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Trump is bringing peace to the Middle East, and the Democrats Seem To Hate It….

Trump is bringing peace to the Middle East, and the Democrats are not impressed

By Andrea Widburg

On Tuesday, President Trump welcomed to the White House Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers representing the UAE and Bahrain. They gathered there to sign the Abraham Accord, a history-making agreement that sees two Muslim nations formally normalize their relationship with the world’s only Jewish state. Trump also hinted that several more Muslim countries would follow, including Saudi Arabia. Trump is doing what everyone said was impossible: Bringing peace to the Middle East. Democrats, however, responded by downplaying and attacking the agreement.

The participants were excited because they recognized that they are the first in a cascade of peace agreements that coming. By sidelining the Palestinians, Trump was able to make the UAE and Bahrain – and will be able to make other Sunni states – see that a relationship with Israel is beneficial for them. The UAE isn’t hiding its pleasure with the new status quo:

 

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Israel Badly Needs To Face Reality

There’s a name for trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different result, thanks to Albert Einstein. It’s called insanity.And sadly, we’re once again witnessing the Israeli government doing just that. Israel badly needs to face reality

Anyone who still thinks there’s any life in the so called ‘peace process’ and the so-called ‘two state solution’ is playing this game and wearing blinders.

First, this nonsense has been tried several times with absolutely no success. This was what Oslo was supposed to be all about, remember? And remember how it turned out, with a terrorist squat in Judea and Samaria and one in Gaza? Exactly.

If we look at the facts, there have been several times when the Arabs who refer to themselves as ‘Palestinians’ have been offered peace deals…at one time, three different Israeli left wing prime ministers offered the Palestinian Authority ninety-five, and then ninety-six percent of the “occupied” territories. And the ‘Palestinians; refused, just as they’re refusing now. I wonder why….wait, of course it’s an easy one to figure out…this is what they really want:

http://www.think-israel.org/jul13pix/abbas.palestine.map.of.israel.jpg

Why yes! What they want isn’t peace. They want no Israel to exist at all. How hard is that to figure out? OK, it’s obvious They never intended at all to live in peace with the Jews. After all, they have never kept a single part of any agreement they’ve signed and have actively promoted terrorism in their mosques, media and schools. Abbas habitually refers to imprisoned terrorists as ‘holy martyrs’ for deliberately targeting and killing Jews and Palestinian media actually encourages this…and then of course there’s the money you get whether your killed or just thrown in jail, $500 and up depending on how many Jews you killed. It’s a nice income by Palestinian standards.

Oslo, of course was a product of Bill Clinton, who had Arafat to the White House more than any other foreign leader.Since Labor leader Yizhak Rabin owed President Clinton for some clandestine aid in getting him elected Prime Minister, Oslo was a done deal, a terrorist enemy right next door to Israel that resulted in zero peace and a lot of dead and maimed Jews.

And guess what? Nothing, I mean nothing has changed. It wasn’t so long ago that PLO leader Jibril Rajoub said openly that “If we had a nuclear weapon I’d use it on Israel tomorrow.” This is the same terrorist who the Israelis actually gave medical care to. They also gave Medical care to Abbas and to his wife. Can you imagine doing this for someone who hates you with all his heart and wants to exterminate you?

And we haven’t even mentioned Hamas yet. My point is simply this…the Arabs who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ have no interest in peace with Israel. We can accept that as a given, simply because it’s be proven numerous times.
The latest manifestation of this fairy tale about peace is known as ‘The Deal Of The Century’ presented by the Trump administration. And as much as I respect President Trump, it’s at least a viable attempt. But it won’t ever work since its just another attempt to get the PLO to accept something they will never accept and don’t want.
And frankly, as written, it’s not really that good a deal for Israel. Let’s look at why, shall we?
First of all,Israel is being asked to give up something it owns anyway.
The land in question is Judea and Samaria, AKA The ‘West Bank’ although it’s only that if you’re looking at it from Jordan. After WWI, the UK was given a Mandate by the League of Nations to administer all of what was then the former Turkish province known as Palestine. Originally, all of this was supposed to be the Jewish State. A couple of years later, The Brits asked the League for permission to divide the area, the reason being that they wanted a kingdom for one of the Sharif of Mecca’s sons, Abdullah. He wanted Syria but so did the French, so what he got was 78% of ‘Palestine’ as the Arab State, Jordan which consisted of everything east of the Jordan River.  The Jews were to get the other 22%, everything west of the Jordan River for the Jewish state. This division was agreed on and signed on to by the Brits, The Jews, the Arabs and the League in 1922 in a treaty called the San Remo Accords.
The Brits saw to it that the Arabs got their state very quickly. And then proceeded to do everything they could to stop the Jews from establishing theirs in numerous ways. They deliberately limited Jewish migration to what became Israel while allowing unlimited Arab migration. This came to a head when the Brits chose to violate the San Remo accords and stopped all Jewish migration . In 1939, Britain anti-Semitic Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain issued an order not to let any Jews into Palestine at all… at a time when thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany and other countries who had fled to France and other countries had nowhere else to go.
Not content with that,  after WWII, when Labour’s Clem Atlee took over, he made the decision to not allow Jews into Palestine. The Brits  even had their own concentration camp on Cyprus for any survivors of the Holocaust they caught trying to get in, and in some cases, they even sent Jews back to the very same camps in Europe they had been  imprisoned in.

In 1948, when Israel declared its independence  the UN recognized it, although  Britain didn’t. The UN also made the San Remo Accords part of its charter, in Article 80…which has never been  removed or repealed.
So under international law, Everything west of the Jordan River belongs to Israel. They have no need to bargain about it or make any exchange that will only result in more terrorist violence.
Israel lost this land for 19 years  because in 1948,  Brit PM Clem Atlee armed the surrounding Arab armies to the teeth, even though they were openly promising a second Holocaust three years after Auschwitz was liberated. Not only that, but he sent British officers to command the Jordanian Arab Legion under Colonel John Glubb, a known anti-semite. It was these officers who oversaw the ethnic cleansing of every Jew in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem as well as the destruction of many Jewish shrines and synagogues. While the UN never recognized THAT illegal occupation, they never did anything about it either.
To add insult to injury, the areas Israel is going to be allowed to regain officially involve established Israeli communities already existing  for years. You know, what the UN and EU like to refer to as ‘settlements.’
In fact, most of this area was promised to Israel as part of GW Bush’s ‘Road Map’ in exchange for giving up Gaza. These are the same commitments Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton swore didn’t exist even though  they were referred to in a Bush speech and in the agreement itself. Arik Sharon, who made the agreement with GW Bush was in a coma at that point, and of course Bushie Boy kept his mouth shut.
Not only that, but the some of  EU is threatening Israel with sanctions if they make these areas an official part of Israel. And the US is still thinking it over, whether Israel gets even this much.Some deal hmm? And here’s the cherry on top. Israel has to give the PLO 4 years to decide if they’ll abide by any part of this, And during those 4 years Israel is not allowed to build anything in areas they’ve lived in for years!
Some sovereignty!
And here’s the real loser……some of the land the ‘Palestinians’ and the PLO would retain based on this ‘deal’ are within easy shooting distance of some of these Jewish communities. These attacks on Jewish communities are even actually happening now in Judea and Samaria.
Second, Israel is being asked to give any ‘Palestinians’ living in these areas Israeli citizenship.
 
True there aren’t that many of them, but would Trump and the US give citizenship automatically to people who had been brain washed to hate America for three generations? People who may conceivably have blood on their hands? People who in many cases have citizenship in a country that has a ‘treaty’ which is basically a cease fire and which still is extremely hostile to America? That’s exactly the situation between Israel and Jordan. There have been numerous instances when ‘Palestinians’ given work permits in Israel have committed terrorism.
Third, the map lines as now drawn simply give the ‘Palestinians’ a closer range to shoot from. Several of the Israeli communities we’re talking about would be easy targets.
And finally, Fourth,the object here, ‘peace’ between Israel and the PLO is a non-starter.They’re not interested in peace and they never have been. It’s that simple.And both the Trump Administration and Israel’s current government are fooling themselves if they think this means peace with the PLO and Hamas.
Allow me to present a way to actually achieve peace that will definitely work and end this once and for all.

And the irony of it is that it could have been done years ago.

In the Six Day War, Jordan attacked Israel. The IDF pushed the Jordanian troops back across the river. At that time, they could easily have sent the ‘Palestinians’ who all had Jordanian citizenship back across the Jordan River as well, and this entire mess would have been avoided. However, Israel’s Labor government made a mess of things. They made the mistake of thinking these Arabs would be able to live in peace with them, and it turned out to be a huge mistake.

The Israelis built virtually the entire infrastructure in Judea and Samaria….the power grid, the water systems, schools, houses, roads, sewage, irrigation,hospitals, even a university. Their reward of course was that first Intifada. They definitely should have seen that coming.

The way to finally solve this problem is to do what should have been down back in 1967. Simply move the Arabs who call themselves ‘Palestinians’ across the river, perhaps with cash settlements for people who can actually prove they purchased and own property. This is certainly more than the Arabs gave the almost one million Jews they ethnically cleansed from the Arab world after 1948. They plundered them for everything they had and these Jews left with the clothes on their backs.

Jordan of course would not like this but there’s not much they could do about it, especially since they have already agreed to abandon all claim to Judea and Samaria. Jordan’s midget King Abdullah would also be upset because many of these people tend to cause problems where ever they go…Iraq, Kuwait,Lebanon, Egypt and yes, Jordan, which Arafat almost took over in 1970’s Black September.

Odd, isn’t it? All refugees are supposedly taken care of by UNHCR(also known as the UN Refugee Agency) except one…the almost 1 million penniless Jews ethnically cleansed by the Arab world in1948.Most of them ended up living in tent cities in Israel.  They never received a dime except from Jewish charities. President Trump, to his credit, mentioned this in his peace plan, although without actually suggesting any, kind of payback by the countries involved in stealing well over a billion and a half dollars US in property, homes, businesses, bank accounts and personal property according to the most conservative estimates.
Oh, but wait, there’s another group the UNHCR doesn’t handle They’re handled by one of the UN’s biggest and well funded sections,  UNRWA which is solely devoted to the care and welfare of these alleged ‘Palestinian’ refugees many who left willingly under orders from the Arab States attacking Israel and their leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini. Except these refugees were never refugees at all! In 1954, the Jordanian Parliament gave Jordanian citizenship to all of them including the ones in the UNRWA facilities. And even UNRWA’s first American Chief Executive to the US Congress admitted that since they didn’t bother checking, many of these ‘refugees might never have lived in ‘Palestine’ at all, but were given food, lodging etc anyway. And unlike any other group of refugees, the train just keeps on rolling.
 
These people supposedly ‘fled ‘ from Israel 72 years ago but the UN makes sure their refugee status is hereditary! No other group of refugees gets this kind of gravy train. Could it be because they picked the right enemies, the Jews?
I have to give President Trump credit for finally ending US funding of UNRWA. Among other things, UNRWA’s schools teach ‘Palestinian’ kids to hate Jews and that terrorism against Jews is a holy act that will make them ‘holy martyrs’ as Abbas calls them.  UNRWA has even been caught hiding terrorists and arms in their schools, Mosques and other buildings.
In short, Jordan is the Arab ‘Palestinian’ State and the Jordan River the logical and legal boundary between that and Israel. It’s time Israel realized  this, instead of wasting time with so called peace plans that have never and will never work.
It’s time Israel faced reality, nochon habibim?
Rob Miller
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com, Yediot and other publications

A few highlights from the draft 2020 Democrat Party Platform

The Democrats released a draft version of their 2020 platform. These are just a few highlights (or lowlights) from this 80-page racist, Marxist disaster.

The draft platform is an 80-page-long, singe-spaced document. It’s very repetitive, repeating the same facts to make different points. It is as hard left as a document can be. It is communism without the bother of a full-scale revolution first. Democrats clearly hope that a few revolutionary battles in a few city streets will be sufficient to scare Americans into voting for them without bringing out the guillotine first.

I don’t have time for a deep dive. This is a shallow dive.

Whose recession? As a general irritant, the document refers to “Trump’s recession.” The reality is that Trump gave us one of the strongest economies ever in American history. It was the Democrats’ lockdowns, followed by the Democrats’ riots, followed by more Democrat lockdowns, that damaged the economy. The only reason people aren’t in worse shape is because of the strong Trump economy, which gave us some resiliency.

Hypocrisy about reparations. On its first page, the document has an acknowledgment that America is built on land once held by Native Americans:

The Democratic National Committee wishes to acknowledge that we gather together to state our values on lands that have been stewarded through many centuries by the ancestors and descendants of Tribal Nations who have been here since time immemorial. We honor the communities native to this continent, and recognize that our country was built on Indigenous homelands. We pay our respects to the millions of Indigenous people throughout history who have protected our lands, waters, and animals.

Under the rules of reparations as set out by the Democrat party, every Democrat in America has a moral obligation, if he or she owns land, to donate it the descendants of the Native Americans from whom it was taken. Those Democrats who do not do so are low-down, dirty, lying hypocrites.

Despite lip service to Israel, this is not a pro-Israel document. The Democrats say that they want a strong Israel that has the right to defend itself. They promise to abide by the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), which sounds very Israel friendly. It’s not.

First, the MOU was something America forced on Israel so that Israel could continue to buy the weapons it needs against the genocidal nations surrounding it. The agreement makes it impossible for Israel to buy weapons from places other than America, including buying weapons from itself.

The foreign aid dollar amount in the agreement includes the cost of missile defense — but the missile defense amount is dependent on Congress. A hostile Congress will leave Israel without a defense against Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The flip side of that is that the MOU bans Israel from asking Congress for extra money, which means it has no flexibility.

Thankfully, Israel has turned herself into an extremely well-trained porcupine, bristling with weapons. However, the agreement places shackles around her that make it very difficult for her to augment her defenses in times of need.

In addition, while professing its love for Israel and (to its credit) saying it will not countenance either the Boycott, Divest, & Sanction movement or the UN’s incessant Israel-targeting, the Democrat party has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to be invested in the two-state solution, which is a meaningless dead end. Israel pulled out of Gaza and all she ended up with was a terrorist state on her border.

And then there’s this a sneaky clause, right in front of saying that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s capital. That clause reads, “We believe that while Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations….” No, it’s not. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. “Final status negotiations” only means that the Democrats will push to divide the City. We know what happens if any part of the city goes to the Palestinians: They will make it Judenrein and will destroy all signs of Jewish presence, historic or current.

Finally, Trump stopped sending “pay-to-slay” money to the Palestinians. Democrats intend to reinstate it.

The Mideast policy isn’t any better. As a general matter, the Democrats’ Middle East plan attempts to turn the clock back to the Obama era. They plan to reinstate the Iran Agreement. This would be terrible, especially considering that Trump has seriously weakened the mullahs who terrorize their own people. It also puts Israel right back in the nuclear crosshairs. Israel has bought itself time with the sabotage all over Iran, but that’s just a year of breathing space.

Shorn of anti-Trump rhetoric, the policy regarding ISIS is Trump’s policy: a small, agile force that can police those sadists as necessary.

The Democrats are obsessed with race and sexual habits. I view Americans as a single people. Ideally, we all want safety, prosperity, and liberty. Democrats, however, see Americans as little nodules of interest. Here’s just a sampling of the pandering to all sorts of different interest groups (a lot of which involves marginalizing less melanized people):

America bills itself as the land of opportunity, but intergenerational mobility has plummeted; children born in the United States are less likely to move up the income ladder than those in Canada, Denmark, or the United Kingdom. Women still earn just 82 cents to every dollar men earn, with even greater disparities for women of color. Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households. And there is a persistent, pernicious racial wealth gap that holds millions of Americans back, with the typical white household holding six times more wealth than the typical Latino family and 10 times more wealth than the typical Black family.

Democrats aren’t going to help wealth creation in America. They’re going to have spreadsheets and make sure that only the right people (i.e., non-whites) benefit from a Democrat-run administration. And note the reliance on the canard that women earn less than men because of discrimination. It’s illegal to pay women less for the same work. Women learn less because they gravitate to lower-paying jobs, something that’s often connected with children. They want flex time or, in many cases, they take years or decades off from the job market to raise their children.

Democrats know, though, that it’s all about the racism — which can only be fixed with more racism:

We cannot hope to raise wages without taking on the profound racial biases at work in our employment system. The wage gap between Black workers and white workers is higher today than it was 20 years ago. It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months—and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years. Democrats believe we need to be much more proactive and aggressive in rooting out discrimination in our employment system. We will increase funding to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and increase its authority to initiate directed investigations into civil rights violations and violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Federal contractors should be required to develop and disclose plans to recruit and promote people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans—and be held accountable for delivering.

Democrats also demand equality by refusing to recognize that we’re all humans. If you’re really all about equality, all you have to say is that every American deserves and will get equal justice under the law and equal opportunities. End of story. Instead, the Democrats insist on dividing us into useful political victim groups.

Democrats will protect and promote the equal rights of all our citizens—women, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, people with disabilities, Native Americans, and all who have been discriminated against in too many ways and for too many generations. We commit ourselves to the vision articulated by Frederick Douglass of “a Government founded upon justice, and recognizing the equal rights of all.”

The same dividing people by race stuff shows up over and over, regarding health care policies, “racial justice and equity,” education, the military, terrorism, and pandemics. And always — ALWAYS — the narrative is that whites are getting more than their fair share and that only government action can create (i.e., force) equality.

It’s a frightening document that blames one race for another’s suffering. Other governments have used the same tactic and it never ends well.

Climate change. Democrats continue to use climate change as a reason to redistribute wealth within America and then to redistribute America’s wealth around the world. The first thing they plan to do is rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which shackled America while giving China unfettered pollution rights.

Considering that China is responsible for the biggest amount of plastics in the oceans and is responsible for a significant part of pollution in the air, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is a huge gift to a government that terrorizes its people, enslaves its people, commits genocide against its people, is attempting to colonize all of Asia, commits massive financial and industrial espionage around the world, and gave us the gift of the Wuhan virus. China certainly got what it paid for when it bought the Democrats, from Biden on down.

Speaking of China. The Democrats want a reset, bringing our relationship with China back to the way it was during the Biden years: China undercuts us in trade through unfair means, pollutes the air, and steals our intellectual property.

Unions. Let’s just say that the Democrats have lots of goodies for unions. Lots and lots of goodies. Incredible amounts of goodies. Of course, the unions might want to think about the fact that the treats of China will do away with union jobs. In addition, if the Democrats continue to keep schools closed, that will end the teacher’s unions. Police officers’ unions are already figuring out that they’re safer with Trump than they are with the Democrats.

I’ve got to work now so I’ll stop. Overall, the document is 80 pages of racial division, economic destruction, increased worldwide air pollution, brown-nosing China, and helping to nuclearize Iran. If Americans vote for this, the America we know now is gone forever. It remains to be seen whether Americans will like the ZimbabVenezCuba that raises in its place.

A few highlights from the draft 2020 Democrat Party Platform

The Democrats released a draft version of their 2020 platform. These are just a few highlights (or lowlights) from this 80-page racist, Marxist disaster.

The draft platform is an 80-page-long, singe-spaced document. It’s very repetitive, repeating the same facts to make different points. It is as hard left as a document can be. It is communism without the bother of a full-scale revolution first. Democrats clearly hope that a few revolutionary battles in a few city streets will be sufficient to scare Americans into voting for them without bringing out the guillotine first.

I don’t have time for a deep dive. This is a shallow dive.

Whose recession? As a general irritant, the document refers to “Trump’s recession.” The reality is that Trump gave us one of the strongest economies ever in American history. It was the Democrats’ lockdowns, followed by the Democrats’ riots, followed by more Democrat lockdowns, that damaged the economy. The only reason people aren’t in worse shape is because of the strong Trump economy, which gave us some resiliency.

Hypocrisy about reparations. On its first page, the document has an acknowledgment that America is built on land once held by Native Americans:

The Democratic National Committee wishes to acknowledge that we gather together to state our values on lands that have been stewarded through many centuries by the ancestors and descendants of Tribal Nations who have been here since time immemorial. We honor the communities native to this continent, and recognize that our country was built on Indigenous homelands. We pay our respects to the millions of Indigenous people throughout history who have protected our lands, waters, and animals.

Under the rules of reparations as set out by the Democrat party, every Democrat in America has a moral obligation, if he or she owns land, to donate it the descendants of the Native Americans from whom it was taken. Those Democrats who do not do so are low-down, dirty, lying hypocrites.

Despite lip service to Israel, this is not a pro-Israel document. The Democrats say that they want a strong Israel that has the right to defend itself. They promise to abide by the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), which sounds very Israel friendly. It’s not.

First, the MOU was something America forced on Israel so that Israel could continue to buy the weapons it needs against the genocidal nations surrounding it. The agreement makes it impossible for Israel to buy weapons from places other than America, including buying weapons from itself.

The foreign aid dollar amount in the agreement includes the cost of missile defense — but the missile defense amount is dependent on Congress. A hostile Congress will leave Israel without a defense against Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. The flip side of that is that the MOU bans Israel from asking Congress for extra money, which means it has no flexibility.

Thankfully, Israel has turned herself into an extremely well-trained porcupine, bristling with weapons. However, the agreement places shackles around her that make it very difficult for her to augment her defenses in times of need.

In addition, while professing its love for Israel and (to its credit) saying it will not countenance either the Boycott, Divest, & Sanction movement or the UN’s incessant Israel-targeting, the Democrat party has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It continues to be invested in the two-state solution, which is a meaningless dead end. Israel pulled out of Gaza and all she ended up with was a terrorist state on her border.

And then there’s this a sneaky clause, right in front of saying that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s capital. That clause reads, “We believe that while Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations….” No, it’s not. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. “Final status negotiations” only means that the Democrats will push to divide the City. We know what happens if any part of the city goes to the Palestinians: They will make it Judenrein and will destroy all signs of Jewish presence, historic or current.

Finally, Trump stopped sending “pay-to-slay” money to the Palestinians. Democrats intend to reinstate it.

The Mideast policy isn’t any better. As a general matter, the Democrats’ Middle East plan attempts to turn the clock back to the Obama era. They plan to reinstate the Iran Agreement. This would be terrible, especially considering that Trump has seriously weakened the mullahs who terrorize their own people. It also puts Israel right back in the nuclear crosshairs. Israel has bought itself time with the sabotage all over Iran, but that’s just a year of breathing space.

Shorn of anti-Trump rhetoric, the policy regarding ISIS is Trump’s policy: a small, agile force that can police those sadists as necessary.

The Democrats are obsessed with race and sexual habits. I view Americans as a single people. Ideally, we all want safety, prosperity, and liberty. Democrats, however, see Americans as little nodules of interest. Here’s just a sampling of the pandering to all sorts of different interest groups (a lot of which involves marginalizing less melanized people):

America bills itself as the land of opportunity, but intergenerational mobility has plummeted; children born in the United States are less likely to move up the income ladder than those in Canada, Denmark, or the United Kingdom. Women still earn just 82 cents to every dollar men earn, with even greater disparities for women of color. Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households. And there is a persistent, pernicious racial wealth gap that holds millions of Americans back, with the typical white household holding six times more wealth than the typical Latino family and 10 times more wealth than the typical Black family.

Democrats aren’t going to help wealth creation in America. They’re going to have spreadsheets and make sure that only the right people (i.e., non-whites) benefit from a Democrat-run administration. And note the reliance on the canard that women earn less than men because of discrimination. It’s illegal to pay women less for the same work. Women learn less because they gravitate to lower-paying jobs, something that’s often connected with children. They want flex time or, in many cases, they take years or decades off from the job market to raise their children.

Democrats know, though, that it’s all about the racism — which can only be fixed with more racism:

We cannot hope to raise wages without taking on the profound racial biases at work in our employment system. The wage gap between Black workers and white workers is higher today than it was 20 years ago. It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months—and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years. Democrats believe we need to be much more proactive and aggressive in rooting out discrimination in our employment system. We will increase funding to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and increase its authority to initiate directed investigations into civil rights violations and violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Federal contractors should be required to develop and disclose plans to recruit and promote people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans—and be held accountable for delivering.

Democrats also demand equality by refusing to recognize that we’re all humans. If you’re really all about equality, all you have to say is that every American deserves and will get equal justice under the law and equal opportunities. End of story. Instead, the Democrats insist on dividing us into useful political victim groups.

Democrats will protect and promote the equal rights of all our citizens—women, LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, people with disabilities, Native Americans, and all who have been discriminated against in too many ways and for too many generations. We commit ourselves to the vision articulated by Frederick Douglass of “a Government founded upon justice, and recognizing the equal rights of all.”

The same dividing people by race stuff shows up over and over, regarding health care policies, “racial justice and equity,” education, the military, terrorism, and pandemics. And always — ALWAYS — the narrative is that whites are getting more than their fair share and that only government action can create (i.e., force) equality.

It’s a frightening document that blames one race for another’s suffering. Other governments have used the same tactic and it never ends well.

Climate change. Democrats continue to use climate change as a reason to redistribute wealth within America and then to redistribute America’s wealth around the world. The first thing they plan to do is rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which shackled America while giving China unfettered pollution rights.

Considering that China is responsible for the biggest amount of plastics in the oceans and is responsible for a significant part of pollution in the air, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is a huge gift to a government that terrorizes its people, enslaves its people, commits genocide against its people, is attempting to colonize all of Asia, commits massive financial and industrial espionage around the world, and gave us the gift of the Wuhan virus. China certainly got what it paid for when it bought the Democrats, from Biden on down.

Speaking of China. The Democrats want a reset, bringing our relationship with China back to the way it was during the Biden years: China undercuts us in trade through unfair means, pollutes the air, and steals our intellectual property.

Unions. Let’s just say that the Democrats have lots of goodies for unions. Lots and lots of goodies. Incredible amounts of goodies. Of course, the unions might want to think about the fact that the treats of China will do away with union jobs. In addition, if the Democrats continue to keep schools closed, that will end the teacher’s unions. Police officers’ unions are already figuring out that they’re safer with Trump than they are with the Democrats.

I’ve got to work now so I’ll stop. Overall, the document is 80 pages of racial division, economic destruction, increased worldwide air pollution, brown-nosing China, and helping to nuclearize Iran. If Americans vote for this, the America we know now is gone forever. It remains to be seen whether Americans will like the ZimbabVenezCuba that raises in its place.

Jews against Themselves

 

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THIS ARTICLE, “Jews against Themselves,”

By, Eileen F. Toplansky

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https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4203703/jewish/Whats-Up-With-Orthodox-Men-and-Women-and-the-Handshake.htm
https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/4203703/jewish/Whats-Up-With-Orthodox-Men-and-Women-and-the-Handshake.htm

 

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Jews are now commemorating what is known as the Three Weeks.  It is when Jews express grief for the destruction of the Holy Temple in ancient Israel.  The Temple was breached by the Romans in 69 C.E.  The mourning period concludes with a fast to remember when both Holy Temples were set aflame.  Thus, Tisha B’Av (Ninth of Av) is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar.

These calamitous events, among others, came from outside the Jewish world but have impacted it for centuries.  What is happening today in America and abroad is that Jews are deliberately working against themselves.  Why are so many Jews joining forces with a known anti-Semitic group such as the Black Lives Matter?

In his 2015 book titled Jews Against Themselves, Edward Alexander examines the various strains of thought that many Jews have adopted.  The ultimate aim of each strain is the hollowing out of Judaism and the obliteration of Israel.  These approaches pit Jewish particularism against Jewish universalism, the latter which results in undermining Jewish interests and lives.  In essence, it is “Jewish suicidalism [sic].”

For example “Judith Butler who urges progressive people to fight anti-Semitism … maintains that it is ‘wildly improbable that somebody examining the divestment petitions signed by herself and her co-conspirators might take them (as hundreds on her own campus already had) as condoning anti-Semitism.'”  In short, Butler dismisses actions such as BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and cannot comprehend that they are overtly anti-Semitic.  She is wearing blinders while maintaining the alleged moral high ground.

Thus, while Jews have faced variations of anti-Semitism throughout the centuries, the latest manifestation occurs when the “new anti-Jewish Jew embraces his Jewishness [sic] by attacking Israel” either directly or indirectly.  Consequently, “he claims to be more authentically Jewish than those … fellow Jews who somehow fail to follow him in his tireless efforts to delegitimize and thus destroy the only Jewish state.”

These Jews are “great moralizers,” using Jewish concepts in a perverse way to delegitimize Israel and other Jews who will not join the chorus of support for groups who are publicly anti-Semitic.  For example, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice “claims it is inspired by Jewish tradition to dismantle racism and economic exploitation [and] on its website, the organization highlights its work with Black Lives Matter and its efforts to fight Islamophobia and dismantle ICE.”  In fact, this group is letting anti-Semites be its guide.

Thus, we see more than 400 Jewish organizations and synagogues signing on to a letter that asserts “unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”  Do these folks know that Black Lives Matter was

“founded by Marxist revolutionaries in 2013, [and] Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that depicts the United States as a nation awash in racism, sexism, and homophobia”?

Demonstrators at BLM events have been known to smear white police as trigger-happy bigots who are intent upon killing innocent, unarmed black males; taunt, and direct obscenities at, uniformed police officers who are on duty; throw rocks at police and threaten to kill them; and celebrate in the streets when a police officer is killed.”

  • At a BLM march in August 2015, protesters chanted : ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.’ (‘Pigs’ was a reference to police officers, and ‘blanket’ was a reference to body bags.)
  • On a BLM-affiliated radio program … the hosts laughed at the … assassination of a white Texas deputy; boasted that blacks were like lions who could prevail in a ‘race war’ against whites; happily predicted that ‘we will witness more executions and killing of white people and cops than we ever have before’; and declared that ‘It’s open season on killing white people and crackas.’ …

BLM was established as an online platform in 2013 by Patrisse CullorsAlicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. In a July 2015 speech at the annual Netroots Nation convention in Phoenix, Cullors exhorted fellow blacks to ‘rise the fuck up,’ ‘shut this shit down,’ and ‘burn everything down!’ In 2015 as well, Cullors openly acknowledged BLM’s revolutionary Marxist objectives, proclaiming on video: ‘We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular, we’re trained organizers. We are trained Marxists.

In fact, they applaud “Eric Mann, a communist revolutionary and a domestic terrorist who in the 1960s and ’70s was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground, whose shared objective was to launch a race war against the ‘white’ United States on behalf of the nonwhite Third World.  Mann trained Cullors in Marxist-Leninist ideology and the tactics of political organizing.”

In short, the murder of white people of all ages is the BLM approach to ending racism!  For those Jews who are so concerned with slavery, please note that some corporations that are pouring in money to support Black Lives Matter “are using modern day slave labor.”  Tikun olam, anyone?[1]

Zoe Strimpel explains how Black Lives Matter, which claims to be an anti-racist movement “often fosters anti-Semitism.  This is because the most committed anti-racists see Jews [as] part of an imperialist racist Zionist conspiracy, represented by Israel.”  Consequently, Strimpel “was dismayed, but far from surprised to see, that the Black Lives Matter protests have gone on producing potent outbreaks of anti-Semitism.”

A few weeks ago, rioting in Los Angeles following the murder of George Floyd saw a number of Jewish shops destroyed, synagogues vandalised with ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti, and a statue of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from being murdered by the Nazis, daubed in anti-Semitic slogans.

Back in America, Ice Cube, the rapper, chose to advance the cause of George Floyd by posting a caricature of Jewish figures with the caption: ‘All we have to do is stand up [against them] and their little game is over.’ The image was nearly identical to one used by Nazis in the 1930s to incite hatred and violence against Jews. Ice Cube also praised Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan, one of the world’s most rabid anti-Semites. All in the name of racial justice, naturally.

Alex Winston explains how “Black Lives Matter UK called several times for parliamentarians and governments to implement ‘sanctions, effective measures and an end to Israel’s impunity.'”  Thus, a “major UK Jewish watchdog has called out the UK chapter of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for anti-Semitism after a series of anti-Israel tweets[.]”

The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) responded to the tweet, writing that ‘Black Lives Matter movement should embrace solidarity from Jews.  There have been calls for violence against [Jews] from prominent BLM supporters with no official condemnation. Now from the official UK BLM account, we hear … that fighting anti-Semitism has ‘gagged’ legitimate debate.

CAA “wrote on its website. ‘BLM is treading a well-worn path walked by many extremists and abhorred by real civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who once told a student in Boston who had made a comment attacking ‘Zionists’: ‘When people criticize ‘Zionists’ they mean ‘Jews’ You’re talking anti-Semitism!'”

So while Jews think they are engaging in a Martin Luther King march for civil rights, they are in complete denial about the true nature of BLM.

And it should never be forgotten that the Marxist BLM and the radical Islamic forcesare allies.

This is not the first case where what may be a jihadist attack took place amidst a larger anti-police Black Lives Matter narrative being pushed by the radical left.  Following protests in Ferguson, MO in response to the death of Michael Brown, Islamist groups played a public role in organizing and spreading propaganda.  Multiple incidents targeting police involved individuals with Islamist links, like Zale Thompson, Jaleel Abdul-Jabbar, and Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

As the goals of the left and the radical Islamists are similar, it is no surprise that they have joined forces.  Jews, wake up!

Why have so many Jews forgotten the words of Emma Lazarus, who said, “A study of Jewish history is all that is necessary to make a patriot of an intelligent Jew”?  How have Jews become so naïve that they do not see that they are the pawns of a group that will use them and then discard them as useful idiots?

Some Jews are beginning to be roused. According to Yair Rosenberg, “… an alliance of groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement unveiled their first official platform.  The 40,000-word manifesto contained many recommendations, including concrete policy proposals, for rectifying the wrongs perpetrated against America’s African-American citizens in the past and present. Unfortunately, the platform also contained a vicious bigoted slur against the Jewish state, which the document’s foreign policy section accused of perpetrating ‘genocide’ against Palestinians.  (The platform also labeled Israel an ‘apartheid state’ and joined with the BDS movement in calling for the total academic, cultural, and economic boycott of the country — a demand made for no other state.)[2]  This did not go over well with Jewish groups — including some of Black Lives Matters’ hitherto staunch progressive allies.”

In 1988, Aharon Appelfeld wrote that “[t]he Jewish ability to internalize any critical and condemnatory remark and castigate themselves is one of the marvels of human nature.” Appeasement by any nation leads to its demise. That Jews in this day and age abandon their own self-interest and give anti-Semitism a pass is breathtaking. That these Jews under the mantle of self-righteousness would permit the defamation, abandonment, and harm of their own people whether here or abroad means they need to better heed the prophet who wrote, “Awake, awake, Put on thy strength, O Zion” (Isaiah 52:1).

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.


[1] The term “mipnei tikkun ha-olam” (perhaps best translated as ‘in the interest of public policy’).

[2] For the record, apartheid is quite apparent in the Middle East, except it is not Israelwhere it occurs.

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Boris Johnson – Just Another Cowardly, Empty Suit

When Boris Johnson first became the UK’s Prime Minister, my original opinion was that he would finally see Brexit completed, deal with the migration problem and put the UK back on the right path. Yes, he fooled me too, although given the alternative of a Labour Party with anti-semitic Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson was the best choice available.

It has turned out that the difference isn’t all that much, really. Ye he did getBrxit through, sort of although he’s still going back and forth with the EU.

Bojo has done little or nothing to deal with the UK’s problem with violent migrants. In fact, none other then Nigel Farage has actually filmed the UK authorities allowing boatloads of Muslim migrants shipped across the Channel by France into Britain with virtually no vetting.

Crime in London continues to skyrocket, and Mayor Sadiq Kahn of course has done little or nothing to stop it. Nor have London’s police, who are obviously under orders not to do so. Just recently, the Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters took a large part of the city apart.

Enoch Powell
In the latest dust up, the mob was allowed by the police to do quite a bit of  beating down on anyone they wanted to as well as a lot of looting and destruction,  vandalizing statues of Queen Victoria, Lord Nelson, one of King James II, George Washington and Winston Churchill as well as a number of historic buildings like the Cenotaph War memorial, The National Gallery,  The police essentially ran away as the mob chanted “Run piggy run.”. Those who attempted to stop the carnage were assaulted by the mob which had no fear of them at all.

And why would they? London’s assistant commissioner for police Anil Kanti “Neil” Basu said he would “probably” have joined Black Lives Matter protests himself if he was not a police officer. That, even though 60 of his police officers were injured by the rioters, some of them quite seriously.

And Boris Johnson’s comment on the vandalizing of a statue of one of Britain’s greatest leaders? “Churchill sometimes expressed opinions that were and are unacceptable today.”

Like perhaps Churchill’s assessment of Islam? Sheer cowardice on Bojo’s part, but this fits in with Mayor Kahn’s new campaign to ‘diversify the landmarks of London.’  And believe,that’s not all that’s being ‘diversified’ in London as well as other cities in Britain.

And remember Boris Johnson’s talking about a new and better relationship with Israel? Don’t bet on it. He’s proved himself to be basically a more sophisticated and smoother version of Jeremy Corbyn.

His latest stunt is to join other hostile EU countries in threatening Israel with sanctions if Israel applies Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria where Israeli cities exist..the opposite of what he said before.

MP Crispin Blunt, a member of Bojo’s own party put this together in collusion with something called the Council for Arab British Understanding. There’s no question this was done with Bojo’s consent. Blunt was one of 130 British parliamentarians who signed a letter to Johnson in May urging him to impose sanctions on Israel if it moved ahead with its sovereignty plan.

Bojo’s remarks at question time about this? Here they are:
“I believe that what is proposed by Israel would amount to a breach of international law and we strongly object to it, and we believe profoundly in a two-state solution and will continue to make that case.”
My, my! First of all, Israel didn’t propose this. President Trump did, as part of his peace plan. Sanctions then? Bojo didn’t say yes exactly, but if he let this get that far, he almost certainly would go along with it…some ‘better relation.’
And here’s the irony.
Second, according to international law, ALL of Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank to the uninitiated) belongs to Israel.  And Britain happily signed on to that.
In 1922, Britain, as the  Mandatory Power appointed by the League of Nations decided to ask for permission to divide the Palestine Mandate into two parts, one for a Jewish state the other for an Arab state because they wanted to reward Abdullah, one of the sons of the Hashemite Sharif of Mecca with a kingdom.*

This new treaty,the San Remo Accords was ratified between Britain,the League, the Jews and the Arabs, It stated that the Jews would receive everything west of the Jordan River (22%) and the Arabs would get everything east of the Jordan River(78%). The Brits made sure the new Arab kingdom, named Trans-Jordan was quickly created. After which they went out of their way to prevent the creation of a Jewish state in numerous ways.

The most disgraceful of these was to prevent Jews from migrating to Palestine while allowing unlimited Arab migration. In 1939, Neville Chamberlain, a known anti-semite issued an order not to let any Jews into Palestine at all… at a time when thousands of Jewish refugees who had fled to France and other countries had nowhere else to go. He also appointed a rabid Jew hater and Nazi Ally, Amin al-Husseini as leader of the Palestinian Arabs. During WWII, when Israel’s Jews fought with the Allies, Husseini was in Europe recruiting Bosnian Muslims for Hitler’s armies and translating Mein Kamph into Arabic.

After WWII, when Labour’s Clem Atlee took over, he made the decision to allow Husseini back into Palestine. At the same time, the Brits were still not allowing Jews into Palestine, and even had their own concentration camp on Cyprus for any survivors of the Holocaust they caught trying to get in, and in some cases, they even sent Jews back to the very same death camps in Europe they had been imprisoned in.

In 1948, when Israel declared its independence  the UN recognized it, although  Britain didn’t. The UN also made the San Remo Accords part of its charter, in Article 80.
 
So according to international law, the area in question all belongs to Israel.
When the Arabs made it very plain in 1948 that they intended a jihad to get rid of the Jews, the UK,  when it pulled out, left a number of strategic areas like the Taggart forts in Arab hands They also armed the Arab nations involved and in the case of Jordan, even sent officers to command them under Colonel John Glubb, a notorious anti-semite. In other words, three years after Auschwitz was liberated, the Brits were aiding and abetting what could have become a second Holocaust.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Aside from a few exceptions, Britain has always been an anti-semitic and anti-Israel country in its policies.
As for the two state solution, aside from the fact that’s already been tried and has utterly failed, there is no reason for it since Jordan exists and most of the Arabs who started calling themselves ‘Palestinians’ after the’67 war have Jordanian citizenship, including the so-called refugees, They’ve had it since 1954, courtesy of Jordan’s parliament. And that includes Mahmoud Abbas.
If the Brits want to give these people a country so much, perhaps they should hand them a piece  their country.Why not? Parts of it are already filled with Muslims, there are already sharia courts, more mosques than churches, halal food everywhere, honor killings, sex grooming gangs, acid throwing etc. and the Brits don’t seem disposed to change any of  that.So they’d be right at home.

As for Boris Johnson, he’s essentially just another Theresa May with a penis. He is obviously not the solution to what’s ailing Britain, although it seemed like it at the time.

It’s obvious to me that the solution is more like this.…and I hope the Brits wake up.

* Actually, Abdullah wanted Syria but so did the French, so he was forced to settle, especially since the people in Damascus wanted no part of illiterate Arabs running things after the taste of it they had at the end of WWI.

 

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Hate Israel? Read this

Think that Israel is strictly a parasite on the American taxpayer? Think we shouldn’t help Israel or be its ally? Hate Israel? Read this.

Lots of people, mostly Democrats have no love lost for Israel and attack it every chance they get. They spout the fable that Israel does nothing for us and that we should break all ties with them. They hate Israel and especially hate President Trump, because he’s the most pro Israel president we’ve had in the oval office for decades.

As far as ‘doing nothing for America’ well, that nonsense is easily refuted.

But all that aside, Israel has done something unique for America.

In spite of Israel’s own problems with the Wu Han coronaviris, Israeli generic drug giant Teva announced Friday that they will be sending ten million doses of its anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to America. Six million doses will be delivered to US hospitals by March 31, and more than ten million in a month.

And they’re letting us have it for free, at no cost.

The hydroxychloroquine molecule, also used for decades in autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, has been shown to have an effect  on the elimination of the virus, said Professor Didier Raoult, director of France’s Institut Hospitalo Universitaire (IHU) for the study of infectious diseases.

According to the study carried out by Prof. Raoult on 24 patients with coronavirus, six days after the start of taking hydroxychloroquine, the virus had disappeared in three-quarters of people treated.Considering that the virus is most harmful to the elderly, that’s not bad odds. There have also been successes here in America. Three international studies found chloroquine along with Azithromycin was successful in treating the coronavirus. Australia has also reported a good ratio of success using this drug.

Once again, President Trump seems to be proven right again. And the Democrats and their lackeys who work in the left wing media? Once again they’ve been shown up for exactly what they are. They’re  people who will do anything to climb to power by exploiting a crisis.

And the Israeli scientist say they’re very close to a vaccine.According to David Zigdon, the Chief Operating Officer of the institute where the research is being done, the vaccine will be administered orally. He stated, “there is a great need for an immediate solution to human infection of coronavirus, and we have been working to do that nonstop.”

“The solution we are developing against COVID-19 virus has proven effective, and we believe a version for human treatment can be ready within eight to 10 weeks. That will be followed by a 90-day test period to ensure safety.”

That was at the end of February…so watch the news.

It’s at times like this when you find out who your friends really are, isn’t it? Remember this the next time you hear some idiot mouthing off with the usual  hate Israel nonsense. You might just want  to tell him about this.

The LORD had said to Abram, “leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation

and I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all people’s on earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-3

 

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Explaining Israel’s Elections

It’s a bit complex, but I’ll take a shot at  explaining Israel’s elections.

Unlike America, Israel has a parliamentary system, an unfortunate inheritance from previous British rule.Among other things, that means multiple political parties rather than just two.

Israel, being a small country likewise lacks states and therefore, an electoral college. Instead, seats in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament are doled out based on the percentage of votes each party gets. Parties who get less than 3.5percent get zero seats, known in Israel as ‘mandates.’

To win and control the Knesset, a party needs 61 mandates out of 120. Since this rarely if ever happens, once the results are in the horsetrading starts, with the leading parties swapping cabinet positions (AKA portfolios) with other parties to get to 61.

Last time, no one party was able to get to 61 and form a government. Ditto this time, at least so far.

The two leading parties are Likud and a new left wing party called Blue and White. While most of the population voted for Right Wing and religious parties, they still lack 3 mandates. Blue and White lack a few more than that, but the only way they get even to that number is by bringing the anti-Israel Joint Arab List parties into government and of course, acceding to their demands. Blue And White leaders Benny Gantz and Yair (Tommy) Lipid already said they would bring the Arab parties  into  their coalition and comply with various demands. The Arab list concurred but changed their minds based on Gantz’s military record, ambivalent as it is.

The man who is really holding the cards is Avigdor Liberman, leader of Yisrael Beiteinu. This party is primarily a party of Russian immigrants to Israel and a Nationalist party on the right. They ordinarily would be in Likud’s governing coalition and with 7 mandates would give Netanyahu and Likud an easy majority. What’s stopping them is Liberman’s intense dislike of Netanyahu ever since Bibi fired him as Defense Minister. He also has resentment towards the religious right wing parties in Netanyahu’s coalition, and they return the favor. On to other hand, if he were to try and take his party into Ganz’s coalition,his party would likely revolt because of blue and White’s willingness to bring the anti-Israel Arab Parties into government. So he’s sitting tight and enjoying every minute of the chaos he’s creating.

This will likely end in one of these ways:

  • An uneasy ‘unity government ‘ that would  likely crash soon. After all, some 26% voted for the Blue and White party, but the Israeli electorate in general, and particularly the 75% who are Jews, voted  for continuing the country’s present abandonment of socialism and for right-wing parties.
  • Netanyahu going behind the scenes and getting those three mandates he needs from Liberman’s party by offering them ministries and positions.
  • Another election, something I doubt would happen but it is possible.

So that in a nutshell is my shot at explaining Israel’s Elections.

 

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IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR – “The Fighting Dramatically Escalates As Both Sides Prepare For ‘The Final War’ Between Israel And Iran” —by Michael Snyder

IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR

OPINION: JEFFREY A. FRIEDBERG

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** So many of you apparent, on-the-record, Israel-Jew-haters, seem to frequently cite reported, lying, Muslim and Racist propaganda— how the “USA fights Israel’s battles for them,” because the USA “works for the Israel lobby.”

Well, Tinkerbell: you can take all that with you straight to Hell.

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Are we about to see World War 3 erupt in the Middle East?  Over the past several days, Israel has attempted to prevent attacks by Iranian forces and their allies by striking targets in Syria, Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq.  As you will see below, political leaders in both Lebanon and Iraq are now accusing Israel of a “declaration of war”, and Hezbollah is pledging to strike Israel back extremely hard.  Of course if a full-blown war erupts between Israel and one of her neighbors, it is likely to become a multi-front war almost immediately.  But at the core, this is a conflict between Israel and Iran.  The Iranians have repeatedly pledged to wipe the nation of Israel off the face of the planet, and the coming “final war” is going to literally be a matter of life or death for those two nations.  Both sides have been preparing for this “final war” for a very long time, and once it fully erupts the death and destruction that we will witness will be off the charts.

 Just within the past few days, the fighting has escalated dramatically as the Israelis have conducted operations in four different territories

Israeli forces openly claimed attacks over the weekend in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip and were blamed for two more operations in Lebanon and Iraq. As reports of what occurred across the region emerged, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at his country’s ongoing efforts abroad, telling a Monday planning meeting that “we will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies.”

The attacks in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq specifically targeted Iranian forces and their allies, and the goal was to prevent imminent attacks against Israel

In Syria, Israeli warplanes killed two members of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Israel says the individuals were supporting an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plot to launch explosive-laden drones into Israel. The Israelis say that the specific Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unit responsible was the Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani. If true, the Quds Force was likely using Hezbollah as a deniable proxy to avoid direct links between the plot and Tehran.

In another operation in Lebanon, Israel targeted another Iranian-allied group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Iraq, senior Iran-aligned figures accused Israel of another air strike.

Missiles are not flying directly back and forth between Israel and Iran yet, but at this point a state of war essentially exists, and many are deeply concerned about what is going to happen next.

In particular, it looks like Hezbollah could launch a large scale attack against Israel at any moment, because their leadership is absolutely furious that the Israelis just hit their headquarters building in Beirut

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, threatened to attack Israel in retaliation for a drone attack over the weekend on the organization’s headquarters in Beirut. Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah are now at their highest point since the 2006 war.

And the Lebanese government itself is extremely angry as well.  In fact, the president of Lebanon has publicly stated that what Israel has just done is essentially the equivalent of “a declaration of war”

Lebanese President Michel Aoun met Monday with the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis, calling Israel’s moves in Beirut and Qusaya “a declaration of war.”

The statement echoed the words of Iraq’s powerful Fateh Alliance, which called separate strikes that killed a militia commander in the border town of Al-Qaim “a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” according to the Associated Press.

 

This is an extremely serious situation.  Israel is literally on the brink of war with Hezbollah, and many feel that such a war is inevitable.

Meanwhile, a very powerful bloc in the Iraqi government has also accused Israel of “a declaration of war”

A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel.

The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, “which we consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people.”

We had not seen the Israeli military strike targets in Iraq until just recently, and this latest attack has absolutely enraged the Shia militias.  During the funeral procession for the commander that was killed in the attack, some of the Shia fighters were actually trampling the American flag

The Shia militia group, meanwhile, held a funeral procession in Baghdad for the commander killed on Sunday.

“There is no greater God but God!” the mourners shouted as they marched behind a banner with the words “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Some trampled on an American flag as they marched.

Thousands of U.S. soldiers died, thousands more were injured, and we spent trillions of dollars in the process of “liberating” Iraq, and this is how they feel about us.

What a colossal waste.

Ultimately, nothing is going to be able to stop the massive war that is coming to the region.  The Iranians and all of their allies have a religiously-fueled hatred for Israel that most people living in the western world will never understand, and they are absolutely obsessed with permanently destroying the nation of Israel as it exists today.  There will never be peace between the two sides, and the coming apocalyptic conflict will literally be a battle for national survival.

This can definitely be described as a time of “wars and rumors of wars”, and the situation on the ground is extremely fluid right now.  The fact that the Israelis have another national election coming up adds another layer of complexity to all of this, and that election may cause events to accelerate even faster than many were anticipating.

Let us pray for peace, because right now tensions are extremely high and things are beginning to spiral out of control.

And when a full-blown war does break out, it is highly likely that the U.S. will get involved, and that will have enormous implications for all of us.

Get Prepared NowAbout the author: Michael Snyder is a nationally-syndicated writer, media personality and political activist. He is the author of four books including Get Prepared Now, The Beginning Of The End and Living A Life That Really Matters. His articles are originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dreamand The Most Important News. From there, his articles are republished on dozens of other prominent websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so. The more people that see this information the better, and we need to wake more people up while there is still time.

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No. 10 Bookworm Podcast — Tlaib, Omar, Israel, and the Times takes on slavery

The advent of the internet means that ordinary people like me can loudly criticize Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and the Times‘ ridiculous 1619 project.

(If you prefer listening to reading, the companion podcast is embedded below, or you can listen to it at Libsyn or at Apple podcasts. I’m trying to make a go of my podcast so, if you like it, please share it with your friends and on social media. Giving it good ratings helps too.)

An internet world lets ordinary people praise Israel. It’s very hard to cast ones mind back to a pre-internet era when traditional news outlets were the only game in town and news was on a day-to-day cycle. In today’s world, the fact that two junior Congresswomen were denied admission to Israel has received 24/7 coverage in the old-line news media (television and what we still call “print,” even though it’s really internet). In addition, politicians — especially Leftists — have spoken about it steadily, flooding Twitter with their opinions.

Here are the basic outlines: Rashida Tlaib (D-Palestine) and Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) have consistently and openly demonized both Israel and Jews. Among other things, both have actively pushed the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement, which seeks to destroy Israel economically. Of course, those who argue that this is an appropriate activity because of Israel’s alleged human rights abuses have not pushed a BDS movement against any other country that has provably violated human rights. The same people behind BDS are horrified that Trump would use economic sanctions against China, never mind that China’s human rights abuses against its own people are legion and that its economic abuses are terribly damaging to Americans here at home.

Anyhoo, Tlaib and Omar planned to travel on the taxpayers’ dime to visit Israel. Oh, wait! I misspoke. They planned to travel on the taxpayers’ dime to visit a place called Palestine:

Omar Tlaib itinerary Palestine Israel

Israel mulled letting the women into the country but eventually decided against it. In so doing, it relied on an existing law holding that Israel has the right to bar from entry people who support the BDS movement. One could add that it’s quite reasonable to prohibit entry to people who call for your country’s destruction and openly embrace activists who use violence to advance that destruction.

Democrats went nuts. How dare Israel enforce its borders! How dare Israel insult the U.S. Congress! How dare Israel insult American citizens! How dare Israel listen to Trump’s advice about the women!

Tlaib then upped the ante by announcing that Israel’s decision was barring her from seeing her beloved 95-year-old grandmother. She promised, in writing, that if Israel agreed, she would not engage in any anti-Israel provocation:

Israel yielded to this humanitarian request, only to have Tlaib immediately throw it back in Israel’s face:

In other words, the whole thing was a stunt to keep the news cycle going a bit longer. Which gets me back to my point about the non-stop news cycle. Would this kind of non-news also have been a story in the old days? I think it would have been. I distinctly remember when the media turned on Jimmy Carter (hoping, I’m sure, that Ted Kennedy would become the Democrat candidate for 1980). The traditional media was suddenly flooded with endless iterations about killer rabbits, lusting after the Polish people, and defecting from America.

The virtue of the internet era, despite the best efforts of Google, Facebook, and other Leftist outlets exerting out-sized control over the internet, is that people other than the mainstream media still have a say in the matter. That means that I — and you and every other sane person — can tweet or blog or podcast about the fact that, if Tlaib and Omar can boycott Israel, Israel can boycott them.

And I can point out that it’s really irrelevant that Israel is barring those two women from entering Israel, since their plan is to go to some other country altogether. That other country would be Palestine, a place found only on UNRWA maps and on the map that Tlaib put in her office when she was elected as a U.S. Congresswoman. (UNRWA, for those who don’t know, stands for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. It is the only UN agency devoted entirely to a single group of refugees, a group, moreover, that gained its refugee status 52 years ago. All other refugee groups in the world have either been repatriated or absorbed into their new locales.)

One other opinion I’ve seen floating around is that Israel should let Tlaib and Omar in and have them see places unique to Israel, in the hopes of changing their minds. Daniel Pipes, one of the most profound thinkers about anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment believes this:

For starters, the possibility exists that the congresswomen would have learned something during their travels to diminish their hostility to Israel. It has happened before. Jesse Helms, the longtime Republican senator from North Carolina, who died in 2008, was renowned for his hostility to Israel, for example calling in 1982 for a “shut down” of U.S.-Israel relations. But he was strongly affected by a 1985 trip to the Holy Land and became Israel’s staunch supporter. In a more recent case, former Islamist Maajid Nawaz recalled on Twitter Thursday that a “trip to Israel & engagement with Israeli humans changed me profoundly.”

This is one of the few times I find myself at odds with Pipes. First, Israel can’t force the women to do anything, and visiting “pro-Israel” sites was not on their itinerary. Second, these woman have a political, public, and media investment in hating Israel. There’s no benefit to them in changing their minds. Third, serious haters are surrounded by a mental force field. This is especially true when it comes to calls (not Pipes’ call, by the way) that it would have helped Israel to take Tlaib and Omar to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. I can’t think of a more terrible idea.

I can assure you that seeing Yad Vashem will not move these two open anti-Semites to see the error of their ways. Instead, whether they gloat openly or inwardly, a visit to Yad Vashem will represent something they devoutly wish — the bloody and complete destruction of the Jewish people. Keep in mind that their pals in Hamas have as part of their charter calls for the obliteration of the Jewish people and the complete Muslim takeover of their land. In other words, what Hitler started, they wish to finish. Yad Vashem is not a place of horror for them, but a reminder of work yet to be done.

So, I’m fine with the fact that Tlaib and Omar don’t get to go to Israel, that they don’t see Yad Vashem, and that the internet world, while every bit as Leftistly vicious and repetitive as the old, pre-internet mainstream media world, for the first time gives the rest of us a voice.

One more thing: I’ve seen a bunch of headlines for the past two days about the fact that that Tlaib’s grandmother called for “God to ruin Trump.” She didn’t. If you listen, you hear that she called for “Allah” to ruin Donald Trump.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never considered Allah to be the same creator as the Judeo-Christian God. Monothesist, yes. God, no. Just sayin’.

The risible Times’ take on slavery and America. Byron York has garnered deserved praise for his article describing the latest New York Times project, which isn’t just to say that Trump is racist (its planned narrative for the next 15 months), but to say that all of America is racist:

In the Times‘ view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

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The basic thrust of the 1619 Project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who on Twitter uses the identity Ida Bae Wells, from the crusading late 19th-early 20th century African American journalist Ida B. Wells.

The essays go on to cover the economy (“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”), the food we eat (“The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”), the nation’s physical health (“Why doesn’t the United States have universal healthcare? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”), politics (“America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”), daily life (“What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”), and much more.

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A major goal of the 1619 Project is to take the reframing message to schools. The Times has joined an organization called the Pulitzer Center (which, it should be noted, is not the organization that hands out the Pulitzer Prize) to create a 1619 Project curriculum. “Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom,” the center says in a message to teachers.

The paper also wants to reach into schools itself. “We will be sending some of our writers on multi-city tours to talk to students,” Hannah-Jones said recently, “and we will be sending copies of the magazine to high schools and colleges. Because to us, this project really takes wing when young people are able to read this and understand the way that slavery has shaped their country’s history.”

I have a few points I want to make, in no particular order.

To a hammer, everything is a nail. To the extent the Left is monomaniacal about America and racism, this truly is the prism through which it views this country. Nothing will change that.

The goal here is obvious: To make it clear that America is rotten to its very core. There can be no salvation. It must be destroyed root and branch, for the sin of African slavery is so deeply woven into the fabric of America’s soul that it cannot be expiated. There is no level of remorse or redemption that will wipe out this canker. The more than 600,000 American men whose bodies littered American soil are meaningless. The Civil Rights Movement is meaningless. The first black(ish) president . . . meaningless. The corruption is so interwoven with America that the country needs to be ended.

I’m reminded somehow of my aunt. She, along with her siblings (one of whom was my father) and her mother managed to escape Nazi Germany before the war. After the war, she found her way to Israel. Israel was socialist, which ought to have satisfied her, but it wasn’t socialist enough. She wanted communism, so she abandoned her husband and child and returned to Berlin. When people asked her how she could return to the land of the Nazis, she assured them that this was not a problem: “They’ve been purified by communism.” Looking at how East Germans suffered compared to their Western compatriots over the next 73 years, I have to say she was right. That’s the kind of purification the new American Left wants for us.

The Left ignores or misunderstands the history of slavery. Slavery is not uniquely American. Slavery is a part of the world and its history. I don’t believe that there has been a time or place in the world during which slavery has not existed. In the early years of European activity in North America, it was the Europeans — the Spaniards, French, and English — who brought slavery to these shores. At the same time, throughout the Muslim world, there was a huge traffic in European slaves, with millions of Europeans vanishing into Africa and the Middle East.

Moreover, slavery in America wasn’t initially driven by race. The British made a serious effort to use the Irish as slaves — in the form of indentured servants for debts or penal servitude for crimes — but the Irish, stubbornly, kept up and dying. It was black resistance to malaria, rather than their skin color, that initially made them the preferred unpaid servant race.

Put another way, for all of America’s pre-revolutionary history, slavery in every part of the world wasn’t the exception, it was the norm. Moreover, the fact that slaves ended up being black wasn’t a racial decision, it was a pragmatic decision based upon survivability.

The only places in which slavery ceased being the norm were those places that embraced capitalism. Slavery is an inefficient system, since those who labor without recompense produce at the most minimal level possible. It’s when people’s labor is tied to profit that they put energy into their work. Moreover, although the slave owner isn’t getting good work from slaves, he still has to maintain them. They must be fed, housed, and clothed. Moreover, a slave owner with the even most limited conscience also had to care for them at some level after their work years ended. After all, at this point they were unsaleable and, even in the cruelest of times during the Roman empire, slaughtering them like old horses wasn’t the done thing.

Beginning immediately after the Civil War, the northern states took off like gangbusters, creating the amazing American economic engine that exploded onto the world in the second half of the 19th century. Meanwhile, for more than 100 years after the War, the former slave states — the ones that immediately embraced Jim Crow — were economic backwaters. To the extent that they had a slavery legacy, it screwed them economically. It wasn’t until they turned their collective backs entirely on their racist pasts that the Southern states finally caught up with the northern states economically.

But again, to a hammer, everything is a nail. America is evil and modern Americans must be made to suffer until, as my aunt said, they are purified in the fires of communism.

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