September 21, 2010

A Photoshopped Piece Process

By his effusive grandstanding of Netanyahu's last visit to Washington, President Obama may have tried to make amends for his disgraceful snub delivered at their first White House meeting. But most Jews will not have been fooled by this spin job. 

The UK peer Lord Janner once remarked on a radio programme that his late father - Sir Barnett Janner - used to say: you cannot always see antisemitism but you can usually smell it.

So, what brings me to recall this today?

Well, today's headline in the Israeli press is that the Obama administration feels that Netanyahu's 10-month settlement freeze has been so important to the peace talks that the Quartet is to pressure Netanyahu to extend it. 

Let's remember that our supposed peace partner - Mr Abbas - spent the first 8 months of the freeze up a tree, hoping that Obama would follow up his snub with ever more crippling pressure on Israel for unilateral concessions.

Obama may be a total naif on Jewish history, but he does know perfectly well that an extension of the current freeze would create a coalition crisis for Netanyahu and probably bring down his government.  But surely that has been his gameplan all along; most likely scripted by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and SecState Hillary Clinton - neither of whom are said to have have much affinity for Netanyahu.

So, having been pressured by the Jewish lobby to make amends for appearing to push Netanyahu out of the back door of the White House, like so much garbage, Obama goes for the bolder 'Plan B' ...  to push Netanyahu out of his own prime ministerial residence.

Which makes this whole peace process look just about as genuine as this picture of Mubarak walking in front of Obama and the other summiteers, as photoshopped by an Egyptian newspaper last week.

We have always joked that the Arabs are not into any peace process but a 'piece' process ... to eradicate the Jewish 'entity' by pieces.  After the British gifted half of the mandated Jewish homeland to the Hashmites, we gave back the Sinai and Gaza and have given up vast sections of Judea & Samaria (a.k.a the West Bank) for vitually nothing in return.  This salami-slicing will continue until we have leaders brave enough to say: enough!

Let's hope Bibi finds it within himself to say this to Obama and his Quartet.

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September 13, 2010

The Flotilla - an untold story

We’d all seen the captioned videos and listened to the conflicting reports on TV and in the press. Some of the Israeli papers carried firsthand accounts by Israel’s Navy SEALs of ‘Shayetet 13’ their faces pixillated by the military censors. But, for me, no story of the Gaza Flotilla operation was more touching than the one told at one of the events we promoted recently in London.

It was told at a fundraiser for the Keshet Yehuda pre-military academy of the Golan in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador Ron Prosor and special guest speaker Brigadier General (Res.) Efraim “Effi” Eitam.

General Eitam is one of the most decorated soldiers in the IDF and holder of the Medal of Distinguished Service for his heroism in the opening hours of the Yom Kippur War against the advancing columns of Syrian tanks. He went on to command the elite Golani unit which rescued the Israeli hostages at Entebbe.

Eitam had taken part in debriefing of the SEALs and told of his conversation with the third officer to rappel down the rope. He asked him what was going through his mind at this time. The officer said he watched his first comrade land on the deck and immediately disappear under a violent scrum, which then moved him to the side of the deck. The same thing happened to the next man: "as soon as he hit the deck they were all over him".

Eitam then asked the question which most of us seeing that newsfeed would have wanted to ask: “Watching this sight below ... you were only half way down the rope … what were your thoughts at that very moment?” The Navy officer responded: “I said Shema Yisrael and dropped the rest of the way down … I then drew my pistol and shot at the armed men who were trying to kill us.”

So long as our commandos know how to say Shema Yisrael, they will remember what they are fighting for ... and why losing is simply not an option for our people.

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September 11, 2010

He still doesn't get it ....

The utter vacuousness of Barack Obama's presidency seems to resonate more with every speech he makes.

On this 9th anniversary of the Islamic butchery wrought on 9-11-2001 he recited these words from his ever-present teleprompter ...

"The highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are,"

Wrong Mr.President.
Very nice flowery words and sentiments ... but still plain wrong!

The 'highest honor' you can pay those lost souls and the families who grieve them is to finally acknowledge who did it and why.

That way the people of the United States might finally be able to rally round a commander-in-chief who has found the courage to call evil by its real name.

They rallied round the leaders who identified Nazism as the enemy and defeated it.
They rallied round the leaders who identified Communism as the enemy and defeated it.
Until the leaders of the free world tell the people 'we are at war with Islamism' there will be no serious prospect of defeating it.

Which means there will be ever more 9-11s wrought by this creed that glorifies death.
And the victims of 9-11-2001 shall have died without purpose.

Some honor!

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