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When the Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Barack

Aren’t delusions and paranoia consistent with Alzheimer’s Disease?

“I have felt that my own communications were probably monitored,” said [former president, Jimmy] Carter. “When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the mailbox and mail it… I believe if I send an email it will be monitored.”

Dear Hamas, Keep it up! Love, Jimmuh.

But Carter does have his good days:

President Barack Obama is the first president who has not solicited advice from former President Jimmy Carter since he left office, Carter told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“President Clinton did and President George W. Bush and H.W. Bush and even Ronald Reagan used to call on us to go into sensitive areas,” Carter told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell Sunday.

“I think the problem was that — in dealing with the issue of peace in between Israel and Egypt — the Carter Center has taken a very strong and public position of equal treatment between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” said Carter.

Right, the Carter Center is demanding that Israelis board Arab buses (or sneak into remote Arab villages) and slaughter women and children to achieve “equal treatment”. Israel should also shell Palestinian towns indiscriminately (firing from crowded areas to discourage retaliation); broadcast racist, anti-Arab television programs, especially to small children; repeat blood libels as fact; and celebrate every single Jewish mass-murderer as a hero and a martyr. (Where’s David Berkowitz Plaza, for example?) Until the Israelis comply with Carter’s insistence on “equal treatment”, Jimmy must stand apart, on principle, even if it means Obama won’t go near the old goat.

I’m sure his Profile in Courage Award™ is in the mail.

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Celebrate Diversity

At least in terms of arms suppliers:

Alenia Aermacchi has rolled out its first M-346 jet trainer for Israel, part of a reciprocal deal covering satellites and early warning aircraft for Italy. The deal has boosted ties between the countries and may now see Tel Aviv sending its F-35 joint strike fighters to Italy for maintenance.

Officials from the defense ministries of both countries talked up their close relationship as they met in Italy on March 20 for the rollout of the first of 30 M-346 jets Israel has ordered — the first non-American plane the country has bought for decades.

“It would make a lot of sense for us to maintain JSFs in Italy rather than sending them to the US,” he said.

True, why send them across the Atlantic when Italy lies but halfway across the Mediterranean? But I wonder if there’s more to the strategy than that? America hasn’t been the most steadfast ally of late.

Still, we are trying:

American officials are very concerned that the talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority could break down totally. The two sides are deadlocked, and no progress has been made for weeks, the officials were quoted as saying by Israel Radio – and the administration of President Barack Obama is feverishly trying to come up with a formula that will keep both sides talking.

The US, therefore, is considering various “creative” ideas to make the deal more appealing, the report said. Among them is an idea Netanyahu himself proposed – releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been in an American prison for nearly three decades on charges of spying for Israel. The diplomats said that it was not clear Obama would agree to such a condition.

Talking is overrated if you ask me, particularly when the only word spoken is “no”:

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear numerous times that he will not concede on the Palestinian’s “core” demands – an Israeli withdrawal from all of Judea, Samaria, and much of Jerusalem; free immigration of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 into Israel; and no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Under such conditions, Netanyahu has told diplomats, there is no way he could get an agreement with the PA approved by his government.

Under these circumstances, when a man’s freedom is a bargaining chip, Israel would be wise to source its self defense requirements from more than one (unreliable) supplier.

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The Israeli Solution

Caroline Glick’s new book is out, and I feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk:

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LOPEZ: What is the single most important fact for anyone considering Mideast policy to know?

GLICK: That everything is changing before our eyes. Borders are changing. The way people view each other and the way they see the world and their places in it is changing. Old convictions are being replaced by new ones. In Israel, we see this most vividly among Israeli Arabs who are abandoning their radical leaders in droves and striving to integrate fully into Israeli society, including through vastly increased enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces. Trying to fix problems with the same tools that have been used for the past three generations is like trying to stop up a sea with a wine cork. New thinking is required today more than ever before.

LOPEZ: How has Washington “willfully trampled its own most cherished values” when it comes to the Middle East?

GLICK: The main way that Washington has done so has been by making the rapid establishment of a Palestinian state on the west bank of the Jordan River and in Jerusalem the most urgent goal of its Middle East policy. Such a state would be a racist state whose rulers demand that it be ethnically cleansed of all Jewish presence before they will even accept independence. To advance this end, successive U.S. administrations have rejected Jews’ right to own property in the historic heartland of the Jewish people in Judea and Samaria and in much of Israel’s capital city. Aside from that, the Palestinian state the U.S. seeks to establish will be led by terrorists who continue to support terrorism and indoctrinate their people with genocidal Jew-hatred marinated in anti-Americanism.

In other words, the Palestinian state the U.S. seeks to establish is an affront to the moral foundations of the United States, and contradicts all of America’s core interests in the Middle East.

But this is her best point:

The two-state-solution policy assumes not only that guilt for the 65-year Arab war on Israel lies solely or predominantly on Israel’s shoulders but that all Arab-related conflict too can be ascribed to the actions of Israel. The idea behind the policy model is that the root cause of instability in the region is the absence of a Palestinian state, and that the absence of a Palestinian state is Israel’s fault.

Former president Bill Clinton put it this way: The establishment of a Palestinian state would “take about half the impetus in the whole world — not just the region, the whole world — for terror away. It would have more impact than anything else that could be done.” And the party that most international actors view as guilty for the absence of a state of Palestine is Israel. Israel is blamed for the absence of that state because, in the common line of thinking, it refuses to give up sufficient quantities of land to the PLO to satisfy its leaders.

Now, if Israel is responsible for the terrorism — not just in the Middle East, but throughout the world — then there is no reason for anyone to think about anything that happens in the Arab world. Everything regionally and internationally will be better if Israel just straightens up and flies right. This is a shocking negation of Arab agency and humanity. If Israel is to blame, then why think about the treatment of women and girls in Arab societies? Why think about the endemic poverty, the illiteracy? Why think about jihad, and Islamic doctrines that preach it?

In other words, the two-state-solution policy, which places most of the blame for the pathologies of the Arab world on Israel, also ignores the Arab world, and so only harms the Arabs — and the U.S., which is basing its Middle East policy on pure nonsense.

Pure nonsense such as this:

“These Israelis have no belief, no principles. They are an advanced instrument of evil. They say, the Holocaust, and so on – fine, why are they doing this to us? Therefore, I believe that Allah, will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.”
[Official PA TV, March 12, 2014]

Look, I’m no independent arbiter—I’m a Glickite. But the rest of you should consider her argument.

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

You can’t starve the Arabs in Gaza—that’s our job!

Scores of patients and disabled Palestinians on Saturday staged a protest outside the Egyptian embassy in the Gaza Strip to call for the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between the Palestinian territory and Egypt.

Mohamed al-Kahlout, a spokesman for the demonstrators, described as “choking” the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the closure of the Rafah crossing.

“The closure of the crossing is creating a human tragedy in Gaza,” al-Kahlout told Anadolu Agency.

“We just want to lead a dignified life like all other human beings,” he added.

Oh please. Isn’t it a little late for that now?


Ahmed, isn’t that last night’s dinner?

The Gaza Strip has been suffering an Israel-imposed blockade since 2006. Palestinians say the blockade has deprived the Palestinian enclave’s 1.8 million residents of their most essential needs.

An all-out Egyptian crackdown on smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza has also come to add insult to the injury of the Palestinians.

How’s that “Israel-imposed blockade” working out?

The Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza will be re-opened as of Sunday, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Saturday night.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had accepted a recommendation by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Yoav Mordechai, and ordered that the crossing be re-opened, the report said.

Half a million liters of diesel and gasoline to the private sector, 160 tons of cooking gas, and a quarter of a million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza will enter through Kerem Shalom once it is opened, according to Kol Yisrael.

The border crossing was closed on Wednesday, at Ya’alon’s orders, after terrorists fired a barrage of dozens of rockets at southern Israel.

The Arabs in Gaza seem incapable of learning that terrorism is all fun and games until someone gets hurt:

A three-year-old child died on Thursday after he was unable to receive medical care abroad due to the closure of the Rafah crossing, an activist group said.

Spokesman for the National Committee to Break the Siege Adham Abu Salmieh said that Ahmad Ammar Abu Nahl was suffering from an enlarged heart and liver and had been planning to go to Turkey via Egypt for treatment.

However, the young child died Thursday while waiting for the crossing to open.

Tragic. Let’s end on a happier note:

Egypt’s most active militant group says that one of its founding leaders was killed when a bomb he was carrying was set off by a car accident.

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The statement posted early Saturday on militant websites by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Champions of Jerusalem, said Tawfiq Mohammed Freij was killed Tuesday. It did not where the accident took place.

It said he was the “field commander” of an August 2011 cross-border attack into Israel that killed eight people.

Wear your seat belts!

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Daily Humiliation of the Palestinian People™ Daily Update

Americans learned to choose between “guns and butter”. Arabs have yet to learn to choose between missiles and electricity.

To choose wisely, at any rate:

The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down Saturday due to a lack of fuel from Israel, which closed a goods crossing after rocket attacks, the energy authority said.

“The plant has completely ceased to function due to a lack of fuel caused by (Israel’s) closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said Fathi al-Sheikh Khalil, deputy director of the energy authority in the Palestinian territory ruled by the Islamist movement Hamas.

On Thursday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza and the Erez pedestrian crossing “until further security assessments,” after dozens of rockets were fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists on Wednesday.

I’m sure no one would dispute the notion that Israel can act in its own self defense (no one not a European commissioner, that is).

But can we also note that Israel is not alone?

A high committee against the Gaza siege on Wednesday erected a tent in front of Egypt’s embassy in Gaza City to host activists demanding that Egypt reopen the southern Rafah crossing.

Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar, who joined the inauguration of the protest tent, delivered a speech urging leaders of Arab countries to end the siege imposed on Gaza.

It is a responsibility of the Arab and Islamic nations to support the Palestinian people, he said.

God knows they’ve never been able to support themselves.

Just three months ago, Israel was providing food, fuel and aid to the Arabs of Gaza, even helping getting tomatoes to market. But the Arabs insist on exporting other goods.

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So, they can sit in the dark for all I care.

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Jewish State, Shmewish State

John Kerry doesn’t see the point of a Jewish state, but at least one Arab occupier of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza sure does:

“These Israelis have no belief, no principles. They are an advanced instrument of evil. They say, the Holocaust, and so on – fine, why are they doing this to us? Therefore, I believe that Allah, will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.”
[Official PA TV, March 12, 2014]

How are you supposed to negotiate with people like that? “You get Jerusalem on Mondays, Thursdays, and alternate Fridays, and we get it the rest of the time.” Is John Kerry on drugs (besides Botox)?

Still, it was nice of that Jew-hating thug (not Kerry, the Arab) to credit Israel as an “advanced” instrument of evil. No second-rate, dime-store instrument of evil, but a top-notch one. I bet Israel blushed to read it.

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Blasts From the Past

Arabs in action:

A video released online shows how Islamic Jihad terrorists fired this evening’s barrage of rocket attacks from within heavily-populated areas in Gaza.

The footage, which was posted on a Hamas-linked Facebook page, shows the challenges often faced by the Israeli military in responding to such attacks whilst avoiding civilian casualties.

It illustrates what Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have often referred to as a “double war-crime”: the firing of rockets against Israeli civilians, whilst using the Palestinian Arab civilian population in Gaza as cover, and in the hope that any Israeli response will draw condemnation for striking a civilian area.

Arabs in words:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion – the swindlers of Zion – have revealed their schemes to subjugate the nations and gain control of the world. They are planning means to take over the reins of world politics, by spreading organized destruction throughout the countries and by corrupting people through the seizure of the banking system, the goldsmith profession and the control of capital, natural resources and the workforce, as well as by taking control of the media and the arts, and channeling them to serve their goals and realize their aims.

Year after year, it never changes. Neither does the condemnation of Israel for exercising self-defense. The only thing that has changed is the understanding of your humble correspondent, and those like me, who now see the world as it is, not as it has been described to un on NPR.

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Get Me Rewrite!

When we’ve covered the story of poor sweet little Adele Biton, the toddler grievously injured by rock-throwing Arabs, we’ve done so with a tinge of optimism. She seemed to be getting better after her coma and long stay in a rehabilitation hospital.

Then we saw this story that things were not so rosy.

And now this:

Ten months ago, Adelle Biton, then two years old, was riding in her family’s car along with her mother and two of her three older sisters. Suddenly, the family was ambushed by a group of Palestinian Arab men, who hurled heavy rocks at the car – hitting baby Adelle, and causing a crash that injured the other girls as well.

Adelle was left critically wounded, and spent months in a coma. However, half a year after the attack doctors were optimistic, saying Adelle had made a remarkable recovery and was expected to make further progress.

Sadly, the expected improvement in her condition did not come to pass. Now, staff at Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Ra’anana say there is nothing more they can do for the badly handicapped young girl – and have told her parents to take her home.

“We didn’t choose for [Adelle] to be in this situation. It’s hard enough for us already. We expect the government to help us,” a relative said.

“The family’s home in Yakir is not set up for Adelle yet, not in terms of access, and more importantly, not in terms of the necessary medical equipment,” they warned.

The family turned to MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home), who has helped them get support from the Health Ministry.

Muallem sent a letter to the Health Ministry warning that Adelle faces immediate release from the hospital “despite agreements,” and that the family does not have what it needs to help her.

Health Ministry officials issued a statement saying that ministry staff will work to help the Biton family prepare to care for Adelle, “and to promote understanding between the hospital and the family regarding the date of release.”

Parents Rafi and Adva Biton declined to be interviewed for the report.

I have no doubt that the Biton family will receive the resources it needs to care for Adele for the rest of her life, should they need to. But I suggest that Israel deduct the money from any taxes collected on behalf of the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

Or a levy on these sort of activities:

[F]ollowing discussions between COGAT and the International aid agencies operating in Gaza, the transfer of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing will continue tomorrow. This includes 1.2 million liters of gas: 800,000 liters of diesel fuel for transportation, and 400,000 liters of diesel fuel for the Gaza power station, and another 200 tons of household gas.

Earlier today two Palestinian ambulances were rescued by IDF forces of the Judea Territorial Brigade after getting stuck in the snow on road 35 near Hebron. Another rescue mission by the Shomron Territorial Brigade took place on road 60 near Ramallah, as a Red Crescent emergency vehicle was unable to continue driving.

You never hear these stories in the press (though you do here); nor about the atrocity committed on a two-year-old girl.

Yet Israel announces the building of new houses for a growing population (thanks to a high fertility rate among Jews in Israel), and you’d think they had shelled a kindergarten. Which is what the Gazan Arabs do—but you get my point.

Adele and all the other victims of Arab terror could live as lavishly as Saddam Hussein or the recently deposed Ukraine scumbag, Victor Sonofabitch, off the proceeds of this criminal regime. If they have enough money for Qassam and Grad missiles, they can cover her physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

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Temple Rout

If you’re a Nazi (and I’m not accusing anybody), you probably have no problem with the policy that Jews are unwelcome at their holiest site.

Everyone else should have a problem:

Tuesday night saw an historic Knesset debate on the issue of freedom of religion and Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.

The debate was the initiative of Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, a long-time campaigner for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, where non-Muslim prayers are currently forbidden.

Feiglin attacked the discriminatory management of the holy site, which is under the de facto rule of the Waqf. Jews are often forbidden from entering and arrested for having religious or national symbols.

“Behind the back of the people we have given up on any Israeli sovereignty on the Mount,” remarked Feiglin. “Any terror organization can wave its flag there — the flag of Israel? Don’t mention it even. And a verse of Psalms is pretext for an arrest. The police even recommend taking the kippah off your head.”

“When we run from the Mount we lose the legitimacy to our presence in Tel Aviv,” argued Feiglin.

“I call on the government of Israel to stop the discrimination and embarrassment of Jews in entering the Mount and on the site,” declared Feiglin. He further called on the government “to allow free access to all Jews to the Temple Mount from every gate, and prayer on the Mount, as required by it being part of the state of Israel, the Jewish state,” which stipulates freedom of worship.

And it wasn’t just Feiglin, for once:

MK Shuli Muallem (Jewish Home) stepped in by reading a letter written by Netanyahu in 1994, before his first term as prime minister.

In the letter Netanyahu wrote “the right of the Jewish people over its holy site – the Temple Mount – can not be questioned; I think that Jewish prayer rights at the site must be arranged, all the more so because we give freedom of religion to all religions in Jerusalem.”

Of course, you know what happened last time Israel tried to assert a smidgen of authority over the Temple Mount:

On September 28, 2000, Likud leader Ariel Sharon went to visit the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest place, which Muslims have renamed Haram al-Sharif and regard as Islam’s third holiest place. Since that time, Palestinians have engaged in a violent insurrection that has been dubbed the “al-Aksa intifada.”

Palestinian spokesmen maintained the violence was caused by the desecration of a Muslim holy place – Haram al-Sharif – by Sharon and the “thousands of Israeli soldiers” who accompanied him. The violence, they said, was carried out through unprovoked attacks by Israeli forces, which invaded Palestinian-controlled territories and “massacred” defenseless Palestinian civilians, who merely threw stones in self-defense.

In fact, Israel’s Internal Security Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami permitted Sharon to visit the Temple Mount only after calling Palestinian security chief Jabril Rajoub and receiving his assurance that if Sharon did not enter the mosques, no problems would arise. The need to protect Sharon arose when Rajoub later said that the Palestinian police would do nothing to prevent violence during the visit.

Sharon did not attempt to enter any mosques and his 34 minute visit was conducted during normal hours when the area is open to tourists. Palestinian youths — eventually numbering around 1,500 — shouted slogans in an attempt to inflame the situation. Some 1,500 Israeli police were present at the scene to forestall violence.

There were limited disturbances during Sharon’s visit, mostly involving stone throwing. During the remainder of the day, outbreaks of stone throwing continued on the Temple Mount and in the vicinity, leaving 28 Israeli policemen injured, three of whom were hospitalized. There are no accounts of Palestinian injuries on that day. Significant and orchestrated violence was initiated by Palestinians the following day following Friday prayers.

As violence escalated over the following days and weeks, the Palestinians and the media blamed Sharon for the violence.

Which libel accompanied him for the rest of his days. Unquestioned by the media.

There is so much evidence of what happens when Israel tries to accommodate Arab occupiers and Western elites. No good deed goes unpunished. Enough. No more.

More of this:

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett recently appeared on the BBC, where he argued the two-state solution has failed, and that Israel needs to reaffirm its Jewish nature.

“Three times already we handed land over to the Arabs and within days they started shooting at us missiles. It’s not working apparently,” emphasized the Economics Minister.

“We’ve been in this land way longer than Americans have been in American land and the British have been in British land,” remarked Bennett.

Period.

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Drink Soda!

Sorry, Mrs. Obama, but I’m going to gorge myself on the stuff.

And I’m going to buy it with the money I was going to give to Oxfam:

An Israeli civil rights group, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center,
has demanded that the international aid organization Oxfam severe its ties with the Union of Health Workers Committees (“UHWC”) and the Union of Agricultural Worker’s Committee (“UAWC”), two agencies of the proscribed terror organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Oxfam lists both of the agencies as its partners whom it works with in Hamas controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority. In a letter sent today, Shurat HaDun warned Oxfam that providing financial assistance and other forms of material support to affiliates of the terrorist PFLP is illegal and would subject the NGO to both criminal and civil liability.

Oxfam recently made world headlines when it criticized actress Scarlett Johansson’s involvement with the Israeli company, SodaStream. Johansson, who had been serving as a goodwill ambassador for Oxfam, refused to endorse the NGO’s policy of boycotting Israeli firms and resigned her position.

As the letter states, “The PFLP is one of the most violent and dangerous of the Palestinian terrorist organizations having carried out decades of murderous operations against civilian targets including airplane hijackings, the massacre at Ben Gurion Airport in 1972, intifada suicide bombings, the assassination of an Israeli minister and the murder of a Jewish family, including three infant children in the Itamar community in March 2011. The PFLP is responsible for the criminal deaths of Israeli, American and European victims around the world. Several of its leaders are currently serving life sentences in Israeli prisons for their involvement in heinous terrorist attacks.”

I didn’t even remember that the PFLP sponsored the Itamar massacre (see post below) when I started this post. Funny how things come together. Real funny.

Aggie and I were sharing a rant just the other day about how we don’t trust and absolutely reject all leftist movements and organizations. But I think now that it’s not us rejecting anything. If Oxfam is about feeding the hungry, that’s not “leftist”. But if Oxfam is about making common cause with “agencies” of an organization that could plot and carry out the murders of the Fogel children (among myriad other crimes and atrocities)—under the disguise of feeding the hungry—then Oxfam has rejected any moral standing. To greater and lesser extents, that same betrayal of moral authority exists across the spectrum of so-called human rights organizations. Scarlett Johansson (who identifies as Jewish) got out just in time.

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Toddlers and Comas

Two things that shouldn’t go together, but do.

This comes as a complete shock to me—I thought Adele was better:

Adva Biton appeared in a military court on Thursday, bearing testimony against the suspects thought to have thrown the rock that critically wounded her three-year-old daughter Adelle last March. Adelle has yet to regain consciousness.

Speaking at the court in Megiddo, Adva testified that although her daughter miraculously survived the direct-hit from the rock on her head while riding in the family car, she has not been able to make a full recovery from the horrific attack.

“I have a girl but she doesn’t communicate, as far as I’m concerned it’s as if she’s living while dead,” said the stricken mother, according to Channel 2.

“My girls live in trauma every day,” noted Adva about Adelle’s two young sisters Avigail and Naama. “Today I have an unconscious daughter. All the joys of life for a three-year-old child have disappeared. I meet people who have lost their loved ones and am not sure what’s better.”

Again, I thought she was getting better. She returned home last July:

“We are very excited; we’ve waited a long time for her to come home,” said Adva Biton, Adele’s mother. “We continue to believe that she will be alright.”

As they were leaving the hospital, Adva told Adele, who is bound to a wheelchair, of the family’s plans for Shabbat.

“The entire family will have Shabbat dinner and Adele will be with us. I’m certain this will improve (her condition). The fact that the doctors authorized us to take her home for Shabbat indicates that her condition is better,” said the mother.

The mother said the family also plans to sing to Adele her favorite songs, as they have done throughout her stay at the hospital.

Yet she remains “living while dead”.

They caught the stone throwers; in that sense justice has been done. But is there any real justice for what has happened to Adele and the Bitons? Are they not living the nightmare that terrorizes all Israelis? Where is that justice?

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Peace, Shmeace

I’ve steadfastly avoided all obits and reminiscences of Ariel Sharon. No reason, just cause.

But when I saw Henry Kissenger’s stab at it (“A Visionary for Peace”), I kind of had a reaction. Something along the lines of “f*ck peace”.

A person may be forgiven for pursuing peace, but only up to a point. A pacifist who refuses to defend his family from a violent intruder is no hero, no visionary of peace. He’s a miserable little worm. Sharon’s decision to render Gaza judenrein is not the same thing, but not far away. The act itself may have been well-intentioned (though the thousands of Jews who had to be forcibly moved would vehemently disagree), but the consequences—inevitable consequences—have decided the act as one of the most reckless, ill-considered, self-desrtuctive acts any country has ever undertaken of its own volition.

I’ve always cut Sharon a little slack, as his stroke rendered him powerless to respond to the results of his decision. He may well have gone all Lebanon ’82 in Gaza ’07. But I refuse to allow the intervening years since Israel “disengaged” from Gaza as peace. That is an obscenity: to the word and to the people who have suffered terribly.

I’m sorry he passed, and his life as a whole is very much to be admired. But he made a terrible mistake with Gaza, and never lived to make it right. That’s just a fact.

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