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In light of the deepening mess in Syria — with Sunni and Shia factions battling for regional hegemony — and yesterday’s Israeli attack on what was likely a weapons transfer on the Syria-Lebanon border, Ariel Ben Solomon of The Jerusalem Post looks at two of the big dogs in the Syrian proxy war and their ongoing attempts to dislodge one another:
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Sunni jihadist groups with a regional presence and connections to the global jihadist network are targeting Hezbollah and Iranian locations, gathering Muslim recruits from all over the world. Two of the main jihadist groups involved in Syria, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), have claimed responsibility for bombings against Shi’ite targets in Lebanon. To strike back against the Sunnis, Hezbollah and Iran participate in the conflict beyond Lebanese borders, with an emphasis on the Sunni- Shi’ite battle in Syria.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 8:42 AM | Stand For Israel
Times of Israel correspondent Avi Issacharoff, one of the best journalists in the world covering Gaza and Sinai, says that the attack on the tourist bus in Taba, Egypt indicates something we’ve written about before — the pro-Muslim Brotherhood terrorists in Egypt are smart enough to go after Egypt’s two biggest money-makers:
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The attack on the tourist bus is the latest in a series of dozens of strikes from extremist Muslim groups meant to damage one of the two most important income sources in Egypt — tourism. In Cairo, it’s clear that the terrorists would not stop at just tourism, but are already gunning for the primary income source, the Suez Canal. This is what is generating the sense of urgency in military operations in the Sinai.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 8:42 AM | Stand For Israel
More sad proof that the reach of radical Islamist terrorists extends far past the Middle East:
A pair of suicide bombings that left 31 dead in Russia could be a chilling tune-up for the Olympic Games, where a Muslim terrorist leader has vowed to put Chechnya’s long-standing grievance with Moscow in the international spotlight, according to terrorism experts.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, which occurred less than 24 hours apart in the city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, terror experts strongly suspect they were inspired, if not ordered, by Chechen Muslim rebel leader Doku Umarov. Umarov, who calls himself the emir of the terror group the Caucasus Emirate, has called on Muslims to attack civilians and to prevent the Olympics from occurring.
Radical Islam isn’t just Israel’s problem, it’s the world’s problem. Please keep the victims of these cowardly attacks and their loved ones in your prayers.Comments (0) »
Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 12:49 PM | Stand For Israel
Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin says that the world has its priorities backward when it comes to Israeli settlements and Islamist terrorism:
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This is a moment when terrorism against the Jewish state is on the rise. Rockets are flying from Gaza into southern Israel. And Israel’s supposed peace partners continue to say they will never recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn. Yet the world is about to pounce on Israel for having the temerity to state its intention to build houses. If that doesn’t tell you all you have to know about the skewed moral compass of Israel’s critics and the lopsided morality of Middle East peace processing, nothing will.
Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 9:20 AM | Stand For Israel
The bombing of Bus 240 from Bat Yam to B’nei Brak could have been a significant tragedy – which is not to diminish the injuries suffered by an Israeli police officer in any way. But, had passengers not noticed the suspicious package, alerted the driver, and immediately cleared the bus, we would be talking about a much larger human toll.
Of particular interest to us was the quote from a Hamas spokesman praising the bombing – an attack which took place while Israelis and Palestinians are (theoretically) amidst peace talks. “It would be best,” said the Hamas apparatchik, “if Israel would come to understand that it will know no stability as long as the Palestinians live in instability.”
Let’s compare – or, rather, contrast – the stability of Israel with the instability of its neighbors in Gaza (which has been ruled by Hamas since 2006 and in which not a single Jew has set foot of his or her own accord since early 2009):
According to the UN Human Development index – which aggregates life expectancy, literacy, education, and quality of life – Israel ranks 16th of the 185 UN members, placing the Jewish state in the “very highly developed” category. Gaza ranks 110th, good enough for “medium human development.”
Israel’s overall GDP is around $250 billion. Gaza’s is less than $10 billion.
Unemployment in Gaza is over 25% – well above that if you took out those who work for the Hamas government or the UN. There is virtually no private industry. Unemployment in Israel is 5.6% and there are more Israeli companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country but the US.
I think most of us would happily take a healthy dose of Israeli “instability.”
The emptiness of Hamas’ rhetoric is both nauseating and hysterical. Nauseating because it suggests that Israel is dealing with an enemy so self-unaware and self-delusional that they think they’re causing instability … for Israel! Hysterical because, while the “leaders” of the Palestinians continue to rain misery and ruin on their own people (which is decidedly not hysterical), Israelis continue to win Nobel…Read More » Comments (25) »
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 8:37 AM | 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
We have previously posted about the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Yasser Arafat. In November of 2004, Arafat fell ill, slipped into a coma and – after being airlifted to a hospital in Paris – died. Doctors said he died of a massive stroke, but the cause of his illness was not made public by Palestinian officials. Speculation inside Israel – and we’ve seen nothing but speculation – is that he died of complications from a disease that the Palestinian leadership might have found embarrassing, such as HIV/AIDS.But Palestinian officials have maintained that Arafat was poisoned by Israel. Now, a Swiss team of nuclear “experts” has found traces of polonium – a radioactive element used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II – in the remains of the arch-terrorist which were exhumed at the behest of his widow. The theory is that the Israelis somehow got polonium into Arafat’s system, he took ill, and died.
The problem is that they found a LOT of polonium in Arafat’s body (see the post linked above). The amount found – even with the element’s rate of decay factored in – suggests that Arafat would have died far more quickly than he actually did. There is also no proof that, if Arafat was indeed poisoned, Israel was involved. Neither is there a motive, as the IDF had Arafat safely contained inside his compound in Ramallah. And, had Israel wanted him dead, they would have been totally justified in employing a targeted assassination – as was done to Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – since Arafat had more blood on his hands than anyone.
So this claim can be filed under one of our favorite categories: the Long and Utterly Fictitious Arm of the Mossad (the same folks who recently brought you the terrible Lebanese Spying Eagle)!
Might the polonium have been planted in Arafat’s corpse after his death, by aides keen on blaming his demise on Israel? Or perhaps Arafat himself was inherently radioactive (a…Read More » Comments (9) »
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 8:59 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
With reports out from human rights organizations decrying American use of drones to target and kill terrorists in Pakistan and elsewhere, Max Boot writes in Commentary that – contrary to the complaints of Amnesty International and the like – drones are a shining example of American morality rather than an indictment of it:
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That is not an argument for going back to the crude carpet bombing of World War II days. Drone strikes are a better instrument for the War on Terror. But it is crazy to attack drone strikes for their supposed immorality when they are the most precise and therefore the most humane type of warfare ever waged.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 7:52 AM | Stand For Israel