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~Unconditional Support?
June 8, 2009, 6:24 am
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At least Clinton is being reasonable.

The world was very excited when the White House changed hands from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. I was one of those, but am no longer in that state of ecstasy, as some of his approaches have been a little questionable, especially in the Middle East.

I do not remember where I heard this, and do not know who to credit the idea, but I love it. President Obama, while dealing with Middle East, is holding diplomats with a higher degree of respect than one would in the United States.

I understand that President Obama wants to give everyone a chance, but does he really believe that EVEN IF Hamas renounced terror, they would stick to their word? Or if Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised to shut down the Iranian Nuclear Program, would he follow through?  We don’t even expect our OWN politicians to deliver everything they promise!

Hamas, for those who don’t know, translates to Islamic Resistance Movement; speaking Obama’s language will never matter, especially when their name implies violence.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the person who wants to “wipe Israel off the map” and uses rhetoric to deny the Holocaust constantly, will he suddenly claim he has no intention to stop funding Hezbollah, the Islamic Brotherhood, Hamas, and other terrorist groups? And if he does, how should someone believe him?

President Obama also takes a different stance on how to advise Israel. Unlike President Bush who supported Israel nearly unconditionally, President Obama is trying to force his beliefs onto Prime Minister Netanyahu.

By no means do I believe that the American President should support everything Israel does, many times it is important to disagree. However, to take a way a nation’s sovereign right to rule is in no way acceptable.

On one side, I understand President Obama’s reasoning that communities in the West Bank are detrimental to feelings toward peace. And I agree that no new settlements should be built, it obviously is counter productive. And every ‘illegal outpost’ should be eliminated as well. But can President Obama say that natural growth is not allowed? Who’s right is it to tell parents that they may not have children. As Americans, we pride ourselves on being free and having the ability to make our own decisions. Should we become like China and limit childbirth to one per couple?

I am also not ready to just give over the West Bank entire to the Palestinian Authority. Eventually, it is almost impossible to conceive a region where the Palestinians will not have full control over that area, but at the current moment, are they ready? Are WE ready right now? Can we allow the West Bank to become another Gaza Strip and be taken over by Radical Islam?

I know that while President Obama will do great things in his presidency, I am worried by what he may force onto Prime Minister Netanyahu by using the media and speeches like his recent one in Cairo.

At least Secretary of State Clinton is right next to him. When asked if the United States would attack Iran if they were to drop a nuclear bomb on Israel, she replied with, “I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that were Israel to suffer a nuclear attack by Iran, there would be retaliation.”

No matter whether Prime Minister Netanyahu decides to employ President Obama’s plan word for word, at least we know that they highest ranking official in the United States Foreign Affairs will protect our homeland.



~Yom Hazikaron 2009
April 28, 2009, 5:37 am
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“Today I remember the men and women who died tragically for my country, the State of Israel.”


Yom Hazikaron
The time between the destruction of the 2nd Temple and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was marked by Jewish Persecution.  Throughout Europe and Asia, Jews could not find one place to sit down and live in peace.  From blood libels to the Spanish Inquisition, the Dreyfus trial to the Holocaust, Jews have been targeted by every other nation as scapegoats for their problems.

Prior to independence and more than 61 years later, Israel has lost some of its best workers, intellectuals, laborers, and friends in the fight to keep the Jewish state alive.  When neighboring Arab countries attempt to drive Israel into the sea, the Israel Defense Forces step up to protect the country which is not only theirs, but that of the entire nation stemming from Yitzhak (also known as Israel).  We are blessed to have a country that has survived 61 years, so we must remember how we achieved this feat.  We give tribute to those who allow us to live without persecution in the land of Israel.

Judaism is a religion centered around looking back at the past: remembering Creation and the Exodus from Egypt, remembering family members who pass away, remembering the Shoah.  Today, we remember those who were killed in battle and those who were innocent bystanders.  Remembrance is so critical that the day is named after the word (Yom Hazikaron comes from the root of zocher/lizchor – to remember).

Many times, the Israelis who lost their lives were secular Jews; Jews who shared a connection only through common name of religion.  It is this connection, however, that makes the camaraderie so special.  They care not the level of observance, yet they will do anything to protect a Jew.

Don’t ever forget those who fought so you could be safe in Israel.  Today I remember Michael Levin (z”l) as a hero and role model for many.  Michael attended Ramah Poconos and was active in Hagesher USY, went on USY High, and decided to make Aliyah directly after Nativ.  He was killed tragically in the 2nd Lebanese War in 2006, the only American and chayal boded (lone soldier) to die that summer.  Below is his quote from his Nativ yearbook:

“You can’t fulfill your dreams unless you dare to risk it all.”
-Michael Levin (z”l), Of Blessed Memory



~Durban II – An Upside Down UN
April 20, 2009, 7:51 pm
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In 2001, the United Nations held a conference in Durban, South Africa which was focused on racism and racial discrimination in the world. The conference quickly developed into a forum for singling out Israel, which caused the United States and Israel to withdraw. Many countries and individuals objected the declaration, including United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. The conference ended on September 8th, 3 days before the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.

This week, the UN is holding the Durban Review Conference (termed “Durban II”) to review the declaration and program from the 2001 conference. According to the UN website, the conference “will evaluate progress towards the goals set by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.”

Many European countries are criticizing the convention for focussing on western countries instead of the world as a whole. They also were concerened over the fact that Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is one of the main speakers. Today, during his speech, dozens of diplomats walked out when Ahmadinejad began his address. They said that the Iranian President quickly began a tirade about Israel, which caused them to walk out. Ahmadinejad is probably the most vocal Holocaust denier currently and claims that Israel should be “wiped off the map” on a regular basis.

The facts that the conference began on Adolf Hitler’s (yemach shemo, may his name be forgotten) 120th birthday, or that Yom Hashoah, the day to remember the tragedies of the Holocaust, begins tonight.

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~Right to join UN Rights Council?
April 19, 2009, 5:34 am
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Going against previous precedents, the Obama administration decided to join the UN Human Rights Council.

Why is this a problem?  Well…

  • More than 1/2 of Council is composed of countries who aren’t true democracies
  • Since its inception in 2006, 26 of the 32 resolutions that have been passed (81%) condemn Israel
  • The Council has gotten rid of experts who were investigating human rights issues in Darfur, Congo, Cuba, Belarus, and Liberia.

The Council might as well be renamed as the UN Condemn Israel Council.

“There is no question that the U.S. can play a decisive role in making U.N. institutions more effective, but the Human Rights Council has deep systemic flaws,” said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman.



~Let me explode your house, then will you love me?
March 10, 2009, 11:49 am
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The most common question when dealing with Hamas :: “How does this make any sense?”

This time, it refers to the rising approval ratings after the Operation Cast Lead.  A post on Ha’aretz said that a Hamas support is rising, according to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.  It says that the poll was conducted face-to-face, so hopefully this mean that those surveyed felt pressured to say “yes” for Hamas.

But how would this make sense.  Here are a couple statistics:

  • 5,000 homes destroyed
  • 1,300 Palestinian fatalities

The more realistic statistics are listed later in the article.

  • 71% of Palestinians believe they are worse off now than they were before the Operation Cast Lead
  • Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is only ahead 2% (47%-45%) of current PA President Mahmoud Abbas – there is a great chance that this could be changed in actual elections, especially when votes are submitted privately.

One could only hope that the statistics that the poll focussed on are incorrect, and would change in real-life elections.



~Bulldozer marathon?
March 6, 2009, 7:03 am
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When will the Palestinians realize what does and doesn’t work?  Earlier today in Jerusalem, a Palestinian man drove his tractor into a police car, and pushed it into a tour bus.  The police men were injured in the attack.

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The only fatality this time was the terrorist-tractor-drive, as a taxi .  This is the third attempt at an attack of this caliber by the Palestinians.  When will the Palestinians realize what does and doesn’t work?  As Ed Morrissey posted here:

Think of this as a metaphor for the overall Palestinian movement.  They settle on a strategy that doesn’t work, but they keep trying it even as it becomes obvious that it won’t work.

Palestinians continue to ask for more freedoms, but follow up these requests with idiotic attacks like this one.  When will they learn?

Footage of the attack can be seen in the JerusaelmOnline news update.



~Israeli Apartheid Week

March 1st-8th marks the 5th annual Israel Apartheid Week.  This has “become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar” (www.apartheidweek.org).  Wait, WHAT?

For one week, creatures around the world are gathering to bash Israel’s security fence as an “Apartheid Wall.”  Last year, more than 25 cities participated, along with several universities around the US and Europe.  Millions of people that are uneducated at these centers of high-level education are being swayed to believe that Israel is an inhumane and backwards country that is stuck in a state similar to South Africa and America pre-civil-rights movement which enjoys watching civilians suffer on international television.  The organizers of these events string long arguments depicting the IDF to be a cruel army, targeting civilians, and restricting humanitarian aid by showing movies (which are usually fake), holding large events of flag burning, and lectures filled with propaganda directed at those who have no idea what is going on in Israel.

It is critical that these attempts are thwarted and that the common public is told the truth.  It is inevitable: people will hate the Jewish people and the idea of a Jewish state; but not everyone has to.  StandWithUs and The David Project have plenty of resources, including posters that show members of Hamas teaching their children to shoot guns and other terrible crimes.

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