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A Disturbing Feeling

We’ve long and often remarked that Israel can win the war, but always loses the peace. I’ve been getting that feeling ever more strongly over the past few days.

Leave it to John Kerry to crystalize those murky misgivings:

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry claimed, referring to a visit to Cairo that raised $5.4 billion for Hamas in Gaza on Sunday.

He further implied that Israel was responsible for “humiliating” the Palestinians.

“People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” he said.

Ah yes, the Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ canard. The only two words in that phrase that are not lies are “of” and “the”. The media account claims Kerry blamed ISIS on Israel, but that may be a bit of a stretch. But the “street anger” and “agitation”, whatever he may mean, have nothing to do with Israel. And even if they did, so what? Since when did we plot foreign policy based on the to-do lists of Islamist whack-jobs in Libya, Syria, and Iraq? In Lebanon and Gaza? In Somalia, Yemen, and Chad? In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chechnya?

What does any of it have to do with Israel?

But this does:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think what the signals are is they are going to reach an agreement [with Iran]. It will be a terrible agreement for the west. It will allow the Iranians to enrich. It will leave them as a threshold nuclear state so that the administration will claim the fig leaf will be, it doesn’t have a bomb, the real story will be we will leave Iran within three months, four months, of going to a bomb any time it wants between here and eternity, which means it’s going to be essentially a nuclear power in the region. And as a result of that I guarantee you it will be a nuclear arms race in the most unstable area in the world with the worst people on earth. We will regret this for generations.

Contemporaneous with this, nations across Europe are officially and unofficially recognizing an entity they call the “Palestinian State”.

Lastly, Venezuela—as Jew-hating a state as exists in South America—was just voted to the UN Security Council.

Maybe this doesn’t matter. Israel is strong and relatively well off. It is used to being a pariah among unrighteous nations. I just wonder if Benjamin Netanyahu, no fool he, thinks about Obama like he’s some kind of crazy homeless man on the subway. Maybe if I don’t make eye contact, he’ll leave me alone, and this will all be over. That’s the way it feels to me. If we can just get to January 2017, we may be all right.

Lately, though, I’d bet on armageddon if I thought I could collect.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People Update

I really must make this a more regular feature.

There’s so much low-hanging fruit:

Last week, Palestinian and Israeli boys met in Southern Israel to play in a football match organized by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace. The Palestinian Authority daily reprinted an article from Agence France-Presse that described the match and the initiative in a positive light. However, news of the joint sports activity with “the Zionist enemy” was not well received by PA and Fatah leaders.

Wait for it:

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity.”

He demanded that “all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community.”

Denouncing the match as “a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act,” member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh demanded that Rajoub “immediately interrogate the organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs [who died in the Gaza war] and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community’s leadership.”

Fatah branch secretary Dr. Kamal Makhamreh said that the participation in the match “was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money.”

See? What have we been missing? I can’t promise a daily report, no matter how frequent their self-humiliation. But look for it more frequently. I owe you that.

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Good News, Bad News

First, the bad news:

A 16-year-old Palestinian teen was declared clinically dead on Sunday after being critically wounded in West Bank protests a week earlier, reported Palestinian news agency Al Quds.

The teen had been throwing rocks and participating in a violent West Bank protest where police shot him in the leg with a rubber bullet while the teen was running. This caused him to fall and injure his head.

The boy has been undergoing treatment at Hadassah Ein Kerem and was declared brain dead on Sunday.

Gee, that’s too bad. Our condolences.

On the other hand:

The Al Quds report stated that should the boy pass away, he would be considered a martyr by the Arab community.

I might have hoped the boy would serve as a model for Arab youth—a model for what not to do. But I don’t know many 16 year-olds who would turn down 72 black-eyed virgins.

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Hah! Israel Less Worried About ISIS Than Hamas

Former intel chief blasé about ISIS

Yadlin appeared to try to quell heightened concern following the gruesome murder of the journalist Steven Sotloff, who held dual American-Israeli citizenship.

“There is no real reason to be afraid. ISIS is an expert at PR and intimidation. They murder their prisoners in a shocking way and thereby gain media attention,” Yadlin said at an event held by the Ashkelon Academic College.

While the insurgent terrorists have captured territory in nearby Syria and Iraq as part of their stated objective to reinstate an Islamic caliphate, Yadlin stated that “they only succeed in areas that no one wants to go to – the neglected Sunni areas of northeastern Syria and the deprived areas of Iraq.”

According to the former military intelligence chief, Islamic State insurgents will face superior armed forces if they reach Shi’ite-majority cities that are motivated to protect main population centers like Baghdad and Karbala.

Yadlin claimed that the Islamic State would be easier for the IDF to eliminate than Hamas terrorists who he said were hiding in hospitals in Gaza.

However, Britain is freaking out. This tells us that the British jihadis are a real threat to their country, just as Hamas and Fatah threaten Israel. Hmm. Perhaps we need to show restraint, talk to these guys, see if we can give them what they want in return for peace?

There Will Be Peace In Our Time.

– Aggie

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Oy. Peaceful Palestinians At It Again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Aggie

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Heard On The BBC

Today on the BBC they did a heartfelt piece about the anguish of the average Gazan. It dripped with empathy, British-style, meaning they were warm and caring toward the Gazans and at the same time hostile and snotty toward Israel.

I thought about this: “Aggie, (I thought), how can you help the British media, and the British public, to feel empathy for the suffering of the Israelis? How to make them understand that in a nation of roughly 7 million people, 14,000 missiles have been launched from Gaza in total, and about 3,500 of them happened within the past couple of months? How can such loving people not feel for the poor Israelis, and how can I help?”

Well, I thought and I thought and I think I have the solution. It is pretty simple. You see, there are about 7.5 million Israelis, but 63,742,000 citizens of the UK. I want to divide the UK into Israel-sized populations. Hmmm. I have to divide 63,742,000 by 7.5 million. It comes up to 8.493333333333. Let’s agree on 8.5, ok? So that means that there are 8.5 regions of the UK, somehow divided into 7.5 million human beings each (except for the .5 which has only 3.75 million, give or take). Got it? Now draw the borders any which way, as long as each region has only 7.5 million people.

And start shelling them. Randomly and persistently, begin to fire missiles into the UK. Some will land in fields, some will shatter the stained glass in those beautiful cathedrals, some will hit cafes, and some will land in nursery schools or senior living facilities. This needs to go on for 9 years and it needs to be random. Perhaps someone can write a computer program to create the randomness of the targets? And naturally, the missiles themselves must be faulty enough that even if something is aimed at a park, it could as easily land in the 3rd floor living room of a nice apartment.

Talk doesn’t matter. Whoever runs the program can talk and talk and talk, as long as the shelling continues. It’s best if they promise to stop if demands are met, etc., but the shelling must continue. Oh, and it would be lovely if the population of Britain was blamed for their own misery and most especially if the UN passed dozens, oddles!, of resolutions blaming them.

In 9 years, we can see how the BBC responds. Our readers who either live in the UK or are familiar with it can write and let us know if this would work.

Best,

Aggie

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Hamas Executes Tunnel Builders

In order to protect the secrecy of the locations

The tunnelers, many of whom constructed the tunnels over the course of months, would dig for 8-12 hours a day, and received a monthly wage of $150-$300, according to the blog.

Sources in Gaza told the website that Hamas took a series of precautions to prevent information from reaching Israel. The terror organization would reportedly blindfold the excavators en route to the sites and back, to prevent them from recognizing the locations. The tunnels were strictly supervised by Hamas members, and civilians were kept far from the sites.

M., a former tunnel digger and Israeli collaborator, told the website that Hamas would strip search the workers to ensure they had no recording devices or cameras hidden on them.

“The people we met had their faces covered; no one knew them by their real names, it was all codes and first names. They didn’t want to take the risk that some of the diggers were collaborating with Israel,” he said.

A tunnel, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)
A tunnel entrance, within a civilian home, found by Golani soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Flash 90)

After the tunnels were completed, dozens were reportedly executed to prevent intelligence leaks to Israel.

“Anyone they suspected might transfer information to Israel on the tunnels was killed by the military wing,” a different source said. “They were very cruel.”

In 2012, a Journal of Palestine Studies article claimed 160 Palestinian children were killed while working on Hamas’s tunnel system.

The digging of tunnels began four years ago and has demanded 40 percent of Hamas’s budget, The Times of Israel has learned.

Tunnel diggers have been using electric or pneumatic jackhammers, advancing 4-5 meters a day. The tunnels found were reportedly mostly dug 18-25 meters (60-82 feet) underground, though one was discovered at a depth of 35 meters (115 feet). “That’s like a 10-story building underground,” one expert said.

So, let’s see: They executed both adults and children who were hired (forced?) to build the terror tunnels. They used 40% of the aid provided by the west to carry this out. And the Left thinks that Israel is somehow the bad guy?

– Aggie

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President Obama Speaks Nonsense

Part MDCCLXVII:

“Netanyahu is too strong (and) in some ways Abu Mazen is too weak,” US President Barack Obama said in a comprehensive interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman Friday, commenting on the balance of power between Israel and the Palestinians.

However, President Obama also noted that the high percentage of support for Prime Minister Netanyahu among the Israeli public proves to be a weak point for him. “If he doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement. That’s a tough thing to do.”

Of course he spoke nonsense. Look whom he was speaking with.

Somehow, Obama considers an Israeli PM—a wartime PM—popular among his own people for stating their case and pressing their cause, as weak? Maybe among those (like me) who think Netanyahu didn’t go far enough. But who else? And why the f**k is he using Mahmoud Abbas’s nom de guerre, Abu Mazen?

And what do the “settlers” (better known as population growth, young families, homesteaders) have to do with Hamass’ racist and genocidal ideology? With their myriad war crimes? What a non-sequitur! He might just have illogically blamed global warming.

The American president told Friedman in the interview that the combination of the two leaders’ strengths and weaknesses makes it difficult “to bring them together and make the kinds of bold decisions that Sadat or Begin or Rabin were willing to make.”

Let’s dismiss Rabin, shall we? Does anyone think Oslo is worth a tinker’s dam? It cost him his life, and damn near his country. As for Begin and Sadat, could either have been in a position of greater strength? Sadat was the definition of a political strongman (for a few years more, anyway), and Begin had already taken by force, the Sinai, what Sadat wanted back. Hard to see how “weakness” brought about the Camp David accord.

But Obama seems to be singing from my hymnal: namely that the so-called Palestinians are just Arabs by another (invented) name. Begin, Rabin, and Netanyahu are all Israelis, but the only thread connecting Sadat (Egyptian), Arafat (born in Cairo), and Abbas (born in Palestinian mandate, aka Israel, before it was Israel) is…what exactly? They’re Arabs, but that’s about it. Which has been my point all along: there is no distinct ethnic identity of Palestinianism, just Arabs cordoned off by colonial powers on a map.

But if Obama agrees with me, I must be wrong. Sadat was Egyptian, and Egypt is a country with a distinct history and culture. Similarly, Syria (Levant), Iraq (Mesopotamia), Iran (Persia), Lebanon (Phoenicia) have a long track record. All these countries have been largely at peace with Israel, however uneasy, for decades. Only the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza have actually acted out the ethnic hatred they all share. What makes them different, besides never, ever, ever in the history of the world having had a country? Maybe they do have a genetic difference, only the gene is not one to admire or replicate.

But mostly Obama is a fool, a dangerous fool, for not saying plainly that Israel is our ally, Israel is right and righteous in this battle, and Israel should win and impose a resolution wholly in its own interest. That should be American policy. Shame on him, on us, that it is not.

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Indian And French News Crews Broadcast Rocket Launcher Near Hotels, UN Buildings

Watch the videos here

I am not linking to the youtube site because it turns on automatically, meaning that if I post those videos, BTL will open with noise. Not good. However, the content of both videos is well-worth a couple minutes of your time. The Indian crew sort of hid in their hotel room and filmed the building of the launch pad and the surrounding area. The French crew filmed the rocket practically whizzing by the reporter’s ear, as well as children playing with the parts and a large UN building nearby.

Why didn’t they show us this when it mattered? My guess is that Hamas would have killed the reporters. I’ll bet a nickel that they are safe at home now, and so they feel comfortable showing us this stuff. So the question is this: Will the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, CNN, MSNBC (hah!) and the rest of the MSM bother to report any of this? Will they show this footage?

PS – I know that many of you find Fox News tiresome, (it is in many ways), but Sean Hannity has be doing live reports from bomb shelters, tunnels, an underground playground, a kibbutz that was shelled during the previous “ceasefire”, etc. He’s interviewed a lot of interesting people. I don’t know if those reports are available on youtube or not, but they are interesting.

– Aggie

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Another Arab Terror Attack In Israel

Whad’ya’know? Three terror attacks in two days – and counting.

PS – I’ve provided the link, but on my computer an annoying ad starts talking. So if you decide to go to the link, first turn off the sound.

A guard was stabbed at the entrance to Ma’aleh Adumim by a Palestinian suspect who fled on foot on Tuesday.

The guard was moderately injured in the attack.

The suspect ran away in the direction of the village of Kfar Azriya after stabbing the guard.

The guard shot at the assailant as he ran away but did not appear to have hit the Palestinian, police said. A large number of police and border police forces were searching the area around Kfar Azaria for the suspect.

Magen David Adom evacuated the victim to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem where he was admitted for surgery.

This is going to turn into Rwanda. You simply cannot have random terror attacks occurring daily. Or weekly. Or bi-weekly. Or ever. The Israeli public will eventually rise up, I think, and squash this.

– Aggie

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Again, Why Is Israel Leaving Gaza?

Maybe we have Israeli readers who can explain this.

The IDF continued operations in the Gaza Strip on Sunday despite its decision to redeploy some forces to staging areas within Israel.

Paratroopers in the Gaza Strip detected four terrorists preparing to fire an anti-tank missile on Sunday. Acting on the information, the Armored Corps fired shells at a home in which the terrorists were stationed at.

The building collapsed and the terrorists were killed.

Meanwhile, Givati infantry soldiers recently uncovered150 mortars, as well as a new tunnel shaft, in Gaza despite earlier reports that the IDF was reducing its presence in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day, Givati soldiers also detected terrorists who had surfaced from a tunnel. The IDF fired shells at the cell, which escaped to a nearby home. Soldiers then fired at the home, and killed three terrorists. The IDF then destroyed the tunnel from which the terrorists had emerged.

In addition the Israel Air Force killed eight terrorists in air strikes on Sunday. The IDF has attacked more than 40 terrorist targets since midnight on Sunday.

On Sunday, leaflets were distributed throughout the northern Gaza Strip warning Gazans against participating in terrorist activities.

The fighting has continued while communities in southern Israel saw no let up in the number of rockets fired from Gaza. Since Sunday morning, the IDF Spokesman’s Office has reported that 35 rockets had been fired at Israel. 31 of those exploded in Israeli territory.

Maybe the IDF is just taking a breather? Maybe the reports that Hamas has 3,000 suicide terrorists, plus the fact that a suicide terrorist blew himself up at he emerged from a tunnel has something to do with it? I just don’t get it.

– Aggie

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Israel Rules.

This is an amazing video. Watch how the border patrol agent stopped the van loaded with explosives:

Security camera footage of a thwarted terror attack last week south of Jerusalem shows that a fast-thinking border policeman jumped into the moving vehicle, packed with explosives, after it raised suspicions.

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In the recently uploaded video of the incident, the car can be seen stopped at a checkpoint adjacent to Beitar Illit, and an officer approaches the vehicle for inspection.

The perpetrator, a Palestinian male, was said to have been wearing a wig.

Moments later, the car began to drive away. The officer can then be seen hurling himself headfirst through the window, his legs flailing, presumably to turn off the ignition.

The car is stopped seconds later, as other police officers rush to stop the perpetrator.

In the car, security forces found several explosive devices attached to gas balloons.

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