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Appeasing Obama on Israel

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from the Wall Street Journal, The President Against the Historian by Bret Stephens:

excerpt:

But no Israeli concession could ever appease Mr. Obama, who had the habit of demanding heroic political risks from Mr. Netanyahu while expecting heroic deference in return. In 2010, during a visit from Joe Biden, an Israeli functionary approved permits for the housing construction in a neighborhood of Jerusalem that Israel considers an integral part of the municipality but Palestinians consider a settlement.

The administration took the Palestinian side. Hillary Clinton spent 45 minutes berating Mr. Netanyahu over the phone. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg “summoned” Mr. Oren to Foggy Bottom and read out his list of administration demands. What follows is one of the more memorable scenes in “Ally.”

“Steinberg added his own furious comments—department staffers, I later heard, listened in on our conversation and cheered—about Israel’s insult to the president and the pride of the United States. Then came my turn to respond.

“ ‘Let me get this straight,’ I began. ‘We inadvertently slight the vice president and apologize, and I become the first foreign ambassador summoned by this administration to the State Department. Bashar al-Assad hosts Iranian president Ahmadinejad, who calls for murdering seven million Israelis, but do you summon Syria’s ambassador? No, you send your ambassador back to Damascus.’ ”

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The Only Real Christians

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“The Jews are a peculiar people: Things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it. Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchmen. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese– and no one says a word about refugees.

But in the case of Israel , the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on the battlefield dictate peace terms.

But when Israel is victorious it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the only real Christians in this world.”

Eric Hoffer

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The Third Commandment

from There Is a ‘Worst Sin’: Evil in God’s Name by Dennis Prager in The National Review

When an irreligious person commits evil, it doesn’t bring God and religion into disrepute. But when a religious person commits evil in God’s name he destroys the greatest hope for goodness on earth — belief in a God who demands goodness, and who morally judges people.

The Nazis and Communists were horrifically cruel mass murderers. But their evils only sullied their own names, not the name of God. But when religious people commit evil, especially in God’s name, they are not only committing evil, they are doing terrible damage to the name of God.

In our time, there are, unfortunately, many examples of this. The evils committed by Islamists who torture, bomb, cut throats, and mass murder — all in the name of their God — do terrible damage to the name of God.

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Ignoring the Smell

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Rarely is a conflict been as morally clear as the current Gaza campaign.

The history is clear and indisputable. Israel left Gaza, painfully uprooting committed settlers.  Thriving greenhouses were left for the Palestinians to have a productive enterprise.  The new owners preferred the destruction of millions of dollars of productive greenhouses to taking even a gift from the Jews.

In no time the Gaza Palestinians through their elected representatives, Hamas, began its attack launching thousands of missiles at civilian populations, and violating every Geneva convention by hiding arms and missiles near schools, hospitals, and civilian centers.

Jimmy Carter certified the election of Hamas and George Soros encouraged us to have relations with them.

The history is clear, yet Europe erupts in violent anti-Israel protests that only demonstrates that their holy rotten core still survived the holocaust.  If there was a shred of dignity left on the continent these attacks would have been crushed by police immediately.

The UN still disproportionately cites Israel for human rights violations. The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest themselves of Israel as have several universities.  Biased coverage from much of the media is equally culpable.

It is a tearful comedy to watch the inmates of the liberal asylum side with the most illiberal entity on earth- one with no tolerance for gays or women’s rights or any semblance of religious freedom, free press, due process  or political choice.

To all of you who have boycotted Israel, or created your intellectually empty, morally corrupt and sinister cesspool of moral equivalence, you are as complicit in the current war on the Jews as you were when you ignored the screams from the trains headed to the death camps in Europe, and when you ignored the smell from the smokestacks within your site.

You have lent credibility and credence to those who are attacking synagogues and Jews in Paris and New York. You have no shame or credibility in this conflict.

I hope Netanyahu ignores these critics, completes his mission, with no Hamas weapons remianing , all tunnels destroyed , and Hamas completely destroyed.

There is no compromise or peace with such an evil.

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The New Orthodox

The Orthodox Surge by David Brooks at the New York Times

Excerpt:

Those of us in secular America live in a culture that takes the supremacy of individual autonomy as a given. Life is a journey. You choose your own path. You can live in the city or the suburbs, be a Wiccan or a biker.

For the people who shop at Pomegranate, the collective covenant with God is the primary reality and obedience to the laws is the primary obligation. They go shopping like the rest of us, but their shopping is minutely governed by an external moral order.

The laws, in this view, make for a decent society. They give structure to everyday life. They infuse everyday acts with spiritual significance. They build community. They regulate desires. They moderate religious zeal, making religion an everyday practical reality.

All of us navigate certain tensions, between community and mobility, autonomy and moral order. Mainstream Americans have gravitated toward one set of solutions. The families stuffing their groceries into their Honda Odyssey minivans in the Pomegranate parking lot represent a challenging counterculture. Mostly, I notice how incredibly self-confident they are. Once dismissed as relics, they now feel that they are the future.