Istanbul terror attack had nothing to do with reconciliation with Israel
Just a brief comment on Tuesday night's triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport in which at least 36 people were killed and 147 injured (I saw a number that had over 200 injured a short while ago).
Although Israel and Turkey supposedly 'reconciled' earlier this week, I can guarantee you that last night's terror attack had NOTHING to do with that. Although there were Israeli diplomats present
in the airport at the time (they escaped injury), the planning for this type of attack takes weeks and months. The fact that it took place a day after the announcement of an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement is nothing but coincidence.
Labels: Islamic State, Islamic terrorism, Istanbul, Turkey
It's Travel Day!
Greetings to all of you from Boston's Logan Airport where once again it is a travel day.
This might be my most relaxing time the entire trip as both of my connections this time are short.
I will try to post, but boarding is in 15 minutes, so it may not happen.
I will be back in Israel on Thursday afternoon Israel time.
Labels: personal stuff, travel
French immigrant to Israel explains why he returned to France
In a Facebook post in French, Alexandre Kassel, a young French Jew who immigrated to Israel from Paris' swanky 19th arrandissemente explains why he returned to France
I'll be honest, the first few weeks [in Israel] and even the
first few months were a dream. Discovering a new country, especially a
special country like Israel and its new culture is a real opportunity.
But soon I realized that I didn’t come just to sightsee and had to start
building my life [in Israel] as well. That's when the wine turned sour,
the apple revealed its worm, the carriage became a Cinderella pumpkin,
and Israel, as Melissandre (a character in “Game of Thrones”), withdrew
her magic necklace and revealed herself in her ugliest nakedness.
begin with the weather…10 months out of 12, you can beg it to give us a
bit of the good old Parisian gloom, so we can feel a little of the
melancholy of the poets from our rich French literature, a little gray
depression that blends perfectly with our Ashkenazi genes. Oh no! Day
after day, week after week, the sun insisted to bring our morale up…It's
like living in the world of the Teletubbies and Care Bears. Every
morning when leaving, the black coat purchased from a Paris boutique
gave me an unbearably taunting look.
Outside, as in
Paris, I proudly wore the skullcap on my head. It took me a moment to
realize that something was wrong. I realized that…Oh misery...no one was
giving me acidic looks. I walked in the street, anonymous, as a member
of the whole population, [and] the yarmulke was no longer an object of
attention but naturally blended into the landscape. Do you have an idea
how hard it is to become a Mr-all-the-world once you’ve been used to
being the target of all the bitterness within one kilometer?
the Israelis do not stop at that! Not only did they not hate me, but
they all told me that I was their friend, or worse—their brother. You
know that in Israel, no one uses the family name or "Sir." Either they
call you by your first name, or you are jovially called "brother" as if
you did not even have a first name.
Under the blazing
daily sun, how do you not pine for the refreshing coolness of French
politeness? How do you not pine for the natural distance that all
citizens put between them, giving everyone the privilege, perhaps
illusory, of being a stranger in their own country? (I understood that
it's worthwhile to be a stranger in France.)
the first difficulties, but I did not give up and went forward by
beginning my studies in a secondary school deemed the toughest in
Israel: The Technion in Haifa. Having had a relatively easy schooling, I
needed tougher challenges.
To my amazement, when I saw
how my friends stayed in France to face the walls of intolerance, with
crucial exams falling on a Saturday (Shabbat) or a [Jewish] holiday
without alternatives, the Technion proposed a program that made it
ridiculously easy to avoid taking examinations on those days. The only
difficulty allowed to be imposed on us is the high level of education.
besides, it's crazy there at the Technion and in industry. Instead of
respecting the principle of inertia by resting on their laurels and
wallowing in existential immobility, as France knows to do so well, they
(Israelis) have only one word in their mouths:
Innovate….[and] "innovate more" and then continue…
in Israel, we don’t know the beautiful and pleasant feeling of going for
a coffee or to the theater while the country crumbles around us. They
(Israelis) understand nothing of life.
And worse, you
know, when we talk about Israel on television, it’s like living in an
open, actual-size Call of Duty. The truth is that walking down the
street in Israel is rather like child’s play. Certainly there are
attacks, but otherwise it feels even too safe. No one has to spy out of
the corner of one’s eye to find bands of scum and figure out how to pass
by with the least damage. No, we just walk straight like idiots
directly towards our goal.
Heck! There was a school just
next to my home, where the kids are Jews and there's not a single damn
soldier. What kind of life is it where Jewish kids do not need an army
to be left to live?? You tell me.
But you know what? When
a bloody attack does happen, there are headlines in the local
newspapers the next day such as “A TERRORIST committed an attack and
killed lots of Israelis." Yes do not worry, there are also some
journalists justifying the act, but this does not prevent them from
daring to call these poor people terrorists. I felt myself compelled to
take out my wallet and buy the French press, which arrived two days late
but at least stated the facts correctly by writing "a Palestinian
killed in an attack in Jerusalem."
In short, as you have understood, with all this it seemed natural that I needed to return to France.
There's more, so make sure you read the whole thing
And yes, it's a satire - satiring French discomfort with the number of French Jews making aliya.
In May, the French newspaper Le Monde decided
to invert the discussion on French Jews making aliyah by asking
French-Jewish readers who had made aliyah, but later decided to return
to their native country, about their reasons for deciding to move back
Seeing a kind of “malice” in the request by Le Monde, a writer for the French-Jewish news website rootsisrael.com
asked readers to instead inundate the newspaper with responses by
people who have made aliyah and stayed in Israel. The news website later
published one such letter by Alexandre Kassel, which he originally
posted on Facebook. The letter then went viral and was shared more than
2,000 times. The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has also featured the letter, which it translated into Hebrew.
The same should happen to all European countries.
Labels: aliya, France, French anti-Semitism, humor
'Palestinian' reporter forced into exile by the 'Palestinian Authority'
A young 'Palestinian' reporter says he's staying in Europe (he won't say where) out of fear that the 'Palestinian Authority' will arrest him and send him to jail on trumped up charges of 'spying for Israel
' in a best case scenario.
Qaisi said that he has been targeted because of a video he published
with MEE last September which showed PA security forces beating
Palestinians in Bethlehem during a protest against Israeli settler
attacks on the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
The video showed at least 10 security forces surrounding two teenage protesters who lay on the ground as officers kicked and beat them with batons.
The MEE footage was viewed over
60,000 times and it caused outrage as it spread across Arabic and
English media outlets in the region.
“It was the first time Palestinians could see on camera the PA beating their own people,” Qaisi said.
Public anger at the beatings led
to the PA forcing four senior officers into early retirement, including
Deputy Commander of the Bethlehem Area Issam Nabhan and Deputy Director
of Operations Shaher al-Qaisi.
Six lower ranking officers were sentenced to three months in prison and barred from promotion for one year.
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said at the time that the security
forces’ misconduct did “not reflect the policy of the Palestinian
government or the Palestinian security forces”.
However, soon after, Qaisi said, the security forces approached him about the abuse he had captured on camera. Initially, they wanted him to work for the Palestinian intelligence agency, but Qaisi refused.
10 days they started interrogating me,” he said. “They told me I had
three options: be killed in a car accident, be found with guns in my
home, or be accused of being an Israeli spy.”
They'll stop behaving like this if only they get a 'Palestinian state'.... Right....
Labels: freedom of the press, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Authority corruption, Palestinian police
This is Hillary Clinton's Democratic party on Israel
There's almost no chance that there will be anything positive about Israel in the Democratic party platform this summer.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Democrats, Hillary Clinton, National Democratic Party, US presidential campaign 2016
Israel and Turkey 'reconcile': Good for Israel?
Israel and Turkey have agreed to reconcile their six-year split
going back to the Mavi Marmara incident
in May 2010
in which nine Turkish citizens were killed
after they attacked IDF soldiers
stopping the ship from reaching Gaza (and even before tha
This is from the first link.
As part of the agreement, Israel has agreed to pay $20 million in
compensation to the bereaved and injured, and in return Turkey will pass
legislation banning legal proceedings against the Israeli soldiers in
its courts. Turkey also dropped a demand for Israel to lift the blockade
on Gaza, and will only be permitted to send aid to the territory after
it passes security checks at Israel’s Ashdod port. Ankara will also be
allowed to build a hospital as well as a power and desalinization plant
In addressing these terms, Netanyahu stressed that the deal will
secure the “continuation of the maritime security blockade off the Gaza
“This is a supreme security interest for us. I was not prepared to compromise on it,” Netanyahu continued.
Turkey in return has committed to thwart the plotting and financing
of Hamas terrorist acts against Israel from its soil. It will also not
stand in the way of Israeli involvement in international forums to which
it belongs, mostly notably NATO.
Jerusalem and Ankara will also restore full diplomatic relations,
appointing ambassadors and lifting restrictions on military and
intelligence cooperation. Netanyahu added that the deal will open
Turkey to Israeli natural gas exports, and that the country could
possibly serve as a gateway to European markets. “[The deal has] immense
implications for the Israeli economy, and I use that word advisedly,”
the prime minister told reporters.
While not a formal part of the deal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan also personally pledged in a letter to help return the bodies of
two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war, which are thought
to be held by Hamas, and free two Israelis reportedly being held by the
terrorist group. One of the captives is an Ethiopian Jew — described as
mentally-ill by his family — who wandered into Gaza accidentally in
2014; the second man, a resident of a Bedouin town in Israel’s Negev
desert, also apparently crossed into Gaza of his own volition. He has
been described as mentally disabled.
The agreement is expected to be approved by Israel’s security cabinet on Wednesday.
Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Netanyahu on the
agreement when the two met in Rome on Monday, calling it a “positive
Who wins from this deal?
“Israel comes out on top here,” Louis Fishman, an assistant professor
at Brooklyn College who focuses on Turkish and Israeli affairs, told
Reuters. “From the start it believed that a deal could be worked out
where Turkish aid was able to enter the Gaza Strip under Israeli
supervision. It seems this is what was struck.”
“Restoring relations with Ankara is a linchpin in Israel’s strategy
to unlock its natural gas wealth,” Reuters added, noting that Israeli
energy stocks and shares in Turkey’s Zorlu Energy rose in reaction
to the agreement.
A senior Turkish official has also called the deal a “diplomatic victory.”
But not everyone sees it that way. Some people think the real winner is Hamas
Israel apparently has agreed to the presence of Hamas in Turkey as
long as it does not involve itself directly in terrorist attacks against
Israel, but limits itself to political and other supposedly nonviolent
However, the sanction of the presence and “political”
activity of Hamas in a country with diplomatic ties with Israel
undermines years of Israeli public relations against the terrorist
group, which sought to identify Hamas with other Sunni groups such as
al-Qaida and Islamic State.
Would Israel or any other Western country allow the leader of a
friendly state with which it has diplomatic relations meet with Islamic
State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and allow the organization to operate
within its territory? Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research
at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post the upcoming deal is “a win for the status quo as nothing really changes.”
Hamas not being able to carry out military activity from Turkish soil,
everything else stays the same: Hamas maintains its Turkish
headquarters; Turkey continues assisting Hamas-ruled Gaza; and Israel
Schanzer pointed out that from Israel’s perspective, the government
would like to have normalized ties with Muslim countries in general.
there is no way to have true normalized relations with Erdogan’s
government. It is virtually impossible to imagine, given that Turkey
remains an Islamist-ruled state with close ties to Hamas and other
Perhaps the deal can be best
described as an agreement “to stop publicly fighting, while quietly
continuing to disagree on virtually everything.”
It also remains to be seen how Israel's relations with Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria
will be affected by the reconciliation with Turkey.
All in all, it's not a great deal for Israel, principally because it leaves Hamas in place in Turkey. It remains to be seen how Israel will react if Hamas continues to use its Turkish headquarters to orchestrate terror attacks
in Judea and Samaria.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Gaza, Hamas, IHH, Mavi Marmara, Palestinian terrorism, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, Turkish obsession with Israel
Americans and Israelis confused by leader who steps down after making terrible decision
Americans and Israelis (especially Israelis) are expressing total bewilderment at why British Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down
in the wake of Brexit.
“Wait, so he made a really awful choice with far-reaching negative
consequences and now he’s just stepping down to let someone else take
over? What?” said Colorado Springs, CO resident Evan Austin, echoing the
sentiments of citizens across the United States who were left
struggling to understand why a democratically elected head of government
would relinquish control simply because they had been shown to have
made a spectacularly bad judgment call. “So he jeopardized the future of
his country, and instead of spending the next several years remaining
in power while trying to paper over his mistakes, he’s just gone?
Where’s the part where he denies any wrongdoing or tries to blame
somebody else? This is absolutely crazy.”
Yes, of course that was The Onion, and you can read the whole thing here
Labels: Brexit, David Cameron, humor, United Kingdom
'So I lied (again)'
Shavua tov everyone.
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
has in essence now admitted that lied
when he told the European Parliament on Thursday that a 'rabbi' ordered Jews to poison 'Palestinian' water. The 'rabbi' doesn't exist, the organization he 'represented' doesn't exist, but none of that stopped Abu Bluff from telling the lie, nor did it stop the European anti-Semites who make up the European Parliament (including a grinning ear-to-ear foreign policy chief Federika Mog - a pity you can't watch the video anymore
This is from the New York Times
Abbas’s retraction was sent to reporters early Saturday morning, issued
by the P.L.O., of which Mr. Abbas is the chairman. It said that Mr.
Abbas “rejected all claims that accuse him and the Palestinian people of
offending the Jewish religion.” It added that he “also condemned all
accusations of anti-Semitism.”
it has become evident that the alleged statements by a rabbi on
poisoning Palestinian wells, which were reported by various media
outlets, are baseless, President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that he
didn’t intend to do harm to Judaism or to offend Jewish people around
the world,” the statement continued.
was not immediately clear why Mr. Abbas repeated the allegation on
Thursday, days after it was widely debunked. Neither the rabbi who
supposedly made the claim, nor the organization quoted in the original
P.L.O. article, appear to exist.
And of course, this is not the first time that 'Mr. Abbas' has invented a lie. In fact, the entire existence of a 'Palestinian people' is one great big lie.
In October, Mr. Abbas erroneously accused Israeli forces of killing a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who had taken part in the stabbing of two Israelis. The boy had actually been wounded and later recovered.
So what's the genesis of this particular lie (aside from the Bubonic plague in 14th century Europe)? Here's where it came from
The story was discovered to be false by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW),
an Israeli NGO that monitors Palestinian incitement. PMW claims that
Abbas’ accusation is based on an article published last week in Anadolu,
a Turkish news service, which claimed , “Rabbi Shlomo Mlma (sic),
chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements(sic), has
issued an advisory opinion in which he allowed Jewish settlers to
poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank.”
PMW reported that the story in Anadolu was based on a claim by Yehuda Shaul, a leader of the extreme left-wing Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. Shaul was quoted in the Hebrew news service, NRG, as saying that “settlers poisoned” the water of a Palestinian town a number of years ago causing the Palestinians to leave”.
The story was confirmed as incorrect by several news services including Reuters and Haaretz. No such rabbi or council was found to exist.
Shocked. Just totally shocked... to see the Turks and the self-hating Jews at 'Breaking the Silence' involved in this....
Labels: Abu Mazen, blood libel, Breaking the Silence, European anti-Semitism, European Union, Federica Mogherini, Palestinian lies, Turkey
Will the UN be next?
I can't help but wonder what would happen if membership in the United Nations were brought to a democratic vote in its member countries. Here's some (prescient?) thoughts on that question
by Judi McLeod in the Canadian Free Press (well, at least for now it's free, but the Trudeau government might have something to say about that).
the sun has risen on an independent Britain, and look at it, even the
weather has improved,” announced Nigel Farage from the steps of
Westminster after the result was confirmed.
And the sun, which replaces the artificial
one on Obama’s logo, is rising in America too. Obama, who likely has
the leadership of the UN in his sights with the end of his term in
January 2017, was all but totally ignored by pro-Brexit voters.
Obama and his teleprompter can’t possibly walk back the unasked for
advice he pushed on British voters to “stay” warning them they would be
at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S.
The toffs at the
EU, mostly unknown by the people they profess to serve, but who are
lavishly paid, may rule the roost in other European countries, but after
today’s vote of the people—no more in England.
The UN, which has the same unearned status from its ever sprawling headquarters in Manhattan, should be feeling the chill.
Shout it from the rooftops: The status quo was historically toppled for independence in Britain.
If it can happen there, it can happen in America.
In Israel, where we have systematically ignored the UN for as long as anyone can remember, voters may be too afraid to withdraw from it. After all, we are the lone sheep among all the lions, and we are still a small country, who can be hurt by the nations of the world in other ways, even if the UN's obsession with the 'Palestinians' also hurts us.
But the United States? That might be a different story.
I'm in Boston for those who have forgotten, and that's why I'm posting after Shabbat started in Israel. In case I don't get to post again, Shabbat Shalom to all of you.
Labels: Brexit, European Union, United Nations
Celebrating #Brexit: Why the EU doesn't deserve to exist
It's the morning after the #Brexit vote, and President Obama is giving (worthless) assurances that the US will maintain its 'special relationship' with Britain, even if Britain just slapped him and his internationalism in the face. If nothing else, #Brexit is proof positive that nationalism is alive and well in the 21st century. Two of the three guys in this picture are happy this morning. The other is President of the United States.
Like many Americans who have had it with Obama's immigration policies (and celebrated Thursday's Supreme Court decision
upholding the State of Texas' defiance of Obama's open borders edict), many Brits have had it with Angela Merkel's
allowing unfettered access to Europe for Muslim terrorists by way of Germany and the Schengen visa
But if you want a reason for the wrath of God to be brought down on Europe, watch the European Parliament's reaction to 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
claiming that unnamed 'rabbis' had called for poisoning 'Palestinian' water. Yes, that's a blood libel worthy of the Middle Ages, but it brought the anti-Semitic Euroweenies lots of cheer on the day of the #Brexit vote.
Let's go to the videotape.
If the EU ceases to exist, there will be one less anti-Semitic body in the world and that's a good thing.
Labels: Angela Merkel, Barack Hussein Obama, Brexit, European anti-Semitism, European Union, Schengen visa, Winston Churchill