Think about this one for a few minutes.
The Rabbis to which Arsen referred are here
(among other places).
Labels: Islamic terrorism, Palestinian terrorism, Vatican
Europe's salvation lies in Israel
Bret Stephens is spot-on about how Europe can save itself. The answer lies in Israel
Can the decline be stopped? Yes, but that would require a great
unlearning of the political mythologies on which modern Europe was
Among those mythologies: that the European Union is the
result of a postwar moral commitment to peace; that Christianity is of
merely historical importance to European identity; that there’s no such
thing as a military solution; that one’s country isn’t worth fighting
for; that honor is atavistic and tolerance is the supreme value. People
who believe in nothing, including themselves, will ultimately submit to
The alternative is a recognition that Europe’s long
peace depended on the presence of American military power, and that the
retreat of that power will require Europeans to defend themselves.
Europe will also have to figure out how to apply power not symbolically,
as it now does, but strategically, in pursuit of difficult objectives.
That could start with the destruction of ISIS in Libya.
important, Europeans will have to learn that powerlessness can be as
corrupting as power—and much more dangerous. The storm of terror that is
descending on Europe will not end in some new politics of inclusion,
community outreach, more foreign aid or one of Mrs. Merkel’s diplomatic Rube Goldbergs. It will end in rivers of blood. Theirs or yours?
all this, the best guide to how Europe can find its way to safety is
the country it has spent the best part of the last 50 years lecturing
and vilifying: Israel. For now, it’s the only country in the West that
refuses to risk the safety of its citizens on someone else’s notion of
human rights or altar of peace.
Europeans will no doubt look to
Israel for tactical tips in the battle against terrorism—crowd
management techniques and so on—but what they really need to learn from
the Jewish state is the moral lesson. Namely, that identity can be a
great preserver of liberty, and that free societies cannot survive
through progressive accommodations to barbarians.
Of course for Europe to learn anything from Israel it will first have to overcome its longstanding and visceral hatred of Jews. Is it capable of doing so? If the past is any guide, we may have a Muslim-controlled Europe in the next 50 years.
Read it all
Labels: Angela Merkel, European anti-Semitism, European Union, France, Francois Hollande, Germany, Manuel Valls
At the Democratic National Convention: No American flags but lots of 'Palestinian' flags
It's come to this:
And if you think that tweet is at all regretful, Naomi Dann tweets for 'Jewish' Voice for 'Peace.' Here are a few more from her timeline.
But hey - you can bet that American JINO's will go out and vote Democratic anyway. Because Liberalism uber alles.
Labels: National Democratic Party, US presidential campaign 2016
Why IS Turkey part of NATO?
The Clarion Project posts a brutal summary of the beating and torture of military personnel
by Turkey's Islamist police in the aftermath of the supposed coup attempt last week. It finishes off with this:
Since 1952, Turkey has been a member of NATO, which is supposed to
defend freedom and democracies. However for decades, Turkey has been a
center of torture and other human rights abuses of the worst magnitude.
If the Turkish government authorities, police officers and so many
average citizens are capable of torturing, starving and raping even
their own soldiers and citizens, how can they be worthy of being
recognized as a Western ally and partner?
Moreover, we can only imagine that if
this is what they do to their own soldiers, imagine what they have been
doing to their minority citizens, who they fundamentally see as
“enemies” -- Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Jews, Kurds, Alevis and
By the way, is their EU application still live? And what on earth is the President of the United States doing hugging Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
Read the whole thing
Labels: Islamic terrorism, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, torture, Turkey, Turkish army, Turkish Kurds, Turkish regime change, Turkish repression
It's come to this: Abu Mazen wants to sue the UK over the Balfour declaration
You can't make this stuff up....
Someone ought to tell him that the statute of limitations has expired :-)
Labels: Abu Mazen, Balfour Declaration
The last hope for Middle East Christians
It's no secret that there's only one country in the Middle East where Christians have not become an endangered species, and where their population has grown over the last 100 years. You guessed it - it's Israel and I've written about it time and time again (search Bethlehem in the blog for some examples).
In Catch the Jew
, Tuvia Tenenbaum writes about a meeting he had with a Christian in Bethlehem, who acknowledged that the town's Christian population had declined by more than 90% since 2000, as Christians fled. When he asked her why, she blamed it on... you guessed it: The 'Occupation.'
So what is it that these people don't get? Luma Simms, a Christian who grew up in Iraq tries to explain
This is not just a Muslim problem. This anti-Semitism trickles down to
minority groups living in Islamic dominated lands. Middle Eastern
Christians manifest a hobbled prejudice since they lack the power to
politically act out against Israel. As I have observed my Middle Eastern
community over the years, there seems to be a Stockholm Syndrome
phenomenon. After being so long under Islamic rule and imbibing Islamic
propaganda, the Christians are apt to parrot their “captors” in the
Islamic authoritarian governments. I hold out hope that a free Arab
Christian culture could break this spell within a generation. But hope
is running out—Christianity may not survive in the Middle East.
Indeed it may not - at least outside of Israel. Simms goes on to explain why Israel is the last hope for Middle East Christians.
Israel is the last hope for Arab Christians; it’s as simple as that.
America is not leading on the refugee issue, especially for Iraqi
Christians. Yet helping them, doing good to the Christians in the Arab
world, would require Israel overcoming her neighbors’ anti-Semitism,
even of those Christians who will not ask for help because of their
Arab Christians in America and abroad feel caught between Muslim
interests on one side and Israeli interests on the other. They are
bitter. They are a weak minority, always overlooked. Arab Christians
have no power to negotiate or threaten, no money to buy arms, and no
land to cultivate and build. Their bitterness makes them miss an
important ally: Israel. As the genocide of Middle Eastern Christians
continues, the only hope of an Arab Christian remnant—a remnant that
would keep and pass on its beliefs, traditions, and customs—is through
help from the state of Israel. It is the humanitarian thing to do.
Israel already exemplifies this humane treatment
of her enemies. They have hospitals and medical units close to their
borders where they discreetly treat the wounded and injured who come to
them for medical help. These people eventually go back to their homes in
Syria. Patients keep the medical care quiet to protect themselves from
reprisal back home for receiving care from Israel. Sometimes the
patients are combatants and other times it is civilians caught in
crossfire; some arrive barely alive not even knowing they are in Israel,
regaining consciousness only to find themselves being cared for by the
very people they have been taught to hate. These doctors and nurses are “sowing seeds of peace
Another reason why helping Arab Christians would be good for Israel:
What better way to overcome jihad in the region than for Israel to forge
an alliance with Christians? For their part, Middle Eastern Christians
should see Israel as an ally, support its democratic state, and build an
alliance to combat Islamic terrorists. For too long Islam has used a
divide and conquer tactic on the Christians and Jews. For example, when
Arab Christians living in Nazareth wanted to integrate into Israeli
society and enlist in the Israel Defense Forces, they were harassed,
attacked, and threatened by Arab Muslim groups. What’s worse was the
accusation by Muslims and Christians that they were betraying
Palestine. Anyone thinking clearly can see this for what it is: Muslims
fearing the alliance of Arab Christians with Israel.
If Israel will not act, what’s to be done? It’s hard to find exact
numbers, but maybe there are between 200,000 and 400,00 Iraqi Christians
left. They will be killed in Iraq, or die trying to escape. Some, God
willing, may be allowed to emigrate. Elliot Abrams, during an AEI panel
on the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made the most courageous statements I have
heard from anyone regarding the situation:
Most of the Christian communities are dying, will never
be restored….nobody has that feeling toward Christian minorities in Iraq
[speaking of the desire to save the communities]…we don’t even take
Christian refugees…I am really struck by the hostility to the notion
that anything should be done for the Christian communities of the Middle
East…is anybody being persecuted more than the Iraqi Christians? Does
anybody have a more well-founded fear [of persecution]? They can’t even
go to U.N refugee camps safely. And we are doing nothing about that.
[Regarding the conundrum of liquidating Christianity from the area] It
would be like saying, in 1940, surely a 1000 years of Jewish history in
Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, we don’t want to kill it by taking
those people as refugees. They died. The Christians will die, or many of
them will die. So I think we don’t have the right to say, ‘Stay there
and maintain your churches,’ when they’re being killed.
Israel, rise up and lead that region of the world. You are the hope
for Iraqi Christians. Let it always be said: In the dark age of ISIS,
when desolation and despair covered the Arab world, Israel was the house
of light. Like the prophet Jonah whom God commanded to go to Nineveh
and offer redemption to the Assyrians, may Israel go and redeem
Assyria—redeem the Nineveh plains once again.
I have many Christian followers on Twitter. There are two in particular that I follow. Every time I tweet a link like this one, I tag them. One retweets me every time. The other never does. Why? I wish I knew.
Labels: Bethlehem, Christians in Israel, Christians in Muslim countries, Iraqi Christians, Palestinian Christians
Senator Vice President from J Street
I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential nominee, is a longtime favorite of Saudi and Iranian funded J Street
, which favors cutting up Israel piece by piece.
On Capitol Hill, Senator Kaine, as a member of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, has consistently advocated the need for a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the only way to ensure
that Israel can survive and flourish as a Jewish and democratic state
and that Palestinians can live with independence and dignity. He was
also a leader in the successful effort to defang the Iranian nuclear
program through tough sanctions and effective diplomacy that produced
the JCPOA agreement.
Funny, but didn't I read something remarkably different yesterday? Oh yes, here
. And that's why others feel differently
But for the hawkish Republican Jewish Coalition, such background did not
garner their approval or commendation. They swiftly lambasted Kaine as
enabling Tehran in acquiring a nuclear arsenal and, indeed, his
affiliation with J Street itself — an organization they regard as
lobbying positions that do not serve Israel’s interests.
“After leading President Obama’s disastrous
foreign policy in the Middle East, Hillary Clinton’s selection of
Senator Kaine as her running mate further proves she cannot be trusted
to keep our country safe,” RJC’s executive director Matt Brooks said in a
“Whether it’s his vote for the Iran deal,
which paves the way to a nuclear-armed Iran, or his proud support of the
progressive anti-Israel J Street agenda which earned him their
enthusiastic endorsement, Senator Kaine has shown how out of touch he is
on the dangers facing our country,” he added. “A Clinton-Kaine White
House would continue the same failed policies that have made the US and
our allies around the world less safe.”
Hey Times of Israel - it's not just the 'hawkish Republican Jewish coalition' that regards J Street as lobbying positions that do not serve Israel's interests - it's the Israeli Knesset
If Trump wins this election, one of the first actions of Israel's supporters should be the defenestration of J Street.
Labels: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, J Street, pro-Israel pro-peace, Tim Kaine, US presidential campaign 2016
Tim Kaine and the Muslim Brotherhood
He couldn't be Hillary's Vice President without ties to the Democratic party's friends at the Muslim Brotherhood
In 2007, Kaine was the Governor of Virginia and, of all people, chose
Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s
Immigration Commission. A Muslim organization against Islamism criticized the appointment and reckless lack of vetting.
Federal prosecutors said in a 2008 court filing that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.” A Chicago Tribune investigation
in 2004 confirmed it, as well as MAS’ crafty use of deceptive semantics
to appear moderate. Convicted terrorist and admitted U.S. Muslim
Brotherhood member Abdurrahman Alamoudi testified in 2012, “Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood.”
According to Omeish’s website, he was also President of the National Muslim Students Association (click there to read our profile about its Muslim Brotherhood origins) and served for two years on the national board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA),
which the Justice Department also labeled as a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood
entity and unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas-financing trial.
His website says he was Vice President of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center,
a radical mosque known for its history of terror ties including having
future Al-Qaeda operative Anwar Al-Awlaki as its imam and being
frequented by two of the 9/11 hijackers and the perpetrator of the Fort
Hood shooting. Omeish’s website says he remains a board member.
It says he was chairman of the board of Islamic American University,
which had Hamas financier and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader
Yousef Al-Qaradawi as chairman of its board until at least 2006. Omeish
was also chairman of the board for the Islamic Center of Passaic County,
a New Jersey mosque with heavy terrorist ties and an imam that the
Department of Homeland Security wants to deport for having links to
Omeish directly expressed extremism before Kaine appointed him. He
claimed the Brotherhood is “moderate” and admitted that he and MAS are
influenced by the Islamist movement. In 2004, Omeish praised the Hamas spiritual leader as “our beloved Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.” Videotape from 2000 also surfaced where Omeish pledged to help Palestinians who understand “the jihad way is the way to liberate your land” (he denied this was an endorsement of violence). [Emphasis mine. CiJ]
In September 2011, Kaine spoke at a “Candidates Night” dinner organized by the New Dominion PAC that presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for Jamal Barzinji, who the Global Muslim Brotherhood Watch describes as a “founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
He first came on to the FBI’s radar in 1987-1988 when an informant inside the Brotherhood identified Barzinji and his associated groups
as being part of a network of Brotherhood fronts to “institute the
Islamic Revolution in the United States.” The source said Barzinji and
his colleagues were “organizing political support which involves
influencing both public opinion in the United States as well as the
United States Government” using “political action front groups with no
Barzinji had his home searched as part of a terrorism investigation
in 2003. U.S. Customs Service Senior Special Agent David Kane said
in a sworn affidavit that Barzinji and the network of entities he led
were investigated because he “is not only closed associated with PIJ
[Palestinian Islamic Jihad]…but also with Hamas.” Counter-terrorism
reporter Patrick Poole broke the story that Barzinji was nearly prosecuted but the Obama Justice Department dropped plans for indictment.
Barzinji played a major role in nearly every Brotherhood front in the U.S. and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought,
which came under terrorism investigation also. Barzinji’s group was so
close to Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian that IIIT’s
President considered his group and Al-Arian’s to be essentially one entity.
The indictment of Al-Arian and his colleagues says that they “would
and did seek to obtain support from influential individuals, in the
United States under the guise of promoting and protecting Arab rights” (emphasis mine).
The quotes about Brotherhood operative Barzinji’s aspirations to use
civil rights advocacy as a means to influence politicians are especially
relevant when you consider that video
from the event honoring Barzinji shows Kaine saying that it was his
fourth time at the annual dinner and thanked his “friends” that
organized it for helping him in his campaign for Lieutenant-Governor and
Governor and asked them to help his Senate campaign.
Barzinji’s organization, IIIT, donated $10,000
in 2011 to the New Dominion PAC, the organization that held the event
honoring Barzinji that Kaine spoke at. The Barzinji-tied New Dominion
PAC donated $43,050
to Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign between 2003 and 2005. That figure
doesn’t even include other political recipients that assisted Kaine’s
The PAC has very strong ties to the Democratic Party in Virginia, with the Virginia Public Access Project tallying almost $257,000 in donations. This likely explains why Barzinji’s grandson served
in Governor McAuliffe’s administration and then became the Obama
Administration’s liaison to the Muslim-American community.
And I see people writing every day on social media about how Trump is an anti-Semite. Read the whole thing
Labels: Hamas, Hillary Clinton, Holy Land Foundation, Muslim Brotherhood, Sami al-Arian, Tim Kaine, US presidential campaign 2016
German University course: Israelis harvest 'Palestinian' organs
Those of you who thought that German anti-Semitism died in Hitler's bunker were sadly mistaken.
I am currently reading German reporter Tuvia 'Tobi' Tenenbaum's Catch the Jew
, in which Tenenbaum, who grew up as an Israeli Haredi, poses as a German reporter to gain access to 'Palestinians' and self-hating Jews. One of the things that's striking about the book is how much of the 'Palestinians' day-to-day activities are financed by European government NGO's (yes, that's why we just adopted an NGO law), and how many of those NGO's are financed by Germans.
Because many Germans, including those in power, have never forgotten Hitler's aspirations. Here's more proof
“Our sons were robbed of their organs,” was the title of a part of the
seminar’s course material, Rebecca Seidler, an academic who blew the
whistle on the anti-Israel material, told the weekly German-Jewish
newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Zeitung in a Thursday article.
The paper reported that the University of Applied Sciences and Arts
(HAWK) offers a course on “The Social Situation of Youths in Palestine,”
which contains the allegedly anti-Semitic material.
Read it all
After reviewing the content of the course, Seidler, who was
slated to conduct the seminar, complained to the university’s
management. The Dean of the faculty of Social Work and Health, Christa
Paulini, dismissed Seidler’s criticism in a telephone conversation as
Seidler told the JAZ that
material showed “a picture of a genocide on the Palestinians, an ethnic
cleansing as well as a complete disenfranchisement of Palestinians by
The seminar syllabus also covered the “victims of torture in Israeli prisons,” said Seidler. The JAZ wrote the seminar conveyed “anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
Jerusalem Post press queries to the HAWK media
department on Sunday were not immediately returned. The HAWK instructor
Ibtissam Köhler prepared the seminar material, which also contained an
anti-Israel essay from a right-wing extremist magazine titled “Compact.”
The seminar was slated for the semester 2015/2016. It is unclear how long the HAWK has conducted anti-Israel seminars.
The HAWK is located in Hildesheim, a small city in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany, with a population of nearly 100,000.
president Christiane Dienel told the German wire service DPA on Friday
that an ethics commission examined the seminar and it in “no way
propagates anti-Semitic or anti-Israel content.”
Labels: blood libel, European anti-Semitism, German anti-Semitism, NGO's
All but confirmed: Malaysia Air Flight 370 was taken on a suicide run
It's been suspected from the beginning
that Malaysia Airlines pilot Zarie Ahmed Shah took his plane on a suicide run
in March 2014. And now it's all but been confirmed
New York has obtained a
confidential document from the Malaysian police investigation into the
disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that shows that the
plane’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, conducted a simulated flight deep
into the remote southern Indian Ocean less than a month before the plane
vanished under uncannily similar circumstances. The revelation, which
Malaysia withheld from a lengthy public report on the investigation, is
the strongest evidence yet that Zaharie made off with the plane in a
premeditated act of mass murder-suicide.
The document presents the findings of the Malaysian police’s
investigation into Zaharie. It reveals that after the plane disappeared
in March of 2014, Malaysia turned over to the FBI hard drives that
Zaharie used to record sessions on an elaborate home-built flight
simulator. The FBI was able to recover six deleted data points that had
been stored by the Microsoft Flight Simulator X program in the weeks
before MH370 disappeared, according to the document. Each point records
the airplane’s altitude, speed, direction of flight, and other key
parameters at a given moment. The document reads, in part:
Based on the Forensics Analysis conducted on the 5 HDDs
obtained from the Flight Simulator from MH370 Pilot’s house, we found a
flight path, that lead to the Southern Indian Ocean, among the numerous
other flight paths charted on the Flight Simulator, that could be of
interest, as contained in Table 2.
Taken together, these points show a flight that departs Kuala Lumpur,
heads northwest over the Malacca Strait, then turns left and heads
south over the Indian Ocean, continuing until fuel exhaustion over an
empty stretch of sea.
And the comparison I made with EgyptAir 990 a few days after the disappearance (see first link above) was apt for another reason.
The newly unveiled documents, however,
suggest Malaysian officials have suppressed at least one key piece of
incriminating information. This is not entirely surprising: There is a
history in aircraft investigations of national safety boards refusing to
believe that their pilots could have intentionally crashed an aircraft
full of passengers. After EgyptAir 990 went down near Martha’s Vineyard
in 1999, for example, Egyptian officials angrily rejected the U.S.
National Transport Safety Board finding that the pilot had deliberately
steered the plane into the sea. Indonesian officials likewise rejected
the NTSB finding that the 1997 crash of SilkAir 185 was an act of pilot
Left unsaid, there's something every one of those airlines has in common: They're from countries that aren't Amish.
Of course, the better question is why the FBI kept this quiet for so long.
I wonder if you can file a lawsuit in Malaysia....
Labels: Islam, Malaysia
Coincidence? Hillary VP candidate one of Obama's blocking backs
In case you've been in a cave all weekend, Hillary Clinton has selected Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va) as her Vice Presidential candidate. There are no coincidences. Kaine, while putting on the appearance of being 'pro-Israel' was one of eight Democratic Senators
to boycott Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress in March 2015 (it's also significant that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren - the other two Senators mentioned as possible running mates for Clinton - also skipped the speech). This is not a coincidence
Mr. Kaine was absolutely no help on any of the Iran deal, which was
opposed by both Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud and the leader of the left
opposition. He was also one the senators who in 2014 refused to sign a
letter to President Obama warning of legislated legal constraints on
funding the Palestinian Arab authority after it struck its alliance with
Hamas. The letter, led by Senators Susan Collins and Ben Cardin, was
signed by 88 senators from both parties.
Senator Kaine was one of the 12 who refused to sign, a reader
reminded us when the first edition of this editorial was issued. So it
takes some brass for Mrs. Clinton’s new running mate to boast that he is
pro-Israel. As the Clintons might say, it depends on what the meaning
of “is” is. As for the price Mr. Kaine has supposedly paid for his
willingness to boycott Mr. Netanyahu’s speech, he can now count his
selection as his party’s vice presidential nominee. What a cost.
Read the whole thing
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton, Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iranian nuclear threat, joint session of Congress, Tim Kaine
OUR friends, the Saudis?
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
This is the Middle East, where my enemy's enemy is often my friend. But this would have been unthinkable in this region until quite recently. A high-level Saudi delegation visited Israel on Friday, and to make sure the protests from the Arab-Muslim world aren't too loud, they said they were here to promote the Saudi peace initiative
Former Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki and a group of Saudi businessmen
and academics meet Friday in Jerusalem with a delegation led by MKs
Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union), Omer Bar-Lev (Zionist Union), Esawi
Frej (Meretz) and Michal Rozin (Meretz).
Eshki met separately
with Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold and the Coordinator of
Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai in an
effort to advance the Saudi Initiative, a diplomatic plan that calls for
Israel to return to pre-1967 borders in return for recognition from
Svetlova said the meetings were important, because Eshki is close to Saudi King Salman and his son, Mohammad.
Eshki heads the independent think tank Middle East Institute,
which is working on plans for the bridge between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The delegation also visited Ramallah and met with Palestinian Authority
chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
That story makes it sound like the MK's the Saudis met were all opposition MK's (Zionist Union and Meretz both being opposition parties), but looking at this picture, I doubt that's true.
Eshki has met Dore Gold before
Meanwhile, the meeting was condemned by the Hadash party, a far Left mixed Jewish-Arab party. They didn't condemn the Israelis for taking the meeting: They condemned the Saudis
“The recent visit by Saudi personalities, including former general Anwar Eshki, and their meetings with representatives of the Netanyahu government, on the pretext of advancing a dialogue about the Arab peace initiative, were not designed to challenge Israel’s refusal strategy, but to legitimize it by giving Arab ‘sponsorship’ to voiding the initiative of any content and for eliminating the two-state solution and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination," said a statement issued by Hadash, a faction with the Joint List of Arab parties.
"The visit is part of the normalization of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel against Iran, Syria and resistance movements in the region,” the statement continued.
Two weeks ago Hadash also condemned Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Jerusalem as well as his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu. The condemnation of both visits was issued by the Hadash secretariat without the endorsement of other members of the Arab Joint List.
The thanks for these meetings go to Barack Obama. Obama has so bungled the Iranian nuclear threat as to leave 'moderate' Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt to feel that they have no choice but to join forces with Israel.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Dore Gold, Iranian nuclear threat, our friends the Saudis, Saudi plan
Breaking: Sultan Erdogan declares 'state of emergency'
It's come to this
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency.
Speaking to the nation Wednesday night, Erdogan said he met with the
National Security Council and together they decided to recommend a state
of emergency be declared.
“The purpose of state of emergency is to be able to take most efficient
steps to remove threat as soon as possible,” he said. “It will
strengthen and protect democratic values and rule of law.”
He also commended the citizens of Turkey who heeded his call and took to
the streets. “Citizens are occupying the squares on a democracy watch
and their names will go down in golden letters in the history of
Adding that, “Turkey proved its allegiance to democracy and the rule of
law by paying the high price of the lives of its citizens.”
“This nation has the right to determine its own destiny. Everyone should know that.”
He assured the nation that the armed forces will remain under the
command and control of the governors and, “As the president elected, as
the commander in chief, I will attend to it so that all viruses in the
armed forces will be cleansed.”
“My people, do not have any concerns. Turkey has overcome this challenge
and will come out of it stronger by investing more,” he concluded.
The latest estimates are that some 60,000 people have been arrested in Turkey. And they don't get Miranda warnings.
Obama and Kerry were last heard mumbling something about the world's only Muslim democracy.
Labels: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Turkish repression