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One Sided Co-existence

from The Jerusalem Post, HOW A PRO-PALESTINIAN AMERICAN REPORTER CHANGED HIS VIEWS ON ISRAEL AND THE CONFLICT by Hunter Stuart.:

During one such argument, one of my roommates ‒ an easygoing American-Jewish guy in his mid-30s ‒ seemed to be suggesting that all Palestinians were terrorists. I became annoyed and told him it was wrong to call all Palestinians terrorists, that only a small minority supported terrorist attacks. My roommate promptly pulled out his laptop, called up a 2013 Pew Research poll and showed me the screen. I saw that Pew’s researchers had done a survey of thousands of people across the Muslim world, asking them if they supported suicide bombings against civilians in order to “defend Islam from its enemies.” The survey found that 62 percent of Palestinians believed such terrorist acts against civilians were justified in these circumstances. And not only that, the Palestinian territories were the only place in the Muslim world where a majority of citizens supported terrorism; everywhere else it was a minority ‒ from Lebanon and Egypt to Pakistan and Malaysia.

I didn’t let my roommate win the argument early morning hours. But the statistic stuck with me.

First of all, even the kindest, most educated, upper-class Palestinians reject 100 percent of Israel ‒ not just the occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. They simply will not be content with a two-state solution ‒ what they want is to return to their ancestral homes in Ramle and Jaffa and Haifa and other places in 1948 Israel, within the Green Line. And they want the Israelis who live there now to leave. They almost never speak of coexistence; they speak of expulsion, of taking back “their” land.

I know a lot of Jewish-Israelis who are willing to share the land with Muslim Palestinians, but for some reason finding a Palestinian who feels the same way was near impossible. Countless Palestinians told me they didn’t have a problem with Jewish people, only with Zionists. They seemed to forget that Jews have been living in Israel for thousands of years, along with Muslims, Christians, Druse, atheists, agnostics and others, more often than not, in harmony. Instead, the vast majority believe that Jews only arrived in Israel in the 20th century and, therefore, don’t belong here.

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Kerry’s Orwellian Peace Initiative

from the editors of the Wall Street Journal, Kerry’s Rage Against Israel

We recite this history to show that it’s not for lack of U.S. diplomacy that there is no peace—and that mishandled diplomacy has a way of encouraging Palestinian violence. In 2000 then-President Bill Clinton brought Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Camp David to negotiate a final peace agreement, only to watch Palestinians walk away from an offer that would have granted them a state on nearly all of Gaza and the West Bank. That failure was followed by another Palestinian terror campaign.

Israelis remember this. They remember that they elected leaders—Yitzhak Rabin in 1992, Ehud Barak in 1999, Ehud Olmert in 2006—who made repeated peace overtures to the Palestinians only to be met with violence and rejection.

In his speech, Mr. Kerry went out of his way to personalize his differences with current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming he leads the “most right-wing” coalition in Israeli history. But Israelis also remember that Mr. Netanyahu ordered a settlement freeze, and that also brought peace no closer.

The lesson is that Jewish settlements are not the main obstacle to peace. If they were, Gaza would be on its way to becoming the Costa Rica of the Mediterranean. The obstacle is Palestinian rejection of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state in any borders. A Secretary of State who wishes to resolve the conflict could have started from that premise, while admonishing the Palestinians that they will never get a state so long as its primary purpose is the destruction of its neighbor.

But the effect of Mr. Kerry’s efforts will be to put it further out of reach. Palestinians will now be emboldened to believe they can get what they want at the U.N. and through public campaigns to boycott Israel without making concessions. Israelis will be convinced that Western assurances of support are insincere and reversible.

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Doing Stupid Shit at the UN

from Mona Charen at National Review, A Stupid Anti-Israel Policy

“There are 2.75 million Palestinians living in the West Bank,” Kerry thundered, without explaining why their misfortune is more urgent than that of 4.8 million Syrian refugees who are living in Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, and various European countries. An additional 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and desperately in need of assistance. The Palestinian refugees (the term is absurd after 68 years) are the only “refugees” in the world who have a United Nations program devoted exclusively to them (UNRWA) – which may be one reason they remain stateless.

Just about every single one of Secretary Kerry’s assumptions about the Israeli–Palestinian dispute is erroneous. Start with his assertion that the Palestinians want an independent state on the West Bank. They have been offered such a state at least twice. In 2000, at Camp David, Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak offered a generous settlement including land swaps. Yasser Arafat not only rejected it, he started a new intifada. In 2008, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a state comprising nearly all of the West Bank (Israel would have kept about 5 percent), with East Jerusalem as the capital. Abbas rejected it. Obama-administration assertions to the contrary notwithstanding, the Palestinian Authority has not recognized that Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state. Palestinian propaganda ceaselessly depicts “Palestine” as comprising all of the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. They continue, as Kerry himself acknowledged, to glorify terrorists.

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I encourage you to read the entire link- my excerpts do not do her article justice.

At some point the price for the violent intransigence of the Palestinians should be the forfeiture of any right to state of their own. Without a deadline to renounce terrorism and recognize Israel there is no grounds for negotiation. For the UN to denounce Israel without these basic concessions from the Palestinians is a reckless betrayal.

Far more money, adjusted for inflation, has been spent on the Palestinian territories that was spent by the Marshal Plan to rebuild Europe  after WW II. At what point will the UN be held accountable for their disastrous policy?

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Beware the Alternate Left

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Al Sharpton’s incitement in Crown Heights in 1991 caused a pogrom in New York with several Jews attacked and one, Yankel Rosenbaum, killed. Another was killed who was thought to be Jewish, but was not. After a young black man, Gavin Cato, was accidently hit and killed by a car with a Jewish driver, blacks rioted, one saying,  “Let’s go to Kingston Avenue and get a Jew!”. At the funeral Sharpton referred to the “diamond dealers.”

And of course we remember Jesse Jackson’s reference to New York City as “Hymietown”.

Al Sharpton was rewarded with his own show on MSNBC and Jesse Jackson became an advisor to presidents.

The left has tolerated anti-Semitic speech on campuses for years.  It was excused as a right of free speech and the need for tolerance. The only group not entitled to a safe space were the Jews on campus.

The Occupy Wall Street movement had several instances of blatant anti-Semitism, but it was discounted as the mere rantings of an unrepresentative few.

Alan Dershowitz and Ruth Wisse have both noted that anti-Semitism, often thinly veiled as anti-Zionism, has found a much greater reception on the left than the right.

Yet when a few hundred from the newly labeled Alternate Right display their venom in public it is front page news and the calls for Trump and his minions to be held accountable are repeated ad nauseam. When he does disavow them they still hammer for a stronger statement.

The Trump presidency is the most Jewish in history; his son in law Jared Kushner, an orthodox Jew, was instrumental in his campaign success.  Trump has Jewish grandchildren. This attempt to hold Trump responsible for a handful of anti-Semites who supported him is absurd. Such hypocrisy and contempt from the left drove many to support Trump.

It is the Alternate Left the Jews have more to fear from and their numbers are far greater.  Who will be held accountable for them?

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The Night Of Broken Glass

November 8 and 9  is the anniversary of  Kristallnacht (literally “Crystal night”) or the “Night of Broken Glass”.  In 1938 “99 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps.  267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, Gestapo, SS and SA.Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews.”

The premise was “the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew.”

This pogram foreshadowed the German war against the Jews, though they had been stripped of common rights before this event. “Kristallnacht also marked a turning point in relations between Nazi Germany and the rest of the world. The brutality of the program and the Nazi government’s deliberate policy of encouraging the violence once it had begun, laid bare the repressive nature and widespread anti-Semitism entrenched in Germany, and turned world opinion sharply against the Nazi regime, with some politicians even calling for war.” The United States recalled its ambassador but maintained diplomatic relations.

November 10 was Martin Luther’s birthday. Martin Luther had called for the burning of synagogues hundreds of years before and some Protestant clergy use his writings to justify the horrendous action.

Some synagogues have been recently rebuilt.

quotes from Wikipedia