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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
Elliott Abrams, who served as National Security Advisor under President George W. Bush, writes at the Council on Foreign Relations that, among the groups that has suffered the most during the Syrian civil war, Palestinian “refugees” living in Syria (that is, Palestinians and their descendants who fled Israel during the 1948 war) have had it worse than most. But Palestinians living in other Arab countries suffer terrible treatment, too:
In one sense this is an old story: Arab states using the Palestinian issue against Israel often treat Palestinians badly. Jordan is the only country that has given them full citizenship rights. But there is another story here: the way UNRWA’s special treatment of Palestinians has backfired.Comments (8) »
Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 9:22 AM | Stand For Israel
There are plenty of existing problems with books used in Palestinian schools (including those run by the U.N.), and Max Boot writes in Commentary magazine that, while the new Hamas textbooks are no exception, what should surprise us is that the West and the U.S. are surprised by these books and continue to engage with Palestinian leaders as if they are serious about peace:
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It is a mystery which perhaps only Kerry can answer: What in the current configuration of power makes him optimistic that a breakthrough could be achieved now? Why on earth does he imagine he will succeed where all of his predecessors have failed?
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Stand For Israel
There’s a major Middle East story playing out right here in our own backyard.
In 1995, a woman named Rasmieh Yousef Odeh left Jordan and came to the United States, where she settled in Chicago and, in 2004, became a U.S. citizen. Before going to Jordan in 1980, she was in an Israeli prison for her participation in a 1969 bombing of a supermarket in Jerusalem. The 66-year-old Odeh was, at the time, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. According to the report in the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. government says that Ms. Odeh lied on her immigration documents by failing to disclose that she was a convicted, violent terrorist – probably because she was aware that we don’t typically welcome such folks into the United States.
Now that she has been found out, the authorities are in the process of deporting her. And that’s where the story gets really interesting.
The same article in the Tribune contains this gem:
“It’s an escalation of attacks on our community. … We’re very, very angry,” Hatem Abudayyeh, leader of the pro-Palestine group Committee to Stop FBI Repression, said outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. “This is a community under siege, and now a 66-year-old woman is under siege from this federal government.”
First of all, if Mr. Abudayyeh wants to see what a community under siege looks like, he should visit some of his Palestinian brothers and sisters under bombardment by Arab Muslim Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Second, Ms. Odeh’s case has nothing to do with a minority community being under siege. It has to do with a convicted murderer lying about her past in order to get into our country. And, regardless of the background of the convicted murderer, we don’t take kindly to that.
Third, and most troublesome, is the fact that anyone would rally around this woman who killed innocent people and then lied about it to get into the country. This is indicative of a fundamental problem: While the…Read More » Comments (17) »
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 6:52 AM | Stand For Israel
Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin reiterates the old adage that, if the Palestinians dropped their weapons today, there would be peace, while if the Israelis dropped their weapons today, there would be a massacre. The Palestinian leadership continues to talk out of both sides of its mouth and get away with it:
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Tellingly, once Abbas had left and the cameras were off, one of the PA leader’s senior aides and negotiators set the record straight about what the Palestinians are willing to do. Yasser Abed Rabbo not only dropped the happy talk and called Netanyahu an “extremist,” he bluntly said the Palestinians would never recognize “historic Palestine” as the “homeland of the Jewish people.”
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 7:32 AM | Stand For Israel
Before he took the position as head of Israel’s National Archives, Yaacov Lozowick was one of the premier bloggers on Israeli history, culture, and current affairs. Every once in a while he (carefully) writes about contemporary issues. Without passing judgment on the Palestinian prisoner release, he notes that some of those being released are truly the worst of the worst:
However, a quick glance at the list should make any decent person blanche. Are these the heroes the Palestinians wish to celebrate?
Be sure to read the post from CAMERA that Lozowick links to; the list of crimes committed by some of those slated to be released is truly shocking.Comments (16) »
Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 9:28 AM | Stand For Israel
At SFI, we try not to pass judgment on decisions made by the democratically elected government of Israel. But we had to ask: in a million years, would you ever accept the U.S. government doing what Israel is doing? Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary magazine, says there’s no way the American people would tolerate releasing hardened murderers. So why push Israel to do it?
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The fact is the United States would never consider such a request for a minute, no matter the diplomatic gains to be garnered from that sort of concession elsewhere in the globe. The American position is, as the Obama administration likes to put it, that anyone who attacks U.S. citizens will be chased down to the ends of the earth and either be snuffed by a drone attack that has the personal approval of the commander in chief or be locked away for good if they are captured.
Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 7:18 AM | Stand For Israel
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians will meet soon in Washington to finalize an agreement on relaunching peace negotiations for the first time in five years.
Kerry has told reporters that he and the two sides “reached an agreement that establishes a basis for direct final status negotiations,” but he added that it is “still in the process of being formalized.”
He says “if everything goes as expected,” Israeli and Palestinians negotiators will hold initial talks “within the next week or so.”
The announcement Friday came at the end of a visit by Kerry to the region holding several days of talks with both sides.
Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 2:05 PM | Stand For Israel
Palestinian culture is awash in hatred of Jews and Israelis and in a cult of victimhood. That may seem harsh, but it’s simply incontrovertible fact and sugar-coating it is what allows well-meaning folks like Secretary of State John Kerry to come back to the Middle East time and again peddling the same tired clichés and warmed-over peace plans. Until someone – preferably a Palestinian leader – deals with the cultural corruption in Palestinian society, there is little point to discuss peace.
Take, for example, this video of two young Palestinian girls spewing vile anti-Semitic bilge.
This looks like the kind of thing that a child might learn to recite in school. And who helps fund Palestinian TV? And who helps fund Palestinian schools? That’s right: the American taxpayer.
A famous song from the Broadway musical South Pacific tells us:
You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught
These little girls weren’t born with a genetic mutation that compels them to hate Jews. They were carefully taught by hate-filled adults. They went to schools and played on streets named after “martyrs.” They are surrounded by television shows, popular songs, and revered older children who fill them with the same hatred. They have little or no economic prospects, and they will likely marry men with no prospects either, because the actions of their leaders have nearly destroyed what little opportunity used to exist in their towns. Their “armies” blow up buses full of women and children – which their culture celebrates but which, deep down, must cause additional shame – and then they suffer from the justified retaliation and security measures of a real army. They live with very little – many of them in squalid refugee camps where only the generosity of hated Western powers provides for their daily sustenance – while the Jews mere miles down the road sit in air-conditioned homes and play with the latest iPhones. This seething hatred, this failure, this weakness,…Read More » Comments (15) »
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 8:10 AM | Stand For Israel
Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967, is in a bad mood.
He has released a new report on the situation in the West Bank and Gaza, the summary of which reads as follows:
In the present report, while noting the continuing non-cooperation of Israel, the Special Rapporteur addresses Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense” and the general human rights situation in the Gaza Strip, as well as the expansion of Israeli settlements – and businesses that profit from Israeli settlements and the situation of Palestinians detained by Israel.
Unfortunately for Falk, his background makes it difficult to take him too seriously. He’s a 9/11 “Truther” (someone who believes that it was not the actual hijackers who perpetrated the terrorist attacks on 9/11, but rather any one of a host of other possible culprits), and has been criticized by the UN Secretary General for making anti-Semitic statements. He is the answer to the ages-old question, “how much of an anti-Semite do you have to be to draw the criticism of the UN Secretary General?” After the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, Falk waited all of a few hours before blaming the bombings on U.S. foreign policy and, of course, Israel.
The U.S. mission to the UN Human Rights Committee responded this way to Falk’s latest report and some statements he made during testimony on the report:
Mr. Falk’s most recent statement, which he dramatically and recklessly included in an official UN document, is characteristic of previous reprehensible comments and actions he has made during his tenure as a special rapporteur. It once again starkly demonstrates that he is unfit to serve in his role as a UN special rapporteur. His views and behavior, both official and unofficial, are offensive and provocative and do nothing to advance peace in the Middle East or to further the protection and promotion of human rights. We again call for…Read More » Comments (37) »
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:10 AM | Stand For Israel