This Week In Israel - Aug 12, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel
We the People!

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

—Margaret Thatcher

“I don’t understand the rudeness,” [Congresswoman Claire McCaskill D. MO] said. “I honestly don’t get it.”

We believe her. Most of her Congressional crowd doesn’t get it, be they Democrats or Republicans.

But you get it, and so do we.

Let me try to attach a handle to all that’s been going on – for far too long.

 

“Jeers and taunts drowned out Democrats calling for a health care overhaul at town halls Tuesday, and one lawmaker said a swastika was spray-painted at his office as debate turned to noisy confrontation over President Barack Obama''s plan. The president himself was treated more respectfully.

"You''ll be gone, by God the bureaucrats will still be here," one man told Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., at a town hall in Lebanon, Pa.

"If they don''t let us vent our frustrations out, they will have a revolution," Mary Ann Fieser of Hillsboro, Mo., told Sen. Claire McCaskill at her Missouri health care forum.

“McCaskill admonished the rowdy crowd of some 1,500.

"I don''t understand this rudeness," she said. "I honestly don''t get it."

“The bitter sessions underscored the challenge for the administration as it tries to win over an increasingly skeptical public on the costly and far-reaching task of revamping the nation''s health care system. Desperate to stop a hardening opposition, the White House created a Web site to dispel what it says are smears and House Democrats set up a health care "war room" out of Majority Leader Steny Hoyer''s office to help lawmakers handle questions.” (From an AP story on town hall fury.)

 


8/12/2009 - Even a Democrat thinks it's Crazy; Fatah, terrorists still

When a person gets elected to Congress: House or Senate – and especially to the White House, one of the first things that happens is that they are separated from the rest of us peons. What was formerly known as “constituents.” We the people.

They are surrounded by buffers. Staffers, lobbyists, sycophants who want something. Power, position, to sniff the rarified air in DC. To get to be a part of this group means protecting the official from reality. No one tells them that they are full of… well, baloney.

No one tells them that it is nonsense to keep spending taxpayer money like it sprung from the ground like cucumbers in July. No one tells them that the game is not “re-election” but to serve the needs of the citizens, to really understand the Constitution, to treat the office like it was something precious and not just a tool to enrich them with sleazy under-the-table deals.

Let me ask you this: how can people arrive in Washington with a house and a mortgage back home and after a ridiculous number of re-elections retire on full pay with millions of dollars to their name?

Claire McCaskill doesn’t get it. By her own admission she doesn’t get it. And neither do most of her peer. They come to believe that it is their right, as if they were transformed into some kind of super race of royalty. And the rest of us were so blind stupid, so incapable of understanding what is good for us as individuals and good for our nation that we absolutely need them to rule.

And – pardon me for judging – but they rule not for our good, for the good of the nation, but for the millions of dollars that special interests will put into their re-election campaigns, their pockets, and into rarified perks which we are supposed to know nothing about.

Well, the jig is up. We do know.

They do not write legislation. There are aides for that.

They don’t even read what their sycophants write, for goodness sake! The laws run into thousands of pages of rules and regulations that even lawyers cannot keep track of.

Have you ever considered how easy it is to ignorantly break a law when it is so complex? Perhaps that’s part of the plan. To build laws that we ordinary folks cannot keep up with so when the royalty wants us arrested it can just happen. Call me paranoid.

THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG.

As long as the Pelosis were flying their government jets, with their government aides and families, and doing it quietly, and their lap-dog media people were keeping it quiet everything was okay.

But then, along came the internet. With Algore’s gift to us all came bloggers. Call me stupid, but we are certainly more trustworthy than the New York Times writers with their stolen Pulitzer Prizes and preening editorials.

The country saw finally that there was a ruling royalty in DC and another one in the network newsrooms. Rather with his idiotic “Beam me up, Scotty” behaviour. ABC and NBC’s pulling in harness with them to not report the world’s events, but to create them.

ALONG CAME HUSSEIN

When King Obie came on the world stage, it got even worse. With his messianic charisma, platitudes and “half-black” genetics, all the liberals in all the world fell to their knees and began to genuflect.

Here was a man who “made them feel good.” Who made a quiver run up their legs. And that’s just the men.

Here was a politician who embodies everything their journalist professor at Columbia or Berkley told them was necessary to create a brave new, socialist world. And they threw him onto their shoulders and began to parade him around the world for all to see. The answer to every problem we ever had.

HE DID WHAT HE PROMISED

Unlike most Presidents, this one did what he said. He would change our nation, and so in a whirling-dervish of activity, he created “CZARS” to bypass the law. No concerns about the Congress approving cabinet members. A czar was not in the laws, he could just appear and rule.

Free enterprise was trashed. The rule of law was erased like it was written in disappearing ink. Whole industries could suddenly be nationalized like Obama was Juan Peron!

And Americans – conservative Americans and even many Independent voters – stood by with their mouths agape at the rapidity and the audacity of it all.

And now the third rail has been stepped on. Health Care.

AARP hasn’t agreed. Not openly, but they are a part of a group that is lobbying for Obamacare. They lie and deny, but it’s true.

AND WE ARE FINDING OUR VOICE

Finally, Congress and the Senate are out of DC. Those of them who are not on government paid junkets, along with their families and their army of aides.

And they have come to tell us what fine things they are doing for us back in the golden city of DC.

And they are confronted by fury. Bloggers let the cat out of the bag. They have been caught voting for law after law that they will not have to live with. Those laws only affect we peons, not the lofty ruling royalty of DC.

AND THEY JUST DON’T GET IT.

We go to the town hall meetings and we carry a simmering fury which is boiling over when we see that they consider us beneath them. That they think we will just lap up their lies and deceit like a kitten laps crème. Spoiled crème.

But America has had enough.

And some elected officials are getting the message. Whether to stay in office, or because they are patriots, it is too early to know. Time will tell.

GET IT, MS. MCCASKILL. OR GET OUT!

There are elections coming next year. But NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

Talk to your friends and neighbors, your coworkers. Talk to people everywhere. And tell them what you are learning from the blogs on the internet and the emails that flow with examples of the ruling royalty in DC.

And get the word out.

BE COURTEOUS, BUT IN A COURTEOUS VOICE TELL DC YOU ARE FURIOUS. THAT THEY WILL NOT BE THERE NEXT ELECTION.

And make sure that they know you mean it.

WHO’S TO BLAME?!

From my perspective, it is the conservatives. Those who didn’t like McCain and so stayed away from the voting booth.

In Pennsylvania Arlen Specter has been a liberal for decades. And called himself a Republican up until recently, when he showed his true colors. BUT PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM ANYWAY.

ONE TERM AND OUT

That is my personal desire. To see a return to citizen legislators who must submit themselves to any law they pass. No more exclusions for state and federal legislators. If it is good enough for us, then it is applicable to those who pass it into law and the executive branch that signs it.

NO DOUBLE STANDARDS ANY MORE!

(Whew, I gotta take a breath.) But you get the idea.

Keep up the pressure. It might be making a difference. No more millions to ACORN or their Siamese twin SEIU.

The Obama storm troopers. We had brown shirts in the last century. We sure don’t want any this century.

 

A DEMOCRAT’S COLUMN – MY COMMENTS WILL FOLLOW AT THE END.

Camille Paglia is like some of my friends who are in the Labor Party in Israel. They are bright, articulate, and honest, decent people. They can make some sensible statements and then the next moment display such an astoundingly naïve “emotion” where serious acceptance of the facts and a different conclusion would be “normal.”

Honest, I’m not making fun. It’s like there are wired differently than the rest of us. They see the same things, even admit that there are the same things wrong, but then they just decide that it’s all because of something – some invisible force, etc. – and not the fault of their latest liberal hero. In this case, King Obie.

Read on and you will notice that Camille sees much of the same stupidity, in even Democrats, that you see, but the blame goes to everyone but the shallow, cardboard cut-out President. Could it be that he is just a front man for Soros and others with too much money and socialist attitudes, but that he has no brains below the façade? Naw. Couldn’t be. He’s too cute and popular. This is a great piece.

Obama's healthcare horror

Heads should roll -- beginning with Nancy Pelosi's!

By Camille Paglia

Aug. 12, 2009 |

Buyer's remorse? Not me. At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at -- representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad. This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him. The damage done to U.S. prestige by the feckless, buffoonish George W. Bush will take years to repair. Obama has barely begun the crucial mission that he was elected to do.

Having said that, I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll? I was glad to see the White House counsel booted, as well as Michelle Obama's chief of staff, and hope it's a harbinger of things to come. Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration's grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton's megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama's aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.

You can keep your doctor; you can keep your insurance, if you're happy with it, Obama keeps assuring us in soothing, lullaby tones. Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.

I just don't get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.

As with the massive boondoggle of the stimulus package, which Obama foolishly let Congress turn into a pork rut, too much has been attempted all at once; focused, targeted initiatives would, instead, have won wide public support. How is it possible that Democrats, through their own clumsiness and arrogance, have sabotaged healthcare reform yet again? Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn't conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it's the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan -- it's the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.

With the Republican party leaderless and in backbiting disarray following its destruction by the ideologically incoherent George W. Bush, Democrats are apparently eager to join the hara-kiri brigade. What looked like smooth coasting to the 2010 election has now become a nail-biter. Both major parties have become a rats' nest of hypocrisy and incompetence. That, combined with our stratospheric, near-criminal indebtedness to China (which could destroy the dollar overnight), should raise signal flags. Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?

What does either party stand for these days? Republican politicians, with their endless scandals, are hardly exemplars of traditional moral values. Nor have they generated new ideas for healthcare, except for medical savings accounts, which would be pathetically inadequate in a major crisis for anyone earning at or below a median income.

And what do Democrats stand for, if they are so ready to defame concerned citizens as the "mob" -- a word betraying a Marie Antoinette delusion of superiority to ordinary mortals. I thought my party was populist, attentive to the needs and wishes of those outside the power structure. And as a product of the 1960s, I thought the Democratic party was passionately committed to freedom of thought and speech.

But somehow liberals have drifted into a strange servility toward big government, which they revere as a godlike foster father-mother who can dispense all bounty and magically heal all ills. The ethical collapse of the left was nowhere more evident than in the near total silence of liberal media and Web sites at the Obama administration's outrageous solicitation to private citizens to report unacceptable "casual conversations" to the White House. If Republicans had done this, there would have been an angry explosion by Democrats from coast to coast. I was stunned at the failure of liberals to see the blatant totalitarianism in this incident, which the president should have immediately denounced. His failure to do so implicates him in it.

As a libertarian and refugee from the authoritarian Roman Catholic church of my youth, I simply do not understand the drift of my party toward a soulless collectivism. This is in fact what Sarah Palin hit on in her shocking image of a "death panel" under Obamacare that would make irrevocable decisions about the disabled and elderly. When I first saw that phrase, headlined on the Drudge Report, I burst out laughing. It seemed so over the top! But on reflection, I realized that Palin's shrewdly timed metaphor spoke directly to the electorate's unease with the prospect of shadowy, unelected government figures controlling our lives. A death panel not only has the power of life and death but is itself a symptom of a Kafkaesque brave new world where authority has become remote, arbitrary and spectral. And as in the Spanish Inquisition, dissidence is heresy, persecuted and punished.

Surely, the basic rule in comprehensive legislation should be: First, do no harm. The present proposals are full of noble aims, but the biggest danger always comes from unforeseen and unintended consequences. Example: the American incursion into Iraq, which destabilized the region by neutralizing Iran's rival and thus enormously enhancing Iran's power and nuclear ambitions.

What was needed for reform was an in-depth analysis, buttressed by documentary evidence, of waste, fraud and profiteering in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries. Instead what we've gotten is a series of facile, vulgar innuendos about how doctors conduct their practice, as if their primary motive is money. Quite frankly, the president gives little sense of direct knowledge of medical protocols; it's as if his views are a tissue of hearsay and scattershot worst-case scenarios.

Of course, it didn't help matters that, just when he needed maximum momentum on healthcare, Obama made the terrible gaffe of declaring that, even without his knowing the full facts, Cambridge, Mass., police had acted "stupidly" in arresting a friend of his, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Obama's automatic identification with the pampered Harvard elite (wildly unpopular with most sensible people), as well as his insulting condescension toward an officer doing his often dangerous duty, did serious and perhaps irreparable damage to the president's standing. The strained, prissy beer summit in the White House garden afterward didn't help. Is that the Obama notion of hospitality? Another staff breakdown.

Both Gates and Obama mistakenly assumed that the original incident at Gates' house was about race, when it was about class. It was the wealthy, lordly Gates who committed the first offense by instantly and evidently hysterically defaming the character of the officer who arrived at his door to investigate the report of a break-in. There was no excuse for Gates' loud and cheap charges of racism, which he should have immediately apologized for the next day, instead of threatening lawsuits and self-aggrandizing television exposés. On the other hand, given that Cambridge is virtually a company town, perhaps police headquarters should have dispatched a moderator to the tumultuous scene before a small, disabled Harvard professor was clapped in handcuffs and marched off to jail. But why should an Ivy League panjandrum be treated any differently from the rest of us hoi polloi?...

 

HERE’S A WEBSITE YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING:

COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
http://republicans.oversight.house.gov

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Issa to Emanuel: Back Off!

August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Following reports that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been orchestrating an effort to intimidate members of Congress and Governors who raise legitimate concerns regarding the effectiveness of the stimulus, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Emanuel saying “While this type of scare tactic may work In Chicago, it will not work to intimidate me or other Members of the United States Congress.”

“I and others have dared to bring these facts to the attention of President Obama, the Congress and the American people,” Issa wrote. “You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”

Last month, Politico reported that Emanuel had “launched a coordinated effort to jam” Senator Kyl and other Administration critics… “[A]fter seeing Kyl and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) again paint the legislation as a failure on Sunday talk shows, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel directed that the letters from the Cabinet secretaries be sent to [Governor] Brewer, according to two administration officials.”

Issa noted, “The fact that the letters were coordinated by you to maximize the level of intimidation is supported by the timing, structure, and content of each letter. Not only were the four letters all sent the day following Senator Kyl’s remarks, but they were also remarkably similar in tone and sentence structure.”

Letter from Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation:

On Sunday, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl publicly questioned whether the stimulus is working and stated that he wants to cancel projects that aren’t presently underway. I believe the stimulus has been very effective in creating job opportunities throughout the country. However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know [emphasis added].

Letter from Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior:

Some key Republican leaders in Congress have publicly questioned whether the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is working and suggested cancelling all projects that are not currently in progress. I believe they are wrong. The stimulus funds provided through the Recovery Act are a very effective way to create job opportunities throughout the Country. However, if you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to Arizona, please let me know [emphasis added].

“At what point do you believe your practice of Chicago-style politics violates a public official’s right to speak out in favor of alternative policies,” Issa asks. “The American people have a right to know what role you played in developing the threatening letters to Governor Brewer and whether you intend to continue to engage in these tactics in the future.”

In order to assist the Committee with its investigation of this issue, please provide the following information by close of business on Tuesday, August 11, 2009:

Your response to Politico’s report that “White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel directed that the letters from the Cabinet secretaries be sent to [Governor] Brewer, according to two administration officials.”

A full and complete explanation of the development of the four July 13 letters from the cabinet secretaries to Governor Brewer, including but not limited to the role you or any other White House official played in writing the letters or encouraging the writing of the letters.

All records and communications between you and Secretary LaHood, Secretary Salazar, Secretary Donovan, and Secretary Vilsack referring or relating to the decision to send the July 13 letters to Governor Brewer.

A full and complete explanation of the role of the Democratic National Committee and the White House Office of Political Affairs in authoring, encouraging, facilitating, or directing the four July 13 letters from the cabinet secretaries to Governor Brewer.

(Drudge.com)

 

Dems' break looking like a bad trip
By: Alex Isenstadt and Abby Phillip
August 4, 2009 04:26 AM EST

Angry protesters shouted down Democrats at public events from Texas to Pennsylvania over the weekend, leaving the party only one real hope for getting its message out over recess: a backlash.

In Austin, Texas, Rep. Lloyd Doggett was drowned out by a group of noisy, sign-waving demonstrators who shouted, “Just say no” as he tried to talk about health care reform.

In an e-mail to POLITICO Monday, Doggett called the group a “mob, sent by the local Republican and Libertarian parties” that “came not just to be heard but to deny others the right to be heard.”

In Morrisville, Pa., Rep. Patrick Murphy was forced to scrap plans for a one-on-one meet-the-congressman session when people in the crowd started shouting. Murphy switched to a town hall format mid-event and even then had to ask the audience at times to “be respectful.”

And at a health care event in Philadelphia, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were repeatedly interrupted by booing and heckling. “We can shout at one another, or we can leave the stage,” Sebelius said at one point. “It’s up to you.”

For Democrats, that’s precisely the problem: Their ability to make their case on health care at public events during the August recess is mostly in the hands of the people who turn out for the events. And if those people want to be disruptive — especially en masse — there’s not much the Democrats can do about it.

“Town halls have become town hells,” said Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. “Special interests and opponents have figured out how easy it is to disrupt town halls and get their own message out. The days of the truly free-form town halls may be over.”

Democratic leaders aren’t quite ready to say that yet. Doug Thornell, a spokesman for Assistant to the Speaker Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), said House leaders are urging their members to continue holding public sessions, even if it means they’ll be shouted down and have it all replayed on YouTube.

“We have encouraged our members to use everything in their arsenal to communicate with their constituents,” said Thornell. “They know what works best in their districts. More than anything, they have to stay on the offense and not get distracted by stupid Republican gimmicks.”

The Republicans aren’t exactly apologetic.
“As some members of Speaker Pelosi’s party are already learning, it’s hard to heed her orders to ‘go on offense’ when you’re busy defending such unpopular policies,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Lindsay said the NRCC would begin circulating a regular e-mail to reporters highlighting the protests at Democrats’ town halls. The title: “Recess Roastings — Washington Democrats Feel the Heat at Home.”

Democrats are trying to push back, casting the town hall disrupters as right-wing extremists affiliated with anti-tax “tea parties.”

“The last place Republicans ought to be moving their party is even more to the fringe of the political spectrum,” said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Added a senior Democratic strategist: “It may be out of necessity, but for Republicans, relying on the fringe elements of the party to be the face of opposition on health care is a dangerous game. The birthers and the tea party folks aren’t controllable, come off as angry and out of control and couldn’t care less about the issue at hand.”

But communications experts say it would be a mistake to demonize the protesters.
“The more intelligent alternative is to take the extensive network the Obama campaign developed and send all of those people to town halls,” said University of Pennsylvania political scientist Kathleen Hall Jamieson. “If this comes down to vocal individuals, the Obama campaign ought to be able to always outnumber their opponent. And if they’re not, then that’s a problem.”

Democrats aren’t the only ones taking town hall heat. Republican Rep. Mike Castle was smacked down by the crowd at a town hall in Delaware last month when he wouldn’t agree with an angry inquisitor who insisted that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

McKinnon suggested that lawmakers handle noisy crowds by asking “the rabble to provide a spokesperson, and give them the microphone for one question and comment.”

“Just give them a platform to have their say and let the air out of the balloon,” he advised. “If they continue to harass, then they really look like partisan hacks.”

One thing on which everyone agrees: The protests are likely to continue.

The insurance lobby has urged the public to turn out for town halls, as have members of the tea party movement and the group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, which is providing a list of upcoming public events on its website — together with videos of events that have already been disrupted.

“I think that it’s going to happen at a lot of the town halls,” said Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights. “What you’re seeing is a change.”

Specter, who was booed in Philadelphia over the weekend, told The Associated Press that it’s “highly likely” other senators will soon meet the same fate.

(Politico.com)

 

MOBS, OR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FED UP?

Just read this. Then you decide.

You go, Mary Catherine!

How the Left Manufactured the "Manufactured" Mob Template

August 6, 2009

RUSH: Let me tell you what's been manufactured. It is not your energy, it is not your passion, it is not your presence at all of these town halls. That's genuine; that is real. What has been manufactured is the story that it has been manufactured. In fact, the only person who has put out a memo organizing his troops and rallying his troops is none other than the Dear Leader Barack Obama himself. Late afternoon he put out an e-mail to his minions. He went out there and he told them to hit the streets and knock on doors. That's the real rent-a-mob! Barack Obama! The real manufactured anger is that which Obama is manufacturing and trying to create. The other mob anger is genuine, and Mary Katharine Ham has found the way the Drive-Bys are making all of this up.

"When the 'manufactured' outrage the Left is trying to demonize lines up so inconveniently with public polling, it's sometimes necessary to create evidence for the 'manufactured' storyline," meaning we've got public polling, nobody wants this health care plan. His approval number is now 50%, Quinnipiac. It makes perfect sense with his poll numbers on health care and his approval, there would be people out there protesting this. So that's inconvenient for the people who want to try to poke holes in the genuine nature of the protest. So... "Enter Think Progress, which unearthed this shocking, secret memo from the leader of a small grassroots conservative organization in Connecticut, which allegedly instructs members on 'infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic members of Congress.'

"Right Principles PAC was formed by Bob MacGuffie and four friends in 2008, and has taken in a whopping $5,017 and disbursed $1,777, according to its FEC filing. 'We're just trying to shake this state up and make a difference up here,' MacGuffie told [Mary Katharine Ham] during a telephone interview. He's surprised at his elevation to national rabble-rouser by the Left. Right Principles has a Facebook group with 23 members and a Twitter account with five followers." This is the Mr. Big of the "mob" movement! MacGuffie describes himself as an 'opponent of leftist thinking in America,' and told [Mary Katharine Ham] he's 'never pulled a lever' for a Republican or Democrat on a federal level.

"Yet this Connecticut libertarian's influence over a national, orchestrated Republican health-care push-back is strong, indeed, if you listen to liberal pundits and the Democratic National Committee, who have crafted a nefarious web out of refutable evidence. Think Progress highlighted his memo's directives to '"Yell," "Stand Up And Shout Out," "Rattle Him",' calling it a 'right-wing harassment strategy against Dem[ocrat]s.' The blog falsely connected MacGuffie to the national conservative group FreedomWorks through the most tenuous of threads. The Think Progress link that purports to establish [this little guy] as a FreedomWorks 'volunteer' leads to his one blog posting on a Tea Party website (on the free social networking site, ning.com).

"Think Progress calls Tea Party Patriots a 'FreedomWorks website.' The problem is it's not ... 'There is no formal structural connection,' Brandon told me. 'Never has been. Never will be. We're just fellow travelers in the movement.' When I asked MacGuffie if he was a volunteer for FreedomWorks outside the specious evidence Think Progress cited, he said, 'Absolutely not. You can Google all day; you won't find it. There is no formal connection. I don't know anyone from FreedomWorks.'" Now I'm going to jump a little forward here because the Think Progress memo purports to reprint from McGuffie's website verbatim. They do not appear in McGuffie's memo, but they do appear in the headlines in Think Progress' block quote of it.

Here is what McGuffie wrote for his website: "Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the defensive with your questions and follow-up..." Think Progress wrote this headline: "Artificially inflate your numbers." He never wrote that. He never said it. The next item: "You need to rock the boat early in the representative's presentation. Watch for an opportunity to yell out and challenge his statements early." The Think Progress headline: "Be disruptive early and often," but he didn't write it. They added it. The next block, quote: "The goal is to rattle the rep, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down." Think Progress adds this line: "Try to rattle him, not have an intelligent debate."

"The attempt to paint [MacGuffie] as a professional, funded operative is off-base, MacGuffie said, laughing. 'I guess they don't believe that people in America will stand up and fight back when government gets overbearing,' said MacGuffie, who added that he originally e-mailed the memo to 8-10 Connecticut activists in June." This is the Mr. Big of the unruly mob! "As is often the case, MSNBC anchors and the DNC alike have taken Think Progress' inaccurate sleuthing at face-value, elevating the humble Right Principles to heretofore unknown levels of national importance. ... The memo also includes these phrases, which are left out of the reporting and demagoguery: 'Do not bring the signs into the hall if you want any chance to be picked for a question.' 'Don't carry on and make a scene, just short, intermittent shout-outs,' which may sound familiar because the shout-out part was quoted without context by Think Progress."

So to summarize this, Mary Katharine Ham has just unraveled these …s with this memo. It makes the libs look really, really stupid -- and, of course, the media. This is on a par, folks, with Dan Rather and the George W. Bush National Guard story. There is no Mr. Big of the unruly mob other than me. I am the Mobfather. But the guy that they've singled out as the Mr. Big -- the giant website funded by the insurance companies and all this -- is just a little guy out there in Connecticut who sent it out to eight to ten people. And then they lie and make up what he said in his memo when they report it. And the dufuses over at MSNBC and elsewhere report it! Remember, by the way, a call I think -- this is Thursday, probably earlier this week.

Snerdley, help me out here. Remember the woman who called and said she was watching Richard Wolffe on the NBC nightly news and Richard Wolffe reported that all of these protests were drummed up, that they were not genuine. Remember her? Somewhere from Kansas, yeah. Maybe Wichita. I forget her name. But she had been watching Richard Wolffe at NBC, and Richard Wolffe reported what Think Progress has reported, that there was a guy out there drumming all this up, that it was a guy out there organizing, it was a guy out there agitating -- and there isn't. None of that is true. This is all genuine. The only guy who's put out a memo to his organizers to get in the game is Obama, and he did it in an e-mail late yesterday afternoon.

This is how it works. I tell you they're unraveling. They're having... They know they've got a loser. And, you know, there's another thing, folks, that we need to point out. We keep talking about Obama's health care plan, but did you know he doesn't have one. We know of one health care plan and that's what we've all read, that 1,000-page monstrosity in the House of Representatives. There are going to be some more bills coming out of the Senate but we don't know what they are yet. There is no Obama plan. He didn't know what was in the House plan. He didn't know. When somebody asked him, "I can lose my private insurance?"

"Why, I'm unfamiliar with that plan." He doesn't have a plan! That's why he doesn't talk about it specifically. That's why he won't debate it with anybody. He doesn't have a plan. There is no Obama health care plan. There is... Oh, there is the focus group change health "insurance" reform, not health "care" reform. They have been focus grouping this and that's why they have zeroed in on the insurance companies. There is no guiding principle other than: make the government bigger, take away people's freedom and liberty, get even with the parts of this country that you don't like, and throw sops to your buddies in the tort bar and the public sector union bosses.

That's who you have to make happy. And they are all a bunch of socialists themselves, feeding off the public trough and they want a bigger bite each and every day -- and Obama is there to give it to them. I tell you, this is a circumstance, ladies and gentlemen, that I am ecstatic to see. This is genuine. You know community organizers can't bitch when communities organize. Of all the things, of all the things to happen created out of the energy of the citizen involvement in his country -- of all the ways Obama can get picked at -- is by a bunch of people organizing in communities opposing his ramrod, reckless, dangerous, socialist health care plan down people's throats who do not want it. And that's why I say: A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize.

RUSH: We're going to go to the audio sound bites here starting at number two. This is actually a discussion of this phenomenon on NPR, a montage of a report by the host at NPR this morning, All Things Considered, Andrea Seabrook.

SEABROOK: It's happening in Maryland, Connecticut, Ohio, Missouri and more. Local conservative groups often from the antitax tea party movement are crashing lawmakers' public appearances and making headlines for it. Today's protests appear to be from fairly small numbers of people, whipped up by the conservative media like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

RUSH ARCHIVE: I'll tell you these town hall meetings are erupting all over the place. We've got audio sound bites from more of them.

SEABROOK: What may have started as a spontaneous outcry has become more of a political strategy. After town hall video started popping up on YouTube, it didn't take long for the Democrat Party to wade into the fight. The result is the modern form of an all-out August PR war.

RUSH: Yeah, the only organizing being done, the real mob ruler, Andrea, is Barack Obama himself. And you know what, something I forgot to mention to you. That memo he sent out yesterday afternoon from his office, from the Oval Office, from Barack Obama to his 13 million supporters also asks for donations. It's a fundraising e-mail from the president of the United States at his personal website, BarackObama.com. In addition to marshalling and mobilizing forces. And Ms. Seabrook, are you going to do a story on the AFL-CIO organizing its own members to go out and try to counterbalance what the citizens at the town hall meetings are doing? Service Employees International Union, going to get all these union groups? Remember all of this is about the tort lawyers and the public sector union bosses.

I don't know how many czars Russia has had throughout its history, but we have about 44 of them in this administration. It's a very un-American characteristic as well, to have czars who are not accountable, they don't get appointed, approved by the Senate? When's the last time that you heard Nancy Pelosi talk about liberty, private property, and capitalism and merit? When's the last time you heard her praise success, investors, job creators, et cetera? When's the last time you heard that from any Democrat leader? In fact, aren't all those groups demonized? Capitalism, private property, liberty, success, investors, job creators? They are the enemy in this administration. They are the ones on the enemy's list, and they have been on the Democrat Party enemy's list for quite a while…. (From Rush Limbaugh’s website)

 

WHO’S A REAL JEW?

You’ll have to excuse me for laughing at my own line. In Israel there is this sort of national pastime of judging who is a “real Jew.” I kid you not. It is the ultimate slur: “Well, he/she’s not a real Jew.”

That can be triggered by any number of things aside from one’s genetics, which to my way of thinking, is the baseline on Jewishness.

But no, if you are a believer in Jesus, then of course you have eradicated genetics by the simple means of faith. You’re no longer a real Jew. (pardon my laughter)

In some circles if you dare say that some Arabs genuinely want peace, then you’re not a real Jew. (Conversely if you say some Jews are great people, and you are Arab, then you’re not a real Palestinian!)

AMERICAN JEWS

Then there is the disconnect of where one lives. American Jews for decades have sort of had this idea that they provided Israel the money and Israeli Jews did the real heavy lifting in the area of religion.

And since their survival didn’t depend on conservative, militant attitudes, American Jews could be far more liberal and anti-military, while their Israeli cousins had to be the ones who were willing to go to war, pay a heavy price in taxes and government spending for tanks and guns and airplanes, not to mention send their fathers, sons and brothers to the front lines.

Their Yankee cousins could afford to be more liberal in their acceptance of jihadists since it wasn’t their kids and grandmothers getting blown to pink paste in the markets and on the buses.

And the Americans voted liberal. They couldn’t understand conservatism. It was … well it was un-American. (grin)

Now King Obie has a Jewish Chief of Staff. A Chicago pol who is a liberal’s liberal and who thinks – at least by his actions – that it may well be he who is in power. Maybe it is.

And Israel is far from favored by this liberal, unlike George Bush, who was out of tough with reality, but was trying to be Israel’s friend.

Obama Breaks From Jews

Friday, August 7, 2009 9:57 AM
By:Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Jewish Democrats strongly agree with the Israeli position and disagree with President Barack Obama's on issues such as a Palestinian state, settlement construction, and trading land for peace. Does the president realize he's at risk of a break with an important part of his base?

A phone survey (sponsored by the Traditional Values Coalition and conducted by Global Marketing Research Services on July 22-24) of 500 American Jews who self-identified as Democrats exposes broad disagreement with Obama's Middle East policies.

Asked to choose between the Obama view that "if Israel could settle its dispute with the Palestinian refugees and give them a nation of their own, that the Arabs would live in peace with Israel" and the Israeli government view that "the Arabs will never live in peace with Israel and that giving them a nation of their own will just make them stronger," Jewish Democrats sided with the Israeli view by 52 percent to 20 percent.

On the contentious issue of construction in existing West Bank settlements, Democratic Jews also sided with Israel more than with Obama. The survey asked for agreement with Obama when he "says that it is very important that Israel not expand its settlements on the West Bank so as not to alienate the Palestinians," or with Israel that "it should be allowed to build new homes in existing settlements but not to start new ones" — and got 52-37 backing for the Israeli view.

Democratic Jews still strongly back Obama in general, with 92 percent reporting that they approve of the job he is doing as president. But 44 percent feel that "Obama is naive in thinking he can make peace with the Arabs," while only 37 percent disagree.

Nearly half of Jewish Democrats still reject the idea that Obama is biased against Israel: In all, 49 percent said he wasn't and 16 percent said he was — but a significantly large number, 35 percent, said they were undecided.

By 58-16, Jewish Democrats agree that "Obama is doing a good job of promoting peace in the Middle East." But they share Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's skepticism about trading land for peace, the cornerstone of the "road map" to a settlement laid out in the 1990s.

Only 27 percent feel that "President Obama is right that Israel should agree to let the Palestinians form their own country and return the West Bank to them. This would defuse the hatred in the Middle East, reduce terrorism and help America, the Palestinians, and Israel live in peace."

But 55 percent disagree, preferring the statement: "President Obama is naive in thinking that the Palestinians would make peace, whatever they say. They will just use the new land as a base to attack Israel like they did in Gaza."

On the issue of Iran, Jewish Democrats are confused. While they agree, by 67-8, that "if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will use them to destroy Israel," only 14 percent said it was "very likely" that "Israel could be destroyed by an Iranian nuclear attack in the next 10 years." Another 37 percent called it "somewhat likely" and 40 percent said "unlikely."

Only 40 percent said they thought Obama is doing a good job in his efforts to "stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons." At the same time, by 15-62, they disagree that "Israel should bomb Iran to stop them from developing nuclear weapons."

Yet, only 38 percent felt that there "is a real chance that Iran can be stopped from developing a bomb without an Israeli attack."

Jewish Democrats heartily approve of Israel and most of its policies and emphatically reject any moral equivalence between the Jewish state and the Palestinian refugees:

- 92 percent have a favorable opinion of Israel; just 17 percent have a positive view of the Palestinian refugees.

- By 81-6, they agree that "Israel is a democracy and has a free political system."

- They agree that "it is very important that Jews have a country of their own, considering their history of persecution" by 86-7.

- Emphatically, by 9-75, they reject the claim that "Israel has become a bully, pushing its Arab neighbors around."

- By 14-55, they disagree with the accusation that "the Israeli Army and Mossad are guilty of human-rights abuses." Rather, they say by 59-14 that "the Israeli Army and Mossad go out of their way to avoid hurting civilians."

- Asked if "Israel is always trying to grab more land and throw out the Palestinians who live there," Jewish Democrats disagree by 11-73. And they also disagree with the charge that "Israel is intolerant of its neighbors and does not do enough to get along with them in peace" by 13-70.

The pro-Israeli mindset of Jewish Democrats is most evident on the basic question of who's to blame for the Arab-Israeli conflict. By 60-20, they agree that "if the Arabs lay down their weapons, there would be no more war. It is just their desire to destroy Israel that creates the conflict." Likewise, they agree by 83-6 that "if Israel were to lay down its weapons, the Arabs would destroy it."

The fervency of their support for Israel suggests that Obama may suffer real political damage among a core Democratic constituency if he continues his current policies.

(Newsmax.com)

 

HAVE YOUR EYES GLAZED OVER? (With all the poll numbers?)

Hopefully not enough so that you can’t read the next commentary.

This is a great piece and well worth your consideration.

 

More Obama PR will not a successful Mideast policy make

Aug. 10, 2009
Jonathan Tobin , THE JERUSALEM POST

After running into a dead end in its efforts to jump-start Middle East peace talks, the Obama administration has signaled that it has evaluated the situation and understands that not all is well. But instead of a course correction, senior administration officials have decided that what they need to do is to deploy their most effective weapon - the rhetorical brilliance of President Barack Obama - on a recalcitrant state of Israel.

They say that in the next few weeks the White House will begin a public relations program in Israel and Arab countries to better explain the president's intention to broker a comprehensive peace agreement. The highlight would be interviews with Obama on Israeli television as well as appearances broadcast in Arab countries. In particular, the officials say they hope to convince the majority of Israelis, who have been shown in polls to view Obama and his policies with distrust, to support his stand on freezing building in Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as in Jerusalem, rather than the policies of Binyamin Netanyahu, their own prime minister.

THE IDEA here seems to be that if the Israeli people are sufficiently exposed to the charms of the American president, they will force Netanyahu to do as he has been told by Washington. However, the administration misunderstands the nature of its problem. Contrary to its belief, the Israeli people already understand Obama very well. His problem is that they don't buy what he's selling. Indeed, this decision to launch a PR campaign reminds one of stereotypically "ugly American" tourists who believe the proper response to foreigners who don't understand English is to merely speak English louder. The administration needs to win the trust of Israelis through more realistic policies, not a bigger megaphone.

The reason many Israelis think they have been singled out for rough treatment by Obama is not because they don't understand that his intentions are good and that his motives are pure; it's because he has unfairly singled them out. The dispute about settlements between the two governments was a calculated decision on the part of Washington to pick a fight with its smaller ally and raise the stakes until Netanyahu gave in. That would have handed Obama an easy triumph and a way to show the Arab world that American friends of Israel no longer have a decisive say in American foreign policy.

But that's not what happened and the administration appears to be baffled by the reaction inside Israel to the ginned-up settlements squabble. Instead of behaving as most liberal American Jews have done and blindly backing Obama's pressure because of partisan loyalties and support for the administration's domestic agenda, ordinary Israelis are supporting their prime minister and viewing Obama with suspicion.

Why? It is true that part of the problem has to do with perceptions. Obama's Cairo speech in June was offensive because of the way he equated the Holocaust with the predicament of Palestinian refugees and the fact that he snubbed the Jewish state by avoiding it during his Middle East tour. But the problem is bigger than either the president's penchant for false moral equivalencies or his itinerary.

OBAMA'S POLICY seems to be based on the notion that Israel's refusal to make new concessions on security and land is the primary obstacle to a peace breakthrough. Though most Israelis would actually be willing to give up most settlements, they know that neither the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority in the West Bank nor the Hamas mini-state in Gaza are interested in a peace that would recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state, no matter where the borders were drawn. The failure of the Oslo Accords, the July 2000 Camp David summit, the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and last year's desperate effort by former prime minister Ehud Olmert to hand the PA a state on a silver platter all illustrate the Palestinians' lack of interest in signing such a deal.

In the clear absence of a credible peace partner, what point is there, they are entitled to ask, in bullying Israel to make concessions? Nor has anyone been impressed by the administration's half-hearted attempt to get the Saudis and other Arab states to act as if they mean it when they claim to want peace.

President Obama has not turned out to be a conventional liberal Democrat who is also willing to be a faithful friend of Israel as many, if not most Jewish Democrats expected when they pulled the lever for him last year. Though Republican talking points that asserted that Obama's associations with anti-Israel extremists such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi would color his judgment in office were dismissed by the vast majority of Jewish voters, it turns out there was more to this line of argument than mere partisanship. As his decision last week to honor former Irish president Mary Robinson, best remembered for presiding over the orgy of anti-Semitism that characterized the 2001 UN Durban conference, with the presidential Medal of Freedom again shows, Obama is not a man who understands or respects mainstream Jewish sensibilities.

Obama's eloquence is a formidable diplomatic tool, but the idea that it can be used to convince Israelis to "reflect" on their policies and change their tune is not only astoundingly arrogant, it's frankly wrong. Israelis already want peace, and have shown time and again they are ready to make sacrifices to achieve it. What is lacking is a similar commitment from the Palestinians. No amount of presidential eloquence or American PR ought to convince Israelis that further concessions will bring peace until Palestinian leaders match Obama's words with deeds.

The writer is executive editor of Commentary magazine and a contributor to its blog Contentions at www.commentarymagazine.com.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE EUROPEANS?

They have lived for decades in this never-never land of denying reality. Yes, they can have cradle-to-the-grave healthcare. Of course the down side is punitive taxation and union-shop medical practices with lines, rationing – in other words what Congress wants to provide for US citizens.

And on another front, the European leaders – including or perhaps especially British leaders – have flung open the doors of immigration to Muslims from around the world. New mosques are more common than new churches. Humanism requires that “all ideas are of equal weight and value.” Having said that, the Europeans cannot then deny that radical Islamists are not as good, and decent and kind as dear old Granny around the corner.

The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and let’s not forget Paris! All are feeling the crunch of terrorists running – if not ruling – their nation. And they are breeding like rabbits.

Note the following:

'20% of EU will be Muslims by 2050'

Aug. 9, 2009
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Twenty percent of the European Union will be Muslim by 2050, according to forecasts cited in a Telegraph report Sunday.

The current figure, according to the article, sits at five percent, and will be pushed up due to immigration, and low birth rates among native Europeans.

The article noted that the UK, Spain and Holland would hit the 20% mark faster.

According to the London-based newspaper, experts have criticized lawmakers' failure to address this "demographic time-bomb." They called for a discussion on how these demographic changes will affect "areas of life from education and housing to foreign policy and pensions."

The article cited polls, however, which showed that the Muslim community in EU countries was not radicalizing.

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That last paragraph is what’s called “balance.” If a cartoon got the Muslim world into the streets torching McDonalds and taking lives, what would reporting that there are terrorists swimming among the fish earn the writer?

One source we read this week believes that there are 16,000 terrorists in England. Home grown terrorists. These are boys and girls, men and women who are born and bred in London town and around the land.

I remind you that it was “locals” that blew up the tube (subway) and double-decker bus in London.

The people tasked with watching terrorists in England and Europe are busier than a one armed paper hanger. But the legislators cannot speak out. Why it wouldn’t be in keeping with the socialist, humanist creed that they have all embraced.

 

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O LITTLE TOWN OF TERRORISM, BETHLEHEM.

It’s not the same place where Mary and Joseph found shelter in a stable all those years ago. Not by a long shot. For the past weeks it’s been awash with terrorists. And make no mistake about it, these thugs are exactly that.

What we’re talking about is the Fatah convention. First in twenty years. Think about how long ago that was. 1989. Think about how much has changed.

But not Fatah. Well, of course the dramatic Ugly One, Yasser Arafat has assumed room temperature only to be replaced by Mahmoud Abbas who looks like he had done the same, but who is still alive.

We read all these stories about how Fatah is fed up with him. That he is inept and out of touch and must be replaced. But he survived the convention, and he’s still got his hand on the rudder.

They elected new representatives to their ruling councils, but that’s not to say that the old guys won’t still get their share of the corruption. Like Mafia families, they just slide over a bit to make room for the next generation. They ramp up the operation, spread the dough around a bit. It may be sliced thinner, but with the billions coming to the Palestinian Authority from the US, Israeli taxes and European support, not to mention some Arab lands, there’s still enough for a nice new villa near Um al Fahm or in Nazareth or outside of Bethlehem.

CYNICAL?

Lest you think I’m being negative and cynical, I’m not in the least. Study the situation and you will learn that the reporting going on from the council is from a good Arab man named Khaled Abu Toameh. He is fair, firm and factual. And he’s not in the least deluded.

When we were doing a tour of East Jerusalem together I asked him about a Palestinian millionaire from Nablus who was getting lots of ink at the time.

“Can he replace Abbas as the President of the PA?”

“Never!” Khaled whipped back instantly.

“Why not?”

“Because he’s never been in an Israeli prison and he’s never killed a Jew.” No twinkle in his eye, no humor on his lips. He was as serious as a heart attack.

That’s just how it is.

One new member of the ruling council is named Zubeidi. In 2002 I did a piece on him. He was operating a wing of terrorists who were part of the Aksa Martyr’s Brigade. That thugocracy was established by none other than Arafat when he wanted to operate the Second Intifada. “The armed wing” of Fatah.

Of course he denied that he had any control of these wild hares who shot up Jewish citizens inside Samaria and Judea. He couldn’t stop them from sending out the mentally challenged with C4 strapped around their waists to blow up bombs and market places. Forget that there would be Arabs in those crowds also. It was okay. The cause was just.

In fact, hating Israel justified any homicidal, maniacal act.

But when Ari Sharon came to the PM’s office and made war with the terrorists and crushed the walls of the PLO headquarters in Ramallah in 2002, and threatened to finish the job by killing everyone inside, Arafat suddenly had the clout to rein in the terrorist attacks.

Zubeidi was one of Arafat’s cute, boyish leaders. I remember that he was pictured smoking a cigarette, holding an AK-47, in a sleeveless T-shirt. All the boys in Jenin wanted to be like him. He had a Jewish girlfriend who was repeatedly arrested by Israel, but never squealed on the terrorist.

Last year Zubeidi was made an official of the Fatah government. Now he is on the ruling council. He’s one of Abbas’ government paid killers.

Fatah is just the secular mirror-image of Hamas’ Islamist terrorists. Tit for tat. Mutt and Jeff. Ali and Babba.

Now they are claiming not just East Jerusalem but all of the city.

Read the reports below. We’ve edited for brevity.

 

Fatah: Return J'lem before talks go on

Aug. 8, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh, The Jerusalem Post, BETHLEHEM

Fatah's sixth General Assembly on Saturday approved a resolution saying Jerusalem is an "integral part of the Palestinian homeland and political entity" and vowing to foil Israel's alleged efforts to erase the city's Arab and Islamic character.

The resolution is the latest in a series of hard-line decisions that were adopted by the conference over the past few days.

The new resolution says that Fatah considers Jerusalem a "red line" that no one could cross. It defines Jerusalem as the "eternal capital of Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic and Christian worlds."

The city "is awaiting our sacrifices" and Fatah pledges to continue to make sacrifices "until Jerusalem returns to the Palestinians void of settlers and settlements," according to the resolution.

The conference also endorsed the Aksa Martyrs Brigades as Fatah's official armed wing.

Zakariya Zubeidi, one of the commanders of the armed group who delivered a speech before the assembly over the weekend, hailed the decision.

He said the decision to endorse his group was announced by Othman Abu Gharbiyeh, chairman of Fatah's sixth General Assembly.

"Abu Gharbiyeh announced before the conference that Fatah would never give up the Aksa Martyrs Brigades," Zubeidi said. "He stressed that the endorsement of our group was parallel to the continued brandishing of the olive branch as a symbol for peace."

Zubeidi is among some 700 delegates who have presented their candidacy for the 120-member Revolutionary Council. He said that if elected he would represent the Aksa Martyrs Brigades in the council.

Fatah leaders had initially banned Zubeidi, who for many years was wanted by Israel for his involvement in terrorism, from participating in the meetings of the conference.

However, under pressure from many Fatah members, he was eventually permitted to attend as a delegate representing the armed group.

 

The Aksa Martyrs Brigades, which was established shortly after the beginning of the second intifada in September 2000, has been responsible for many terrorist attacks - including suicide bombings - that killed and wounded hundreds of people. …

Haviv Rettig Gur contributed to this report.

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Fatah: J'lem must be made void of settlers

Aug. 8, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh, The Jerusalem Post, BETHLEHEM , THE JERUSALEM POST

Fatah's sixth General Assembly on Saturday approved a resolution saying Jerusalem is an "integral part of the Palestinian homeland and political entity" and vowing to foil Israel's alleged efforts to erase the city's Arab and Islamic character.

The resolution is the latest in a series of hard-line decisions that were adopted by the conference over the past few days.

The new resolution says that Fatah considers Jerusalem a "red line" that no one could cross. It defines Jerusalem as the "eternal capital of Palestine, the Arab world and the Islamic and Christian worlds."

The city "is awaiting our sacrifices" and Fatah pledges to continue to make sacrifices "until Jerusalem returns to the Palestinians void of settlers and settlements," according to the resolution. …

Haviv Rettig Gur contributed to this report.

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Analysis: How Fatah has evolved into the Palestinian Ba'ath party

Aug. 10, 2009
Khaled Abu Toameh , THE JERUSALEM POST

Fatah's sixth General Assembly has shown that the 44-year-old faction is still not ready to transform itself from a revolutionary movement into a governing body - one that cares about establishing institutions and infrastructure for the future Palestinian state.

Instead, Fatah seems determined more than ever to maintain its status as a "national liberation movement."

In light of the conference, many Palestinians are beginning to draw parallels between Fatah and Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party. As far as they are concerned, Fatah remains part of the problem and not part of any solution.

The fiery rhetoric of the delegates and the signs and graffiti on the walls of the conference hall in Bethlehem are testimony that Fatah continues to live in the past and not in the present.

Moreover, most of the resolutions that were adopted by the 2,000 Fatah delegates appear as if they were taken directly out of the fifth General Assembly that was held in Tunis two decades ago.

The conference is about to conclude its meeting by endorsing almost the same political platform that has been accompanying Fatah since its founding.

Delegates spent more time talking about the past than the present or future. They chose to blame Israel and Hamas for almost all the miseries that have hit Fatah and the Palestinians in recent years.

The delegates spent more time attacking Israel and Hamas than discussing the reasons behind Fatah's defeat in the January 2006 parliamentary election and its expulsion from the Gaza Strip a year later.

 

For some time during the conference, one got the impression that Israel and Hamas were responsible for Fatah's financial corruption and incompetence.

Had it not been for the security fence and the construction in settlements, Fatah would be less corrupt. And had it not been for Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip, Fatah would have succeeded in turning the Palestinian territories into the Middle East's Hong Kong.

In short, everyone is to blame for the miseries of the Palestinians and Fatah except for Fatah.

 

Instead of forming committees to look into ways of reforming Fatah, injecting fresh blood into its veins and restoring its lost credibility among a majority of Palestinians, the delegates preferred to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the death of Arafat.

Why is there a need for such a commission if Fatah has already (and unanimously) determined that Israel was behind the "assassination" of the Palestinian leader? And why establish a commission of inquiry into the defeat of Fatah in the 2006 election when every Palestinian knows that Hamas won that vote largely because of the state of financial corruption and anarchy under the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority? Most of the Fatah officials who appeared before the gathering spoke and acted as if they were still in the battlefields of Lebanon and Jordan.

In scenes reminiscent of the last Fatah conference 20 years ago, old slogans such as "Revolution Until Victory," "Long Live Palestine" and "Fatah Will Liberate Palestine" were issued by almost all the speakers who took the podium.

 

Political resolutions adopted by the conference also served as a reminder that Fatah has not changed much despite the Oslo Accords and the departure of its founder and leader.

Leaving no room for doubt that Fatah is not headed toward moderation, one resolution stated that the faction "remains committed to its status as a national liberation movement whose goal is to defeat the occupation and achieve independence for the Palestinians. Fatah is part of the Arab liberation movement."

Regarding the issue of armed struggle against Israel, Fatah chose ambiguity over straight talk. Aware of the sensitivity surrounding the use of the explosive term - armed struggle - and to avoid a clash with US and European donors, Fatah is now talking about its "right to pursue the resistance" against Israel "in all methods and forms." To Western audiences, Fatah leaders can always argue that they are actually talking about a "peaceful resistance" where Palestinians, together with Israeli and international activists, hold weekly demonstrations and marches in protest against Israeli policies and measures.

On the other hand, the Fatah leaders can always defend their decision to replace the armed struggle term with the need to win the backing (and money) of the West. In addition, they can also explain that the resistance they are talking about includes the right to resort to armed struggle against Israel.

Fatah after the conference remains the same Fatah it was before the meeting in Bethlehem. The Fatah leadership did not even see any need to provide its delegates with a report about the financial and administrative performance of the faction over the past 20 years. Why bother to do so when Israel is continuing to build settlements and when Hamas retains its tight grip on the Gaza Strip?

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RABBIT HOLES!

We noted a report this week that “luxury apartments” in Israel are back in play. For a while there was a lack of momentum in the building and selling of these multi-million apartments.

Not just Jerusalem. Tel Aviv, rejuvenated Joppa, all up and down the coast, even in Tiberias, but especially in Jerusalem.

Many are purchased for what I call “rabbit holes.” Bolt holes if anti-Semitism grows even more than it is today. Jews know that many nations around this world can become very dangerous places for them.

It has happened over and over and over down through the ages. From the time that Abraham and Jacob saw the wells they digged filled in and were forced to move from one place to another Jews have been persecuted by those who needed scapegoats.

These apartments are usually visited during Passover and Succoth. From France, the United States, South America – all over – they come with suitcases drug across the rough limestone paving blocks.

Secular in jeans and tees or ultra Orthodox with ear locks and black garb, they set up a home for two or four weeks. They visit the Western Wall, take in the Shaas Promenade and look at the Old City from the South. That view now has another dome, white and higher than the Dome of the Rock. A rebuilt synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. We love to see it there reminding everyone that the Jews are in Jerusalem.

Then suddenly as if a vacuum had swept them up, the crowds disappear. They are back to their jobs, careers, and main homes. The apartments are cleaned, secured and await the next High Holiday.

And those of us who live nearby enjoy the quiet; miss the kids on bicycles, with their squeals of laughter and keep to our regular schedule. It’s easier to get a table at our favorite restaurant. The grocery lines are noticeably shorter and the outdoor cafes always have room. For a while.

Israel is there waiting. Waiting for the next purge. The next pogram. The next killing to begin. The next mass aliya because it is safer in Israel even with the terrorists than many places with their Nazis, regardless of what they call themselves today.

“Two recent examples of this trend are the sale of two apartments in Gindi Holding's G Tower in Tel Aviv: A flat on the eighth floor, measuring 265 square meters (2,852 square feet) in size, which was sold for NIS 9 million (about $2.3 million), and another apartment on the 15th floor measuring 243 square meters (2,615 square feet) in size, which was sold for NIS 10 million ($2.5 million).”

 

MOORE’S MUSINGS:

As we reported on our radio broadcast, US legislators have come and gone from Jerusalem. Back in the States seventy-one senators have signed an AIPAC-backed letter to US President Barack Obama supporting his effort to encourage Arab states to normalize relations with Israel.

It’s not really going to have much impact. The Arabs look at Obama as a quisling. He bows to the King of Saudi Arabia and trumpets that he doesn’t even understand our own protocol, much less how the Arabs consider us. We are broke and in debt as a nation. They see us as outsiders, begging for them to lower oil prices. And we are so in debt to China that Hillary has to beg and the Prez has to listen to a lecture from their leaders so they can go home feeling good about themselves.

That 71 Senators signed a letter wanting the Arabs to “recognize” Israel only means that those particular Senators have a lot of Jewish constituents. Primarily liberal Jewish voters.

Of course with what the Congress is seeing in town hall meetings around the nation, they might be awakening to the fact that they could use a few friends. Sure give me that letter. I’ll sign it. Won’t make a bit of difference, but it puts me on the voters’ side.

Reports say, “Just six of the 13 Jewish senators signed the missive - Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Among those not signing the letter were Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).”

 

ON THE FATAH CONFERENCE

Let me weigh in on the meeting in Bethlehem.

And don’t get yourself in a twist before you hear me out.

Hyperbole – 1. obvious and intentional exaggeration. 2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”

That is how the Arabs talk. It encourages them. They make these wild assertions about how they are going to destroy Israel, take all of Jerusalem and own the whole land.

Now think for a moment. Do you really believe that Abbas and his henchmen who cannot even move from Ramallah to Jericho unless Israel allows them to pass think they can take over all of Jerusalem? Of course not.

Hyperbole.

But then there are those who are so ignorant, naïve, innocent – whatever – that do believe it. Sort of like the person who thinks that George Bush knew about the 9/11 attack beforehand. Or the person who believes that we never put a man on the moon.

There are people who want to believe some things so badly that they just do it. Period. Regardless of the facts.

And that is not the same as faith. It is rooted in its own need of denial. Regardless of the reason. Like the evolutionist who denies special creation. To accept that would mean that there is a Creator. To accept a Creator would mean that they then would have to trust the Bible as the source of truth. That brings about accountability for behaviour. Personal responsibility to a Creator for one’s actions.

That of course then means that sin is real. A right and a wrong. Absolutes. Why it could lead to a need for repentance, even. (You get the idea.)

So the Arabs make these outlandish pronouncements and stir up their followers. Ah, but the followers have TVs now. They have internet connections in many cases. They get world news.

“Once they been to gay Pairee, how you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm?!”

I remember talking to a restaurant owner in Bethlehem one day. He comes from a wealthy family, they have owned and operated stores and restaurants for three generations now.

“These roosters strut around town with their rifles! They threaten us. US! We who have paid salaries and wouldn’t even hire them to empty our garbage. Then when the Israelis roll into town with their Merkavas (tanks), they head for their holes!”

And there are “little people” among the Arabs who are the same. They spout the curses to Israel loudly for listeners, but when they whisper it is of disdain for the Jews who keep them from moving freely between Hebron and Jerusalem, and for the terrorists whose actions serve primarily to ruin the tourist trade. They care little for the “revolution” and much for the shekel with which to provide for their family.

But the whole thing goes on. Abbas drapes his $2000 suit with a black and white checkered keffiya and waves to the crowd which obediently applauds like they didn’t wish he had a stiletto stuck in his neck. Then he returns to Ramallah by passing through the Israeli checkpoints.

So he refuses to allow his side to sit down with the Israelis led by Netanyahu. Are his people better off the sixteen years since Oslo promised them a land of their own? Is the threat of terrorism diminished? With 50-75 active attack threats a week planned against Israel, we don’t believe so.

A DEVIL NAMED ISRAEL

The Arabs need a devil named Israel because they are so corrupt and inept that they cannot even pave the streets of their towns without stealing from the people who drive the trucks and the people who walk around the potholes.

TERRORISM AN OPTION

I want you to read the following analysis from The Israel Project. In it you will see that peace in this region is a long way off. Not because Israel will not make peace, but because the Palestinian leaders are unable to control the lowest element of their society.

So we wish you a great week, and say thanks for being with us. We appreciate you, pray for you, and look forward to meeting you somewhere along the way.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ernie Moore

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

THE ISRAEL PROJECT REPORT

Aug. 10, 2009

“Moderate” Palestinian Leaders Say Terrorism an Option, Seek Iranian Support, Deny Existence of Jewish State

The Palestinian political faction Fatah held its first conference in 20 years to determine its future agenda. [1] During the five-day meeting that ended Sunday (Aug. 9) [2] Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ran unopposed to be re-elected as Fatah’s leader. [3]

“Although we have chosen peace we reserve the right to return to armed resistance,” Abbas said in his keynote at Fatah’s sixth General Assembly.

Abbas’ remarks came as the Palestinian economy in the West Bank has improved substantially in the last two years, thanks to Israel’s efforts to grow the Palestinian market and provide greater freedom of movement by reducing the number of roadblocks and checkpoints. [4]

During the conference, Fatah officials discussed a possible strategic alliance with Iran, [5] which continues to defy the international community’s demands that it halt its nuclear program. Iran is also the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, [6] providing hundreds of millions of dollars in training, arms and financing to terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. [7]

Fatah’s Jerusalem Affairs Liaison Hatim Abdul Qader said that in light of the stalled peace process, the Fatah movement has no choice but to seek help abroad from Iran. [8]

Fatah, considered a mainstream Palestinian organization, avoided relations with Iran ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Fatah's main rival, the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas, is politically, financially and militarily backed by Iran. [9] However, last month Fatah member and Senior Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Egypt to discuss Hamas-Fatah reconciliation talks, Palestinian national unity and other regional issues. [10]

About 2,260 Fatah delegates gathered in the West Bank city of Bethlehem for the conference, some travelling from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and other countries to attend. [11] Iran-backed Hamas barred about 400 Fatah members residing in the Gaza Strip from attending the West Bank conference. [12] At the conference, more than 100 candidates competed in elections for Fatah’s 22-member central committee and nearly 600 for the 120-seat revolutionary council. [13]

Other issues addressed at the conference included removing all Jews from Jerusalem and putting the city under Palestinian control, [14] releasing all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, not renewing the peace process until all of the prisoners are released [15] and getting support from Iran. [16]

“Right of Resistance”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opened the conference by declaring Fatah’s “right of resistance” against Israel. Abbas said, “Although we have chosen peace, we reserve the right to return to armed resistance," but stressed that at this stage demonstrations and boycott campaigns against Israel are preferable. [17]

According to WAFA, the official Palestinian Authority news agency, Fatah’s new charter states “Fatah stresses its commitment to the pursuit of a comprehensive peace but reiterates the Palestinian people's right to resistance to occupation in all its forms in line with international law." [18] Senior Fatah member Nabil Shaath was quoted as saying, “At this stage, we are focusing on popular struggle, but the armed struggle is a right reserved to us in international law.” [19]

Fatah’s claim of the Palestinian “right of resistance” is emphasized in its official political platform: "The struggle stems from the Palestinian people's right to oppose the occupation and the settlements, the expulsion and the racist discrimination – and this right is [a] right guaranteed by international law.” [20]

Jerusalem

At the conference, Fatah adopted the position that the Palestinian “resistance” will not end until all of Jerusalem, including the outlying villages, come under Palestinian control. [21] The Fatah position paper states, “Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned [to the Palestinians], clean of settlements and settlers.” [22] The conference paper does not distinguish between East and West Jerusalem, instead claiming Palestinian sovereignty over the entire city. [23]

Prisoners

Abbas and the Fatah charter demand the release of thousands of Fatah prisoners who are in Israel prisons. [24] Many of these prisoners, such as Marwan Barghouti, have been convicted of multiple counts of murder and acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians. [25] At the conference, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a senior Fatah operative and aide to Abbas, said there would never be a permanent solution between the Palestinians and Israelis until Israel first releases all prisoners in Israeli jails. [26]

Two-State Solution

Conference participants endorsed the idea of a two-state solution. [27] However, Fatah refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. [28] While the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), of which Fatah is a part, formally recognized Israel in 1993, Fatah as a party never officially recognized the Jewish state. [29]

Senior Fatah Officials: In their Own Words

Nabil Shaath, Fatah’s Central Committee member:
"At this stage, we are focusing on popular struggle, but the armed struggle is a right reserved to us in international law." [30]

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator:
"Fatah wants peace, but peace cannot be attained without Israel withdrawing to the '67 borders, establishing a Palestinian state on the '67 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital - two states living side by side." [31]
At-Tayyib Abdul-Rahim, Fatah Central Committee member:
“If peace efforts are thwarted, there will be no security, nor stability in the region.” [32]

Zakariya Zubeidi, Fatah terrorist group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade leader:
"Abu Gharbiyeh [chairman of Fatah's General Assembly] announced before the conference that Fatah would never give up the Aksa Martyrs Brigades. He stressed that the endorsement of our group was parallel to the continued brandishing of the olive branch as a symbol for peace." [33]

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority President:
“When we stress that we espouse the option of peace and negotiations based on the U.N. resolutions, we retain our fundamental right to legitimate resistance guaranteed by international law. This right is also linked to our perception and to the national consensus, which is what must determine the appropriate forms of the struggle and the proper timing for [each] – while learning lessons from the past and making sure that we are not dragged into places where the steadfastness of our people and our adherence to our moral superiority and to the principles of our struggle might be harmed." [34]

Husam Khader, senior Fatah member:
"Fatah has not changed its national identity, and it retains the option of resistance and armed struggle. But now, for the first time ... it is permitting the option of negotiations as one of the Palestinian people's strategic options and as a possible way of attaining
its political goals."
[35]

Marwan Al-Barghouti, senior Fatah member in Israeli prison:
"Resistance to the Israeli occupation is a national obligation, and it is a legitimate right..." [36]

Fahmi Al-Za'arir, Fatah spokesman:
"It is not possible to rule out or to marginalize the military option. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are the jewel in Fatah's crown. We must strengthen their status ... [and] maintain them in a state of alert. We know that every warrior has a [period of] rest(11) – and also we know that this does not mean the end of the national battle, but only a wait to obtain the goals, and to give the leadership sufficient opportunity for political activity." [37]

Abu Ala, former Palestinian prime minister:
"We have in our midst the hero Khaled Abu-Usbah, hero of the operation led by the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. We salute him and welcome him. And [we salute] the hero, the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal. All the glory! All the glory! All the glory! All the sisters here are Dalal's sisters." [38]
Note: Dalal Mughrabi and Khaled Abu-Usbah were responsible in a 1978 attack for the deaths of 37 Israelis, including 10 children. [39]

Jibril Rajoub, senior Fatah official:
"Resistance was and is a tactical and strategic option of the struggle are part of Fatah's policy." [40]

Examples of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Terrorist Attacks

April 11, 2008: Two Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades members attempt to poison Ramat Gan diners that employed them. [41]

Dec. 6, 2008: Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades fire a Qassam rocket, hitting Ashkelon. [42]

Jan. 29, 2007: The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Palestinian Islamic Jihad perpetrate a suicide bombing attack in an Eilat bakery, killing four Israeli civilians and wounding two. [43]

Oct. 22, 2007: Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists attempt to attack then-Prime Minister Olmert’s convoy en route to Jerusalem from the West Bank city of Jericho. [44]

April 22, 2004: Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for an attempted suicide bombing perpetrated by an HIV-infected militant in the hopes he would infect any wounded with the virus. [45]

March 14, 2004: Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Hamas claim responsibility for a double suicide bombing at Ashdod seaport that kills 10 and wounds more than 16 civilians. [46]

May 4, 2002: An Israeli security guard foils an Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv nightclub with over 200 people inside. [47]

Footnotes:

[1] McCarthy, Rory, “Fatah holds first party conference for 20 years,” The Guardian, Aug. 4, 2009, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/04/fatah-conference-abbas-west-bank

[2] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “Fatah moves to ‘remove, defeat occupation’,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418557097&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

[3] “Election held for Fatah leading bodies,” Xinhua, Aug. 10, 2009, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/10/content_11858794.htm

[4] Berger, Robert, “Abbas Re-Elected Leader of the Palestinian Fatah Party,” Voice of America, Aug. 8, 2009, http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-08-voa22.cfm; Dlugy, Yana, “West Bank economy on the mend, says IMF,” Agence France-Presse, July 15, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gnEwDP3c9aJP_VsXi1DMNqQkHsdA

[5] Goodenough, Patrick, “Fatah Conference to Consider Non-Recognition of Israel, Closer Ties to Iran ,” CNSNews, Aug. 3, 2009, http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51890

[6] “Iran 'leading terrorism sponsor,'” BBC News, May 1, 2009, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8028064.stm

[7] “Country Reports on Terrorism 2008,” United States Department of State Publication; Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, April 2009, http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2008/; Hamas," Council on Foreign Relations Web site, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/, retrieved July 7, 2008

[8] Goodenough, Patrick, “Fatah Conference to Consider Non-Recognition of Israel, Closer Ties to Iran,” CNSNews, Aug. 3, 2009, http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=51890

[9] “Iranian Support of Hamas,” Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Jan. 12, 2009, p. 4, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/pdf/iran_e004.pdf

[10] “Israel condemns Iran-PA meeting,” BBC, July 20, 2009, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8159051.stm

[11] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “’Old guard’ want to keep young reps out of Fatah,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 1, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277943160&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

[12] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “’Old guard’ want to keep young reps out of Fatah,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 1, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277943160&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

[13] “Election held for Fatah leading bodies,” Xinhua, Aug. 10, 2009, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/10/content_11858794.htm

[14] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “Fatah moves to ‘remove, defeat occupation’,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418557097&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

[15] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “Fatah moves 'to remove, defeat occupation',” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418557097&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

[16] “PM Rabin- Israel-PLO Recognition Signing Ceremony,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 10, 1993, http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Archive/Speeches/PM%20RABIN-%20ISRAEL-PLO%20RECOGNITION%20SIGNING%20CEREMONY-; Rosenfeld, Shaul, “No moderate Palestinians,” YnetNews, Aug. 4, 2009, http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3757017,00.html

[17] Berger, Robert, “Abbas Re-Elected Leader of the Palestinian Fatah Party,” Voice of America, Aug. 8, 2009, http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-08-voa22.cfm; “Fatah backs two-state solution, sharpening rift with Hamas,” Haaretz, Aug. 19, 2009, http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1106393.html

[18] “Fatah party insists on right to resistance,” Agence France-Presse, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jjJcSM4DoJZUI3hA0R6jGOIiDCkg

[19] “Fatah backs two-state solution, sharpening rift with Hamas,” Haaretz, Aug. 10, 2009, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1106393.html

[20] Jacob, C., “Fatah Members: The Principle of Resistance and Armed Struggle Must Not Be Relinquished,” Middle East Media Research Institute, Aug. 6, 2009, http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA53809

[21] Issacharoff, Avi, “Dahlan, Qureia vie to succeed Abbas as Fatah chief,” Haaretz, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1106243.html

[22] “Fatah: We’ll sacrifice victims until Jerusalem is ours,” Haaretz, Aug. 8, 2009, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1106050.html

[23] Fatah: We’ll sacrifice victims until Jerusalem is ours,” Haaretz, Aug. 8, 2009, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1106050.html

[24] Fatah party insists on right to resistance,” Agence France-Presse, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jjJcSM4DoJZUI3hA0R6jGOIiDCkg

[25] “State of Israel vs. Marwan Barghouti, Ruling by Judge Zvi Gurkinkel,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 12, 2002, http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2002/12/State%20of%20Israel%20vs%20Marwan%20Barghouti-%20Ruling%20by%20Jud

[26] Abu Toameh, Khaled, “Fatah moves ‘to remove, defeat occupation,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 10, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418557097&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

[27] Daraghmeh, Mohammed, “Palestinian Fatah conventions adopts program backing 2-state solution, right to fight Israel,” The Canadian Press, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jIhogzCT23pUkEBBuv5V4SfRZSSQ

[28] Mar’I, Mohammed, “Fatah declaring war against Israel,” Arab News, Aug. 3, 2009, http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4§ion=0&article=125113

[29] “PM Rabin- Israel-PLO Recognition Signing Ceremony,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 10, 1993, http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Archive/Speeches/PM%20RABIN-%20ISRAEL-PLO%20RECOGNITION%20SIGNING%20CEREMONY-; Rosenfeld, Shaul, “No moderate Palestinians,” YnetNews, Aug. 4, 2009, http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3757017,00.html

[30] “Fatah votes for new council members,” Al Jazeera, Aug. 10, 2009, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/08/200989195545400442.html

[31] Berger, Robert, “Palestinian Fatah Faction Endorses Peace Process, Armed Resistance,” Voice of America, Aug. 9, 2009, http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-08-09-voa25.cfm

[32] “Abdul-Rahim: Fatah Conference 90 percent over,” Ma’an News Agency, Aug. 10, 2009, http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=217680

[33] Toameh, Khaled Abu, “Fatah: Return J’lem before talks go on,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 8, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249418552346&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

[34] Jacob, C, “Fatah Members: The Principle of Resistance and Armed Struggle Must Not Be Relinquished,” Middle East Media Research Institute, Aug. 6, 2009, http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA53809

[35] Jacob, C, “Fatah Members: The Principle of Resistance and Armed Struggle Must Not Be Relinquished,” Middle East Media Research Institute, Aug. 6, 2009, http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA53809

[36] Jacob, C, “Fatah Members: The Principle of Resistance and Armed Struggle Must Not Be Relinquished,” Middle East Media Research Institute, Aug. 6, 2009, http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA53809

[37] Jacob, C, “Fatah Members: The Principle of Resistance and Armed Struggle Must Not Be Relinquished,” Middle East Media Research Institute, Aug. 6, 2009, http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA53809

[38] “Glorifying terrorists and terror,” Palestinian Media Watch, Aug. 4, 2009, http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=458&fld_id=458&doc_id=1227

[39] “A Sabbath of Terror,” Time, March 20, 1978, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919454,00.html

[40] “Abbas: Popular resistance to go on,” The Jerusalem Post, Aug. 4, 2009, http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1249275687434&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

[41] Azoulay, Yuval, “2 Palestinians arrested for plot to poison Ramat Gan diners,” Haaretz, April 11, 2008, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/973770.html

[42] “Qassam fired from Gaza hits Ashkelon; IAF strikes rocket launcher,” Haaretz, June 12, 2008, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1044028.html

[43] “3 killed in Eilat terror attack,” Ynetnews, Jan. 29, 2007, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3358185,00.html

[44] Mar’i, Mohammed, “Shin Bet Foiled Fatah Attack on Olmert in August,” Arab News, Oct. 22, 2007, http://arabnews.com/?page=4§ion=0&article=102702&d=22&m=10&y=2007

[45] Cowan, Claudia, “Potential Mideast Bomber Wanted AIDS as Weapons,” Fox News, April 22, 2004, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,117731,00.html

[46] “Ashdod suicide bombers from northern Gaza,” Xinhua, Feb. 15, 2004, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-03/15/content_1365837.htm

[47] “Security Guard Foils Attack on Tel Aviv Nighclub,” U.N.Wire, May 24, 2002, http://www.unwire.org/unwire/20020524/26618_story.asp

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