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Speaking Of Racism, Speaking Of Obama…

Obama misses “white” Israel

Before we start, a few facts. Somewhere between 5-10% of the Israeli population are Jews who fled persecution in Ethiopia. They are what we in America would call “black”. (I reject this; they are simply Jewish, but let that go.) Something like 45% of the Israeli population is comprised of Jews who fled persecution and/or were forced to flee by government policy from places like Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, etc. They are either “brown” or “black”. Again, that is an American hang-up; they are simply Jewish. So Israel is more than half “people of color”. It is also true that the “people of color” married “people of pallor” so that most Israelis are a blend of the imaginary color spectrum.

Barack Obama, race obsessed as always, wishes we had the old socialist/communist group in power, the “white guys” who somehow survived the Holocaust. And, of all people, the Washington Post is calling him out for this.

Oh, the irony. Here’s an excerpt from the president’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg:

Obama: And I care deeply about preserving that Jewish democracy, because when I think about how I came to know Israel, it was based on images of, you know—

Goldberg: We talked about this once. Kibbutzim, and—

Obama: Kibbutzim, and Moshe Dayan, and Golda Meir, and the sense that not only are we creating a safe Jewish homeland, but also we are remaking the world. We’re repairing it. We are going to do it the right way. We are going to make sure that the lessons we’ve learned from our hardships and our persecutions are applied to how we govern and how we treat others.

To understand how this sounds to someone sensitive to the history of various historically disfavored groups in Israel, imagine a foreign leader had said “I came to know America based on images of Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, the American Federation of Labor, the Daughters of the American Revolution…” Each of these individuals and groups had their virtues, but lots of us would think, “Geez, you’re nostalgic for an America dominated by White Protestants, and you aren’t even sensitive enough about the course of American history to recognize it, or assumedly you wouldn’t say it.”

The Israel of kibbutzim (kudos to Obama for using the proper Hebrew plural), Dayan, and Meir, was perhaps a more idealistic, and certainly more socialistic Israel. But it was also an Israel dominated by a secularized, Ashkenazic elite.

Mizrahim (Jews from Arab countries), though more than half the population, were marginalized at every level of society. Discrimination was to a large extent institutionalized; the governing Labor Party was run by socialistic Ashkenazim, and given that state capitalism dominated the Israeli economy one’s political and social connections (protectsia in Hebrew) went a long way toward determining one’s economic prospects.

Most Americans don’t understand this, but the duo that Obama supported in the Israeli election last March, Herzog and Livni, are the children of powerful Ashkenazi politicians. They are the Hilary Clinton types of Israeli. Jews who either directly fled the slaughter of Muslim countries, whether in Africa or the Middle East, are a whole lot less naive about the tactics and intentions of Israel’s enemies. They understand them, having lived among them for generations. Obama wants the old socialist, kibbutznik leadership because he believes he can manipulate them. I don’t think they are that stupid, but that is what he is saying in this section of the interview.

And there’s more at the link. We are a dumb country being led by a real dolt.

– Aggie

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Jackass of All Trades

Need a job done? Call Handyman Barack. He can fix a leaky faucet, change your locks, solve rising tides, reform health care, re-sod your front yard, you name it.

Speak about antisemitism? Sure! He’ll do that and clean your gutters for one amazingly low price!

President Barack Obama is addressing one of the largest Jewish congregations in Washington to highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism, a problem he says has created an intimidating environment worldwide for Jewish families.

In an interview with The Atlantic magazine this week, Obama said extremism in the Middle East and the emergence of overt anti-Semitism in Europe have made Jews fearful just one generation removed from the Holocaust.

But he also criticized politicians who denounce anyone who questions Israeli government policies as being anti-Jewish. He says: “I completely reject that.”

Of course you do! Just as you don’t take it personally when someone disagrees with your policies. In front of an assembled audience. No fit of pique from you!

Here he is “completely rejecting that”:

President Barack Obama defended his fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the March elections in Israel, arguing that such criticism lends him credibility when defending the Jewish state in international arenas, and rejected attempts to equate his censure of the Israeli government with anti-Semitism.

Obama, in a wide-ranging interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, said that his criticism of Netanyahu, who on election day warned in a frantic video that Israel’s Arab citizens were streaming to the polls “in droves,” related to the very “nature of the friendship between the United States and Israel.” He also said that comments such as Netanyahu’s have “foreign-policy consequences.”

That criticism, which rattled the already fraught relationship between the two governments, was due to Netanyahu straying from “the very language of the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which explicitly states that all people regardless of race or religion are full participants in the democracy,” said Obama, who also took Netanyahu to task for asserting in the run-up to the election that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch.

There’s that Ivy League mind in action—does it not occur to him that the fact of Arab Israelis voting “in droves” is proof of “all people regardless of race or religion [being] full participants in the democracy”? It’s not a contradiction; it’s a confirmation.

Boob.

But then, David Axelrod accused Mitt Romney of racism in his concession phone call for congratulating Obama on getting out the vote. These guys are wired weirdly.

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Amen, Sister

Preach!

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, the country’s de facto top diplomat, told Israeli diplomats Thursday not to hesitate in asserting to their foreign counterparts that the entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.

In an unapologetic speech to incoming Foreign Ministry employees, Likud lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely said that “the time has come to tell the world that we’re right – not only smart.”

Hotovely, who favors the annexation of the West Bank and opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, told envoys, “We must return to the basic truth about our right to the land.”

Drop the mic, leave the room.

And the line about being right, “not only smart”? Love it.

During her speech, Hotovely cited the 11th-century Bible commentator Rashi, who explained the Bible’s focus on the story of the Jewish people’s origins in the Land of Israel and its exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land was meant to shore up the Jewish claim to the land in subsequent generations.

Diplomats were shocked at the speech, the Haaretz daily reported, and many “raised an eyebrow” over the reference to a Jewish Biblical right to the land.

“It’s the first time anyone has asked us to use verses from the Torah for public diplomacy abroad,” one diplomat was quoted as saying.

That’s your fault. The word of man can be changed with an eraser; not so the word of God. How many times have the international bodies that you diplomats seem to worship promised the Land of Israel to the Jews, only to walk away out of inconvenience? A bunch. The modern state of Israel must and will extend sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (much more evocative than the Jew-cleansing name, West Bank). It’s “right—not only smart.”

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Out: JDAMs, In: MOPs

Whatever you do, don’t ask this guy if he’s got a match. That’s a JDAM he’s loading. Nice piece of ordnance. But not quite what we’re looking for.

This is more like it:

The negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have engendered furious debate in Washington and in capitals across the world. But there are steps outside of the nuclear talks that President Obama can take to help ensure that the United States and its allies are stronger and more secure the day after a deal than they were the day before. One such step would be to provide Israel with GBU-57 30,000-pound bunker-buster bombs (known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrators, or MOPs) and the means to carry them, in a quantity sufficient to destroy Iran’s most deeply buried nuclear sites.

At present, Israel possesses US-supplied 5,000-pound bunker-buster bombs. But experts doubt these bombs could seriously impede Iran’s nuclear development. On the other hand, there is little doubt that MOPs, which Israel lacks, are capable of destroying Iran’s nuclear sites.
As Michael Makovsky and Lt. Gen. David Deptula noted in a 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed, the Defense Department has MOPs to spare, aircraft in storage that could carry the MOP payload and legal authority to transfer such arms to the Israelis.

A longstanding component of America’s Iran policy has been a credible military threat to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon. Many contend that the credibility of this threat has waned, and that Iran is now more assured than ever that it will not be attacked. Providing Israel with a stronger capability to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities would help deter Iran from ever trying to break any agreement it may sign.

Transferring MOPs to Israel would also help assuage the concerns of Congress and our Middle East allies, who are wary of the emerging deal. President Obama will need to take measures to strengthen the security of our allies and ensure Congress that he is negotiating from a position of strength. Transferring MOPs to Israel would help the president achieve these objectives.

Because the MOPs are outside the scope of the negotiations, Iran is in no position to object to transferring them to the Israelis. Iran continues to expand Hezbollah’s arsenal, placing all of Israel’s population centers within range of Hezbollah rockets. Iran supports the Assad regime in Syria and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It supports the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have violently overthrown a democratically elected government. It propagates violence and terrorism throughout the Middle East.

Read that last paragraph again. Standing out among all the lies and obfuscations emitted by the Obama regime is their avoidance of calling out Iran for the criminal state that it is. Hezbollah, Hamass, Houthis—oh my! And John Kerry is the man to tame them? Never send a fop to do a man’s job.

A MOP, however, may just do the trick.

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SHOCKING VIDEO

It’s not for everyone. Please sit down

Thanks, Jeanette! 😉

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Be Happy

As Alice Walker warned Alicia Keys, you’re in soul danger, fellas:

Jazz greats Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin will give four shows in Israel in July – their first joint concerts in Israel.

The two will perform at the Shuni Amphitheater near Binyamina, the Herzliya Zappa Club and the Live Park at Rishon Letzion. They will share a single piano onstage and give their versions of classical pieces, as well as Beatles songs, special arrangements of pop hits and their own jazz works. Tickets will range from 300 to 600 shekels, according to Israel Hayom.

Corea was scheduled to perform in Israel last summer, but the visit was cancelled because of Operation Protective Edge. Both Corea and McFerrin have performed in Israel in the past, but this will be the first time they perform together in the Jewish state – as part of their current world tour.

Corea, 74, is a jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist, and composer, who has been nominated for 74 Grammy awards, and won 22 of them. McFerrin, 65, is a vocalist who received 10 Grammys. The two have maintained a longstanding cooperation that includes the successful 1992 album Play and The Mozart Sessions from 1996.

That’s all over now. Play Israel, and you’re dead, soul-wise. Though I doubt Alice will lecture these two music legends on “an American apartheid less lethal than Israel’s against the Palestinian people”. Because they’d laugh in her face. Not least because they might have had some experience with the former, and are old enough to remember Israel’s survival of two all-out wars to take the latter seriously.

Head on out, Israel. If not to hear the great music and have a fun time, then to lift your collective middle finger to the haters around the world. Can’t have more fun than that.

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Jerusalem Day

Maybe the Pope should listen to Bibi.

Jerusalem has historically only been the capital of the Jewish people, and so it will remain, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Sunday at the government’s official Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill.

“We need to tell the truth, without fear,” Netanyahu said. “This is where we began our path as a nation, this is our home, and this is where we will stay.”

Netanyahu, in comments that left no doubt as to whether he would agree to share the capital with a Palestinian state, said Israel will ensure that the city remains an open and tolerant city.

“Only under Israeli rule will there be freedom of worship for all religions in Jerusalem,” he said. “Believers pray at their holy sites not in spite of our rule in the city, but precisely because of it.”

The prime minister, who recalled growing up in a divided Jerusalem and catching a glimpse of the Old City through binoculars from certain vantage points in the capital, said it would never revert again to being “wounded and split.”

“We will forever preserve an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty,” he said.

“Who opposes our presence in Jerusalem,” he asked. “Those who refuse to recognize our right to exist as a sovereign nation in our own state. They see us as a foreign object that needs to be uprooted.”

So the savages are rioting. Let them.

– Aggie

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Caption Contest!

Okay, Bloodthirstani tribespeople, caption this:

I’ll kick it off: “I’m having a bit of sciatica, so I hope one bow will do for all of you.”

Or how about: “I especially want to thank the Saudi dog catcher for his insights into regional security.”

Or even: “Thanks for coming, fellas, but we’re missing three spoons from the tea set.”

Caroline Glick’s is a little verbose, but on point:

In a clear vote of no-confidence in US President Barack Obama’s leadership, Saudi King Salman led several Arab leaders in blowing off Obama’s Camp David summit this week. The summit was meant to compensate the Sunni Arabs for Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Salman’s decision is further proof that US-Saudi relations have jumped the tracks. For 70 years the Saudis subcontracted their national security to the US military. Deals were closed with a wink and a nod. That’s all over now.

A world in which Saudi Arabia—the spiritual and financial sponsor of Al Qaeda, the disseminator of virulent Wahhabism, the oppressor of women, the enslaver of minorities, the keeper of the most judenrein land in all the world—a world in which Saudi Arabia is the most honest broker for peace, and perhaps Israel’s only reliable ally… that is one [bleeped]-up world.

As-salamu alaykum, I guess. Which means, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

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Speaking Of Death Penalties…

Egypt has condemned former President, Mohammad Morsi, to death, according to NPR news.

I heard this on the radio, but an internet search fails to find it. Is it possible that NPR is wrong? Or that the rest of the media just isn’t interested? Let’s check the Israeli media. Here it is.

I don’t recommend clicking on it, however, because an ad with sound begins.

An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

Mursi and his fellow defendants, including the Brotherhood’s top leader Mohamed Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

The court, expected to make a final ruling on June 2, also sought capital punishment for Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and 15 others for conspiring with foreign militant groups against Egypt.

The cases, like all capital sentences, will be referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for an opinion before any executions can take place.

Morsi can appeal the verdict, although he has said the court is not legitimate, describing all legal proceedings against him as part of what he calls a coup staged by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013.

Let’s compare Egypt to Israel. Morsi was apparently convicted for releasing terrorists (Muslim Brotherhood, same thing as Hamas) from prison. Who else used to do that? Why Yasser Arafat, of course! He famously had a revolving door, putting people behind bars for the media, and then releasing them within hours or days. Arafat, you may recall, received the Nobel Peace Prize. Did Israel execute Arafat? Nope. Nor did they execute any of the people who planned the suicide attacks, delivered the bombs, strapped them onto the “martyrs”. And today his successor was referred to as an “angel of peace” by the current Pope. Don’t even get me started on church history regarding Jews.

Interesting that in two days we have two examples of death sentences passed down on terrorists. Arguably citizens of either the most “progressive” city in America (or the second most “progressive”, next to San Francisco), decided to kill the tossel-haired youth who admitted to killed four people in Boston/Cambridge. That’s a low yield compared to Nobel Prize Winner, Yasser Arafat. Or Morsi, for that matter. What a cynical world this is.

– Aggie

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Folks Waggin’

That word is my personal dog whistle. Any time I hear someone not named Jedidiah or Jethro use it, I smell BS:

“I continue to believe that a two-state solution is absolutely vital for not only peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but for the long-term security of Israel as a Democratic and Jewish state and I know that a government has been formed that contains some folks who don’t necessarily believe in that premise,” said Obama.

Obama said this as he emerged from a meeting with emirs and sheikhs—sorry, goatherds and camel minders—at Camp David. The emirs and sheikhs stayed away in droves.

But he also said this to cement his imbecility for all time:

The President said the current chance of reaching a peace deal, “seems distant,” and hailed what he called the, “incredible vision and courage,” of the Camp David Accords signed in 1978. He said that, “tough choices resulted in what’s now been a lasting peace between countries that used to be sworn enemies and Israel’s better off for it.

Let’s stipulate that the Camp David accord showed “incredible vision and courage” (even if the level of Salafist infiltration there now would never have happened under Israeli sovereignty). Let’s also stipulate that pulling up stakes from Gaza was a “tough choice”. Israel has ceded land almost three times its own size—23,166 square miles of Sinai, 139 of Gaza—roughly equivalent to the area of West Virginia.

What has it netted in return? From Egypt, a lack of war, if not actual peace. From Gaza, a decade of festering misery—not least for the Gazans. One of these things is not like the other. Obama thinks he’s making one point, but ends up proving the opposite. Israel knows there is neither “lasting peace” nor “long-term security” between itself and the so-called Palestinians, at least not as presently constituted. It has proven that point over and over, proofs written in blood, but Obama’s too stupid to get it.

Which is hardly a surprise.

Maybe hanging out with the inbred lesser cousins of the Arab royal families robbed him of his faculties.

Unless it was something else:

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What’s Not to Love?

Arabs love themselves some IDF:

An Arab-language Facebook page posted by an Israeli Arab citizen seeking to paint the IDF in a positive light has surprisingly attracted adoring feedback from youths across the Middle East who have responded with expressions of love and peace.

The page, which was given the title Tzahal bistahal (“the IDF is worth it”), features pro-Israel messages about the country and the army as well as anti-Hamas images.

Yet what is most noteworthy were the numerous photographs sent by young Arabs from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Morocco wishing to express solidarity and admiration for the Israeli military despite its image as an occupying power.

It’s a nice page. Check it out.

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“Good evening. I am a young woman from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia,” one Facebook user is heard saying in a video sent to the site. “I am a member of one of the better-known tribes of the Hijaz, and I am showing you Darajeh Square, a famous landmark in Jeddah. I’d like to send a message of peace and love to Israel and its dear citizens. I know it is surprising that a Saudi Arabian citizen sends a message to the people of Israel, but it is a basic principle of democracy that everyone is free to voice an opinion. I hope the Arabs will be sensible like me and recognize the fact that Israel also has rights to the lands of Palestine.”

From your hijab to Allah’s ears.

PS: Don’t knock occupation if you haven’t tried it:

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What Is The Difference Between The Way The World Reacted To The Nazis And The Way The World Is Responding To Iran?

I phrased that title poorly. I should have asked if the Left has learned anything yet. Have academics learned anything? Have church leaders learned anything? Have journalists learned anything? Have academics learned anything? But you see my problem; the whole thing gets too long.

To refresh our memories, Hitler wrote a book, Mein Kampf, (My Struggle), in which he lays out his plans to slaughter all the Jews in the world, as well as other Undermenschen (sub-human people). The Anglican Church in England was a big fan. Harvard and various other universities invited his representatives to be feted on college campuses. Charles Lindburgh, the hero of the era, flew to Germany to shake hands and enjoy camaraderie. Father Coughlin, the big Catholic radio guy loved him and hated Jews, week after week on the airways. The Polite Protestant crowd politely opined that Hitler wasn’t serious. The New Yorker wrote about Hitler’s vegetarianism and bachelorhood but avoided mention of his genocidal Jew hatred. I could go on, but the record of American and European indifference is obvious. Oh, one more, the mainline Protestant magazine, Christian Century, wrote throughout the war that Jews who had managed to escape and who tried to tell the world about the genocide were fabricating. And liberal Jews blamed conservative Jews for making trouble and for embarrassing them with their angry outbursts. That is the record.

Today is so different. Iran has repeatedly said that it plans to wipe Israel off the map, and that this is God’s plan. The Israeli leadership has done everything in its power to make the world aware of the threat. The State Department claims that Iran is just exaggerating. The President ignores the fears, and routinely attacks Jews building apartments in Jerusalem, as if that is the biggest threat to world peace. In academia, Harvard and others invite Iranian pooh-bahs to speak to their students, and treat them with respect. The American Friends (Quakers) threw a big dinner party for Achmedinijiad (so glad we don’t have to spell that name so often anymore) after he spoke at the UN a few years ago. He explained there that there are no gays in Iran. And that they were going to destroy Israel. But on college campuses, Israel is the problem, right? Liberal politicians did not even attend Netanyahu’s address to Congress in March. (Elizabeth, I will NEVER vote for you, take the trade bill and put it where the sun don’t shine, honey. -Aggie) And saddest of all, liberal Jews in both instances, now and in the 40’s, refused to speak up for their brethren in foreign lands.

So, what is the difference? From where I stand (in Massachusetts) not much. But if you are Israeli, you know that you have a competent military and this time there will be a real fight.

– Aggie

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