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Trump puts brakes on his promises to Israel

In a piece I wrote yesterday, I shared my concerns over the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State. Part of my objection with the former ExxonMobil CEO was based on the relationship he has with…

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The UN Moves From ‘Anti-Zionist’ To Anti-Semitism

 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)passed a resolution last week that nullified all Jewish and Christian ties and connections to the Western Wall (The Kotel) The Temple Mount, The Ma’Harat Machpelah (The …

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Conservative Comedy Friday – 7/15/16

In the words of John McCain, “Allahu Akbar It’s Friday!” And of course that means it’s time for some conservative comedy. Every Friday we bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the…

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Iran, Hubris, Appeasement, and Despotry

View image | gettyimages.com Jonathan S. Tobin had some thought on the Iran treaty, they’re good thoughts, well presented, so let’s look in on them. Following through on its strategy of trying to make Congressional approval of the Iran nuclear deal irrelevant, the Obama administration pushed through a resolutionimplementing the agreement today at the United […]

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Abbas – Palestinians Will Resubmit ‘Statehood’ Resolution to UN

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 4, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/ ABBAS MOMANI)

Palestine’s unelected leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he plans to resubmit their resolution calling for a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state of the pre-’67 lines to the UN Security Council again, after the new members get seated. Since pro-Israel UNSC members like Australia, South Korea and Rwanda are leaving because their terms are up and being replaced by the likes of Angola, Malaysia (which doesn’t recognize Israel’s existence), New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela, it’s probable that the only thing that would stop it from passing this time is a U.S. veto.The United States has said it doesn’t support the resolution, which would violate the Oslo Accords and th eRoad Map, two treaties both the U.S. and the PLO are signatories to.

“We will go back to the Security Council until it recognizes our rights,” Abbas said Sunday in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Reuters reported. “We are determined to join international conventions and treaties despite the pressure.

“We didn’t fail, the UN Security Council failed us. We’ll go again to the Security Council, why not? Perhaps after a week.”

It’s worth looking at what Mahmoud Abbas his ‘rights’…and what the countries who vote in favor of the resolution will actually be endorsing.

Abbas wants the UN to gift him and the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians all of Judea and Samaria as well as all of East Jerusalem, something that would force Israel back to indefensible borders. Abbas is also insisting on a ‘right of return’ for all those whom consider themselves refugees to what’s left of Israel, as well as for the freedom of all the convicted terrorists in Israeli jails. And the resolution sets a deadline of 2017 for Israel to comply, which means that there really isn’t any reason for Israel to return to peace talks.After all, what’s left to  ‘negotiate’? Particularly with a fixed deadline that allows Abbas to simply wait things out?

Voting for the resolution also means the ethnic cleansing of 500,00 Jews, the barring of Jews permanently from their holiest religious sites, and for the destruction of an Israel helpless against terrorist assaults. And it means legitimizing a ‘government’ composed of vicious, and corrupt kleptocrats on the one hand and genocidal murderers on the other.

That is, if the Israelis comply with it.

They won’t, even if it passes. No sane country would.

It remains to be seen if the Obama Administration will use its veto if it comes to that. I think there’s a good chance they will, although I’m sure they’d rather not. But it may be that Abbas has worn out his welcome in Washington..and elsewhere, if what I’m reading about the lack of pledges being redeemed for extra aid to ‘Palestine to rebuild Gaza. That promised $5.4 billion appears no where in sight, and if Abbas forces an American veto, it is going to give impetus to moves in the U.S. congress to defund U.S. aid to the PLO, which no totals over $400 million per year, not counting the millions the U.S. gives to fund UNRWA, the UN agency tasked with the care and feeding of the Palestinians, something no other refugees have.

The Israelis, quite properly have already frozen the $125 million per month they collect in taxes for the PLO, and there’s serious talk about applying these funds to the PLO’s huge electricity billowed to Israel.

The PLO, meanwhile is attempting to join the International Criminal Court and a number of other international conventions to attempt to wage lawfare against Israel.

The ICC, while extremely biased against Israel might have problems accepting ‘Palestine’ as a member. They aren’t a state, which is required,  And the last time they tried it, the then-ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that his office lacked the authority to determine whether the P.A. self-rule area constituted a “state.”

Also, the Rome Statutes, the ICC’c guiding treaty  empowers them to investigate and act in cases of alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide carried out by one state in the territory of another. That’s also a difficulty since ‘Palestine’ has no boundaries at present, except in Mahmoud Abbas’s imagination.

Even more ludicrously, Hamas, who won the last free election the people whom call themselves Palestinians were allowed to have say, with some justification that Mahmoud Abbas has no right to submit this UN resolution or join any of these international accords without holding a referendum..which Hamas would almost certainly win.

Since they are supposedly the PLO’s equal partners in a unity government, it’s ridiculous that the UN is even considering this nonsense seriously. Would they do so if this involved any other country than Israel?

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Abbas – Palestinians Will Resubmit ‘Statehood’ Resolution to UN

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 4, 2015. (Photo credit: AFP/ ABBAS MOMANI)

Palestine’s unelected leader Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he plans to resubmit their resolution calling for a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state of the pre-’67 lines to the UN Security Council again, after the new members get seated. Since pro-Israel UNSC members like Australia, South Korea and Rwanda are leaving because their terms are up and being replaced by the likes of Angola, Malaysia (which doesn’t recognize Israel’s existence), New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela, it’s probable that the only thing that would stop it from passing this time is a U.S. veto.The United States has said it doesn’t support the resolution, which would violate the Oslo Accords and th eRoad Map, two treaties both the U.S. and the PLO are signatories to.

“We will go back to the Security Council until it recognizes our rights,” Abbas said Sunday in Ramallah, in the West Bank, Reuters reported. “We are determined to join international conventions and treaties despite the pressure.

“We didn’t fail, the UN Security Council failed us. We’ll go again to the Security Council, why not? Perhaps after a week.”

It’s worth looking at what Mahmoud Abbas his ‘rights’…and what the countries who vote in favor of the resolution will actually be endorsing.

Abbas wants the UN to gift him and the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians all of Judea and Samaria as well as all of East Jerusalem, something that would force Israel back to indefensible borders. Abbas is also insisting on a ‘right of return’ for all those whom consider themselves refugees to what’s left of Israel, as well as for the freedom of all the convicted terrorists in Israeli jails. And the resolution sets a deadline of 2017 for Israel to comply, which means that there really isn’t any reason for Israel to return to peace talks.After all, what’s left to  ‘negotiate’? Particularly with a fixed deadline that allows Abbas to simply wait things out?

Voting for the resolution also means the ethnic cleansing of 500,00 Jews, the barring of Jews permanently from their holiest religious sites, and for the destruction of an Israel helpless against terrorist assaults. And it means legitimizing a ‘government’ composed of vicious, and corrupt kleptocrats on the one hand and genocidal murderers on the other.

That is, if the Israelis comply with it.

They won’t, even if it passes. No sane country would.

It remains to be seen if the Obama Administration will use its veto if it comes to that. I think there’s a good chance they will, although I’m sure they’d rather not. But it may be that Abbas has worn out his welcome in Washington..and elsewhere, if what I’m reading about the lack of pledges being redeemed for extra aid to ‘Palestine to rebuild Gaza. That promised $5.4 billion appears no where in sight, and if Abbas forces an American veto, it is going to give impetus to moves in the U.S. congress to defund U.S. aid to the PLO, which no totals over $400 million per year, not counting the millions the U.S. gives to fund UNRWA, the UN agency tasked with the care and feeding of the Palestinians, something no other refugees have.

The Israelis, quite properly have already frozen the $125 million per month they collect in taxes for the PLO, and there’s serious talk about applying these funds to the PLO’s huge electricity billowed to Israel.

The PLO, meanwhile is attempting to join the International Criminal Court and a number of other international conventions to attempt to wage lawfare against Israel.

The ICC, while extremely biased against Israel might have problems accepting ‘Palestine’ as a member. They aren’t a state, which is required,  And the last time they tried it, the then-ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that his office lacked the authority to determine whether the P.A. self-rule area constituted a “state.”

Also, the Rome Statutes, the ICC’c guiding treaty  empowers them to investigate and act in cases of alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide carried out by one state in the territory of another. That’s also a difficulty since ‘Palestine’ has no boundaries at present, except in Mahmoud Abbas’s imagination.

Even more ludicrously, Hamas, who won the last free election the people whom call themselves Palestinians were allowed to have say, with some justification that Mahmoud Abbas has no right to submit this UN resolution or join any of these international accords without holding a referendum..which Hamas would almost certainly win.

Since they are supposedly the PLO’s equal partners in a unity government, it’s ridiculous that the UN is even considering this nonsense seriously. Would they do so if this involved any other country than Israel?

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‘Palestine’ Fails At The UN – And The Real Story Behind It

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Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority finally submitted their resolution to the UN Security Council last night and it came up for a vote today.

Before we look at how it turned out and why, let’s examine what led up to this.

Mahmoud Abbas originally presented this December 17th  as a unilateral attempt to get the UN behind defining ‘Palestine’ as the areas the PLO wants for a state…essentially the pre ’67 boundaries, or as former Israeli diplomat Abba Eban aptly referred to them, the Auschwitz Lines. Of course, this violated both the Oslo Accords and the Road Map the PLO had signed, but then they never lived up to those agreements anyway.

Since the unity agreement with Hamas, Abbas has seen his credibility fade even farther than it already had. Hamas had shown no signs of giving up sovereignty in Gaza to Abbas and Fatah, and with Abbas now in year ten of what was originally supposed to be a four year term, Hamas  was pressing him to put together elections. Abbas attempted to compete with Hamas for the support of the Palestinian ‘street’ by ramping up the Third Intifada with attacks against Israel’s civilians and a speech in the UN accusing Israel of genocide, which hardened a lot of attitudes in Israel. But he was still in a position where he needed to appear to take the lead. So he went to the UN, ranting that if the UNSC failed to vote to pass his resolution, he would ‘cut off all dealing with Israel (what ‘dealings’?) and sue Israel via the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes.

The original draft called for a complete Israeli ‘withdrawal’ to the pre-’67 lines by 2017, Jerusalem as a ‘shared capitol’ whatever that means, and a ‘just solution’ for the refugees of 1948..the Arab ones, that is, not the Jews. The French had come up with an alternative draft, so the Jordanian ambassador and the PLO representatives got together with the French and came up with a second draft. As Abbas said, they took certain parts of it and “added Palestinian  observations.”

The French draft originally called for recognition of Israel as the Jewish State. Abbas and Saeb Erekat got that removed, and hardened the language considerably. Now, East Jerusalem was to be the capitol of Palestine exclusively, Arab refugees were to be allowed a Right of Return, and all of the Palestinian terrorists in Israel’s jails were to be released. It also calls for Israeli occupation forces to be replaced by “a third-party presence.” Or in other words, a force to shield Fatah and Hamas terrorists from Israeli retaliation and give them a base where they can train, recruit and launch attacks from with impunity.

But wait, there’s more. Check out this language:

Affirms the urgent need to attain, no later than 12 months after the adoption of this resolution, a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution that brings an end to the Israeli occupation since 1967 and fulfills the vision of two independent, democratic and prosperous states, Israel and a sovereign, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security within mutually and internationally recognized borders.

Since the Arab-occupied parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza have never been ‘democratic’ in
the way normal people conceive of the word,that simply means there would be at least one election if this were to go through..the one Hamas wins,just as they won the last one. Not only that,but note the use of the word ‘contiguous.’

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If ‘Palestine’ is contiguous, obviously Israel will not be. So along with swamping Israel with homicidal ‘refugees’ , releasing the current crop of experienced terrorists from Israel jails and forcing Israel back to indefensible borders, this resolution calls for a further split in Israeli territory between Gaza and the proposed Abbasistan in Judea and Samaria.

Even if the UNSC had voted for this travesty, Israel had already made it known they weren’t going to abide by it.No sane country would.

What happened next is of interest.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry got involved at that point, asking Abbas not to present the current draft resolution to the UNSC. His reasons had nothing to do with it being unfair or in violation of two treaties the U.S. was a signatory to as well as the Palestinian Authority. What he asked Abbas to do was to wait until after the Israeli elections in March because putting this out now would strengthen the Israeli right.

But Abbas presented it anyway, via Jordan, the Arab representative on the UNSC.

What happened next was even  more curious. Walk with me a moment and I’ll explain.

The UN Security Council is composed of five permanent members and ten rotating ones. The five permanent members – America, Russia China, France and Britain- are a remnant of what the victors looked like after WWII and are the ones with a veto.The rest of the UN membership is divided into regional groups  and the rotating members are chosen by a vote in their particular group. Israel, by the way,  has never been a member of the Security Council and never will be because Israel is  lumped in with the Arab nations, which is why a marginal country like Jordan is that group’s representative rather than the most powerful and economically advanced country in that group.

The rotating members serve for two years, and the current members include Argentina, Australia,  Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Nigeria, South Korea and Rwanda.

Argentina, Australia, Luxemburg, Korea and Rwanda have their terms ending in 2014, and they’re going to be replaced in 2015 by  Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela. Or to put it another way, three pro-Israel members ( Australia, South Korea and Rwanda) are going to be replaced 5 countries that definitely aren’t, including one Muslim nation that doesn’t even recognize Israel’s existence and another one (Spain) whose parliament has already voted to recognize ‘Palestine.’


While the draft resolution was presented yesterday, Abbas and Jordan had full control over when it was voted on. Common sense would indicate that they would wait until the new year for a vote, when they were almost certain to get the nine votes it would take to pass.

Instead, the resolution was brought to the Council today by Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar for consideration today, with the present membership. Eight countries voted in favor of the motion – China, France, Russia, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan, Luxembourg. Two countries voted against it, Australia and The United States. The other five, South Korea, Britain, Nigeria, Rwanda and Lithuania abstained.

I want to  point out something here. While this particular resolution would have been ignored by Israel even if it had passed, every country that voted for this voted in principal for the ethnic cleansing of 500,00 Jews, the barring of Jews permanently from their holiest religious sites, and for an Israel helpless against terrorist assaults.

And they also voted to dignify with statehood an autocratic  ‘government’ composed of vicious, and corrupt kleptocrats on the one hand and genocidal murderers on the other.

US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said that the resolution “sets arbitrary deadlines for reaching a peace agreement and for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank, and those are more likely to curtail useful negotiations than to bring them to a successful conclusion.”

“Further, we think that the resolution fails to account for Israel’s legitimate security needs, and the satisfaction of those needs, of course, integral to a sustainable settlement, ” he said.

So…what’s going on here? There are two possibilities, and the game that’s actually being played here will be revealed by what ‘Palestine’ does next.

You’ll remember that in his earlier remarks,  Secretary Kerry didn’t tell Abbas that the U.S. didn’t support the resolution per se. He asked Abbas to wait until after the Israeli elections. The Obama Administration, like the Clinton Administration before them wants Netanyahu out and a Left wing government headed by Labor’s  easily manipulated Yitzhak Herzog and the ever flexible Tzipi Livni in.

The U.S. also didn’t want to have to use its veto and risk upsetting Arab allies now involved in a coalition against IS. So tonight’s  exercise could very easily have been kabuki theater in which everyone got what they wanted – Abbas gained some street cred for going to the UN, The U.S. didn’t need to use its veto, and Britain got out of having to vote against the resolution, which would have inflamed the large part of its population that loathes Israel. Since Australia, Rwanda and South Korea would have  voted no anyway if it came down to it, all they needed was one more abstention. Netanyahu did part of the work by convincing his friend, the pro-Israel Jonathan Goodluck to have Nigeria abstain.

If the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians avoid going back to the UNSC after this, concentrate  on the ICC and other channels and reintroduce this after March, when the Obama Administration will know whether its efforts to oust Netanyahu succeeded, we’ll know what happened today backstage, especially if the U.S. abstains or votes yes after Israel’s elections for substantially the same resolution.

This, by the way, is the scenario I lean towards.

The other possibility is that the Palestinians simply miscalculated. The resolution only failed to pass by one vote,and it would have almost certainly passed had the vote been scheduled in 2015, barring a U.S. veto. I personally doubt the second scenario since the Palestinians could simply have waited and been ensured of it passing.

If Abbas submits this again shortly after the new UNSC members take their seats, then we’ll know that this was indeed a simple miscalculation and that today’s events are going to be repeated, but probably with a different outcome – unless the U.S. vetoes it. W’ll see if they do.

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Coffee crisis at the UN!

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What happens when a fly falls into a cup of coffee at the UN cafeteria?

The Italian: throws the coffee away and walks out furious

The French: throws away the fly and drinks the coffee

The Chinese: eats the fly and throws away the coffee

The Russian: drinks the coffee with the fly, glad he got an unexpected freebie

The Israeli: sells the coffee to the French, the fly to the Chinese and buys himself another coffee. With the money he’s made he builds a device that’ll prevent flies from falling onto his coffee.

The Palestinian: accuses the Israeli of putting the fly in his coffee, denounces this aggression at the UN, demands that the UN finance the purchase of another cup of coffee. With the extra money he buys some explosives and then…

…blows up the cafeteria where the Italian, the French, the Chinese and the Russian are trying to explain to the Israeli that he should give his cup of coffee to the Palestinian.

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Obama’s Disgrace At The UN: Unreality, Appeasement And Israel Bashing

 

President Barack Hussein Obama addressed the UN General Assembly today. Even by Obama standards, an admittedly low bar, it was a turgid speech that lacked even elementary common sense, and threw out gratuitous insults that undercut its supposed goals.

The president, of course, sees the Ebola outbreak, Russian aggression and Islamist terrorism as all problems that have been caused by America not giving enough money and resources to the UN, or in ObamaSpeak, “the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world.”

Of course, the president also includes Israel in those problems, but more on that shortly.

The president, as always, substituted verbiage for real action. He took a few minutes to bash Russia over the situation with Ukraine, explicitly comparing them with Nazi Germany.

Now here’s something to consider. This president is already having problems building an ‘international coalition’ that means anything more than a little logistical support and a handful of Arab nations making token contributions to the air strikes against Islamic State. Remember too, that Putin understood a long time before President Obama that the Syrian opposition were mostly Islamist jihadis, and that it was Russia’s Putin that approached Obama about crafting a diplomatic solution for Syria – only to be double crossed by the president when Putin found out Obama was covertly arming and training what became ISIS and had secretly moved 1,800 troops to the Syria/Jordan border.You’d think that perhaps one of his advisers might have mentioned that Russia is an important actor in the region, that any UN action of the kind the president was talking about would require Russia’s assent, and that the Ukraine was perhaps best dealt with actual private interaction between the U.S. and Russia. But of course, no one can tell this president anything, except maybe Valerie Jarret. So out came the nasty and counterproductive rhetoric.

It reminds me of nothing so much as a weak, obnoxious kid on the playground shouting out schoolboy insults at other kids, knowing he’s safe because Teacher is watching.

And by the way…is anyone considering that the president is making air strikes on Syria and arming Islamist ‘rebels’ who want to overthrow Basher Assad, something not too much different than he’s accusing Russia of doing in Ukraine? Certainly the Russians will see it that way.And react accordingly.

The president went on to mention his pursuit of ‘a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue’, urging Iran to “take this historic opportunity.” Considering how America has appeased the Iranian regime and allowed the Iranians to play for time as Iran ramps up its enrichment and weapons development, I’m sure the Iranians would agree that they are definitely taking this historic opportunity they’re being offered. Just not the one the president’s talking about.

After some blather about climate change, the president went on to use almost one third of his speech to talk about what a peaceful religion Islam is, and how The Islamic State (AKA ISIS) have nothing to do with Islam whatsoever. Oddly enough, at one point, after saying they have nothing to do with Islam, he called those “religiously motivated fanatics” –who have nothing to do with Islam, of course, even if they are universally Muslims, and even if their leader, al-Baghdadi has doctorate in Islamic studies from Baghdad University!

In another part of the speech, he again retreated into Obama Fantasyland, talking about how he defeated al-Qaeda (he didn’t), is supporting a sovereign government in Iraq and chest thumped about how he “supported a transition to a sovereign Afghan government” (by which I suppose he means our ongoing surrender to the Taliban, which will be complete this year according to President Obama’s timetable)as ‘triumphs’.

He then went on to assure those “religiously motivated fanatics” that the U.S. isn’t ever going to put boots on the ground or invade their countries. Taking ground troops off the table and  tipping off our enemies in the region in advance about our weakness and lack of a working strategy is pretty bad. But here’s  something else that seems not square at all with what he calls his ‘successes’ in Iraq and Afghanistan. What passes for ‘sovereign governments’ in those countries was only achieved after an American military occupation. Yet he’s already telling the world he’s not going to use the tools that  achieved what  the president calls his ‘successes’ in this latest conflict!

After which he of course says, standing before the most corrupt and wasteful institution in the world, that the real solution to dealing with those “religiously motivated fanatics” who have nothing to do with Islam is for the West to gift the UN a lot more money for development in an area that just happens to be exclusively Muslims and governed by the Religion of Peace!

The most surreal part of the speech is where he talks about attacking all those “religiously motivated fanatics” who have nothing to do with Islam ideologically. Or, to quote this president directly, “That means cutting off the funding that fuels this hate. It’s time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy, and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down.”

Well! I’m certainly relieved to hear that America is going to pull all of its forces out of Qatar, cancel that $11 billion arms deal that the president just approved with them and introduce sanctions on sales of Qatari oil and gas as well as banking sanctions that won’t allow any financial institution dealing with Qatar to be involved in any financial transaction with American banks, just as President Bush did with al-Qaeda.

And also,  that America is going to cut off the funds from overseas that finance all of the Muslim Brotherhood linked jihadi mosques and madrassahs here in America.

Oh, wait..that’s just the president running his mouth again! We aren’t actually going to do anything concrete that really involves “cutting off the funding that fuels this hate.”

But wait, there’s more:

“All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all religion: do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you.”

The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies – Sheikh bin Bayyah described its purpose: “We must declare war on war, so the outcome will be peace upon peace.”

Hmmmm…

Now as it happens, I’m not unfamiliar with the Qu’ran,and while I don’t recall much at all about ‘do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you’ unless we’re talking about how Muslims treat  fellow Muslims, there’s all sorts of things in there about fighting the unbelievers, being harsh with them, making them pay outrageous taxes in exchange for the right to life and generally taking their rights away altogether..particularly if they’re women. In fact, the Qu’ran says specifically not to take unbelievers as friends, (Qu’ran 5:51), calling them Muslim’s ‘inveterate foe’ (4:101), that ‘those who reject Islam serve the cause of evil'(4:76). In fact, according to all the hadiths, Mohammed himself shortly before his death enjoined all Muslims to fight the unbelievers until they died, became Muslims, or paid the jirzya (the heavy monetary tribute literally, protection money) willingly and ‘felt themselves subdued.’

Now while a lot of Muslims reject this, there are also quite a few who see it as authentic Islam and it’s more than just a few “religiously motivated fanatics.”

So our president is either willfully and knowingly lying, hideously ignorant, has a very different idea than most people about what constitutes terrorism and fanaticism that most of the rest of us, or all three.

That he sought to rationalize what’s going on in Islam by saying “All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point” (news to Buddhists, Jews and many Christian denominations!) and cite Sheik Abdullah bin Bayyah as his example of a ‘peaceful, moderate Muslim leader’ ought to provide some answers to that question.

Sheik bin Bayyah is the principal deputy to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader who favors a second Holocaust against Jews performed by Muslims, genocide and ethnic cleansing in Israel, female circumcision and wife beating, and strict sharia law for everyone.

Sheik bin Bayyah works with Qaradawi as second in command of Qaradawi’s International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which among other things strongly supports Hamas, an officially designated terrorist organization designated as such under American law. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Turkey’s Islamist anti-semitic president Tayyip Erdogan are both members of IUMS.

The group is violently anti-Israel, and bin Bayyh himself issued a fatwa in 2004 calling the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq ‘a duty for all Muslims.’

The president has perhaps forgotten(or more likely,shrugged off) it that when may Islamists use the term ‘peace’ they mean something different than we do. They means Dar Islam, the ‘peace’ that will come when Muslims rule the world and all of Dar Harb (literally ‘the house of war’ the part of the world ruled by non-Muslims) has been conquered and subdued.

The Sheik has never formally broken with Qaradawi or Hamas, but merely claims he left the IUMS ‘about a year ago.’ Just another hardcore Islamist being pushed by the president. For that matter, even Qaradawi himself isn’t exactly considered off limits when it comes to the Obama regime.

And oh yes, of course the president had something to say about Israel. According to the president, too many Israelis are “ready to abandon the hard work of peace” after having to live for years of being attacked, of genocidal terrorism and with having their very legitimacy as a nation with a right to defend themselves essentially ignored by the UN.

And that’s Israel fault, or as President Obama said, departing from his printed remarks made available to reporters beforehand, “And that’s something worthy of reflection within Israel.”

It’s not something Hamas, Hezbollah  and the Palestinian Authority ought to think about, you see…just those pesky Israelis. It’s their fault. AFter that , the president went back to the script:

“But let’s be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort – not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza. So long as I am President, we will stand up for the principle that Israelis, Palestinians, the region, and the world will be more just with two states living side by side, in peace and security.”

Notice how this cretin equates Hamas’s terrorist aggression with Israel defending itself. And of course, it’s Israel that are the child killers..forget about Hamas using them for human shields or using schools, mosques, hospitals and UN facilities as rocket and mortar launching sites for their military.

Rockets have been being fired at Israelis all throughout the Obama presidency. Has he ever done anything about it? Nope. In fact, he’s been funding Hamas through USAid and through the Palestinian Authority.

More importantly. the president made this speech in front of the UN when he knew very well that Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu is en route to address the UN in a day or so.

In this speech to the UN, President Barack Hussein Obama gives us a classic rundown on why he is such a failure; his refusal to recognize reality, his ability to continue to lie to himself as well as to others, his  weakness, his duplicity, his inability to admit mistakes or ever take responsibility for anything, his blatant hypocrisy and most of all his low moral character.

His place in history is assured. That much is certain.

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Is Iran’s Rouhani A Change For The Better?

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 By David Gerstman
It is nearly a year since Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke before the United Nations General Assembly.
Later this week he is scheduled to speak again before the General Assembly, but the enthusiasm expressed last year is nowhere to be seen.
In the run up to his speech there was much excitement among the chattering classes. Take, for example, a couple of paragraphs from an editorial in The New York Times from September 22, 2013, a year ago today:

The next few weeks will be critical for capitalizing on a new sense of promise created by a recent flurry of remarkable gestures: Iran’s leadership has sent Rosh Hashana greetings to Jews worldwide via Twitter, released political prisoners, exchanged letters through the Swiss with President Obama, praised “flexibility” in negotiations and transferred responsibility for nuclear negotiations from conservatives in the military to the Foreign Ministry. Mr. Obama eased restraints on humanitarian and good-will activities, including athletic exchanges between the two countries. …

Mr. Rouhani has a sophisticated, Western-savvy team. His foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, received degrees from American universities and spent most of his adult life in the United States. Together they have raised expectations in a world eager to see Iran play a more constructive role, and the charm offensive is in full swing. Policy experts, journalists and business people are jockeying to attend a number of invitation-only breakfasts, dinners and meetings scheduled by Mr. Rouhani and Mr. Zarif while they are in New York. There’s a lot riding on their visit this week.

But the “remarkable gestures” that The New York Times cited were remarkable hollow.
Sure,  Rouhani wished Jews of the world a happy new year last year, but he also expressed his support of Hamas to defeat “the Zionist regime,” and apparently re-established ties with Hamas.
Yes  Rouhani praised “flexibility” in nuclear negotiations but only demanded flexibility from the West. Now the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran hasn’t come clean about the scope of its nuclear program. (Not that Iran’s record gave any hope that it would play by the rules.)
The released political prisoners were a sham; often harassed or re-arrested when they were no longer in the public eye. Irwin Cotler recently outlined how human rights have actually gotten worse under Rouhani.
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It would be nice if, having bet on change, the editors of The New York Times would acknowledge that they judged Iran incorrectly.
The most generous interpretation is that Rouhani was simply window dressing; a kinder, gentler face on the real leader of the regime Ayatollah Khamenei. The more likely explanation is that Rouhani is every bit as extreme as the regime (he boasted of expanding Iran’s enrichment capability when everyone claimed that he compromised in 2003) but is slightly more pragmatic in his willingness to deal with the West.
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Instead of acknowledging that no real change has taken place in Iran, most of those who made the mistake are relatively silent. They know that the evidence proves them wrong, but they would prefer to ignore the evidence than to own up to their cheer-leading of one of the most disastrous foreign policy debacles of our time.
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Netanyahu Caves In On Gaza Reconstruction

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The Hamas/Fatah Unity government  and the UN have apparently come up with a formula for Gaza reconstruction, and Israel has apparently agreed to it.

According to the agreement, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority will be in charge of ensuring that the construction materials sent into Gaza for reconstruction will not be diverted to Hamas’s military efforts. 

Coordinating the plan from the UN side was none other than Hamas money-launderer Robert Serry, whom Israel should have declared persona non-grata and kicked out of the region a long time ago.

“The crisis in Gaza is far from over and the window of opportunity to address critical needs and stabilize the situation is short,” Serry warned.

The envoy appealed for action to “change fundamentally the dynamics in Gaza,” warning that “if we do not, Gaza could implode — or, yet again, explode — possibly with a new and even more devastating round of violence.”

Israel agreed to the UN proposal to put the PA in charge of overseeing Gaza’s reconstruction under the auspices of the UN.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who’s in charge of the IDF’s interaction with Palestinian authorities, was quoted as saying that this new agreement would allow Gaza’s reconstruction to go forward while securing the security interests of Israel.

‘Securing the security interests of Israel?’ How, exactly? Ironically, on the day the Israelis agreed to this, a mortar shell was fired from Gaza into the Eskol Council area in southern Israel.

Abbas and his PA thugs are almost guaranteed to look the other way while their Hamas partners purloin whatever they need to rebuild the tunnels and the rest of their terrorist infrastructure.

PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’allon have just given up their prime bargaining chip for Israel’s main strategic goal with Hamas.

Here’s how this should have worked.

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“Oh hello Mr. Serry, have a seat. Oh, so this is what you and Mahmoud Abbas came up with? Let’s have a look.”

“Hmm, this seems OK..but there’s something missing. When is Hamas going to disarm and turn its missiles and mortars over to us? I don’t see anything here about that.”

“Oh that’s to be negotiated later? Ummm, no, sorry. When we find out when the Hamas disarmament happens, then we can talk about the reconstruction.In fact, I just sent off a query to your boss, Ban ki-Moon to find out how that’s coming along. I’m surprised he didn’t mention it.”

“The rubble and destruction? Well, I understand it’s upsetting to you Mr. Serry. We didn’t like the damage done to our people’s homes either. But it serves a purpose you know, especially if Hamas isn’t going to disarm. When they start to look around them, maybe they’ll think twice about attacking us again.”

“But since Hamas isn’t willing to disarm and since we’re not getting any UN or donor aid to help our people anyway and have to pay for that ourselves, the disarmament thing is our primary goal here. We’d rather just let things sit until this disarmament question gets settled. After all, wasn’t the Hamas disarmament in that UN resolution anyway?”

“Now no need to get red in the face, Mr. Serry. After all, you’re on such good terms with Hamas, and I have confidence in your abilities. Why don’t you talk to your Hamas friends and work out a schedule for disarmament, and then we can talk about getting that reconstruction moving right along.”

“I believer you know your own way out. Keep me posted on how you’re doing with Hamas, and have a nice day.”

Instead of that, the Hamas/Fatah entity gets what it wants, and Israel gets..what? The right to fight the next round?

This needs to stop.Israel was never intended to be a nation of friers.

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Human Rights Expert: UN is “Leading Global Purveyor of Anti-Semitism”

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By David Gerstman

Yesterday, leading human rights expert Anne Bayefsky made the case (video embedded below) that the United Nations (UN) is the “leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”

Although her speech was given on UN property it was not sponsored by the UN as The Times of Israel reports:

On the third floor of the United Nations, just two doors down from the Security Council, more than 500 people gathered this week for a conference on the rise of anti-Semitism. For some, the location was a touch ironic.

Because it wasn’t the UN that decided to address the threat global anti-Semitism posed to international peace and security. Rather, it was the UN Permanent Mission of Palau and the Aja Eze Foundation that sponsored the lunchtime conference.

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon reported on Bayefsky’s remarks:

“Photo-ops of the U.N. secretary-general and the U.N. high commissioner for human rights at the gates of Auschwitz are not an alibi,” she said, dubbing these worthless public relations moves.

“One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now,” Bayefsky said. “Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist—as does the U.N. Durban Declaration—the flagship of the U.N.’s racist anti-racism program of action.”

Ironically the UN doesn’t see fit to address the threat of global anti-Semitism just after a report showed that one percent of French Jews are likely to make aliyah – move to Israel – in 2014.

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It’s Time To Give Abbas What He’s Asking For

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Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have what they think is a clever scheme up their sleeves.

Abbas and the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians have announced that the PA is going to go to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly on Sept. 15 to demand a resolution that Israel be forced to provide “a clear and defined timetable for withdrawing from the Palestinian territories.”

By ‘Palestinian Territories’ , Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas/Fatah mean all of Judea and Samaria as well as half of Jerusalem, an area now inhabited by something like 500,000 Jews who would be forced to become refugees

And if the UN doesn’t give Abbasa what he wants?  Threats and blackmail.

PA ‘commissioner for international relations’ Nabil Shaath said  that PA leader  Abbas has issued an order for the Palestinians to prepare the paperwork to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and demand that it try Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Palestinians if they don’t get the UN resolution they want.

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In an interview on Palestinian television, Abbas said he insists on “bringing the Israeli occupation to an end” and establishing a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel in peace.

Sure it will. Especially with Hamas involved. You can trust Mahmoud Abbas’s word on that.

“The only thing remaining for the negotiating teams is to outline the borders between the countries,” Abbas said. “We will not agree again to designating areas A, B, C. We want for every country to know what [its] borders are. Israel is the only country in the world without clear borders.”

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Abbas is actually incorrect in that last statement ( there are numerous border disputes ongoing throughout the world) but I  actually like his idea, for once. In fact, I’ve been saying Israel ought to unilaterally delineate its borders for years.

I think it would be a great idea.

Israel should immediately announce that its going to give Abbas what he wants. Israel’s  newly declared and annexed borders will include all of Area C, where only a few thousand Arabs live that’s under full Israeli sovereignty anyway.. The borders will also  include the strategic Jordan Valley, again mostly populated by Israeli Jews, and essential for ensuring that Abbas can’t import any nasty toys he shouldn’t have from say, Iran. And they would also include any bits of Area B  necessary to demarcate a clear and defensible border between Israel and ‘Palestine’..Jericho,  and part of the area surrounding Hebron perhaps. By the way, 98% of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live in Areas A and B. Talk about your attempted land grabs! Abbas would be left with Area A, the part under Palestinian sovereignty per Oslo (which the PA never abided by anyway) where the majority of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live, and the parts of Area B not necessary for Israel’s security needs.

Jerusalem? How about the fifth of never?

Israel should announce this formal adoption of its new borders before Abbas goes to the UN on September 15th. And they should add three additional things:

  • As part of this arrangement, Israel will remove any Israelis on Abbas’s side of the border to Israeli territory, and any Arabs who are not Israeli citizens on the Israeli side to the new  ‘Palestine’. Let’s make this a real divorce.
  • Israel will remove all IDF troops currently patrolling any areas on Abbas’ s side of the border and remove them to Israel’s new borders. That should make for some entertaining moments as Abbas and the rest of the Fatah Old Guard break out their Jordanian passports and make a run for it to avoid being gunned down by Hamas, who have massive popular support now in all of ‘Palestine’.
  • Since Abbas and Fatah are now partners with a genocidal terrorist group, Israel should let Abbas and his friends know that Israel now considers Hamas/Fatah a hostile entity. Any attacks on Israel or its citizens, terrorrist, diplomatic or otherwise will be considered an act of war and dealt with accordingly…perhaps by further land appropriations in Judea and Samaria as a start.
  • So Abbas will get what he asked for..clearly designated borders and his Jew free reichlet, ‘Palestine.’ It won’t be what he wants or says he can accept, but tough tahini.

    And the UN? As I write this, Abbas and Hamas/Fatah are crying about how broke they are because no one, not even the EU let alone the Arabs has forked over more than a small amount of the funds pledged for the Hamas/Fatah government…and as we all know, ‘Palestine ‘ has received more aid per capita over the years than any other developing nation in history, but virtually none of it has been used to build an economy. One of the longest  and most successful scams in world history may finally be coming to an end.Perhaps the PA can dip into its private multi-billion slush fund created by skimming and stealing donor aid and use it for the people it was intended for. I’m sure Abbas and his cronies from the Fatah Old Guard would gladly want to replace the money they umm..’borrowed’ for ‘Palestine’. Ri-ight.

    If the ‘international community’ doesn’t even trust Hamas/Fatah enough to fund them, do you actually think they’re going to do anything concrete to enforce Abbas’s attempt to blackmail Israel? For that matter, can you recall the last time the UN did anything really effective?  I can’t. When it comes to pimping for  ‘Palestine’ the international community relies on Israel taking them seriously. A simple ‘no thanks’  would clarify things quite a bit, and given Israel’s vibrant economy, any hot air and worthless paper that comes out of the UN would have a lot less of a negative impact on Israel than people imagine.in the long term.You see, Israel has a future. And countries with a future don;t need to live on their knees or in a perpetual defensive crouch.

    And try as Abbas and his friends might, the fact that ‘Palestine’ is a dysfunctional kleptocracy with no future can’t be blamed on Israel. It will always be one no matter how much aid money they get. So indeed, Israel should give Abbas exactly what he’s asking for  – end the so-called ‘occupation’ and all Israeli connection with this new ‘Palestine’ and let them make a go of it. Let Qatar pick up the tab as ‘Hamas/Fatah’s new mark  if they’re stupid enough to fall for the con.

    I doubt Netanyahu has the stones to do it, but it’s time someone called  this superannuated mafioso’s bluff. Long past time.

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    Ridiculous To Criticize Israel’s ‘Appropriation’ Of Vacant Land In Judea

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    The latest cause for criticism of Israel has to do with its declaring 4,000 dunams of vacant land (about 1.54 square miles) in the Israeli bloc of communities known as Gush Etzion to be public land, and thus available for building. 

    The response from the usual suspects was predictable.

    “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” a US official told Reuters. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes… is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.”

    “We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision.”

    Someone should tell this man (not that he’d listen) that the ‘negotiated two-state solution’ ship sailed a long time ago. That was before Mahmoud Abbas partnered up with Hamas. And even if it was still viable, Israel isn’t going to give up the area in question anyway and retreat toi the kind of borders John Kerry and Barack Obama envision

    The British and French, with all those restless Muslim voters to appease were even stronger in their language.

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement “The UK deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation of 988 acres of land around the settlement of Etzion.”

    “This is a particularly ill-judged decision that comes at a time when the priority must be to build on the ceasefire in Gaza. It will do serious damage to Israel’s standing in the international community.”

    Really, Mr. Hammond? Are you guaranteeing that Hamas will disarm if Israel doesn’t build a few houses on vacant land it controls? And why is the ceasefire a priority for Israel, rather than for Hamas? WOuldn;t diasamring Hamas do a lot more to ;build on the ceasefire?’

    France also rebuked the Israeli announcement on Monday, with spokesman Romain Nadal saying that France “condemns” the action and “calls on the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision.”

    The UN, of course, also weighed in, saying it was ‘alarmed by yesterday’s announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called ‘state land’ nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank.”

    The wording of the UN statement is revealing. Actually, the area in question is adjacent to Gush Etzion a bloc of Israeli communities with almost 100,000 people in it rather than Bethlehem, a small town of 25,000 now controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The biased language is obvious.

    It’s good to know with the region on fire, the UN, Obama Administration, UK and France have their priorities in the right place!

    The Hamas/Fatah unity government known as The Palestinian Authority was predictably florid in its rhetoric.

    Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, formerly the right fork of Yasser Arafat’s tongue was in overdrive.

    “The Israeli government is committing various crimes against the Palestinian people and their occupied land,” he told AFP. “The international community should hold Israel accountable as soon as possible for its crimes and raids against our people in Gaza and the ongoing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

    The response from the Arabs whom refer to themselves as Palestinians can be discounted, since they’re essentially a hostile entity to Israel. But let’s look at what the other actors are saying.

      The biased, hypocritical nonsense spewed by the UN, the Obama Administration and other members of ‘the international community tells you everything you need to know. Their idea of the perfect solution to everything is for Israel to retreat to the indefensible pre ’67 borders and hand Mahmoud Abbas and his Hamas allies the keys. They have  the outcome of any ‘negotiations’ all worked out in advance and then get upset when Israel doesn’t go along with the program of its own extinction.

    The area in question is vacant land adjacent to Gush Etzion. That puts it in Area C, a part of Judea and Samaria that is under Israeli sovereignty anyway according to the Oslo Accords and the Road Map, both of which the United States was a signatory to as well as Israel and the Palestinians. Since there are no counter claims of ownership, there was no reason for Israel not to make it public land, and they had every right to do so.

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    Moreover, they had a compelling reason to do so. Among other things, this is a response to the kidnapping and murder in June of three Israeli teenagers in the Etzion Bloc by Mahmoud Abbas’s good friends and partners Hamas.That heinous crime set off Operation Brother’s Keeper, the huge search effort to locate the teenagers and a crackdown on Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria that put hundreds behind bars.

    This new land will be an extension of a community in Gush Etzion known as Gvaot, home to a number of families and a well known winery. Now, it can become a city.That’s the appropriate response to what happened. They destroy, Israel builds.

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    And actually, this is one of the more intelligent things the Netanyahu government has done, and I hope it continues.

    After each attack on Israel, whether its terrorism, lawfare or diplomatic, put some more land under Israeli control and then annex it. Trust the Land. Build on it. Let a thousand bulldozers sing..

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    Just like a recalcitrant puppy that continues to make on the rug, providing real world consequences for bad actions will send a message soon enough that better behavior is called for. That is what may actually bring about realistic negotiations in the end, if it happens at all.

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    Executive Orders Are Redistributing American Wealth

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    By Laura Rambeau Lee
    It began with a guest appearance by then administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa P. Jackson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in April of 2010. During their discussion she stated that they were waiting for the price of carbon to be established so that we could meet our commitments to the country and the entire world.  What?  What exactly are our commitments to the country and the entire world?  Some research and digging into this seemingly innocuous statement led to some pretty interesting albeit disturbing discoveries.
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    On June 14, 1992 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)  was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  At this conference, referred to as the Rio Earth Summit, the participants crafted a blueprint for the world, commonly known as Agenda 21.  In its preamble, Agenda 21, Chapter 1 states:
    “Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being.  However, integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can – in a global partnership for sustainable development.” 
    In other words, the goal of the United Nations is social and economic justice through a redistribution of wealth scheme using the threat of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming or climate change to implement the market based solution of carbon emissions trading.  The International Monetary Fund  proposed a plan for a Green Fund to achieve this goal.
    Following the Earth Summit President George H. W. Bush declared: “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced – a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.” signed by G.H. Bush, 1992
    Despite pressure from the United Nations partners, U.S. delegates did not sign on to the convention.
    On June 29, 1993 President Clinton issued Executive Order 12852 establishing the President’s Council on Sustainable Development as a result of the Rio Earth Summit in an effort to cooperate and implement the goals of Agenda 21.  Our obligations to the world through a treaty never ratified by our Senate are being implemented through presidential executive orders.
    During George W. Bush’s two terms as President he continued to further the goals of this United Nations agenda, following his father’s lead and continuing the work of President Clinton.
    Why is all of this important?  This ties in directly with the push for cap and trade legislation that has been floating around the House and Senate for many years.  When Congress failed to pass a bill, on May 14, 2010 the E.P.A. unveiled their rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the largest industrial facilities, with a phased in approach that began on January 1, 2011.  As a result we are hearing about the many coal plants that are being forced to shut down in the next few years because they cannot meet these emissions reduction numbers, and it will be too expensive to retrofit their plants.  President Obama announced new CAFÉ standards for automobiles that will require them to achieve 36.5 miles to the gallon by 2016 and 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025.  The talking points are that this will help us achieve energy security and reduce our use of foreign oil.  But the truth is that the United States has committed to the United Nations and its partners to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and these CAFÉ standards will have to be met in order to achieve this goal. The taxes on carbon dioxide emissions, along with other implemented market based solutions, are being funneled through the United Nations to other U.N. member countries.
    When cap and trade legislation failed to pass, then Senator John Kerry (D-MA) said: “The Obama administration has again reminded Washington that if Congress won’t legislate, the EPA will regulate.  Those who have spent years stalling need to understand: killing a Senate bill is no longer success.  And if Congress won’t legislate a solution the EPA will regulate one, and it will come without the help to America’s business and consumers contained in the American Power Act.”   Senator Kerry replaced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Obama Administration, both tasked with the responsibility of redistributing the wealth of the American people to other developing United Nations member countries through USAID.
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    Americans must realize how much of our tax money is being sent overseas to meet our commitments to the global community under a treaty never ratified by this country but implemented through presidential executive orders and cabinet departments like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the State Department.  

    At the 2009 Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15), U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that developed countries would mobilize $100 billion by 2020 from both public and private sources for climate mitigation and adaptation in the developing world.  And you can bet that the bulk of that money will come from the hard earned labor and borrowed future earnings of middle class Americans.

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    Yet Another Biased Anti-Israel U.N. Investigative Committee Formed

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    By David Gerstman


    The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided that Israel’s self-defense needs to be investigated. (Note in the UN”s announcement the words “Hamas” and “rockets” are nowhere to be found.) After Operation Cast Lead the UNHRC picked a panel of four individuals, all of whom had prejudged Israel’s guilt. The leader of that investigation, Judge Richard Goldstone of South Africa later recanted his group’s conclusions, but the damage was done.
    The UNHRC has decided that having a committee that is biased against Israel is necessary and selected an Irish professor of human rights law named William Schabas to head the new committee. Schabas has been involved in the travesty called the Russell Tribunal on Palestine along with crackpots such as Cynthia McKinney. At a hearing this “tribunal” in 2012, Schabas said “[m]y favorite would be Netanyahu within the dock of the International Criminal Court.”

    UN Watch has compiled a list of statements and from Schabas showing his bias against Israel, including:

    – A few years earlier, Schabas called for “going after” Israeli president Shimon Peres in the ICC, saying, “Why are we going after the president of Sudan for Darfur and not the president of Israel for Gaza?”

    – In a 2009 blog post about the UN’s infamous Durban II conference on racism, Schabas urged the world not only to “ignore” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statements, but to stop “exaggerating” them. According to Schabas, those who “deserve the blame” are “Israel and its friends, who have manipulated the truth about the nature of the work of the United Nations by gross exaggeration of the role and intervention of certain fanatics.” Schabas described Ahmadinejad as nothing more than a “provocative politician,” and not a torturer of dissidents, inciter of genocidal anti-Semitism, and arch-sponsor of terrorism.

    – In 2011, Schabas went to Iran to co-sponsor conferences with the Tehran-based “Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity,” despite its intimate ties with the fundamentalist regime, and avowed propaganda agenda. The center’s director, Kamran Hashemi, a former political officer with Iran’s foreign ministry, wrote his Ph.D under Schabas at the Irish Center for Human Rights.

    After citing Schabas’ record, Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, wrote ““Under international law, William Schabas is obliged to recuse himself because his repeated calls to indict Israeli leaders obviously gives rise to actual bias or the appearance thereof.”
    After Goldstone retracted the report that bears his name, Schabas mocked Goldstone for  being “certainly more indulgent towards Israel.”
    None of this surprising as the UNHRC as Israel is the subject of a permanent agenda item of the council.
    George Clooney’s fiance, Amal Alamuddin was also selected to serve on the panel but declined.

    “I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties,” Alamuddin said in a statement, “and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed.” …

    Clooney’s wife-to-be wished the other panelists “courage and strength,” as they go forward with the inquiry into Israel’s actions during the month-long Operation Protective Edge.

    Alamuddin didn’t decline on account of principles. She even falsely called Gaza “occupied,” when Israel withdrew from the territory in 2005.
    Early reporting on Schabas had him acknowledging that Israel’s actions during Cast Lead “were not on the same scale as more serious violations elsewhere in the world.” But the reasonableness of such a claim has been outweighed by Schabas’ overall record. Last year Schabas argued that Syria’s use of chemical weapons was not technically a war crime and instead used the killing of over 1000 civilians to argue that it was the United States that wants to “monopolise” its possession of weapons of mass destruction.

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    More UN Stupidity On Gaza!! Unbelievable!!

    You can’t make this stuff up.

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    James Rawley, the top UN humanitarian official for the Palestinian territories was bloviating to France’s AFP today on the Gaza situation.

    His solution? Cater to all of Hamas’s demands and lift the Egyptian-Israeli blockage on Hamas.

    “The blockade must be lifted not only to get material into Gaza in order to rebuild it but to allow Gaza to do what it was doing very well just 10 years ago, to trade with the outside world,” Rawley told AFP.

    “Gaza has a tremendous potential. People are very entrepreneurial, they’re well educated, they have markets abroad, in Israel and the West Bank. The blockade has to be lifted in order that Gaza can thrive.”

    Note the part I emphasized. Ten years ago, the trade with the outside world indeed existed…but it was carried on by Israeli Jews in places like Gush Katif!!

    The Israelis constructed thriving communities and state-of-the-art irrigated green houses that sent fruit, vegetables and flowers to Europe in a trade that amounted to millions of Euros annually. Here’s what the green houses looked like back then:

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    The Israeli disengagement took place in August of 2005. The greenhouses were turned over intact to the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians. Within hours, every one of them had been looted and destroyed, the pumps and irrigation lines ripped out by the roots.. Here’s what these same greenhouses looked  like within hours after the Jews left:

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    Needless to say, the Palestinian Authority, which received millions to rebuild Gaza diverted that money elsewhere, and Hamas  used the money it received for ‘construction and development’ to build tunnels for terrorist attacks and to buy missiles to kill Jews with.

    Gaza does have tremendous potential, but not with its current rulers and inhabitants.  They already have had years to do that, but killing Jews was a much more important mission..and besides, the UN and those gullible western donors kept kicking in money for basic food, medicine and education,enabling Hamas and Islamic Jihad to spend their money on building tunnels and buying armaments

    And this idiot thinks that if the blockade’s lifted, these people are going to create another Singapore?
    If the blockade’s lifted, Hamas will just use those ‘rebuilding materials’ to repair the tunnels and to build luxury villas for the Hamas leaders…and the lack of a blockade to import more missiles from Iran.That’s exactly how the ‘building materials’ Israel let in last time were used. And has Mr. Rawley conveniently forgotten why the blockade was originally instituted? It was imposed in 2006 after Hamas invaded Israeli territory and kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

    But wait, there’s more:

    Rawley said Israel’s legitimate security concerns must be addressed but warned without ending the blockade that another round of fighting was “likely”.

    “Not only will we see very little in the way of reconstruction, but I am afraid that the conditions are in place for us to have another round of violence like we’re seeing now,” he tells AFP in Gaza City.

    “It (another conflict) would be likely… it doesn’t make me feel good to say that,” he says.

    This tool again forgets some history. When Israel pulled out of Gaza, the U.S. the EU and the UN signed formal guarantees about Israeli security, none of which amounted to anything. As a matter of fact, when Hamas took over, the  EU guards stationed at the various crossings, dropped their weapons and ran like rabbits for the Israeli border.

    Rawley, in true UN style also forgets that in every case of hostilities, it has been Hamas who has been the aggressor, not Israel. And it has been the ‘international community’ that has saved Hamas to fight another day each time.

    It’s also worth noting that this latest buildup of Hamas’ military capabilities occurred while UNRWA was supposedly supervising what was going on with all the building materials Hamas was getting. Bags of cement with the UNRWA label have been found inside the Hamas tunnels, not to mention UNRWA being implicated in hiding weapons for Hamas in supposedly neutral UN buildings. With a track record like that, why would Israel trust assurances from the likes of the UN  that its ‘legitimate security concerns’ would be addressed?

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    If Rawley and the ‘international community’ want to avoid another round of conflict in Gaza, the solution’s simple…disarm Hamas, since they can’t be trusted to end hostilities permanently and run Gaza yourselves. Or even better, let Israel run it  and repopulate it with Jews, Then it might be something besides a beaten down terrorist squat.

    Of course, if that happened, people like James Rawley would have to find an honest line of work that doesn’t involve perpetuating  Palestinian ‘refugee’ status for four generations.

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    Yet Another ‘Humanitarian Ceasefire’ Announced

     John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon have announced yet another humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza to start at 8 am on Friday morning, for 72 hours.”We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian…

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    The Deaths Of Civilians In Gaza Must End, And Only The UN Can Do It!!!

     While the UN won’t discuss the rocket caches and the Hamas laid booby traps in supposedly neutral UN facilities. mosques and civilian homes or Hamas using civilians as human shields, there is one thing the UN and of course, the media, weighed i…

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    What ‘Demilitarization’ Really Means

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    One of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s problems with both John Kerry’s Hamas friendly ceasefire offer and the UN’s call for an unconditional ceasefire was that neither mentioned demilitarizing Gaza, which Netanyahu rightly considers one of the prime goals of the current conflict.

    But when he mentions this as something ‘the international community’ should be calling for, he’s kidding himself. And to go even farther, even if the ‘international community’ agreed to do so and put it in writing, Netanyahu and the  Israeli people would be incredibly naive to accept it at face value.

    Does anyone remember the 2006 Lebanon ceasefire? That resulted in a binding Series 7 UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that guaranteed the disarming of a terrorist group , Hezbollah. In exchange for the IDF ending hostilities and withdrawing all its forces back over the border, UNIFIL and the Lebanese army were supposed to see to it that Hezbollah never returned to its strongholds in South Lebanon and to disarm Hezbollah and all other militias or ‘armed groups’ as the resolution put it. 

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    With Syria and Iran in mind, there were even mention of specific penalties to be evoked in UNSCR 1701 in the event of  any foreign entity rearming Hezbollah.Even Sheik Nasrallah of Hezbollah agreed to the resolution’s terms.

    So, what happened? Once the IDF pulled out all of a sudden things changed. Hezbollah refused to be disarmed, and the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan suddenly came up with the brand new position that the UNIFIL troops were not going to take any responsibility to do so, and that it was up to the Lebanese government..who were far too weak to disarm Hezbollah on their own.

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    And when Hezbollah said that it was going to ignore UNSCR 1701’s provision that Lebanon south of the Litani River was to be a Hezbollah free zone, did the UN or UNIFIL say one word? Maybe ‘not our job’ but not much else.

    And in August of that same year, when Turkish authorities intercepted five Iranian cargo aircraft and one Syrian aircraft carrying missiles to Hezbollah forced them to land at Diyarbakır Airport in southeastern Turkey, did the UN do anything about it? Uhhh, no.

    That is how the ‘international community’ does disarmament and demilitarization. Especially when it comes to Islamist terrorists where Israel is concerned.

    My point here? Expecting the US or the UN to demilitarize Gaza and disarm Hamas is to believe in a fairy tale no matter what either of them put on a piece pf paper.Especially with President Obama in charge.

    The only way to disarm and ‘demilitarize’ Gaza and make sure it stays that way is for the IDF to defeat Hezbollah completely. And Israel can only trust Israel to actually do it.

    After that, to ensure it stays that way Israel needs to annex Gaza and and remove a substantial part of the population to UNRWA camps outside Israeli territory, or to Area A, or to a combination of the two Then repopulate Gaza with Jews and watch it become a Singapore or a Hong Kong.

    This would not be a solution without cost. Solutions deferred for years never are.

    But in the end, peace comes from victory. And after all of the ‘sacrifices for peace’ written in Jewish blood forced on Israel since the Oslo debacle, I think the Israeli people would support this over these constant wars of attrition that grow more costly each time. Enough of the balagan gadol.

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