Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Ambassador ret. Yoram Ettinger: Israel - US Relations: a mutually beneficial bilateral bond (A 10-minute-video produced by the "Israel Institute for Strategic Studies” (IISS)
Thursday, 20 April 2017
A frustrated Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, criticized the United Nations for ignoring the issue of Palestinians killing Palestinians.
In a phone conversation with Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Middle East envoy, he complained that while the UN regularly condemns “justified Israeli actions against terrorism” they have nothing to say about decades of intra-sectarian rivalries in which Palestinian kill and injure each other.
He is right. Liberman complained that the UN has had nothing to say about the killings and executions among Palestinians in Lebanon’s Ein El-Hilweh. Liberman said, The international community’s ignoring dozens of deads and wounded shows again the hypocrisy and double standard that the world employs by ignoring these grave incidents, while on the other hand condemning Israel’s justified actions against terrorism.”
In early April, fighting between Fatah and a Palestinian Sunni Islamist group in Lebanon killed at least four people and wounded dozens more during a week of fighting.
In the same period in Gaza, Hamas executed three men for allegedly collaborating with Israel. This is a regular excuse for Hamas to dispose of members of rival factions. On this the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, has said that these executions “were carried out in breach of Palestinian’s obligations under international law…which laces stringent conditions on the use of the death penalty.”
Even Mladenov has issued a statement saying that he was “deeply concerned” by the growing tensions in Gaza.
Add to this growing death toll the street executions carried out by Hamas during their 2014 war on Israel. They killed several Palestinians in public executions as well and many within their facilities.
Little to no mention has been made to the large number of Palestinians killed by errant Hamas rockets short-falling within the Gaza Strip, rockets fired at Israeli civilian centers which hit homes and schools killing and injuring many Palestinians. It is estimated that at least one hundred and fifty Gazans were killed by Hamas missiles during their bombardment of Israel.
According to my estimates, since 2104, and despite their intense terror campaign, more Palestinians have been killed by Palestinians than Israelis. When they are not attempting to kill Israelis they are killing themselves. This tendency will certainly continue should the international community bring about a Palestinian state as intra-sectional rivalry for power will explode as we witnessed in Gaza and now see being played out in Lebanon among violent and armed Palestinian gangs.
All this adds up to the sad conclusion that Palestinian Arabs are inflicted by an irresponsible, violent, and murderous culture. This tendency has to be quarterized before any attempt at creating a peaceful Palestine is at all possible.
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and the 2017 best-seller ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.’ and a frequent adviser to SDR.
Friday, 14 April 2017
Officials inspect the scene of the attack near the Old City
Again a randomly killed non Muslim by a Muslim naturally BBC avoids to name it for what it is. Namely: A religiously motivated killing pre-planned killing of someone dressed the way any Muslim wouldn't! Just imagine .....would any adult Jewish housewife be walking with a knife in her hand bag? Its a rather foolish question as so called" Palestinian Muslim leaders have time after time publicly asked any Palestinian to kill Jews when ever they can....
A 23-year-old British woman has been stabbed to death in Jerusalem, police have said. The tourist was repeatedly stabbed while she travelled on a tram in Tzahal Square, which was packed with people celebrating Good Friday and Passover.She was taken to hospital but died from her injuries soon afterwards.
Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service have identified 57-year-old Palestinian Gamil Tamimi as her attacker. He was arrested at the scene. Police say Mr Tamimi, a resident of Ras al-Amud in east Jerusalem, was recently released from a psychiatric hospital.
'The Palestinian cultural richness is further shared with Westerners in a traditional way as a 30-year-old pregnant woman and a 50-year-old man were also injured in the attack.
BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman said the pair, who were much less seriously injured than the British woman, were either hurt when the tram came to a sudden stop or in the panic to get away. A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are in touch with local authorities following an incident in Jerusalem on April 14."
Israeli Defence Minister Minister Avigdor Liberman: Not ‘surprised’ if Iranian president assassinated
Iranian racist women attend an electoral campaign rally in support of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 9 2009 in Tehran Iran.....
The news in early April circled two attacks in Syria.
One was the horrendous chemical weapons launched from Syrian warplanes. The world was sickened by the sight of dead and dying children and babies chocking on the poison that descended on them from a threatening Syrian sky.
The other was the decisive response when President Trump spoke for the outraged world by destroying the Syrian airbase from which the planes carried their lethal loads against the civilian population of Idlib.
Seventy died and hundreds were injured in the Syrian attack executed with the collusion of Russia.
Faced with global outrage, the Syrian regime pointed the finger of blame against Israel, the Martians, anyone except themselves.
Assad told a Croatian newspaper that he blamed Israel “for supporting terrorists” and that he was engaged in a “Syrian-Israeli war” because “the same terrorists fighting on Syrian soil serve Israel, even if they are not members of Israel’s standing army. Israel is a partner with the same goals as the United States, Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries,” which basically points to Assad’s sense of isolation.
On April 5, the same day as the Syrian chemical attack against civilians in the Khan Sheikhoun district of Idlib, the Syrian delegate to the United Nations Disarmament Commission accused Israel of “intolerable and immoral” practices of introducing “nuclear terrorism, chemical, biological and radioactive terrorism” into the region.
Ever heard the expression “getting away with murder”? Play smoke and mirrors at the UN by blaming Israel of gross violations of, well, anything from global terrorism or the abuse of children’s and women’s rights. It diverts attention away from your crimes as you are slaughtering women and children.
In the face of such gross injustices perpetrated by regimes that have been emboldened by the dangerously vacuous foreign policy of the Obama Administration, the caring world took a collective sigh of relief when newly-elected President Trump stepped up to the plate and knocked out twenty warplanes and the destruction of one of Syria’s primary airbases. This warning shot told dictators everywhere that America is back after eight failed years of Obama.
On December 2, 2012, when Obama warned that “the use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable,” he told Assad that, “if you make the tragic mistake of using this weapon you will accountable and there will be consequences.”
In August, 2013, in defiance of the American president, Assad launched a massive poison gas attack in Adra that reportedly killed more than 1,400 including over 500 children. The response form the Obama Administration was confined to a few vacuous words and zero action.
By June 2014, the Wall Street Journal was heralding the headline, “Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria is Completed” as Obama sent out his envoys to declare; “We were able to find a solution that actually removed chemical weapons from the use of Syria in a way that the use of force would never have accomplished.”
This was Susan Rice on NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ on January 16 this year. Why is it that whenever Susan Rice goes public she talks such crock? Remember Benghazi and the video? Remember Susan Rice saying that deserter Bergdahl served with ‘honor and distinction’?
Not that John Kerry was any brighter, or more honest. On ‘Meet the Press’ on July 20, 2014, he boasted that “we struck a deal where we got 100% of the Syrian chemical weapons out.”
Assad kept his chemical weapons stockpile. What else would a rough regime do when a naïve US Administration lamely relied on trust without extreme verification? They would lie and cheat. That’s what a rogue regime does in the face of supine naivety.
This inevitably brings us to consider what if the Obama Administration was as totally impotent and wrong about Iran’s nuclear capability as they have been proven to be over Assad’s chemical weapons? What then?
The specter of Adra and Idlib raises grave questions.
They were adamant there were no chemical weapons in Syria. They lined up in front of the media to brag about it. They were wrong. They were dead wrong.
In retrospect, the Obama doctrine was if you say it is so, it has to be so. The deadly result of that fallacy hangs heavily over Israel.
What if the mad mullahs of Tehran have, as we suspect, amassed stockpiles of nuclear material and are now being allowed to develop their long-range launch capabilities to deliver their version of Adra and Idlib to the civilians of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem?
The uncertainty of idle boasts from the previous US has led Israel to worry even more about the Iranian nuclear threat over our heads.
We never trusted the Obama-Kerry deal then. We sure as hell don’t trust it today. But that is not the only concern for Israelis.
What of the repercussions for Israel of the Trump strike in Syria?
There has been media talk of Syria or their proxies taking revenge against American targets for the destruction of their airbase.
Certainly, the vast majority of Israelis applauded the president’s decisive action. However, it is certain that there will be blow-back from one of Syria’s close allies, probably not Russia but surely Iran or Hezbollah.
Assad is not in a position to inflict damage on either America or Israel, but Iran and absolutely Hezbollah are. Any Israeli national security assessment must take into consideration the possibility of Hezbollah striking either an Israeli or Jewish target sometime this year.
Knowing Hezbollah’s past record, the target will probably not be in Israel or the States. They will select either a Jewish facility or Israeli embassy in South America, or against Israeli or Jewish tourist targets in Europe.
Hezbollah terrorists will give cover for Syria and Iran. They have always been a useful terror proxy for these rogue regimes. It would be hard for America or Israel to strike against Syria, Iran or even Lebanon should a deadly Hezbollah terror attack occur abroad.
Barry Shaw is one of our longest loyal co-worker and advisor. He is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of the new book ‘1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel. And also a known writer for Gatestone Institute. SDR will always recommend his passionate writings and his in depth reporting. That usually adds a new view of any matter he takes on to go in depth with.
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
1. According to Heinrich Heine, the 19th century German poet, “Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent.”
2. Moses’ “Let my people go” paved the road to the Exodus. In 1850, it became a code song for black slaves, who were freed by Harriet Tubman’s (“Mama Moses”) “Underground Railroad.” Paul Robeson and Louis Armstrong enhanced its popularity through the lyrics: “When Israel was Egypt’s land, let my people go! Oppressed so hard they could not stand, let my people go! Go down Moses, way down in Egypt’s land; tell old Pharaoh to let my people go….!” On December 11, 1964, upon accepting the Nobel Prize, Martin Luther King, Jr., “the Moses of his age”, said: “The Bible tells the thrilling story of how Moses stood in Pharaoh’s court centuries ago and cried, ‘Let my people go!’”
3. The Exodus has been an integral part of the American story since the landing of the 17th century early Pilgrims, who considered themselves “the people of the modern day Exodus,” who departed from “the modern day Egypt” (Britain), rebelled against “the modern day Pharaoh,” (King James I and King Charles I), crossed “the modern day Red Sea” (the Atlantic Ocean) and headed toward “the modern day Promised Land” (America). Hence, the abundance of US sites bearing Biblical names, such as Jerusalem, Salem (the original name of Jerusalem), Bethel, Shiloh, Ephrata’, Tekoa’, Bethlehem, Moriah, Zion, etc.
4. The Exodus is mentioned 50 times in the Torah, equal to the 50 years of the Jubilee - the Biblical symbol of liberty – which is featured on the Liberty Bell (installed in 1751 – the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges): “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof (Leviticus, 25:10).” Moses received the Torah - which includes 50 gates of wisdom - 50 days following the Exodus, as celebrated by the Shavou'ot/Pentecost Holiday. And, there are 50 States in the United States, whose Hebrew name is ארצות הברית, the States of the Covenant.
5. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense – “the cement of the Revolution” - referred to King George as “the hardened, sullen-tempered Pharaoh of England.” John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – the 2nd and 3rd US presidents - and Benjamin Franklin, proposed the Parting of the Sea as the official US seal. The proposal was tabled, but the chosen seal features thirteen stars (colonies), above the Eagle, in the shape of a Star of David. Ezra Stiles, the President of Yale University – which features on its shield “Urim and Thummim,” the power of the High Priest during the Exodus - stated on May 8, 1873: “Moses, the man of God, assembled three million people, the number of people in America in 1776.” Theodore White wrote in The Making of the President 1960: “It is as if Kennedy, a younger Moses, had led an elderly Joshua [LBJ] to the height of Mount Nebo…and there shown him the Promised Land which he himself would never be entering, but which Joshua would make his own.” In 2017, the bust of Moses faces the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and eight statues and engravings of Moses and the Tablets are featured in the US Supreme Court.
6. A documentation of the Exodus - which took place in the second half of the 15th century BCE, during the reign of Egypt’s Amenhotep II – was provided by the late Prof. Yehudah Elitzur, one of Israel’s pioneers of Biblical research. Accordingly, the 40-year national coalescing of the Jewish people – while wandering in the desert - took place when Egypt was ruled by Thutmose IV. Joshua conquered Canaan when Egypt was ruled by Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV, who were preoccupied with domestic affairs, refraining from expansionist operations. Moreover, letters which were discovered in Tel el Amarna, the capital city of ancient Egypt, documented that the 14th century BCE Pharaoh, Amenhotep IV, was informed by the rulers of Jerusalem, Samaria and other parts of Canaan, about a military offensive launched by the “Habirus” (Hebrews and other Semitic tribes), which corresponded to the timing of Joshua’s offensive against the same rulers. Amenhotep IV was a determined reformer, who introduced monotheism, possibly influenced by the nationally and religiously game-changing Exodus. Further documentation of the Exodus is provided by Dr. Joshua Berman of Bar Ilan University.
7. Passover is the oldest Jewish national liberation holiday, highlighting the mutually-inclusive aspects of Judaism: religion, nationality, culture/morality, language and history. Passover highlights individual and national liberty and optimism, which have played a critical role in preserving Judaism, Jews and the yearning to reconstruct the Jewish Homeland, in defiance of the 40 years in the desert and the 2,500 year of exile, destruction, pogroms, the Holocaust, boycotts, wars, terrorism and anti-Semitism.
8. Passover stipulates that human rejuvenation – just like the rejuvenation of nature - must be driven by roots/memory/history. Therefore, parents are instructed to educate their children about the lessons of Passover. Passover was an early edition of the 19th century Spring of Nations. It is celebrated in the spring, the bud of nature. Spring is mentioned 3 times in the Torah, all in reference to the Exodus. Passover – which commemorates the creation of the Jewish nation – lasts seven days, just like the creation of the universe.
9. Passover's centrality in Judaism is highlighted by the first of the Ten Commandments: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." The Passover ethos is included in daily Jewish prayers, Shabbat and holiday prayers, the blessing over the wine, the blessing upon circumcision, the prayer fixed in the Mezuzah (doorpost) and in the annual family retelling of the Exodus on the eve of Passover. Passover symbolizes the unity of - and interdependence between - the People of Israel, the Torah of Israel and the Land of Israel.
10. Passover highlights the central role of women: Yocheved, Moses’ mother, hid Moses and then breastfed him at the palace of Pharaoh, posing as a nursemaid; Miriam, Moses’ older sister, was her brother’s keeper; Batyah, the daughter of Pharaoh saved and adopted Moses (Numbers 2:1-10); Shifrah and Pou’ah, two Jewish midwives, risked their lives, sparing the lives of Jewish male babies, in violation of Pharaoh’s command (Numbers 1:15-19); Tziporah, Moses’ wife, saved the life of Moses and set him back on the Jewish course (Numbers, 4:24-27). They followed in the footsteps of Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel, the Matriarchs who engineered, in many respects, the roadmap of the Patriarchs.
11. Passover is the first of the three Jewish pilgrimages to Jerusalem, followed by Shavou’ot (Pentecost), which commemorates the receipt of the Ten Commandments, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and named after Sukkota - the first stop in the Exodus.
12. The Passover Seder is concluded by the declaration: "Next Year in the rebuilt, unified Jerusalem!"
At last but not least: ""Nota bene"" Please remember that we (SDR) strongly recommend to you to observe the following rare opportunity
Ambassador (ret.) diplomatic road map legend Yoram Ettinger, will personally be in back in the US starting, May, August until November, 2017. There is some time available for speaking engagements.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
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