September 2010

Only Effective Counter - Terrorism Brings Peace / Prof.B.Rubin

Note for Israel-PA Talks: It Wasn't The Luck of the Irish But Effective Counter-Terrorism That Brought Peace

As direct Israeli-Palestinian direct talks restart it is useful to recall the use and misuse of an analogy to the case of Northern Ireland.

In October 2001, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw visited Washington and held a press conference with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell bubbled over about how the Irish agreement supposedly showed:

Al Jazeera and Qatar:The Muslim Brothers' Dark Empire? Zvi Mazel

There has been a significant presence of the Muslim Brothers (also known as the Muslim Brotherhood) in Qatar since the second half of the twentieth century. The first wave came from Egypt in 1954 after Nasser had smashed their organization. The next wave came from Syria in 1982 after Hafez el-Assad bombed their stronghold in Hama. The last group arrived after September 11, 2001 - from Saudi Arabia.

What Will Happen in Israel - PA Direct Talks / Prof.B.Rubin

Prior to the start of the new round of Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) direct negotiations, a high-ranking administration official briefed the media today on what to expect. Having read the transcript prior to its official release, I will summarize here the most interesting points.

Anti-Semitic Cartoons on Progressive Blogs / Adam Levick

Political cartoons often have more of an immediate impact in reinforcing negative stereotypes about Jews than a lengthy essay. By far the largest output of anti-Semitic cartoons nowadays comes from the Arab and Muslim world. A yet uncharted field of hate cartoons against Jews is that in progressive blogs.
Anti-Semitic cartoons found - and seemingly tolerated - on progressive blogs such as Daily Kos, MyDD, Mondoweiss, and Indymedia are mainly expressions of anti-Israelism, a more recent category of anti-Semitism than the religious and ethnic-nationalist versions.

The Palestinian Media Watch Report on Incitement against Israel and Jews / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

The PMW is an organization founded in 1996 to study the Palestinian society "from a broad range of perspectives" by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. The PMW learns the messages that the Palestinian leaders of the PA, the Fatah and the Hamas send to the population.(From:About us, the PMW).
( Fatah is the movement who controls the PA).

The may – June 2010 information on Incitement

Abu Mazen promised the U.S State Dept. on nay 2010, to work against incitement of any sort.

Terror Attack near Hevron:Not an incident, but a Revelation about What's Happening / Prof.B.Rubin

An isolated fragment of news, a tragic story, or just another act of terrorism? What's necessary, however, is to fit events into a broader picture and so it is with the latest attack by Hamas, killing four Israelis driving near Hebron.

President Truman's Decision to Recognize Israel / Clark Clifford &Richard Holbrooke

President Truman regarded his Secretary of State, General of the Army George C. Marshall, as "the greatest living American." Yet the two men were on a collision course over Mideast policy. Marshall firmly opposed American recognition of the new Jewish state.

What,if anything,Has Changed in Iraq / Prof.B.Rubin

George Packer, a writer on Iraq who rather likes President Barack Obama, gave a devastating critique of the chief executive's claim that the U.S. troops had now ended their combat mission. This was, Packer said:

“A meaningless milestone, constructed almost entirely out of thin air,” since the remaining 50,000 troops are still combat troops “in everything but name.” Packer agreed that Obama had kept his word by declaring on the designated date what he had said he would.

What’s most important of all, however, is the political mess in Iraq. Packer explains:

The Role of Radical Islamic Groups in Israel / Lt.-Col.(res )DR.Mordechai Kedar

The Role of Radical Islamic Groups in Israel:
Implications for Israeli-Arab Coexistence

Many in the Arab world felt deep humiliation due to George W. Bush. The Islamic view is that Islam came to the world to replace Judaism and Christianity, and all of the sudden comes a religious Christian president and occupies Iraq, the capital of the Islamic Abbasid Caliphate and the beating heart of Arab history. So when Bush left office, this was viewed as a victory for Allah over the modern Crusaders.

A Critique of the Human Security Approach to Arms Control / Gerald M.Steinberg

When the President of Iran calls for "wiping Israel off the map," while his country provides weapons and training to terror groups, and the International Atomic Energy Agency officially declares that it is in violation of its commitments under the Non-Proliferation Treaty prohibiting the development of nuclear weapons, what can the advocates of human security and multilateral disarmament offer in response?

Syria's Strateic Alliance with Hizbullah / Jonathan Spyer

President Bashar Assad of Syria this week reiterated his country's firm strategic alliance with Hizbullah. The occasion for the dictator's remarks was the latest visit by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the Syrian capital. Assad's statement was particularly noteworthy because some in Lebanon and further afield have claimed to discern in recent weeks a growing distance between Syria and Hizbullah.

The War Within Islam+Israel and Islamism / Prof.B.Rubin

Two readers asked me questions well worth answering. The first asked whether Islam itself isn't the enemy; the second, how these distinctions appear from an Israeli standpoint; .

Nabil Shaath, A Palestinian Leader , Said: "We Will Never Recognize Israel as a Jewish State / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

Nabil Shaath is a member of the Palestinian negotiation team. He declared on September 8, 2010 (Walla, Israel):"We Will Never Recognize Israel as a Jewish State."

Shaath explained his reasons for making such a statement, arguing that the "recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would harm Israel's Arab citizens and negate the right of return to Palestinian refugees to Israel."

A. The Christians are Second Degree Citizens in Gaza and the PA

Who Just Condemned Antisemitism and Iran's Regime? Prof.B.Rubin

"I don't think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything. [Jews] were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world, as the ones who killed God....Over 2,000 years they were subjected to terrible persecution and then to the pogroms. One might have assumed that they would have disappeared; I think their culture and religion kept them together as a nation.

Anti- Zionism and the Abuse of Academin Freedom / Tami Rossman- Benjamin

Anti-Zionism and the Abuse of Academic Freedom:
A Case Study at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

Since 2001, anti-Zionist discourse has found its way into classrooms and academic events at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). At an academic conference held on that campus in 2007, the speakers claimed that Zionism was an illegitimate ideology and argued for the elimination of the Jewish state.

Trying to bring Reality into the Debate on Islam and Islamism / Prof.B.Rubin

People are fascinated by the discussion over Islam and seem hungry for some honest and accurate analysis on it. So let me continue to try to bring reality into this debate.

Can Jews Live in Europe?DR.Guy Bechor

It's hard to believe that this question is being asked gain, but sadly, after 70 years it has emerged nonetheless: Is there room for Jewish existence in Europe? Can Jews continue living as a proud community, in 2009, in that same continent with the terrible memories? The answer, in light of what has been materializing in the past few weeks – yet not only because of this – is negative.

Looking Ahead at U.S.- Israel and the "Peace Process" Issues / Prof.B.Rubin

What will be the next developments regarding U.S.-Israel relations and the Israel-Palestinian "peace process," and Israeli politics. It's possible to make some good predictions, or at least to present the most likely scenarios.

Israel as the Nation- State of the Jewish People / Joshua Teitelbaum

Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People: From the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Netanyahu-Abbas Talks

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the real root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians had been their ongoing refusal to recognize "the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in their historic homeland" and he has singled out this issue as a key "prerequisite for ending the conflict." Netanyahu's proposal puts back on the global agenda a fundamental Jewish national right that was once axiomatic but today is rarely mentioned.

Millions of Virgins:Millions of Martyrs / Prof.B.Rubin

Millions of Virgins; Millions of Martyrs. These Guys Have Followers and They Really Mean It

Yes, it’s true; a fringe minister with just fifty followers in America wanted to burn a Koran. But he didn’t. Meanwhile another nut wants to kill all Jews, wipe Israel off the map, destroy the United States, eliminate all Christians, indoctrinate children into being suicide bombers, and carry out a revolutionary war of terrorism for decades no matter how many die and how much destruction occurs.

The Deniel of Jewish Self- Determination / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

An anomaly of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that a 3000 year old nation must justify its right to self- determination, while a nation less than 100 years old epitomizes national legitimacy.

Less than 100 years ago a group of Arab migrants decided they were a nation and declared themselves Palestinians. Under the Oslo agreements

4 Reasons I'm Optimistic:and 3 Analogies to Keep You Going / Prof.B.Rubin

Possibly the question I'm most often asked by readers is this: How can you remain optimistic (or can you help me be less pessimistic?) given all the problems you talk about, the bad news you cover, and the mistakes you expose and explain? How can you hold out hope when you document how the mass media is so clueless and Western leaders are so...well, clueless while the enemies of liberty are so energetic and determined?

How many Jews Were Killed/Murdered by Palestinians and Arabs, 1919 - 2009? DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

The world media and human rights organizations are preoccupied with counting how many Palestinians were killed/ murdered by Israelis.

Have any of these humanitarians ever counted the number of Israeli- Jews killed/ murdered by Palestinians?

How many Jews were killed/murdered by Palestinians?
1919 – 1920: 49 Jews were murdered in pogroms and some hundreds were wounded.
1929; 123 Jews were murdered in pogroms and about 350 were wounded.
1936- 1939: 400 Jews were murdered and hundreds were wounded.

Old Story: Telling Jews to Shut-Up, Sacrifice Themselves for Others' Causes, or Else / Prof.B.Rubin

It's always fascinating to find historical parallels to contemporary events. When one discovers an obscure gem of this type, cutting the stone to let it reflect the light of truth is irresistible.

For well over a century, the Jewish people have been beset by an eleventh plague inside their own house: extreme left-wing intellectuals who urge they throw away their own interests, concerns, and even lives for the supposed higher ones of humanity or the chimera of being morally perfect.

The Origins of Christian Anti-Semitism / Interview with Pieter Van der Horst

Christian anti-Semitism began much later than Jesus' life. In the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which are the historically more reliable ones, Jesus views himself as a messenger of God to the Jews and as a member of the Jewish people.
The New Testament has several anti-Semitic elements in its chronologically latest documents. The Gospel of John has Jesus call the Jews "sons of the devil." There is also a case of an anti-Jewish outburst by the Apostle Paul.

Looking Ahead at U.S.- Israel and the "Peace Process" Issues / Prof.B.Rubin

What will be the next developments regarding U.S.-Israel relations and the Israel-Palestinian "peace process," and Israeli politics. It's possible to make some good predictions, or at least to present the most likely scenarios.

A Future History of Palestine / Prof.B.Rubin

A Future History of Palestine: You Want a Two-State Solution?
The following article isn’t intended to reject a two-state solution but to point out issues that would inevitably arise if one ever came about. Recently, a once-major American magazine ran a cover story saying Israelis aren’t desperately eager for “peace” without ever mentioning the real reasons why that's so:

It's simple: Rather reasonably, Israelis want to know whether they would be better or worse off after making a deal to get a promise of peace in exchange for accepting a fully independent Palestinian state.

The Gaza Flotilla:Facts and Reactions / Manfred Gerstenfeld


The Israeli Investigation

Amid the international outrage, Israel conducted its own military investigation of the IDF operation. On 11 July, a detailed report was delivered to the chief of staff, Lieut.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and nonclassified sections were made public the following day. The report listed a number of "mistakes" that had been made in the planning stage of the operation, but said there was no evidence of operational failures.

The Liberal Enemies of Liberty - A respose to 8 Lies / Ben Dror Yemini

Every generation witnesses new efforts striving to deny us freedom, whether Jewish freedom in the Diaspora or in Israel. Nowadays, a strange coalition has emerged, of Islamists, skinheads and liberal academics, galvanized by the enlightened Chomsky and the benighted Ahmadinejad.

Ex - President J.Carter Does not Recognize Israel's Right as A National State / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak


Nabil Shaath, member of the PA negotiations stuff, declared on September 7, 2010 that "the Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state," because of the Muslims and Christians who live in Israel and because of the Palestinian demand for the "Right of Return,", namely, their demand to settle the Palestinian refugees in Israel.

The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak also said in an interview last week to the Israeli reporter Oded Granoth, that Arabs will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state because of the non- Jews who live in Israel.

Umm El Fahem Denies the Jews the Right to a National State / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak and DR.Shaul Bartal

Umm El Fahem of our time is an Israeli Arab city located in the Valley of Arra, east of the Hadera-Afula road. It gained the status of a city in 1985, and its 43,000 Muslim residents are members of four clans: Agabriya, Jabrin, Mahajna, and Mahamid.

“Umm El Fahem” means “mother of coal”. This name indicates the occupation of the city’s residents at the time of its foundation.

Turkey's Referendum Doesn't Mean Popular Support for A Regime Aligning with Iran / Prof.B.Rubin

It is true that the passage of the referendum in Turkey with 58 percent of the vote can be seen as a victory for the AKP regime. But that point shouldn't be exaggerated. The bad feature of the reforms--in terms of consolidating the Islamist government's power--is to strengthen the regime's control over the courts and to limit further the autonomy of the Turkish army.

Abbas Looks for a Way to End Peace Talks - With a Smile on his Face / Prof.B.Rubin

It never ceases to amaze me how hysteria and mystification so clouds peoples' minds over the Arab-Israeli (or Israeli-Palestinian) conflict. Consider this simple point of logic which you may not see explained anywhere else. And see the point at the end about President Barack Obama.

Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas claims that he can't negotiate with Israel if Israel once again begins to construct buildings on existing settlements after a nine-month freeze on construction.

Let's evaluate this statement.