always be ready to give up more Jewish territory. Judea and Samaria, for instance. See how well this worked in Gaza after 10,000 Jews were evicted.
7. As bombs keep falling on your people, keep supplying your enemies with food and water and gas and electricity.
8. You do not want to inconvenience the people who keep trying to kill you.
9. Tell your citizens who suffer daily from incoming rocket attacks that it’s okay. It’s no big deal. Go home and get used to running to shelters. Stop complaining. Don’t make trouble.
10. Tell your enemies that this time! you’ve had enough and then beg them for a ceasefire.

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The Deadly Israeli House Strikes Again Daniel Greenfield

There are few weapons as deadly as the Israeli house. When its brick and mortar are combined together, the house, whether it is one of those modest one story hilltop affairs or a five floor apartment building complete with hot and cold running water, becomes far more dangerous than anything green and glowing that comes out of the Iranian centrifuges.

Forget the cluster bomb and the mine, the poison gas shell and even tailored viruses. Genocide is a minor matter when in the presence of the fearsome weapon of terror that is an Israeli family of four moving into a new apartment.

Sudan may have built a small mountain of African corpses, but it can’t expect to command the full and undivided attention of the world until it does something truly outrageous like building a house and filling it with Jews. Since the Sudanese Jews are as gone as the Jews of Egypt, Iraq, Syria and good old Afghanistan, the chances of Bashir the Butcher pulling off that trick are rather slim.
Due to the Muslim world’s shortsightedness in driving out its Jews from Cairo, Aleppo and Baghdad to Jerusalem, the ultimate weapon in international affairs is entirely controlled by the Jewish State. The Jewish State’s stockpile of Jews should worry the international community far more than its hypothetical stockpiles of nuclear weapons. No one besides Israel, and possibly Saudi Arabia, cares much about the Iranian bomb. But when Israel builds a house, then the international community tears its clothes, wails, threatens to recall its ambassadors and boycott Israeli peaches.

Angry British men in red Keffiyahs hold up signs about the Holocaust in front of Jewish cosmetics stores in London. Marginalized French youth, by way of Algeria and Tunisia, hurl stones at synagogues. John Kerry interrupts a speech on the dangers of Global Warming as an aide notifies him of an even bigger threat to the world. David just made a down payment on a two bedroom in Gvaot.

You can spit on the White House carpets and steal all the gold in Greece. You can blow up anything you like and threaten anyone you will, but you had better not lift a drill near the hills from which Balaam tried and failed to curse the Jewish people. Where the old Mesopotamian warlock failed, his successors in the United Nations curse Israel every day of the week.

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Jewish State – Pariah Nation: Israel and the Dilemmas of Legitimacy by Jerold S. Auerbach Reviewed by Ruth King

Jerold Auerbach is the author of ten books and numerous articles, many of them on Israel. His academic credentials are also impressive: Guggenheim Fellow, Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Fulbright Lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Professor Emeritus of History at Wellesley College.

One could easily be forgiven for thinking that he has already written all there is to write on the subject of Israel for he has covered its history, law, religion, political divisions, fraternal conflicts, settlements and anti-Semitism.

Alas, however, Israel is the gift that keeps on giving in that its antagonists constantly find new lines and venues of attack.
Israel, one of many nations which achieved independence from British colonial rule after World War II, is the only one whose uphill struggle for legitimacy has persisted since its founding in 1948, including challenges from its own citizens.

As the author points out, there is ample historical precedence for discord among Jews. Rebellions go back to the Exodus. They continued from the time of Josephus to the Zionist awakening in the nineteenth century. In recent times that discord produced the tragedy of the Altalena, which is revisited in the first chapter of this book.(For more on this seminal event read Auerbach’s Brothers at War-Israel and the Tragedy of the Altalena).
Auerbach details the issues which simmered between secular and religious, left-leaning and right-wing Jews. But it was the liberation of Judea and Samaria in 1967 that would eventually escalate the ideological divisions within Israel which found their way beyond its borders to become an international assault.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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