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The news:

Following the killing Wednesday afternoon of 30-year-old Karmei Tzur resident Eliyav Gelman by an Arab terrorist in Gush Etzion, MDA has publicized a comprehensive overview of the ongoing terror wave.

Beginning with the murder of 64-year-old Alexander Levlovitz in Jerusalem on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the number of Arab attacks on Jews has risen dramatically around the country, with an especially marked rise in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

In the five months since Levlovitz’s murder in September of 2015, MDA has recorded a total of 222 terror attacks around the country. This terror wave, which has been dubbed “the stabbing Intifada”, includes 93 stabbing attacks, 15 shootings, 23 car attacks, and 91 stone throwing attacks.

The death toll, from Levlovitz’s murder in September through to the attack on Eliyav Gelman today, now stands at 33. MDA treated 311 wounded terror victims, including 29 in serious condition.

The comment:

Just hours after a terror attack in Gush Etzion which left 30-year-old air force reserve captain Eliyav Gelman dead, US Secretary of State John Kerry responded by condemning Israeli housing projects in Judea and Samaria.

While speaking to a congressional subcommittee hearing on the State Department’s budget request, Kerry answered questions about Wednesday’s attack and the ongoing terror wave inside Israel.

“I don’t think that the situation is helped by additional settlement construction and building,” he remarked.

Israel suffered a spike of 284% in terrorist acts in 2015; 2016 promises to be even more of a banner year. And John Kerry blames “settlement” construction. This from the guy who described the Charlie Hebdo massacre thusly:

“There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”

What “settlements” he could be referring to I have no idea. They seem to be knocking down more “illegal” “settlements” over there than building anything. What an offensive human being—stuffed and puffed as he is.

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Lights…Camera…Inaction!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

For more than three months since the sides agreed to the action, disputes between Jordan and Israel regarding the installation of security cameras on the Temple Mount have delayed the security measure. The idea to place the cameras on the Mount was agreed upon in October by both countries as an attempt to deescalate the tensions that have taken place over the flashpoint site.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with U.S. secretary of State John Kerry back in October and told him that the Jordanians had suggested the move in an effort to ascertain that Israeli forces were not “desecrating” the space, which is called Haram al-Sharif by Muslims. Netanyahu was interested in doing so in order to maintain security for all visitors who go up to the Temple Mount and the security forces who often have to quell violent protests at the site that is holiest to Jews.

Kerry announced the deal a few days later following talks he held in Amman.

Thus putting the USA squarely on the side of apartheid: the “desecrating” in question being prayer.

A senior Israeli official noted that after many disagreements, the talks became bogged down: “Early on, we realized that the story was more complicated than we thought when the idea was raised,” he said.

The official detailed the disagreements that the different parties are having regarding the issues. He listed three main points of dissent which are: Who will have access to the footage from the cameras? Will one side be able to edit or pause the transmission? And where will the cameras be physically positioned?

Other than that…

Israel wants the cameras positioned throughout the complex including inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in order to show that these sites are being used to store weapons and rocks that are used against Israeli police.

Senior diplomats have expressed concerns that a solution to the arguments will not be found before Passover. The fear is that when Jewish and Christian worshipers come from abroad and the number of visitors to the Temple Mount increases the attacks will intensify as well.

Very clever of Israel to consent to this indignity, this blasphemy, knowing the Arab trait of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Even the cameras must be halal. We are not so forgiving. That a sovereign nation and a distinct faith are coerced into yielding access to their most hallowed ground is an obscenity. That America is a part of this deal is an Obam-ism. I can think of no fouler words.

PS: Is the Kaaba available for functions outside of the Hajj? Like a VFW hall? There are always christenings and bar mitzvahs to schedule.

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Which Award Does He Deserve?

Is it Aggie’s much-coveted Ya Think?™ award, for spectacular cluelessness in the face of the obvious? Or is it the Chutzpie™, for sheer unmitigated gall?

Or do we need a new award for what John Kerry said—the No Sh*t, Sherlock™ award, for finally acknowledging what others have been saying for years? Maybe all three—and throw in an Oscar since he’s white.

Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah has more than 80,000 rockets, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, adding that most of its weaponry comes from its sponsor Iran, through Syria and into Lebanon.

He doesn’t say whether he thinks that’s a good thing or a bad thing, too many or too few. But given the riches he and Obama have lavished on Iran recently—$1.7 billion and their spies sprung from jail—it would seem he’s hardly concerned that easily a million Israelis are threatened with annihilation from enemies sworn to that end. I’m not sure they give out awards for that obscenity, but maybe Obama can lend him his Nobie for a long weekend. God knows he’s not using it.

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Kerry Acknowledges That US Funding Of Iran Will Kill Civilians

The Iran deal released billions of dollars which will fund terror, according to John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists.

When asked about whether some the $150 billion in sanctions relief to Iran would go to terrorist groups, Kerry reiterated that, after settling debts, Iran would receive closer to $55 billion. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.

“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. “You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

Obama and his voters own that one too.

– Aggie

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Liberté, Egalité, Antisemité

Anything else you need to know, those Jews of France who have not yet made aliyah—both of you?

The French Jewish community is in a fury in the wake of a letter sent last week by French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud, which included a shocking statement in response to the Islamic State (ISIS) attacks on Paris earlier in the month.

In the letter written to French citizens residing in the US, Araud did not mention ISIS in relation to its six attacks that left 130 murdered. He went on to draw a comparison with the January attacks in Paris, in which Muslim terrorists murdered 17 people in attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical paper and on a Jewish supermarket.

“These are the foundations of our model of society that the terrorists seek to destroy: Yesterday journalists and Jews; now ordinary citizens whose only crime was to enjoy life on a Friday night in Paris,” said Araud, in a shocking distinction between Jews and “ordinary citizens.”

We can tell ourselves that Europe’s antisemitism stems from its Muslim citizens and immigrants—but we would be ignoring history and the collective nose on our face.

Exit question: which is worse—this exclusion of Jews from “ordinary citizens”?

Or John Kerry’s lethal-injection-worthy pronouncement? [Hyperbolically speaking, Secret Service!]

“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate.”

Aren’t diplomats chosen for knowing how to say just the right thing, le mot juste, as the French say? It’s out fault for not taking them at their word. To wit: Jews are not ordinary French citizens, and our Français-parler Secretary of State thinks there is a “legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale” for shooting them.

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As Bad As it Gets

Bad news: we really suck.

Good news: we couldn’t suck worse:

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday suggested that the “rationale” for the terrorist attack against the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead in January, is more understandable than any rationale for last week’s attacks in Paris.

“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” he said in remarks at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, ‘Okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.’ This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate.”

I am crying. I am crying.

This is what my people are reduced to. My tears are tears of shame. Pure, distilled hatred and shame. I am so, so ashamed.

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Obama’s Remarkable Sense Of Timing

Why only today he pronounced ISIS contained

Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” President Barack Obama seemingly downplayed the threat of ISIS in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired on Friday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America.”

Stephanopoulos asked Obama if ISIS was gaining in strength, to which Obama denied they were.

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama responded. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

“What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures,” he admitted. “We’ve made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters and part our goal has to be to recruit more effective Sunni partners in Iraq to really go on offense rather than simply engage in defense.”

Has anyone EVER been so wrong, so often?

On a related note, here’s hoping the John Kerry sends James Taylor back to France to sing, “You’ve Got A Friend” again!

Please, god, just once more before I die.

– Aggie

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Quick! How Soon Will Kerry’s Spokesman State That He “Misspoke”?

He said that the Palestinian leadership is inciting violence. And for that, he has won our coveted ‘Ya Think?™ Award. But I warn you, Mr. Kerry, the minute you apologize, you will publicly loose this sought-after award. I mean it.

The Palestinian leadership must cease inciting to violence and offer something concrete to the Israelis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Kerry, at a speech in Washington to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said it was “absolutely vital” for Israel to take steps “that empower Palestinian leaders to improve economic opportunity and the quality of their lives on a day to day basis.”

It is “equally important,” he said “for Palestinian leaders to cease the incitement of violence and offer something more than rhetoric.”

Instead, he added, the Palestinians needed to “propose solutions that will contribute in a real way to the improvement of life, to the reduction of violence and to the safety and security of Israelis.”

Of course he’s full of shit. The only thing the Israelis could do to satisfy the Palestinians would be to drink poisoned Kool-Aid and die en mass.

And Mahmoud Abbas, the Murderer-in-Chief made a funny today at the UN:

His speech came the same day that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, said that “Israel is systematically violating the principles of international law and acting as a state above the law,” and called for International “protection” for the Palestinians.

– Aggie

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Detestable [UPDATED]

What the hell, let’s unload the whole thesaurus:

abhorrent, hateful, loathsome, despicable, abominable, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, horrible, horrid, awful; heinous, reprehensible, obnoxious, odious, offensive, contemptible.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel has agreed on steps to calm tensions over the Temple Mount, including 24-hour security cameras, AFP reports.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to announce details of the measures later the same day, Kerry said after meetings in Amman with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.

He said Netanyahu had agreed to “an excellent suggestion by King Abdullah”, custodian of the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem, “to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites” in the compound, which is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

“This will provide comprehensive visibility and transparency and that could really be a game changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity of the holy site,” he said.

Turning the Temple Mount into an Islamic police state is “an excellent suggestion”, which protects the “sanctity of the holy site”? Mentally, I’m sputtering incoherently (not that one can easily tell the difference).

Israel has repeatedly and slanderously been referred to as an “apartheid state”. This act actually meets the criteria. I’m angry with Netanyahu, of course, but I’m burning with shame that this is American policy.

I turned to my unofficial rabbis, Caroline Glick and Moshe
Feiglin, for spiritual guidance (and not a little outrage). Neither has yet responded.

Unless this entry by Feiglin (dated before this hateful, abhorrent, etc.) announcement is actionable wisdom:

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, G-d appeared to Abram, and said to him: ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be simply sincere.’ (Genesis 17:1)

“Do not lose your simple sincerity,” the King of the world says to the father of the Jewish nation. Even when ‘reality’ shows that there is no hope, and when the very opposite of what was promised happens, simple sincerity is the secret weapon that will make the blessing reality.

Sometimes, simple sincerity can be confused with passivity. “We will simply learn Torah and everything will work out,” say some. Or: “We will simply build new settlements.” Or: “We will simply become top officers in the army.” Or: “We will simply play the political game.” Or: We will simply make a lot of money and everything will work out.” Each person seems to have a form of passivity that keeps him comfortable. But Abraham does not confuse simple sincerity with passivity. He teaches Torah, makes wars, builds the Land, is actively involved in politics, makes a lot of money and does not forgo any human endeavor. He keeps going all the time – but with simple sincerity as his guiding light.

Take a deep breath, BTL. Even if you don’t believe in G-d, he believes in Israel. John Kerry, too, shall pass (if there is a G-d).

PS: I looked up Genesis 17:1, and Feglin’s translation is, how to put it, creative. What he translates as “simply sincere” is most often translated as “blameless”; “wholehearted” and “integrity” are also mentioned. The King James and other like translations put it “be thou perfect”. Interesting range of interpretations.

PPS: G-d makes his covenant with Abraham next, if you were wondering.

UPDATE:
That didn’t take long:

Bayit Yehudi MK Yinon Magal said that nothing would prevent Jews from praying there.

“I appreciate the prime minister’s efforts to calm the situation at the moment, but in the end, nothing will prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, their holiest site in the world, not even the Wakf’s cameras,” Magal wrote.

Ha!

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KKKerry

Caroline Glick:

Secretary of State John Kerry’s claims, parroted by his spokesmen, that Israel is either entirely to blame for Palestinian terrorism or shares the blame equally with the Palestinians, are baseless lies.

Kerry and his spokesmen have alleged that the current Palestinian convulsion of murderous violence is a product of “a massive increase in settlements.” Yet as Haaretz reported this week, Israel has built fewer homes for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria since 2009, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (and President Barack Obama) entered office, than it had since 1995. The steep increase in the Jewish population in the areas is almost entirely the result of Jewish women having babies.

The other accusations the State Department has leveled against Israel – that it incites violence and engages in terrorism – are so obscene that there is no point in trying to set the record straight. Quite simply, an administration comfortable with libeling Israel in this way doesn’t want to know the truth.

While at this point it is abundantly clear that Kerry like the administration he serves has an unpleasant, irrational obsession with the Jewish state, it’s hard to shake the conclusion that there is more going on here than simply opposition to Israel.

For instance his claim this week that “Unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody,” is more an assault on reality generally than on Israel in particular.

Kerry, like the Obama administration as a whole, is angry at reality because at least as far as Israel and its Palestinian neighbors are concerned, reality shares no common ground with the administration’s assumption of Israeli guilt.

There is no chance that Palestinian Authority Chairman and PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas will agree to make peace with Israel. We know this not only because Abbas rejected peace and a Palestinian state when then-prime minister Ehud Olmert offered him both in 2008. We know this as well because three years ago Abbas rejected the idea of a negotiated settlement and opted instead to use the UN to gain international recognition of a Palestinian state at war with Israel.

It was Abbas who rejected Oslo; Abbas who claimed the Temple Mount was under assualt by the “filthy-footed” Jews, and that blood shed in its defense was holy; it is Abbas’s Fatah that incites and inflames genocidal passions with reckless abandon.

While Jews were making babies.

And the Left—which comprises the media, academia, much of Europe, and the current American regime—places the same burdens of responsibility on the fascistic Arabs and the fecund Jews.

It’s not exactly appropriate, but Woody Allen’s line from Annie Hall comes to mind: “My grammy never gave gifts. She was too busy getting raped by Cossacks.”

The lives lived by Jews are unimaginable to those who from ignorance or from denial know nothing of them. Judging, even condeming, the victims of random, wanton terror is an unusual trait. Or should I say “abnormal”. It can’t be unusual when it’s common as muck.

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She Had it Coming

If Israel hadn’t worn that short skirt, this might not have happened:

“There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years,” [John] Kerry said during a question-and-answer session, “and there’s an increase in the violence because there’s this frustration that’s growing.” Kerry noted that there was also “a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any end.”

I think what always perplexes me – we’ve been through Oslo, Wye Plantation, Madrid, countless negotiations. Most people I talk to have a pretty damn good sense of what has to be done.”

The list of things that perplexes John Kerry would reach from Harvard to Tacoma, Washington—and back.

It was the so-called Palestinians who rejected the Oslo so-called accords—two weeks ago. You want cause and effect? The terrorism started shortly afterwards. The “massive increase” in “settlements” he sees is wholly inadequate from my point of view. Israel’s population has doubled in the past 30 years; what would he have them do? Live in a ghetto? Not gonna happen. This time.

Of all the land Israel took from the Arabs like candy from a baby in the suicidal wars they startted (which atarted as genocidal wars), Israel has returned over 90%. (All of Sinai and Gaza, plus Areas A and B in the West Bank comes to 93% by my figuring.)

Besides, the State Department can’t keep its stories straight:

US officials on Tuesday declined to take sides in a debate over Israel’s true policy and intentions regarding the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif), a point of tension exacerbating conflict on the ground between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting Palestinians to violence, while Abbas claims that Netanyahu seeks to change status quo arrangements on the holy site, where non-Muslims are not allowed to formally pray.

Netanyahu has repeatedly called that accusation a “gross” and “dangerous lie.” But pressed on the matter, State Department officials echoed Abbas’ concerns, suggesting they believe Israel’s policy leaves open the possibility of change at the site.

To be fair to the Obama gruppen, they didn’t invent the Arab apartheid policy atop the Temple Mount. But they deserve their share of the blame for perpetuating it. Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem. (All four are Democrats, for one.)

Barack Obama and John Kerry are the George Wallace and Bull Connor of Jim Crow in Jerusalem.

Just wanted to make sure you got that.

But if I may suggest to the maggots at State: when your stated policy is to blame the victim of terrorism, stick to one story. Leave the daily humiliation to the Palestinian people, not yourselves.

PS: Have you been reading how hostile Susan Rice is to Israel? It’s in Dennis Ross’s new book. And there’s no one closer to the Obamas not named Valerie (Born in Iran) Jarrett. Or Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ayers. Or Tony Rezko. Or Jeremiah Wright. Or Rashid Khalidi. Or Derrick Bell. Or Rod Blagojevich. Okay, so maybe she’s not so close.

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The Most Transparent Anti-Semitic Administration Evah!

I apologize for not having seen this earlier; it came to my attention only this morning in a comment from reader Jeanette.

In another slap in the face for Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama pulled Secretary of State Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power out of the General Assembly during Netanyahu’s powerful address. A large number of delegations walked out of the General Assembly for the speech, but Obama left behind a crew of underlings bearing Jewish names:

“Ambassador Power and Secretary Kerry were unable to attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before the General Assembly because they were called into a meeting with President Obama, which they participated in via video teleconference,” a State Department Official told Breitbart News.

“The United States was represented at the speech by Ambassador David Pressman, Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs, Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and Ambassador Richard Erdman, Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly,” the official added.

What, Alfred E. Newman wasn’t available?

Let’s have a show of hands of everyone who thinks that Obama calling the US A-team of diplomats (such as they are) off the floor of the UN, leaving the Jew-V in its place, as all the other Jew-hating nations walked out…how many people think that was a coincidence? Anyone…?

Me neither.

I tried to find a list of the other nations’ vermin who scuttled out as our dips decamped, but I’ll have to leave it to your imagination. Obama betrayed an ally to join forces with the scum of the earth.

Not to put too fine a point on it.

PS: Even the jackals at the UN broke into applause on a few occasions. But not the US contingent. They sat on their hands throughout.

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