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Any Jihad You Can Do, I Can Do Better

Wherever Aggie is for her week of R&R, I bet she’s toasting marshmallows:

A group that is operating in Gaza and which says it is associated with ISIS has claimed that it killed a top Hamas commander. According to the group, which calls itself the Army of the Islamic State, Saber Siam was killed when ISIS operatives placed a bomb on his car, blowing it up with him inside.

Siam was killed, the group said, because he was “a partner in a declared war against religion and against Muslims, working for the heretical government in Gaza.” ISIS warned Hamas to immediately “end its war against religion in Gaza” or “face the consequences.”

The group also sent out warnings on social media to Gaza residents to stay away from Hamas offices and buildings, lest they find themselves swept up in attacks against the group.

It was not possible to verify whether the group was associated with ISIS, or whether it even actually exists. However, Israeli sources confirmed that Hamas has been conducting actions against a group of Salafist rebels it accuses of trying to take over Gaza.

Unless you’re in New York City, Aggie. I don’t think they allow campfires in Central Park.

Let’s see if we can follow their line of… well, I was going to write “thinking”, but that’s not what this is. Let’s see if we can follow their “argument”.

Hamass is essentially the Gaza branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood.

The Hamass Charter reads as follows (in excerpts):

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. […] Grace to Allah, whose help we seek, whose forgiveness we beseech, whose guidance we implore and on whom we rely. We pray and bid peace upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions, his followers and those who spread his message and followed his tradition; they will last as long as there exist Heaven and Earth. […] [T]he Islamic Resistance Movement erupted in order to play its role in the path of its Lord. In so doing, it joined its hands with those of all Jihad fighters for the purpose of liberating Palestine. […] The Islamic Resistance Movement draws its guidelines from Islam; derives from it its thinking, interpretations and views about existence, life and humanity; refers back to it for its conduct; and is inspired by it in whatever step it takes.

That’s not Islamic enough for you? Trust me, it goes on like that forever, or feels like it does. Can’t understand why you two can’t get along.

But slay away, my Islamic Statists! Slay and be slain! I’ve got the chocolate, Aggie, if you’ve got the graham crackers.

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Statehood for Palestine

I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I think it’s time. Here you go, fellas:

The IDF has a new tool to prepare for the apparently inevitable next round of fighting against Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza – a miniature training model precisely rendering the terrain of the terror stronghold.

The three dimensional model was recently built at the IDF Southern Command’s training base, and exposes all of the topographical structure of Gaza, its cities and towns, as well as the security barrier and Jewish communities in the adjacent Gaza Belt region.

A wide variety of drills meant to prepare for various combat realities in the area will be made possible thanks to the model, which will give IDF trainees an in-depth level of knowledge regarding the lay of the land.

The model, which is 50 square meters in size, “creates training of a higher level than looking at a map or aerial photographs,” said the base’s commander, Lt. Col. Yaron Buskila.

Fifty square meters is more than enough. Just a few questions: does it have a miniature moat around it dug by Egypt? Do the gnat-sized terrorists shoot peas or spit wads at the Israelis? Are the schools and hospitals placed next to arms depots? Is there raw sewage running in the streets after a heavy rain?

I mean, if you’re going to do it right.

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Folks Waggin’

That word is my personal dog whistle. Any time I hear someone not named Jedidiah or Jethro use it, I smell BS:

“I continue to believe that a two-state solution is absolutely vital for not only peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but for the long-term security of Israel as a Democratic and Jewish state and I know that a government has been formed that contains some folks who don’t necessarily believe in that premise,” said Obama.

Obama said this as he emerged from a meeting with emirs and sheikhs—sorry, goatherds and camel minders—at Camp David. The emirs and sheikhs stayed away in droves.

But he also said this to cement his imbecility for all time:

The President said the current chance of reaching a peace deal, “seems distant,” and hailed what he called the, “incredible vision and courage,” of the Camp David Accords signed in 1978. He said that, “tough choices resulted in what’s now been a lasting peace between countries that used to be sworn enemies and Israel’s better off for it.

Let’s stipulate that the Camp David accord showed “incredible vision and courage” (even if the level of Salafist infiltration there now would never have happened under Israeli sovereignty). Let’s also stipulate that pulling up stakes from Gaza was a “tough choice”. Israel has ceded land almost three times its own size—23,166 square miles of Sinai, 139 of Gaza—roughly equivalent to the area of West Virginia.

What has it netted in return? From Egypt, a lack of war, if not actual peace. From Gaza, a decade of festering misery—not least for the Gazans. One of these things is not like the other. Obama thinks he’s making one point, but ends up proving the opposite. Israel knows there is neither “lasting peace” nor “long-term security” between itself and the so-called Palestinians, at least not as presently constituted. It has proven that point over and over, proofs written in blood, but Obama’s too stupid to get it.

Which is hardly a surprise.

Maybe hanging out with the inbred lesser cousins of the Arab royal families robbed him of his faculties.

Unless it was something else:

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Baby Pictures

I see that folks are riled by the inhumanity of ISIS’ latest baby snaps:

It kind of sucks that we have to keep doing this, but oh well:

Those all come from an image search of “Hamas” and “baby”.

Care to see what Hezbollah baby turns up? Tough, here goes:

You get the point. ISIS is Hamass is Hezbollah, same difference. The only difference is the Israelis know how to protect themselves.

And ISIS hasn’t mastered Saturday morning cartoons yet:

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The Legacy of Terrorism

We deplore terrorism in all guises.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t serve a purpose:

According to sources, the government will commit to spending between NIS 300 and 500 million ($75 and $125 million dollars) each year over the next four years for construction, infrastructure, roads, transportation, and other needs that will ensure that new residents of towns in Judea and Samaria can be absorbed without difficulty.

Among the projects are 12 new roads in Judea and Samaria, among them a new road that will bypass the Shechem-area village of Hawara – a flashpoint for attacks on Israeli drivers – as well as new roads to Eli, Emanuel, and other Western Samaria towns, and a widening of the north-south Road 60.

Three new parks are also on the drawing board, as are new student housing in Ariel for university students, and a park and trail in Gush Etzion in memory of Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists last year.

I would rather Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal were all alive and starting large families, each of them. Their murders were acts as savage and un-human as any barbarity imagined by ISIS or Boko Haram. But if all Israel can offer to their grieving families is a park to their memory, make it a big one. Yellowstone, I’m thinking, or Denali.

Also, I note Highway 60 was the road on which Arab stone-throwers caused Asher Palmer to crash, killing him and his young son, Yonatan.

Maybe the renamed Asher and Yonatan Palmer Highway should be designed after this Chinese “throughway” (minus the traffic).

I’m on board. But I’m not sure everyone is.

Because he fears pressure from the administration of US President Barack H. Obama, said the sources, Netanyahu cannot openly declare his support for the arrangement.

I can’t say I truly know where Bibi’s heart lies, but I hope he sees that there is no compromise with Obama, no negotiation. Obama has those ginormous satellite dishes on either side of his head, but he does not hear. It’s all “I won” all the time.

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Of Blessed Memory

Our own silent tribute to those victims of terrorism we can’t forget:


Adelle Biton


Asher and Yonatan Palmer


Shiri Negari


Ilan Halimi


The Fogels

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You Must Remember This [UPDATED]

For those keeping score at home:

In honor of Israel’s upcoming Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, the National Insurance Institute has published a report documenting the number of Israeli civilians killed in hostilies since the War of Independence as well as in the past year.

According to NII’s report, 2,538 Israeli civilians have been murdered in terror-related attacks since the birth of the Jewish state. This figure also includes the 122 foreign tourists and workers killed in attacks.

In the past year, since Yom Hazikaron 2014, 31 civilians have been killed in acts of terrorism. This presents a significantly sharp rise is terrorism as compared to the figures last year, in which only two citizens were murdered.

The increase in victims can be attributed to the wave of terrorism that has infiltrated Israel in the past ten months, beginning with the abduction and murders of three teenage boys in Gush Etzion and continuing into Operation Protective Edge and beyond.

Among the most macabre terror attacks this past year are the murders of Gilad Sha’ar (16), Eyal Yifrah (19), and Naftali Frankel (16) in June; the massacre at the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem in November; as well as a series of car terror attacks within the capital city.

You remember those atrocities, don’t you? No?

Me neither. I mean, I do, but not the specifics.

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

And what about those of us who forget? I suppose that’s why Memorial Days are so important.

The National Insurance Institute’s CEO, Professor Mor Yosef, said, with the publication of the report, that the treatement and rehabilitation of victims of terror and the families of terror victims is an important national mission.

Israel’s population is about 8.3 million, about 6.2 million of whom are Jewish—among a Middle East population of about 400 million. If we assume that almost all the victims of terror are Jewish (because they are), the equivalent in Americans killed by terrorism last year would be almost 1,600. Do you think we’d remember that?

Israel suffered through the equivalent of just over half of a 9/11 last year. Do you think President Obama knows or cares?

Me neither.

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Obama did remember, in his own way:

President Obama is out playing his usual Saturday round of golf. He’s at the Joint Base Andrews course, where the forecast is sunny and beautiful.

He’s playing with some of the usual junior White House aides. It’s Obama’s 11th round of the year and 224th of this presidency.

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Back to Work

Thanks to Obama, Iran can get back to its own shovel-ready jobs:

Iran has stepped-up its efforts to support Hamas in Gaza, transferring tens of millions of dollars to the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, to help with rebuilding efforts, the Telegraph reported Sunday.

According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.

Iran’s renewed support is a sign of a revival in Iran-Hamas relations, allies previously torn apart over the conflict in Syria, where Shi’ite Iran backed President Bashar Assad, while Hamas stood by its Sunni allies.

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal often resisted the Iranian support welcomed by the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, the Telegraph said. Yet with the escalation of Saudi-Arabian and Egyptian hostility towards Hamas, and with the strengthening of a Sunni Arab front against Iran, Hamas was left will no option but to accept the Iranian support.

In addition to backing Hamas, Iran has been funding the Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Shi’ite Iraqi government forces in Tikrit.

If ayatollah once, ayatollah thousand times: Iran is the axle of evil.

Just ask ’em:

An Iranian general said, “Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable.” Don’t you think President Obama should take note of that? Don’t you think he should say something like, “I understand why the Israelis are a teensy bit worried”?

You may remember what the survivor of Auschwitz said when asked, “What’s the biggest lesson you have learned?” He said, “When someone says he’s going to kill you, believe him.”

Iran’s “supreme leader,” Khamenei, recently joined a crowd in chanting “Death to America.”

Don’t you think Obama should take note of that? Should he pretend that things like that simply don’t occur? Couldn’t he say something like, “Yeah, that wasn’t particularly reassuring”?

A senior clerical ally of Khamenei’s said, “We will raise the flag of Islam over the White House.” Obama should address such statements. Does he think they’re just hot air to be ignored? Or do they indicate a mindset in the Iranian government?

You can fault the Iranian government for many things, but you can’t fault them for a lack of candor on the subject of America or Israel. They have been quite clear. If we bury our heads in the sand, the shame is on us.

The answer to the question “What would it look like if the campus Left came to power?” is given in this presidency.

Except for his obsession with golf, Obama’s politics are indistinguishable from the campus Left swamp from which he crawled.

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Heil Hackers!

Such nice people! Anonymous, but nice:

A video released this week by the Anonymous hacker collective vowed to inflict an “Electronic Holocaust” on Israel.

The video shows a masked individual in a suit delivering a prepared statement, in which he announces April 7 as the date of a concerted attack on Israel’s online servers. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions,” he said.

“We will erase you from cyberspace in our Electronic Holocaust.

I’m sure they didn’t mean it literally.

Unlike these folks:

On Sunday, reports surfaced suggesting a provisional deal had been made with Iran, as all the negotiating teams sat for their first-ever joint session. Iran later denied those reports.

Earlier Sunday Netanyahu had claimed the deal under discussion was even worse than he had feared.

“The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne confirms our concerns and even worse,” Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio.

“Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which would affect thenaval balance and the global oil supply.

“After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincers movement in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and needs to be stopped.”

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon also was quick to react to the disputed reports of a deal later that day, warning such an agreement, if true, would merely embolden Iran to be more aggressive.

“Iran is receiving a reward,” Yaalon tweeted Sunday afternoon. “The West is letting Iran into the family of nations, through the front door. The Iranian appetite to export the revolution through terror will only grow.”

And these:

At an olive grove next to Mishor Adumim junction, in the Gush Edumin region east of Jerusalem, 225 saplings were uprooted over the weekend.

Yaniv Aharoni, who is in charge of land parcels in Gush Edumim, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that he and IDF Civil Administration officials, as well as police, arrived at the location together and counted 225 trees that has been destroyed – apparently last Friday night (Shabbat eve).

“There is an increase in vandalism, especially in recent days,” Aharoni said. “There is much damage to property and we are happy that there have not yet been casualties, although there have been attempts.

First they came for the olive trees…

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An Evening at the Theatre

Like how I spelled theatre? All English-like? That’s because this is the New York Times—we gotta be all cultured:

In a measured voice, the middle-aged woman in the blue dress recalled how a colleague had come to her hotel room during a work trip years before and tried to rape her, retreating only after she had screamed to alert the neighbors.

In tears, she hid in the bathroom to ponder her dilemma: Should she tell her boss? Would that make matters better or worse?

Complicating her decision was the fact that her boss had been a father figure to her since she was a child. He was also, as it turned out, the iconic and controversial father of the Palestinian nationalist movement, Yasir Arafat.

With that story began the sold-out closing performance last week of the autobiographical one-woman show “Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali,” written and performed by the Palestinian writer Raeda Taha and directed by Lina Abyad at the Babel Theater in Beirut.

Ms. Taha’s show has drawn large crowds and critical acclaim since it opened here last month because of its deeply personal and often ironic take on a life shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

More deeply personal than you might guess. Not only are PLO terrorists also rapists manqué, but Israeli commandos kill them:

Ms. Taha’s pedigree gives her a rare tie to the Palestinian struggle: her father was a militant killed by Israeli commandos after hijacking an airplane in 1972. Mr. Arafat then virtually adopted her and her sisters, lavishing them with gifts as the daughters of a “martyr.” As an adult, she worked as Mr. Arafat’s press secretary.

And in an unlikely twist, one of the Israeli commandos who participated in the raid that killed her father was a young man named Benjamin Netanyahu, who won an election in Israel on Tuesday that will likely give him a fourth term as prime minister.

Ms. Taha still hates him.

“Netanyahu is still my enemy,” she said before the show. “He participated in the killing of my father.”

So, Netanyahu is the absent hero of the play. Like Godot or Lefty. Does the audience give his mention a standing ovation?

This detail would have me leaping to my feet, shouting “Bi-bi! Bi-bi!”

Dwelling in the background was the story of her father, Ali Taha, one of four militants who hijacked a Belgian airliner on its way to Israel in 1972, seeking to swap its passengers for Palestinian guerrillas imprisoned in Israel.

The plot failed. Israel secretly disabled the plane, preventing the hijackers from fleeing, and a team of Israeli commandos disguised as mechanics stormed the aircraft, capturing two hijackers and killing the others.

How cool is that? I mean, sorry about her dad, but not really. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time (eternity). If she hates Bibi for killing her terrorist dad, does she also hate the terrorists who killed Bibi’s brother in another commando raid?

This is why I love the theatre: so many moral quandaries.

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Death Becomes Them

We’ve smothered you with stories of child abuse among the Arab squatters in Judea and Samaria over the years. You’ve seen all the pictures of toddlers, even infants, dressed as suicide bombers; image after image of boys training to be terrorists; even photographs of children deliberately exposed to danger in skirmishes with Israeli police and military.

Our concern has always been how this would effect the security and the future if Israel.

We have good news and bad news to report on this topic. The bad news is that suicides among young Arabs are an epidemic. Considering that they were being raised as terrorist fodder, that is also the good news:

The rate of suicides and attempted suicides among Palestinians living in the West Bank swelled during 2014, in what Palestinian police say has become a worrying trend that must be combated.

The Palestinian Authority’s police force listed 32 suicides in 2014, compared with 19 in 2013 and just eight over 2012 — a 400-percent increase over three years, the Ma’an news agency reported Sunday.

The number of attempted suicides and the number of suicides that were not investigated by police weren’t disclosed.

Police statistics showed that the highest rate of suicide in Palestinian society was among young adults aged 18-25 — 34.3% — while the lowest was among those older than 46.

Of those suicides listed in police records over 2014, 21 were males, while 11 were females. Hanging was by far the preferred method, with 22 people committing suicide by rope, while six jumped from tall buildings, two overdosed on medication, one ingested pesticides, and one took poison.

Pesticides? Why not use them to grow something instead of killing yourself? But then, I didn’t grow up in a culture that boasts to “love death more than you love life”. You may think I’m twisted for breathing a sigh of relief that these young Arabs chose to take their own lives rather than another Adelle Biton’s or Yonatan Palmer’s—and you wouldn’t be wrong—but I’m not the one who raised them. The genocidal incitement that permeates Arab society, especially that aimed at children, sometimes results in “friendly fire” incidents that claim their own.

As I wrote above, at least these 32 young men and women did not die as martyrs. For that small gift give thanks.

PS: I can’t help but think that these young Arabs would be alive today if where they lived were part of Israel, as I fervently believe it should be (and will be), rather than in a stateless limbo. The nihilism of Arab rejectionism is hardly life-affirming.

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Gaza Man

I confess that when I saw the term Gaza Man, I thought it referred to an evolutionary throwback, a subhuman species that lived in caves, walked semi-upright and ate leaves and dirt.

And I was right!

A new action game available on Google Play called “Gaza Man” allows players to take the role of Gaza gunmen shooting at Israeli soldiers with an assault rifle and RPGs.

The opening sequence to the game, produced by Bridgeview for Trading – a company that produces no results on Google search – shows Israeli soldiers arresting a young child, shooting his soccer ball and harassing a woman.

The creators of the game, according to its description on Google Play, “aim to stimulate the spirit of resistance against injustice in the young generation, and consider Gaza Man to be its first effort towards attaining this goal.”

‘Gaza Man’ is described in Google Play as: “more than just a game! It elevates the morale and the fighting spirit of its users. What the user experiences in the game can be translated from the virtual world of the game into the reality of his life in the Occupied Territories. This way, it helps to keep his will to achieve liberation alive, and helps to instil a deep dedication to the struggle against the occupier.”

Even ISIS has reportedly tried its hand at instilling its values into youth through a violent video game last September.

I don’t know the relationship between Google Play and Google, but this is why I use Bing whenever I can.

But why they didn’t call it Grand Theft Ottoman I’ll never know.

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