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~Unconditional Support? by ronshapiro
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.



~Durban II – An Upside Down UN by ronshapiro
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? by ronshapiro
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? by ronshapiro
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? by ronshapiro
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.



~28 < 27, sometimes by ronshapiro

With 99% of the votes counted, it looks like Kadima will edge out Likud, 28 to 27.  150,000 eligible absentee votes still have to be counted (of soldiers), and because soldiers normally vote more right, the seat numbers are not final.  As of right now, the numbers look like they will be:

Out of 120:

Kadima :: 28

Likud :: 27

Yisrael Beiteinu :: 15

Labor :: 13

Shas :: 11

United Torah Judaism :: 5

Meretz :: 3

Jewish Home :: 3

National Union :: 4

Hadash :: 4

United Arab List – Ta’al :: 4

Balad :: 3

Even though Kadima will most likely have one more seat than Likud, that doesn’t guarantee Tzipi Livni to be Prime Minister over Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.  Because the right is much stronger, with Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas having a combined 26 seats, Bibi probably has a better chance to form a coalition government of 61+ seats.  It is up to President Shimon Peres to decide who he believes will great the strongest coalition.  Either way, both Kadima and Likud will both be part of the majority in the 18th Knesset.

Avigdor Lieberman, Yisrael Beitenu Chairman, now plays a big role in who Shimon Peres will pick.  If he sides with Likud (rightest) over Kadima (centrist), Bibi could become PM over Livni.  This could end up happening, since the extreme rightest Yisrael Beiteinu shares more of its beliefs with Likud over Kadima.  Lieberman could make his demands very high, since his 15 votes are critical to either party.  Whoever gives him a better cabienet position will most likely become the new PM.

Once Shimon Peres decides who he believes has the best shot at forming the coalition, that party Chairperson has 21 days (and an extra 21 days if needed) to form a government.  If they can’t, then Peres will pick a new candidate who will have the 21 (with 21 extra) days to try and do a better job.



~Magnifying Glass – Pallywood by ronshapiro
January 11, 2009, 6:37 am
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It is no doubt that Israel’s war is against the media.  Israel always wants to protect its PR, because it is the one country in the entire world under the most scrutiny of the bigest magnifying glass.  This “magnifying glass” which blows stories out of proportion is the reason why Hamas gains sympathy from the Western World.

When Hamas uses its people as human shields, it forces Israel to fight back, which leads to its condemnation.  For example, Hamas fired rockets from a UN school, and then when Israel fired back, Hamas shielded itself with civilians.  They spun the story to make Israel look like villains, exploding a school full of civilians.

The group that Israel is fighting is western media-viewers, that try to sympathize for Palestinians.  They support the “humanitarian-crisis” because they’ve seen video’s of crises.  Hamas then takes this money, filters it back towards its terrorist activities, and even blocks humanitarian aid from its citizens.  Currently, humanitarian aid in some areas of Gaza is being halted because the warehouses are FULL.  Hamas doesn’t even allow the food, medicine, and blood units to get to its civilians.  It even turns patients away from hospitals as part of its propoganda against Israel.

Posted below is a segment on how some of these videos of “humanitarian crises” are generally fake and made up.  It is definitely worth watching.

What Israel needs the most, is a media program that shows the humanitarian crisis that HAMAS IS CAUSING. Segments on popular TV shows that examine the wonders of the IDF, combined with the terror that Hamas causes, would show the Western World that Israel is truly the one that is looking for peace. Debates that are planned for pro-Palestinian arguments to fail or show the truth in Gaza would also explain what is truly going on in the region.