Friday, May 17, 2002

"the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

This great quote, attributed to Abba Eban, former Israeli Foreign Minister, is perfect to describe Arafat's latest brain-dead idea. No election until Israel withdraws from all the territories. Sure. Let's give Arafat free reign to reconstruct his terror apparatus, hold the entire Palestinian people to ransom, then organize "free elections". Sounds like Arafat has been spending a little bit too much time at the Robert Mugabe School of Democracy. Is there any Palestinian who will send Arafat packing once and for all and rid the world of this dangerous buffoon?
Almost fell off my chair when I read this one...
Arafat says "No elections"

All together now...."BIG SURPRISE!"
Slim pickin's...

Sorry all. Elana and I are really busy at work and don't seem to find the time to post all that much. Hate it when work interferes with leisure. Damn! Not that there aren't interesting things to talk about, for instance how everyone is jumping on the "reformed PA" bandwagon including the EU, Russia and all of Arafat's cronies (who until a few days ago were spouting that he could do no wrong). Now of course, everyone says that he must reform the PA to make it less corrupt (how about not at all?), more accountable (you mean it is NOT OK to syphon off $2B of aid money every year into your family's bank account?) and more democratic (huh?...but, but, but...Arafat is the "elected"" leader of the Palestinians...how can the PA become MORE democratic?). Ohmigawd...this is all so confusing....now it looks like even the universal "truth" that there-is-no-military-solution-to-this-conflict has been proven wrong...the military action has pushed the Palestinians to demand changes and an end to this terrorist regime...my head is spinning! Hope to see you ALL at the March for Israel on Monday...BE THERE!
DAILY FEATURE!

MYTH:
“Israel gets favorable coverage because American Jews control the media and have disproportionate political influence.”

FACT:

If Jews controlled the media, it's not likely you'd hear Jews complaining so much about the anti-Israel bias of the press. It is true that the amount of attention Israel receives is related to the fact that the largest Jewish population in the world is in the United States and that Israel greatly concerns American Jews. Large numbers of Jews do hold significant positions in the media (though they by no means "control" the press as anti-Semites maintain), and the Jewish population is concentrated in major media markets like New York and Los Angeles, so it is not surprising the spotlight would be directed at Israel.

Politically, Jews wield disproportionate power in the United States and use it to advocate policies that strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship; however, there is no evidence this has translated into favorable press coverage for Israel. It is possible to argue that pro-Arab forces, such as the petrochemical industry, have as much or more influence on the media and encourage an anti-Israel bias.

Thursday, May 16, 2002

Sweetie, go say hi to these 13 really nice gentlemen!

The 13 terrorists deported to Cyprus from Bethlehem ran a Mafia-like terror operation in Bethlehem against Christian Arabs. Now, the EU countries who have accepted to take in these criminals, have upgraded their status to that of "refugees" which means that they will get money and all the rights of law-abiding European citizens. The reason for this? Well, these nice men have not committed any crime in Europe, you see, so there is no reason to hold them as prisoners. Nope, you are not dreaming. I almost threw up reading this stuff. Applying the same logic, this means that any of the notorious criminals that we have here in North America could actually go to Europe as refugees (given that they have not committed any crime in Europe). I say, let's empty our prisons into Europe and let them deal with all these "refugees". They seem to really like abuse over there, don't they?

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

I'll be there...part dieu..
Oh....and another place that I'll be (with the digital camera) is Toronto's "Walk for Israel" this coming Victoria Day! On Monday May 20, 2002 anyone who would like to participate in the walk can register between 9:15am and 10:15am at the Skydome (just look for all the Jews with flags). The walk starts at EXACTLY 10:30am (Standard time....NOT Jewish Standard time....so be punctual!) and will be concluded with a massive carnival inside the Skydome. There will be food (how could there not be?), games, concerts, food, food, singing, food, etc. You want to know the best part of the whole event? The official sponsor is....wait for it....The National Post!. Yeah! If any bloggers or blog readers would like to meet up and do the walk together, I'd love to do that so just let me know via e-mail and we'll set something up.
I'll be there.....will you?
Ok fine...I'm not 100% sure I'll be there, but I've made the first step towards going back to Israel this summer. I just finished applying to Aish Hatorah's "Hasbara" trip for university students. Eligible participants include all university students with high grades, a love for Israel and a willingness to inspire Zionism on campus in September 2002. I'd be delighted to travel with other bloggers (if I end up being accepted on the trip!), so let me know if you're applying. Hope to see you in the Holy Land.
"There is no military solution to the conflict". Yeah, right. Says who?

Charles Krauthammer (Washington Post) is the latest in a series of authors who are getting more and more irritated at this empty phrase which goes counter to everything history has taught us. We wrote about this very subject a few weeks ago (check the archive if you want). Basically, history shows that 2 enemies who both think they are in a position of strength (either real or perceived) will NOT negotiate. So, usually, a military option is chosen, which over time leads to a winner and a loser. Then, negotiations start. It happened in Versailles in 1918, in 1945 after WW2, etc... as well as after every Middle East conflict. And it will happen again, once the Palestinian terror machine has been destroyed and once the Palestinian people realize that the incessant violence is hurting them more than it is hurting Israel. So, is there a military solution? Damn right there is. And Sharon has already shown that his belated decision to clean up the West Bank has decreased the number of homicide bombers from one or two a day to one a month. Not bad for a non-solution. And I think there will be more violence until the same process takes place in Gaza. Then and only then will proper negotiations take place.
DAILY FEATURE

MYTH

“The Palestinian Authority is acting to prevent violence by arresting terrorists and confiscating illegal weapons.”


FACT

At times cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces has been good, and Israel has publicly commended the Palestinian Authority (PA). More often, however, the PA has failed to take adequate measures to prevent attacks against Israelis. While many terrorists have been apprehended, they are usually released shortly afterward and, at least some of them have subsequently beeninvolved in assaults against Jews. In May 2001, for example, Arafat freed more than a dozen Islamic radicals who had been in jailsince a wave of suicide bombings that killed 60 Israelis in eight bloody days in 1996.

The PA is also filled with illegal weapons, including machine guns, hand grenades, explosives and mortars. Despite repeated promises,no effort has been made to collect the weapons. On the contrary, the PA has been actively stockpiling them. This is a serious violation of the agreements signed with Israel, one that provokes distrust and threatens Israeli security.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Back by popular demand!!!

Now that things have settled down a little bit and we no longer fear being sued by two very influential North American comedians, we’ve decided to re-post (properly this time) some awesome work by LARRY MILLER. This guy has written articles that are not only side-achingly funny, but intelligent and factual as well. We hope you enjoy them. As for the Dennis Miller rant on Israel, I'm still confused about whether there is such a thing and thus won't even touch that one with a ten-foot pole! Sorry guys.

Here are links to, and excerpts of, Larry Miller’s articles.

Article #1: Whosoever Blesses Them: The intifada and its defenders.


I WAS WATCHING Greta Van Facelift on Fox the other night, and she and her guests made me talk back to the TV. Shout back, actually. …..

…Her guests were (INSERT INDISTINGUISHABLE ARAB NAME), from Hamas, and their attorney, Stanley Cohen. No, that's not a joke. Would that it were. Stanley Cohen, the attorney for Hamas. Check that handle again: Stanley Cohen. I mean, if you tried to make up a better name than that, you couldn't do it.

Oddly enough, out of the three of them, the homunculus from Hamas didn't bother me at all. I mean, if you think about it, why should he bother any American? We know exactly who he is and, in a way, we should be grateful for that…You want us dead? Well, now, isn't that a funny coincidence. Guess what we want?

‘Nuff said….go read it!

Article #2: You Say You Want a Resolution

”…PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MAKING New Year's resolutions for a long time. Usually they're personal and last no longer than a smoke ring or one of Tom Daschle's smiles. You know the drill: "I'm going to cut down on my drinking, lose a few pounds, and read more books." Of course, by January 3rd, you get drunk, order a pizza, and buy a satellite dish.
This is the part where Miller explains that from now on he vows to discount the ridiculous claims of so many anti-Israel/anti-American Westerners.
1) "We're not good, they're not evil, everything is relative."
Listen carefully: We're good, they're evil, nothing is relative. Say it with me now and free yourselves.
You see, folks, saying "We're good" doesn't mean "We're perfect." Okay? The only perfect being is the bearded guy on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The plain fact is that our country has, with all our mistakes and blunders, always been and always will be, the greatest beacon of freedom, charity, opportunity, and affection in history.
If you need proof, open all the borders on Earth and see what happens. In about half a day, the entire world would be a ghost town, and the United States would look like one giant line to see "The Producers."

‘Nuff said….go read it!


A Must Read!

Exploding Myths: Why Israel's war on terrorism is working.
This article by Johnathan Chait is just great! I especially like the part where he equates Palestinian terrorists with a disease that has infected the Middle East. Read on!
DAILY FEATURE

MYTH: "The United Nations has long played a constructive role in Middle East affairs. Its record of fairness and balance makes it an ideal forum for settling the Arab-Israeli dispute."

FACT:
Starting in the mid-1970s, an Arab-Soviet-Third World bloc joined to form what amounted to a pro-Palestinian lobby at the United Nations. This was particularly true in the General Assembly where these countries—nearly all dictatorships or autocracies—frequently voted together to pass resolutions attacking Israel and supporting the PLO.

In 1974, for example, the General Assembly invited Yasir Arafat to address it. Arafat did so, a holster attached to his hip. In his speech, Arafat spoke of carrying a gun and an olive branch (he left his gun outside before entering the hall). A year later, at the instigation of the Arab states and the Soviet Bloc, the Assembly approved Resolution 3379, which slandered Zionism by branding it a form of racism.

U.S. Ambassador Daniel Moynihan called the resolution an “obscene act.” Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog told his fellow delegates the resolution was “based on hatred, falsehood and arrogance.” Hitler, he declared, would have felt at home listening to the UN debate on the measure.1

On December 16, 1991, the General Assembly voted 111-25 (with 13 abstentions and 17 delegations absent or not voting) to repeal Resolution 3379. No Arab country voted for repeal. The PLO denounced the vote and the U.S. role.

As Herzog noted, the organization developed an Alice-In-Wonderland perspective on Israel. “In the UN building...she would only have to wear a Star of David in order to hear the imperious ‘Off with her head’ at every turn.” Herzog noted that the PLO had cited a 1974 UN resolution condemning Israel as justification for setting off a bomb in Jerusalem.2

Bloc voting also made possible the establishment of the pro-PLO “Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” in 1975. The panel became, in effect, part of the PLO propaganda apparatus, issuing stamps, organizing meetings, preparing films and draft resolutions in support of Palestinian “rights.”

In 1976, the committee recommended “full implementation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their return to the Israeli part of Palestine.” It also recommended that November 29 — the day the UN voted to partition Palestine in 1947 — be declared an “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” Since then, it has been observed at the UN with anti-Israel speeches, films, and exhibits. Over the objections of the United States, a special unit on Palestine was established as part of the UN Secretariat.

Israel is the object of more investigative committees, special representatives and rapporteurs than any other state in the UN system. The special representative of the Director-General of UNESCO visited Israel 51 times during 27 years of activity. A "Special Mission" has been sent by the Director-General of the ILO to Israel and the territories every year for the past 17 years.

The Commission on Human Rights routinely adopts totally disproportionate resolutions concerning Israel. Of all condemnations of this agency, 26 percent refer to Israel alone, while rogue states such as Syria and Libya are never criticized. The special rapporteur assigned by the commission to the territories was given a mandate very different from that of any other special rapporteur.3

The U.S. has reacted forcefully to efforts to politicize the UN. In 1977, the U.S. withdrew from the International Labor Organization for two years because of its anti-Israel stance. In 1984, the U.S. left UNESCO, in part because of its bias against the Jewish State. From 1982-89, the Arab states sought to deny Israel a seat in the General Assembly or put special conditions on Israel's participation. Only a determined U.S. lobbying campaign prevented them from succeeding.

While the Arab-Israeli peace process that was launched in Madrid in 1991 is structured on the basis of direct negotiations between the parties, the UN constantly undercuts this principle. The Oslo Agreements are predicated on the idea of bilateral talks to resolve differences between Israelis and Palestinians. The General Assembly routinely adopts resolutions, however, that attempt to impose solutions on critical issues such as Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and settlements. Ironically, UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 proposed the bilateral negotiations that are consistently undermined by the General Assembly resolutions.

Thus, the record to date indicates the UN has not played a useful role in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Sounds to me like they're ready for peace...

The Washington Times reported:

Last week, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice stated that the PA "has got to reform" and that the Palestinian leadership must be "democratic, transparent and non-corrupt . . . what we ask of every government in the world."

In an article that appeared in Thursday's Jerusalem Post, reporters Miriam Shaviv and Mohammed Najib interviewed a number of senior Palestinian officials about reforming the PA. Arafat adviser and Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Kanafani denounced Miss Rice and Israelis who have madesimilar suggestions, calling them "wicked plans." Mr. Kanafani said bluntly that any reforms the Palestinians would make would be aimed at making the fight against Israel more efficient. The main reason for cleaning up corruption and appointing a new Cabinet, Mr. Kanafani said, is "to help the ability of the Palestinian people to resist and reject Israel."


Monday, May 13, 2002

Why should anyone be surprised by the vote on a Palestinian State by the Likud?

Imagine having some thugs barging into your living room day in and day out and beating you up repeatedly, even killing some of your family members or raping your wife/daughter/sister for good measure. Imagine the same group of thugs brainwashing their members into believing that you are subhuman and therefore disposable. Imagine this group headed by teflon-Al Capone. Now imagine that City Hall kept bugging you to let these thugs build a house right next to yours, blamed you for all the trouble and demanded you stopped "harassing" these poor thugs.
Wouldn't your reaction be to tell everyone to go to hell? Wouldn't you refuse to let these "neighbours" settle down? Wouldn't you resort to doing anything necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones from these thugs? I think so. That's why Likud has said No to Arafatistan. Palestine is another story. A Palestine committed to mutual respect, peace, democracy will always be welcome. Arafatistan, based on thuggery, lies, corruption, homicide bombers and hate is a non starter. All civilized people would be allowed to reject it out right. But of course, now Israel is going to be made out to be the heavy, not committed to the "Peace of the Brave" as Arafat keeps referring to the Oslo swindle. But what the heck...Israel can hardly be more isolated than it already is. Nothing to see here people, please move along.
Little Green Footballs Make Me Laugh!
The good guys at LGF have come up with a great mokery of Saudi Arabia. They've started referring to the leader of the country's monarchy as "Clown Prince Abdallah". I love it!


DAILY FEATURE
MYTH:
“The demolition of Palestinian homes is an example of the barbaric policies of Israeli oppression.”


FACT:
Israel does not decide will-nilly to demolish the homes of Palestinians. The army usually decides to take this drastic measure only after extreme provocation, and to insure the security of soldiers and civilians. In the case of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip, in particular, they have been used as bomb factories, to provide cover for snipers, and to conceal tunnels used to smuggle weapons from Egypt.

Homes are also sometimes demolished when they are built illegally, without government approval or the proper permits. This practice is not applied only to Palestinians; however, Jewish homes have also been torn down when they were built illegally. Efforts by Jewish settlers, for example, to create new outposts or illegally expand existing settlements often result in the new structures being demolished.45

Sunday, May 12, 2002

You're all right....
My father has given me permission to post the following: He's a big goof for having bought the Myths and Facts book because it's available online! He really couldn't figure out why the store only wanted 14$ for it, especially since the Arab-Israeli conflict is such a major issues these days. You'd think they could charge whatever they wanted for such a book. Anyway, we'll continue to post these myths and facts on a daily basis because we know that the 18,000 facts printed in the book are a bit overwhelming when viewed on the site all at once. If we post them one at a time on our site, you'll be more inclined to read the myths and facts and remember some of them too. Enjoy!
The Daily Feature
We bought a great book today called "Myths and Facts: A guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict". The book contains hundreds of popular myths about Israel and the historical facts to debunk these ridiculous claims. From this day forth, MidEast Realities will present a daily myth and fact about the Arab-Israeli Conflict. We hope you enjoy it! For anyone interested, here is all the information about the book:
Bard, Mitchell G. and Hertz, Eli E. "Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab Israeli Conflict". American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, Chevy Chase, MD. 2001

Myth #1:
"The Palestinian Arabs were never offered a state and therefore have been denied the right to self-determination"


Fact:
The Peel Commission in 1937 concluded the only logical solution to resolving the contradictory aspirations of the Jews and Arabs was to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. The Arabs rejected the plan because it forced them to accept the creation of a Jewish state, and required some Palestinians to live under "Jewish domination". The Zionists opposed the Peel Plan's boundaries because they would have been confined to little more than a ghetto of 1,900 out of the 10,300 square miles remaining in Palestine. Nevertheless, the Zionists decided to negotiate with the British, while the Arabs refused to consider any compromises.

Again, in 1939, the British White Paper called for the establishment of an Arab state in Palestine within 10 years, and for limiting Jewish immigration to no more than 75,000 over the following five years. Afterward, no one would be allowed in without the consent of the Arab population. Though the Arabs had been granted a concession in Jewish immigration, and been offered independence - the goal of Arab nationalists - they repudiated the White Paper.

With Partition, the Palestinians were given a state and the opportunity for self-determination. This too was rejected.