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The Saudis Criticize Hamas

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From Saudi foreign minister: we must denounce our hatred toward Israel and begin normalize ties with Jewish nation

Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.

Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law.

The Saudi official further added that Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas which is seeking more wars.

In recent day Israel’s air-strikes against Gaza Strip drew many condemnations from the Arab oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf, while Saudi media is increasingly open in criticizing defiant Hamas for resisting Israeli aggression against impoverished Palestinian enclave.

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Avoiding The Truth in Israel

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From Sultan Knish Daniel Greenfield, How To Write About Israel:

Avoid mentioning all the mansions that you pass on the way to interviewing some Palestinian Authority or Hamas bigwig. When visiting a terrorist prisoner in an Israeli jail, be sure to call him a militant, somewhere in the fifth paragraph, but do not mention the sheer amount of food in the prison, especially if he is on a hunger strike. If you happen to notice that the prisoners live better than most Israelis, that is something you will not refer to. Instead describe them as passionate and embittered. Never ask them how many children they killed or how much they make a month. Ask them what they think the prospects for peace are. Nod knowingly when they say that it’s up to Israel.

Weigh every story one way. Depersonalize Israelis, personalize Muslims. One is a statistic, the other a precious snowflake. A Muslim terrorist attack is always in retaliation for something, but an Israeli attack is rarely a retaliation for anything. When Israeli planes bomb a terrorist hideout, suggest that this latest action only feeds the “Cycle of Violence” and quote some official who urges Israel to return to peace negotiations– whether or not there actually are any negotiations to return to.

Don’t dig into the relationships between Arab clans, the depth of nepotism within the Palestinian Authority or the lack of elections. Don’t discuss Israeli poverty except when your NGO friends ask you to write about their work. Don’t mention the epidemic of car thefts or land seizures. Don’t try to understand what all the different religious subgroups are really all about. You were sent here to tell a simple story and your job is to tell that story.

Then go home.

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Another excellent post from Daniel Greenfield.  I strongly encourage you to read the entire link.  He has become one of my favorite blog reads.

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The Convenient Dead

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From Daniel Greenfield at The Sultan Knish, Are All Dead Children Created Equal?

Excerpt:

If they genuinely cared about children, they would be at least as outraged, moved and pained by the death of a child at the hands of Saddam Hussein, as they were by ISIS terrorists dying at the hands of American and British soldiers. Instead dead Iraqi children inspired apathy and dead Al Qaeda outrage.

If it was the children that they cared about, then the death of an Israeli child or a Muslim child at the hands of Hamas would matter as much to them as the ones on the bloody placards they now brandish.

But they don’t and they never did.

Muslim children being killed in clan feuds between huge families whose local branches claim to be the leaders of the Palestinian people even as they fight with equal ferocity for control over Syria and Iraq is not a subject that any of the placard wavers are interested in. Open that door a crack and their whole self-righteous campaign collapses into incoherent bleating as they struggle to justify the primacy of one terrorist group over another based on the claims of descent from Mohammed by its leading clans.

There are stories that are simply not told.

That is the same attitude that the placard wavers have toward the children of Gaza, of Iraq and of countless other places. They use them to wage war in the name of peace when they come in handy.

And when they die of Hamas rockets and clan feuds, when they are killed by ISIS and the entire murderous alphabet soup of Islamic terrorism, they drop them like yesterday’s garbage.

For Hamas and its supporters screaming “Free Gaza” at the top of their lungs, children, dead or alive, are just another propaganda weapon in the arsenal of terrorist theocracy.

 

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No Substitute for Victory

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Daniel Greenfield writes One Million Ceasefires in his excellent blog, Sultan Knish.

Excerpts:

Israel is expected to accept a million cease-fires, no matter how worthless, because a cease-fire is an innately good thing, regardless of whether it’s actually good for anything. If war is always bad, then cease-fires are always good. It doesn’t matter if winning a war actually leads to peace while cease-fires just lead to more war.
The devolution of peacenik idealism from a lasting peace to a cease-fire that lasts as long as it takes a bunch of men from Beit Hanoun to lug their rocket from the mosque to a UNRWA school is an adaptation to a new reality.

We didn’t respond to Pearl Harbor with an unconditional cease-fire. We didn’t address 9/11 with a cease-fire. As miserably defeatist as this administration has been, it still hasn’t declared a cease-fire with Al Qaeda no matter how many civilians, including children, die in the process.

A cease-fire is even more pointless than a peace process. At least a peace process has a goal. A cease-fire is a temporary interruption in hostilities. It doesn’t accomplish anything except to prolong and delay the inevitable. It’s not an end to war. It’s a war that drags on interminably without any final conclusion. Instead the rockets keep falling year after year in the war that never ends.

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The first step to winning a war is identifying the enemy. In Gaza the enemy is clear.  Anything other than destruction of this medieval illiberal terror state is inhumane to both its enemies and its citizens.  Pretending we can make war more humane by minimizing its duration rather than defeating its evil source is delusional.  When an evil is this clear there is no substitute for victory.

 

 

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The New Willing Executioners

Hitler’s Willing Executioners was a book written in 1996 by Daniel Goldhagen about how the German and European culture paved the way for the common German citizen soldiers to willingly participate in the greatest mass murder in history.  In Constantine’s Sword (2002) author James Carroll traced the history of European anti-Semitism.  The killing fields of the Holocaust were fertilized for over a thousand years by a culture led by the church which demonized the Jews as Christ killers and with the blood libel of killing Christian children to use their blood to make matzohs.

Anti-Semitism morphed with each new social development, from the Reformation to the Enlightenment to the modern era. Like a virus adapting to a new environment each change made it stronger.

The oldest hatred did not die with Hitler.  It was exported to the Middle East, initially by some of the very same perpetrators, and developed into a strain of violent anti-Semitism that would have made the Hitler Youth blush.  This new strain was then exported back to Europe where we see displays today that are reminiscent of the violent hatred that immediately preceded the final solution.

Ordinary people facilitated the final solution and cooperated with the murderers because they had been given moral clearance from the institutions and leaders beforehand.  Words had consequences and the demonization of the Jews had legitimacy because the pulpits of Europe, intellectual leaders, and other public officials supported the defamatory myths that paved the road to this destruction.

The divestment boycott by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and others, the demonization of Israel’s defense as genocide by Hollywood celebrities such as Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, the protests against Israel on our college campuses, and much of the media as they promote their intellectually empty, morally corrupt and sinister cesspool of moral equivalence, are as complicit in the current war on the Jews as they were when they ignored the screams from the trains headed to the death camps in Europe, and when they ignored the smell from the smokestacks within their site.

Bardem and Cruz’s accusation of Israeli genocide in Gaza is as destructive and as insulting as previous demonizations of Jews.  Genocides involve a sudden and significant destructive reduction in ethnic populations.  Palestinian populations have continued to grow since Israel’s statehood.  Jews know what genocide is.  Bardem and Cruz do not have to be concerned with truth or reality.  That is not how they make their living.

Where was their outrage when the Syrians killed 150,000 fellow Muslims, or when Hamas killed fellow Palestinians?  Does any death other than at the hand of Israel justify such outrage?

Rarely is the morality of a conflict as clear as this one.  Gaza had the opportunity to build a nation and they squandered the opportunity in a wasted effort to destroy one instead.  When a society defines itself by those they hate, they always lose: even if they succeed in the destruction of their victims they are left with no other purpose and will likely just turn on each other.

When mothers cheer the martyrdom of their children their society is so poisoned that there are few outcomes other than death.  This did not happen in secrecy.  This has been promoted in Mosques and Arab media for a generation.  Where did those leaders and other world leaders think this nihilism would lead? What we tolerate we teach.

The only difference between this war on the Jews and the one before is they now have a state and the means to defend themselves from an existential crisis.  There can be no clearer statement of the importance of the existence and survival of the State of Israel.