Tag: Israel

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“In very recent times, the weight of antisemitism has shifted from the Right of politics to the Left…”. This new antisemitism is one in which many left-wingers see Israel as a “colonialist outpost of the great imperial power, America” -Hyam Maccoby My Grandfather was a Nazi Prisoner of War for 6 years. He was one of the […]

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I Have A Dream

 

And it shall come to pass in the last days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established at the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all of the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come. And let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. And he will teach us of his ways, and we shall walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of God from Jerusalem — Isaiah 2:2:3

Something shifted in me this past October, after learning about the assassination-attempt on Rabbi Yehuda Glick. The Temple Mount — where Jewish access is restricted — had represented an ache in my heart, but stayed there, as elusive as a dream. Every time I visited the The Western Wall, I would feel sadness and loss, knowing that I was so close, yet so far away, but somehow I had accepted the status quo and settled for this state of silent complacency.

Victor Davis Hanson: Obama Is Not Incompetent

 

As President Obama’s foreign police seems to be falling apart, many conservative critics and commentators wring their hands and wonder why he seems blind to the horrors that fill the newspapers. National Security Agencies are today analyzing an internet video that appears to show the Jordanian fighter pilot shot down by ISIL being burned alive. Why, Obama’s critics ask, doesn’t Mr. Obama see the dangers in Islamic extremism? Why won’t he call it what is: Islamic terrorism?

For many, Obama seems hapless. They thus attribute his policy to incompetence. We often hear that his lack of experience and accomplishment is coming home to roost. That he is just in over his head.

Schver Tsu Zayn a Democrat

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz finds it hard to be a Jewish, pro-Israel Democrat. First, there is the media bias from outlets like MSNBC. During this past summer’s war in Gaza, the network aired a biased “Palestinian perspective” and “panoramic view of the results of the war in Gaza.”

Clearly they were highlighting what is Israel had done to Gaza and the plight to Palestinians, and my first thought was, ‘Where is the balance, where is the spotlight on what Jewish children in Israel go through from being victims of rocket attacks?’ The media’s coverage, it’s not just MSNBC, I’ve seen it on CNN and even in the broadcast media, as well…

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The Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, wanted a meeting with the Israelis after Sweden recognized Palestine as a state.  Wallstrom was to attend a ceremony honoring Raoul Wallenberg.  She then planned to pop by the Palestinian Authority for a meet-and-greet with the folks there on her way home. The Israelis were less than amused.  Ms. Wallstrom […]

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Our plan for Thursday was to visit the Israel Museum in the morning and the Knesset in the afternoon. The Knesset is easily walkable from the museum. We came as directed for the day’s English language tour, arriving 30 minutes early and with our passports. We were met at the gate by two suspicious armed […]

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A Report From Jerusalem

 

My car being in the shop, I took the bus to Jerusalem this morning. At about 7:15 AM, waiting at the corner of Bar-Ilan and Shmuel HaNavi for the bus to the campus, I heard a police siren. One siren, and you think “traffic accident,” but when six or seven more follow it with drivers honking wildly as they force their way through the backed-up traffic light, you know something is drastically wrong. Whatever it was, it was not close by, but anxiety showed on many faces waiting there, most with cellphones open to call family or check the internet.

On the bus, the driver turned up the volume so we could hear the news, and thus I learned of the attack in Har Nof. That is a “religious” — in Israel, it means “strictly Orthodox” — neighborhood, with synagogues, seminaries for men and women, schools, and large families. My late in-laws used to live near where the attack took place; I have friends who live there now, and several women from my community go there frequently for Torah classes.

Unusual Intelligence

 

shutterstock_27901960Jeffrey Goldberg’s article last month in The Atlantic about the Obama administration’s disdain for Israel raised eyebrows with its now-infamous galline-related expletive. Analysts also highlighted a more substantial concern: that the administration was gloating that it had neutered Israel vis a vis Iran. But there was a third insult in the article as well, one that touched a certain group very deeply:

Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)

Advocates for those with disabilities have rightly criticized the administration for using “Aspergery” as a slur.

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I’ve come across a number of items for potential Ricochet discussion, but I’ve been too busy (or lazy — pick one) to post lately. Here are some links that may be of interest. Please feel free to steal them for real posts. “Anti-Violence Activists Charged in Vicious Attack” Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, […]

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Egypt considers Gaza wall to block Hamas terror attacks The success of Israel’s controversial West Bank separation barrier in lowering suicide attacks on the Jewish state by as much as 90 percent, appears to have not gone unnoticed by Egypt which is now facing a comparable problem from Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists. Egypt appears to be […]

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Ties with the United States in Crisis The article expresses the strained relationship between Israel and the United States. What I found peculiar is the apologetic nature of the piece. During the conflict with Palestine, Israel was denied, or was delayed access, to arms that the U.S. had already allocated for Israel. Furthermore the administration […]

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Another Day of Terror

 

While the news media focused on the deadly attacks in Ottawa, our friends in Israel also suffered today. A car drove into a crowd at a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a baby girl and injuring eight others. Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun died at a nearby hospital and both of her parents were among the wounded; all three were American citizens.

Israeli officials identified the attacker as a Hamas member who had served time in Israeli prison. After police raided the suspect’s home, more violence hit his East Jerusalem neighborhood:

Save The World With Free Cities

 

14828910191_ffb580ea43_zIt is time to go on the offensive. 

This article has the seed. Great Britain once saved China by creating Hong Kong. They introduced democracy, economic freedom, rule of law, transparent and efficient government bureaucracy. People loved it, flocked to it, and have turned it into one of the world’s most prosperous places.

We could do the same thing by fostering enclaves throughout the Middle East – cities of refuge for people who want to live and work in freedom. We could do it on the Mexican border – create free trading city-states just like Hong Kong. Places where immigrants could come and work and live. No benefits. No citizenship claims beyond that of the city. But freedom from oppression, freedom to create wealth in a place of tremendous opportunity.

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The horrific images we’re seeing in the Middle East belie the larger truth. The Middle East is at its most promising moment since at least the fall of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Most in the MidEast are primarily concerned with protecting themselves from Jihadists. This includes the Sunni and Shiite Jihadists themselves, who […]

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