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Mordechai Nisan, writing for The Middle East Quarterly, says in devastatingly clear language what we’ve printed many times — there is no peace process and, in all likelihood, never was one due to Palestinian rejection of the basic right of Jews to have a homeland of their own in their ancient land:
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Twenty years on, the two parties find themselves further apart despite years of diplomatic wrangling. It is thus past time to examine and invalidate the paradigm that has taken hold in the hope that a new and less sanguinary one will take root.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 9:31 AM | Stand For Israel
As we reported in this morning’s SFI Daily Dispatch, Israeli television reported unusually harsh comments from unnamed “senior White House officials” calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “desperate and weak” and saying they are “not perturbed by his vocal opposition” to the recent U.S. deal with Iran.
First, let’s deal with the comments. Prime Minister Netanyahu is not weak – not politically, militarily, or personally. The declaration otherwise demonstrates how much this official knows about Israeli politics. Netanyahu is desperate, but that’s because a country that has threatened to wipe his own off the map is closing in on its goal of developing a nuclear weapon and Israel’s Western allies just gave the mullahs a big green light. His desperation would be understandable to this unnamed White House official if the official cared at all to think outside of the Washington, D.C. Beltway. The official, obviously, doesn’t know very much about the situation but has some sort of personal dislike of the Prime Minister.
And that’s really what this comment is about – the Obama Administration simply doesn’t seem to like Netanyahu. It’s important to note that this phenomenon is not unique in U.S.-Israel relations – it was fairly well known that Presidents Carter and Reagan disliked Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The first President Bush disliked Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Israeli Prime Ministers who lead during difficult times and stand up for Israel’s interests on the international stage often find themselves disliked by other world leaders, simply because standing up goes against the grain and ruffles the feathers of Arab countries and other countries hostile to the Jewish state. But what is a leader for if not to make the difficult decisions that must be made to protect a country’s people and ensure its future?
If the report about these comments is true, it’s a disheartening look into the way that Prime Minister Netanyahu – and the broad Israeli political consensus he represents – is viewed in the White House. But…Read More » Comments (70) »
Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel
Even the world of children’s books isn’t exempt from Israel-related controversy. CAMERA brings us the tale of Israel being, quite literally, left off the map:
Scholastic, a publisher of children’s books, will revise and reprint a book with a map of the Middle East that did not include Israel, the West Bank or Gaza Strip.
The Times of Israel, which broke the story, reported that “While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the territory of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, painted red.”
Responding to the error, Scholastic, to its credit, has apologized and stopped shipment on the book. But the question remains: How did such a glaring error make it into the book in the first place?Comments (2) »
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 2:41 PM | Stand For Israel
Over at Israellycool, a former Israeli solider reflects on his time in the IDF, and the brutal killing of IDF soldier Eden Atias, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist yesterday while sleeping on a bus:
You are bone-weary and finally, deliriously, blissfully, on the way home – just another kid who wants to tell mom and dad about his week. You picture yourself walking through the front door of your family home in just a few short hours, as you’ve done thousands of times in your short life. Your senses are attuned not the sounds of gun or tank fire and the smell of cordite and diesel, but to the comforting sounds of the voices of family and friends, and the comforting smells of your favorite comfort foods.
And then you are asleep – a deep sleep that will only be interrupted by the sounds of the bus arriving at its destination, the sounds of your fellow passengers rising to gather their belongings and get off the bus.
Unless you are Eden Atias (HY”D) of Nazrat Illit.
Eden Atias who was only 19 years old.
Eden Atias who was only 3 months into his army service.
Eden Atias whose alef uniform hadn’t yet had the opportunity to earn any insignia.
Eden Atias whose alef uniform still probably had the crease from the factory.
Eden Atias who never got to walk off the bus under his own power.
Eden Atias who was buried tonight.
Read the entire post, and please don’t forget to keep the grieving family of Eden Atias in your prayers today, and in the difficult months to come.Comments (5) »
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Stand For Israel
Amos Regev, editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, writes that world leaders (and many Israelis) are wrong to conclude that Israel’s decision thus far not to attack Iran’s nuclear weapons-building capabilities is due to military inability. Regev lays out the case for Israel’s ability to conduct such a strike and what that action might look like. A fascinating read:
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An attack would not end with a single sortie. Anyone who strikes Iran would have to commit to a protracted campaign. And of course, the attackers would have to counter Iran’s capacity to launch long-range surface-to-surface missiles. According to various estimates, it has hundreds of such projectiles.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Evelyn Gordon, writing at Commentary magazine, brings up a question that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked recently. It is the second most fundamental question of the peace process, the first being: is the Palestinian leadership even interested in peace? If the answer to the first question is “yes” (it’s not, but let’s pretend it is), why should Israel trust the current Palestinian leadership to implement the plan?
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The Palestinians are threatening to renege on their part of the deal–nine months of talks, plus refraining from action against Israel in international forums–on account of Israeli actions that the deal itself allowed. So what confidence can Israel have that the same wouldn’t happen with a full-fledged peace deal?
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 9:10 AM | Stand For Israel
As the United States begins to give away the store to Iran in the nuclear talks in Geneva, and the Saudis decide whether or not they want to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan (both news items are in today’s SFI Daily Dispatch), and thousands continue to die in Syria, and journalists continue to be arrested in Turkey, Secretary of State John Kerry is doing exactly what you’d expect an American diplomat to do – haranguing Israel about making concessions to the Palestinians.
And, yesterday, Kerry made a statement that we’re more accustomed to hearing from Palestinian leadership:
“What is the alternative to peace? Prolonged continued conflict. The absence of peace really means you have a sort of low-grade conflict, war. As long as the aspirations of people are held down one way or another … as long as there is this conflict and if the conflict frustrates once again so that people cannot find a solution, the possibilities of violence increase.”
First of all, that patronizing rhetorical question is so typical of Western peace processors. Obviously, the alternative to peace is war. One needn’t be a diplomat or former U.S. Senator to figure that out. But some wars we choose and others are thrust upon us by enemies intent on our destruction. The total failure on Kerry’s part to draw that distinction is as galling as it is mystifying.
But what is really alarming is the implicit shoulder shrug at a third intifada. Kerry seems to suggest: What else are the Palestinians supposed to do? And to what “aspirations” does Kerry refer? Certainly not for a state. A state must be governed – not by gunmen and bomb-makers but by leaders and responsible adults. The Palestinian leadership has never evinced any aspiration to govern a state – only to tear down the one built by the Jews.
Implicit in Kerry’s statement is the assumption that, if Israel fails to make the right choices –…Read More » Comments (45) »
Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Stand For Israel
Evelyn Gordon, writing at Commentary magazine, points out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might not be very popular in world capitals, but he certainly is effective. While international leaders have been on his case about his tone on Iran, Gordon looks at an interesting, little-noted kink in the recent reporting on the crisis:
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I hadn’t noticed how effective his recent “bombastic bluster” has been until today, when a senior Israeli official pointed out something I’d missed: “We changed the conversation in which everyone was talking about easing the existing sanctions to a conversation in which everyone is discussing the need for preventing additional sanctions,” he said.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel