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WorldNetDaily has confirmed that, unlike previous administrations, the Obama Administration is not coordinating any of their Middle East effors with Israel.

A source from Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said, “Right now there is next to no communication coming to us from the White House.”

Has Obama cut off information to Israel?

Lack of communication ‘not normal practice’


Posted: May 10, 2009
6:10 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Barack Obama

JERUSALEM – Unlike the Bush administration, the staff of President Obama is not coordinating its policy on Iran or the greater Middle East with Israel and has not been informing the Jewish state of its plans or recent diplomatic developments in area, according to sources in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

The silence extends to U.S. talks with the Palestinians, the sources said.

“Our intention and our hope as we go to Washington is to establish close intimate cooperative relationships on these sensitive matters,” a top Netanyahu official told WND yesterday.

The official was speaking about Netanyahu’s May 18th visit to the White House.

According to other sources in the prime minister’s office, Israel has been obtaining the vast majority of its information regarding U.S. plans and advances for the Middle East from third parties, mostly European diplomats.

This is in stark contrast to Bush’s eight-year presidency, during which the White House and State Department routinely briefed Israeli counterparts on Middle East affairs to the extent that the majority of official U.S. and Israeli statements on various policy issues were heavily coordinated.

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A recent example of the Obama administration leaving Israel in the dark was information received by Jerusalem officials of a U.S. deadline of October for Iran to show progress in talks over their nuclear program. That deadline was apparently set by Obama’s Middle East envoy Dennis Ross.

The information of the deadline – first reported by Haaretz yesterday and confirmed by WND – was discovered in Jerusalem not via U.S. sources but from third party European diplomats who were briefed on the matter.

“Right now there is next to no communication coming to us from the White House,” said a source in Netanyahu’s office.

The source warned against interpreting the matter as evidencing an anti-Israel bias from the Obama administration.

“Look, there is a new administration in the U.S. and a new one here (in Israel),” the source said. “There hasn’t been so much time yet to establish channels.”

Still, the source noted the extent of the blackout on information from the U.S. was “not usual practice.”

A second source said the lack of communication between Israel and America extends to Israeli-Palestinian affairs. That source described a meeting last month between Netanyahu and another of Obama’s Middle East envoys, George Mitchell. The source said the meeting largely was a one-way street, with the prime minister sharing his intended approach to Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said Mitchell outlined Obama’s overall strategy for the region, but did not update Netanyahu on any talks with the Palestinians or specifics of Obama’s intentions.

“Other than the Mitchell meeting, basically there wasn’t much other communication at all, period,” said the second source. “And we were not informed beforehand of policy statements that were made by Obama or his administration regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including statements Obama made after meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah (last month).”

Obama trumpets ‘anti-Israel’ Arab plan

WND’s source said one thing Mitchell did convey to Netanyahu was Obama’s alleged plan to help create a Palestinian state in hopes of normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab world in line with the “Arab Peace Initiative.” The source said Mitchell relayed that Obama’s Middle East strategy would be based on the concept of the “initiative” but with security guarantees for Israel.

Following scores of denials he would trumpet the plan, Obama in January hailed the Arab initiative, which offers normalization of ties with the Jewish state in exchange for extreme Israeli concessions.

In an interview with an Arab television network – his first formal interview as president – Obama stated:

“Well, here’s what I think is important. Look at the proposal that was put forth by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. … I might not agree with every aspect of the proposal, but it took great courage to put forward something that is as significant as that. I think that there are ideas across the region of how we might pursue peace. I do think that it is impossible for us to think only in terms of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and not think in terms of what’s happening with Syria or Iran or Lebanon or Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Since then, Obama and his team have trumpeted the plan several more times, including during a meeting last month with Jordan’s Abdullah.

The Arab Initiative, originally proposed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2002 and later adopted by the Arab League, states that Israel would receive “normal relations” with the Arab world in exchange for a full withdrawal from the entire Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount.

The West Bank contains important Jewish biblical sites and borders central Israeli population centers, while the Golan Heights looks down on Israeli civilian zones and was twice used by Syria to mount ground invasions into the Jewish state.

The Arab plan also demands the imposition of a non-binding U.N. resolution that calls for so-called Palestinian refugees who wish to move inside Israel to be permitted to do so at the “earliest practicable date.”

Palestinians have long demanded the “right of return” for millions of “refugees,” a formula Israeli officials across the political spectrum warn is code for Israel’s destruction by flooding the Jewish state with millions of Arabs, thereby changing its demographics.

When Arab countries attacked the Jewish state after its creation in 1948, some 725,000 Arabs living within Israel’s borders fled or were expelled from the area that became Israel. Also at that time, about 820,000 Jews were expelled from Arab countries or fled following rampant persecution.

While most Jewish refugees were absorbed by Israel and other countries, the majority of Palestinian Arabs have been maintained in 59 U.N.-run camps that do not seek to settle the Arabs elsewhere. There are currently about 4 million Arabs who claim Palestinian refugee status with the U.N., including children and grandchildren of the original fleeing Arabs, Arabs living full-time in Jordan and Arabs who long ago emigrated throughout the Middle East and to the West.

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WorldNetDaily reports that the White House has so far been silent on the latest terrorist attack inside Israel when a “Palestinian” man commandeered a bulldozer and injured several people before being shot.  Obama was quick to condemn the last bulldozer attack when he was a Presidential candidate.  Not so, now.

White House mum on Jerusalem attack

Departs from practice of immediately condemning terrorism against Israelis


Posted: March 06, 2009
10:19 am Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Bulldozer in terror attack in Jerusalem yesterday (Image from Israel’s Channel 2)

JERUSALEM – Officials in Jerusalem are quietly scratching their heads in wonderment as to why the White House did not release an official statement condemning yesterday’s bulldozer terrorist rampage here, the third attack of its kind in recent months.

Two police officers were lightly wounded in Jerusalem when an Arab bulldozer driver overturned their police car and drove it into a bus before being shot by police and an armed taxi driver. The terrorist later died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital.

The attack with a bulldozer came less than 18 hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly protested as “unhelpful” the planned bulldozing of more than 80 Jerusalem Arab homes built illegally upon Jewish land in Jerusalem.

Usually, following any terrorist attack in Israel, the White House like clockwork immediately releases an official statement condemning the attack. But this time, no statement was forthcoming from either the White House or Clinton’s State Department.

Speaking to WND, a White House spokesman would only confirm he was not aware of any statement regarding the attack, but he would not speculate as to why the terrorism wasn’t condemned.

A bulldozer rampage occurred while President Obama visited Israel as a presidential candidate in July. At that time, he slammed the attack, which killed three and wounded dozens more.

“I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security,” Obama told a news conference.

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A WorldNetDaily investigative report has found that the U.S. has been helping the “Palestinians” in developing homes and other infrastructure in eastern Jerusalem.  Jews, some of who legally own land in eastern Jerusalem, have been barred from the parts of the Israeli capital that are “disputed” and claimed by the “Palenstinians”.

Israel has already forfeited Jerusalem

Jews barred as U.S. helps Arabs fortify their presence in holy city


Posted: March 02, 2009
9:19 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Sign in Kfar Akeb boasting of ‘American gift’ to Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM – Sections of Jerusalem have essentially been forfeited on the ground to the Palestinian Authority, while Jews, including local landowners, are barred from entering parts of Israel’s capital, a WND investigation has found.

The probe further determined the U.S. has been aiding the Palestinians in developing infrastructure in Jerusalem.

Also, it has emerged, the Israeli government has failed to stop Arabs from illegally building thousands of housing projects on Jerusalem land purchased and owned by a U.S. Jewish group for the express purpose of Jewish settlement, culminating in an Arab majority in the neighborhoods.

The situation has been unfolding in the northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis, which are close to the Jewish neighborhoods of Neve Yaacov and Pisgat Zeev in Israel’s capital. Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis are located entirely within the Jerusalem municipality.

A tour of the three Jerusalem neighborhoods in question finds some surprising developments. Official PA logos and placards abound, including one glaring red street sign at the entrance to the neighborhoods warning Israelis to keep out.

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Another official sign, this one in Kfar Akeb in Jerusalem, reads in English, “Ramallah-Jerusalem Road. This project is a gift form (sic) the American people to the Palestinian people in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and PECDAR. 2007.” The sign bears the emblems of the American and PA governments and of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. The displays were not present during a previous WND tour of the neighborhoods in 2006.

Some local schools in the Jerusalem neighborhoods are officially run by the PA – some in conjunction with the U.N. – with many teachers drawing PA salaries. Civil disputes are usually settled not in Israeli courts but by the PA judicial system, although at times Israeli courts are used depending on the matter.


U.N. school for Palestinians illegally built on Jewish property (WND photo)

Councils governed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization oversee some municipal matters. USAID provides the PA funds for road and infrastructure projects.

Israeli security officials said the local Jerusalem police rarely operate in Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis; instead security has been turned over to the Israel Defense Forces and Border Police, who work almost daily with PA security forces. The PA police operate in the Jerusalem neighborhoods in coordination with Israel.

Shmulik Ben Ruby, spokesman for the Jerusalem police, confirmed the arrangement.

“If there are fights between some local families, sometimes we involve the PA police to make peace between the families,” he told WND. “Yes, the PA police can operate in these neighborhoods in coordination with the IDF and Border Police.”

Jews barred from sections of Jerusalem

In another recent development, Israeli Jews, including local property owners, have been almost entirely barred from entering Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis, while Israeli Arabs can freely enter.

Aryeh King, a nationalist activist who holds the power of attorney to some Kfar Akeb land owned by an Israeli Jew, told WND he was barred several times during the past few months from entering the neighborhood to administer to the land, upon which local Arabs illegally constructed apartments.

Police spokesman Ben Ruby explained this new arrangement is due to security concerns.

“It’s quite dangerous to be there alone, so if they don’t have to be there it’s not allowed, because they might find themselves in danger if they go in,” said Ben Ruby.

In 2002, in response to the outbreak one year earlier of the Palestinian intifada, or terrorist war against the Jewish state, the Israeli government constructed its security barrier blocking off the West Bank from Jewish population zones. The route of the fence also cut into northern and eastern Jerusalem, incorporating Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis on the so-called Palestinian side.

Israel recaptured northern and eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City and the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – during the 1967 Six-Day War. The Palestinians, however, have claimed eastern Jerusalem as a future capital. About 244,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods, out of a total population of 724,000, the majority Jewish.

Jews lived in Kfar Akeb, Qalandiya and Samir Amis years before the establishment of Israel in 1948, but they were violently expelled during deadly Arab riots in 1929.

Jordan, together with other Arab countries, attacked Israel after its founding in 1948 and administered the three Jerusalem neighborhoods as well as all of eastern Jerusalem following an armistice agreement. In 1967, Jordan attacked again and Israel liberated the entire city of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. During the period of Jordanian control, some new construction took place, including in areas previously purchased by Jews.

The recent barring of Jews from northern Jerusalem sections seems to coincide with an Israeli government decision the past year to allow the PA some presence in Jerusalem.

Last June, WND exclusively reported Prime Minister Ehud Olmert allowed the PA to hold an official meeting in Jerusalem to discuss dealing with expected Palestinian sovereignty over key sections of the city. Dmitri Ziliani, a spokesman for the Jerusalem section of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, confirmed to WND the meeting was related to the activities and structure of Fatah’s local command in some neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

“We were covering the best ways to improve our performance on the street and how we can be of service to the community,” Ziliani said.

Ziliani said the regular PA meetings in Jerusalem are, in part, held in anticipation of a future Palestinian state encompassing all of eastern Jerusalem.

“Our political program as Fatah dictates there will be no Palestinian state if these areas – all of east Jerusalem – are not included,” Ziliani told WND.

According to Israeli law, the PA cannot officially meet in Jerusalem. The PA previously maintained a de facto headquarters in Jerusalem, called Orient House, but the building was closed down by Israel in 2001 following a series of suicide bombings in Jerusalem. Israel said it had information indicating the House was used to plan and fund terrorism.

Thousands of documents and copies of bank certificates and checks captured by Israel from Orient House – including many documents obtained by WND – showed the offices were used to finance terrorism, including direct payments to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group

U.S. Jewish group to blame for ‘division’ of Jerusalem?

Key land in Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb is owned by a U.S. Jewish group that over the years has allowed tens of thousands of Arabs to illegally squat on its land, resulting in the current Arab majority.

The Jewish National Fund, or JNF, purchased the land in the early 1920s using Jewish donor funds for the specific purpose of Jewish settlement.

The JNF lands have been utilized for the illegal construction of dozens of Arab apartment buildings, a refugee camp and a U.N. school.

A previous tour of Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb found dozens of Arab apartment complexes, a Palestinian refugee camp and a U.N. school for Palestinians constructed on the land.

According to officials in Israel’s Housing Ministry, Arabs first constructed facilities illegally in Qalandiya and Kfar Akeb between 1948 and 1967, prior to the 1967 Six-Day War during which Israel retook control of the entire city of Jerusalem.

Qalandiya, still owned by JNF, came under the management of the Israeli government’s Land Authority in the late 1960s.

Ministry officials say the bulk of illegal Arab construction in Qalandiya occurred in the past 20 years, with construction of several new Arab apartment complexes taking place in just the past two years.

Neither the Israeli government nor JNF took any concrete measures to stop the illegal building, which continues today with at least one apartment complex in Qalandiya under construction.

Land in another Jerusalem’ neighborhood, Shoafat, which has an estimated value of $3 million, was also purchased by JNF in the early 1900s and fell under the management of the Israel Land Authority about 40 years ago. Much of the illegal Arab construction in Shoafat took place in the past 15 years, with some apartment complexes built as late as 2004.

In Qalandiya and Shoafat, Israel’s security fence cordons off the Arab sections of the JNF lands from the rest of Jewish Jerusalem.

Internal JNF documents obtained by WND outline illegal Arab construction on the Jewish-owned land. A December 2000 survey of Qalandiya summarized on JNF stationery and signed by a JNF worker states, “In a lot of the plots I find Arabs are living and building illegally and also working the JNF land without permission.”

The JNF survey goes on to document illegal construction of Arab apartment complexes and the U.N. school under the property management of Israel’s Land Authority.

Group misleading donors?

In response to a previous WND exclusive report on the JNF’s alleged mismanagement of the properties, JNF CEO Russell Robinson sent statements to concerned donors that the illegal construction occurred during periods the Jerusalem land was occupied by Jordan.


1991 photo of Shoafat shows region entirely forest land

“During that time the Jordanian government oversaw all activities, including the U.N. building. Under international law, this makes matters pertaining to the land more complicated than what [WND describes],” states Robinson’s letter.

But WND obtained aerial photos of the two JNF sites in question, Shoafat and Qalandiya, which Robinson claimed were illegally built upon prior to 1967.


1967 aerial photo of Qalandiya region

A photo taken in 1991 of Shoafat shows the entire area was a forest – meaning all illegal Arab construction took place after 1967 while the land was under Jewish control.

An aerial photo taken in 1967 of the second site, Qalandiya, which is now a large Arab town, finds construction of a U.N. building but few other sites, indicating the vast majority of Arab construction – dozens of large apartment complexes – occurred under JNF control. WND originally reported some of the construction took place prior to 1967, but the bulk of the building occurred the past few years, under Jewish management.

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WorldNetDaily reports that the Obama Administration, headed by Mideast envoy George Mitchell, is opposing housing construction in eastern Jerusalem on Jewish-owned land.  The U.S. goes so far as to call top Israeli officials if they notice even one bulldozer in the area.

The reason behind this is the “Palestinians” claim the land as part of their to-be “Palestinian State” and that the area in question is to be their future capital.

The new Administration is opposing any building in current Jewish-owned areas that are “disputed”, even in those areas that are tied to Judaism, despite the fact they are legally owned by Jews.

White House protests Jewish construction

Closely monitors building in capital areas intimately tied to Judaism


Posted: March 01, 2009
7:44 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

JERUSALEM – President Obama’s administration is carefully monitoring Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem and has already protested to the highest levels of Israeli government about evidence found of housing expansion in those areas, according to informed Israeli officials speaking to WND.

The officials, who spoke on condition that their names be withheld, said in recent weeks Obama’s Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, oversaw the establishment of an apparatus based in the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem that closely monitors eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, incorporating regular tours on a daily basis.

Said one Israeli official: “If the U.S. notices even one bulldozer on the region of E1, they immediately call us on the level of [Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert and ask Olmert what that bulldozer is doing there and whether we are planning anything in Jerusalem.”

The official was referring to the Jewish neighborhood of Maale Adumim, located in eastern Jerusalem.

Olmert’s government previously approved the expansion of the community, but new construction largely has been halted.

The official said in recent meetings, Mitchell strongly protested Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem. Mitchell also condemned the work of nationalist Jewish groups to purchase property in Jerusalem’s Old City, including in areas intimately tied to Judaism.

Israel recaptured eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – during the 1967 Six Day War.

The Palestinians, however, have claimed eastern Jerusalem as a future capital. About 244,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods, out of a total population of 724,000, the majority Jewish.

A number of Arab-majority eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods widely regarded as slated for a Palestinian state include large numbers of Arabs – over 100,000 – who live on Jewish-owned land illegally. The Jewish National Fund, a U.S.-based nonprofit, owns hundred of acres of eastern Jerusalem land in which tens of thousands of Arabs illegally constructed homes the past few decades. Arabs are now the majority on the Jewish-owned land in question.

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WorldNetDaily is reporting that, on November 30, 2008, a female aide to an unnamed U.S. Congressman entered the Gaza Strip under cover of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, UNWRA, to secretly meet with Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser, and Siad Siam, Hamas’ former “interior minister” who was killed last month.

The State Department says the meeting with Hamas is illegal.  The formal policy of the U.S. is to not negotiate with Hamas, but a Hamas parliament member, Mushir al-Massri, says that they have direct communication with U.S. Congressmen and European Parliament members.

Congressman’s aide sneaks secret terrorist rendezvous

Undercover meeting with Hamas called illegal by State Department


Posted: February 22, 2009
7:41 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Ahmed Yousef

JERUSALEM – An aide to a member of the U.S. Congress held a secret meeting in the Gaza Strip with leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization, according to information obtained by WND.

Sources intimately familiar with the meeting told WND the aide, a woman, met in Gaza on Nov. 30 with Ahmed Yousef, Hamas’ chief political adviser in Gaza, and Siad Siam, Hamas’ “interior minister.” Siam served as chief of Hamas’ executive force, a guerrilla militia heavily involved in terrorism, until he was eliminated in an Israeli strike last month.

According to the sources speaking to WND, the meeting took place at the Museum, a fish restaurant in the Sudaniya neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, just next to the Gaza port. The restaurant is owned by the brother of Jamal al-Khudari, who heads the Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Breaking the Israeli Siege on Gaza.

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WND’s sources said the aide – whose name and congressman they refused to divulge – entered Gaza under the cover of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, or UNWRA, which came under fire this past weekend for reportedly handing Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a Hamas letter to deliver to President Obama.

Kerry’s visit to Gaza, which took place last Thursday, coincided with a similar trip that same day by U.S. Representatives Brian Baird, D-Wash., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

Hamas’ official charter calls for the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel. The Islamist group is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilians.

A spokesman for the State Department confirmed to WND the congressional aide’s purported meeting with Hamas would break U.S. law.

Mushir al-Massri, a Hamas spokesman and Hamas parliament member, told WND his group is in direct communication with members of Congress.

“We are speaking to U.S. Congressmen,” he claimed, “also members of the European Parliament.”

Hamas’ Yousef also said his Islamist group was in contact with members of the U.S. Congress, but he wouldn’t divulge any names.

Official U.S. policy supports sidestepping Hamas, but the group has been making major inroads toward ending its isolation.

Some trace Hamas’ claim of newfound international dialogue to Jimmy Carter’s visit in April, when the former president met with top Hamas officials.

Immediately after Carter’s meeting, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner confirmed Paris held talks with Hamas, and Norway’s deputy foreign minister, Raymond Johansan, admitted meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniya.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum confirmed to WND that Hamas this year “met a delegation from the European Parliament, from France, and from Italy, and Norway, and from the EU parliament and from Carter.”

“All of these are supporting Hamas, and they have a plan to support Palestinian rights and interests,” Barhoum said, speaking from Gaza.

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You turn on your TV and there you see Israeli forces firing rockets, shells, and bullets into neighborhoods and schools.  The World cries “STOP, you’re killing innocent people”, yet Israeli forces continue their assault.  Palestinians shout out for help, and the World listens.

But, you’re only getting half the story.

John Wohlsetter’s has written an article on his blog, Letter From The Capitol, that shows just a snippet of the “other side”, the side most people either: ignore out of ignorance or malice, or are deceived by the “humanitarian plight” of the “Palestinians”.  Surely, this World has gone mad when good becomes evil and evil becomes good, no?

Make no mistake, there can be absolutely no co-existence between Israel and its Arab neighbors who follow true Islam.  Some Arab nations may “tolerate” Israel, but they all want Israel destroyed and every last Jew dead.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch “Islam: What The West Needs To Know”.  In it, former Muslims and Islam experts explain what Islam is really about; some of them even lived it and were former terrorists.  True Islamists don’t hide their beliefs; they shout it out every day on the TV and Internet, but no one listens:  either you convert to Islam, live under them with demi status, or you will be killed.  You’re either in the House of Islam, or the House of War.

Know that the Third Intifada is coming, and it won’t be confined to just the Middle East.

Gaza: Israel Perseveres

The IDF stepped up tunnel destruction along the Philadephi corridor after warning residents living nearby to vacate the areas.  Hamas continued to reject full ceasefire despite taking a pasting from the IDF.  The Australian reports that Hamas may have longer-range rockets whose 70 kilometer range would put Tel Aviv within reach.  Martin Kramer sees Israel aiming to depose Hamas if possible, and allow the Palestinian Authority to take over (the PA having been violently ejected from Gaza in the Hamas coup of June 2007).

In contrast to the Palestinians, who are much of the world’s (especially the UN’s) darlings, NRO’s Barbara Lerner paints a vivid portrait of the Israeli settlers.  They often find themselves demonized as clones of Islamist terrorists, a comparison that goes beyond merely false to childishness.  One need not accept the settlers’ position to notice that they do not fire rockets at schoolhouses (or at anywhere else) nor do they launch suicide bombers and the like.  Their historical claim has been set aside by 20th century politics, in favor of the dubious claims of the “Palestinians” whose “rights” the world discovered only after Israel won the 1967 War and retook land Jordan took in the 1948 War.

Care to move beyond caricature and calumny and take an unblinkered look at who Israeli settlers actually are, and when and why they were transformed from a widely admired little band of brave and selfless patriots into a synonym for evil and a scapegoat for the world? Read on, please. Settlers are Israeli Jews who reject the basic demand of the Palestinians: the demand that large parts of Biblical Israel be Judenrein — cleansed of any Jewish presence for all eternity. Settlers claim a right to buy land and live and work on it, anywhere in the Biblical triangle between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean, and between the Red Sea and the Golan Heights, and they act on that right by building and living in communities in places like Hebron, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Amona.

They claim, just as fiercely, the right to preserve, defend, and keep open to Jews, Christians, and appropriately respectful others, the physical sites and structures where the founders and key followers of the two great religions of the West lived, worked, and died: places like Abraham’s tomb and Joseph’s, and the Church of the Nativity, built over the place where Jesus was born — places that Palestinian attackers have desecrated and tried to destroy in the years after Oslo. Most settlers are deeply religious people who revere these places as sacred sites, but you don’t have to be a believer to think their obliteration would be an irreparable loss to civilized people of all religions everywhere — any more than you have to be a Buddhist to mourn the destruction of the colossal, 1,500-year-old Bamiyan Buddhas by the same kind of Islamist jihadis in Afghanistan in 2001.

Most Americans who sympathize with Palestinians do so because they see them as natives, and see Israelis as newly arrived Westerners. In fact, most Israeli settlers are Mizrahi: Jews who were dispersed to a host of Middle Eastern lands after the Roman conquest of Israel 2,000 years ago, but, unlike the Ashkenazi (the Jews most Americans know), never left the Middle East. They have lived in the region for 5,000 continuous years and have long been the majority in Israel — roughly, 3 to 4 million of Israel’s 5 to 6 million Jews. Tourist brochures to the contrary notwithstanding, relatively few Mizrahi really speak English, but most are still as fluent in Arabic or Persian as they are in Hebrew, and most believe what all Israeli settlers and most American evangelicals believe about Jewish rights in Biblical Israel.

As this article linked to in the Lerner piece indicates, there is a real refugee/settler problem: the grossly inflated count of Palestinians living in UN camps, now counted at about 4.5 million.  No more than a tiny fraction of these are refugees by the traditional legal definition; the remainder are descendants of the 1948 flight, and would not be counted as refugees anywhere else in the world.  Granting these refugees citizenship in the Palestinian entity or the Arab land of their choice–allowing the original refugees (by now, fewer than 100,000) a right of return inside Israel, would end the issue.  The article cites a 2004 poll in which 85 percent of Palestinians found such a solution acceptance.  Alas, do not hold your breath.

Oh, and today Palestinians in southern Lebanon fired several rockets into Nahariya (an action that Hezbollah surely cleared first), wounding two in a nursing home.

Israel is showing remarkable perseverance despite the horrific shelling of the UN school, with a result clearly not desired by Israel.  Hamas’s leaders are ready, it seems, to use their women and children as consumables.  Notably, the leadership is not personally suicidal.  Hiding in hospitals, schools and Damascus shows that the leaders have survival instincts.

As this Jerusalem Post editorial notes in detail, media coverage is a major problem, partly because Israel found that in 2006 news reporters revealed information about Israeli military moves that helped Hezbollah, and partly because putting foreign journalist names on information supplied from Hamas confers added respectability on the reports.  Hamas is blocking supplies from Egypt and then complaining of a humanitarian crisis, which the media reports in a manner that suggests Israel is guilty of blocking such supplies.

TAS pundit Lisa Fabrizio sees a world gone mad in excusing militant Islam’s barbarity, while condemning Christianity and savaging America and Israel:

In a sane world, one faced with a religious cult that has been responsible for countless incidents of brutality and monstrous assaults on innocent life all over the world, we might see that world unite to rid itself of those responsible for these atrocities. As in WWII or the Gulf War, the civilized nations would put aside their differences and come together in the name of decency to defend the decent.

But in a mad, mad world, the perpetrators are lauded as “freedom fighters” and defended by “human rights” groups. Now, with renewed hostilities in the Gaza Strip, much of the world has incredibly decided that the fault lies with Israel, a people who in sixty short years have gone from earning the sympathy and respect of the world for enduring the Holocaust to being on the receiving end of its hatred and enmity.

In a world that claims to defend the lives of the innocent, any culture that encourages its women to become suicide bombers and straps bombs to its children and the mentally ill would justly earn the scorn and contempt of good men everywhere. Yet, in a crazed world, this behavior is incredibly excused by blaming it on the victims of such ungodly acts.

In a compassionate world, the use of schools, hospitals and places of worship as staging areas for terrorists would be decried as the barbaric and savage practice that it is. Every international agency and NGO would scream to high heavens about these heinous abuses of the “rules of war.” But in a world gone mad, these tactics are defended as necessary to counteract the “disproportionate response” of the Israelis; as if the aim of legitimate warfare is not to gain such an advantage over one’s enemies.

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center notes overt anti-Semitism engendered by Israel’s not only defending itself, but affirming its right to exist:

My fear is that the rage we see in the protesters marching in the streets is far more profound and dangerous than we would like to believe. There are a great many people in the world who, even after Auschwitz, just can’t bear the Jewish state having the same rights they so readily grant to other nations. These voices insist Israel must take risks they would never dare ask of any other nation-state — risks that threaten its very survival — because they don’t believe Israel should exist in the first place.

Just look at the spate of attacks this week on Jews and Jewish institutions around the world: a car ramming into a synagogue in France; a Chabad menorah and Jewish-owned shops sprayed with swastikas in Belgium; a banner at an Australian rally demanding “clean the earth from dirty Zionists!”; demonstrators in the Netherlands chanting “Gas the Jews”; and in Florida, protestors demanding Jews “Go back to the ovens!”

How else can we explain the double-standard that is applied to the Gaza conflict, if not for a more insidious bias against the Jewish state?

Hier sees a dismal repeat endgame:

The pattern is always the same. Following a cease-fire brought on by international pressure, there will be a call for a massive infusion of funds to help Palestinians recover from the devastation of the Israeli attack. The world will respond eagerly, handing over hundreds of millions of dollars. To whom does this money go? To Hamas, the same terrorist group that brought disaster to the Palestinians in the first place.

The world seems to have forgotten that at the end of World War II, President Harry Truman initiated the Marshall Plan, investing vast sums to rebuild Germany. But he did so only with the clear understanding that the money would build a new kind of Germany — not a Fourth Reich that would continue the policies of Adolf Hitler. Yet that is precisely what the world will be doing if we once again entrust funds to Hamas terrorists and their Iranian puppet masters.

Team Obama is holding its cards close, understandably.  Its voice come January 20 will speak volumes.

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