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A completely different universe

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

MK Yossi Beilin of the left-wing Meretz party at Abie Natan’s 80th birthday party:

Beilin said that Natan’s ambitions were “closer than ever” to being realized. “All of the Arab countries are willing to make peace with us,” Beilin said. “Peace is within touching distance.”

He is not even on another planet, but in a completely different universe.

Just when you thought the UN could not get worse

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Everyone knows about the absurdity of the UN Human Rights Council, which since its formation has passed 8 resolutions condemning Israel and none against any other nation. But it’s not the only UN body that behaves, er, strangely. Take the UN Commission on Disarmament (please):

On April 9, 2007 there was a United Nations believe-it-or-not moment extraordinaire. At the same time that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad declared his country was now capable of industrial-scale uranium enrichment, the U.N. reelected Iran as a vice chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission…

So in Iran at the Natanz nuclear facility Ahmadinejad gloated: “With great pride, I announce as of today our dear country is among the countries of the world that produces nuclear fuel on an industrial scale.” And in New York, courtesy of his U.N. platform, Iranian Disarmament Vice-Chairman Seyed Mohammad Ali Robatjazi railed against “noncompliance with the NPT [nuclear nonproliferation treaty] by the United States” and “the Zionist lobby”…

Following the election on Monday of Iran as vice chairman, the U.N. Disarmament Commission elected Syria as its rapporteur. — Anne Bayefsky in NRO

Yes, of course, the real problem is the Zionist lobby.

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Israelis claim refugee status in Canada

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The Canadian citizenship and immigration department has refused an application for refugee status filed by an Israeli citizen.


Israel funds Hamas “security” forces

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Why am I not surprised?

Some of the $100 million in tax revenues that Israel transferred to the Palestinian Authority in January went to thousands of Hamas supporters – including those in the security forces – Hamas officials said on Monday.

Meanwhile, a senior PA official in Ramallah said that Israel’s decision not to release more of the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues it owes the PA undermines PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the decision against releasing more of the funds last week, following reports that Abbas had broken a promise to use the revenues solely for humanitarian purposes.

“This is not a wise decision,” the official told The Jerusalem Post. “On the one hand, Israel is talking about the need to strengthen the moderates among the Palestinians. On the other hand, Israel’s decision to refrain from releasing the funds, which are estimated at nearly half a billion dollars, will weaken President Abbas and all the Palestinians who don’t support Hamas.” — Jerusalem Post

Some comments:

  • Abbas does not keep promises, either because he doesn’t want to or he is too weak. It doesn’t matter.
  • Abbas is not so moderate anyway and shouldn’t be “strengthened”.

Peretz uses the Force, changes reality

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

On Monday, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence’s Research Division, told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Hizbullah has ‘returned to its pre-war capabilities and has even become stronger.’

‘Hizbullah is building up more firepower than it had before the war,’ Baidatz said. ‘Some of this ordnance has arrived, and some is still en route from Syria.’

Baidatz was asked more than once by committee members if he meant that Hizbullah now had more firepower than before the war, and he responded in the affirmative until Defense Minister Amir Peretz interrupted.

‘Hizbullah has not increased its strength but merely its potential,’ said Peretz.

Baidatz then retracted his previous statement and told MKs that he agreed with Peretz.

Meanwhile, Baidatz told committee members that Syria was preparing its military for a confrontation with Israel. — Jerusalem Post [my emphasis — ed.]

Leaving aside the complete absurdity of Peretz’ statement (how do you increase “potential strength”? — if you increase military capabilities, isn’t that the same as increasing strength?), one has to be impressed with his ability to bend minds.

Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don’t need to see his identification.
Stormtrooper: We don’t need to see his identification.
Obi-Wan: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Stormtrooper: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.
Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-Wan: Move along.
Stormtrooper: Move along… move along. — Star Wars (1977)

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