That’s what the media is calling an American born Islamist woman. Sounds sort of like our first novel, One Time Messengers!
Al Qaeda, woman, American born. Jihadist. Recruiting US personnel for raids. If you haven’t read this yet, get ready.
NEW REWRITE – One Time Messengers – Prequel is just about ready for release. We expect it to be by the end of this month. You will love it.
As we travel and speak, in the US or Israel, our fans are demanding more of the Jake Crabtree adventure novels. They are full of suspense, rollicking good times, danger, and great plots. AND missing the foul language and bedroom scenes that other adventure novels seem to find mandatory.
Our late hero, Louis L’Amour wrote about having to stand up to publishers who wanted that kind of junk in his great novels. He proved it was unnecessary by becoming the best selling fiction author in the world!
We’d love to see ours find a publisher who shared our moral position and would send them to the top of the charts. Until that time you can find them on our home page, at Faithful Life Publishers and on our book tables.
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3/10/2010 - Onerous Axelrod; Ole Joe; Peace Talks; Stalin is Back!
As I write this, there is great question about the Obamacare vote in the House. Seems like a lot of Dems are dropping like flies, quitting, retiring and otherwise planning on life outside of Congress.
As far as we are concerned America could do with a lot more from both parties going home and staying there.
New book from Carl Rove. He is denouncing the Tea Party movement. We seem to forget that he was neck-deep in the Bush Administration’s last term when all the socialist moves took place. Bailouts, etc.
It was anything but conservative or even in our opinion Constitutional!
There is a real concern that the Tea Party movement’s placing candidates on the ballot could do what Perot’s run did to Bush I, but the Republicans should wake up and put more conservatives – REAL conservatives – on the party ballot and then they wouldn’t have to be so worried.
If you only read one article, read this one by Krauthammer.
Onward, he said, regardless
By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Barack Obama, the man who ran as a post-partisan, is determined to remake a sixth of the US economy despite the absence of support for Obamacare.
So the yearlong production, set to close after Massachusetts’s devastatingly negative January 19 review, saw the curtain raised one last time. Obamacare lives.
After 34 speeches, three sharp electoral rebukes (Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts) and a seven-hour seminar, the president announced Wednesday his determination to make one last push to pass his health care reform.
The final act was carefully choreographed. The rollout began a week earlier with a couple of shows of bipartisanship: a February 25 Blair House “summit” with Republicans, followed five days later with a few concessions tossed the Republicans’ way.
Show is the operative noun. Among the few Republican suggestions President Barack Obama pretended to incorporate was tort reform. What did he suggest to address the plague of defensive medicine that a Massachusetts Medical Society study showed leads to about 25 percent of doctor referrals, tests and procedures being done for no medical reason? A few ridiculously insignificant demonstration projects amounting to one-half of one-hundredth of 1 percent of the cost of Obama’s health care bill.
As for the Blair House seminar, its theatrical quality was obvious even before it began. The Democrats had already decided to go for a purely partisan bill. Obama signaled precisely that intent at the end of the summit show – then dramatically spelled it out just six days later in his 35th health care speech: He is going for the party-line vote.
Unfortunately for Democrats, that seven-hour televised exercise had the unintended consequence of showing the Republicans to be not only highly informed on the subject, but also, as even Obama was forced to admit, possessed of principled objections – contradicting the ubiquitous Democratic/media line that Republican opposition was nothing but nihilistic partisanship.
Republicans did so well, in fact, that in his summation, Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for preexisting conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments), they are in favor.
Yet mystifyingly they oppose the whole package. How can that be?
ALLOW ME to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: A dozen red roses every Tuesday.
You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls?
However (life is a vale of howevers) suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed – say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak was to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?
Perhaps something like 3-1 against, which is what the latest CNN poll shows is the citizenry’s feeling about the current Democratic health care bills.
Late last year, Democrats were marveling at how close they were to historic health care reform, noting how much agreement had been achieved among so many factions. The only remaining detail was how to pay for it.
Well, yes. That has generally been the problem with democratic governance: cost. The disagreeable absence of a free lunch.
Which is what drove even strong Obama supporter Warren Buffett to go public with his judgment that the current Senate bill, while better than nothing, is a failure because the country desperately needs to bend the cost curve down and the bill doesn’t do it. Buffett’s advice would be to start over and get it right.
Obama has chosen differently, however. The time for debate is over, declared the nation’s seminar leader in chief. The man who vowed to undo Washington’s wicked ways has directed the Congress to ram Obamacare through, by one vote if necessary, under the parliamentary device of “budget reconciliation.” The man who ran as a post-partisan is determined to remake a sixth of the US economy despite the absence of support from a single Republican in either house, the first time anything of this size and scope has been enacted by pure party-line vote.
Surprised? You can only be disillusioned if you were once illusioned.
Charles Krauthammer is a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post.
'J'lem plan undermines ME efforts'
By ASSOCIATED PRESS AND JPOST.COM STAFF
US vice president criticizes Ramat Shlomo building at Ramallah press conference.
Israel's approval of a plan to build 1,600 new housing units in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo "undermines peace efforts," US Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.
The US vice president was speaking at a joint press conference in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
As Biden arrived in Ramallah to meet with Palestinian leaders, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the building plan was "damaging" and posed a "great challenge" to restarting peace talks.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also blasted the new construction.
"I think the Israeli government is making it almost impossible for us, the Americans and the international community, to take a one centimeter step in the direction of reviving the peace process," Erekat said.
Fayyad said the Palestinians appreciated "the strong statement of condemnation" by the US administration.
Fayyad was referring to a statement by Biden issued on Tuesday night, in which he said that "the substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now."
The construction plan also drew a sharp rebuke from Egypt, Israel's closest ally in the Arab world, and from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"This is absurd. It is disdainful of the Arab and the Palestinian positions and the American mediation," said Hossam Zaki, a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
I’ve said for a long time that the Congress exempting themselves from laws that touch other citizens is a hypocritical and onerous thing! It is time that they come under the stuff they shove off on the rest of us. ESPECIALLY THIS CRAZY OBAMACARE LAW!
AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME:
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United StatesConstitution:
"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United Statesthat does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States".
SPEAKING OF ONEROUS!
Can there be a pair of more diabolical men than David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel?
Not only are they amoral men who care little for Americans or the Constitution, but they are the closest advisors to President Obama.
Now you can learn what they really think of you! Thanks to an article from the NY Times.
“But Mr. Axelrod argued that the president, confronted with “breathtaking challenges,” did not have the luxury of moving more slowly or methodically.
“In a lengthy interview in his office on Wednesday, Mr. Axelrod was often defiant, saying he did not give a “flying” expletive “about what the peanut gallery thinks” and did not live for the approval “of the political community.” He denounced the “rampant lack of responsibility” of people in Washington who refuse to solve problems, and cited the difficulty of trying to communicate through what he calls “the dirty filter” of a city suffused with the “every day is Election Day sort of mentality.”
“When asked how he would assess his performance, Mr. Axelrod shrugged. “I’m not going to judge myself on that score,” he said.
MORE ON OUR SERIES BEING ON TARGET!
When we began the series of adventure novels I gave some folks a peek at our plots. Some were enthusiastic and others were quite doubtful. Americans trying to take down our nation? Siding with the jihadists? Come on, Ernie. Sure there are Islamists who attacked us, but Americans?
Now, of course, they are believers; not because of our books, but because of events that have occurred since our books were published.
Even the people in the Obama administration who at first refused to even utter the word “terrorist” are getting with the program, through finally “getting it” or from political expediency we don’t know. But this week the top US diplomat in Pakistan says the administration has no idea how many Americans might have gone overseas to train with al Qaeda or other terrorist groups and fallen off the radar.
Stay tuned. We have more books for you that will let you glimpse what is coming in the terror wars.
EINSTEIN SNIFFS EMAILS
The news is out. The National Security Agency’s Einstein program for reading emails is getting tougher to beat.
In the old days, we worked side by side with NSA people both in Viet Nam and the US. They are razor sharp and good people to have on your side.
The privacy issues that have been raised do concern me. Especially with the people who lead the current administration. I just don’t trust them. But then, it has always been my practice to never write anything down that I don’t want on the front page and above the fold.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS UPDATE
You will pardon me if the tone of this update is a bit less than totally respectful. You see we’ve been down this road before. There are, however, a few different players, a few different circumstances. The results will be similar, we predict.
One new player is VP Joe Biden. The master of malapropisms is in Israel for the first time since assuming his new, easy job. Let’s see how easy he thinks getting a Middle East peace agreement is.
He’s doing all the routine things this week. Visiting President Shimon Peres who at 84 years old has seem ‘em come and go.
I was in his Tel Aviv offices on a number of occasions and he is a tremendous presence. On one occasion Jesse Jackson came by for a photo op. I was the first newsman in the door when Jackson’s retinue entered. He shook hands with me and when my American accented, “How are ya?” came out, he stuttered stepped but just for an instant.
I don’t have any quotes that don’t belong from Ole Joe, but just wait. Sooner or later he’ll give us one.
His speech in Tel Aviv on Wednesday is no doubt strictly scripted, as are most of his public utterances.
In addition to Peres, he’s been to the Foreign Ministry, gripped and grinned with Bibi and gone to Ramallah for a meeting with President Abbas and the chief negotiator and suave gent, Saeb Erekat.
The Veep isn’t really a player in the talks; that’s George Mitchell’s job.
WHERE’S THE PREZ?
Have you wondered why President Obama can find time for all the Muslim nations but not an Israel visit? Two reasons in our experienced opinion:
First is that he doesn’t want to take any blame when the talks fold their tent.
Second is that he doesn’t want any of his Muslim buddies to see him getting too close to Israel.
It’s all right to have a nasty rapper in his chair in the Situation Room but he needs to keep his distance from Israel. After all Farrakhan and Wright might disown him. Send Joe, he’s got nothing to lose.
THE PA’S APPROVAL OF TALKS
As we said on the radio this week, Abbas needed to approve the talks for a couple of reasons. One was to keep the money faucets open.
But there is another more subtle reason. He needed a reason to stay in the Presidency. You remember… the office he keeps quitting?
With talks on again, he can claim that he needs to stay at the helm for the sake of his poor, needy people.
By the way, I don’t want him gone. That may surprise you, but “better the devil you know than the one you don’t.”
I just wish he would put all the corrupt old timers up against the wall some midnight and get rid of them all and replace them with some more honest men who have the people’s needs at heart.
That there will be a Palestinian State someday is not a given. This is especially true with more and more Arabs coming to see that the cause is not getting a lot of Western public support as it did in the late ‘90s after the Oslo Accords got all the positive press.
The corruptness, the crooked elections, etc. have soured a lot of people’s opinions. Plus there is the example of a blown opportunity to prove how great the PA leadership could have been for their Arab followers. After almost twenty years now the verdict is in. They couldn’t manage a cabbage patch, much less a nation.
In fact in Gaza they had a chance at a great cabbage patch when Mr. Wolfsen and others bought the Gaza truck farms for the Palestinians and they trashed them and sold the pieces for scrap.
Peace Talks? Sure. Let the show begin. Israel will show up and make their statements of desiring peace. The Arabs will slap the table, curse Israel and act like spoiled brats until something comes along to which they can justify going back to Ramallah in a huff and calling the whole thing off. Reset.
HERE’S A GREAT NEW TWIST!!
US TO ISRAEL AND PA: UNDERSTANDINGS FROM OLMERT'S TIME DO NOT BIND SIDES IN NEGOTIATIONS.
American administration declares resumption of diplomatic process via indirect talks.
Agreement in principle that Olmert presented to Abu Mazen in 2007 not binding on sides. Netanyahu: "I hope that process will lead to direct talks."
Kudos to the Obama Administration on this. For years now the Arabs have taken every point discussed at the negotiations – whether ever agreed upon or not – and presented them at the next set of talks as a done deal!
Now apparently Bibi has wrung the concession from the Obama government that this is not to be the case now. Praise the Lord!
RABIN DIDN’T THINK PEACE WITH ARAFAT WAS A DONE DEAL EITHER!
This bit of knowledge was reported this week by J-Post Editor David Horovitz in a piece that we think you who are interested in historical insights will enjoy.
Rabin thought peace with Arafat was only a ‘long shot’
By DAVID HOROVITZ
New Yehuda Avner book includes PM's verbatim explanation of Oslo, 2 days before assassination.
Yitzhak Rabin considered the likelihood of reaching a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Yasser Arafat to be only “a long shot.” But he attempted it, reluctantly, via the Oslo process, because he recognized that Muslim fundamentalists were gradually winning over the hearts and minds of the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza, and that their domination would mean “the certainty of no settlement at all.”
That was the explanation offered by Rabin on Wednesday, November 1, three days before he was assassinated, to Yehuda Avner, his long-time English speechwriter and friend, when Avner met with Rabin in his Jerusalem office ahead of a planned return to the prime minister’s employ. “It is either the PLO or nothing,” Rabin said.
Avner, who worked with prime ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, notably Menachem Begin and, briefly, Shimon Peres, had already worked with Rabin during his first prime ministerial term in the 1970s, and prior to that when Rabin was Israeli ambassador in Washington. As the veteran diplomat, today 81, explains in a new book, he had just completed an ambassadorship to Australia in late 1995 and had been invited by Rabin to rejoin his team.
“I met him at his Jerusalem office on Wednesday, 1 November,” Avner writes in The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership, which is being published this month by Toby Press. “My first question was, ‘Why did you shake Yasser Arafat’s hand?’”
Rabin, in Avner’s account, gave a considered and detailed explanation, which is published here for the first time. It offers a unique insight into Rabin’s thinking and motivations immediately prior to his assassination, and underlines how profoundly Rabin recognized the escalating threat posed by Iranian-spearheaded Islamic fundamentalism to the stability of the region and to the prospects of viable compromise with the Palestinians.
It also makes telling reading on the eve of new “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians, and at a time when Iran’s growing influence in the region, its threats against Israel and its pursuit of a nuclear weapon are regarded by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as an existential challenge to the Jewish state.
Like much of Avner’s book, a narrative woven from his decades at the sides of a succession of prime ministers at some of Israel’s most fateful moments, the conversation is reconstructed from precise notes that he took at the time.
“Number one,” he recounts Rabin as saying, “Israel is surrounded by two concentric circles. The inner circle is comprised of our immediate neighbors – Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon and, by extension, Saudi Arabia. The outer circle comprises their neighbors – Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. Virtually all of them are rogue states, and some are going nuclear.
“Number two,” the prime minister went on, “Iranian-inspired Islamic fundamentalism constitutes a threat to the inner circle no less than it does to Israel. Islamic fundamentalism is striving to destabilize the Gulf Emirates, has already created havoc in Syria, leaving twenty thousand dead, in Algeria, leaving one hundred thousand dead, in Egypt, leaving twenty-two thousand dead, in Jordan, leaving eight thousand dead, in the Horn of Africa – the Sudan and Somalia – leaving fourteen thousand dead, and in Yemen, leaving twelve thousand dead. And now it is gaining influence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“Iran is the banker,” Rabin pointed out, “pouring millions into the West Bank and Gaza in the form of social welfare and health and education programs, so that it can win the hearts of the population and feed religious fanaticism.
“Thus,” he continued to Avner, “a confluence of interest has arisen between Israel and the inner circle, whose long-term strategic interest is the same as ours: to lessen the destabilizing consequences from the outer circle. At the end of the day, the inner circle recognizes they have less to fear from Israel than from their Muslim neighbors, not least from radicalized Islamic powers going nuclear.”
Next, Rabin came to the thinking at the heart of his decision to pursue the Oslo process: The Israel-Arab conflict, he said, “was always considered to be a political one: a conflict between Arabs and Israelis. The fundamentalists are doing their level best to turn it into a religious conflict – Muslim against Jew, Islam against Judaism. And while a political conflict is possible to solve through negotiation and compromise, there are no solutions to a theological conflict. Then it is jihad – religious war: their God against our God. Were they to win, our conflict would go from war to war, and from stalemate to stalemate.
“And that, essentially,” the prime minister summed up to his longtime adviser, “is why I agreed to Oslo and shook hands, albeit reluctantly, with Yasser Arafat. He and his PLO represent the last vestige of secular Palestinian nationalism. We have nobody else to deal with. It is either the PLO or nothing. It is a long shot for a possible settlement, or the certainty of no settlement at all at a time when the radicals are going nuclear.”
Avner, who presents this episode as an “Endnote” in his book, concludes by writing: “I made full notes of these words, and I had a lot to chew over. Rabin instructed his chief aide, Eitan Haber, to arrange for a second meeting the following Sunday 5 November – but it never took place. The evening before, as Yitzhak Rabin was leaving a Tel Aviv peace rally, he was murdered by a Jewish nationalist zealot.”
EDM: I want to highlight the following words by Rabin: “And that, essentially,” the prime minister summed up to his longtime adviser, “is why I agreed to Oslo and shook hands, albeit reluctantly, with Yasser Arafat. He and his PLO represent the last vestige of secular Palestinian nationalism. We have nobody else to deal with. It is either the PLO or nothing. It is a long shot for a possible settlement, or the certainty of no settlement at all at a time when the radicals are going nuclear.”
Yasser Arafat was a “secularist.” Oh, he went to the mosques and prayed like he meant it, and remember how he sat in the front row at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and claimed that Jesus Christ as a Palestinian.
Arafat was a canny old devil. He played the Arabs against the Jews, but he also played Arabs against Arabs also. Secular Arabs like so many in the terrorist groups who only wanted to kill Jews and make names for themselves against the “true believers” and were Iranian-led Islamists made war against one another as Arafat pulled their strings for so many years.
He was an evil devil and the Arabs are far better off without him. How much better off remains to be seen as Abbas gets yet another chance. Until someone with some real sense of virtue rises against the tide of greed and violence, the Arab people who sincerely want peace stand little chance.
I cannot wait to read Avner’s book.
HERB KEINON’S ARTICLE
In a J-Post article this week, this good writer gives an important insight to what is to come with the talks: Arabs, not Israel gave some ground. Read and be wiser.
Shifting Palestinian 'red lines'
By HERB KEINON
Abbas’s agreement to proximity talks shows that he, too, will cave in if the pressure is high enough.
Amid all the well-placed pessimism accompanying the announcement of a restart of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, there is one truly significant element worth paying attention to: the Palestinians gave in on something.
Israelis, Palestinians and the world have become accustomed to Israel setting red lines, and then moving them.
Wasn’t it Ariel Sharon who said in 2001 that Gush Katif needed to be maintained as a security zone, only to uproot those same settlements in 2005?
Didn’t Ehud Olmert, as Jerusalem mayor, call on the government in 1996 to firmly state that it was not prepared to relinquish Jerusalem under any circumstances, only to offer Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2008 half the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, as well as an Israeli pledge to relinquishing sovereignty over the city’s “holy basin?”
And wasn’t it Binyamin Netanyahu who, at a Likud Central Committee meeting in 2002, said, “Dear friends, let me say this once again loud and clear: There will not be a Palestinian state west of the Jordan” – only to have embraced the “two-state vision” in 2009?
There is a pattern here. Israelis say things, but don’t mean them. The Palestinians, on the other hand, have set a track record of saying what they mean.
Prior to Oslo, the PLO said it wanted all of east Jerusalem, including the Old City, but nobody really believed they meant it, until they remained adamant – and remain adamant – on that demand to this day.
Prior to Oslo, the Palestinians insisted on the right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel proper, but nobody here thought they meant it, until the country woke up to this claim after Oslo and realized that they really did.
So when Abbas said for months and months that he would not enter into negotiations with Israel unless and until there was a full settlement freeze, including east Jerusalem, it seemed this was a firm Palestinian red line – not one of those pliable Israeli ones – and that he meant what he said.
Well, now we see the Palestinians can also move red lines, which is worth noting as some kind of talks resume.
Equally important is to understand that the reason Abbas was willing to move his red line was because he came under intense pressure from the US, certain elements inside the EU, and from Arab states such as Egypt and Jordan to start talks, even though all his conditions were not met.
The valuable lesson here: The Palestinians, too, and not only Israel, are susceptible to pressure.
Why is this important?
Because the way the diplomatic calendar is set up, the four months the Palestinians have given the proximity talks to bear fruit will – if the talks begin this month – end in July, two months before the 10-month settlement housing–start moratorium that Netanyahu declared in November is set to expire.
One need not be clairvoyant to envision the following scenario: at the end of the four-month period, the Palestinians will say that they will only give the proximity talks more time, or go into direct talks, if Netanyahu expands the existing moratorium to include east Jerusalem, or – at the very least – extends the current one.
To make the situation for Israel even trickier, at about the same time, the Goldstone Commission report will bite us yet again, since the end of July is the deadline by which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has to report back to the General Assembly on Israeli and Palestinian internal investigations on the war crimes allegations in that report.
One again does not have to be psychic to imagine that certain countries – namely European ones – are likely to link their vote on this matter to whether or not Israel extends its construction moratorium.
Which doesn’t mean, by the way, that Israel will have to fold and extend the freeze. This will depend on the level of pressure coming from the Obama administration.
With the US going to midterm elections in November, it is difficult to imagine Washington coming down extremely hard on Israel just before those elections. As to after the elections, the elbowing in the US for the 2012 presidential race will be commencing, and it will be more difficult for US President Barack Obama to come down too heavily on Jerusalem.
There is, of course, another option: that the US, EU, Egypt and Jordan do what they did this time around, and pressure the Palestinians to stay in the diplomatic game.
What the PA’s recent decision to enter talks – even though Abbas vowed for months that he would not – indicates is that pressure on the Palestinians can also yield results.
HAMAS HARD TIMES?
Reportedly some Hamas leaders in Gaza are getting nervous. That was the message they sent to Damascus to their illustrious leader Khaled Masha’al.
There have been a spate of bombs exploding very near the offices of top Hamas leaders in Gaza.
One thing you should remember is that these guys who think nothing of sending rockets against Israeli children and other civilians, or suicide bombers out to vaporize themselves and as many Jews as possible are very allergic to their own danger.
A state of anarchy is supposedly in the offing in Gaza. Imagine that. The very people who swept the West Bank and Gaza elections on a platform of reform and honest dealings with their people have been found to be the puppets of Iran, the ones who hide behind doctors’ greens in hospitals when the IDF comes calling, and the ones who live in splendid mansions while their people live in hovels.
Anarchy? Let ‘er rip!
END TIMES UPDATE
For those of you who read Ezekiel and Revelation in the Bible, you are likely well aware that Russia is no friend of Israel.
Current events notwithstanding, there are those who pretend that Russia has turned over a new leaf. The Commies are dead or defeated, they say. Ha!
The former head of the KGB, Putin is now pulling the current President Medveded’s strings. Oligarchs are ruling the land under Putin. And there are more than a few people who want to see the Communists returned to power. Stalin is still a hero of many people in Russia.
Note the following.
Liberals rap Kremlin as Stalin is worshipped
Mar 5, 2010
MOSCOW “Russian communists paid homage on Friday to Soviet leader Josef Stalin, while liberals accused the Kremlin of conniving to whitewash the dictator.
“Communist Party chiefs led a procession of largely elderly people across Red Square on the 57th anniversary of Stalin's death, laying flowers at his grave by the Kremlin wall.
“The solemn visit is an annual tradition for communists steeped in nostalgia for the Soviet era. But this year, it comes as Russia's bitter debate over Stalin's legacy sharpens ahead of May 9 celebrations marking 65 years since the Nazi defeat.
“For the first time in decades, Stalin's image may appear among the banners and posters that Moscow authorities put up for Victory Day, which will draw foreign leaders to Moscow as guests of the government….”
For more of this Reuters report:
ANOTHER TZIPI. PRETTIER, SMARTER, AND CARRYING A TRIAL BALLOON?
Is Bibi sending Tzipi Hotolevy forward with a trial balloon message? Former IDF Chief of Staff under Ari Sharon, Giora Eiland, once told me a very important truth when we were talking about Arab-Israel relationships – “It matters who the messenger is;” in other words, a party who is not in the fight, but can bring the idea forward on its own merit. That could well be Hotolevy, who believes what Bibi is saying, but is also doing some work for Bibi.
And in our opinion, Hotolevy is correct. Arabs who would not be anti-Israel inside the land if they saw that their communities, schools and streets were maintained as well as those in Jewish neighborhoods could lose an important reason to oppose Israel. The discrimination is real, and has been consistent for decades. It is time it stopped.
As our friends at Israel Today reported, “Right-wing lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely, a rising star in Israel's ruling Likud Party, this week urged Israel to completely rethink its approach to making peace with local Arabs.
“Speaking to Israel National News, Hotovely said that obviously the two-state solution is a non-starter, and has been for over a decade. But she blasted the right-wing nationalist camp for failing to produce an alternative, and instead simply trying to maintain the status quo and make no real decisions in either direction.
"The decision of the nationalist camp 'not to decide' brings us to the current standoff," said Hotovely. "We have to exercise sovereignty over all of the areas of Judea and Samaria, but we have never said that we are talking about our own land. This is our weakness."
Hotovely noted that the left-wing's solution is to build a wall and surrender Judea and Samaria so they don't have to look at or deal with the Arabs. The Likud and its right-wing allies can prove that they are actually more progressive and humane by treating the Arabs differently….”
According to reports, Ole Joe Biden was 90 minutes late to a state dinner Tuesday night. Some said it was because he believed he’d been snubbed at Ben Gurion Airport when he arrived in Israel.
He might have been, but we ask you, to what end?
And what did he really think he was proving? Everyone knows Biden is a mental lightweight. He was picked because Obama thought he was the most easily managed of all the possible choices, no doubt. And to some extent he probably is.
But send a boy to do a man’s job, etc. The last thing Obama needed was an “event” when he’s trying to get positive image for Jews back home. Joe stepped in it again.
HOPEFUL. MEANINGFUL. A POSITIVE MOVE FORWARD.
All these words and phrases could be used to speak of the upcoming peace talks. You know that these talks are really short distance shuttle talks?
George Mitchell runs between Ramallah and Jerusalem carrying messages from each side. The Arabs wanted it that way. They just couldn’t stand to make the journey themselves.
Going to the city they claim is going to be their capitol is too difficult, what with Israel still in charge. It will be a cold day where the booger man lives before the Jews turn control over to the Arabs.
And what about hopefulness? Mark it up to a dream that is distant indeed.
Neither side will make the concessions necessary (listen to our radio broadcast this week for the Arab demands).
And what about Iran. They appreciate the sideshow. It takes attention off the fact that the US is so totally inept (and not just the Obama regime, count Bush in too) in dealing with the nuke program that the Shi’ites are developing.
This week the IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi said that Israel could handle anything that comes at them. That was an obvious remark intentioned for Iran’s mullahs to “mull over.” (Pardon me.)
Between the drones that Israel has that can bomb the drones in Teheran if they so choose, (I know, forgive me. It must be the water) Israel is not really running scared.
My guess is that sooner rather than later there will be an attack on somebody – Hezbollah, Syrian nuke facility, etc. – to demonstrate just how effective the drones are at reaching out and touching someone the Israelis don’t like. That would be an effective demonstration that the things work.
The cries for Israel to send their guilty Mossad agents have diminished to virtually nothing in Dubai. Oh. It was Arabs who killed the Hamas bad guy? Oh.
There are rumors that Spring is coming to the US. Even Florida is thawing out. And in Pennsylvania on Tuesday it was two degrees warmer than in Bradenton, Florida. Good thing. Without a thaw the snow was going to cover my granddaughter’s horse barn by July! (So call me sanguine.)
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Press Conference of PM Netanyahu and Vice President Joe Biden
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Vice President Biden, Joe, welcome to Israel and welcome to Jerusalem. We’ve been personal friends for almost three decades. Can you believe it’s been that long?
Vice President Biden: No, you’re getting older, Bibi. I don’t know…
Prime Minister Netanyahu: And you remain younger all the time. And in all that time you’ve been a real friend to me and a real friend to Israel and to the Jewish people and you’ve come to Israel many times since you came here first on the eve of the Yom Kippur War. But now you’re coming as the Vice President of the United States of America and this is deeply appreciated and for me deeply moving.
President Obama has said in Cairo and he’s repeated this many times since that the bonds between Israel and the United States are unbreakable and he has shown that, in the last year in things that are known to the public and in some things that are not known to the public: in pursuing for example the joint military exercises for military defense between the Israeli Army and the American military, in securing Israel’s qualitative military edge, and in many other activities along the world scene including the battle against the infamous Goldstone report. I think that the bonds exactly as President Obama has said, the bonds are unbreakable. And your visit demonstrates how strong they are. I think this unbreakable bond will help our two countries meet the two historic challenges that we face today in the Middle East.
The first and foremost among them is the need to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the second is the need to advance a secure peace between Israel and our Palestinian and other Arab neighbors. I very much appreciate the efforts of President Obama and the American Government to lead the international community to place top sanctions on Iran. The stronger those sanctions are, the more likely will be that the Iranian regime will have to choose between advancing its nuclear program and advancing the future of its own permanence. I think that the international community and the leading countries of the international community have to join the American effort and Israel has been helping out with key countries and will continue to do so.
I also appreciate the Administration’s effort to advance peace in the region. I know that this has been difficult and has required a great deal of patience, but I’m pleased that these efforts are beginning to bear fruit and we have to be persistent and purposeful in making sure that we get to those direct negotiations that will enable us to resolve this conflict.
I look forward to working with President Obama, and with you and your entire Administration to forge an historic peace agreement in which the permanence and legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel is recognized by our Palestinian neighbors and in which Israel’s security is guaranteed for generations to come.
Again, Vice President, my friend Joe, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to Jerusalem. Welcome.
Vice President Biden: Thank you very much. Mr. Prime Minister, it’s a pleasure to be back. It’s been too long between visits here and it is true that you and I have been friends a long, long time and a matter of fact, when each of us were in the minority, occasionally I’d get a phone call at home and I’d call you as well to get a sense of what’s going on. Our friendship is real, but what’s even deeper is the relationship between the United States and Israel.
The Prime Minister, I’m sure you’d agree, we had a very productive discussion spanning a wide range of issues that affect both our nations. The relationship between Israel and the United States has been and will continue to be a centerpiece – a centerpiece of American policy and it’s been that way since Israel’s founding in 1948. And quite frankly, it was a major focus of my work for all those years as a United States Senator and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Our two countries are bound by historic and cultural ties and so many shared interests that it would take too long to enumerate and also by a wide range of deep seated personal relationships and friendships that span the time even before 1948.
Our ties have been strengthened by our deep cooperation in many fields including science and economic development and a range of other policy areas as well, but the cornerstone of the relationship is our absolute total unvarnished commitment to Israel’s security. Bibi, you heard me say before, progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there’s simply no space between the United States and Israel. There is no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel’s security and for that reason and many others addressing Iran’s nuclear program has been one of our Administration’s priorities. We’re determined. We’re determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and we’re working with many countries around the world to convince Teheran to meet its international obligations and cease and desist. Iran must also curb its other destabilizing actions in the region, well beyond their desire to acquire nuclear weapons and that is their continued support for terrorist groups that threaten Israel and I might add our interest as well.
President Obama and I strongly believe that the best long-term guarantee for Israel’s security is a comprehensive Middle East peace with the Palestinians, with the Syrians, with Lebanon, and leading eventually to full and normalized relationships with the entire Arab world. It’s overwhelming in the interest of Israel, but it’s also overwhelming interest to the Arab world and it’s in our interest as well.
And so Mr. Prime Minister, toward that end, I’m very pleased that you and the Palestinian leadership have agreed to launch indirect talks. We hope that these talks will lead and they must lead eventually to negotiations and direct discussions between the parties. The goal is obviously to resolve the final status issues to achieve a two-state solution with Israel and a Palestine living side by side in peace and security. An historic peace is going to require both parties to make some historically bold commitments. You have done it before and I’m confident for real peace you would do it again. Over the last year, Mr. Prime Minister, you have taken significant steps, including the moratorium that has limited new settlement construction activity and you have significantly increased freedom of movement across the West Bank.
Palestinian leaders are beginning to make progress on their determined willingness to - especially their efforts to reform their institutions of government and with their security force - their security forces becoming much more reliable. It’s easy to point fingers particularly in this part of the world at what each side has not done. But it’s also important to give credit where things have been done in order to be able to move forward.
Mr. Prime Minister, the United States will always stand with those who take risks for peace and you’re prepared to do that and I am hopeful and I’ll be having discussions with Palestinian leaders. It is my hope and expectation that they will be prepared as well. The proximity talks are just that, a start. They are not designed to finish the process and so Mr. Prime Minister I thank you for all the time you’ve given me and it’s just quite frankly good to be back in your company and see you again.
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Thank you. Thank you Joe. I have one thing to offer you right now and it’s broken glass, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to sign but I need a pen.
Now, this is a significant piece of paper. I will say that agreements are dependent on the arrangements not on paper, but on the ground. Here’s a piece of paper that reflects an arrangement on the ground. We have planted a circle of trees in Jerusalem in memory of your mother; Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden because you have said many times that she was a source of immeasurable strength which I recognize in you, Joe. We planted a tree to serve as a tribute, a circle of trees next to the leaders of the nations. We have a forest of the leaders of the nations and right next to it are the trees that we have planted in memory of your mother as a tribute to her immeasurable strength and I want to offer it to you on your visit to Israel.
Vice President Biden: Well, thank you very much. If you don’t mind my saying Mr. Prime Minister, my love for your country was watered by this Irish lady who was proudest of me when I was working with and for the security of Israel, so it’s a great honor. Thank you very much.
(Courtesy of the Prime Minister’s office and the Government Press Office)
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