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What Is The Difference?

Charles Krauthammer lays it all out in simple language

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

And what is the US doing? The US is sending money to the people who are using civilian human shields. Not even Egypt will do that.

Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared raison d’etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.

Apologists for Hamas attribute the blood lust to the Israeli occupation and blockade. Occupation? Does no one remember anything? It was less than 10 years ago that worldwide television showed the Israeli army pulling die-hard settlers off synagogue roofs in Gaza as Israel uprooted its settlements, expelled its citizens, withdrew its military and turned every inch of Gaza over to the Palestinians. There was not a soldier, not a settler, not a single Israeli left in Gaza.

And there was no blockade. On the contrary. Israel wanted this new Palestinian state to succeed. To help the Gaza economy, Israel gave the Palestinians its 3,000 greenhouses that had produced fruit and flowers for export. It opened border crossings and encouraged commerce.

The whole idea was to establish the model for two states living peacefully and productively side by side. No one seems to remember that, simultaneous with the Gaza withdrawal, Israel dismantled four smaller settlements in the northern West Bank as a clear signal of Israel’s desire to leave the West Bank as well and thus achieve an amicable two-state solution.

This is not ancient history. This was nine years ago.

True, Dr. Krauthammer, but people are very, very stupid. And they are bigoted against Jews, which makes the stupidity easier to explain.

And how did the Gaza Palestinians react to being granted by the Israelis what no previous ruler, neither Egyptian, nor British, nor Turkish, had ever given them — an independent territory? First, they demolished the greenhouses. Then they elected Hamas. Then, instead of building a state with its attendant political and economic institutions, they spent the better part of a decade turning Gaza into a massive military base, brimming with terror weapons, to make ceaseless war on Israel.

Where are the roads and rail, the industry and infrastructure of the new Palestinian state? Nowhere. Instead, they built mile upon mile of underground tunnels to hide their weapons and, when the going gets tough, their military commanders. They spent millions importing and producing rockets, launchers, mortars, small arms, even drones. They deliberately placed them in schools, hospitals, mosques and private homes to better expose their own civilians. (Just Thursday, the U.N. announced that it found 20 rockets in a Gaza school.) And from which they fire rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Why? The rockets can’t even inflict serious damage, being almost uniformly intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Even West Bank leader Mahmoud Abbas has asked: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?”

It makes no sense. Unless you understand, as Tuesday’s Post editorial explained, that the whole point is to draw Israeli counterfire.

This produces dead Palestinians for international television. Which is why Hamas perversely urges its own people not to seek safety when Israel drops leaflets warning of an imminent attack.

I’m just going to give you all of this, because it is so accurate:

To deliberately wage war so that your own people can be telegenically killed is indeed moral and tactical insanity. But it rests on a very rational premise: Given the Orwellian state of the world’s treatment of Israel (see: the U.N.’s grotesque Human Rights Council), fueled by a mix of classic anti-Semitism, near-total historical ignorance and reflexive sympathy for the ostensible Third World underdog, these eruptions featuring Palestinian casualties ultimately undermine support for Israel’s legitimacy and right to self-defense.

In a world of such Kafkaesque ethical inversions, the depravity of Hamas begins to make sense. This is a world in which the Munich massacre is a movie and the murder of Klinghoffer is an opera — both deeply sympathetic to the killers. This is a world in which the U.N. ignores humanity’s worst war criminals while incessantly condemning Israel, a state warred upon for 66 years that nonetheless goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid harming the very innocents its enemies use as shields.

It’s to the Israelis’ credit that amid all this madness they haven’t lost their moral scruples. Or their nerve. Those outside the region have the minimum obligation, therefore, to expose the madness and speak the truth. Rarely has it been so blindingly clear.

I’ve noticed something surprising here in Massachusetts. The people that would typically be blaming Israel are out there, but in fewer numbers. I assume that this is because just over a year ago we experienced terrorism first-hand at the Boston Marathon. Given how short memories are, I don’t expect this effect to continue, but it is noteworthy. The real haters don’t change, but the middle is less impressed with a terror group that sends thousands of rockets into towns and cities.

- Aggie

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Antisemitism At The Washington Post

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Dershowitz On Hamas’s “Dead Baby Strategy”

Media has bloody hands

By emphasizing the comparative body counts without providing the reasons for the disparity, the media plays into the hands of Hamas, and encourages that terrorist organization to continue to pursue its dead baby strategy.

The media loves to count the dead bodies on each side of a conflict. It’s much easier to count that to explain. Hamas knows this. That’s why they employ what has come to be known as “the dead baby strategy”.

Hamas’ strategy since Israel left Gaza in 2005 has been exactly the same. The media response has been exactly the same. And Hamas will continue to employ a strategy that causes many Palestinian civilians to die as long as the media keeps up its thoughtless body count.

Here’s the way it works: Hamas deliberately fires its rockets from densely populated civilian areas, using hospitals, disability centers, mosques and schools as launching sites. This puts Israel to the tragic choice of either allowing the rockets to endanger its civilians or to destroy the rocket launchers, thereby risking civilian casualties among Hamas’ human shields. Often Israel chooses to forgo attacking military targets, so as not to put Palestinian civilians at risk. Sometimes it has no choice, because the rocket fire against its civilians is persistent. Palestinian civilians are killed despite Israel’s best efforts precisely because Hamas wants civilians to be killed, especially if these civilians are children, women or the elderly. Hamas stands ready to parade these human shields in front of the media which is eager to show the dead and count the bodies.

Hamas could easily reduce the death and injury toll among its civilians, by simply allowing them to go underground into tunnels and shelters which abound throughout Gaza. But Hamas has a deliberate policy of refusing to allow civilians to enter the tunnels or shelters. They reserve these places of refuge for their fighters and commanders, which explains why so few Hamas fighters have been killed. If Hamas were to reverse its policy and allow civilians into the shelters while requiring its fighters to stay above ground, the ratio of civilians to fighters killed would dramatically change. That is why in each of the wars between Hamas and Israel there have been more Palestinian than Israeli civilian deaths and injuries. It is part of Hamas’ dead baby strategy and it works, because the media facilitates it.

I wonder if the NY Times or NPR will cover this?

- Aggie

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Half The Population Of Israel Reportedly In Bomb Shelters

4 million people enjoying the heat wave in a bomb shelter

Ask yourselves this: What would the United States do if half of our citizens were in range of randomly exploding rockets? Would we sit and discuss? Whip out a little Tikkun Olam? Or would we get serious about fighting back?

On Tuesday, Consul General of the State of Israel David Siegel told TruthRevolt Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro that over half of Israel’s population was currently hunkered down in bomb shelters thanks to the spate of rocket attacks from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “It’s a very difficult night in Israel. Roughly half our population, around 4 million people are in bomb shelters tonight,” Siegel explained on Shapiro’s radio show on Seattle’s AM 770 KTTH.

Siegel went on to state that 20 Israeli cities have been subjected to rocket attack, with Hamas firing over 150 rockets overnight in Israel. Thirty of those rockets, “the most dangerous” rockets, were intercepted by Israel’s missile defense shield, Iron Dome, Siegel explained. But, he added, “117 landed.”

Siegel told Shapiro that Hamas “targeted civilians on our side” while “hiding among civilians on their side.” He stated, “No country would ever tolerate even one of these missiles, let alone 150 in a day.” Siegel confirmed that Israel was drafting 40,000 reserves. “We offered quiet for quiet,” Siegel said. “They saw that as weakness. Again, they’ve miscalculated Israel’s intent…You’re going to see over the next few days a very significant operation.”

And with “a very significant operation” will come condemnation from the UN, the EU, the Obama administration and the O-bots. For some reason, Obama decided to check out the Neville Chamberlain approach. It is working about as well now as it did back then. The world seems to be in chaos.

- Aggie

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Fingers Crossed

Ruling on ObamaCare insurance subsidies expected soon

A federal appeals court might be on the verge of blowing a massive hole in the foundation of Obamacare.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to rule any day now in a lawsuit that aims to block the law’s insurance subsidies in more than half the country. If the challengers ultimately prevail, the Affordable Care Act’s complex framework could begin to unravel as millions of people lose financial assistance.

For now, the stakes are a lot higher than the odds of success—challenges to the insurance subsidies have a 0-2 record in federal courts. But the pending D.C. Circuit ruling may be the one to break that streak, according to legal experts on both sides of the issue.

Go to the link for details, but the premise is that the federal exchanges are illegal. And, states representing roughly half the population have declined to set up exchanges.

A three-judge panel heard oral arguments in the case, Halbig v. Sebelius, in March. Two judges appeared to split along partisan lines, leaving Judge Thomas Griffith, a George W. Bush appointee, as the likely swing vote. Griffith seemed during oral arguments to at least be open to the challengers’ arguments, and perhaps leaning in their direction.

A ruling against the Obama administration wouldn’t immediately damage the Affordable Care Act, and it wouldn’t mean that the administration will ultimately lose. But it would give the challengers their first victory and ensure that the issue keeps moving through the courts.

I am not particularly hopeful, but Obama has been such a dreadful President that anything that makes his final days in office less pleasant is good by me. And to be clear, I am not calling him dreadful simply because the economy stinks, the health care law is a disaster, the Middle East has fallen apart, Russia is swallowing Ukraine, tens of thousands of illegals are rushing our southern border, etc. It’s not only that stuff. It’s the baseline disrespect that he has shown for those that disagree with him. America is comprised of something like 300 million people. If we cannot respect different perspectives, we cannot function. Furthermore, many of his critics knew what they were talking about.

- Aggie

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Israeli Trauma

As I’m sure everyone knows, there were three teenage Israelis murdered by the Palestinians (Hamas), followed by the apparent murder of a Palestinian teenager by some Israelis (we think). As usual, I’m more concerned with how the media and the US government are handling this than about the events themselves, horrible as they are. Here’s a roundup of things the media hasn’t mentioned:

1. Prior to the kidnapping and murder of the 3 teens, there was a murder of a young woman by an Arab cabbie. Her name was Shelly Dadon. Is the US and European media engaged in a war on Jewish women? Why haven’t we heard about this?

2. The 3 teenagers were routinely portrayed as “settlers”. Actually, they lived within the Green Line, not in the settlements. I know it is shocking, but the media is simply lying about that. But more importantly, are the children of settlers fair game for murder?

3. The Arab youth who was apparently murdered in a revenge attack also lost his life pointlessly. But, unlike the Israeli response to the deaths of the 3 teens, prayers, vigils, etc., we are being treated to riots. If one Palestinian youth merits a riot, does this mean that 3 Israeli youths merit triple the riots? Should everybody just skip work and riot?

4. A cousin of the murdered Palestinian teen has been arrested and is an American citizen. Our State Dept. is outraged. Did they miss the fact that one of the murdered Israeli teens was an American citizen? Is Jewish life less important? He is, after all, dead, not imprisoned.

5. Finally, the Palestinian teen was burned, and that is undeniably horrific. May I remind the world that when buses and cafes blow up, people are burned to death? There were something like 1300 deaths due to Palestinian terrorism in the first six or seven years of the new century. Should we have rioted over that 1300 times? Would the world have bothered to notice?

News flash guys: Tikkun Olam only goes so far. There are crazies in every population. The Israeli media is now reporting that one person confessed to the killing of the Palestinian teen, and that this individual was enraged about the deaths of the 3 Israeli teens. Is it right? Absolutely not. But in our guts, we know that it is human. It might turn out that this marks the end of showing restraint. God help us all.

- Aggie

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Like An Apocalyptic Novel

Do you enjoy that sort of beach read? Earth is being invaded by aliens or the US is about to be attacked by The Evil Empire, that sort of thing? Well, I had an odd day yesterday. I had a relative undergo an unpleasant surgical procedure, and the world being what it is, he was sent home with some lame pills and a lot of pain. I sat up and watched the news while he dozed. And I gotta tell you, it was just like one of those fun novels. We have an invasion of adorable little kids on our Southern border. People are comparing it to Katrina, because the kids are sick and alone and jammed into filthy holding cells, without access to showers. There is lice and diarrhea, as well as chicken pox and god knows what else. Katrina was caused by Mother Earth, of course, but this is due to unbelievable incompetence. Stunning Stupidity. We don’t have an award that glitters enough to reward the horrible ineptitude of the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, Iraq is being overrun by people that are busily chopping off heads, etc. Americans are being evacuated and our allies are going to be murdered. Think bloodbath. And there’s the little matter of freeing five al Qaeda terrorists, one of whom helped to plan the 9/11 attacks.

And what do we think will happen in Afghanistan? That’s going to be something we all be proud of!

Finally, I learned last night that King Hussein of Jordan is flipping out. The same freedom fighters who are busily conquering Iraq have publicly stated that they are coming for the Hashemite Kingdom. And Israel.

Is there anyone left who still defends the Obama administration? I just have a question for them: How’s Obama’s golf game? Has he had a chance to get away recently?

- Aggie

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Is This Serious?

I can’t tell, but I think so:

If there’s any suspense left about the Democratic primary in 2016, it largely revolves around whether an economic populist will challenge Clinton from the left. The prospect of Elizabeth Warren entering the race tantalizes many liberals. But since Biden’s not an anti-Wall Street crusader, his potential candidacy sparks barely any interest at all. That’s too bad. While a Warren candidacy would spark one valuable debate inside the Democratic Party—about government’s role in the economy—a Biden candidacy would spark another: about America’s role in the world.

Laughingstock, you mean.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden represent opposite poles. Hillary’s a 1990s-style hawk. Although she and Bill came of age during the movement against Vietnam, they both grew far more comfortable with American military force during his presidency. In her first memoir, Clinton describes having supported America’s interventions in both Bosnia and Kosovo. As first lady, she lobbied for Bill to appoint Balkan hawk Madeleine Albright as his second-term secretary of state.

If Hillary’s a hawk, I’m Anastasia, Czarina of Russia. Ask Chris Stevens if she’s a hawk. Ask the missing girls in Nigeria.

Biden’s worldview, by contrast, is more shaped by what came before and after the Clinton years. In a 2012 interview with James Traub, he mentioned his reverence for George Kennan, who for decades during the Cold War warned that global containment was producing American overstretch. Traub notes that Biden’s “foreign-policy heroes—men like Brent Scowcroft and James Baker—are, in effect, Kennan’s sons.” Scowcroft and Baker, it’s worth remembering, resisted the intervention in Bosnia that helped make Clinton a hawk. Nor did not they pursue Saddam Hussein’s ouster at the end of the Gulf War, something to which Bill Clinton committed himself in 1998.

Leaving Saddam in power was a good idea? That was typical of Baker’s corporitist attitude toward American might. Why solve a problem once and for all when it can be managed? If Iraq had to suffer another decade under the Saddam and his boys, so what?

Although Biden, like Clinton, supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq…

Okay, I’m done. What are we even arguing anymore? [bleep] the author for wasting as much of my time as he did. And [bleep] me for wasting yours.

A Biden candidacy…give me a break. Pull the other one, as the Brits say, it’s got bells on.

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Joe Klein Tells The Truth About Fox News

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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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Who Did ObamaCare Hurt The Most?

Interestingly, my husband and I were having this conversation this morning. I was opining that the Obama administration has hurt self-employed people, very small businesses, and construction related workers – whether they are engineers or guys running cranes. I say this is true for the entire administration, beginning with Shovel Ready Projects.

Now there is evidence that the largest class of victims of ObamaCare are some of these same “folks”.

A new study in the journal Health Affairs by Benjamin D. Sommers, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, provides fresh details on people who lost coverage on account of Obamacare, a group that may have totaled nearly 5 million Americans. But the majority of those people probably would have switched insurance anyway in 2014, even without the new law, according to the study. Most of them probably got new policies, so they’re covered now. And many switchers who got a new policy through one of the healthcare exchanges set up under Obamacare probably got a better deal than they would have before the law.

But there are three subsets of people whose policies were canceled and who are likely to end up as losers under Obamacare — people who are self-employed, over 35, white, or some combination of all three. People in this smaller group were far less likely to switch policies on their own, since they were generally happy with their coverage and less likely to change their employment status, one big reason people typically drop an individual policy. For this group, “cancellations related to the ACA represent an unwanted change in coverage options that may be quite disruptive,” the Health Affairs study concludes.

Yes. That is the group that was hurt the most by this administration. The beauty of it is that as they tighten their belts, refuse to spend, the “recovery” languishes. Because what goes around comes around.

Here’s one guy who makes my point:

Jim Stadler, a 50-year-old freelance writer who lives outside Charlotte, N.C., got a notice from his insurer last fall saying his family’s policy would be canceled because it didn’t meet all the new requirements under the ACA. Stadler was happy with that policy, which kept costs down and provided access to good doctors. After several fits and starts, his insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, was able to offer a similar policy — but the premium rose from $411 per month to $540, a 32% increase. “I’m giving an insurance company money I could be spending on groceries or durable goods or other things,” says Stadler. “I’m paying more, and for what, I don’t know.”

And here we find out that Obama targeted political opponents, although journalists refuse to believe it:

The biggest Obamacare losers are people who lost their insurance but are unlikely to qualify for subsidies through one of the new exchanges, which require an income of less than $47,000 for an individual or $95,000 for a family of four. So they’re the ones who lost coverage and probably have to pay more for a new policy, even if they enroll through an exchange. Some people who lost coverage report paying twice as much for a new policy, or more.

It just so happens those demographic groups hurt most by Obamacare tend to be Obama’s political opponents. Whites are more likely to say they’re Republican than Democrat, by 34% to 28%. People under 35 — one group more likely to benefit from Obamacare — lean strongly toward the Democratic party, while that edge evens out among people over 35. And among small-business owners — a big chunk of people who consider themselves self-employed— Republicans outnumber Democrats by as much as 3 to 1. Stadler, for one, voted for Obama in 2012 but has since helped promote anti-Obamacare campaigns.

They (and their journalistic lap dogs) deny the connection:

There’s no reason to think Obama and other backers of the ACA deliberately targeted Republicans when they made decisions that would determine winners and losers under the health reform law. It seems more likely Obamacare architects, thinking in broad, public-policy terms, simply failed to anticipate the firestorm that would erupt over canceled policies. To many of the law’s drafters, the ACA would bring a net improvement in healthcare coverage. And those who ended up paying more, they reasoned, would be getting better insurance.

So, in other words, this journalist is calling Obama, and they people his administration hired to do this work, idiots. They are saying it nicely, but they are saying it. And I say: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

- Aggie

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Fatah, Hamas One Terror Organization

Israel cancels “terror talks” or “appeasement talks”.

Israel cancelled a planned meeting Wednesday night with Palestinian officials over extending the negotiations in an apparent response to the earlier announcement of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.

In recent days Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat have met on several occasions looking for a way to extend the talks past next Tuesday’s deadline.
The decision to cancel Wednesday’s meeting came after a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office dealing with the Hamas-Fatah move, and how Israel should respond.

Israeli politicians criticized Abbas and were skeptical about the future of the negotiations following Wednesday’s announcement of the plareconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that the Palestinian Authority had turned into a terrorist organization following the Fatah-Hamas agreement.

“We don’t talk to murderers,” Bennett stated. “The agreement between Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad brings the Middle East to a new diplomatic era. The Palestinian Authority turned into the largest terrorist organization in the world, 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.” According to Bennett, Israel shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists, just as the US does not talk to Hamas, Islamic Jihad or Al Qaeda.

How soon before the Banana Republic of the United States demands that Israel enter appeasement talks with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. One day? One week? What do you think?

- Aggie

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