Archive for November, 2007

Ants under a magnifying glass

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The ‘logic’ of Annapolis:

Channel 2 reported [that] an Israeli team that returned from the US on Friday said that both the US and Saudi Arabia were pressing Israel to free far more than the 400 Palestinian security prisoners Olmert has announced he plans to release ahead of Annapolis.

Meanwhile, a senior official told The Jerusalem Post that the defense establishment was examining the ramifications of a proposal being drafted to release several hundred prisoners per month after Annapolis.

The idea behind the plan, which has yet to be presented to Olmert, is that quiet on the “Palestinian street” – required for fruitful negotiations – can be achieved by releasing a significant number of prisoners every month.

“If the summit is successful and negotiations ensue, then it might be necessary to keep the Palestinians happy and quiet,” an official said. “One way to do that is to release prisoners.” — Jerusalem Post [my emphasis]

The way to keep things quiet is to release prisoners? Let us remember that they are prisoners for a reason; they were arrested for taking part in terrorist activities. Release “several hundred a month” and you are guaranteeing to increase, not decrease terrorism.

But of course it doesn’t matter. The US State Department has decided, in response to its puppet-masters in the Christian and Jew-hating apartheid Kingdom, that Palestinian prisoners will be released and armed, and that Israel will withdraw from the West Bank and (especially) East Jerusalem.

This will happen regardless of what Israel has to say about it. Although Israeli representatives will be present at the conference, they will have as much influence on the outcome as the Czechs, who were not invited to Munich in 1938, had on the decisions reached there. Israel does not say no to the US (can she?) and the State Department is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the House of Saud.

Israel would like the ‘summit’ to just produce general understandings, which will serve as the basis for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Unfortunately, the US and the Kingdom have other ideas. We can expect an explicit timetable to be set for significant Israeli concessions.

Everything possible will be extracted from Israel in advance in order to make the meeting a ‘success’ that will enable the ultimate transfer of territory and the establishment of ‘Palestine’. Anything that weakens Israel and makes the terror weapon of the Arabs more effective will be considered ‘progress’, because it will enable more pressure to be exerted on Israel.

Olmert, Livni, and Barak are pretending that they have some control over the process, but I suspect that they feel like ants under a magnifying glass on a sunny day.

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Abbas, mad as hell at Hamas, won’t take it any more!

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The BBC reports:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for Gaza’s Hamas rulers to be “brought down”, his strongest call yet for their removal.

Previously he has only demanded Hamas apologise for taking over Gaza and return it to Fatah security control.

His comments came after Hamas security forces killed eight Fatah members at a rally [honoring Yasser Arafat] in Gaza on Monday. [my emphasis]

One imagines that Abbas sent an angry message to Haniyeh in Gaza:

“OK, that’s it, Ismail. You killed dozens of our people, some shot in the knees and thrown from rooftops, wrecked our nice offices and watched our sex tapes. I asked you to say that you were sorry! Oh no, you wouldn’t apologize. And now you go and spoil the dedication of the memorial to the great, kind, honest, father of the Palestinian nation! Well, you’ve gone too far, Ismail. Now we, er, somebody or other, will bring you down!

Abbas (r) with Haniya (l) and Khaled Meshaal in better days

Hamasniks Ismail Haniya (l.) and Khaled Meshaal with Abbas (r.) in better days.

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Nakba for Nakba

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

It’s been suggested that Israel swap some land within Israel proper — possibly in the form of a route joining the West Bank and Gaza — for some ‘Palestinian’ land near the Green Line on which Israeli settlements stand. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has not explicitly rejected such a land swap.

I have a better idea.

About 850,000 Jews fled Arab countries after Israel’s founding in 1948, leaving behind assets valued today at more than $300 billion, said Heskel M. Haddad [president of the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries].

He added that the New York-based organization has decades-old property deeds of Jews from Arab countries on a total area of 100,000 – which is five times the size of the State of Israel.

Most of the properties are located in Iraq, Egypt and Morocco, Haddad said. — Jerusalem Post

Not only this, but what about the oil underneath this property? We own that, too!

I propose to offer the Arab world the 100,000 sq. km. of Jewish property they are squatting on — they can even keep the oil — in return for Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. What a deal!

Call it square, Nakba for Nakba.

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The 9-minute gap

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Richard Landes invented the word ‘Pallywood‘ to describe fake ‘news’ created by Palestinians as supposed evidence of Israeli atrocities. And he has been in the forefront of the effort to expose the truly murderous deception perpetrated on the world in the Mohammed al-Dura hoax.

The 55 seconds of video allegedly showing 10-year old al-Dura shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in September 2000, and provided to world media by France2 Television, provided a focus for outrage and hatred of Israel. It appeared in the tape of Daniel Pearl’s beheading, and was cited as the reason two Israeli reservists were torn to pieces by Palestinians after they lost their way in Ramallah. Probably no single image is so emblematic of Israeli ‘inhumanity’ to Palestinians than that of the terrified boy in the arms of his father.

Today in a French courtroom, unedited film shot on behalf of France2 by Palestinian cameraman Talal abu Rahmah was supposed to shown as evidence in a libel suit filed by France2’s Jerusalem bureau head Charles Enderlin against French media critic Philippe Karsenty, who had accused Enderlin of complicity in faking the incident and called for his resignation.

This would not be the first time that anyone outside of France2 has seen the unedited footage. Landes saw it in Enderlin’s office in Jerusalem in 2003; he reported that it showed Dura apparently raising his hand to his forehead to look out after he was supposedly dead, and contained other incidents, quite obviously staged, in which Palestinians pretended to be wounded and were loaded into ambulances (in one case, when nobody came to pick up a ‘wounded’ Palestinian, he was seen to get up and walk away, obviously uninjured).

Landes was in the Paris courtroom today (read his account here) when the film was shown — that is, when only 18 of the 27 minutes of the film were shown! Several of the obviously faked sequences had been cut. There is both testimony and documentary evidence to prove this, as Landes explains.

The judge will render her decision of February 27. But whether justice will be done and Enderlin will lose his case, or not — Enderlin is very well-connected, an acquaintance of Jacques Chirac — the case illustrates the power of the media and the importance of the information war.

It also illustrates the cynicism of many in the media, who understand the Palestinian fake news industry, but exploit it anyway because it provides sensational footage. And it illustrates a remarkable lack of initiative by the Israeli government, which simply closed its eyes while the IDF and the state itself were dragged through the mud.

Update [15 Nov 2027 PST]: Richard Landes and Nidra Poller provide the best account of what transpired in the courtroom on Wednesday here.

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The Middle East language corruption field

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

An illustration of just how far the distortion of reality has gone, even in the US:

Israel’s actions in the West Bank and Gaza will be among the subjects up for examination by a new anti-genocide task force, according to one of the former US officials on the panel.

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who also served as an ambassador to the UN, and former secretary of defense William Cohen announced on Tuesday the creation of a bipartisan task force that would develop new strategies and guidelines for the next US administration to use in preventing genocide…

[A] member of the audience then challenged them for supporting friendly countries such as Israel despite allegations of genocide against the Palestinians.

“The issue of whether genocide has taken place in the West Bank or Gaza certainly will be part of [what] the task force [is] looking into,” Cohen responded. — Jerusalem Post

‘Genocide’ means “the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, religious or national group”. Examples usually given are the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, the liquidation of the Native Americans, etc.

Although there hasn’t been an effective genocide against Jews since the Holocaust, Nasser’s statements prior to the 1967 war, many of Arafat’s speeches, and the Hamas covenant constitute declarations of intent to commit genocide or incitement to do so.

In their small way, the rocket scientists of Hamas are doing their best to fulfill their covenant by trying to kill Jewish Israelis at random, just because they are Jewish Israelis.

As always, the Palestinians and their friends (including, apparently, William Cohen) enjoy accusing Israelis of exactly what they themselves are guilty of.

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