Friday, November 30, 2012

Anne Bayefsky: What U.N. Recognition of Palestine Really Means

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November 30, 2012
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What U.N. Recognition of Palestine
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This article by Anne Bayefsky appears on National Review Online.

To comprehend what went down at the U.N. on Thursday when the Palestinians were given “non-member observer state status” by a vote of 138 for, 9 against, and 41 abstentions, consider these statements made in New York over the course of the day:

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, U.N. “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” event; (statement delivered by Foreign Minister Riad Malki, New York, Thursday morning: “Israel’s admission to the United Nations in 1949 was accompanied by two conditions: Israel’s commitment to . . . the return of Palestine refugees to their homes…”
  • Video: Latma -- Morsi's letter from Obama

    Here is this week's edition of Latma, including the fable of The Man Who Fled Too Much and the man who can save Likud from right wing fanaticism.

    Here is the video:

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/30/2012: Aftermath Of "Palestine" UN Status Update

    From DG:

    A blank state 

    The New York Times reports U.N. Assembly, in Blow to U.S., Elevates Status of Palestine:
    More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer state of the United Nations, a triumph for Palestinian diplomacy and a sharp rebuke to the United States and Israel.  
    But the vote, at least for now, did little to bring either the Palestinians or the Israelis closer to the goal they claim to seek: two states living side by side, or increased Palestinian unity. Israel and the militant group Hamas both responded critically to the day’s events, though for different reasons.
    The new status will give the Palestinians more tools to challenge Israel in international legal forums for its occupation activities in the West Bank, including settlement-building, and it helped bolster the Palestinian Authority, weakened after eight days of battle between its rival Hamas and Israel. 
    This is irresponsible.

    Video: Hamas Is That Bully In School Who Got Away With Murder

    Another approach towards addressing how Hamas is given carte blanche to launch missiles and target Israeli civilians without comment or criticism -- until the victim strikes back.

    Here is the video:

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    US: UN Resolution To Upgrade Palestinian Status Endangers Peace Process

    November 29, 2012
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    U.S. Officials: Resolution Endangers
    "Prospects of a Durable Peace"

    Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN
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    U.S. officials are slamming a vote by the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian status at the United Nations to that of a non-member observer state.

    U.S. Secretary of State Clinton criticized the resolution - which passed with 138 votes in favor, 9 votes opposed, and 41 abstentions - as "unfortunate and counterproductive... plac[ing] further obstacles in the path of peace." In what analysts described as a particularly tough speech, U.S. Ambassador Rice insisted that the unilateral Palestinian gambit will cause "the prospects of a durable peace [to] recede." Palestinian officials had pursued the diplomatic move in defiance of President Obama's request to put aside the campaign, which has damaged American diplomacy globally.

    The Upgrade Of "Palestine's" Status Will Accomplish Little -- Let's See What It Will Destroy

    Today's vote at the UN to upgrade the PLO to a non-member observer state status will do little to change it's actual status at the UN. After all, the PLO already enjoys observer status equivalent to non-member state at the United Nations. There is nothing substantive for the PLO to gain as a non-member observer state.

    On the other hand, there are risks and potential loss in store for the PLO following its status upgrade at the UN today.

    As it is, the PA has repeatedly defied both President Obama and the EU states who have requested it to stop this move, seeing as it will undermine trust between the parties and irreparably harm the prospects for peace:

    Arlene Kushner On UN Recognition Of A Palestinian State And The Legal Implications

    From Arlene Kushner:
    November 29, 2012:

    That Infernal UN Petition

    Today is the 65th anniversary of the UN General Assembly vote on the recommendation that Palestine be partitioned into a Jewish and an Arab state.  This followed the surrender by Britain of the Mandate for Palestine, under which the British were supposed to work for the establishment of a Jewish homeland from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.  The British found themselves unwilling, finally, to cope with Arab violence and resistance to the Mandate and threw up their hands.
    It was this vote that led, the following May, to Israel's declaration of independence as a state. In solidly rejecting this recommendation, the Arabs rendered the portion of Palestine that could have been an Arab state unclaimed Mandate land.
    Since 1977, the UN has been observing this same day as "International Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People."  It should be noted that the UN observes no other day as a time of solidarity with any other people.  For example, there is no official solidarity observed for the Kurds, a legitimate people, residing in portions of Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, who clamor for the independence of Kurdistan. 
    Since 2005, the UN "Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" has been charged with organizing for this day an exhibit on the rights of the Palestinians or a cultural exhibit.
    No surprise then that Mahmoud Abbas has chosen this day for bringing a petition to the UN General Assembly regarding a Palestinian state. 

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/29/2012: Mr. Abbas Goes To The UN

    From DG:

    2) The editors on the bid

    The New York Times has an editorial, The U.N. bid from Palestinians. There is little to object to in the opening paragraphs of the editorial:
    On Thursday, a week after the Gaza cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, the Palestinian Authority, which controls parts of the West Bank, is scheduled to ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian status to nonmember observer state. 
    The 193-member body is expected to approve the application. That support has grown since the Gaza fighting, with France and other European nations declaring their backing for the Palestinian bid — in part as a way to bolster the more moderate Palestinian forces, which recognize Israel’s right to exist and seek a two-state solution. 
    But passage of the resolution — which would allow the Palestinians to try to join the International Criminal Court, where they might be able to bring cases against Israel — would not get the Palestinians any closer to statehood. A negotiated deal with Israel is the only way to ensure creation of a viable Palestinian state and guarantee Israel’s security.
    There is a notable omission.

    Why Is FIFI Building Hamas Missile Storage Instead Of A Bomb Shelter For Kids?

    It has been reported that FIFA pledged to rebuild the Gaza stadium used to hide Fajr5 missiles:
    FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke has pledged that soccer's world governing body will help rebuild the Palestine Stadium in Gaza City, after it was partially destroyed in Israeli air strikes.

    "We see it our mandate to rebuild football infrastructure which has been destroyed," Valcke was quoted as saying on "We will also rebuild the stadium in Gaza, which has been destroyed.
    Very economical: FIFA can rebuild both Gaza's football infrastructure -- and Hamas terrorist infrastructure -- all in one shot.

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Why Does The Media Choose To Help Publicize Hamas Propaganda Points?

    Hamas is a flagrantly anti-democratic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-feminist and anti-gay movement dedicated to genocide. The United States, Canada and the European Union all consider it a terrorist organization. Hamas strives to kill the maximum number of Israeli civilians while using its own population as a human shield — under international law, a double war crime. Why, then, would the same free press that Hamas silences help advance its strategy?
    Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren

    In an op-ed in Wednesday's Washington Post, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren warns against Falling for Hamas’s media manipulation:

    Video: How They Light A Chanukah Menorah At The Israel Technion

    Technion students from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and from Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah.

    Here is how it's done:

    Hat tip: Ariella Brown

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    Who Is Coming Out To Protest Against Morsi In Tahrir Square?

    Mr. Collinson President Morsi yesterday appeared to have stuck by his emergency declaration after the meeting with the Egyptian judiciary. Does that deepen the concerns about what’s going on in Egypt that you spoke about yesterday?

    Carney: ...We believe firmly that this has to -- that this needs to be resolved internally as part of a transition to democracy and the building of institutions that create checks and balances in an Egypt that will be -- that will have, as a government, an entity that is more responsive to the will of the people in Egypt and more democratic. And where we have concerns we raise them, but we also understand that this is an internal Egyptian process.
    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 11/27/2012

    Putting aside the excuses for the US once again standing on the sidelines, Morsi has gotten himself in hot water, just as he and Egypt became the force behind the enforcement of the Israel - Hamas ceasefire.

    Apparently, this is a renewal of the same democratic forces in Egypt looking for for something different than the Mubarak regime before and the Morsi regime of today as Egypt mass protests challenge Islamist president

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/28/2012: The Media Still Digs Arafat

    From DG:

    Ambulance chasing as journalism
    Can we film the operation?
    Is the head dead yet?
    You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
    Running bet
    Dirty Laundry - Don Henley 
    The Washington Post reports Samples taken from Yasser Arafat’s remains to see if he was poisoned:
    Tissue samples were taken Tuesday from the remains of Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader who died in 2004, as part of an inquiry into whether he might have been poisoned, Palestinian officials said.

    How Israel Can Prevent Arms Being Smuggled Into Gaza For Hamas

    The following by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission:

    Gaza's Not the Key, Philadelphi Is

    by Daniel Pipes
    National Review Online
    November 27, 2012

    To any sentient person, it is obvious that Israelis are 100-percent justified to protect themselves from wanton attacks. A cartoon from the First Hamas-Israel War of 2008-09 symbolically showed a Palestinian terrorist shooting from behind a baby carriage at an Israeli soldier in front of a baby carriage.The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians? Morality drives this debate.

    The tougher question is how to prevent further Hamas-Israel wars. Some background: If Israelis are 100-percent justified protecting themselves, their government also bears complete responsibility for creating this self-inflicted crisis. Specifically, it made two misguided unilateral withdrawals in 2005:

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Video: Color Red: Israeli Kids Learn Song to Overcome Fear of Rockets

    Hat tip to American Thinker, where they ask the question:
    Why do we not see this side of the conflict in the mainstream media reports from the Middle East?
    Here is the video:

    Arlene Kushner On How The Israel - Hamas Ceasefire Is Playing Out

    From Arlene Kushner:
    November 27, 2012


    There is a question mark after "Normalcy" because it's more than a bit difficult to ascertain precisely what "normal" is. But I'm aiming for it, certainly in my own life. Postings will resume their regular frequency -- which means they will be sent often, but not necessarily every day. To my many readers who have written to me in past days, please know that I've done my best in terms of responding.

    The world at large is definitely "certifiable." But even here in Israel, I think a bit "crazy" is what's normal. And we'll see that as I write today.


    Why Is Hillary Clinton Being Sued?

    While there are investigations into the apparent negligence of the State Department that led to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, a lawsuit has been filed alleging carelessness by the State Department in enforcing safeguards governing funding of Palestinian groups in the Middle East.

    Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center has announced Hillary Clinton sued by Americans over funding of Palestinian terror groups:
    A group of 24 Americans living in Israel, including victims of terrorism, filed a lawsuit today against the US government over its funding of Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza.

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/27/2012: Media Bias from New York Times and Washington Post

    From DG:

    1) Pexton supporting Hamas

    After the Jayson Blair scandal the New York Times and other newspapers introduced a "public editor." Other newspapers, such as the Washington Post (which calls its public editor an "ombudsman") have had them for longer. The idea behind the public editor is to have someone who outside of the newsroom or editorial offices of the newspaper act as its in-house critic. Presumably someone outside of the newspaper's culture with a non-renewable contract can be a better critic of a newspaper than someone from within.

    But public editors are usually taken from the ranks of other newspapers. While they may not be part of a given paper's culture, they are still usually taken from newsrooms and editorial offices and are very much a part of the journalistic culture. So rather than representing the public in any meaningful way, they are more likely to explain to the uninformed public why the editors and reporters have much better judgment than their critics. One of the worst and most partisan of these public editors is the current ombudsman of the Washington Post, Patrick Pexton.

    From 2001: Jonathan Schanzer on Why the Palestinian Territories Might Become Two Separate States

    The following by Jonathan Schanzer is resposted here with permission:

    A Gaza-West Bank Split?
    Why the Palestinian Territories Might Become
    Two Separate States

    by Jonathan Schanzer
    Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
    July/August 2001

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Video: Forget Gangnam Style -- Give It Up For IDF Style!

    There is no army comparable to the IDF
    (except when it comes to dancing...)

    See for yourself:

    Is Obama's New Plan: Out With Abbas, In With Hamas?

    At the Powerlne blog, Paul Mirengoff writes that Israel-Hamas ceasefire reflects Obama's goal of establishing of Hamas as the representative voice of the Palestinian Arabs:
    In 2009, a very senior European diplomat told me (and some other bloggers) that Hamas, which he characterized as “moderate,” is the party with which Israel must ultimately settle. (The word “moderate” in this context has nothing to do with ideology; rather it means, precisely, the party with which Israel is expected to settle).

    Why Is Filmaker Of 'Innocence of Muslims' Still Being Scapegoated?

    I was unsure whether to post this, but noticed the oddly anachronistic article in the New York Times today, From Man Who Insulted Muhammad, No Regret.

    In the second paragraph, the article claims the video -- which had managed to pass unnoticed for months after its release -- "fueled deadly protests across the Islamic world" before noting in the seventh paragraph:
    There is a dispute about how important the video was in provoking the terrorist assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the United States ambassador and three other Americans.
    Considering the accumulation of information clearly indicating the terrorist attack in Benghazi was premeditated, it is disappointing that The New York Times insists on still pushing a narrative that even the Obama has abandoned.

    What has not been abandoned is the insistence on scapegoating the filmmaker of 'Innocence of Muslims'...

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/26/2012: Tom Friedman and "Shameful" Hamas

    From DG:

    1) Money supply, sex and the peace process
    “Everything reminds Milton Friedman of the money supply. Everything reminds me of sex, but I try to keep it out of my papers.” (Robert Solow)
    In Morsi's Moment Thomas Friedman got some things right.
    In other words, is Egypt ready to sacrifice the Camp David peace, U.S. aid and economic development to support Hamas’s radical, pro-Iranian agenda, or not?The answer from Cairo was no. President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood’s party did not want to get dragged into a total breach with Israel on behalf of Hamas, and instead threw Egypt’s weight into mediating a cease-fire.
    This is just about right for now.

    But Friedman can't leave well enough alone.

    Video: Pat Condell on Peace In The Middle East (Not While Hamas Is Around)

    In his most recent video about the Middle East, Pat Condell talks about making peace with Hamas terrorists -- a concept that many in the West continue hold dear for their own reasons, but Condell simply rips to shreds.

    Here is the video:

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

    Video: Elvis Sings About The Arab - Israel Conflict

    Elvis gives Obama a history lesson in Islamic Terrorism!

    Here's the video:

    Arlene Kushner on Hamas Rearming after Ceasefire With Israel

    From Arlene Kushner:
    November 25, 2012

    Key Issues

    Before I go to the heart of the matter, which is the ability of Hamas to re-establish its supply of Fajr and other long-range missiles...let me provide a clarification:

    Had the IDF gone into Gaza last week, it would not have been for one of the operations I described yesterday with regard to re-taking Gaza either partially or in totality.

    This had been made very clear: the goal would have been to remove additional rockets that could not be reached by air because of their placement in densely inhabited civilian areas. It was very difficult to witness the intense barrage of rockets that was launched at our civilians immediately prior to the ceasefire and in the hours following, and to know that the IDF would not be taking out those weapons that Hamas still possessed. But if the IDF would have gone in to do this, it would have been a quick operation.[emphasis added]

    Did Abbas Give The Order For Israel's Operation Pillar?

    For those who disregard the provocations of the Hamas terrorists that led to Israel's bombing of Gaza, they will be pleased to know that in undertaking Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel was merely following Abbas's advice.

    Back in December 2005 -- when he was still in charge of Gaza -- Abbas told Israel to stop Gazan rockets because he couldn't:

    Barry Rubin: Who Won The Latest Israel-Hamas War?

    The following by Barry Rubin is reposted here with permission:

    Who Won The Latest Israel-Hamas War?

    By Barry Rubin

    Naturally the question of who won any given war preoccupies people’s minds. And I’m amused by those who think that Hamas won the recent conflict. Winning has to mean something real, not just bragging to reassure oneself.

    Let’s begin by examining the causes and goals of each side.

    Morsi's Coup Shows: With Obama Around, It Doesn't Pay To Be A Democracy In The Middle East

    On Wednesday, The New York Times was positively gushing about Obama's new buddy in Egypt as Egyptian President and Obama Forge Link in Gaza Deal
    Mr. Obama told aides he was impressed with the Egyptian leader’s pragmatic confidence. He sensed an engineer’s precision with surprisingly little ideology. Most important, Mr. Obama told aides that he considered Mr. Morsi a straight shooter who delivered on what he promised and did not promise what he could not deliver.

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Arlene Kushner on the Israeli Concessions In The Israel - Hamas Ceasfire

    November 24, 2012

    Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat)

    Mission Impossible

    My attempts to get a handle on the Gaza situation are serious and earnest. But, as one close associate said to me tonight, "Your problem is that you're trying to do a rational analysis of a situation that is not rational." And oh, is that the case.

    Every talking head has something else to say. Every Internet sources has different "inside" information. I don't use talking heads as my sources, and not primarily Internet sources providing that "inside" information, either. I try to pick the brains of analysts and those in the know -- as I've explained before, including some who are Arabic speaking. And I have found it very difficult.

    This, it seems to me, is an important part my report -- to reflect the turmoil that is swirling about this issue, with all its complexities. To say that the dust hasn't settled, and that everyone has a different take.


    I would like to provide an overview here that, hopefully, will be reasonably clear. Then, in coming days, as new information and perspectives emerge, I will share them with you.


    Video: Review of Events Up To and Including Operation Pillar of Defense

    Created by TV7 Israel News, this video gives the background on the Hamas terrorist attacks that provoked the operation, as well as giving day-by-by what happened during the operation.

    Friday, November 23, 2012

    Can Morsi Support Israel - Hamas Ceasefire If Muslim Brotherhood Opposes It?

    It's all very well for Obama to entrust the fragile Israel - Hamas ceasefire to Egypt. After all, Egypt traditionally has been a major leader in the Muslim world.

    But in this case, we are talking about Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is radical, and traditionally anti-American, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel.

    Unlike Morse, the Muslim Brotherhood sees no need to support the ceasefire:
    The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday — one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

    Video: Latma on The BBC lies and Israel defends itself

    Here is this week's Latma:
    A BBC reporter demonstrates courageous journalism at its best with a little imagination, Jamil and Awad present new demands to Israel and how we plan to protect ourselves in the future against Hamas rockets.
    Here is the video:

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/23/2012 What Israel -Hamas Ceasefire Means

    From DG:

    1) The ceasefire

    Armin Rosen writes in An alternative timeline of the Gaza escalation:
    Since the Israeli operation began, Hamas has hardly been shy about admitting to its use of Iranian weapons--the Al Qassam Brigade's Twitter has announced its use of Fajr-5s on several occasions, including in an attack on "homes" in the Beersheva area (an Israeli tweeted pictures of Fajr-5 components at the site of a direct hit on an apartment complex Rison L'Tziyon, a suburb of Tel Aviv). And after the ceasefire was announced on Wedensday, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal went so far as to "[praise] Iran for financing and arming Gazans," according to Sky News. Meanwhile, the Israelis have made a point of explaining that the Fajr-5s were one of the targets of their ongoing operation in the Gaza Strip. Both Avital Leibovitch, the oft-quoted IDF spokesperson, and Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren, assured conference calls of journalists that much of Hamas's long-range capacity has been destroyed.
    But it's worth wondering how long it will take for Hamas to recover its supply of long-range rockets.

    Video Review Of Gazan Casualties Faked By Hamas During Operation Pillar of Defense

    It can be difficult to keep up with the Gazan casualties from Operation Pillar of Smoke faked by Hamas. Here is a helpful video that reviews a few of them.

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Arlene Kushner On Grim News On What Ceasefire Really Means For Israel

    From Arlene Kushner:
    November 22, 2012


    I know that many who will be receiving this are celebrating Thanksgiving today and I do not wish to impose unduly on that celebration.  And yet... and yet...
    I entitled this posting "grim," because this is very much the mood of the nation here.  From the right and from the left there is criticism of the ceasefire agreement concluded yesterday. Somewhere in this country there must be someone who thinks this was a good move, but I have yet to encounter that person.  Unless there is a huge shift in the situation, it seems that Netanyahu and his Likud party may suffer in the coming election for what has happened.
    After all the talk of Cast Lead -- the last operation inside of Gaza -- having been terminated too soon, the sense is that this is precisely what happened again here.

    Hamas Doesn't Need To Fire Rockets At Civilians To Commit War Crimes

    Elder of Ziyon has a series of posters documenting the various war crimes committed by the Hamas terrorists during the war.

    This poster -- poster #5 -- illustrates the fact that Hamas does not necessarily have to be at war in order to commit war crimes, as it is perfectly capable of violating the human rights of its own people:

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/22/2012: Social Media and Operation Pillar of Defense

    1) The New media and Amud Anan

    The other day Yaacov Lozowick sifted through his Twitter threads and discerned three different ways people are against Israel. There are the obvious says and then there's Lozowick's third category:
    Finally, in an entire different category, there are the well intentioned rationally-minded observers. These tend to be liberal in the American meaning, or left-leaning in the European political vocabulary. Their problem is not a deficiency of moral thinking, nor a disability to apply it to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their problem is the inability to accept the degree to which people can be immoral. They cannot accept that some people are so different from them as to be unrecognizable. The implication being, that if only everyone seeks hard enough it will be possible to resolve most differences. As a number of them have said to me in recent days: if your pessimism were to be justified, Yaacov, then there's no hope. There needs to be a resolution to the conflict. There must be a resolution to the conflict. If you're not seeing it it's because you're not truly seeking it – and this laziness is unacceptable; ultimately, it’s a moral weakness, since you're willing to remain in a state of war when it's possible to leave it.
    This is where much of the media is. Though I think a lot of people in this category end up moving to his second category.

    Raheem Kassam sees Twitter as a way that Israel has gotten its message out effectively. (via Yaacov Lozowick)

    Success Of Operation Pillar of Defense Sends Message To Hamas And Iran

    One could argue that Hamas won this latest war with Israel -- after all, they survived to fight another day.

    Well, most of them did.
    A number of high-ranking Gazan terrorists did not.

    • Ahmed Jabari, head of Hamas' military wing - targeted on November 14
    • Hab's Hassan Us Msamch, senior operative in Hamas' police - targeted on November 15
    • Ahmed Abu Jalal, Commander of the military wing in Al-Muazi - targeted on November 16
    • Khaled Shayer, senior operative in the anti-tank operations - targeted on November 16
    • Osama Kadi, senior operative in the smuggling operations in the southern Gaza Strip - targeted on November 17
    • Muhammad Kalb, senior operative in the aerial defense operations - targated on November 17
    • Ramz Harb, Islamic Jihad senior operative in propaganda in Gaza city - targeted on November 19

    In fact, based on the blow Israel delivered to Hamas, Dan Margalit argues that there is No need for ground operation:

    In The Arab World, Anti-Zionism Isn't What It Used To Be

    The following by Gary C. Gambill is reposted here with permission:

    Israel's Arab Spring

    by Gary C. Gambill
    National Post
    November 15, 2012

    As the greatest outbreak of Israel-Palestinian hostilities in years unfolds in Gaza, many Israelis are bracing for reaction from the surrounding Arab world. Theories abound, but no one has been entirely sure how the weakening and collapse of Arab autocracies over the past two years will impact the Jewish state.

    The answer is likely to underwhelm.

    For over six decades, Israel stood alone as the most vilified antagonist in Arab public life. Governments, media and civic groups singled out the Jewish state as a standing crime against humanity, while glorifying or ignoring mass murderers such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi. Outside observers assumed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be such a visceral affront to Arabs everywhere as to account almost single-handedly for their collective political dysfunction. Arab anger toward Israel "weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes," warned U.S. CENTCOM commander David H. Petraeus in 2010. Take away those "moderate" regimes — such as Hosni Mubarak's government in Egypt — and Israel would presumably be in a world of trouble.

    In fact, while the Arab Spring has invigorated nearly every other revanchist political cause under the sun, thus far it hasn't unleashed a surge of anti-Zionist fervour.

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

    Arlene Kushner On The Poorly Conceived Ceasefire Between Israel And Hamas

    From Arlene Kushner:
    November 21, 2010

    The Head Spins

    I refrained from posting yesterday because matters were so much in flux. It felt -- with good reason -- as if the situation would have changed before most of my readers even had a chance to see what I had written. And boy, has that been the case!

    Before speaking about the events of today, I want to look back, briefly, to what happened yesterday:

    The day began with rumors coming out of Egypt about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that would be announced at 9 PM. Not so fast, Mark Regev, the prime minister's spokesman said, we have items still to be worked out. Going on 9 PM, Egypt declared that there would be a ceasefire announcement at midnight.

    Eventually that announcement fizzled as well, as Prime Minister Netanyahu declared there was no ceasefire agreement.


    IDF Evaluation of Operation Pillar of Defense

    Below is the summary the IDF is giving of its accomplishments in Operation Pillar of Defense.

    There is only question: Is it enough?

    It's something to think about while the pundits thrash out what lies behind the ceasefire agreement and what kind of power struggles are going on behind the scenes: both between Obama and Bibi on the one hand, as well as between Hamas and it's terrorism sponsors in Iran and its supposed patron in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

    Israel Matzav refers to a hebrew article claiming that Obama was willing to back Israel going in and cleaning Hamas out (see the followup post here) -- but only if after Israel did the dirty work it would hand over control of Gaza to Abbas to create a Palestinian state.

    Meanwhile there are pundits writing that Egypt was not happy with the idea of Hamas stirring up trouble before the Muslim Brotherhood was finished putting its house in order and strengthening its hold on power -- and Iran is upset with Hamas for jumping the gun and wasting all those rockets.

    In any case, here are the numbers on Operation Pillar of Defense according to the IDF:

    Operation Pillar of Defense: Ceasefire and Consequences

    Main Office Phone Number:  202-857-6644

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2012

    As you probably know, a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based terror groups began today 9pm Israel time/2pm Eastern time. Officials hope the agreement will bring an end to fighting that began with Hamas's mortar and rocket escalation against Israeli civilians in October and extended into Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense. Israel enters the ceasefire having had substantial success in its military operations and having showcased the success of its Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Hamas has seen its weapons stocks, command and control, and their leadership severely degraded and gained nothing.

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/21/2012: Background to Operation Pillar Of Defense

    From DG:

    1) The back history

    Returning to the Middle East, former New York Times bureau chief, Ethan Bronner reported in With Longer Reach, Rockets Bolster Hamas Arsenal:
    A number of recent Israeli military attacks were aimed at cutting the supply chain into Gaza. In late October, a munitions factory in Sudan was hit from the air. Israel did not acknowledge carrying out the attack, but the winks and nods of officials here make clear that it did. Israel has carried out several other such attacks on Sudan, including on convoys, in the past few years. 
    In addition, Mossad agents killed a Hamas official in a Dubai hotel in early 2010 because he was thought to be crucial to the Hamas supply chain of weapons and rockets into Gaza.
    One official here said that until Israel ended its military occupation of Gaza in 2005, there were only primitive weapons factories there. The Hamas rockets had a flight capacity of about a mile, they could not be aimed and they flew in a wild cylindrical pattern. Hamas then built better rockets that could fly up to 12 miles. 
    Bronner's reference to the killing of Mahmoudd Mabhouh was not random.

    Latest Signs In Gaza Of Serious Robust Economy -- Will Gazans Let Hamas Blow It?

    With the current  war between Israel and Hamas, the campaign to portray Gaza as victims has gone into overdrive. Pro-Palestinian apologists would have you overlook the numerous economic successes Gaza has recently accumulated. These successes have been aided both by concrete steps taken by Israel as well as by direct US assistance.

    The robust development in Gaza of markets in markets in construction, technology, and food has not gone unnoticed by the media --

    Satire: ISM Calls For Human Rights Defenders In Sderot

    Human Rights Defenders Needed in Sderot: An Urgent Call for People of Conscience

    ISM Bulletin: A Satire

    Note: I wrote this in response to the ISM (International Solidarity Movement) announcing they will send volunteers to Gaza in order to protect Hamas terrorists from Israeli attack

    Due to the failures of the United Nations, governments and the International community to fulfill their obligation to protect the besieged civilians of Israel, we at ISM have decided to be swift with a modest proposal: we urge people of conscience to come to Sderot to act as human shields in order to persuade the Hamas regime to stop firing their rockets at civilians. Rest assured, our past callous disregard for the safety of our idealistic volunteers has nothing to do with our willingness to now send them out to defend against the wanton lethal attacks unleashed by terrorists against the Israeli civilian population.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Why Operation Pillar of Defense Needs A Ground Offensive Into Gaza To Succeed

    The following by Prof. Efraim Inbar and Dr. Max Singer is reposted here with permission:

    Operation Pillar of Defense:
    In Support of a Ground Offensive

    by Efraim Inbar and Max Singer
    BESA Center Perspectives Paper
    November 19, 2012

    What If There Is No Solution To The Israel - Arab Conflict?

    Yaacov Lozowick notes that among the critics there are Three Ways to be Against Israel.

    The first 2 in brief are
    • Their view of the world is very simple: What we do is heroic, what the Israelis do is the epitome of criminal...

    • Then there are the deniers of time. These are people who look at the present and assume that whatever they see must be self-explanatory. If there's an Israeli blockade of Gaza, there must have always been an Israeli blockade of Gaza. If the blockade doesn't go back all the way to 1967 (some of them say it does), then only because Israel periodically replaces one form of persecution with another; the constant being that Israel always does its worst against the Palestinians...
    Read the whole thing.

    Then there is the third category:

    Distortions Being Reported on The Gaza "Media Center" Attacks

    The following from NGO Monitor is reposted here with permission:

    NGO Warfare Update:
    Distortions on Gaza "Media Center" Attacks

    NGO Monitor

    On November 18, the Israeli army targeted Hamas' operational communications arrays and antennas on the roof of two buildings -- the Shawa Hussari and Al Shourouq towers. A number of foreign media outlet offices were located on the lower floors of the Al Shourouq tower. (Hamas has systematically placed strategic infrastructure and weapons close to or within civilian buildings.)

      Many political advocacy NGOs active in the Durban strategy, including false accusations during the 2008-09 Gaza conflict, immediately accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and the foreign media. As in the past, these statements provided highly incomplete factual information, lacked context, and made allegations of "war crimes" and other legal claims without any evidence.

    Israel - Hamas Conflict Puts Pressure on Egypt's Morsi

    The barrage of rockets Hamas terrorists launch at Israel and Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense to stop Hamas -- this is more than a conflict between two enemies.

    Egypt's President Morsi is now involved as well.
    • Not just because Hamas sees him as their new protector.
    • Not because Israel expects Egypt to keep their treaty.
    • Not just because Obama proposed Egypt as a key broker for negotiating a cease-fire
    Beside all of the above, it is in the best interest of Egypt that regardless of the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood, extended violence will hurt Egypt.

    Will The Hamas Suicide Strategy Work Again?

    Barry Rubin describes The Israel-Hamas War and the Suicide Strategy: How Arab Forces Expect to be Weak, Start Losing Wars and Still Hope to Win -- it is a central idea that helps to understand the Middle East in general, and Rubin describes it as follows:
    I will start a war that I cannot win in order to create a situation where the other side wrecks my infrastructure and kills my people. Then I will lose militarily but win the battle. How? By the following means:

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    How Operation Pillar of Defense Strengthens A Divided Hamas

    The following by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is reposted here with permission:

    A Hamas Divided

    by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
    The American Spectator
    November 19, 2012

    Whenever the Israel-Palestine conflict is in the news, too much ink is wasted over moralizing rather than analyzing. Instead of trying to explain what is going on, provide proper context, and predict reasonably what might follow, commentators bicker over who has the moral high ground.

    These endless polemics do nothing to help.

    A proper analysis should begin by noting that since the start of this year, there has been a significant increase in rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza.

    Operation Cast Lead, Israel's attack on Gaza militants during the winter of 2008-2009, proved to be damaging for Israel's image abroad. There was substantial loss of Palestinian civilian life and the initial Goldstone report accused Israel of deliberately targeting civilians. But the military operation achieved its goal of at least substantially reducing rocket attacks from Gaza.

    Not only did Hamas refrain from carrying out such attacks, but the ruling group in Gaza also kept in check more hard-line groups like Islamic Jihad.

    The key to understanding the increase in rocket attacks this year is the internal rivalry within Hamas.

    Arlene Kushner: Behind The Israel, Hamas Cease-Fire Negotiations

    From Arlene Kushner:

    November 19, 2012


    Well, we are in the Middle East, at a particularly volatile time in history. Nothing is going to be simple.

    Last night I went to bed reasonably certain that Israel was headed to a ground operation in Gaza. It seemed fairly inevitable:

    Hamas's response to our demand for quiet was a barrage of rockets, a barrage that continues off and on even as I write, and which has brought injuries and trauma and destruction of property.

    What is more, Hamas demanded conditions for a ceasefire -- such as Israel's cessation of the sea blockade --that were totally unacceptable and were rejected out of hand by Netanyahu. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri then announced that cease fire negotiations with Israel had failed.

    It seemed fairly obvious at that point that Hamas wasn't looking for a cease fire. And the ground operation seemed inevitable.

    Israeli NGO's Promote Myth Israel Is Guilty Of War Crimes

    The following summary of the complete article by NGO Monitor is reposted here with permission:

    Presumed Guilty: NIF's NGO Network Promotes War Crimes Myths Again

    NGO Monitor

    After the escalation of the ongoing Gaza conflict last week, several political advocacy Israeli NGOs claiming to promote human rights published highly biased and politicized allegations. As in the past, these NGOs insinuate that Israel is guilty of war crimes and related violations, usually without providing any evidence or proof. Some of the statements reflect core bias and contrast with the silence when Israeli human rights are violated.
    • These Israeli NGOs, including Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), B'Tselem, Gisha, Adalah, Breaking the Silence, and Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) are funded, in part, by the New Israel Fund (NIF).

    Gaza Confirms Low Number Of Civilian Casualties Caused By Israel

    Civilians have borne the brunt of modern warfare, with 10 civilians dying for every soldier in wars fought since the mid-20th century, compared with 9 soldiers killed for every civilian in World War I, according to a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
    New York Times, A Grim Portrait of Civilian Deaths in Iraq, October 22, 2010

    Those are tragic numbers -- A 10:1 ratio of 10 civilians being killed in war for every 1 soldier.

    Evelyn Gordon took note of that ratio when writing how low Israel kept casualties in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead:

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/19/2012: Real Story of Operation Pillar of Defense

    From DG:

    1) Important points about Pillar of Defense

    Jodi Rudoren reports in the New York Times, Brigades That Fire on Israel Are Showing a New Discipline:
    Mr. Manama was one of as many as 15,000 Qassam fighters who are responsible for most of the rocket blitzes that have blanketed southern Israel and reached as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the five days since the brigade’s operations commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, was assassinated, experts say.

    The Hamas War On Journalists

    In it's coverage of Operation Pillar of Defense, The Israel Project notes Hamas's War On Journalists:
    Hamas's human rights violations against journalists have increasingly found the group at odds with civil liberty and human rights groups.
    The tone was set when Hamas took sole control of Gaza after a bloody coup.
    Here is a video from Al-Jazeera in 2007:

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    Video: The Israel Project: Hamas Endangers Gazan Civilians With Secondary Explosions

    VIDEOS: Secondary Explosions Highlight How Hamas Risks Palestinian Lives

    November 18, 2012
    TIP Press:
    Main Office Phone Number:  202-857-6644
    Though Israel uses unique and sophisticated battlefield tactics to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas's war crime of storing weapons in civilian facilities inevitably generates casualties.
    In addition to straightforwardly endangering Palestinian civilians by putting them in close proximity to arms caches likely to draw Israeli fire, the amount of explosives - stored in schools, mosques, hospitals, and even zoos - all but guarantee additional damage.

    Arlene Kushner On Israel Dealing With Hamas Deceptions In Operation Pillar of Defense

    From Arlene Kushner:

    November 18, 2012

    Fighting on All Fronts

    I've alluded to some of this already, but want to return to look in some more detail at the various "fronts" we are dealing with in this conflict.

    I wrote yesterday about the fact that Hamas fights "dirty," and that we will never lower ourselves to their level. But what we do have to do is contend with that dirty fighting.

    There are two aspects to this. The first is the use of human shields -- the storage in and launching of rockets from civilian areas, which puts Israel in the impossible position of either avoiding air attack on certain sites or risking considerable civilian damage. This, in spite of surgical strikes, warnings to the populace, etc.

    As The Israel Project put it:

    "Hamas has turned hospitals, homes, schools, and mosques into military bases..."

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/18/2012: Media Still Doesn't Get Operation Pillar of Defense

    From DG:

    1) Balancing? Or covering

    Max Fisher, whose recent account of the death of 11 month old Omar Misharawi has been played up on the social media, has followed up with The Israeli-Palestinian politics of a bloodied child’s photo. After a back and forth on the merits of each side emphasizing civilian casualties, Fisher writes:
    Implicit in these debates, still raging on social media, is the assumption that the photos and the tragedies they represent are inherently political. You might find yourself wondering who politicized them first — who is more to blame — but that question, though natural, is in many ways an extension of the same bickering. The accusations of misusing photos to tar the other side, of faking injuries to generate outside sympathy are all part of a wider, shared assumption that the world would feel differently if only everyone knew how badly “we” suffered, and how much “they” are faking it.
    Fisher's missing the larger point. Yes, there's politics in play here. But why?

    Media Mimics Terrorist Propaganda Claiming Israel Targets Journalists -- Here's The Real Story

    BBC Watch reports that the media is once again helping Hamas terrorists disseminate their propaganda points. This time, BBC Jerusalem Bureau leads the charge in false accusations of “targeting journalists”:
    At around 3 a.m. local time on November 18th, the various BBC reporters in Gaza began Tweeting reports of an Israeli strike on a building which houses the Hamas television station ‘Al Quds’.

    ...Later, apparently, the building housing Hamas’ other TV station – Al Aqsa TV – was also damaged.

    ...So what are ‘Al Quds TV’ and ‘Al Aqsa TV’?

    Foreign Journalist 2009:Hamas Forced Gazans to be Human Shields at Gunpoint

    In January 2009, Prof. Richard Landes posted on his blog The Augean Stables an English translation of an article by Lorenzo Cremonesi (Italian original here) describing how Hamas forced Gazan civilians to be human shields against Israel:
    “Get away! Get away from here! Do you want the Israelis to kill everyone? Do you want our children to die under the bombs? take your missiles and weapons away,” the inhabitants of the Gaza strip yelled at the Hamas militants and their allies in Islamic Jihad. The more courageous were organized and blocked the entrances to their courtyards and locked the doors to their buildings, barricading quickly and furiously the stairs to the highest rooftops.

    But for all of that the guerrillas didn’t listen to anyone.

    Is Hamas Again Planning To Exploit Journalists As Human Shields?

    Fears Deepen That Hamas Intends To Repeat Use Of Journalists As Human Shields

    November 17, 2012
    TIP Press:
    Main Office Phone Number:  202-857-6644

    Activists and officials are calling attention to Hamas trapping journalists in the Gaza Strip, repeating a pattern in the past where the Iranian-backed terror group has used journalists and reporters as human shields and used media facilities for military purposes.

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

    In Operation Pillar of Defense, Why Are There More Casualties In Gaza Than In Israel?

    One of the propaganda points being exploited by Hamas terrorists to distract from their targeted attacks on Israeli civilians is to blame Israel for the casualties resulting from the war that they themselves started.

    The nature of the terrorist attacks themselves already points to the answer.

    As Arlene Kushner points out, Hamas disregard for human life extends from Israel to Gaza:
    It is important to point out, as figures are released on the number of Israeli civilians vs. the number civilians in Gaza who have been killed, why there will always be an imbalance, with more dead in Gaza:

    Video: Hamas' Claims: True or False?

    Hamas has made a number of extraordinary claims in recent days. This IDF video goes through some of them.

    Arlene Kushner: Update On Operation Pillar of Defense

    From Arlene Kushner:

    November 17, 2012
    Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat)

    It's Not Over Yet

    It appears that our leadership is serious this time around, and that at this point we're doing OK. This is a major operation we're in the midst of in Gaza.

    I shared its goals, as spelled out by Defense Minister Barak, last week, and share them again now as Foreign Minister Lieberman has put it:

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/16/2012: Washington Post Instructs Israel On Operation Pillar of Defense

    From DG:

    1) The Washington Post on Gaza

    While the Washington Post editorial Heading off full-blown war in the Gaza strip starts off fine:
    THE IMMEDIATE cause of the exploding conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was a series of attacks by Palestinian militants, including a missile fired at a jeep carrying Israeli soldiers inside Israel, and a rain of rockets against Israeli towns — more than 180 in the course of a few days. Israel could not but respond, and when it did, it chose to deliver a strategic blow: the assassination of Hamas’s military commander, Ahmed Jabari, and airstrikes against scores of sites where the Palestinians had stored a large arsenal of rockets and missiles, including Iranian-built models capable of hitting central Israel.
    it loses its way in the third paragraph:

    Arlene Kushner on Obama's Position on Operation Pillar of Defense

    November 16, 2012


    It is noon on Friday and I have scant time to post, and yet I must -- because I am enraged. Enraged because the world does not want the Jewish State to defend herself, all the saccharine declarations to the contrary. The world doesn't like Palestinian Arab dead and doesn't like strong moves by the IDF.

    The issue must be clear: It is not just a question of Hamas and Islamic Jihad temporarily stopping rocket launchings because that's in their best interest at the moment. It's a question of weakening or destroying their capacity to hit us again when the mood strikes them.

    Taking out their weapons -- pre-emption -- is defense.

    What Does Hamas Get Out Of Firing Rockets At Israeli Civilians?

    The following by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission:

    Reflections on Current Hamas-Israel Hostilities

    by Daniel Pipes
    November 15, 2012
    Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

    Two observations about the hostilities that began on Nov. 10:

    An Israeli soldier works on the IDF's Facebook page.
    (1) The old Arab-Israeli wars were military clashes, the recent ones are political clashes. The wars of 1948-49, 1967, and 1973 were life-and-death struggles for the Jewish state. But the wars of 2006, 2008-09, and now 2012 are media events in which Israeli victory on the military battlefield is foreordained and the struggle is to win public opinion. Opeds have replaced bullets, social media have replaced tanks. Will Israel prevail in arguing that its enemy initiated offensive action? Or will those enemies, Hamas or Hezbollah, convince observers that Israel is an illegitimate regime whose recourse to force is criminal? The war must be fought primarily as amedia event.

    (2) If Hamas knows it cannot defeat the Israel Defense Forces and will get a bloody nose for its efforts, it obviously has motives other than victory in mind. What might those be? Several come to mind:
    • Test the waters in the aftermath of Barack Obama's reelection.
    • Rouse public opinion against Israel and make it pay a price internationally.
    • Refute accusations by Palestinian Islamic Jihad that it has abandoned "resistance."
    • Remind the Palestinian Authority, as it seeks statehood at the United Nations, who controls Gaza.
    • Rile up Israeli Arabs.
    • Pre-empt Egyptian plans to destroy Gaza tunnels, as Cairo cannot be seen helping Israel in a time of crisis.

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    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    How Does the IDF Minimize Harm to Palestinian Civilians?

    With the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense and the increasing terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilian targets, Israel will continue to pinpoint military targets in Gaza: both in terms of weapons and the terrorist leaders themselves.

    That being the case, the IDF blog has a post that answers the important question, How Does the IDF Minimize Harm to Palestinian Civilians?

    Here is a video from that post:

    Second Briefing On Operation Pillar of Defense With Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich

    Lt. Col Avital Leibowich, the official Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson to the international press, just finished giving another briefing on the current status of Operation Pillar of Defense

    Lt. Col. Leibowich reiterated that the operation, which started yesterday, had 2 main goals:

    • Defend Israeli civilians
    • Cripple the military capabilities of the terrorists

    Arlene Kushner Update On Operation Pillar of Defense -- Goals and Reactions

    From Arlene Kushner:

    November 15, 2012

    Necessary Battle

    Yesterday, on its FaceBook page, the IDF put up the following message:

    “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead."

    A great message.  I am reading that Hamas and assorted other terrorist leaders are not to be seen.


    So we are waging the battle that is understood in all reasonable quarters to be necessary.

    IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said last night:

    Video: Pallywood Returns As Gaza Injuries Faked

    If you're Hamas, how do you defend the fact that you have been deliberately targeting Israeli civilians with rockets for 12 years?

    If you're a Hamas terrorist, what do you do when Israel targets you and there are too many of you to hide in the local hospital basement?

    You make a distraction and change the topic: let's not talk about the 12,000 rockets Hamas fires into civilian areas -- let's talk about the Gazan civilians that we've neglected to build shelters for.

    Better yet: let's make up stories about Gazan casualties:

    The Middle East Media Sampler 11/15/2012: Operation Pillar of Defense

    From DG:

    1) Al Hayat on the Hudson
    No country should have to endure the rocket attacks that Israel has endured from militants in Gaza, most recently over the past four days. The question is how to stop them permanently. 
    This sympathetic sounding boilerplate starts the New York Times editorial, Another Israeli-Gaza War?. The editorial continues:
    On Wednesday, Israel launched one of the most ferocious assaults on Gaza since its invasion four years ago. At least 20 targets were struck and a Hamas military commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, was killed. Israeli leaders also threatened another ground war. 
    Hamas has controlled Gaza since Israel withdrew in 2007. The group has mostly adhered to an informal cease-fire with Israel after the war there in the winter of 2008-09. But, in recent months, Hamas has claimed responsibility for participating in rocket firings, and last week it took credit for detonating a tunnel packed with explosives along the Israel-Gaza border while Israeli soldiers were working nearby. 
    Actually Israel withdrew in 2005; Hamas launched a coup to expel Fatah in 2007 and took over Gaza then. Given that even the editors admit that in recent months Hamas has claimed credit for terror attacks against Israel, why do they cling to the false notion that Hamas "mostly adhered" to a ceasefire?

    NGO Statements on Gaza Again Reflect Political Bias, Lack of Expertise

    November 15, 2012 
    Ariella Kimmel
    NGO Monitor

    NGO Statements on Gaza Again Reflect Political Bias, Lack of Expertise

     European governments enable exploitation of human rights,
    int'l law with their funding

    JERUSALEM - The biased responses of human rights organizations to the recent events in Gaza stand in sharp contrast to their prolonged silence in the face of continuous terror attacks against Israelis civilians, said NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research organization.

    "When it comes to deadly attacks against Israelis, the silence of these NGOs is deafening, while their readiness to condemn Israel without any reliable fact-finding is indicative of a deep anti-Israel agenda," said Professor Gerald Steinberg, President of NGO Monitor.

    How Did Morsi and The Muslim Brotherhood Pull Of Control Of Egypt?

    The following by Daniel Pipes is reposted here with permission.

    Considering that Egypt's Morsi is likely to play a role in any ceasefire in reaction to Operation Pillar of Defense, posting this article by Daniel Pipes is not off-topic.

    How Morsi Took Power in Egypt

    by Daniel Pipes and Cynthia Farahat
    The Washington Times
    November 14, 2012

    WT title: "Morsi could discredit Muslim Brotherhood rule"

    Earlier this year, most analysts in Egypt assessed Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi as the key figure in that country's politics and President Mohamed Morsi as a lightweight, so it came as a surprise when Morsi fired Tantawi on Aug. 12, 2012.

    This matters because Tantawi would have kept the country out of Islamist hands while Morsi is speedily moving the country in the direction of applying Islamic law. If Morsi succeeds at this, the result will have major negative implications for America's standing in the region.
    Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, Egypt's new military boss.

    What happened?

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    As Some Defend The Terrorist Ahmed Jabri -- Remember What He Truly Was

    There are some people out there who never met a murderer of Israelis they couldn't defend -- that they could not find an excuse for letting them live to kill Jews again and again.

    Gershon Baskin is one of those who will tell you that Ahmed Jaabri wasn't that bad:
    The Israeli decision to kill Ahmed Jaabri was total insanity. Jaabri was behind enforcing all of the recent ceasefire agreements. He sent his troops out to stop the rockets and was prepared to reach a long term ceasefire. Jaabri was also the main interlocutor of the Egyptian intelligence service in reaching ceasefire understandings. Now who are they supposed to talk to? Who can expect the Egyptians to continue to mitigate our relationship with Gaza? Now the government and people of Israel will face a massive barrage of rockets and they bought the entrance card to Cast Lead II. God help us all. This is what I will say on London Kirschenbaum on Zissels television.
    Let's get some things straight.
    The pro-Palestinian apologists in the media will try to paint Jabari as some kind of "hard-nosed pragmatist"

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Who in fact was Ahmed Jabari?