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Welcome to the 21st Century

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text.”

Oh really?

Pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts Thursday, a Ukrainian military official said.

The fighting was taking place southeast of Donetsk, and along the nation’s southern coast in the town of Novoazovsk, about 12 miles (20 km) from the Russian border, according to Mykhailo Lysenko, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Donbas battalion.

“This is a full-scale invasion,” Lysenko said, referring to the fighting in the south.

In a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, called for an immediate U.N. Security Council meeting.

“Russia has very much increased its military presence in Ukraine,” he said.

Then again, this administration finds much out of place in the modern era:

“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”

These poor boys. They see the Summer of ’14 as a time of yachting and golf, of gins and tonic and cucumber sandwiches, of Vineyard Vines and Tommy Bahama, of cycling, wind-surfing, ice cream, watermelon (for Kerry, I assure you!), and corn on the cob.

They see the world as it appears from the inarguable Edens or Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Elsewhere, however, but also in the sand, exists the world as it really is:

Michelle Obama would counsel a hat or other head covering. The sun is awfully strong in Iraq. Or Syria. Or wherever ISIS squats and defouls the land.

But I wonder if a world that is admittedly more 19th century in behavior (or 12th century) needs 19th (or 12th) century leaders? Maybe we need a real wartime president, like the Republican Abraham Lincoln. Or the Republican General William Tecumseh Sherman (who may be persuaded to reconsider his statement: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”)

I don’t think Genghis Khan was a Republican, but I’m sure he’d be up to the job. And John Kerry is all too familiar with him.

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As Others See Us

Say what you will about the North Koreans, they will say what they will about us:

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”

North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute.

I don’t know about the prostitute bit, but I condemn the overt racism in the monkey comment. We don’t like him either, Kim Jong Pork Pie, but we don’t stoop to low-rent, classless hate speech. Go to hell—oh wait, you already are.

As for ol’ “”hideous lantern jaw”, however, you may have a point:

You could hang that hideous lantern jaw in the Old North Church and Paul Revere wouldn’t need to saddle his horse. They could see it all the way from Lexington.

The North Korean spokesman also criticized Kerry’s comments on North Korea’s human rights record and weapons programs.

“His behavior fully revealed once again the U.S. inveterate nature as a hypocrite who has deceived and mocked mankind with all sorts of gimmicks,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

I wonder if they mean the Benghazi cover-up, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, the foreign policy blunders and disasters, etc., etc.? Again, they may have a point.

In their own words:

Kerry was so shameless as to appear at a university seminar in Hawaii and claim that the U.S. has a “willingness to ease” the strained DPRK-U.S. relations.

Kerry “congratulated” the Koreans on this seven decade- long history of shame and tragedy. Can there be more unbearable mockery and insult to the Korean nation than this?

All of a sudden, these aggressors are waving olive branches with the veil of “protecting peace” in a bid to conceal their despicable true colors.

The U.S. poor position reminds one of the Roman Empire which fell while seeking prosperity through aggression and war and was buried into oblivion.

The U.S. is running helter-skelter, with its future remaining gloomy.

Again, their rhetoric is a little overheated, but they have a point.

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Now What, Dumbo?

I’m not certain that’s what Netanyahu said to Obama, but it should have been:

In a phone call with US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vents his anger, according to people familiar with the call. It is not clear when the call took place.

Netanyahu told Shapiro the Obama administration was “not to ever second-guess me again” and that Washington should trust his judgment on how to deal with Hamas, according to people familiar with the conversation. Netanyahu added that he now “expected” the US and other countries to fully support Israel’s offensive in Gaza, according to those familiar with the call. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

They said Netanyahu made similar points to Kerry, who himself denounced the attack as “outrageous,” saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the ceasefire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered the truce.

And while we’re on the subject of I told you so:

A television reporter from the Finnish Helsingin Sanomat confirms that Hamas has been firing rockets out of the Al-Shifa Hospital.

The reporter, who is not named in the television segment shot on-site in Gaza, says a rocket was launched “right in the back the parking lot” of the hospital at 2 a.m. between Thursday and Friday.

“Really, it happened right in the area, the sound of it was really loud,” she says, confirming reports that Hamas is committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip by shooting from civilian concentrations, medical centers and other humanitarian institutions.

“It’s true that rockets are launched here from the Gazan side into Israel.”

She said as she sprinted to get out of Gaza before Hamass made a piñata out of her.

What other behavior could one expect from a people who swear they love death more than we love life?

Remember that, Dumbo. You too, Mr. Ed.

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US Sets Israel Up For “Relation Meltdown”

People should contact their representatives to complain about this.

After being caught on a hot mic July 20 saying, “It’s crazy to just be sitting around,” Kerry finally departed for Egypt. He spent most of the week in his hotel in Cairo, holding meetings and making dozens of phone calls, traveling to Israel and the West Bank for a few hours only July 23.

When Kerry sent the Israel government his draft ceasefire proposal July 25, the Israeli cabinet rejected it unanimously and senior Israeli officials leaked several angry and nasty criticisms of Kerry to the Israeli press. Kerry’s meeting with the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers in Paris on July 26 evoked another round of leaked quotes about Israel’s frustration with Kerry’s effort. [They fail to mention that Egypt is also upset with Kerry. - Aggie]

Of course, the Benjamin Netanyahu government in Israel was wary of Kerry’s efforts. Israel has been resisting Kerry’s criticism that their operations should focus more on avoiding civilian casualties and has groused [Note the use of the verb: to grouse. Is that serious? Does that imply the fear that your communities will be overrun with Hamas terrorists coming through tunnels, Hamas shells landing randomly on homes, schools, roads? No, it does not. They are intentionally downplaying Israel's extremely valid concerns. Why? Because they are journalists, trying to control the mood of the American public and to turn it against Israel. - Aggie] that Kerry’s proposal would reward Hamas for launching barrages of rockets into Israel. Israeli officials have also disparaged Kerry in public and private ever since Kerry’s last Middle East peace push collapsed in April. [They are "disparaging" him because he is a weasel. We in Massachusetts can attest to that.- Aggie]

But anonymous Israeli officials were not the only ones grousing about Kerry’s diplomacy. Asharq al-Aswat, an Arab newspaper based in London, quoted a senior Palestinian Authority official over the weekend saying Kerry’s plan was an attempt to destroy the Egyptian ceasefire proposal. [Yes, because it hands a win over to Hamas and makes the entire region less safe. - Aggie]

State Department officials have claimed all week that an immediate ceasefire leading to a negotiation for a more permanent agreement between Israel and Hamas was the only way forward. Meanwhile, the death toll mounts on both sides, with the Palestinians bearing the brunt of the tragedy; 48 IDF soldiers and over 1,000 Palestinians have now been killed. [Mostly fighters, males between the ages of 18-50 = roughly 75% of deaths. - Aggie] The Israelis have effectively cut off nearly 40% of the Gaza Strip. Some of Gaza’s most densely populated neighborhoods have been flattened in what many say amounts to collective punishment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government.

But the Israeli government has made clear publicly and privately it would not agree to a ceasefire until its ongoing mission to destroy Hamas’s network of tunnels was complete.

No sane person wants to do what Kerry and Obama are demanding. They want Israel to stop fighting, even though the rockets continue and the tunnels are still in place. This is the best advertisement for the Republican Party that I can imagine.

Top Obama administration officials Monday were still pressing for a ceasefire based on Kerry’s draft proposal, revealed first by the Israeli newspaper Ha’Aretz and then by The New York Times Monday. The Israeli cabinet rejected it unanimously last week. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken told CNN on Monday that because the Israelis had “significantly further degraded” Hamas’ tunnels, the Kerry plan was still the best way forward.

Blinken also insisted that Kerry’s plan contained many of the “same elements” as an Egyptian proposal, released July 15 and immediately rejected by Hamas. Cairo’s plan called for an immediate halt to violence on both sides and would have provided for the opening of border crossings and the end of rocket fire into Israel.

But the two plans also had key differences. Multiple Israeli officials, lawmakers, and experts told The Daily Beast that Kerry’s proposal altered the Egyptian ceasefire in many important ways, and in one case altered longstanding U.S. policy toward the funding of Hamas.

Two Israeli government officials told The Daily Beast that Israel could not agree to the Kerry draft proposal because it felt it would constrain the Israeli Defense Forces from finishing their mission to destroy the tunnels in Gaza. Yet Kerry’s proposal explicitly did not include a call for the IDF to withdraw from Gaza during the ceasefire. What’s more, U.S. officials told the Israeli government that tunnel work would be able to continue during the ceasefire, as it had during the previous short-term pauses in the fighting.

The Israeli government was not confident the IDF would be able to continue tunnel destruction inside Gaza during the ceasefire. The officials in Jerusalem were not willing to commit to any timeline for completing the tunnel mission because they were still discovering the extent of the tunnel network and thought the mission could take as long as three weeks to complete.

“The Israelis felt their security concerns weren’t addressed by Kerry’s proposal,” said Dennis Ross, a former White House senior official and longtime Mideast envoy. “The ceasefire was going to put the Israelis in a position where the tunnels were still there. A ceasefire that doesn’t address that is not one that the Israelis could accept.”

I will assume that Obama and Kerry are not stupid. By penning a “peace plan” that hands a victory to Hamas, one they knew that Israel would reject – and the entire society has rejected it, Left, Right and Center – they were setting Israel up for scapegoating. Now they are righteously indignant. How DARE Israel be so rude!!!

And notice that our tax dollars, which already fund terrorist organizations, are set to increase funding to Hamas:

The Kerry proposal also stated a commitment would be made to “transfer funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries of public employees.” Israeli and U.S. officials said the understanding was that money would be given to Hamas by the government of Qatar. A senior U.S. official said that the American government doesn’t like Qatar providing money to Hamas, which is still officially designated as a terrorist organization by the State Department. But Kerry was trying to reach Hamas and he believes this was the best way to influence them.

“The fact is, [the Qataris] are [funding Hamas] and as a result of that they have some influence,” the senior U.S. official said.

Cute. The more vicious the terror group, the more likely they are to get funded. Dig tunnels, fire rockets, receive a bonanza!! Don’t try this trick at home, kids.

BTL: We should have a category called Useful Idiots.

- Aggie

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John Kerry Meets Reality

This surprises me. Kerry is acquainted with the truth.

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for powering through a ceasefire with Israel, brokered by the Egyptian government and accepted by Israel’s cabinet Tuesday morning.

At least 35 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire was set to begin, mere hours ago.

“I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in multiple numbers in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire, in which Egypt and Israel worked together, that the international community strongly supports,” Kerry told reporters in Vienna on Tuesday morning.

Kerry said that Hamas is “purposely playing politics” by continuing the rocket fire, using innocents as “human shields… against the laws of war.” “And that is why they are a terrorist organization,” Kerry added.

Question to the State Department: You have correctly observed that Hamas is a terrorist organization. So why are we sending them American tax dollars?

- Aggie

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Start To Panic NOW

Only 500 days remain until climate chaos!

Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, “climate chaos.” Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid “climate chaos”[emphasis added]:

Well, I’m very happy to be with John. There is no week without a phone call or a visit between John and myself, and we have on the agenda many items, many issues – Iran, because negotiations are resuming today; the question of Syria, and we shall meet next Thursday in London together; Ukraine as well; and very important issues, issue of climate change, climate chaos. And we have – as I said, we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos. And I know that President Obama and John Kerry himself are committed on this subject and I’m sure that with them, with a lot of other friends, we shall be able to reach success on this very important matter.

What can we do? If we mark our calendars, maybe we can all put on our chicken suits and run around Harvard Square screaming: The sky is falling, the sky is falling! Maybe we can sell of give away all of our worldly possessions and climb atop a hill, waiting for space aliens to rescue us? Maybe we can continue to go to work and pay our mortgages, certain in the knowledge that John Kerry and Barack Obama will protect us from disaster.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

- Aggie

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Shocka!! John Kerry Hostile To Religion!

And saying so in public

During a talk to the U.S. embassy staff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the first stop on his trip to Africa, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked about what he called the “different cross-currents of modernity” and the challenges they present on the African continent. The comments contain a veiled reference to religion, and the part that religion might be playing in some of the current conflicts in Africa:

This is a time here in Africa where there are a number of different cross-currents of modernity that are coming together to make things even more challenging. Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago. That’s not the way I think most people want to live.

No, you’re right, John. We want to live according to stuff that was written down seventy years ago – or less. There will be peace in our time! (Neville Chamberlain) Give peace a chance! (The Beatles) Yes We Can! (Barack Obama) Not to be confused with Together We Can! (Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts) So which is dumber, John? The Golden Rule or Yes We Can! I know which one I think is dumber.

- Aggie

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Being John Kerry

Not exactly a headline designed to pack ‘em in, but give me a chance.

Ynet has an “exclusive” interview with an American intimately involved in the failed negotiations between Israel and the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria.

You’ll never guess whom Kerry and his people blame for the collapse:

From the US perspective, the issue of the settlements was largely to blame.

You’ll have to read a lot further down to find any other explanation. Over and over, Netanyahu and the Israelis are described as inflexible, insulting, disinterested—”we were doing this for you”, the official laments.

Even Arab failures are blamed on Israel:

Abbas refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

“We couldn’t understand why it bothered him so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. We wanted to believe that for the Palestinians this was a tactical move – they wanted to get something (in return) and that’s why they were saying ‘no.’

“The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”

But there was one Israeli they did like:

“Tzipi Livni was a heroine. She fought with all of her might to promote the agreement.

We noted the other day Caroline Glick’s assertion that Livni serves as an American mole in the Israeli government. No wonder we want to give her a medal (while Jonathan Pollard rots in prison).

Subsequent events—Fatah making nice with Hamass, Kerry’s “Apartheid” comments—have bolstered any Israeli skepticism. Kerry may have been insulted by accusations that he was hot in pursuit of a Nobel Prize, but let’s just say he wouldn’t have turned one down had it been offered.

And now the threats of reprisal:

“As of now, nothing is stopping the Palestinians from turning to the international community. The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.

“The boycott and the Palestinian application to international organizations are medium-range problems. America will help, but there’s no guarantee its support will be enough.

“Your extreme right wing is very happy with the collapse of the peace talks. They won’t accept any gesture, or any positive comment from the other side.”

Sigh. No doubt this anonymous American knows whereof he speaks. His account certainly fits the pattern of the Obama regime. (Is it any wonder why Israel doesn’t trust us? I don’t trust us.) There’s no reference to missiles, mortars, and rockets from Gaza; no mention of Arab anitsemitism and incitement to violence and genocide; no condemnation of the glorification of terrorists living and dead; no reminder that Abbas himself is a fictitious leader (he has no power in Gaza, and his elected term has long since expired) of a fictitious people (“Palestinian” is a modern invention); no suggestion that neighboring countries, Jordan most particularly, have played a key role in this “unsustainable” status quo—through containment camps and second-class citizenship for refugees (if Arabs among other Arabs can be so labeled, especially after 65 years of refuge). One could easily go on.

So, why not go on? Did you notice, as I did, the internal contradiction in US and Arab criticism? It’s all about the settlements, we’re told—they’re bad, bad, bad. Yet America proposed, and the Arabs seemed to agree, “to the border outline so 80 percent of settlers would continue living in Israeli territory”. How can settlements be the problem if the Arab position is that 80% of them are okay? Most new construction in Judea and Samaria is also in existing settlements, so that can’t be a problem either.

Israel was wise or lucky to have missed out on this “historic” opportunity. This was always an ego trip for Kerry. Given his ego, it’s no surprise the trip was so long and arduous. Such peace initiatives between the Israelis and the Arabs usually bring about bloodshed (as engagement and flexibility are interpreted as weakness and vulnerability). It’s odd that the one effort that has actually led to anything like peace was Jimmy Carter’s Camp David accord. But then, Israel had no strong cultural ties to the Sinai, and Egypt had no stomach for more war. Until the Arab occupiers of Judea and Samaria experience similar defeat, I believe, they will have no stomach for peace.

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Regime Change

Caroline Glick opines that John Kerry’s Apartheid State comment may not have been the most offensive thing he said:

Speaking to the Daily Beast about Kerry’s remarks on Sunday, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quick to use the “some of his best friends are Jewish,” defense.

In her words, “Secretary Kerry, like Justice Minister [Tzipi] Livni, and previous Israeli Prime Ministers [Ehud] Olmert and [Ehud] Barak, was reiterating why there’s no such thing as a one-state solution if you believe, as he does, in the principle of a Jewish state. He was talking about the kind of future Israel wants.”

So in order to justify his own anti-Semitism – and sell it to the American Jewish community – Kerry is engaging in vulgar partisan interference in the internal politics of another country. Indeed, Kerry went so far as to hint that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is forced from power, and Kerry’s Jewish best friends replace him, then things will be wonderful. In his words, if “there is a change of government or a change of heart, something will happen.”

Livni, Olmert, Barak and others probably don’t share Kerry’s anti-Semitic sensitivities. Although their behavior enables foreigners like Kerry to embrace anti-Semitic positions, their actions are most likely informed by their egotistical obsessions with power. Livni, Olmert and Barak demonize their political opponents because the facts do not support their policies. The only card they have to play is the politics of personal destruction. And so they use it over and over again.

As an outside observer of Israeli politics, I’m a little hazy on the players. I am on record as an admirer of Netanyahu, but I have come to admire the further-right Moshe Feiglin and Naftali Bennett as well. Tzipi Livni, on the other hand, is poison.

Glick makes the point her presence in government is to placate Obama:

Livni’s position as Justice Minister and chief negotiator with the PLO owes entirely to the support she receives from the Obama administration.

Like [Ehud] Barak in Netanyahu’s previous government, today Livni provides Kerry and Indyk with “Israeli” cover for their anti-Israeli policies. And working with Kerry and Indyk, she is able to force herself and her popularly rejected policies on the elected government.

Livni – again, like Barak in Netanyahu’s previous government – has been able to hold her senior government position and exert influence over government policy by claiming that only her presence in the government is keeping the US at bay. According to this line of thinking, without her partnership, the Obama administration will turn on Israel.

And she echoes me when see says this:

Kerry’s “Apartheid” remarks are a watershed event. They represent the first time a sitting US Secretary of State has publically endorsed an anti-Semitic caricature of Jews and the Jewish state.

Just like Fatah’s “reconciliation” with Hamass, this is very clarifying. Now we know where everyone stands. I am at one and the same time sick to my stomach and as happy as I can be.

PS: In a just world, Kerry would resign.

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Apartheid State Update Update!

Lots of people collect things. Sea shells, coins, you name it. We even reported on the Palestinian terrorist (freed by Israel in exchange for “peace”) who complained bitterly how hard it was to keep up his stamp collection while in prison for murder.

Me, I like to collect anecdotes about everyone’s favorite (or most despised) Apartheid State. Care to have a look?

Not bad, eh? But I see that my most recent acquisition was six months ago. I don’t care how busy I’ve been, a man who ignores his hobbies turns his back on the lovely details of life. Thank you, John Kerry, for reminding me of the windsurfing of my private life.

Here’s a new item on how Israel practices apartheid:

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“Everyone wondered where I came from,” explains Pvt. Menusa Ben Israel, an IDF soldier from the African Israelite Hebrew community in Dimona. “They thought I was born outside of Israel, but I was born in this country and grew up here.”

Pvt. Menusa Ben Israel always knew she would join the IDF at age 18. Like most soldiers, she missed being away from home during basic training, and she gradually adjusted to life in the Israeli military. About four months ago, she enlisted in the army. Today she serves as a military police officer in southern Israel.

One of Menusa’s brothers recently finished his IDF service, and another serves as a combat soldier in the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Her father, Ben Ami Ben Israel, serves as the leader of her community in southern Israel. The cultural group was founded in Chicago, and in the 1960s, its members immigrated to Israel and settled in the city of Dimona.

Until today, the community celebrates its journey to Israel as a defining moment in its history. “We celebrate both Jewish holidays and community holidays,” Menusa explains of the group’s traditions. “We observe Passover in our own kind of way by marking our ‘exodus’ from the United States. For us, the holiday represents our own journey to Israel.”

I can’t help but compare her outcome as a happy, proud Israeli with a couple of less fortunate black girls back on the mean streets of Chicago, Hadiya Pendleton (my beloved) and the Goofus to Hadiya’s Gallant, Gakirah Barnes. I’d say the Apartheid State has been a lot kinder to young black women than the state of Illinois.

Here’s another bauble I’m proud to display:

Last night, a tragedy nearly happened to a Palestinian family from the village of Beitin–their youngest daughter, a month-old baby, began to choke while playing with her ??sister. Her troubled mother ran to the checkpoint seeking help, and an IDF officer from the division noticed the panicking mother with the choking infant in her arms. The officer immediatly called the nearest IDF doctor. Within a few minutes, Sec. Lt. Ben Tzanani and his team were at the scene and saved the baby’s life.

The doctor continued: “The division head quarters recieved many phone calls from the villagers of Beitin, who expressed their gratitude. In medical issues there is no difference between Palestinians and Jews.

That’s not what I hear.

A month-old baby is a human being, and so we are obligated to save her life. There were many incidents when young Palestinians who were hurling rocks or shooting at soldiers received medical care from us.

Let’s not carried away, doc.

A related story:

Magen David Adom warned IDF Medical Corps soldiers in Judea and Samaria that a serious accident had occurred on a road in the region early Tuesday morning. The accident took place near the town of Efrat between a private vehicle and a Palestinian minibus. In less than five minutes, Cpt. Karin Yamin and three paramedics arrived on the scene. All of the minibus’ passengers required medical care.

When she arrived at the scene, Cpt. Karin Yamin had to act quickly to take care of the twenty Palestinians wounded in the crash. The IDF Medical Corps team in Judea and Samaria is regularly in contact with the Palestinian Red Crescent. In this case, IDF soldiers were the first to respond, and quickly afterwards, the Red Crescent arrived and transferred the wounded to ambulances.

“For the soldiers in my unit, saving lives is a priority. Whether the patients are Israeli, Palestinian, Christian or Druze, we take care of them all in the same way. We also provide equipment to Red Crescent ambulances, especially when we see that they lack medical equipment,” Cpt. Karin said. “It’s important for me to emphasize that cooperation between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority goes in both directions.” She added that the Palestinians treated this morning were very satisfied with the care they received.

I would hope so!

Here’s a piece we seem to have have missed last summer:

It’s Ramadan and Second Lieutenant Ravit Dotan is extremely busy. As a civilian coordination officer, she has one job: to do her very best to serve the people who pass through the Bethlehem crossing.

One of the things 2nd Lt. Dotan loves about the job is knowing she is helping people fulfill their religious duties by approving their border crossing permits.

She also enjoys speaking with the people passing through on a personal level, learning their stories and speaking their native language.

“It’s satisfying to be able to help people cross the border so they can go to pray in Jerusalem and practice their faith,” she says.

I might point out to the lovely (she is) Lt. Dotan that that’s more than Jews can do, at least on the Temple Mount.

BTW, the IDF offers this helpful app to demonstrate the level of threat Israelis face, just from Gaza.

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If they could promise just to hit Hyannis, maybe…no, that would be wrong. Forget I mentioned it.

Room for one more? You won’t read it anywhere else, I promise:

A car accident in the Jordan Valley injured four Palestinians Saturday, including a two-year-old infant who suffered moderate injuries. Rescuers from the IDF’s 669 Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit evacuated the infant and two severely injured passengers to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by helicopter.

According to Lt. Gershoni, the IDF medical forces responded in an exemplary manner. “This military force would have been able to carry out the same evacuation in any car accident,” she stressed. “They were on their feet early in the morning, and continued to provide professional care throughout the whole day. We treat everyone, regardless of any differences, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian civilians.”

Yeah, yeah, we get it. But does John Kerry? I can’t wait for his next declaration on the nefarious ingredients in Passover matzohs. We’ll be ready.

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Sick Administration [Update]

John Kerry says Israel risks becoming an apartheid state On Yom haShoah.

This is in the British press, presumably because the Democrats need Jewish voters in America. I wonder if the NY Times or NPR will report these remarks?

Israel risks evolving into an apartheid state if it fails to negotiate a two-state solution with the Palestinians to end the historic Jewish-Arab conflict, John Kerry, the US secretary of state has warned.
The highly inflammatory remarks, which seemed certain to provoke an angry reaction from Israeli leaders, followed last week’s near collapse of American-brokered peace talks, which Mr Kerry has energetically promoted.
Speaking at a meeting of senior international figures last Friday, America’s top diplomat said it was essential to pursue the two-state solution – commonly defined as Israel existing alongside a sovereign, independent Palestine – to avoid dire consequences.
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” said Mr Kerry, according to the Daily Beast, which broke the story. “Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens – or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.” His remarks were made during a closed-door session of the trilateral commission, which included senior US, Western European, Russian and Japanese officials.

Know what is an Apartheid State? The wanna be state of “Palestine” which has an official no Jew policy. Saudi Arabia, our dear friend. Heck, are there any Arab states that aren’t apartheid?

Let’s look closer to home. Why doesn’t Kerry venture into any of the all-this-or-that areas of the United States? Who is he to criticize Israel? Just another Leftist windbag. I certainly hope that some of the MSM deigns to report Kerry’s antisemitic comments, along with the context that Israel pulled out because Abbas’s Fatah joined the genocidal Hamas organization. Or maybe our government prefers Genocide to Apartheid?

Update: Just to be clear, the Obama administration is calling Israel a potential apartheid state. So those are the choices: either negotiate with genocidal maniacs or be called names by the American idiots.

- Aggie

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We’ve Got Your Back, Israel

You have been warned:

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate on Tuesday, where he blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks last week.

“Israel didn’t release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and ‘poof’…that was sort of the moment,” remarked Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, meant as a “gesture” for the talks, was set for March 29 but put on hold given the total lack of progress in talks, and the widespread protest to the unpopular move. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry the release could topple his government.

The release was officially cancelled last Thursday, after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abbas requested to join 15 UN agencies last Tuesday, in breach of the peace talk conditions.

Regarding Kerry’s comment about the “700 settlement units,” Israel reissued a call for tenders on over 700 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last Tuesday. A construction freeze on Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was not a precondition of the talks.

I could rant and rave about the injustice—Israel has literally bled in releasing these prisoners; the Arabs haven’t stopped their Jew-hating incitement to murder and genocide for even a nanosecond; why do we cite housing starts in America as a positive economic indicator while condemning every single one in Israel—but I can’t be bothered.

I’m too busy standing and applauding Israel for sending this poseur packing. Seeing him drone on before Congress, I half expected him to accuse Israel of “razing villages in fashion reminiscent of Jenjis Khan”.

Kerry further blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas brought talks to a standstill by adamantly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

“The government of the United States and the president supports the notion of Israel being defined as a Jewish state,” Kerry noted. “We believe that that should happen. But when it happens, and how it happens, has to be part of the negotiations. It’s not going to happen in the beginning.”

What is Israel if not a Jewish state, you moron? Luxembourg with bagels? The only reason the Arabs won’t agree to it is that they want it as an Arab state. Like the world needs another one!

Noting the intensive energy that he has put into pushing the talks forward since last July, Kerry noted “there’s a limit to the amount of time that (US) President (Barack) Obama and I can invest in this topic with consideration to other challenges around the world, especially if the sides aren’t willing to show seriousness.”

Good! Beat it. Hasta la vista. See you. I think I hear Crimea calling.

Don’t worry, Israel. He, too, shall pass.

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