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Israel’s “Partner” in “Peace”

Really, what is there to say?

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Today, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party posted this photoshopped picture of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a Nazi uniform.

The Palestinian Authority and Fatah often demonize Israelis and Jews as “Nazis” or “worse than Nazis” and Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Holocaust desecration, denial, and abuse are all components of their ideology.

Last year, the official PA daily referred to Netanyahu as having Nazi genes and imitating Hitler and stated that Israel “enthusiastically imitates everything the Nazis did to them”. During Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas’ terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel, the PA and Fatah used Holocaust imagery to compare Israeli conduct to Nazism numerous times.

Thusly:

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Peace with these people may not be immoral, but the peace process sure is. When this is how they think and act.

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Why is This Man Smiling?

A massacre of Jews, and he’s not (directly) to blame? What’s not to smile about?

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His Excellency, François Hollande

Dear Mr. President,

First, I wish to express my deep condolences over the killing of innocent citizens in the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Second, I want to apologize to Your Excellency for not revealing my true identity. After you read my letter, you will realize why people like me are afraid to reveal their real identity.

I decided to write to you this letter after hearing my president, Mahmoud Abbas, declare that you had invited him to attend the anti-terror rally in Paris earlier this week.

Like many Palestinians, I see President Abbas’s participation in a rally against terrorism and assaults on freedom of speech as an act of hypocrisy — a condition that is not alien to Palestinian Authority leaders.

In fact, many Palestinians nearly fell off their chairs upon seeing their president march in the front row of a rally in your capital, in protest against terrorism and assaults on freedom of the media.

President Abbas’s participation in the rally is an insult to the victims of the terror attacks. It is also an insult to Western values, including freedom of expression and democracy.

Your Excellency, myself and other journalists living under the rule of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank were the first to be offended by the invitation you extended to President Abbas to attend the anti-terror rally.

Undoubtedly, you are unaware of the fact that Abbas is personally responsible for punishing Palestinian journalists who dare to criticize him or express their views in public. Of course, Your Excellency, we cannot blame you for being unaware of this assault on public freedoms because the mainstream media, including French newspapers and magazines, deliberately turn a blind eye to these practices. Every day we see that the Western media does not care about such violations unless they are committed by Israel.

That is why, Your Excellency, you are probably unaware of the cases of several Palestinian journalists who have been arrested and intimidated by President Abbas’s security forces over the past few years. Yes, this is the same Abbas who came to Paris to express his condolences over the brutal killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists.

The most recent example of Abbas’s crackdown on Palestinian journalists occurred shortly before Your Excellency phoned President Abbas to invite him to Paris. The case involves my female colleague, Majdolin Hassouneh, who was detained for “extending her tongue,” or insulting, President Abbas.

And, Your Excellency, if you want further evidence of President Abbas’s clampdown on political satire, you can ask Palestinian comedians Abdel Rahman Daher and Mahmoud Rizek. The two men are currently in Jordan because they are afraid to return to the West Bank. No, Your Excellency, they are not afraid to return home because of Israel. They are afraid of being arrested by President Abbas’s security forces, which accuse the two men of insulting their leader.

President Abbas, Your Excellency, should be the last person to walk in a march honoring journalists who were massacred because of their satirical work. His participation in the Paris rally is not only in an insult to the memory of the slain journalists, but to all those who believe in freedom of expression and media.

I also want to bring to the attention of Your Excellency that while President Mahmoud Abbas was attending the rally in Paris, a human rights group published a report accusing the Palestinian Authority of “waging war” against university students in the West Bank. According to the report, 24 students have been arrested in recent weeks by Abbas’s security forces for “political reasons.”

Again, I’m sure Your Excellency did not hear about the crackdown on university campuses because Western media outlets and foreign journalists based here do not report about such stories. You read and hear about such incidents only when the Israeli army or police are involved.

I do not want to take much of your time, Your Excellency, by telling you about President Abbas’s double standards and hypocrisy on the subject of terrorism. You can learn a lot about this by going on the Internet and seeing, with your own eyes, how our president often condones and glorifies terrorism and terrorists.

You will even discover that our president, who will soon celebrate his 80th birthday, is prepared to stay awake all night to welcome Palestinians released from Israeli prison for murdering Jews and committing terror attacks no less serious than the ones your country experienced last week.

You will also discover, Your Excellency, that our president also rewards terrorists by granting them monthly salaries and other privileges.

What would be your reaction, Your Excellency, if someone decided to reward financially the families of the terrorists who massacred the innocent civilians in Paris?

Your Excellency, perhaps it is now too late to talk about the decision to invite President Abbas to the anti-terror rally. The damage has already been done, as far as I and many Palestinians are concerned. The way we see it is as follows: President Abbas has once again managed to deceive you and the rest of the international community by placing himself on the side of the good guys in their fight against terrorism and extremism. Even worse, President Abbas has managed to create the false impression that he cares about freedom of speech and independent journalism.

Undoubtedly, now Palestinians like me will now pay a heavier price because President Abbas has been emboldened by his participation in the Paris rally. President Abbas will now step up his assaults on public freedoms because he knows that the international community will only see photos of him marching together with Your Excellency and other world leaders in defense of freedom of expression.

By extending the invitation to President Abbas, you have caused damage to Palestinians like me who have been hoping that someone — maybe even a leader like you — would finally expose the dictatorship of the Palestinian Authority for what it is. President Abbas’s participation in the Paris rally is a severe blow to people like me who are genuinely opposed to terrorism and suppression of free speech.

Your Excellency, now that the damage has already been done, all that is left for people like me is to beg you to take all what I have said into account in your future dealings with President Abbas. Please do not hesitate to raise these issues with President Abbas the next time he requests your support for the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Otherwise, France will be helping to establish another corrupt and repressive Arab dictatorship — one that glorifies and rewards terrorists no different from those who carried out the Paris attacks.

Finally, Your Excellency, I hope that by now you understand the reason why I am too scared to reveal my identity.

Sincerely,

A Palestinian Journalist with No Name or Voice

I wanted to cut more, but I couldn’t.

Aussie Dave at Israellycool.com has the best response.

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The Convergence Of The Israeli Left, Right And Center

I don’t buy that Europe or the US will change in response to Islamic activities in Paris, but last summer’s missile/tunnel war in Israel seems to have made a difference.

First, let’s check out the most popular political video in Israel:

You can find it here, but unfortunately is begins to play automatically. Hilarious, accurate, worth a trip to the link.

Now, what’s it about? It’s about the upcoming elections and popularity of the leader of Jewish Home, haBayit haYehudi.

It’s election season in Israel, and so far the most talked-about campaign ad features an Orthodox politician in an unorthodox role. In a YouTube video that quickly went viral, Naftali Bennett plays a fashionably bearded Tel Aviv hipster with a compulsion to say sorry—especially when he’s the one being wronged.

A waitress spills coffee on him: He begs her forgiveness. His car gets rear-ended: He steps out to tell the offending driver how sorry he is. He sits on a park bench and reads an editorial in a left-wing newspaper calling on Israel to apologize to Turkey for the 2010 flotilla incident, in which nine pro-Palestinian militants were killed aboard a ship after violently assaulting Israeli naval commandos. “They’re right!” he says of the editorial.

At last the fake beard comes off and the clean-shaven Mr. Bennett, who in real life is Israel’s minister of economy and heads the nationalist Jewish Home Party (in Hebrew, Habayit Hayehudi), looks at the camera and says: “Starting today, we stop apologizing. Join Habayit Hayehudi today.”

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“For many years we’ve sort of apologized for everything,” Mr. Bennett explains in his Tel Aviv office. “About the fact that we are here, about the fact that this has been our land for 3,800 years, about the fact that we defend ourselves against Hamas, against Hezbollah.” It’s time, he says, “we raise our heads and say, ‘We’re here to stay, we’re proud of it, and we’re no longer apologetic.’ ”

Should a Likud-Jewish Home government form, it could represent a tectonic shift in Israeli politics. For 25 years, between Israel’s capture of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Six Day War and the 1992 election of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, every Israeli government had categorically rejected the idea of a Palestinian state. Then came the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, after which Israeli governments of both the left and right, including Mr. Netanyahu’s, effectively committed Israel to the two-state solution.

Now the wheel is turning again. “The latest conflict in Gaza was a real earthquake for Israelis,” says Mr. Bennett, referring to last summer’s war.

“For 50 days we were incurring missiles, and they just went on and on from the very place where we did pull back to the ’67 lines. We did expel all the Jews. We did everything according to the book. The expectation might have been, we’ll get applause from the world—‘you’re OK; it’s they who are attacking you’—but what happened was the opposite. The world got angry at us for defending ourselves.”

For decades, “land-for-peace” has been the diplomatically accepted equation for solving the Israeli-Arab conflict. Experience has shown Israelis that it doesn’t always work as anticipated. Peace with Egypt, achieved after Israel agreed to return the conquered Sinai Peninsula, has proved durable. But Israel also withdrew all of its forces and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, and what it got was a haven for Hamas, which used it to fire thousands of rockets at Israel. Doing likewise in the West Bank seems to many Israelis a surefire way of achieving the same result over a larger territorial scale.

Mr. Bennett, however, is making a deeper point. It isn’t only the land-for-peace formula that has failed Israel. The other failure is what one might call land-for-love: the notion that, even if ceding territory doesn’t lead to peace, it will nonetheless help Israel gain the world’s goodwill, and therefore diplomatic and strategic leverage. Instead, after 20 years of seeking peace and giving up land, Israel’s diplomatic isolation has only deepened. And, as he points out, it has deepened over disputes connected to Gaza—from which Israel withdrew—and not the West Bank, where Israel largely remains.

“So why would I follow the bad model,” Mr. Bennett asks, “instead of strengthening the good model?”

You see, BTL, you’re in excellent company:


“Judea and Samaria is imperfect,” he allows, “but it’s working. More Israelis and Palestinians are shopping together. Driving on the same roads. Working together. It’s not ideal there. But it’s working. People get up, go to work in the morning, come home alive.”

That’s a depiction that critics of Israeli policy would furiously contest, claiming that current policy gives Jewish settlers privileged access to the land while consigning nearly two million Palestinians to Bantustan-like enclaves. That, they say, risks transforming Israel from a democracy into an ethnocracy and guaranteeing international pariah status.

Mr. Bennett’s answer is that it’s the Palestinians who bear the blame for proving themselves unworthy of statehood. “They had all the opportunity in the world to build the Singapore of Gaza, he says. “They chose to turn it into Afghanistan.” He also believes that it’s better to find ways to make the best of a difficult situation than try to reach for a solution that is destined for failure. He wants a “Marshall Plan” to improve the Palestinian economy, “autonomy on steroids” for Palestinian politics—but no more.

“The truth is that no one has a good solution for what’s going on,” he says. “We have to figure out what we do over the next several decades. Trying to apply a Western full-fledged solution to a problem that is not solvable right now will bring us from an OK situation to a disastrous situation. So the first rule is, do no harm, which is the opposite of the Oslo process.”

Read on to learn about Mr. Bennet’s background (he invented the software that protects online banking) and then feel a bit jealous when you consider that he could have been an American but made a very different choice.

By the way, the title mentions the coming together of the Israeli Left, Right and Center. This is based on personal observation and conversations I’ve had over the past few months with Israelis of all stripes. Even the most optimistic, Leftist among them has given up on the Kool-Aid that Obama and Kerry are serving.

– Aggie

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Bibi On Settlements, Palestinian State

Let’s hope he gets re-elected.

In an interview with Channel Two on Tuesday night, Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his support for a Palestinian State didn’t end, but rather the Palestinians have taken away its meaning.

“My support for a Palestinian state didn’t expire, the Palestinians just emptied it of meaning,” he said

Netanyahu also said during the interview that he doesn’t “see evacuating settlements as practical. I don’t see it happening while I run things.”

Eloquent, clear, no BS. I love the guy.

– Aggie

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Krav Maga, A History

BTL and I have a pal who loves this stuff. Hope he sees this

In May 1940, 500 immigrants, many Jewish, boarded the last boat to escape the rapidly tightening Nazi death-grip on Europe. The ship, Pentcho, started in Bratislava, Slovakia, wended its way down the Danube, was quarantined in Romanian waters — its passengers purposefully brought to the brink of starvation — and at last scratched its way into the Aegean Sea. Then the cursed ship wrecked. Most passengers were interned at a concentration camp in Italy, but a few evaded capture.

Among the Pentcho’s escapees was Imi Lichtenfeld — and with him survived the concept of Krav Maga, the hand-to-hand self-defense system now officially used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Since the 1980s, Krav Maga has spread at breakneck speed (pun intended) and is taught worldwide to police, military and civilians alike. Amassing techniques from a range of fighting styles, including Muay Thai, boxing and jujitsu, Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) looks to laypeople like a wild, merciless flurry of low blows and eye gouges. But Krav Maga isn’t meant to be pretty. It’s meant to provide anyone and everyone with the skills to defend themselves from armed and unarmed attacks on the street.

“It was either hit or run. I found the hitting more satisfying.”

The piece is an article about the history of the development of Krav Maga. Even pacifists like me :) loved it.

– Aggie

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DENIED

Don’t take it too hard, Arab squatters on Jewish land. I think the Audubon Society is looking for members. Or public broadcasting—those guys will take anyone!

Senior members of the Palestinian leadership were set to convene Wednesday evening in Ramallah to discuss applying for membership in international organizations after a resolution on Palestinian statehood failed to pass a UN Security Council vote the night before.

A senior Palestinian source confirmed to The Times of Israel that Fatah’s Central Committee and the Executive Committee of the PLO will decide whether to sign the Rome Statute, among other international bodies, in their ongoing bid to become full members in International Criminal Court.

The ratification of the Rome Statute — the treaty established by the ICC — would make the Palestinian Authority eligible to present cases of alleged war crimes against Israel in international courts.

Then what’s to decide? Why wouldn’t they have joined years ago? If they had a case to make, why didn’t they barge through the doors and demand justice?

Or were they afraid of getting turned down? Again.

Technically, this item should be filed under Apartheid State Update, but while we’re enjoying the “daily humiliation of the ‘Palestinian’ people”, let’s feast on it here:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening thanked African leaders for helping to thwart the Palestinian statehood resolution at the UN Security Council.

Netanyahu called the leaders of Rwanda and Nigeria, two countries that abstained during the vote after Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry convinced them to instruct their UN envoys not to support the Palestinian draft resolution.

Netanyahu maintains warm ties with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. At the beginning of December, Netanyahu sent Jonathan a personal letter expressing his “heartfelt condolences” over a terror attack at a mosque in the city of Kano in which at least 120 people were killed. Jonathan made a high-profile visit to Israel in late October, coming with an entourage of 20 Nigerian political and religious leaders. He was in Israel on a private Christian pilgrimage.

I have no faith—zero, zilch, nada—in so-called international agencies and fora (least of all the UN) to adjudicate wisely or fairly. If I want something from government, I start with town hall. I do not do to such godforsaken settlements as Brussels or The Hague (or any other hague). But then, their legitimacy is on par with the so-called Palestinians’. Let an invented people seek ephemeral justice from a powerless court. Is Judge Wapner still around?

And if the ICC tells you to take a hike, Arab squatters, there’s always Triple-A. At least they will be there for you.

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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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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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Is Obama Nuts?

Or is he just an Islamophile?

This is a new take on our question: Is Obama malevolent or merely stupid? And this guy is channeling me, so I thought I’d share his thoughts:

Why do Muslim extremists continue to behead people with impunity? Why do Palestinians continue to celebrate terrorist acts?

The answer is easier than you think.

They keep doing it because it works. When ISIS executed American aid worker Peter Kassig, President Obama took the occasion to show off his Islamophilia, his reverential respect for Islam.

Asked yesterday why Palestinians continue to engage in murderous acts of terror Prof. Alan Dershowitz explained that their actions have cowed much of the Western world… to the point where more and more Europeans and Americans favor giving Palestinians whatever they want.

When Palestinians attack Israel the American Secretary of State and other Western leaders conspicuously call for Israeli restraint.

When terrorism is rewarded, it is likely to continue.

Now, he is writing from the perspective of a therapist, which tells us all that it isn’t particularly healthy for us to reward genocidal behavior. Here’s more of the article:

Mona Charen has shown that Obama manifested his Islamophilia in his official statement about the recent murder of Peter Kassig.

First, the White House statement:

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to the parents and family of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known to us as Peter. We cannot begin to imagine their anguish at this painful time.

Abdul-Rahman was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity. Like Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff before him, his life and deeds stand in stark contrast to everything that ISIL represents. While ISIL revels in the slaughter of innocents, including Muslims, and is bent only on sowing death and destruction, Abdul-Rahman was a humanitarian who worked to save the lives of Syrians injured and dispossessed by the Syrian conflict. While ISIL exploits the tragedy in Syria to advance their own selfish aims, Abdul-Rahman was so moved by the anguish and suffering of Syrian civilians that he traveled to Lebanon to work in a hospital treating refugees. Later, he established an aid group, SERA, to provide assistance to Syrian refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon and Syria. These were the selfless acts of an individual who cared deeply about the plight of the Syrian people.

ISIL’s actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL.

What’s wrong with this statement?

A great deal.

First, Charen points out, Peter Kassig converted to Islam when faced with a death threat. He did not voluntarily embrace the Muslim faith. When Obama insists on using Kassig’s Muslim name he is effectively affirming the legitimacy of the conversion.

She explains:

Peter Kassig converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman, but only in captivity. President Obama’s insistence upon using his Islamic name reflects his continuing belief that by denying Islamic extremism, he can promote peace….

When someone converts at the point of a sword, in hopes of saving his life, is that “adopting the Muslim faith as his own”? Whom is Mr. Obama respecting by using the Islamic name — Kassig, or his executioners?

Note well: Obama’s use of the Islamic name is a gesture of respect for Kassig’s executioners!

Even more appalling is Obama’s insistence that ISIL’s actions represent no faith, and certainly not the Muslim faith.

Who is he trying to fool?

Charen replies:

But Mr. Obama is still at pains to protect the good name of Islam. He condemns the barbarism of the Islamic State and other terrorists, but feels the need to quickly add that their crimes “represent no faith, least of all” Islam.

Throughout the Muslim world, extremism is in full bloom. Only a minority of Sunni extremists travel under the name al-Qaeda. Others are called al-Nusra (Syria) and AQIM (North Africa) and ISIS (Syria and Iraq) and Wahhabi (Saudi Arabia) and Boko Haram (Nigeria) and Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and Taliban (Afghanistan and Pakistan) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (Pakistan) and al-Fatah (Palestinian territories) and Hamas (Gaza). The Shia extremists include the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah (Lebanon), and the Madhi Army of Iraq.

Why does Obama feel compelled to protect the good name of Islam? Surely, that good name and the reputation of people who profess the Muslim faith has been sullied by the actions of multiple Islamist terrorist groups.

If Muslims want to restore their good name they will need to destroy the terrorists in their midst.

Obama’s servile profession of respect for Islam denies reality and tells the terrorists that their actions have not compromised the reputation of Islam. Their actions seem to have terrorized him to the point where he can only show respect for the terrorists’ faith.

Islamophilia is the other face of Islamophobia… the latter meaning, fear of Islam.

Charen is right to say that Obama is in denial. She might have added that the Islamic State will continue to do what it does because its actions have caused world leaders to show greater and great respect for the religion it represents.

It isn’t just that ISIS and Palestinian terrorists have barely paid a price for the horrors they have unleashed on the world. They have been rewarded for it.

And he’s exactly right. In the language of psychology, if you want more of something, reward it. In the language of economics, if you want more of something, incentivize it. Two words with approximately the same meaning – a reward happens after the behavior and an incentive precedes it, but the goal is the same. And why? Because there is a strong correlation between those statements and reality. It is a useful concept in bringing up kids, running a classroom, or a grocery store or a nation of over three hundred million. If you want more of something, reward it.

The West has been rewarding terrorism for decades. And, predictably, we are getting more and more terrorism.

– Aggie

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Boarish Behavior

It makes sense: an invented people (the, ahem, “Palestinians”) invent crimes against them:

Several Palestinian media outlets on Saturday quoted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as accusing Israel of using wild boars against Palestinians in the West Bank.

Abbas’s allegation was made during a speech he delivered at a pro-Palestinian conference in Ramallah on Friday night.

The charge about the wild boars did not appear in reports published in the official PA media.

This was not the first time that the PA accused Israel of releasing wild boars to destroy agricultural fields in the West Bank. In the past, the PA claimed that the IDF and settlers were bringing wild boars to Palestinian-owned lands in order to cause damage to their produces and intimidate farmers.

“Every night, they (Israelis) release wild boars against us,” Abbas was quoted as saying in his speech. “Why are they doing this to us?”

Well, if they were doing it to you, would there be any doubt as to why?

Besides, they’re cute!

When life gives you wild boars, Arabs, make Wild Boar Carnitas Tacos with Jicama-Mango Salsa. Mmm.

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IS is as IS Does

Let’s give them a state!

A poll carried out by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha gauged opinion on the Arab street regarding the current US-led campaign to “rollback” and ultimately defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 5,100 respondents from seven Arab countries (Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, “Palestine”, as well as Syrian Arabs in Turkish refugee camps) were asked about their views both of the operation and of ISIS itself.

The results showed that a full 85% of Arabs hold a view of ISIS that is either “Negative” or “Negative to some extent,” whereas just 11% saw them as “Positive” or “Positive to some extent.”

The Arab group with the highest level of support for ISIS were Palestinians, with nearly a quarter (24%) of Palestinians polled viewed ISIS in a positive light.

4% of Palestinians viewed ISIS as purely “Positive,” in line with the average response rate of other Arab groups – only Saudi Arabia (5%) and Tunisia (7%) had higher percentages in that category. However, a full 20% viewed ISIS as “Positive to some extent” – well over the overall average of 7%. Additionally, even those Palestinians with negative views of ISIS were more ambivalent than other Arabs; just 36% held a wholly negative view of ISIS (compared to an average of 72%), and a further 36% were only “Negative to some extent” (compared to just 13% overall).

The results contradict Palestinian Authority claims that Palestinian Muslims are far more “moderate” than Muslims elsewhere.

You take that back!

Why don’t we just call it PalISIStine and be done with it?

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It’s Another Nakba!

Not the Nakba you’re thinking of, but nakb-esque nevertheless:

The Egyptian army continues expelling Arab residents and detonating buildings in its destruction of the Gazan side of the Egyptian border as the world is notably silent, even as Egypt reveals it will not refrain from taking action against Muslim clerics as well.

The Egyptian Waqf (Islamic trust) announced it will dismiss and expel Muslim clerics if smuggling tunnels are found below the mosques in which they serve, reports the Egyptian news agency Aswat Masriya.

In the recent Operation Protective Edge, the IDF was faced with lethal attack tunnels from under mosques, but nevertheless was hit by massive international criticism for its defensive operation – a criticism that has been completely absent regarding Egypt’s “buffer zone” plan.

According to Yedioth Aharonoth, one of the lone sources of criticism of the plan has been the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news outlet, which identifies with the Muslim Brotherhood that has been at odds with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime, and which has several reporters still being held under arrest by Egypt.

The Qatari paper quoted residents calling the buffer zone plan “the Egyptian parallel to the Nakba (Catastrophe) of ’48,” a reference to the Arab residents who fled the nascent modern state of Israel as it survived attacks on all fronts in the War of Independence.

I had a post on this story over the weekend. I still haven’t stopped smiling.

Today, for the first time in my adult time, I am proud of Egypt. Actually, not for the first time. With some minor exceptions, General Sisi has been the model of a modern Arab dictator. Sisi by name, badass by nature.

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