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We’ve already reported to you on the untimely death of Jihad Mughniyeh, as well as the duplicitous coup attempt by Obama against Netanyahu. But two of my favorite journalists, Caroline Glick and Phyllis Chesler, address those subjects themselves. Worth a revisit.

Glick:

From what been published to date about the identities of those killed in the strike, it is clear that in one fell swoop the air force decapitated the Iranian and Hezbollah operational command in Syria.

The head of Hezbollah’s operations in Syria, the head of its liaison with Iran, and Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s longtime operational commander Imad Mughniyeh who was killed by Israel in Damascus in 2008, were killed. The younger Mughniyeh reportedly served as commander of Hezbollah forces along the Syrian-Israeli border.

According to a report by Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shimon Shapira, a Hezbollah expert from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Iranian losses included three generals. Brig.- Gen. Mohammed Alladadi was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps liaison officer to Hezbollah and to Syrian intelligence. He was also in charge of weapons shipments from Iran to Hezbollah. Gen. Ali Tabatabai was the IRGC commander in the Golan Heights and, according to Shapira, an additional general, known only as Assadi, “was, in all likelihood, the commander of Iranian expeditionary forces in Lebanon.”

The fact that the men were willing to risk exposure by traveling together along the border with Israel indicates how critical the front is for the regime in Tehran. It also indicates that in all likelihood, they were planning an imminent attack against Israel.

But Iran’s willingness to expose its forces and Hezbollah forces also indicates something else. It indicates that they believe that there is a force deterring Israel from attacking them.

And this brings us to another strategic revelation exposed by the January 18 operation.

Earlier this week, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdolahian told Iran’s IRNA news agency that the regime had told its American interlocutors to tell Israel that it intended to strike Israel in retribution for the attack. The State Department did not deny that Iran had communicated the message, although it claims that it never relayed the message.

While the Obama administration did perhaps refuse to serve as Iran’s messenger, it has worked to deter Israel from striking Hezbollah and Iranian targets in Syria. Whereas Israel has a policy of never acknowledging responsibility for its military operations in Syria, in order to give President Bashar Assad an excuse to not retaliate, the US administration has repeatedly informed the media of Israeli attacks and so increased the risk that such Israeli operations will lead to counterattacks against Israel.

Far beyond the region, Iran expands its capacity to destabilize foreign countries and so advance its interests. Last week, Lee Smith raised the reasonable prospect that it was Iran that assassinated Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman two weeks ago. Nisman was murdered the night before he was scheduled to make public the findings of his 10-year investigation into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center and the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. According to Smith, Nisman had proof that Iran had carried out the terrorist attacks to retaliate against Argentina for abrogating its nuclear cooperation with Tehran.

From the Golan Heights to Gaza, from Yemen and Iraq to Latin America to Nantanz and Arak, Iran is boldly advancing its nuclear and imperialist agenda. As Charles Krauthammer noted last Friday, the nations of the Middle East allied with the US are sounding the alarm.

Due to the US administration’s commitment to turning a blind eye to Iran’s advances and the destabilizing role it plays everywhere it gains power, Israel can do little more than carry out precision attacks against high value targets. The flipside of the administration’s refusal to see the dangers, and so enable Iran’s territorial expansion and its nuclear progress, is its determination to ensure that Israel does nothing to prevent those dangers from growing – whether along its borders or at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

What was it Democrat Bob Menendez said? The Regime’s talking points sound like they’re coming out of Tehran.

Chesler:

[T]he White House has called the (Republican Congressional) invitation “a breach of diplomatic protocol,” and has announced that President Obama will not meet with PM Netanyahu as a “matter of policy”: It does not meet with world leaders close to their election so as not to interfere in a foreign election.

This is beyond ironic; in fact, it is one Big very fat Lie.

As Thomas Rose at Breitbart points out: Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to recent German elections. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Obama twice—each time before the British elections.

But no matter. This President rules as if he is a divinely appointed King. He can do whatever he wants—especially in this, the “last quarter” of his 8 year Presidency.

Although you will probably not read about this in the mass media, (the New York Times, etc.), Obama’s 2012 campaign field director was selected to head a “five man Obama team” to run a campaign, Obama-style, on the ground, in Israel. Chicago-style, Alinsky-style, grassroots, young people, urging others to drink the Kool-Aid of “change,” engaging more and more volunteers to go from apartment to apartment.

This Obama-initiated campaign has been reported by Breitbart, Bizpac Review, PJ Media, Truth Revolt, and Haaretz, but only in Hebrew, not in their English edition. The estimable Carolyn Glick pointed this out in a tweet and Independent Media Review and Analysis translated it into English. Glick is quoted by Thomas Rose in Breitbart:

“Obama won’t meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint House of Congress in March because of Netanyahu’s visit’s proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course, believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won’t get involved. He is just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu.”

No interference at all.

Dr. Aaron Lerner notes that “foreign funding bankrolls Anti-Netanyahu Campaign—Flies in 5-Man Obama Team.”

Journalist Roi Arad, in Haaretz, happily announced that the foreign funded organization “One Voice” is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu in the 2015 elections.

Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director is running a grassroots, Obama-style campaign from an office in Tel Aviv which takes up the entire ground floor of the building. V-2015 is not supporting a specific party. They are for anyone, “just not Bibi.” Therefore, the foreign funding pouring into the campaign will not be subjected to Israel’s campaign finance laws.

Obama may not know anything about the economy, foreign policy, military strategy, health care, or universal human rights but, as BizPac painfully points out, “if Obama has a singular talent, it’s this: He knows what it takes to win an election.”

Imagine what this means: Obama is trying to unseat a democratically elected President of Israel’s most stable and militarily prepared ally in the Middle East.

Obama wants to give Iran all the time it may need to develop nuclear power by refusing to strengthen sanctions and by delaying crucial deadlines. And, he does not want Americans to hear any other view at this time.

Interesting how these two stories overlap, and how both writers come to the same conclusion. To the Regime, Iran is a friend we haven’t made yet, while Israel is a friend we can do without.

That’s not stupidity, that’s evil.

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Drudge Lead: Obama Outraged With Israel

This is a NY Times article, and you can just bet that they have great contacts with the Obama administration.

The administration has been so furious about this speech for so long, and can’t seem to let go of it, that I have concluded that the administration is helping Iran to get the bomb, pronto. Why else would they flip out like this?

The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.

The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States.

The official who made the comments to The New York Times would not be named, and the White House declined to comment. The remarks were the latest fallout after Mr. Dermer, without the White House’s knowledge, worked with House Speaker John A. Boehner to arrange the speech, which is scheduled for March.

G.O.P.’s Invitation to Netanyahu Is Aiding Obama’s Cause on IranJAN. 28, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a Holocaust event on Tuesday, is scheduled to address Congress on Iran in March.Netanyahu Talk Stirs Backlash in Israeli RaceJAN. 27, 2015
The remarks are likely to escalate a feud between the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill and Mr. Netanyahu over the invitation, which has led to a new low in American-Israeli relations and threatened to mar the long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel in Congress.

Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. He said he did not intend to anger the White House over the speech. Credit Joshua Roberts/Reuters
Such officially authorized criticisms of diplomats from major allies are unusual.

In a telephone interview late Wednesday, Mr. Dermer said, “I have no regrets whatsoever that I have acted in a way to advance my country’s interests.” He said he never meant to slight the White House by keeping the confidence of the House speaker, who had suggested the invitation. He said he left it to Mr. Boehner to notify Mr. Obama’s team.

“My understanding was that it was the speaker’s prerogative to do, and that he would be the one to inform the administration,” Mr. Dermer said. “The prime minister feels very strongly that he has to speak on this issue. That’s why he accepted the invitation, not to wade into your political debate or make this a partisan issue, and not to be disrespectful to the president.”

Note to Jews who voted for Obama: You Own This. If the bomb drops on Israel, you were a big part of the reason why. Knowing full well that Obama has deep ties to the antisemitic Left (Jeremiah Wright!) you insisted that it was not true, that it was racism to point this out, that America has and will always have Israel’s back, ad nauseum. Now that there are no more elections for Obama to win, he is letting his Jew hatred shine.

– Aggie

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What a Difference Two Days Make!

Obama, January 25th: “We have a profound interest, as I believe every country does, in promoting a core principle, which is: Large countries don’t bully smaller countries.”

Obama today:

A top appointee in President Barack Obama’s 2012 election campaign is now working to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming March election.

Jeremy Bird was the national field director for Obama’s 2012 campaign, and he’s now working for an Israel-based group, dubbed V15, an anti-Netanyahu group that is backed by a U.S. -U.K. group titled “One Voice.”

“We are working with OneVoice,” confirmed Lynda Tran, who co-founded Bird’s campaign firm, 270 Strategies.

There’s little or no chance that Bird would work against Netanyahu if Obama didn’t want Netanyahu defeated in the March election.

Spread the word. Let’s make it backfire. Is Israel going to let itself be bullied by a “large country”?

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She Had Me at Shalom

If I had to name a trinity of political pundits and commentators, I wouldn’t hesitate: Mark Steyn, James Taranto (Best of the Web Today), and Caroline Glick.

Only one can run for Knesset:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has requested that veteran journalist Caroline Glick be appointed to the #11 spot on the Likud list, Likud sources stated Saturday night.

Glick is a veteran journalist who founded the satirical television series Latma, is the deputy managing editor for the Jerusalem Post, and the senior fellow in a Washington-based think tank, the Center for Security Policy.

She has previously not spared criticism of the prime minister, and penned a particularly acid piece in response to the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal in the Post and on Channel 2’s mako website at the time claiming he had made the deal “at the price of Jewish blood.”

Israeli politics is not my strong suit, but it would seem to me that if Netanyahu needed to placate his base, he could not have picked a better candidate. Glick is not for turning; if Bibi goes wobbly, she’ll let him have it. As someone who has openly lobbied for one Israel, from the river to the sea, she will project a loud and proud voice in the government. And as an American by birth, she can argue for Israeli foreign policy to an American Jewish audience as well as anyone.

Can’t wait!

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Bullsh**ter-in-Chief Calls Chickens**t. Again.

The Speaker of the House invites Bibi to address Congress—a great honor.

What’s it got to do with the First Narcissist?

The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

Officials in Washington said that the “chickenshit” epithet — with which an anonymous administration official branded Netanyahu several months ago — was mild compared to the language used in the White House when news of Netanyahu’s planned speech came in.

We apologize to our readers for the indecorous language spewing from the White House. We regret it more than you can ever know.

Now for something a little more civil:

“The Prime Minister is expected to arrive in the US at the beginning of March and will also participate in the AIPAC conference,” read a statement from the PMO. “The speech in front of both houses of Congress will give the prime minister the opportunity to thank President Barack Obama, Congress, and the American people for their support of Israel.

“I look forward to the opportunity to express before the joint session Israel’s vision for a joint effort to deal with [Islamist terrorism and Iran’s nuclear program], and to emphasize Israel’s commitment to the special bond between our two democracies,” Netanyahu said, according to the statement.

At least there’s one adult.

Meanwhile, back at the kids’ table:

US President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in early March.

The State Department said later Thursday that Secretary of State John Kerry would also not meet with Netanyahu during the trip.

They say it’s because of the Israeli elections. Fine.

It’s just that:

Leftist sources in Israel have decried Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation extended by the US Congress and changing the date to two weeks before March 17 elections; likewise US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry refused to meet Netanyahu, claiming a policy of not meeting foreign leaders close to elections.

However, just 19 years ago then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres visited the US to meet then-President Bill Clinton – a mere month before elections.

Peres’s visit at the time came on the background of his government’s inability to stop Arab terrorism, and Netanyahu was the head of the opposition then, accusing Peres of “manipulating” his close relations with Clinton to help his chances in the elections.

America’s most recent election was a thorough rejection of Obama and his politics. Not over Israel, primarily, but I think Netanyahu is smart to go over and around Obama.

Who was busy anyway:

Someone in there is the leader of the free world. I think it’s the broad with the green lipstick.

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Israelis Injured In Antisemitic Terror Attack In Argentina

I just crossed Argentina off the list. Israelis were burned, robbed and beaten in a small village there.

Ten Israeli tourists were wounded in an anti-Semitic attack at a hostel in a small Argentine village.

Three assailants burned, robbed and beat the tourists at the Onda Azul hostel in Lago Puelo, in southern Argentina, between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, the Argentine media reported. Police in the Chubut province are investigating.

“It was a terrifying moment, several hours of fear,” hostel owner Sergio Polak told the local media. “They shouted, ‘Go, f***ing Jews, you f***ing Jews are robbing us’ in the Patagonia region.”

Monica Sasso, the area delegate for the National Institute Against Discrimination, or INADI, confirmed to reporters that the attack took several hours.

Polak also said the attackers threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and shot guns at the site, according to Argentinian Radio Continental.

He alleged that the assailants were neighborhood residents who live very close to the hostel, and that they are known to police, “but they are free and nobody has been arrested yet.”

The hostel, which shut down temporarily after the attack, usually houses guests from Israel and tries to attract them through a Hebrew-language Facebook page.

Seriously, I had wanted to visit Patagonia someday, but I can live without it. F them.

– Aggie

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How to Handle Border Security

Egypt offers one model:

Egypt began work Thursday on doubling the width of a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip to prevent terrorists infiltrating from the Palestinian enclave, security officials said.

The buffer was initially planned to be 500 meters (546 yards) wide, but is now being expanded by another 500 meters.

Much to our disappointment, Egypt is using its own land, not Gaza’s, for the buffer zone.

This, by contrast, is how Israel does it:

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and his staff have implemented a new program to rebuild and expand Gaza Belt region communities Wednesday, to the tune of some 134.5 million shekel ($34.2 million).

The expansion program is designed to help more families slowly settle the region, which was hit hardest by Operation Protective Edge over the summer. At the height of the war, up to 80% of Gaza Belt community families had fled inland due to the ongoing barrage of rocket fire, sparking concerns over the region’s future.

Despite the war, the communities near Gaza “continue to grow thanks to the wonderful residents of the area,” Ariel stated. “We ask for help to increase settlement in these communities and execute the government’s decision. Our aims our clear: more and more people are building there.”

Israelis continually amaze me. Egypt builds a mote and relocates thousands. Israel, which suffers much more from Arab terrorists than Egypt does, rebuilds and holds a block party. What a remarkable people.

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Argentinian Prosecutor Found Dead After Implicating Iran, Argentinian President In Terror Attack

They’re claiming this is a suicide.

2. Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home hours before he was due to testify to lawmakers about his explosive allegations that President Christine Fernández de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Nisman had filed a 300-page complaint naming Fernández, Timerman and others of seeking to “erase” Iran’s role in the bombing at the AMIA community center offices in which 85 people were killed. He had said he wanted to question the president and other officials whom he claimed were involved in the cover-up.
Investigators believe, so far, that Nisman killed himself.
Merco Press reported (before his death) the points Nisman was to have raised with lawmakers about his investigation’s stunning turn. Chris Dickey wonders if Iran murdered the prosecutor, while David Horovitz asks the question I was wondering: Who will obtain justice for Nisman?

Again, this comes from honestreporting.com, and they found it here.

The Argentinean prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires was found dead in his apartment on Sunday night with a gunshot wound to the head, hours before he was set to testify before lawmakers on his accusations of a cover-up by his country’s president in the case.

Argentinian media reported early Monday that Alberto Nisman, 51, was found in a pool of blood in the bathroom of his home in the capital’s Puerto Madero district. Police were investigating and Argentinian media reported that they had initially ruled the death a likely suicide.

The timing of Nisman’s death raised eyebrows, as the prosecutor had been set to speak before a congressional panel about his assertions, made public last week, that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman had covered up Iran’s involvement in the attack.

Late Sunday, federal police agents in charge of Nisman’s protection alerted their superiors that he wasn’t answering phone calls, according to a statement from the Health Ministry. When he also didn’t answer the door, they decided to alert family members, according to the statement.

When Nisman’s mother wasn’t able to open the door because a key was in the lock on the other side, a locksmith was called to open it, the ministry said. A .22 caliber handgun and a shell casing were found next to Nisman’s body.

“We can confirm that it was a gunshot wound, .22 caliber,” federal prosecutor Viviana Fein told Telam, Argentina’s official news agency. But Fein added that it was too early in the investigation to know what had happened.

Nisman had received many death threats over the years, people who knew him revealed on Monday. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, who had interviewed Nisman several times, wrote Monday, in an article entitled, “Who will obtain justice for Alberto Nisman?”: “Nisman told me that he had been warned off the AMIA case by Iran, and that he had received death threats, including one that he found recorded on his home answering machine which was particularly troubling because his daughter was standing next to him when he played it. In one of several subsequent telephone conversations, he said the Iranians had told him — during hearings at which they sought in vain to have their incriminated leaders cleared by Interpol — that he had slandered their nation, that his capture would be sought, and that he would spend years in Iran’s jails… Nisman did not appear particularly fazed by the threats, saying lightly that he had no plans to visit the Islamic Republic. He also swore that he would not cease his work on the case until the perpetrators and orchestrators had been tried, convicted and jailed.”

To those who believe in the suicide theory, I’ve got some Carbon Credits I will sell cheap!

– Aggie

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It Isn’t Only The Hezbollah Terrorist Who Won’t Be Down For Breakfast

The Iranian general is enjoying the 72 virgins

Today’s Top Stories
1. We now know that yesterday’s Israeli airstrike in the Syrian Golan killed Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, and six Iranians, most prominently General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

An Israeli security source (anonymously) confirmed to Reuters that the IDF carried out the attack. YNet lays out what the group had in store beyond the reconnaissance they were apparently doing when they met their demise:

“Jihad Mughniyeh was already planning, and had prepared, more major murderous attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights. These attacks include rocket fire, infiltrations, explosive devices, anti-tank missile fire, etc., with the goal of killing soldiers, hitting Israeli communities in the Golan Heights and killing Israeli civilians.”

This comes from the excellent site, Honest Reporting.

– Aggie

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Thoughts and Prayers

Our condolences to Jihad’s family:

[How’d they hit him among all that camouflage?]

An Israeli strike on Syria that killed six members of the Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorist organization also killed six Iranian solders and commanders, including an Iranian general.

“The Israeli strike killed six Iranian soldiers, including commanders, as well as the six members of Hezbollah. They were all in a convoy of three cars,” a source close to the Shia Islamist group told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Iranian officials confirmed the claim shortly after, adding that one of those killed was a general in the elite Revolutionary Guard force.

“General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime’s helicopters,” said a statement on the Guards’ website. “This brave general and some members of Hezbollah were martyred.”

The strike killed Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the late Imad Mughniyeh who was Hezbollah’s former military commander. Mughniyeh was among six Hezbollah terrorists killed, including a Hezbollah commander.

Mughniyeh, who according to intelligence sources was planning attacks on Israel’s north and had formed a terrorist organization of his own backed by Hezbollah and Iran, was to be buried on Monday afternoon in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of the terror group.

I bet this is one funeral Obama WILL attend.

PS: Alas, fiery deaths run in the family.

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Je Suis Outta Here

We’ve covered some of this ground already, but not in the presence of the divine Caroline Glick:

January 16 is the nine-year anniversary of the beginning of the Ilan Halimi disaster.

On January 16, 2006, Sorour Arbabzadeh, the seductress from the Muslim anti-Jewish kidnapping gang led by Youssouf Fofana, entered the cellphone store where Halimi worked and set the honey trap.

Four days later, Halimi met Arbabzadeh for a drink at a working class bar and agreed to walk her home. She walked him straight into an ambush. Her comrades beat him, bound him and threw him into the trunk of their car.

They brought Halimi to a slum apartment and tortured him for 24 days and 24 nights before dumping him, handcuffed, naked, stabbed and suffering from third degree burns over two-thirds of his body, at a railway siding in Paris.

He died a few hours later in the hospital.

Measured by duration and premeditation, the Halimi torture must rank as the second-worst of France’s recent brushes with Muslim terrorism—worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres, not as horrific as the Toulouse slaughter of Jewish schoolchildren. (Your rankings may differ.)

But is that how France saw it?

The anti-Jewish nature of the gang was clear from its chosen victims. The anti-Semitic nature of their atrocious crime against Halimi was obvious from the first time they contacted his mother, Ruth Halimi, demanding ransom for his release. They made anti-Jewish slurs in all their communications with her.

And as she heard her sons tortured cries in the background, Ruth was subjected to his torturers’ recitation of Koranic verses.

And yet, throughout the period of his captivity, French authorities refused to consider the anti-Jewish nature of the crime, and as a result, refused to treat the case as life threatening or urgent.

The same attitude continued well after Halimi was found. As Weitzmann noted, the investigative magistrate insisted “There isn’t a single element to allow one to attach this murder to an anti-Semitic purpose or an anti-Semitic act.”

The denial went on through the 2009 trials of the 29 kidnappers and their accomplices. Anti-Semitism was listed as an aggravating circumstance of the crime – and as such, a cause for harsher sentencing – only for the gang leader Fofana. And in the end, even for him, the judges did not take it into account at sentencing.

As for those 29 kidnappers and accomplices, as Weitzmann notes, each one of them had a circle of friends and family.

As a consequence, by a one reporters’ conservative estimate, at least 50 people were aware of the crime and where Halimi was being held, while he was being held. And not one of them called the police. Not one of them felt moved to make a call that could save the life of a Jew.

After the fact, the media in France were happy to publish articles by the torturers’ defense lawyers insisting, “Only people motivated by ‘political reasons’ would try to sell the opinion that anti-Semitism is eating away at French society.”

[W]hen Halimi, and six years later when the three children and the rabbi massacred at Otzar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, were brought to Israel for burial, the media reported their decision in a negative way hinting that it was evidence of the basic disloyalty, or otherness of the Jews of France.

We made the same point about Netanyahu’s insistence on coming to France for the public memorial and march for the victims. Remember, their families had asked that they be buried in Israel. It was only proper that he (even if only symbolically) accompany their bodies to their ancestral home. And he should be praised, not scourged, for offering a home to living French Jews, not just dead ones.

Glick looks at the last nine years of France’s relations with its Jews and sees the same merde, different jour.

[W]hat Halimi’s murder exposed is that anti-Semitism in France is systemic. Muslims are the main perpetrators of violence. And they operate in social environments that are at a minimum indifferent to Jewish suffering and victimization. This violence and indifference is abetted by non-Islamic elites. French authorities minimize the unique threat Jews face. And the media are happy to ignore the issue, or when given the slightest opportunity, to claim that the Jews are responsible for their own victimization.

Indeed, in live reports from the scene of the hostage taking at the kosher supermarket in Paris last week, Weitzmann noted that in the early hours of the attack, French media failed to mention that the hostages were Jews.

This line is a whopper:

When all is said and done, it is their necks on the line while humanity’s conscience is merely troubled.

PS: I wrote yesterday about the flaming a-hole on NPR who ragged on Netanyahu and Israel. One of his points I forgot to mention is that he didn’t think many French Jews would pursue the aliyah suggested by Neyanyahu. His ignorance knows no bounds:

Speaking of aliya is also essential because so far the only thing that has caused French authorities to speak directly against anti-Semitism and take action to defend French Jewry has been the prospect of a mass exodus of their Jews.

The year 2014 saw a 50 percent increase in French aliya. And the Jewish Agency anticipates that that number will double to 15,000 in 2015, with 50,000 more not far behind.

If Jews don’t flee France in 2016, it will be because they’ve already left.

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David Cameron Pledges To Fight Antisemitism In Britain

Really, he means it this time

LONDON – In a strongly expressed comment piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, British Premier David Cameron described how sickened he has been by recent instances of anti-Semitism.

“The idea that the Jewish people once again feels unsafe in Europe is a truly sickening thought that strikes at the heart of everything we stand for,” he said. While the situation in the UK is significantly better than in many other countries, he said, in Britain “we, too, have seen a completely unacceptable rise in anti-Semitism.”

His message, he added, is clear. “We are going to take that spirit from the march in Paris and we are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got.

“My policy is simple: zero-tolerance. No exceptions and no excuses. So let me be clear: no disagreements on politics or policy will ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in our society. Over generations we have built something incredible in our country: a multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy – and we are not going to let anti-Semitism destroy it.”

So, here’s a question for Europe: Why now? I was in Britain last summer while there were antisemitic demonstrations calling for Jews to be gassed. Why didn’t Mr. Cameron say anything then?

Don’t get me wrong, it is well past time for European leaders to take antisemitism seriously. But I am skeptical and then some. I think that they are afraid of Muslim terrorists attacking everyone, everywhere, and somehow that has heightened awareness of Jewish fears. That and the fact that most Jews are productive members of society, so if they emigrate they take their productivity with them. But again, I’m a cynic.

– Aggie

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