Am I the only person who is beginning to believe that our current administration is working overtime to destroy the foundations of our nation?
Traveling, speaking and spending time with Americans and Israelis alike, the conversation sooner or later comes around to what is happening in the world of politics. Last week we reported on the uproar about the shabby treatment of the Prime Minister by President Obama so we won’t revisit that this week.
My email is flooded with messages about the ever increasing number of Americans who are furious about a government that literally tells them to shut up and sit down while they enact horrible laws – some of which will be difficult to undo.
Then, I received the following, and it hit home. Enjoy.
4/7/2010 - VAT!; DON'T APPROPRIATE THE MONEY FOR OBAMACARE!
ZERO FUND OBAMACARE
By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
We don't have to wait until we have a Republican in the White House to rid this nation of the shackles of Obamacare. We can do it next year if we win simple majorities in one or both houses of Congress.
The Obama health care bill was an authorization measure which established a program and set down its parameters. But authorization bills are not appropriations. Each year the Congress must act on appropriations for each department and agency in the government. If no funds are appropriated, nothing can be spent.
So if Republicans take the House (where appropriations have to originate) - and especially if they also take the Senate - they will have the capacity to zero fund Obamacare, appropriating not a dime for it in their spending bills. Indeed, they can and should include a specific amendment to their appropriations bills banning the expenditure of any of the funds on Obama's health care program.
In the wake of the passage of the health care bill, states are filing lawsuits and talk of repeal is in the air. Both are useful efforts. But litigation takes time and the key challenge - to the constitutionality of the requirement that everybody buy insurance - cannot even begin until it takes effect in 2014. And repeal will obviously be impossible as long as Obama wields the veto from his Oval Office. It would be impossible mathematically for the Republicans to get a two-thirds majority in the Senate and unlikely in the House, so an override is out of the question. Repeal will have to wait until 2013, after Obama's defeat in 2012.
But zero funding can happen immediately after the Republicans take Congress. All this makes the elections of 2010 critical. If we can stop this bill from getting off the ground, it will be possible to repeal it when we take over the White House. But if the Democrats keep their majorities, the program will be so entrenched by the time we defeat Obama that its repeal would be unlikely.
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
Has apparently put the Washington Times down. We read somewhere this week that they are closing their doors. Now the Examiner is a good source of conservative news from the Capital.
One example is an article about the fact that Candidate Obama promised that “his administration” as he loves to call it at every opportunity, would not hire any lobbyists. You know, the evil stain on government that represents every kind of special interest under the sun?
Seems that the Commander in Untruths now has 50 of the scoundrels in HIS ADMINISTRATION.
DRILL, BABY, DRILL? NOT SO FAST.
What he really has done is open the door to investigation. Research. Committees ad infinitum. Years and years of foot dragging are in the offing. It was really just a way to try to trick some of the more unenlightened Republicans into liking him more. Good luck on that!
I’M NOT ALONE!
In case you think I am a lonely voice crying in the wilderness about the way Israel is being mistreated by President Obama’s thugocracy, think again. Here is an op-ed on just this subject. I urge you to read it completely and then print the pages multiple times and share them with all you can. Additionally you might want to cut and paste them into emails and send them to your friends at a distance.
CANDIDLY SPEAKING: CONFRONTING OBAMA’S MESSIAH COMPLEX
By ISI LEIBLER
Seemingly intoxicated by Congress’s endorsement of his health care legislation, President Barack Obama appears to have been overcome by a Messiah complex. His actions relating to the Middle East during recent weeks oblige us to face realities about our “unshakable” alliance with the United States.
Over the past year, Israel has made major concessions to the Palestinians with zero reciprocity. Yet the US president, who seeks to engage and appease tyrants like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad, exploited a bureaucratic bungle over a building zoning permit (for which Israel immediately apologized) as a pretext to ignite a massive crisis. He publicly and repeatedly humiliated the head of the only democratic state in the Middle East.
Obama demonstrated that, far from being an honest broker, he is forsaking Israel and adopting the most extreme Palestinian demands. Obama not only demanded that Israelis be denied building in their capital, but tried to impose a prohibition on construction in the exclusively Jewish suburbs of east Jerusalem which former US administrations had unequivocally agreed would remain in Israel. Obama was effectively demanding that Netanyahu agree to a division of Jerusalem even before final status talks with the Palestinians were initiated.
Beyond that, Obama sought to intimidate Netanyahu into signing additional undertakings instantly without even consulting his cabinet. These included: indefinite extension of the settlement freeze; release of thousands of Palestinian terrorists; transfer of additional territory to Palestinian control; commitment to withdraw to the 1967 “Auschwitz borders”; undertaking to discuss all core issues in the indirect negotiations; and easing the blockade against Hamas.
Obama’s objective was to demonstrate to the Arab League meeting this week in Libya that the US could bludgeon Israel into acquiescing to whatever it demanded. If Israel acceded to these demands, that would represent the opening benchmark for further concessions which Israel would be expected to grant to the Palestinians in the course of the proximity talks. In such circumstances, the Palestinians have every incentive to reject direct negotiations while the US extracts more concessions from Israel on their behalf.
NO US ally has been treated in such a contemptible manner by an American president. Obama even responds to representatives of rogue states like Libya’s Gaddafi and Venezuela’s Chavez more courteously. US administration press leaks to Israeli media alleging that Netanyahu froze and “panicked” were a cynical ploy to undermine his government. Yet despite the blunders committed by their government, Israelis will rally behind their leaders as they internalize the humiliation to which their prime minister was subjected.
It now appears that the current crisis was a calculated strategy to orchestrate a public confrontation with Israel.
Obama recognized that Palestinian intransigence would lead to a breakdown in the proximity talks and that the US public would blame the Palestinians. However, by confronting Netanyahu with outrageous demands which no Israeli government would accept, Obama’s ambition to become more popular in the Muslim world would be realized and Israel would be held responsible for the failure in negotiations.
This would be used to justify the US weakening support for Israel at the UN and other international bodies, thereby encouraging the Islamic Council and their acolytes, including the Europeans, to intensify their efforts to delegitimize and transform the Jewish state into a pariah.
Obama would then be in a position to intervene and demand that Israel accept a US-imposed settlement based on the so-called Saudi peace plan, which he has already enthusiastically endorsed.
Beneath the hypocritical facade of concern for Israel’s security, Obama’s brutal anti-Israel onslaught has unleashed dark forces which will embolden the jihadists and other enemies of Israel and fuel the growing waves of anti-Israel hysteria and global anti-Semitism.
Fortunately, the United States is a democracy whose leaders are expected to conduct foreign policies based on morality, and the majority of Americans remain overwhelmingly supportive of Israel. This was exemplified by the exceptionally warm bipartisan welcome extended to Netanyahu by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Republican leader John Boehner. It was reinforced by the letter urging the president to end the dispute signed by over three quarters of the members of Congress.
But the struggle for the hearts and minds of the American people is not over and this is a battle we must win because ultimately people power will determine US policy.
TO SUCCEED in communicating our position in this complex labyrinth requires more effective direction and better diplomacy than Israel has hitherto displayed. To start, the prime minister must stop equivocating and rally the nation. While seeking consensus, he must also lead and cease reciting false mantras suggesting that the alliance between Israel and the Obama administration remains in place. This only emboldens the White House to intensify its pressure on Israel.
Netanyahu must act decisively in the diplomatic arena. While avoiding direct or personal confrontations with the president, he must demonstrate that his government policies reflect the consensus of the nation and are morally justified; that the Palestinians are intransigent, refuse to accept a Jewish state in the framework of a two-state solution and continue to promote a culture of death, martyrdom and incitement; that Israel is a democracy and is entitled to some respect from its senior partner and not be treated as a vassal; that behaving shabbily to a long-standing friend like Israel will undermine the standing of the US with all its allies.
Netanyahu must call on mainstream opposition parties, in particular Kadima, to suspend internecine politics and establish a consensus over issues such as building in Jerusalem and defensible borders.
He must create a strategic planning committee to communicate the morality of our case and the reciprocal benefits of the alliance to friends of Israel – committed Jews, evangelicals and others.
The commitment to Israel by American Jews, Obama’s greatest supporters, will now be tested. Disregard the marginal Jew. It was always committed Jews who determined policy and led the way. Now for the first time American Jews face a president who radiates hostility towards Israel. Will they have the courage to stand up?
Abe Foxman of the ADL responded immediately and courageously criticized the policy of the administration. The AIPAC meeting showed that activist mainstream Jews remain supportive of Israel irrespective of their political orientation.
The standing ovation for Hillary Clinton was somewhat bizarre. Especially so in light of some of her remarks and the commitments extended by her and her president at the previous AIPAC meeting which have now been cynically repudiated.
The stand taken by the Presidents Conference, the umbrella body dealing with Israel affairs on behalf of the Jewish community which includes many who supported Obama at the elections, will be an important indicator. American Jews are a small but influential minority. If they speak up courageously and the American people retain their support for Israel, Obama may still be diverted from his present destructive path. There is every likelihood that they will do so if our government gets its act together.
PLEASE DO NOT LAUGH AT THE FRENCH-LOOKING JOHN KERRY. IT MAKES HIS RICH WIFE MAD.
Why would you laugh at him? Consider this statement last week!“US Senator John Kerry said on Thursday during a visit to Damascus that Syria is committed to engaging in peace making and is essential to the Mideast process.
The Democratic senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after a three-hour meeting with President Bashar Assad that Washington is also concerned about the flow of weapons to Lebanon's Hizbullah group through Syrian territories.
"That is something that must stop in order to promote regional stability and security," Kerry said about the weapons.” (J-Post article)
What a stupid thing to say!! Of course Syria is not interested in peace making. Or in peace, for that matter.
This is the same regime that has been funneling massive amounts of rockets and other arms from Iran into Lebanon to the Hezbollah terrorists.
After his meeting he then came out with the idea that Syria must stop shipping arms to promote regional stability and security; a thing they do not at all want to encourage!
Syria still believes that they are the dictatorship that should control all of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Such was once upon a time the case, and they don’t believe for a minute that a UN declaration dividing up those national boundaries in 1947 has any bearing on them.
That Kerry is doing what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton SHOULD BE DOING, is only further proof that Obama wants to marginalize her so she cannot post any kind of Presidential candidacy in 2012 when the Democrat Party will be in such a shambles that we cannot see any way the Socialist poster boy can logically seek a second term.
IDF CHIEF OF STAFF IS A MAGNET FOR TROUBLE
General Gabi Ashkenazi had his credit card stolen at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv last year. This week a young Arab man was sentenced to five years and eight months for working as a spy for Hezbollah.
The Arab observed the general at the gym he attends. He provided schedules, information on the security surrounding Ashkenazi, and other information.
He traveled outside Israel to plot and plan, and then when nabbed, tried and sentenced, his father whined that he was being made an example of. Amen!
ED KOCH, NEVER ONE TO WATCH HIS WORDS
And this week was no different. The former NY City Mayor, who supported Candidate Obama has come out with this: “Obama Anti-Israel ‘In Order to Please Muslims’
We have an acquaintance who was strongly in favor of Obama. We saw him this week and apparently he is one of the myriad of voters who are not just disappointed, but outright against Obama. One must hope that they will vote in 2010 to replace the liberals in the Congress – of both parties – and then dump the WH socialists in 2012.
Word came this week that the ads are now history. Israel’s bus company Egged decided that in light of the threats they received, (without saying from whom, though they did say all the threats did not come from Arabs) they would remove them from the buses weeks before the due date.
The right wing Hassidic group that paid for them is now considering suing Egged.
KING ABDULLAH II OF JORDAN REGRETS PEACE WITH ISRAEL
Pardon me while I smile. His father was a pragmatist. He knew that Israel could and would wipe him off the map if it desired. After two horrible defeats by the Jews, after some of his own generals actually worked out border peaceful cooperation prior to the peace treaty, and after seeing that his Arab “brothers” were not very wise regarding Israel, King Hussein signed the treaty.
The results have been very positive for Jordan. Where once the Jordanian border along the Jordan River was comprised of dusty little villages, pitch darkness and farmers who were ignorant about irrigation, things have changed dramatically.
When we drive along Route 90 now, the eastern shore of the Jordan River is awash with lights. Seems that the dusty villages have been transformed.
Israel sent their experts on irrigation, crop management and others across to aid their new partners in peace. And they diverted multiplied millions of gallons of water since the treaty to assist the Jordanian farmers.
There is military cooperation. I sat in a conference and listened as both retired Jordanian and Israeli generals told of how they had cooperated before and after the treaty in border safety. As the two older men embraced before the audience, I was once again reminded that it is often the people on the street who are much wiser than their leaders.
Tourists now cross from one nation to the other with no difficulty to speak of. Educational cooperation is so common today as to not even be of note.
And speaking of tourism, the little king forgot to mention that when his father controlled East Jerusalem the Arab, Jewish and Christian holy sites were off limits to all but Arabs. Ah, those were the good ole days!
Obviously King Abdullah II is playing to the least intelligent of his own population and other Arabs. He wants to sound anti-Israel also because he believes that will please the Obama regime.
Like Turkey, who has been an ally of Israel for decades, and now thinks slapping Israel will make America happy, there will come a day of reckoning as Obama is replaced by a wiser US leader in the years ahead. Then they will have to come trotting back to the Israelis with their hats in their hands and make nice.
ON A SEAMIER SIDE
We reported some time ago about the sexual indiscretions of some of Mahmoud Abbas’ henchmen. Now the august leader of the PLO has finally taken action.
The video tapes that were taken of Abbas' bureau head Rafiq al-Husseini, by his own security apparatus are TO BE BURNED! The benevolent Arab dictator advised the media that this is to preclude any possibility that Husseini might be blackmailed. Perish the thought.
And all this time we thought it was to cover up more corruption and vise. Foolish us.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Why do Israel's Arabs like eating matzot?
While most Jews in Israel reluctantly eat bread-substitute during Passover, many Israeli Arabs take a genuine liking to Jewish wafer
Many Jewish Israelis can't stand the stuff, so there's something mind-boggling about their Arab compatriots: Why in the world do they choose to eat matzot?
Despite decades of uneasiness in their coexistence with the Jewish majority, Israel's Arabs have developed a love affair with matzot, the dry, crunchy wafers that observant Jews eat as a substitute for leavened bread during the weeklong Passover holiday.
Weeks in advance, Arab-owned stores across Israel stock up on matzot, knowing their customers will clean it out.
The matzot craving among Israel's Arab citizens - about 20% of the population - reflects their ambiguous place in the Jewish state. While they speak Hebrew, carry Israeli passports and wear Israeli brands, many say they suffer discrimination and identify themselves as Palestinians.
Still, they love matzot.
"We eat it from the start of the holiday to the end, and when we run out we buy more," said Umaima Igbaria, a 35-year-old Muslim woman who lugged a carton of matzot out of a supermarket in the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel.
She said she, her husband and their three sons all eat matzot, usually with tea and slathered with chocolate sauce. She said they didn't care if it was "Jewish food."
Inside the store, a 5-foot-tall (1.5-meter-tall) stack of matzot boxes stood in the entryway, all that remained of the more than 4 tons that owner Tariq Ifin ordered for the holiday, which began Monday night. He had no doubts the rest would sell.
'Part of the holiday'
In the Passover tradition, matzot commemorates the biblical story of the Jews fleeing Egypt so quickly they had no time to let their bread rise. Jews also consider matzot poor man's bread, eaten to remind them of their ancestors' hardships. Few consider it a culinary delight.
"I don't like it much, but it's part of the holiday," said Simon Mizrahi, 44, an observant Jew from Jerusalem who eats his matzot with soup, cheese or butter.
Mizrahi said matzot doesn't fill him up like bread, and he worries its carbs will make him fat. Many other Jews share his ambivalence, recognizing its traditional role while saying they get tired of it.
To prevent matzot burnout, many have developed alternative recipes. Some stir crushed matzot into warm milk or coffee to make porridge. Others add an Italian twist, topping it with tomato sauce and cheese to make matzot-pizza or substituting it for noodles to make matzot lasagna, or "matzagna."
Outside of the holiday, few eat it and few stores stock it. Many say they wouldn't eat it if they had other options.
Thus their surprise when informed that Israel's Muslim and Christian Arabs - who don't observe Passover and can eat any bread they like - choose matzot.
The answer to the mystery is simple, said Arabs in several mainly Arab towns in Israel. They just like the taste.
"The kids love it. They eat it like cookies," said Wisad Jamil, a 43-year-old woman lugging a carton of matzot and tub of chocolate spread to her car for her husband and five kids at the Umm el-Fahm store.
"Don't the Jews eat our bread? Fine, we eat their matzot," she said.
Indeed, the mixing goes both ways, with Arab dishes like hummus and felafel now favorites of Jewish Israelis. And during Passover, nonobservant Jews often turn to Arab shops for leavened bread, which disappears from most Jewish-owned stores in the season.
Ifin, the supermarket owner, said some of his Arab customers once refused matzot on ideological grounds, though fewer do now because of years of mixing.
"You can't say Arabs and Jews are one people, but we share the same land, so why not share the same food?" Ifin said.
While Israel's 1.5 million Arabs hold citizenship and vote in elections, they strongly identify with their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Most still call themselves Palestinians.
Palestinians in the territories and east Jerusalem largely don't share the matzot craze, and shops there don't sell it. Israel captured the predominantly Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, and Palestinians claim it as the capital of their future state.
"We don't like anything that comes from them," said Jerusalem taxi driver Firas Salem, 27, when asked if he ate matzot.
"And besides," he said - expressing a sentiment shared by many Jews - "bread tastes better."
This is a tour I took, but I did it from a press bus!
We met at Rav HaKook Street’s Media Central. The tremendous J-Post writer Khaled Abu Toameh joined about twenty of us. We were touring Jerusalem.
Not the way you might think. We were going to see the disparate spread and intermingling of Arab and Jewish neighborhoods in the city. And it was a great experience.
As one who has cut his teeth on the Arab-Israeli conflict Khaled knows his subject. He told a story about taking a Spanish reporter to visit a “refugee camp” near Ramallah.
When they arrived, the man looked around and said, “This is not a refugee camp! This is a city!” He was so disappointed.
Likewise, when people want to see the city’s Arab section, they are in for a shock. There is not one. They are legion, to coin the old phrase. What a century ago was outlying villages, usually populated by one large extended family, urban sprawl has joined the parts into one gigantic blob.
I’m always amused when someone who has no idea of the realities talks about a demarcation line similar to the one that existed prior to 1967 when Jerusalem took the city from Jordan. Jordan dropped all pretense of holding sway there in 1993, but as you can tell from the above piece about the current King Abdullah somebody forgot to tell him.
In those days, the part from the Old City north and south, and partly west were Jordan. It took the land / was given the land – depending on whom you listen to after the Turks left at the end of WWI.
Now those neighborhoods like Abu Tor, Arnona, Talpiot, Rehavia, and others are virtually all Israeli. Of course there are some where Arabs do live, but they are primarily Israeli.
This village lies east of the City of David, and is primarily built over a cemetery. Most of the homes there were erected without any kind of permit, and that is why you will occasionally read about the city declaring they are going to demolish them. It usually does not happen.
Now there is an enterprising man leading tours of the areas.
Jewish Building in the Heart of Silwan (Ernie Moore)
Ateret Cohanim’s east J'lem tours a hit
By ABE SELIG
The more Jews that live in disputed areas, the more it will become accepted, says spokesman.
The massive crowds thronging Jerusalem’s Old City for the Pessah holiday proved to be a boon for the Ateret Cohanim organization on Thursday, as hundreds of participants took part in its free, guided tours to the disputed Beit Yehonatan building in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
Providing fodder for a number of unusual scenes, groups of religious men – many of them clad in black coats and fedoras – could be scene walking through the narrow alleyways and past Arabic graffiti toward the seven-story, Jewish-owned structure, which sits atop a hill in a section of the neighborhood that was once home to a thriving, pre-state community of Yemenite Jews.
Called the Yemenite Village, that historical backdrop is the cornerstone of Ateret Cohanim’s tours to the area, which are being provided throughout the intermediate days of Pessah.
But beyond the neighborhood’s residents from days gone by – the Yemenite Village was mostly destroyed during Arab riots that shook British Mandate Palestine in 1929 – the tour also touched on some of Silwan’s current residents, namely the Jewish families living in Beit Yehonatan and the nearby Beit Hadvash.
While Beit Hadvash – a smaller structure that is currently home to one Jewish family – has thus far escaped the scrutiny of the Jerusalem Municipality, Beit Yehonatan is the subject of an outstanding court order to evacuate and seal the structure, as it was built without the proper permits.
The building, which is named for imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, is home to eight Jewish families, and has been at the center of a struggle between Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and State Attorney Moshe Lador. In late January, Lador demanded that the mayor implement the order to evacuate and seal the building. Barkat refused.
After increased pressure, the mayor announced in February that he would evacuate and seal the building, and then begin implementing outstanding demolition orders for more than 200 illegally built Arab homes in the neighborhood. In the meantime, implementation of the court order for Beit Yehonatan has continued to be delayed.
Meanwhile, the building has also drawn the ire of some of its Arab neighbors. During Succot in October 2009, two firebomb attacks were perpetrated against Beit Yehonatan, causing no injuries, but leaving an impression nonetheless.
Last month, gunshots were fired at a security vehicle used to escort families to and from the building. While six bullets tore through the truck, the driver of the vehicle was only lightly wounded by shrapnel, but the message was conveyed that not all is well with regards to the towering structure in the heart of Silwan.
On Thursday, that sentiment could be felt as well, albeit in a muffled tone. Arab residents of the neighborhood peered out from windows and doorways at the passing tour groups, and although no violence occurred, the tension was apparent.
Young boys who sat on the stoops of nearby homes swung mock punches at young members of the tour groups, spit toward them and cursed at them in Arabic. At one point, an Arab man upset that a member of one tour group had begun taking pictures near his home yelled out curses.
Nonetheless, Ateret Cohanim members said they felt the day had been a “huge success,” and were looking forward to additional tours over the coming days.
“There were groups leaving for Beit Yehonatan every 15-20 minutes today,” Ateret Cohanim spokesman Daniel Luria told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
“We had initially anticipated that the tours would be leaving every half hour, but the demand was far greater than we imagined it would be.”
Luria also said that while one incident of rock-throwing had taken place during a tour on Wednesday, all had been quiet on Thursday, and the police escorts that had provided protection for the groups, had done a “great job.
“We’re hoping to raise public awareness,” Luria said, describing his organization’s goal for the tours.
“Most people don’t know that there was Yemenite community living in the area before it became Silwan,” he continued. “At the same time we want people to know where [Beit Yehonatan] is and to understand how close it is to the Old City.”
Luria also said he hoped participants had taken note of the large amounts of illegal building by Arabs in Silwan “and the discrimination against the Jews [in Beit Yehonatan] compared to what else is going on there.”
In that vein, Luria said that Ateret Cohanim was well aware of the need for such tours but also stressed the importance of the group’s guided walks through the Old City.
“There are some 950 Jews living in what is called the ‘Old Jewish Quarter of the Old City,’” Luria said. “That is to say, parts of the Old City that today are in the Muslim and Christian quarters.
“Overall, these tours are meant to raise public awareness about what we’re doing,” he continued. “When someone says east Jerusalem or the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, suddenly there’s a context... And the more Jews that live in these places, ultimately it will become more accepted,” he added.
Police Allow Limited Number of Jews on Temple Mount
Nisan 16, 5770, 31 March 10 12:22
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(Israelnationalnews.com) Jerusalem police Wednesday morning beganto allow small groups of Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, where Jews previously had been barred for fear of provoking Arab riots.
There were no reports of violence after the groups, limited to less than 10 Jews, were permitted to visit the holy site. Police took the usual precautions tomake sure that the Jews did not bring with them prayer books and did not pray out loud on the Temple Mount.
Yehuda Glick, chairman of the Organization for Human Rights on the Temple Mount, noted that police warnings to the High Court that visits by Jews would inflame riots were unfounded.
Before the police bowed to court pressure and opened the gates to Jews, the Palestinian Information Center reported that Arab “citizens and guards of the Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday repelled a group of fanatic Jews who tried to storm the holy site and slaughter cattle as a sacrifice on the occasion of the Jewish Passover.”
The Passover holiday recalls the offering of a sacrificial lamb before the Exodus of Jews from Egypt. Jewish law prohibits religious sacrifices outside the Holy Temple, which was destroyed twice, the last time nearly 2,000 years ago.
This report has an interesting paragraph: “Before the police bowed to court pressure and opened the gates to Jews, the Palestinian Information Center reported that Arab “citizens and guards of the Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday repelled a group of fanatic Jews who tried to storm the holy site and slaughter cattle as a sacrifice on the occasion of the Jewish Passover.”
This is ludicrous! To reach the Mugrabi Gate (see photos) a Jew would have to enter at the Dung Gate, pass through very tough Israeli security gates, then walk toward the plaza, and just before reaching it, turn right into the upward angled walkway that goes up to the gate. There is security at the entrance to the walkway, and also at the gate.
Take it from me, there are no sheep, goats or bullocks going to make the grade!
The recent articles and internet claims that the new Sanhedrin, of which Yehuda Glick is a member, as well as manager of the Temple Institute, was going to attempt to hold a Passover sacrifice, similar to the one that the priests of the Samaritans hold each year. In our opinion, and forgive me if I am wrong, this is a headline grabbing or fundraising attempt.
Personally we find Yehuda Glick a very nice man. He’s friendly when Christian tourists visit the Temple Institute. In fact, we often encourage people to visit there when they are traveling in Israel.
RABBI GLICK, TAKE A TRIP TO THE SHRINK!
That was the comment forwarded to Yehuda Glick by the security policeman at the Mugrabi Gate onto the Temple Mount. We’ll let you read the article for yourself.
Yehuda Glick (Ernie Moore)
Police to Temple Mount Activist: Psychiatrist Must OK Your Entry
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) Yehuda Glick, who has been waging for years a personal and public struggle to guarantee Jewish access to the site of the Holy Temple,was told bythe site's police commander thathe has decided thatGlick must undergo psychiatric treatment before being allowed to enter the site.
Glick, chairman of the Organization for Human Rights on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, has sued the police in the past for their refusal to allow him to ascend to the Temple Mount. The Supreme Court ruled that the police must meet with him and formulate arrangements under which he would be permitted to do so.
However, on Sunday morning, on the eve of the final day of the Passover holiday, Glick arrived at the Mughrabi entrance to the Mount – and was informed by police there that he may not enter. They explained to him that this was the decision of the local police commander. Glick went to the office of the commander, Ofer Shumer, who defied the court ruling and toldGlick that he-the commander-had reached the conclusion that “you are not a normal person” and that he could therefore not allow him to enter the Temple Mount until after he undergoes psychiatric treatment.
Asked how long this new decision was to be in force, Shumer said, “This is my decision, period.” Shumer turned down Glick’s repeated requests to have the decision put in writing.
Glick later expressed sorrow that the police had “descended to such a level,” adding that “instead of enabling Jews to exercise their legal rights to enter the Temple Mount, and instead of investing their resources to fight against Muslim violence there, the police choose tofighting against those who observe the law, also engaging in petty vengeance against those who fight for Jewish rights to visit the holy site.”
Glick said he plans to file civil suits against the policemen involved in harassing and insultinghim.
Some 200 religious Jews, a relatively large number, ascended to the Temple Mount on Sunday, after having made the necessary religious preparations, such as immersing in a ritual bath. However, they were permitted to visit only in groups of ten at a time.
At the same time, the police provided security to a Christian march around the Temple Mount, as it is doing this entire month. Muslims, too, are planning Temple Mount activity: This coming Thursday, they will hold a children’s song festival, with the participation of thousands of children, to cement their ties with the Temple Mount.
There are any number of liberals trotting out the race card, including one from the NY Times this past week. According to their nonsense, anyone who opposes what the Obama regime is doing to our nation is a racist.
Tell that to my black friends who voted for him and now are so opposed to him that they are outraged by such comments.
Actually, the Prez was raised by his white grandparents. He’s more white than black, if you want to really slice it that thin. Blacks didn’t raise Barry, white folks did.
The black people who influenced the Prez, according to his own words, were primarily socialists and Marxists! Then he spends twenty years in black liberation theology under the crude, racist Jeremiah Wright.
BUT TAKE HEART
I am encouraged by the Marie Antoinettes who cry “let ‘em eat cake” today. As long as they call the Tea Party enthusiasts racists, radicals and taunt them about clinging to their religion and rifles, there is hope for America.
Note that I am not a member of the Tea Party crowd. In fact one leader is a Democrat, just FYI. But I share their enthusiasm in hating what is happening to America. I am also somewhat concerned about third party candidates. Unless they are strong enough to obviously take the election, then they should back off, in my opinion.
I am unhappy with the Country Club Republicans who trashed Sarah Palin before, during and after the last election. We need some Reagan Republicans, it’s true, but don’t forget that Reagan did some crazy spending too.
SHARING THE WEALTH
I would like you to read the following article about what happened to Argentina when the Peronistas decided to follow that route.
United States of Argentina
March 31, 2010
Argentine President Juan Peron frittered away his nation’s prosperity by introducing redistributionist economic and regulatory policies, nationalizing utilities and pumping up the national debt — all leading to three decades of instability and stagnation. (AP Photo, 1951)
When White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel last year advised "never waste a good crisis," he likely was thinking ahead to President Obama's economic stimulus program and health care plan. After swelling the federal deficit by passing the stimulus at a cost of nearly $1 trillion, Democrats in Congress signed off on Obamacare, with a price tag, according to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., of $2.3 trillion in its first decade alone. With federal spending exploding at such a rate, it's no wonder that Moody's Investor Service recently warned that it would downgrade the U.S. government's credit rating if it concludes "the government was unable and/or unwilling to quickly reverse the deterioration it has incurred."
What the United States government will do in the future may be in question, but we need not look far to find past examples of countries unwilling to get their finances in order. Consider Argentina. In 1914, it was one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and its living standard exceeded that of Western Europe until the late 1950s. Then President Juan Peron squandered his nation's prosperity by introducing a host of redistributionist economic and regulatory policies, nationalizing utilities and foreign investments, and pumping up the national debt. What followed was three decades of political instability, growing dependency, and economic stagnation.
There was a brief period of privatization and booming foreign investment in what the American Enterprise Institute's Mark Falcoff called Argentina's "go go" 1990s. But that was negated by the return of political leaders espousing Peronist principles who created a downward economic spiral by breaking contracts with foreign utility companies that had invested heavily in Argentina. Today, the country has lost its international credit standing and an estimated 10 percent of the population has moved abroad to escape the stifling taxes, regulation and inefficiency. To make matters worse, President Cristina Kirchner recently attracted attention for firing the president of the country's central bank. His sin was refusing to go along with her inflationary spending policies (Argentina's inflation is 17 percent) and challenging her demand that he hand over $6.6 billion in bank reserves.
Besides sending federal spending skyrocketing, Obama has, like so many of the politicians who ruined Argentina, dramatically increased government regulation of business, nationalized major sectors of the economy, and imposed a lengthy list of tax increases. America today is no more exempt from economic reality than Argentina was in years past. Make no mistake, these actions will eventually drain the life from this nation's economic vitality, just as they did in Argentina.
(Washington Examiner editorial.3.31.10)
AND WHAT ABOUT ONE PROFESSIONAL’S OPINION ON FOREIGN RELATIONS:
Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger:
“I’ve never seen anyone who is as amateurish in the conduct of his foreign relations as this president… It’s dumb and it’s what he’s done time and time again. He doesn’t seem to learn…”
“Netanyahu is a tough a guy. The fact of the matter is we’re showing our amateurishness every time we do this. And, this president can’t get it through his head that his actions have consequences outside what he thinks they might be…”
“He’s playing with fire here and he’s playing with dynamite and he doesn’t understand it. And, you’d think with almost two years in office he would understand it but he doesn’t.”
Eagleburger went on to say that the Obama Administration’s treatment of PM Netanyahu and Israel in general was almost sure to encourage Israel’s enemies to believe that they could act against Israel and that America would do nothing to aid Israel or to punish the actions.
READ THE FOLLOWING BY GIORA EILAND, AND THEN I’LL COMMENT AT THE END.
Giora Eiland (Ernie Moore)
Clinton’s plan is back
End of ambiguity over two-state vision at root of Israel-US crisis
The crisis with the United States shows us for the umpteenth time that ambiguity is indeed a positive thing, as long as both sides enjoy it. When one of the sides, and especially if it’s a superpower, decides to call a spade a spade, a new reality emerges. The modified reality or a change in the rules of the game is tolerable as long as it is coordinated in advance. Yet such change causes grave damage once it’s being undertaken without advance notice by the strong side (the US), and this is precisely what happened during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit in Washington.
In December 2000, President Bill Clinton presented his plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was not a list of abstract principle, but rather, concrete geographical, technical, and numerical proposals for resolving each of the core issues – borders, security arrangements, Jerusalem, refugees, and so on.
Ever since then, the notion of the two-state solution in the eyes of any US Administration, and certainly a Democratic one, has been a codename for Clinton’s plan. Its essence is as follows: Two states between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, with the border between them premised on the 1967 boundaries (with minor changes,) a divided Jerusalem, limits on the Palestinian state’s militarization, and no return of Palestinian refugees to Israel.
To the Americans, as well as to the parties to the conflict, it’s clear that a final-status agreement on the basis of two states is the Clinton plan with minor adjustments, regardless of who the negotiators are.
For nine years – George W. Bush’s eight years in office and Obama’s one year – the Americans and Israelis preferred to make do with agreement on the ambiguous principle of two states. Both Prime Minister Sharon and PM Netanyahu were able to live with this abstract concept. It was convenient for both the US and Israel to explain that the nature of the final-status agreement is unknown, and it will be subject to negotiations between the two sides.
Alternate proposals needed
Yet recently, Obama decided to no longer make do with the codename and ensure that Netanyahu also understands and agrees that endorsing the “two-status solution” means endorsing Clinton’s plan. This caused great embarrassment. PM Netanyahu assumed that real answers, if at all, will be needed only during the negotiations, yet he was asked to provide them here and now.
Much has been written about the errors made in respect to the prime minister’s recent trip to the US. These were indeed serious errors, but most of them were tactical. The real mistake is different: Netanyahu thinks that the Clinton plan is bad for Israel; he also knows that he cannot implement it even if he wished to do so.
In his first meeting with Obama, about a year ago, Netanyahu should have said: “The Clinton plan is invalid. It was no coincidence that both sided rejected it in 2000. As I agree that it’s important that we resolve the conflict, I would like to present you with alternate proposals or significant improvements (which are available, and Netanyahu is well familiar with them.) Please allow an Israeli-American team to discretely look into these different ideas for three months before you formulate your opinion.”
Instead, Netanyahu officially endorsed the Clinton plan (which, as noted, is the only American interpretation of the “two-state solution.”) Yet when Obama asked him to say explicitly what he seemingly said in his Bar-Ilan speech, Netanyahu found it difficult to speak.
The American conclusions of this are grim: Firstly, Israel has no alternate ideas. Secondly, the Clinton plan is the only solution and there is nothing else. Thirdly, Israel’s prime minister is an unreliable person.
The distance from these conclusions to a situation whereby the US dictates a plan, including a binding timetable, is short. Ironically, we can assume that the main possibility to get out of this problematic situation stems from the fact that the Palestinians also cannot accept the Clinton plan (recognition of a Jewish state, a declaration that they have no more demands, and renunciation of the right of return.) In fact, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was not willing to even discuss the Clinton model with PM Olmert.
LET BIBI BE BIBI
In a parliamentary type of government, the Prime Minister is handcuffed by the very people who want him to fail the most.
Instead of the Old Bibi who used to stand tall and call a spade a spade, he is almost cowering. I’m reminded of George W. Bush in his second term. Bush was motivated by who knows what. Legacy concerns? A desire for popularity in the face of the media’s constant onslaught? The State Department’s pressure. They have been accomodationists for ages! At any rate, he bought into the bogus two state program, forced the friend-challenged Ehud Olmert who kept throwing his arm around Bush’s neck and proclaiming, “We’re best buddies!” in hopes that it would help him slip through the Israeli police’s nets.
Now we see Bibi with Labor screaming for Barak to leave the coalition. Kadima’s Livni is standing on the sideline pretending to be the loyal opposition. She hates the fact that Netanyahu is the Prime Minister and not her.
I remind you that she actually got the most votes in their election. But she couldn’t get a coalition together, so Bibi took office.
He has offered her a chance to enter into a National Unity government coalition – which by its nature precludes all parties from undermining the other. She still is not coming to that dance.
Now, more than ever, she has to believe that Obama might give her a chance to come to power at last. We doubt that she could put a coalition together even if Netanyahu folds.
As we KNOW, those who surrender do not build strong followers. Many in Israel who don’t even like Bibi are furious at Obama’s shabby treatment of their Prime Minister.
GO IT ALONE
I laugh when I read op-eds that talk about Israel now having to go it alone. Israel has always had to go it alone! American Presidents always stick their finger in their mouths and then into the air. When the breeze is good, they stand by Israel. Be it Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, or the Bushes – and forget Carter! – Israel leaders know they cannot depend on anyone to stand by them when the going gets tough.
What is not questionable is the power of prayer. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Psalm 122:6 says. Don’t think that because you don’t “feel” anything when you pray for Israel that it is not making a difference. And while you are praying, of course, pray for our country too.
Much depends on that and that alone.
Thanks for sharing some time with us. We appreciate you all. Stand tall. You are on the winning side!
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
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