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BTL Going on the Lam

You’ll never take me alive, coppers!

A group of Americans academics issued a call for the US and Europe to impose personal sanctions on Israeli politicians who promote the Israeli annexation of the West Bank and further settlement activity.

Scholars for Israel and Palestine (SIP) published a call, on the website of the anti-BDS organization, The Third Narrative, for punitive measures “on a cluster of Israeli political leaders and public figures who lead efforts to insure [sic] permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and to annex all or parts of it unilaterally in violation of international law.”

SIP points to four prominent Israeli figures who fit this description: Economy Minister and head of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett, Minister of Construction and Housing Uri Ariel from Jewish Home, Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, and the head of the settler movement of Gush Emunin “Amana” and former Jewish Underground member, Zeev (Zambish) Hever.

The four are singled out by SIP for pursuing “unjust, unlawful, and destructive policies in their most extreme and dangerous form.”

Those are some bad hombres, all right. A real pack of desperados—among whom I would be proud to count myself.

Our crime?

“Annexationist policies pursued by these four individuals, and others like them… slam the door not only on peacemaking at present but for the foreseeable future. It is not sufficient to reiterate calls for negotiations. It is equally and urgently imperative to oppose the occupation itself, and especially those policies that seek to make it permanent and irreversible. It is necessary for the U S and the EU to go beyond verbal protest… [and] take active measures to penalize lawbreakers,” the call read.

The real crime is in the writing. These guys are academics? That paragraph would get an F in Freshman Comp. “Annexationist”? Call it a word if you like; I call it the hideous spawn of Satan. “Foreseeable future” is a hackneyed phrase (and I know hackneyed phrases). The linking of “not sufficient” and “equally and urgently imperative” is illogical: how can something that is not enough be a rallying cry for action? And can they lose the passive voice—“it is” this and “it is” that? You got something to say, say it. Oh yeah, saying something is “permanent” pretty much covers “irreversible”; and “taking measures” doesn’t need “active” to modify it. I can’t imagine an inactive measure taken.

Who are these nincompoops?

The 20 signatories of the petition include distinguished professors from UCLA, Columbia, Syracuse, Stanford and Princeton. Among the mainly Jewish academics is the renowned political theorist Michael Walzer.

Columbia. Figures.

Now that we’ve discredited these academic jackals, let’s read the lurid crimes of which they accuse Moshe “The Masher” Feiglin et al of committing.

Bennett is cited for continuing to “press strongly for a policy of creeping annexation” and leading the struggle against the 2010 10-month settlement freeze when he was head of the Yesha Council. The freeze was called by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an incentive to the Palestinians to negotiate. It failed.

Ariel is criticized for promoting a one-state solution, also known as a binational state, being a “consistent advocate of accelerated settlement building,” announcing construction tenders at inopportune times and calling for the building of the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.

Feiglin is blasted for his “straightforward and undisguised extremism” and for an “annexationist program [that] goes beyond Bennett’s,” while Hever is described as “one of the most persistent and influential organizers of settlement construction,” and is accused of building homes in outposts even the Israeli government considers illegal.

Our academic friends want to throw us in jail for the crime of housing starts. Which changes this scene from Witness to R-rated, if not X.

That’s me, the third Amish from the left, hiding out from the authorities for pursuing “unjust, unlawful, and destructive policies in their most extreme and dangerous form.” Approach with caution.

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When Life Gives You Ascorbic Acid, Make Lemonade

When life gives you sulphuric acid, throw it at a Jewish family:

A terrorist threw acid on seven Israelis in the West Bank on Friday, including a mother with her three young daughters and her niece. Two other pedestrians were wounded in the attack. The Palestinian suspect then chased another Israeli with a screwdriver and was shot by an armed passerby.

According to the IDF, the terrorist sprayed the material on a family with young children and was then shot in his leg.

I hope they were aiming for his head.

A Palestinian source told Ynet that the terrorist is Jamal Shaharna from the village of Nahalin located near Bethlehem.

An initial investigation says that Shaharna attempted to hitch a ride when the owner of the car realized that the attacker was attempting to throw the acid, at which point he exited the car and attempted to chase the terrorist, who was wielding a screwdriver and apparently intended to stab other Jews.

Shortly thereafter a civilian noticed what was happening and shot Shaharna in the lower body. Security forces caught him and transferred him to the custody of the Shin Bet.

Free speech, we are told, extends to just short of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. The entire so-called Palestinian so-called Authority and all its attendant media and propaganda organs have been shouting “Kill the Jew” for years, like that nut-case in Crown Heights a few days ago. And it’s having the same effect. That victim is healing. I hope these kids will too. Physically and mentally.

Their attacker? I hope he likes pineapples. Rectally.

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BTL: Trend Setter

Teal is the new puce, pico de gallo is the new tabouleh, and hemlines are going up (they’d better)—all aboard the Eretz Israel Express:

A new US poll found that a full 34% of Americans support a one-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by which all of Israel’s territory would become a single state with equal rights for all citizens.

The poll, held by the Saban Forum, noted a 10% increase in support for the one-state solution from the previous year, reports Yedioth Aharonoth. By contrast, 39% supported the two-state solution in a figure that stayed constant from previous years.

It remains unclear from the poll question if the plan respondents supported would offer Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza citizenship, although it would appear to be a clear show of support for Israeli annexation of the areas.

I’ve been calling for this for years now. It’s the least we can do for peace. And people are listening:

As far as which side to support, the poll results left no doubts: 31% would like the US to favor Israel in the conflict, whereas only 4% thought it should favor the Palestinian Arabs.

That position of support was echoed by the US Congress, which on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of America, which would greatly expand cooperation in a bevy of fields. The bill now is waiting for US President Barack Obama’s signature.

But we’re not completely heartless:

Another plan that has been gaining momentum in Israel is to create a Palestinian state in Jordan, with Jordanian-Palestinian activist Mudar Zahran saying such a development is inevitable.

If the point were to bring peace to the region and let everyone get on with their lives, this result would have evolved years ago. Instead the point has been to remove Jews from the region. Which ain’t gonna happen, despite this:

Obama has not shown as friendly position on Israel, blocking a routine transfer of Hellfire missiles during Operation Protective Edge and ordering more stringent supervision of future shipments.

Likewise, reports indicate the US is weighing sanctions against Israel as a punitive measure on Jewish construction in Israel’s Biblical heartland, namely eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Next year in East Jerusalem!

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Who Says Obama Never Gets Tough With Our Enemies? [UPDATED]

Russia laughs at us; Iran couldn’t be more contemptuous.

But Israel, boy, they’ll regret the day they crossed Barack Hussein Obama.

The United States is considering taking “harsher action” against Israeli construction efforts in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, reports Thursday said.

According to the report in Ha’aretz, the White House has been discussing taking “active measures” to discourage Israeli construction, instead of just issuing condemnations, as it has done until now.

But commentators on Israel’s right dismissed the story as “political scare tactics” in the wake of upcoming elections in Israel.

The report said that senior American officials asked about the report “did not deny this, but refused to disclose more details.” According to the report, “a discussion on such a sensitive and politically-loaded issue in the White House is extremely irregular and shows to what extent relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have deteriorated.”

According to the report, the White House decided on this new policy after the recent meeting between US President Barack H. Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The meeting occurred as Peace Now announced that Israel had approved the construction of 1,600 homes in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighborhood, and activists moved into homes in the City of David neighborhood.

The report said that American actions could include abstaining in votes condemning Israel at the UN Security Council, instead of vetoing them, or banning funding of projects in Judea and Samaria.

Consider the timing:

Political commentators on the right in Israel dismissed the Ha’aretz report as “election propaganda.”

The fact the report emerged a day after the Knesset decided on new elections “is more than just mere coincidence,” said one commentator.

“Whether it was the idea of Ha’aretz or a White House functionary, it’s clear that the message here is that Israel will be better off with someone other than Netanyahu leading it. These kinds of stories always ‘happen’ to surface before elections, and nothing ever comes of them.”

May it backfire. May Israelis know that America has their back, even if Obama wants to kick them in the nuts. Proverbial nuts.

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As I was saying:

With Israeli elections now scheduled for March 2015, there’s no doubt who the Obama Administration is rooting for: Mr. or Ms. A.B.B.—Anybody But Bibi. But the president and secretary need to be very careful here. We don’t read Israeli politics very well; and we haven’t proven very effective in predicting, let alone orchestrating outcomes. The best advice to an administration that has proven anything but sure footed in the Middle East, particularly in dealing with Israel, is to keep out of Israeli politics.

Like that’s gonna happen:

Like Bush 41 and Shamir, Bill Clinton and Benjamin Netanyahu were not exactly soul mates. In June 1996, after their first meeting, Clinton, frustrated by Bibi’s brashness, exploded: “Who’s the fucking superpower here?”

You can see why relations were tense. For the preceding two months, Clinton had done everything he could to tip the election to Shimon Peres, a caretaker prime minister, in the wake of Rabin’s assassination by an Israeli radical in November 1995.

Clinton had persuaded Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to convene a Summit of the Peacemakers in Egypt in an effort to save the peace process and Peres, too, after a series of Hamas terror attacks. When Peres visited Washington, Clinton went out of his way to praise Peres’s leadership and insisted on referring to the upcoming election in a reference that all but said “vote for Peres if you’re serious about peace.”

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And, still, Netanyahu won.

[I]n December 2000, a month before his term ran out, the president was prepared to fly to Israel to broker an agreement between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, not least in order to help Barak defeat Ariel Sharon in elections scheduled for February 2001. But the deal foundered and Barak lost.

Now, as the clock ticks down on Israeli elections scheduled for March 2015, will the Obama Administration play internal Israeli politics to try to tip the election against Netanyahu?

Resist the temptation, Barack:

It’s an inconvenient but important reality to acknowledge that of the three U.S.-orchestrated breakthroughs in the Middle East peace process, two of them—the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and the Madrid peace conference—came from hardline Likud prime ministers. The third—the three disengagement agreements following the 1973 war —came courtesy of a very tough Labor prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.

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Seething Palestinian Watch

I know, big surprise.

But at least they’re seething at someone different this time:

Another winter in the Balata refugee camp. And as the years go by, nothing here changes for the better. The same poor infrastructure, overcrowding, and poverty.

The largest and one of most notorious of the camps, central to the anti-Israel violence and terrorism of the first and second intifadas, Balata sits only a few kilometers from the heart of Nablus. But the gap between the camp’s 30,000 residents and the city’s has never been greater.

How Samarian Arab is that? Thirty-thousand people constitute a camp?

Doesn’t look anything like the YMCA camp I went to as a kid.

[T]his time, most of the complaints are directed against the Palestinian Authority and its head, Mahmoud Abbas. Even the Israeli occupation has lost its loathed primacy to the PA in the minds of the residents.

Ahmed, 30, points at the vegetable merchant who has set up shop across from his store. “You see the crates of vegetables?” he asks. “They have been sitting there for two days. He leaves them like that at night, and sells what is left during the day. These are not vegetables that are fit for humans, and still, people don’t have money to buy anything else. No one here has a permit to work in Israel, and the PA isn’t helping us. Try to get a bank loan. They won’t give them to camp residents.”

‘What happens to the outside financial help the PA is receiving? Why doesn’t it give any to the camp residents?’

“I blame Abbas for this situation,” he adds. “There are tons of drugs. Why doesn’t the PA deal with it?” he asks angrily.

His friend Samir joins our conversation. “There is no police, and there is no law. People walk around with pistols because they fear for themselves, not because of the Israelis. I ask, what happens to the outside financial help the PA is receiving? Why doesn’t it give any to the camp residents? Why doesn’t it invest in them? If things stay like this, if the PA continues to ignore us, the situation will ultimately lead to an explosion.”

What are you going to do, blow up your own buses? I’m mildly amused by the Arab-on-Arab crime, but Arab explosions bore me. Been there, done that.

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Other Pogroms You Might Have Missed

Move along. Nothing to see here:

A severe, unpublicized security incident in Bet El, just north of Jerusalem, back in August led the town’s Security Chiefs, in cooperation with the IDF, to rethink defense arrangements.

The incident began when ten Jewish youth hiked in the Wadi, a nature canyon near the town security fence, and were assaulted by 20 Arabs chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Another 20 Arabs appeared and ascended the hills on the sides of the Wadi and began hurling softball-sized rocks.

“It was the most life-threatening situation I have witnessed,” said Yisrael D., watching from his apartment window overlooking the Wadi. “The youth were trapped and threatened by stones coming from all directions,” he said.

An approaching IDF jeep which just happened to be nearby sent the Arabs fleeing.

Boy, it almost seems like Arabs stone Jews on a regular basis, From pre-schoolers to teens to moms. “Seems”, I said. We’d hear more about it if it were actually true.

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We Get Results

Sound like anyone you know?

In response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ threat to unilaterally seek UN Security Council approval for statehood, Likud MK Danny Danon urged the government to annex the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria.

“A unilateral step should be met with a unilateral step,” Danon said. “Every unilateral declaration by Abu Mazen needs to be answered by the application of sovereignty over the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.”

Okay, it sounds like Moshe Feiglin. And Naftali Bennett. And Caroline Glick. And more than a few others. But it also sounds like us because we print their opinions all the time. Build, baby, build, and annex, baby, annex.

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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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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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Israel’s “Partners in Peace”

Remember, in the twisted mind of the international community—including our government—Fatah are the good guys.

Eww:

Jibril Rajoub, Head of the PA Sports Authority and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee announced that Fatah has made a “political decision” to support slaughtering Jews who live in settlements:

“OK, brother, here is the occupation, am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone… Our political decision is resistance in the occupied territories in order to bring an end to the occupation [using] all forms of resistance.”

The Fatah movement, headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is seen by many in the West as a peaceful alternative to Hamas for a future peace agreement. Palestinian Media Watch’s book Deception documents that the PA presents different messages to the world in English than in Arabic to its people.

Partners? Hardly:

“I’m telling everyone: Fatah has decided that our relations with the Israelis are relations between enemies. There is no kind of coordination between the Israelis and us.

On that I agree with the Deputy Secretary. They are enemies and should be treated as such—until they tender their unconditional surrender. Then and only then will it be time for “peace.” What’s been happening over the past decade (two—three—six) is just a slow bloodletting. Seen thusly, the “peace process” is just another pogrom.

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Here Comes the Neighborhood!

Suddenly, I’m loving this Hamass-Fatah “unity” government!

The Israeli government on Thursday ordered officials to move forward with plans for another 1,800 settler homes, just hours after issuing tenders for 1,500 housing units, an official said.

“The political echelon has ordered the Civil Administration to advance 1,800 new (housing) units,” the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to a Defense Ministry unit responsible for all West Bank planning issues.

The order relates to construction in 10 settlements across the West Bank, all of which are at different stages of the planning process.

Israeli media reports said the plans had been frozen by the government some three months ago.

The announcement came just hours after Israel’s Housing Ministry published tenders for the construction of more than 1,500 new homes, 400 of them in East Jerusalem and the rest in the West Bank.

Judea and Samaria, you mean.

“It is time for the American administration to take serious steps against what the government of Israel is doing,” Nimr Hammad, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told AFP.

The PLO pledged to appeal the Israeli measure with the UN Security Council.

“The executive committee of the PLO views this latest escalation with the utmost of seriousness,” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior PLO official, said in an English-language statement.

The executive committee “will counter it by addressing both the United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly as the proper way of curbing this grave violation and ensuring accountability,” she added.

Instead of the UN, send in the Welcome Wagon.


“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor. And wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”

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Good News, Bad News

First, the bad news for the Arab occupiers of the West Bank: there’s growing talk of Israel annexing some or all of Judea and Samaria.

Oh wait, my bad—that’s the good news! [Hat tip: reader Jeanette]

According to a study by Professor Sammy Smooha of the University of Haifa, 63.5% of Israeli Arabs consider Israel to be a good place to live. The study, titled “The Index of Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel,” draws on 700 face-to-face interviews with a national representative sample of Israeli Arabs and 700 phone interviews with Israeli Jews. It has been conducted annually since 2003.

The Tower reports that, not only did nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs say Israel is a good place to live in 2013, this is an increase from 2012’s figure of 58.5%.

And that is not the only number that is up. The percentage of Israeli Arabs who accepted Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state rose to 52.8% from 47.4% the year before. That is a majority.

Further, the number of Israeli-Arabs who accept their identity as such without identifying as Palestinians increased from 32.5% in 2012 to 42.5% in 2013. That is a nearly 33% jump.

While the Israeli press in Hebrew and English has reported this news, no mainstream news outlets have deemed it worthy of coverage.

The fact that Israeli Arabs like Israel is an important element for news consumers to understand, yet it does not fit with the narrative promoted by the majority of the mainstream media so they don’t cover it. In fact, when there is just about anything positive to say about Israel… Where’s the coverage?

I don’t think you’d get 63.5% of American liberals saying they like to live here. So that nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs say they like being Israelis is a big deal.

And, yes, a story worthy of coverage.

My only question, then, is, why do these happy and satisfied Arabs elect such miserable schmucks to the Knesset? Maybe the rest of them are okay, but Tibi and Zoabi are complete a-holes.

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