Make sure you watch the video. I don’t know why I am surprised anymore when I find out that he lied about something or he deflected responsibility of. Don’t have too much time to comment on this unfortunately, but this is another thing that I can’t effect without backing. Please spread the word!
Dr. Mordechai Nisan
Dr. Mordechai Nisan, is a retired lecturer in Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Among his books is The Conscience of Lebanon: A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz). His most recent book is Only Israel West of the River: The Jewish State and the Palestinian Question, available at Amazon.com.
When the present Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail, and the mutual accusations ricochet against the diplomatic walls of acrimony, will a shred of simple truth be spoken? The bitterness of mutual recrimination, squabbling over responsibility and guilt, will recall earlier degenerate diplomatic efforts, as in 2000 and 2007.
Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat will appear disconsolate, Netanyahu and Abbas defiantly sober-minded. John Kerry will declare the failure but a pause on the long road, before the renewal of another round of useless negotiations.
This silly and maddening ritual of trying to put the square peg in the round hole is an insult to common sense and national pride. Israel, the military victor from 1967, has no compelling reason to withdraw (further) from its tiny homeland; and the Palestinians, who turned terrorism into the art of diplomacy, can expect no major gains any longer. Arafat, the alchemist shaman, is no longer around to outwit the naive and obstruct the path to peace.
The sacred mantra of ‘two states west of the Jordan River’ is a formula for conflict and war, not reconciliation and stability. There is insufficient land and water; too many intersecting roads and insurmountable military/security points of contention; no possible agreement on refugees and Jerusalem; and hardly an ounce of the necessary elixir – mutual trust.
The last three American presidents in particular, in their support of a Palestinian state and pursuit of the two-state solution, appear driven more by a subliminal obsession than guided by rational policy-making.
In the history of international conflicts and wars, there is never any guarantee that any agreement reached will be permanent. The Middle East and the Arab world have proven to be politically fertile terrain for a plethora of broken pacts and unfulfilled promises, as the various member-countries of the Arab League disputed, unified and divided incessantly over the decades. Note the dialectical aphorism: ‘treat your friend as if he will become your enemy and your enemy who may become your friend’.
A New Peace Paradigm
When the talks fail, and no Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic breakthrough occurs, we should reflect on the deep-seated religious animosity and political incompatibility between Jews and Arabs.
Israel must never lose sight of her vulnerable narrow coastal strip and critical importance of the Jordan Valley line; the dangerous exposure of her sole major international airport to proximate enemy attack; to the deep revulsion most Arab citizens feel toward the(ir) state of Israel; and no less and the first of all principles, the fact that this is the Hebrew Homeland for which Jewish identity, dignity, and history demand remains in the hands of its true sons and daughters.
The Palestinians, for their part, portray a pathetic self-image of victimology while bound to a culture of revenge. They lavish praise on their martyr-murderers and erase Israel from their maps of Palestine. Having lost all the battles, they still believe they will win the war.
Their tribal-like pride leaves no room for political compromise; and this is a people, or non-people, destined to romanticize its history and succumb to its delusionary dreams. The Palestinians are not able to ‘liberate Palestine’ though even if they ever get a state – rogue, terrorist, irredentist, and Islamic – it can’t last. Inevitably the exuberant Palestinians would provoke Israel and threaten and abuse her territorial and political integrity.
In a moment of recovery, Israel’s forthright response will terminate the Palestinian project and return the Palestinians to point zero.
The present and culminating political dead-end may hopefully evoke more reasonable thinking. The option of Jordan-is-Palestine, the only viable alternative to the quagmire of exhausted and tattered alternatives, should be explored in earnest. It was, in fact, proposed generations ago with Transjordan designated as the location for the Arab state of Palestine. Here is the missing component of the political puzzle and the jammed political process: Jordan as Palestine, and only Israel west of the river.
When the ongoing talks fail, like previous ones in the Oslo process for the last twenty years, politicians, statesmen, mediators, and negotiators will again be offered another chance to launch a major shift in history by adopting a truly equitable and realistic peace paradigm.
*Dr. Mordechai Nisan, author of “Only Israel West of the River“, recently interviewed on Arutz Sheva, is a retired Hebrew University lecturer on Israel and the Middle East.
-Criticism of John Kerry and his approach to the recent “Peace Talks”. My theory is that the US is insane and they just can’t find another approach. Definition of insanity being doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The biggest problem is every time the US makes this mistake the Israelis are forced to give more and more concessions (releasing terorirsts, giving up land, etc) While continuously funneling money to the PA.
*This is the most important article of the week and maybe the year, something must be done about this and it is a MUST READ if there ever was one.
– The NYT is pressing an Anti-Israel ideology on its readers and something must be done about this. I think considering a boycott of the NYT is in order and I want to get the conversation started.
http://www.jwire.com.au/featured-articles/38124/38124 – This article is about a new book which quotes President Obama calling the Israeli prime minister a pain in the ass. Just more evidence he is anti-Israel.
Finally Obama and John Kerry are doing their best to destroy the relationship between Israel and the United States. Allies must have a level of trust and understanding and that was built between the US and Israel over the past century and Obama and Kerry are doing EVERYTHING to destroy it. (No I don’t think its completely on purpose, they just fail to see the truth of the situation)
A CAMERA Op-Ed in Times of Israel showed how New York Times reporters besmirch Israel’s leaders by injecting negative commentary into news articles. “Shrill,” “strident” and “derisive” were pejorative adjectives used by Times news reporters to describe the Israeli prime minister’s review of anti-Jewish violence by Palestinians since the 1920’s. Their condemnation of Mr. Netanyahu’s reference to Palestinian violence and anti-Jewish hatred is paralleled by their own refusal to report fully on the topic. In fact, The New York Times has come under harsh criticism from CAMERA for turning a blind eye to the glorification of terrorism and violence against Jews on government-sponsored Palestinian television.
True, every couple of years the newspaper runs an article that ostensibly focuses on Palestinian anti-Israel indoctrination. But not only do these articles ignore the worst examples of Palestinian incitement, they inevitably soft-pedal the entire issue, pretending that it is fueled by Israel in order to prevent peace negotiations, or that it is part of a bilateral phenomenon, with Israelis sharing the guilt– something that is clearly not the case. The bottom line is that The New York Times refuses to report the simple truth about Palestinian hate speech and indoctrination to violence.
Among other points, the [Hamas text]books, used by 55,000 children in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades as part of a required “national education” course of study in government schools, do not recognize modern Israel, or even mention the Oslo Peace Accords the country signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1990s.
The most disturbing aspect of these textbooks, however, is not only that they teach Palestinian children to reject modern Israel and the Oslo peace accords, but that they instruct youth in the use violence against Israelis and promote such attacks as benefitting the Palestinian people . According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, the new books include “lessons about various methods of Palestinian resistance.”
When Hamas talks of “Palestinian resistance” it means one thing — the murder of Israeli civilians for political gain, or, more accurately, terrorism. That Hamas is using high school text books to promote terrorism comes as no surprise to those who follow MEMRI and Palestinian Media Watch’s documentation of Palestinian TV broadcasts and speeches. There, terrorism is routinely glorified, and terrorist leaders urge the Palestinian public to “slit throats,” wreak destruction” “harvest the skulls of the Jews” and “annihilate the Zionist entity.”
But this sort of graphic genocidal rhetoric is not what The New York Times wishes to present to its readers, so it avoids ever making mention of such unpleasantries. It also avoids clearly pointing out that the new Hamas textbooks encourage and legitimize the use of terrorism against Israelis. Instead, the article acknowledges in one sentence that the books are “part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology” without spelling out what this “militant” ideology entails. Such direct terms as “suicide attack,” “abduction,” “bombing,” and “terrorism,” are eschewed in favor of words like “battle,” “riots,” “uprising,” and even “resistance” to describe Palestinian attacks against Israelis and Jews.
To its credit, the article does mention Hamas’ denigration of Jewish religious texts, denial of Jewish roots in the country, description of Zionism as a racist movement, expansionist vision of Palestine that encompasses all of present-day Israel, and exaggeration of Hamas’ military achievements, but, at the same time, it downplays the entire issue as a bilateral phenomenon.
According to the Times, the textbooks are an example of “dueling narratives” in a fight over territory, used as a propaganda tool by Israel to withstand American pressure to reach a peace deal. The reporters assert:
Textbooks have long been a point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which dueling historical narratives and cultural clashes underpin a territorial fight. And they are central examples of what Israeli leaders call Palestinian “incitement” against Jews, held up as an obstacle to peace talks newly resumed under American pressure.
This passage follows the newspaper’s overall pattern of downplaying Palestinian hate speech in what is already minimal coverage of the issue, by casting it as a debatable Israeli accusation in a longstanding fight. The last time the newspaper ran an article about the topic, in December 2011, it was headlined and framed as Israelis “finding fault” with Palestinians. That article focused more on attacking the credibility of and motives behind Israeli charges of incitement than it did on providing examples of Palestinian incitement.
It is telling that in this article, as well, The New York Times places the word “incitement” in quotation marks, qualifying it as a claim by Israel. In this way, the newspaper continues to avoid presenting the issue as straight, unvarnished fact. Nor does it accept the concept that Palestinians are guilty of terrorism. In sharp contrast to their qualification of the use of the word “incitement,” reporters adopt Hamas’ justifying parlance as their own to describe terrorist attacks, notably without the use of quotation marks. They assert:
Hamas has added programs, like a military training elective introduced in high schools last year that focuses on resistance to Israel.
There is no qualification of the word “resistance” — the word preferred by Hamas to justify its attacks against Israel. The same double standard is evident elsewhere, as well. Where Mr. Netanyahu’s exposure of historic Arab violence against Jews in an earlier article was labeled “strident” and “derisive,” the demonization of Israel and Jews in Hamas textbooks is characterized far less vehemently as “questionable treatment of Israel and Jews.”
Thus, in the topsy turvy world of the New York Times, Israeli exposure of Palestinian wrongdoing is “contentious” “shrill” or “derisive” while Palestinian terrorism against Jews is simply “resistance to Israel.”
I think it may be time to start a campaign to boycott The New York Times, we can not stand for this type of media bs. These little things are what make the big difference, the one word in a headline, the extreme adjective, I for one will not be reading the NYT and I hope you join me. Please respond in the comments if you think a boycott of the NYT is a good idea to point out the issue of Anti-Israel media bs, and to get the NYT to change their tune.
This is a must read. Really scary stuff going on in the middle east. Please help me get the word out, because Americans are becoming less and less interested and more anti-Israel.
The US just gave the Palestinians $148 million in aid, and they are following that up with another round of $75 million. Add this to the money donated to UNWRA (Which is supposed to be the vehicle for aid to the Palestinians) and you are around $525 million dollars in aid for 2013.
This just proves the Meme above true. In brokering peace talks not only is the US government pressuring Israel to release CONVICTED terrorists, but it is continuously funding their operations.
Its time to wake up and stand against this or one day we will wake up and there won’t be a Jew left in Israel…
*Notice how the AP spicifys the amount given to “this” project ignoring the real figure of $525 million.
Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian city of Latakia on Thursday, an Obama administration official confirmed to CNN.
An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was widely reported in the Israeli press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government.
The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.
Stay here for constant updates and more information on these events. Initially I would say this is a good thing, stopping Hezbollah from getting weapons, but lets see if the international community recognizes the importance of keeping those weapons away from a terrorist organization.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________11/4/2013 Update Via TheBlaze.com – This information was leaked by the White House causing uproar by the Israeli government, which in my opinion is well allowed. They have every right to be upset at the US for this. Especially if it was done on purpose, which I wouldn’t be surprised if it was considering Obama’s past behavior and comments regarding the middle east.
These are the people who are gaining support from the world community. Israel is condemned for responding to attacks on their own soil, and they are met with threats like this as well as lies. The Israeli people do not want to kill the Palestinians they have never even initiated a conflict. Yet people who don’t look for the facts continue to grow in numbers in calling Israelis criminals, and a genocidal people when NOT ONE ARAB COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST WILL GIVE THE PALESTINIANS REFUGE OR ANY CIVIL RIGHTS WHATSOEVER. ISRAEL IS THE ONE COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN WHICH PALESTINIANS ARE ALLOWED TO BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY, YES ITS HARDER FOR THEM, BUT AT LEAST THEY CAN VOTE, AND AS LONG AS THEY DON’T KILL ANYONE LIVE A PRETTY FREE LIFE. THIS ISN’T TRUE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH PEOPLE. Please help me spread the word, it has never been more crucial.
Scary stuff here folks another reason to help me spread the word please. Also feel free to comment, positive or negative. As long as you have facts I will accept any argumentative statements and if wrong correct myself.
First off I’m going to admit that I am not a fan of Obama, if that wasn’t clear already. That being said I am not going to make any claims without facts to back them up. I did vote for him in 2008 when he preached hope and change, promised us a list of 20 things and didn’t accomplish one of them. That being said he is not even close to the biggest problem with our government. The whole thing is a disaster and I am not sure exactly how to fix it, but people need to get more informed and know both sides of the argument IN DEPTH before they vote on the issue. Granted I can’t stand Obama, I will not say anything I can’t back up with facts. I won’t call him a Muslim, I won’t even call him a socialist. What I do know about him though is that he does not value Israel as an ally in the middle east and this video shows why. Another thing I want to say is that it doesn’t matter if you are a democrat or a republican, what your beliefs are I do not want to argue left versus right. I would love for people to begin commenting, but I do not want to talk about American politics UNLESS they affect Israel.