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A Thousand Acres Here, a Thousand Acres There, It Adds Up to… Not Much

A parallel point to Aggie’s post below about Obama’s rage.

Over what?

Israel designated a thousand acres of the Judea and Samaria (the West Bank, for those who deny Israel’s history and sovereignty) as “state land”, with the ultimate goal of housing its burgeoning population.

How big is a thousand acres, anyway? My first comparison was to New York’s Central Park, which is only 843 acres. That makes 1,000 acres sound big. But when you look at Central Park in context, not so much:

And I love Central Park!

Then I wondered how big a thousand acres is in Judea and Samaria. One thousand acres is about 1.5 square miles. Judea and Samaria is about 2,200 square miles, only 20% of which is populated. That makes Israel’s declaration of 1.5 square miles of “disputed” territory (as even the UN designates it) as state land a “seizure” of 0.085% of all unoccupied land.

For this he feels rage?

Then I wondered if transfers of 1,000 acres are rare occurrences. But I happened to find one pretty easily:

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a NAPA WINERY on over 1000 acres on three contiguous parcels. This historical winery property includes 100 acres of vineyard, additional plantable acreage, a 23,000+ sq. ft. winery building with tasting room, barrel storage room (cooled) huge tank farm and all equipment. The winery overlooks a 12+ acre lake which compliments this incredible Napa setting. Steps from the winery is a 16,000 sq. ft. cave. The property also includes many houses, a barn and other outbuildings. RARE OFFERING

It’ll cost ya most of $20 million, but it’s pretty nice. As compared to what Israel is “seizing”:

No offense, but that’s not exactly Eden. You could have it, I’d say.

Again, for this Obama feels “rage”? What is his problem? (Where do we start?)

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On Obama’s Rage

The Wall Street Journal has an article this morning, reprinted here which touches on a question I have: Why are people so incensed with Israel when in fact almost all of the troubles in our world are coming from various branches of Islam? Why can’t Israel defend herself against Hamas and other terrorist groups? Why is Israeli uppityness so much more offensive to powerful people than say ISIS beheadings, Putin’s aggressions, 170,000 plus dead Syrians, etc? How powerful is Jew hatred, really?

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ” So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.

Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

Well, exactly. What has Israel ever done to harm him? It is just ridiculous.

And Mr. Obama—No Drama Obama, the president who prides himself on his cool, a man whose emotional detachment is said to explain his intellectual strength—is enraged. With Israel. Which has just been hit by several thousand unguided rockets and 30-odd terror tunnels, a 50-day war, the forced closure of its one major airport, accusations of “genocide” by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, anti-Semitic protests throughout Europe, general condemnation across the world. This is the country that is the object of the president’s rage.

The president in Bethesda, Md., July 29. Ron Sachs/Cnp/Zuma Press
Think about this some more. In the summer in which Mr. Obama became “enraged” with Israel, Islamic State terrorists seized Mosul and massacred Shiite soldiers in open pits, Russian separatists shot down a civilian jetliner, Hamas executed 18 “collaborators” in broad daylight, Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria came close to encircling Aleppo with the aim of starving the city into submission, a brave American journalist had his throat slit on YouTube by a British jihadist, Russian troops openly invaded Ukraine, and Chinese jets harassed U.S. surveillance planes over international waters.

Mr. Obama or his administration responded to these events with varying degrees of concern, censure and indignation. But rage?

Here, for instance, is the president in early August, talking to the New York Times’s Tom Friedman about Russia and Ukraine:

“Finding an off-ramp for [ Vladimir Putin ] becomes more challenging. Having said that I think it is still possible for us, because of the effective organization that we have done with the Europeans around Ukraine, and the genuine bite that the sanctions have had on the Russian economy, for us to arrive at a fair accommodation in which Ukrainian sovereignty and independence is still recognized but there is also recognition that Ukraine does have historic ties to Russia, the majority of their trade goes to Russia, huge portions of the population are Russian speaking, and so they are not going to be severed from Russia. And if we do that a deal should be possible.”

This isn’t even condemnation. It’s an apology. For Mr. Putin. Benjamin Netanyahu should be so lucky.

Now think about what, specifically, has enraged the president about Israel’s behavior. “Its actions and its treatment of his chief diplomat.”

Actions? Hamas began firing rockets at Israel in June, thereby breaking the cease-fire it had agreed to at the end of the last war, in November 2012. The latest war began in earnest on July 7 when Hamas fired some 80 rockets at Israel. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the next day, “and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”

On July 15 Israel accepted the terms of a cease-fire crafted by Egypt. Hamas violated it by firing 50 rockets at Israel. On July 17 Israel accepted a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Hamas violated it again. On July 20 Israel allowed a two-hour medical window in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh. Hamas violated it. On July 26 Hamas announced a daylong cease-fire. It then broke its own cease-fire. On July 28 Israel agreed to a cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The rocket attacks continued. On Aug. 1 Israel accepted a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by the U.S. Hamasviolated it within 90 minutes. On Aug. 5 Israel agreed to Egypt’s terms for another three-day cease-fire. Hamas violated it several hours before it was set to expire, after Israel announced it would agree to an extension.

If Hamas had honored any of these cease-fires it could have saved Palestinian lives. It didn’t. Mr. Obama is enraged—but not with Hamas.

Read the rest if you can stomach it. I can’t. I’ve just returned from a lovely trip abroad, punctuated with horrific English speaking crowds chanting: Kill the Jews! I think that the western world has a lot to offer – medicine, clean environment, good enough economies to avoid hunger, kind and entertaining people in the countryside – but at the same time they are thinly veiled barbarians. Under the expensive British soaps is a god-awful stink.

Oh, and fear is not improving the stink much, is it? Because they are now well and truly terrified of their own citizens.

- Aggie

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Adele Biton Could Not Be Reached for Comment

Where have we heard this before?

A three-year-old toddler was lightly wounded on Monday night by Arab terrorists that hurled rocks through the window of the bus she was riding in, as it passed through Uzi Narkis Street in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

Just shortly afterwards a bus driver was also lightly wounded on the road between Migdalim and Kfar Tapuah in Samaria, after Arab terrorists threw two molotov cocktails at him.

One of the firebombs struck the bus’s windshield, shattering the glass and wounding the driver who was treated on the scene and did not require further medical attention.

There has been a noted rise in rock and firebomb terror attacks in recent weeks.

Wanna know why that is?

The rise in attacks comes as senior officials in Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction have recently said they reached a “political decision” to support Arab terrorists “slaughtering” Jews living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

They likewise have called for a full return to terrorism, declaring “open war” on the Jewish state.

I’m not in a good mood right now, so I’d just better shut up. Maybe Adele has something to contribute:

Adele…? Adele?

PS: To be fair to Israel-bashers, it’s hard to stay informed on such complex issues. You have to read, for one thing.

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Best News in Weeks

I can’t say I was happy Israel ended its wholly justified war against Hamass, but I understood.

This, however, makes me happy:

A government spokesperson announced Sunday morning that following instructions issued by the political echelon after Operation Brother’s Keeper, 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of Judea and Samaria land will be declared state land, opening the possibility of further construction in the region.

By declaring the area state land, the Knesset would enable the construction and expansion of Jewish communities in the region, although the process may take long years to complete.

Judea and Samaria is reportedly over 90% unpopulated, leading many to argue that the development of Israel’s biblical heartland would solve the housing crisis plaguing the Jewish state.

Nearly a thousand acres of land doesn’t even begin to cover the value of three (teenage) human lives. But it’s a start.

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Let’s Have No More of This

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan sends its best wishes to George Galloway, MP (blech), and prayers for a speedy recovery.

On the other hand, George, a diet of milkshakes and smoothies doesn’t suck!

Respect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.

Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks.

The 60-year-old was posing for pictures in Notting Hill, London, on Friday evening when a man lashed out at him, his spokesman said. Galloway gave a statement to police after a man aged 39 was arrested.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” his spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust. George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in pretty bad shape.”

Why would someone so beset the honourable MP for Bradford West?

Last week, the MP was interviewed by police under caution after he was accused of inciting racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford West, an “Israel-free zone”.

In a speech he gave in Leeds on 2 August he said: “We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

Surely, that’s how his constituents want it.

Surely, there must be more:

“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in history as freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging,” charged Galloway.

Who knew that the Warsaw Ghetto had luxury hotels and malls, teeming markets, and water parks, as Gaza does (or did)? Learn something new.

Is that all?

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

Isn’t a person entitled to his own opinion, no matter how bat[bleep] crazy?

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West claimed that the Jewish state had given rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda chemical weapons for use against Syrian civilians.

“If there’s been any use of nerve gas, it’s the rebels that used it…If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons,” claims Galloway in a video distributed on the internet.

“Who gave Al Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here’s my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons.”

Slander and libel are not enough for Galloway: there must also be lying:

[D]uring a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London.

Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take this opportunity to refute that, or provide the evidence to satisfy my constituent?”

In response to Offord, Galloway said that letters from constituents were “unreliable”, because, he claimed, “I said no such thing.”

A nut, a liar, and a bully, sure, but debate is healthy. Isn’t it?

British lawmaker George Galloway, known for his vehemently anti-Israel views and support for Hamas, stormed out of a debate at Oxford University on Wednesday night after learning that his opponent was Israeli.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West advocated that “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”, while his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, claimed that a withdrawal should take place only as part of a negotiated peace agreement.

After Levy used the term “we” to describe Israel’s stance, a perturbed Galloway interrupted asking “You said ‘we,’ are you Israeli?”

After his opponent answered in the affirmative, Galloway said, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis,” as he stormed out of the room.

Galloway attempted to justify his behavior on his Facebook page saying, “I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel.”

“The Reason is simple: No recognition, No Normalization, Just Boycotts, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Look, everyone agrees that George Galloway is, to be kind, a pig. But do we go around beating pigs in the face and breaking their jaws?

Let me think about it:

“The story, for those who don’t know it, is Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very famous Hollywood actress, I think of Swedish or Danish origin [don't tell George she's Jewish---he'll have a stroke!], who is a big star. She’s taking money from a company called SodaStream to promote their product, which is a kind of spray which sprays soda water into drinks,” said Galloway.

I’ve got to say to her: You are an absolute disgrace. Your face should be scarlet now – scarlet with embarrassment that you chose a few shekels from SodaStream over Oxfam and over your international reputation.”

“Because your hands are certainly scarlet – they are scarlet with the blood of the Palestinian people, whose land has been stolen so that these illegal settlements can produce products like SodaStream,” he said.

Time was, a man would punch the pig square in the face for those remarks alone. Or buy a cigar for the man that did.

Not that we condone such senseless violence—oh no. Though come to think of it, Galloway is lucky not to have been assassinated for his incitement against Jews, as happened to Meir Kahane for his remarks about Arabs. Six weeks of cream of broccoli soup versus an eternity underground—see what I mean?

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Israel Guilty as Charged

Of going too easy:

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich (Yisrael Beytenu) has called on the government to take a much firmer hand with Hamas, just hours before a ceasefire is rumored to go into effect Monday.

Aharonovich made his comments following a “difficult” visit to the Tragerman family, whose four-year-old son Daniel was killed in a mortar attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel on Friday.

“With a terrorist group you need to deal in a far more violent and harsh way, to defeat it. I have said this already a number of times in the past.”

“What is important to us is to return security to the residents of the State, with an emphasis on the south,” he continued.

Hard to argue with that.

And I don’t dispute this:

Barak Seener, an Associate fellow at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, thinks Israel is “choosing not to win” the war in Gaza.

“In general,” he explained, “modern warfare is not geared towards protracted conflict, and thus Israel should have initially gone in harder. This was prevented by a lack of extensive sound intelligence of tunnels and the whereabouts of Hamas operatives. Israel’s diplomatic standing will decline as Europe does not anymore understand the power of ideologies, let alone a genocidal, zero sum game Islamist and suicidal ideology.”

“There is so much that has been reported in Israeli news outlets but has not been reported in European outlets. This includes Hamas executing Fatah members, children digging tunnels, concrete being redirected to building tunnels rather than hospitals and schools, the affluence of Hamas’s leadership who divert funding to the Palestinians to their own personal accounts, even pictures of tunnels were reported by the Washington Post a few weeks earlier than Reuters.

“The main issue is that Israel should take exactly the same initiatives (not more) as Allied forces have done in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. While it is natural that Israel should seek to avoid civilian casualties, its priority is to its own civilians and soldiers.

I dispute only this: “Europe does not anymore understand the power of ideologies, let alone a genocidal, zero sum game Islamist and suicidal ideology.”

Europe understands all too well: James Foley’s executioner was British. Europeans are just praying that the Islamist threat will spare them if they ignore or submit to it. Which is how Europe deals with most threats. Israel does not have that “luxury”.

PS: If there is such a thing as a “just war”—and I believe there is—the irrevocable defeat of Hamass would have to qualify. Not a truce or a stalemate (during which Hamass would merely rearm), but an unqualified, unconditional defeat. Hamass has not amended its genocidal charter; it has not softened its warcraft. Indeed, to indiscriminate shelling of Israeli civilians they have now added human shields to their tactics. No mosque, school, or hospital is safe from their militarization. Where is the morality in leaving even a trace of such a regime? The “war crime” is in leaving it intact.

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UN-Sponsored Terror

The UN has brought cholera to Haiti, sexual predation to Africa (and Bosnia) (and Cambodia) (and Haiti), genocide to Africa (and Bosnia)—and now dead four-year-olds to Israel:

The mortar shell that killed a four-year-old boy in the Sha’ar Hanegev region this evening was fired from a school run by UNRWA in the Shejajiah neighborhood in Gaza City, security officials say, according to Ynet.

I don’t get why Hamass is still standing. Why did this boy have to die? Why does any Israeli have to die?

More of this, please.

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Condolences

Bloodthirstan extends its deepest sympathies to families of the three men who died violent deaths in Gaza.

Not these three men!

The IDF has released footage of the pre-dawn Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip that killed that three of the senior commanders of the armed wing of Hamas.

Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in a statement identified the leaders as Mohammed Abu Shamalah, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhum. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said eight people were killed in the strike Thursday.

Witnesses said a four-storey family home was completely destroyed in a series of air strikes.

No, good riddance to bad rubbish.

We mourn the passing of these three men:

The armed wing of Hamas has executed three Palestinian Arabs and arrested seven others for allegedly collaborating with Israel during the Gaza war, a website close to the movement reported Thursday.

The Majd website quoted a senior security official in the enclave as saying seven people had been arrested on suspicion of scoping out targets for Israel and that three others had been shot dead. The official said that the three were killed after “revolutionary procedures” were completed against them.

Israel will be condemned for ridding the world of three terrorists, but no one will ever speak of the three men who were summarily executed by Hamass. But we will bear witness.

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“I Live. Send Help”

“Palestinian Jews”? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

It all began with a cablegram in 1914. “Palestinian Jews facing terrible crisis belligerent countries stopping their assistance serious destruction threatens thriving colonies,” wrote Henry Morgenthau. The U.S.ambassador to the Ottoman Empire was reaching out to New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff asking for $50,000 to help the Jews in Palestine. Within the month, Schiff secured the funds and sent them over.

This was the beginning of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a coming together of three different organizations united to help save Jews worldwide in distress.

Palestinian Jews? Ottoman Empire? Colonies? Does he mean settlements? What is this strange tale he’s telling?

Called “I Live. Send Help” after another important cablegram, the exhibit walks through the century of JDC existence, giving a glimpse into the many ways the organizations has helped Jews and non-Jews around the world. (The titular cable was sent in June of 1945 from a survivor in Warsaw named Luba Mizne, who simply wrote, “I live require help.”)

Good thing Jews have all the money and run the world now. Twasn’t always thus:


(NB: That’s the First World War)

“It highlights the lengths to which the Joint went to save Jews, to bring relief in times of need, and to rebuild and renew Jewish life,” she said.

Since those early cablegrams, the JDC has helped people in difficult situations all over the world, ranging from sending goods to Holocaust survivors in Displaced Persons camps and helping Jews who immigrate to Israel, to relocating refugees from Sarajevo and educating Jews in the Soviet Union.

Don’t forget Haiti! (The Jews didn’t.)

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Fascinating. “Palestinians” once referred to Jews. Their “colonies” in the “Ottoman Empire” have existed for over a century. They were poor and starving, beset by “belligerent countries”. Today, they spread the charity they so desperately required a century ago. Who knew?

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Oy. Peaceful Palestinians At It Again.

The Religion of Pieces™ had plans for massive terror attacks in Israel, with the intent to overthrow the PA and start a shiny new terror war.

A large-scale Hamas terrorist formation in the West Bank and Jerusalem planned to destabilize the region through a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Israel and then topple the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Monday.

The plot was orchestrated by overseas Hamas operatives headquartered in Turkey and centered on a string of mass-casualty terrorist attacks on Israeli targets, the Shin Bet added.

The end goal was to destabilize the Palestinian territories and use the instability to carry out a military coup, overthrowing the government of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Hamas infrastructure relied on support from cells in neighboring Jordan and on couriers who delivered funding that totaled at least NIS 2 million.

This was used to purchase weapons and homes that were used as hideouts, according to the investigation.

There are 93 Hamas members in Israeli custody, of whom 46 have been questioned by the Shin Bet so far. Security forces plan to indict some 70 suspects.

The investigation began in May and is ongoing, security sources said.

Read it all; it’s fascinating. Again, how does anyone deal with these people? All they seem to want to do is to murder. Normal people can’t wrap their heads around it. And Yours Truly can believe that Abbas is terrified of these monsters, but that doesn’t make him the Dali Lama either. He just heads up a different division of creeps.

- Aggie

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The Emperor Strikes Back

You can see President Obama’s keen intellect at work here.

First:

Three Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount on Tuesday were met by a throng of rabidly chanting Muslim visitors, who attempted to intimidate them off the holiest site in Judaism, and succeeded in forcing police to close Jewish access to the holy site.

Then:

Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets towards southern Israel on Wednesday night, just moments before one ceasefire was set to end and a new one to begin.

Then this:

A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provides a snapshot of the dramatic upsurge in violence and vitriol against Jews around the world during and related to Israel’s recent military operation to stop Hamas rockets and tunnels in Gaza.

ADL reported serious incidents, directly linked to anti-Israel protests, of attacks against Jews and Jewish communal buildings in Western Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and North and South Africa. The report includes only international incidents outside of the United States.

In Casablanca, Morocco, a rabbi was assaulted by an individual angry over Israeli air strikes, suffering a broken nose and ribs. In the Netherlands, a Holocaust memorial was defaced with “free Gaza” graffiti. In South Africa, members of the Jewish community received threats of violence by telephone and on social media with references to Gaza.

“And the list goes on and on,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman.

And this:

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal has been the central force preventing a long-term truce between Israel and the Palestinians to halt more than a month of hostilities on the Gaza front, Channel 2 quoted an Israeli diplomatic source as saying on Thursday.

And, of course, this:

Israel in cooperation with Turkey transported 18 wounded Palestinians from Gaza to Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday where they were medically evacuated to Ankara, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Not to mention this:

Following weeks of steady rioting in east Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods, police arrested 57 Arabs on Tuesday night who were suspected of carrying out attacks against Jewish residents living in integrated communities.

Even this:

A number of local post offices in the United States have recently told customers that they are not accepting mail for delivery to Israel due to the conflict with Gaza, the Anti Defamation League reported on Thursday.

The ADL has received complaints in recent days that local post offices in Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey were refusing to send mail to the Jewish state.

So, what does Obama do?

A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama’s administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge.

He really is so much smarter than the rest of us.

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“No Blood for Matzohs!”

Christians going to Israel?

Where’s my IV kit?

At a time when some visitors to Israel have been rethinking their travel plans to Israel in light of ongoing hostilities with Gazan terror groups, some 500 Christian volunteers will be traveling to the Jewish state to support farmers in Judea and Samaria this summer – and they say they’re coming no matter what.

Members of the HaYovel organization say that far from making them reconsider their yearly plans to help farmers work their land, the war has left them more committed than ever to supporting Israeli farmers at such a difficult time.

One of the group’s organizers, American Zac Waller, said he was “really excited” to be bringing hundreds of volunteers over next three months.

“Right now is the most important time to support Israel,” Waller insisted.

Yaakov Berg – CEO of Psagot Winery in the Binyamin Region of southern Samaria (Shomron), just north of Jerusalem, explained how apart from boosting morale, the volunteers were actually filling a crucial gap in manpower, at a time when many of his workers had been drafted into the IDF’s military reserves.

Berg praised the efforts of Hayovel volunteers, describing their actions as helping Israel’s war effort against Islamist terrorists in Gaza.

“The economy is part of the war – if the economy is strong then the government has the power, the energy to do what needs to be done.”

Now more than ever is the time to lubricate your Christian skin with Ahava cosmetics and your Christian soul with Israeli wine. Buy, buy, buy. As Michelle Obama is so fond of saying, write a big ol’ fat check (the only fat thing she likes).

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