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More on The Speech

Doubtless by now, you have heard part or all of the speech, and much in response. I have several thoughts. First, I made popcorn. Seriously, I did, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This was poison to Obama and his brownshirts. Even though Netanyahu want further than I imagined he could or would in gratitude toward Obama, he savaged the proposed deal. Left no meat on the bone. They cut away to Pelosi during the speech, and there were two times I remember when I thought she had lost her mind. (Well, she did so long ago, but further lost it). In one shot, she was applauding along with the rest of the chamber—but she was talking to herself, animatedly. In another, she was talking to someone else, just as animatedly. To see her visibly upset made my day.

All she could manage was a written statement released to the press:

“That is why, as one who values the US–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

Aw gee, toots, that’s tough. Take two Botox and call me in the morning.

So the speech was not about placating Obama: what else, then? It was meant to appeal to the 65%-70% of Americans, Republicans, independents, and those few Democrats not out of their freakin’ minds, who are not Obama bitter-enders. I think it played strongly to them. But Rush Limbaugh had this right-on observation, among many others: when Obama is (or feels) humiliated, he goes all in. He is more likely to rush to conclude a deal—perhaps a worse deal, just to spite you—than he is to scrap it and try to get to a better one. You don’t like it? Tough. Eat it.

If it failed to persuade Obama, directly of indirectly, what good did it do?

It announced to the world that one way or another, by treaty or by bombardment, alone or with help, Israel will guarantee that Iran will not become the civilizational threat that many fear it almost already is. Israel will lead.

The message will be met with almost as much hatred in Tehran as it was in Washington, but in other capitals there must be sighs of relief that someone responsible has filled the void of leadership America has created. Iran already has. Russia already has. China already has. Israel is minuscule in size compared to them, but outweighs them all in heart. I wish she didn’t have to do so, but Obama has left her little choice.

Maybe Netanyahu is like the guy surrounded by toughs in a dark alley. He knows he can’t take ‘em all, but he can take one or two, and he shows he’s not afraid to try. The doubts are now in their heads, not his, and he gets away safely. You have to be pretty crazy to try, but again what choice do you have? To walk into the US Congress and undress the sitting president is pretty meshuganah, you have to admit.

PS: Especially loved the shout-out to Moses at the end.

PPS: Caroline Glick:

Netanyahu did it. We have a leader. G-d bless him. He did it.

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Final Thoughts Before Netanyahu’s Speech

Good idea, bad idea—nuts to all of that.

He was invited, he accepted. End of story. If someone (a jug-eared, thin-skinned someone) wants to have a fecal-fit, let him. Jews need to stop apologizing for themselves.

No more he shouldn’t have, no more it’s disrespectful, no more don’t make them angry. [Bleep] that noise, all of it. He was invited, he accepted. Leave the bowing and scraping to (jug-eared, thin-skinned) others.

I will be tuning in, as will millions of others. And I don’t think I’ll learn anything new. Iran is playing Obama like a 1745 Nicolo Amati violin; that’s obvious to everyone, even the jug-eared, thin-skinned fiddle himself, who wants to spread the WMD along with the wealth.

I just want to hear what a real leader who stands up for his country rather than apologizing for it looks and sounds like. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten.

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No Such Thing as Bad Publicity

Just spell the names right:

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that there is unprecedented demand for seats in the House for Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “Everybody wants to be there.”

“What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what our trusted ally has to say.”

Support for Israel continues to be bipartisan, he stressed, and Democratic support for the Jewish state has not receded. “Really,” he added, “the only conflict here is between the White House and Israel.”

We addressed the reasons why in a lengthy post yesterday. We hinted that (or hope we did, we can’t remember) Obama’s character assassination campaign would send the TV ratings through the roof. Bibi and the Super Bowl; everything else will be public access cable.

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Collateral Damage

I say Obama started it; maybe you say Bibi. Or Boeher.

Regardless, the casualty list is growing:

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A wall-to-wall array of Jewish groups condemned an ad accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide.

“Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the ad appearing in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran this week in Washington hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey-based author and pro-Israel advocate.

As soon as the Sabbath ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad. The American Jewish Committee called it “revolting,” the Anti-Defamation League called it “spurious and perverse”, the Jewish Federations of North America called it “outrageous” and Josh Block, the president of The Israel Project, said it was “entirely inappropriate.”

Marshall Wittmann, the spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which will host Rice on Monday at its annual conference, said, “Ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse.”

I get why they’re trying to distance themselves from the ad, even if I think the ad is valid. History teaches that Jews take the hit in time of conflict; these guys are ducking for cover. But this time is no different. Iran is frantically working toward an arsenal of nuclear weapons. The United States and Israel stand opposed (as does every Arab state, and most other nations in the world). Yet it is Israel and America who are fighting it out in the news.

I would say this is entirely how Iran intended it, and that would be true—but it would be less than half the story. This is how Obama intends it. This is his doing, and Susan Rice or Samantha Power or John Kerry are only his instruments. To his way of thinking, Israel and the US share one too many traits, colonialism most prominently. For the son of a Kenyan Marxist (and philanderer and alcoholic), that is unpardonable.

Dinesh D’Souza:

The climax of Obama’s narrative is when he goes to Kenya and weeps at his father’s grave. It is riveting: “When my tears were finally spent,” he writes, “I felt a calmness wash over me. I felt the circle finally close. I realized that who I was, what I cared about, was no longer just a matter of intellect or obligation, no longer a construct of words. I saw that my life in America–the black life, the white life, the sense of abandonment I’d felt as a boy, the frustration and hope I’d witnessed in Chicago–all of it was connected with this small piece of earth an ocean away, connected by more than the accident of a name or the color of my skin. The pain that I felt was my father’s pain.”

In an eerie conclusion, Obama writes that “I sat at my father’s grave and spoke to him through Africa’s red soil.” In a sense, through the earth itself, he communes with his father and receives his father’s spirit. Obama takes on his father’s struggle, not by recovering his body but by embracing his cause. He decides that where Obama Sr. failed, he will succeed. Obama Sr.’s hatred of the colonial system becomes Obama Jr.’s hatred; his botched attempt to set the world right defines his son’s objective. Through a kind of sacramental rite at the family tomb, the father’s struggle becomes the son’s birthright.

Colonialism today is a dead issue. No one cares about it except the man in the White House. He is the last anticolonial.

Obama may not want to “wipe Israel off the map”, as Iran does, but he would like to see it cut down to size. The era of European outposts in indigenous lands (as he sees the Zionist entity) is over. It is past time that the post-colonial powers redress the “legitimate grievances” (a phrase Obama even when talking about ISIS!) of those oppressed by the past, be they African or Arab, Sunni or Shiite. The so-called Palestinians may be an invented identity, squatting in historically Jewish lands, but in Obama’s eyes they are perfectly cast in the role of oppressed minority. He’s not alone in that way of thinking, of course—even Condoleezza Rice likened the so-called Palestinians to the civil rights strugglers of her youth.

Who is this upstart, then, to speak against his dearest held beliefs? This foreigner who speaks English almost as well as His Articulateness? (Better, I would argue, as Netanyahu’s rhetoric is grounded in military and political battle, while Obama has been handed every success, including the presidency, based on an invented autobiography written by Bill Ayers.) Obama may hate Netanyahu—he sure seems to—but this mess is more than about private beefs. It’s a profound dispute over civilization.

If Early Obama was about getting high, and Middle Obama was about getting elected, Late Obama is about getting even. We have seen his recent determination in domestic politics by legally questionable executive orders and actions that bypass Congress, rewriting legislation (often more than once) to fit his fancy. And we see it in matters of state by this fight he and he alone has picked with Netanyahu. Everyone else—Rice, Kerry, Power, Psaki, the CBC, everybody—merely projects Obama’s thoughts.

Again, while the enmity is personal and deep, it is also philosophical. Netanyahu speaks as leader of a country with religious, cultural, and historic ties to its land. Obama sees it as an anachronism. Netanyahu sees the mullahs and ayatollahs of Iran through the eyes of a people who have seen popes, emperors, cossacks, czars and obergrüppenführers sworn to their extinction. Obama sees their “legitimate grievances”.

Worse yet, Netanyahu will speak directly to the people. Obama is most successful when his guard-dog media savages anyone who rises against him. Netanyahu is his worst nightmare: someone who will have direct access to Americans, and speak to them in their own language. (Indeed, his Wikipedia article notes he still speaks English with the Philly accent he learned as a teenager.) And he will speak from the heart—not only his own, but his nation’s and his people’s.

America elected Obama, twice, and Jews make up barely 2% of the population. But America loves Israel anyway, more than Obama knows. Or maybe he does know, and that’s why he’s so scared.

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Pushing Obama to the Brink

Oh boy. Now Boehner’s really gone and done it:

House Speaker John Boehner invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington next month.

“Americans and Afghans have worked together for years on a shared mission of bringing peace and security to the region,” Boehner’s office said in a statement. “This joint address presents an important opportunity to hear from the newly-elected president on how the United States can continue to work together to promote our shared goals and reaffirms our commitment to the Afghan people.”

The speech is set for March 25. Ghani will be the second Afghan president to address Congress. Former President Hamid Karzai appeared before a joint meeting of Congress on June 15, 2004.

We know how batsh*t crazy Obama gets when Speaker Boehner invites foreign leaders to address his coequal branch of government.

Stand back! Krakatoa’s gonna blow!

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What Are the Odds???

That the folks shot in cold blood in a kosher deli were Jewish?

Boy, will Obama be red-faced—uh, embarrassed:

Chilling new details from a deadly terrorist attack at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris last month emerged Friday when a reported transcript of footage from the incident surfaced.

In the nearly eight-minute-long video filmed on a GoPro camera by Amedy Coulibaly, the Islamist gunman can reportedly be seen shooting three of the four victims and delivering an anti-Semitic rant.

The footage shows Coulibaly first grabbing hold of a customer, requesting his name, and then shooting him dead, reports said. The gunman goes on to ask another man for his origin, then kills him after the man replies “Jewish,” according to the BBC, quoting French reports.

“So you know why I am here then, Allahu Akbar,” Coulibaly proceeds to shout, according to a Le Nouvel Observateur report. The gunman can also be heard making anti-Semitic remarks as hostages cry out that the victims have done no wrong.

Coulibaly reportedly told a French journalist at the height of the siege that he had deliberately chosen to target Jews.

This administration has an unfortunate streak of blaming Islamic terrorism on anything else—a YouTube video, knishes, folks. I wish he would indulge his delusions on his own time—perhaps during those hours of golf. The rest of us aren’t interested.

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The Next Election We Must Win

Caroline Glick lays all it out for you:

Secretary of State John Kerry made clear the administration’s desire to topple Netanyahu last spring during his remarks before the Trilateral Commission. It was during that memorable speech that Kerry libeled Israel, claiming that we would automatically and naturally become an apartheid state if we didn’t give Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria to the PLO, Jew free, as quickly as possible.

Despite Israel’s venality, Kerry held out hope. In his words, “if there is a change of government [in Israel], or a change of heart, something will happen.”

Shortly after Kerry gave his Israel apartheid speech, his Middle East mediator Martin Indyk attacked Israel and the character of the Israeli people in an astounding interview to Yediot Aharonot.

Among other things, Indyk hinted that to force Israel to make concessions demanded by the PLO, the Palestinians may need to launch another terror war.

Indyk also threatened that the Palestinians will get their state whether Israel agrees to their terms of not. In his words, “They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”

Indyk made his statements as an unnamed US official. When his identity was exposed, he was forced to resign his position. Following his departure from government service he returned to his previous position as vice president and director of the Brookings Institution and the director of its foreign policy program. Last September, The New York Times reported that the Brookings Institute received a $14.8 million, four-year donation from Qatar, the chief financier of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Coincidence? Indyk was back in Israel recently and gave a speech:

[Israel] can expect that the US will join with the other permanent members of the UN Security Council to pass a resolution “against Israel’s will” that will “lay out the principle of a two-state solution.”

As Indyk intimated, Israel can avoid this fate if it elects a Herzog/Livni government. Such a government, he indicated, will preemptively give in to all of the Palestinians demands and so avoid a confrontation with the US and its colleagues at the Security Council.

And then there’s The Speech:

When Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner announced last month that he had invited Netanyahu to address the joint houses of Congress on the threat emanating from Iran’s nuclear program and from radical Islam, he unintentionally transformed the Israeli elections from a local affair to a contest between Obama and Netanyahu.

Obama’s response to Netanyahu’s speech has been astounding. His ad hominem attacks against Netanyahu, his open moves to coerce Democratic lawmakers to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, and the administration’s aggressive attempts to damage Israel’s reputation in the US have been without precedent. More than anything, they expose a deep-seated fear that Netanyahu will be successful in exposing the grave danger that Obama’s policies toward Iran and toward the Islamic world in general pose to the global security.

It is hard to understand either Israel’s election or Obama’s hysterical response to Netanyahu’s scheduled speech without recognizing that Obama clearly feels threatened by the message he will deliver. Surrounded by sycophantic aides and advisers, and until recently insulated from criticism by a supportive media, while free to ignore Congress due to his veto power, Obama has never had to seriously explain his policies regarding Iran and Islamic terrorists more generally. He has never endured a direct challenge to those policies.

Today Obama believes that he is in a to-the-death struggle with Netanyahu. If Netanyahu’s speech is a success, Obama’s foreign policy will be indefensible. If Obama is able to delegitimize Netanyahu ahead of his arrival, and bring about his electoral defeat, then with a compliant Israeli government, he will face no obstacles to his plan to appease Iran and blame Islamic terrorism on the West for the remainder of his tenure in office.

It’s Netanyahu or Bennett. There can be no other.

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Obama’s Officer Krupke Moment

Stephen Sondheim said it first and best: they’re depraved on account of they’re deprived.

When people — especially young people — feel entirely trapped in impoverished communities, where there is no order and no path for advancement, where there are no educational opportunities, where there are no ways to support families, and no escape from injustice and the humiliations of corruption — that feeds instability and disorder, and makes those communities ripe for extremist recruitment.

The Prophet Stephen was especially prescient (note the character’s name):

A-RAB: (As Psychiatrist) Yes!
Officer Krupke, you’re really a slob.
This boy don’t need a doctor, just a good honest job.
Society’s played him a terrible trick,
And sociologic’ly he’s sick!

Marie Harf couldn’t have said it better. Sondheim’s self-rejoinder:

BABY JOHN: (As Female Social Worker)
Eek!
Officer Krupke, you’ve done it again.
This boy don’t need a job, he needs a year in the pen.

Sondheim wrote those lyrics almost sixty years ago—for a laugh. And the moron in the White House is still peddling this crap as policy. He is dumber than dirt.

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Scoot Over, Israel

Make room in the woodshed:

The Obama administration was given multiple chances Wednesday to endorse a longtime ally’s airstrikes on America’s biggest enemy at the moment, the so-called Islamic State. Over and over again, Obama’s aides declined to back Egypt’s military operation against ISIS. It’s another sign of the growing strain between the United States and Egypt, once one of its closest friends in the Middle East.

This shouldn’t be a complete surprise; Cairo, after all, didn’t tell Washington about its strikes on the ISIS hotbed of Derna, Libya. Still, Wednesday’s disconnect was jarring. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest passed on a reporter’s question about an endorsement of Egypt’s growing campaign against ISIS. So did State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

“We are neither condemning nor condoning” the Egyptian strikes, is all one U.S. official would tell The Daily Beast.

“The Egyptian military, in particular, is very frustrated with us,” one U.S. government official explained to The Daily Beast. “It is mutual frustration.”

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby called the relationship with Egypt “complicated.”

The Obama regime hates Egypt for opposing ISIS, and hates Israel for opposing Iran. I’m pretty good at describing what this cabal does, but I haven’t a clue as to why. What’s “complicated” about bombing the [bleep] out of ISIS? What’s not to condone? Should Egypt have dropped the want ads with its bombs?

The only logical answer is that they are literally anti-American.

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Today’s the Day!

Have you been marking your calendar? Chinese New Year…Mardi Gras…Ash Wednesday…the Countering Violent Extremism summit!

On February 18, 2015, the White House will host a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism to highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence, efforts made even more imperative in light of recent, tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris. This summit will build on the strategy the White House released in August of 2011, Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, the first national strategy to prevent violent extremism domestically.

Mock if you like, but I have my own copy, autographed by Janet Napolitano. Cost a pretty penny on eBay.

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts rely heavily on well-informed and resilient local communities. Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have taken the lead in building pilot frameworks integrating a range of social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders, with law enforcement agencies to address violent extremism as part of the broader mandate of community safety and crime prevention. The summit will highlight best practices and emerging efforts from these communities.

While it’s true Boston hasn’t had a violent extremist incident since the marathon (and 9/11 before that), I don’t think it’s due to “social service providers, including education administrators, mental health professionals, and religious leaders”. Law enforcement agencies, yes; but the rest? Social service providers didn’t nab the Tsarnaev brothers; good detective work did.

But Obama’s on a roll:

The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community.

He was just golfing two days ago on the private golf course of Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle. Did he ask for some advice on counterterrorism?

Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.

Doing for national security what he did for jobs, if that doesn’t scare you. Where did this idiot get his obsession with “presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions”? It sounds like kindergarten (in all ways).

And then there’s this:

Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.

“Legitimate grievances”? WTF?

Have you heard ISIS—sorry, ISIL—talk about “economic, educational and entrepreneurial development” as they saw off Christian heads or set captives afire?

We live in a dangerous world in which ayatollahs, czars, and dynasts flex their muscles with impunity. And this guy talks about legitimate grievances and panel discussions. We are so screwed.

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Here’s Your Kippah, What’s Your Hurry?

Boy, the Democrats are laying it on pretty thick with Netanyahu.

At least someone is making him feel welcome:

As Democrats have grown increasingly vocal in their opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next month, Senate Republicans are laying out the welcome mat.

As one of the chamber’s final acts before members recess for a week, Sen. John Cornyn on Thursday introduced a resolution welcoming Netanyahu to the United States. The resolution was signed by 51 of the chamber’s Republican members and, initially, not a single Democrat. Cornyn said he would circulate a Dear Colleague letter later Thursday urging all 100 senators to sign onto the resolution.

“During this time of such great instability and danger in the Middle East, the United States should be unequivocal about our commitment to one of our closest and most important allies,” Cornyn said in a statement. “I hope all my colleagues will join me in welcoming Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington so we can continue to work together to advance our common security interests.”

The Republicans’ gesture comes as Democrats in the House and Senate have grown increasingly critical of Netanyahu’s visit, which comes at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner and without consultation with the administration. Several Democrats, particularly Congressional Black Caucus members, have talked about boycotting the speech, and the White House announced that Vice President Biden will not be able to attend due to a trip to South America. The trip has also become a huge source of controversy in Israel, as Netanyahu’s visit will come just weeks before he is up for reelection.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., has been particularly outspoken on the matter, even making jokes at Netanyahu’s expense during the National Press Club Foundation dinner last week that left some Republican members squirming in their seats. “I cannot think of any reason as to why someone who differs with my president should be coming to my country, my Congress in order to—especially, when it’s preceding an election in a foreign country, as friendly as she might be,” Rangel said this week.

They don’t even pretend anymore it’s about a breach of protocol. It’s outright hatred. And why it’s a race issue is way beyond me. The Speaker of the House—an equal branch of government—extended the offer, and the Obama forces went ballistic.

So, what did Rangel say that made Republicans squirm?

Harlem Congressman Charlie Rangel on Wednesday joked about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, in a pretend phone call with the Israeli prime minister.

“Yeah, Bibi, yes, no, I’m speaking at the Press Club. Yes indeed. No, I did meet with the president. We had lunch today. No, I’m afraid your name never came up,” Rangel said in his mock phone call conversation at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Congressional Dinner, where members of Congress roast the media and each other.

“I don’t know what AIPAC told you but, listen, most of us really love Israel … but the one thing that doesn’t happen is you don’t come to our country, and our house, and criticize our president,” he said. “And so I would advise you check before you come because you don’t want to have this problem.”

He ended the fake call by saying, “Shalom you too.”

It wasn’t “shalom” he was saying, you bigot, it was “eat s**t”.

PS: Maybe some of you don’t find that offensive. But I had to search pretty hard to find it. If it’s cool, where was the reporting?

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Cause and Effect

Cause:

Twice as many Israelis say that US President Barack Obama’s administration is interfering in the election as those who say it is not, according to a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister publication, Maariv Sof Hashavua.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said the Obama administration is interfering, 31% said it is not interfering, and 8% did not know.

A majority of respondents, 56%, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is correct in principle in his desire to address Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat, while 36% said he is not right, and 8% had no opinion.

Effect:

The projected right-wing bloc is stable at 42 seats, according to an elections poll published Friday – whereas the left continues to reach new lows.

More of the public supports a right-wing government than other possibilities, the poll also revealed. While 38.9% of respondents stated that they would prefer a right-wing government with Likud at its head, only 25% want a center-left government headed by Labor. Just 19% would prefer a joint Likud-Labor government, and 17% abstained from choosing.

Continuing our Thirstradamus streak, we saw this coming. Obama sicced (sic) his Organizing für Amerika dogs on Netanyahu, and the Israeli public, regardless of their feelings for Bibi, recoiled in disgust. Like we said.

It’s not for us to tell Israelis how to vote, but theirs is our favorite world leader. (I used to like the blond Ukraine chick with the braids, but she’s history.) He’s steadfast against terror, a passionate advocate for Zionism, and a very moving speaker. I only wish he were more of all. But it’s enough that Obama can’t stand him. For that alone he deserves a Nobel Prize.

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