Is John Kerry the most anti-Israel Secretary of State ever? John Foster Dulles and James Baker set the bar high. Is he the most dishonest? He is not responsible for the cover-up, the betrayal and the outright lies regarding the Benghazi attack.
Is he the dumbest? Madeleine Albright was tough competition. Poor dear. Imagine the shock of finding out in advancing middle age that you are Jewish, and never having guessed anything, even though all your cousins and their sisters and their aunts were Jewish. On the other hand, even she would probably not have claimed, as Kerry just did, that “climate warming is a weapon of mass destruction” and “the greatest challenge of our generation” and dismiss out of hand the huge number of skeptics: “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific fact.”
Kerry certainly gives Madeleine Albright a run for the money as our most inept Secretary of State. Remember his claim on the war in Iraq? “I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it.” So let’s cut him a little slack here. Maybe he actually was a friend of Israel before he wasn’t. Or is it that he wasn’t before he was or never was. He was always confused. In October 2003, Kerry said Israel’s unilateral construction of a security fence was “a barrier to peace.” “I know how disheartened Palestinians are by the decision to build the barrier off the Green Line,” he told the Arab American Institute National Leadership Conference. “We don’t need another barrier to peace.” In February 2004, he reversed himself, calling the fence “a legitimate act of self-defense,” and saying “President Bush is rightly discussing with Israel the exact route of the fence to minimize the hardship it causes innocent Palestinians.”
Will Kerry claim one day that he was actually against negotiations with Iran before he wasn’t? The Ayatollah continually affirms :“There is no use [to the negotiations]… It will not lead anywhere.” And it’s reported “Senior Iranian officials say they won’t accept any major curtailment of the program.”
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On behalf of the Board of Directors of Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI,we express sincere condolences to family and friends of Dr. Irving Kett Col.Ret. U.S.Army) who served as our Los Angeles Chapter Chairman for so many years.
As Colonel, he had two tours of duty in Israel. His last nine years of army service dealt primarily with Israel and the Middle East. He developed a keen understanding of the underlying issues of the conflict and contributed many articles to our archives. He was laid to rest in Israel. May his memory be a blessing.
Helen Freedman, Executive Director, AFSI
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Even as we mourn his passing, there are lessons to be learned from the life of Ariel Sharon that we would ignore at our peril. He was Israel’s quintessential military leader, a throwback to Joshua and Judah Maccabaeus, whose 1950s anti-terrorist strategies are still being emulated worldwide, whose campaigns at Suez in 1956 and in the Six-Day war are the stuff of legends and whose sheer daring saved the Jewish State from what looked like certain defeat in the opening days of the Yom Kippur War.
Sharon’s 1982 strike into Lebanon was unfortunately halted before it put an end to Yasser Arafat and the PLO, but his action ushered Arafat and his minion of murderers into an 11-year Tunisian exile from which they might never have reemerged had not a cabal of mentally derailed “peace” mongers resuscitated and replanted them in the soil of the Land of Israel
Beyond the fringes of the petrified Left Ariel Sharon was virtually everybody’s hero and then as prime minister he did something that defied all rational understanding, something that overwhelmed and tarnished beyond repair the legend his life had created. For reasons that may never be understood and in defiance of his own Likud constituency he ordered the destruction and abandonment to Hamas of 22 vibrant Jewish communities in Gush Katif and an additional four in northern Samaria, reducing to rubble the homes and fortunes of 9,000 of the noblest pioneers Israel had ever produced. Every Hamas rocket that has fallen on Sderot, Ashkelon and Beersheva bears unforgettable testimony to that act.
We are now being importuned by President Obama and his emissary, Secretary of State John Kerry, to compound Sharon’s unfathomable error by truncating Jerusalem, surrendering the Jordan Valley to Mahmoud Abbas and retreating to the indefensible borders of pre-June 1967. There can be only one answer to this final attempt to drive a stake through the heart of the Zionist enterprise – Never Again!
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In A Place Among the Nations, the 1993 book that helped propel him to the top of the Likud food chain, Benjamin Netanyahu recalled how he and member s of his elite Sayeret Matkal IDF reconnaissance unit 26 years earlier used to keep in shape with a nine-mile run between Kfar Saba and the Mediterranean shore – the measure of Israel’s pre-June 1967 waistline . An Israeli midsection again reduced to those dimensions would be indefensible, he averred. Of the strategic importance of the Samarian hills under whose protection it lay, he wrote:
“To an invader from the east, the range is an extraordinary obstacle. Such an invader enters the West Bank in the Jordan Valley, more than a thousand feet below sea level. He then has to fight his way up a cliff face that rises a daunting 3 to 4 thousand feet within a space of 7 to 9 miles This is terrain that is virtually impassable to tanks and other heavy equipment. No amount of electronic gadgetry can replace a stone wall thousands of feet high as an obstacle to war…”
As a younger, less jaded Netanyahu sagely observed, what ends in the hills of Samaria begins in the Jordan Valley. It is the critical first line of defense against a combined Arab offensive from the east –a life insurance policy, anchored by the Jewish communities in its midst, that Israel dare not allow to lapse. By the same token, it is the prize the Palestinians and their supporters must wrench from the Kerry-Obama “peace” lottery if they are to realize their dream of erasing the Jewish national presence from the Middle East. Ironically, the clearest indication of the importance PA president Mahmoud Abbas attaches to that prize is his veiled “flexibility” in dealing with the Jordan Valley issue. His pro forma protestations against the presence of “even one Israeli soldier” in the Jordan Valley once a peace agreement is signed are belied by his rumored amenability to a Kerry plan for a series of border crossings along the Valley line jointly controlled by Israeli and Palestinian forces. This was after Netanyahu shot down a Kerry suggestion – apparently approved by Abbas – that Israeli boots on the ground be replaced by a high-tech U.S. “security envelope” consisting of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles, early warning stations and other “real-time” intelligence equipment. Where the Jordan Valley is concerned, Abbas & Friends seem ready to settle at this juncture for merely getting their camel’s nose inside the tent.
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Editor’s note: This is an English translation of Chapter 7 in Professor Sharon’s book “Jihad, Islam Against Israel And the West” kindly provided by the author.
In an interview with Karby Legget, published in the December 23-26, 2005 edition of “The Wall Street Journal,” Hassam al-Masalmeh, the leader of the Hamas group in the municipal council of Bethlehem, described a tax that would be imposed selectively in the Islamic state which is to be established on the ruins of Israel. He said: “We in Hamas intend to implement this tax someday. We say it openly – we welcome everyone to Palestine but only if they agree to live under our rules.” Al-Masalmeh was referring to the tax which non-Muslims, living under Islamic rule throughout Islamic history, have had to pay in order to receive the status of dhimmi, namely a “protected” inferior minority. Failure to pay this tax, called “jizyah,” denied the non-Muslim, mainly Christians and Jews, this “protection,” and put his life and possessions in jeopardy. This tax, or tribute, was imposed in accordance with the Koran (Surah 9 verse 29) which says: “Fight those who were given the Book (i.e Jews and Christians) until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humiliated), and according to Muslim law – the Shari’ah. It placed all non-Muslims in the position of second and third class subjects, making them the hostages of the Muslim rulers.
Hamas is a terrorist movement directed by Islamic ideology, faithfully practicing Islamic law. It does not represent a small fringe group. It is an integral part of an ever growing movement of Islamic revival which is consistently militant, globally spread and appeals to an ever growing number of Muslims who believe that Islam is destined to establish itself as a world state in which the implementation of Islamic law will assure the superiority of the Muslims and the inferiority of Christians and Jews (“infidels”).
From the time of Muhammad, Jews and Christians have been regarded as the enemies of Islam and as such the eternal object of Islamic hatred. The Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, a Muslim cleric, is currently being tried in Britain on charges of incitement to murder. Al-Masri was head preacher up till the year 2003 at the Finsbury Park mosque in North London, which has been linked to several terrorist suspects, including the suspected Sept. 11 plotter Zacarias Musawi and the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid.
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Editors note: This column was inspired by Dr. Kramer’s father, and American who enlisted in the Jewish Legion. Picture below
About two thousand years ago in C.E. 135 the Jewish people in the Roman province of Judea made their second and final attempt at rebelling against the Empire and its then Emperor, Hadrian. In the grip of their belief that they were being led by their newfound messiah, Simon Bar Kochba (yet another false messiah, as it turned out), and that God was unalterably on their side, they started a war against six Roman legions. Though the outcome was inevitable the final result was shocking–even across the centuries. Hundreds of thousands died in battle and those who did not were crucified or sold into slavery.
The remnant Jews who managed to flee before the bloodbath were no longer a people with a state and a temple, but a scattered people who had lost the yen for messianism and their eagerness to fight God’s wars. They spent the next centuries beating their swords into holy books and their spears into sacred commentary. Neither did they learn war any more–until 1917.
For the next two millennia Jews lived scattered from Europe to the Middle East in countries in which they were at best tolerated and at worst persecuted. In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, events in Europe–pogroms in Russia, political anti-Semitism in Germany, and the Dreyfus case in France–lent vigor to Zionism, a movement to reestablish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
With the outbreak of World War I and the choice of the Ottoman Empire to join the Central Powers it appeared to the young Zionist, Vladimir Jabotinsky, that after two thousand years, the time had come for Jews to fight again. A prolific writer and effective speaker, he had organized self-defense among persecuted Jews in Odessa and now turned his efforts to gathering support for the idea of a Jewish unit of the British army to fight against the Turks and aid in liberating Palestine from the Ottoman Empire. He envisioned thus gaining a postwar foothold in Palestine under a British presence and at the same time planting the seeds of a local defense force.
Jabotinsky continued to press for the idea of a Jewish unit as part of the regular British army. He had gained the support of Chaim Weizmann, whose career as a chemist had led to the invention of artificial acetone, a process which enabled the British to mass produce smokeless gunpowder. This contribution to Britain’s war effort led to a friendship between the charismatic Weizmann and the foreign secretary Arthur Balfour as well as other members of the British government and resulted in 1917 in the Balfour Declaration, which offered British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
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Yasser Arafat defied the Christian tradition in Bethlehem, which had been respected and upheld under Israeli authority, by appointing a Muslim governor and engineered a Muslim takeover of the city council. He then put his stamp on this town by converting the Greek Orthodox monastery, next to the Church of the Nativity, into his official Bethlehem residence.
At great risk to his life, Pastor Naim Khoury, of the Bethlehem Baptists Church, exposed the developing threats to Christians within the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “People are always telling Christians to convert to Islam.”
His ministry is based on love and non-violence. He is also a strong advocate for Zionism based on God’s land covenant with Israel through Abraham.
Because of his views, his church has been bombed fourteen times, and he has been shot three times. He has been threatened by the Palestinian Authority to close the doors of his church which they consider as “illegitimate.”
This brave Christian priest needs and deserves the active support of church leaders worldwide. Instead, they boycott him and pick on Israel for their wrath, ignoring the human rights crimes of the Palestinian leadership whom they openly support. How twisted is that?
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On January 27, 2014, the United Nations will hold its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.
When the Nazis came to power in 1933, there were roughly 500,000 Jews living in Germany- less than one percent of the total population. They had made outsize contributions to science, culture, the arts and music of that nation. Nonetheless, they were increasingly subjected to discriminatory behavior and laws and mandates which prohibited their participation in those very institutions. Even those German Jews who were married to Christians and only marginally involved in Jewish life were subjected to anti-Semitic violence and bigotry. This culminated in 1935 with the codification of the Nuremberg laws which stripped German Jews from citizenship, made intermarriage with any Jew- even one with only three Jewish grandparents a crime, and deprived most Jews of all political and civil rights. The rest is history- a horrific history of genocide with participation of citizens of Europe who aided their own occupiers and enemies when it came to rounding up and killing Jews.
There is tragic irony in having any memorial of those years in that perverse and perverting institution known as the United Nations. While they obsessively bash Israel, they coddle those jihadist nations whose own articles of faith mirror the Nuremberg laws, and ignore the genocidal blood lusts of Iran’s mullahs and Hamas and Hezbollah and the “Palestinian Authority”. They support UNRWA where spurious “refugee” status is heritable and critical for the struggle against Israel, but scarcely notice the refugees and victims from barbaric Sharia laws in all of Africa. They offer full participation in all their committees and councils and departments to the nations that are wiping out their Christian populations.
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AFSI mourns the tragic loss of Eugene Narrett, who died three weeks short of his 65th birthday, struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Eugene was a man of extraordinary range. He received a PhD in English literature from Columbia University and in the course of his career taught art, art history, history, literature and philosophy. In his early twenties, Eugene began educating himself on ancient and modern Israel and over the years would provide commentary on numerous radio programs, including Israel National Radio. His articles appeared frequently in Outpost. Below are excerpts from one of them, “Reign of the Grasshoppers,” published in the July-Aug. 1998 issue, selected because we now face the possibility of an even worse betrayal than Netanyahu’s surrender of Hebron at Wye, to which Eugene was then responding. And now as then, the responsibility will lie with Netanyahu.
“In the second year after the Exodus from Egypt, the Lord instructed Moses to send forth men, one from each tribe, to scout out the Land and see if it was fertile or lean, barren or forested, and to ascertain the strength of its inhabitants….These scouts–the elite of their tribes–saw that the Land was good, ‘indeed, it flows with milk and honey.’ But then ten of them, no doubt reflecting what today would pass for a ‘realistic assessment,’ insisted that the people there were ‘too strong for us. All the people we saw there were huge, sons of the giants. We were like grasshoppers in our eyes,’ the ten terrified ones concluded, ‘and so we were in their eyes.’ (Numbers 13).
“Two of the twelve, Joshua and Caleb, intensely rebutted the fainthearted. ‘We shall surely ascend and conquer the Land, for we surely can do it!’ cried Caleb. The defeatists stoned him….
“The grasshoppers rule Israel today, and it is rough going for the spiritual descendants of Joshua and Caleb (whose name means ‘all heart.’)….
“The faithless spies whipped the people into a frenzy of surrender and fear. They preferred returning to Egypt as today many Israelis prefer the shopping malls of the coastal plain and perhaps after that, fleeing to Long Island when Arafat, Assad and Yassin arrive to claim what they insist they want…
“Continuing surrender of Land makes Israel defenseless and threatens to turn history’s most miraculous and important renewal into a nightmare. Yaakov Katz, Rabbi Melamed, David Wilder and Gary Cooperberg of Hebron, its Rabbi, Eliezer Waldman, Yoel Tzur of Beit El who lost his wife and son to Arab murderers in December 1996, all who protest this surrender are themselves the cornerstone of an Israel that can live. They are the leaders of whatever future Israel has. If enough people stand with them, perhaps it will happen that toward evening time, there will be light.”
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